Your humble Austin Music Minute maven somewhat solemnly presented this particular show selection as an evening of exquisite darkness. Couldn’t help myself. It is a most unconventional program this chamber pop outfit assembles – and not quite sufficiently described with the words “chamber pop.” It reaches into something deeper, slightly more brooding, infinitely unusual.
Hello Lovers, fronted by Brooklyn-based songwriter and vocalist J.C. King, reshapes and redefines the idea of “torch song,” deepening the echo of loneliness with sparse composition and King’s unsettling vibrato. It is an intense Southern gothic, swaying between lovelorn light and a morbid isolation. Something terrible and enchanting to behold.
Last month, Hello Lovers completed the masters for their forthcoming album Glorified, which will hopefully soon be ready for release. Meanwhile, fans can get their fix at Hello Lovers’ show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. They’ll perform as a quintet this evening, complete with strings. Also on the bill are The Low Lows and Quin Galavis. The music starts at 10 p.m., but get there early, as the room is sure to quickly fill up. Recommended.