Daily Worker: “Street Cred”

Andy Maguire

Ah, Friday afternoon. A beautiful time to be a daily worker, at least in an era where weekends are the norm. And not just because of the standardized two days off. No, there’s also new music from Austin outfit Daily Worker.

The trio typically conjures a non-centrist, counter-capitalist aesthetic, down to their choice of band handle and favorite fonts. Though even if you don’t jive with their specific societal commentaries, the music itself – eclectic by all accounts but most often seeped in the psych-folk-rock made familiar by fronting singer-guitarist Harold Whit Williams other project Cotton Mather – doesn’t require much convincing to enjoy on its own.

It’s been nearly a full year since Daily Worker last recorded with KUTX favorite Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble, and we’re finally approaching the release of their upcoming EP MF Genius, dropping July 30th. Just from the production value alone, there’s clearly been a ton of loving care and consistent work put into MF Genius, which undeniably elevates Daily Worker’s historically lo-fi sound. And this morning we got the record’s centerpiece and second of five originals, Street Cred. Saturated in that turn-of-the-millennium alternative rock aura that Frenchie’s so efficient at fulfilling, “Street Cred” basks in the accessible simplicity that only a sub-three-minute track (and minimalist music video) can offer, even with a rippin’ Robert Fripp-esque guitar solo fit for The Court prog-ing out its midpoint. You don’t gotta be smart to know this rocks.

Street Cred

Daily Worker

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