Reservations: “To Be Honest”

Jana Horn doesn’t need to scream to be heard. She has the kind of voice that quietly sneaks up on you, calling to mind fellow room-stoppers Sharon Van Etten or Romy Madley Croft from the xx. Horn started the Austin-based Reservations in 2012 with Paul Price, frontman for Song of the Day alums Good Field. The pair released a quiet, home-recorded EP that submerged country and folk influences in a dreamy atmosphere. The EP is best served early in the morning or in the evening, a perfect soundtrack to the magic hour.

Reservations reemerges this week with another band member and a solid debut album. Drummer Jason Baczynski anchors the new, more electric songs on Taking Time, and the trio comes fully-formed. What’s most appealing is Reservations’ simplicity: on a song like “To Be Honest,” a plodding beat leaves room for sweeping slide guitar and Horn’s dark melody to work its way inside. Download the song below and catch Reservations’ record release show at Empire Control Room on Saturday, August 8. Doors at 8 p.m.

–Art Levy

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