Best of Studio 1A February 2019
As always, we had a busy month here in Studio 1A. We know you’re busy too, so in case you missed any of the incredible musicians that blessed us with their presence here at the station here’s a little sampler of Studio 1As from February 2019!
02.02.19 – Nayome – ““What You Need”
Nayome is an R&B singer based out of Tyler, Texas with a knack for dreamy melodies and accessible lyricism. Maybe more importantly, Nayome knows how to transform those talents into spectacular live shows where her arrangements can pack a punch and her stage presence shines. Nayome says she enjoys watching her music evolve in the studio but told The Breaks “It’s one thing to sing to track, but it’s another to perform fluently with a band, and I really fell in love with that.”
02.07.19 – Altamesa – “The New West”
Idol Frontier is a fitting title for the dusky Americana of Austin locals Altamesa. With intricately interwoven guitars and an emphasis on vocal harmony, Altamesa provide a sonic journey through a country Western-inspired soundscape with a decidedly modern edge.
02.08.19 – Soccer Mommy – “Last Girl”
Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison has made a name for herself with her earnest brand of lovelorn, reverb-soaked bedroom pop. After years of releasing homemade recordings and demos on bandcamp, Soccer Mommy’s first studio album, Clean, debuted on Fat Possum Records in 2018 to receive critical acclaim. Soccer Mommy’s newest release Blossom (Demo)/Be Seeing You, recorded in the basement of Allison’s college dorm, is a short-but-sweet glimpse into the artist’s roots.
02.04.19 – The Bright Light Social Hour – “Lie To Me”
Austin-based psych-pop outfit The Bright Light Social Hour may seem lighthearted and playful when they describe themselves as “four noise bois, who make noise and they’re bois.” However, their newest album, Jude Vol. 1, deals with heavy themes of love, loss, and grieving. The album was written and recorded following the death of the band’s tour manager Alex O’Brien, brother to the band’s bassist Jackie. Produced by Chris Coady at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Jude Vol. 1 is a diverse group of tracks that deal indirectly with the band’s loss, drawing influence from disco with space-age synths and veering more psychedelic at times with reverb-laden guitars.
02.14.19 – Bayonne – “Drastic Measures”
Austin, TX experimental musician Roger Sellers, AKA Bayonne, is somewhat of an outlier in the local scene. In a city filled with pearl snaps, guitar licks, and love songs (not that there’s anything wrong with those things!), Bayonne creates cavernous ambient soundscapes. Don’t be mistaken though, this isn’t the meditative music of Brian Eno.
02.19.19 – Moving Panoramas – “Baby Blues”
They say home is where the heart is and, for Leslie Sisson, that home is Texas. After living in Brooklyn, the songwriter moved back to her home state to be near her family and not long after Moving Panoramas was formed. Their second album, In Two, is out Feb 22 and embodies the next chapter for the group as they move forward with life. All the songs on the record have a duality of meaning that allows the listener to interpret it as they will. Their dreamy rock sound gives voice to the hardships life can bring but always offers a way to overcome the demons that haunt us. Deep stuff, we know.
02.14.19 – Robert Ellis – “When You’re Away”
For his new album, Texas Piano Man, Texas songwriter Robert Ellis swaps the guitar for a grand piano and a white suit. That may seem like a big leap for an artist largely known for more traditional country sounds but a quick chat with Ellis reveals a deep love for larger than life rock ‘n’ roll piano men like Elton John and Leon Russell.
Check out what we have in store for you next month on our Studio 1A calendar.