This week on The Breaks:
- Fresh talks about the City of Austin’s decision to cancel SXSW due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the longterm negative impacts it will have on the Austin economy, especially for the individuals and businesses that rely on the festival for a significant portion of their income. Plus, he tells us why he’s got no time for people who dismiss the impact it will have on the city
- Fresh dives into the drama surrounding the release of Megan Thee Stallion’s new EP, “Suga.”
- Austin artist Drint joins Confucius and Fresh in Studio 1A to play his song”Don’t Save Me,” and to talk about the making of his new EP of the same name.
- In this week’s Unpopular Opinion, Fresh tells us how hardworking Austin musicians will continue to hustle regardless of whether SXSW happens or not
- The Local Song of the Week is “Dismissed” by Shiela.
Listen to this episode of The Breaks
Our Artist of the Month Cross Record’s second album, Wabi Sabi, is named after the Japanese aesthetic which celebrates the beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. The album is the first recorded by songwriter Emily Cross and her husband Dan Duszynski since they relocated from Chicago to Dripping springs–and the change of scenery can be heard throughout the album. Wabi Sabi is a sparse and hypnotizing record which could have only been imagined outside of the crowded city. Emily Cross’ ethereal vocals and dreamy songwriting bring to mind the ambient dream pop of Grouper, with the fuzzy production style of Phil Elverum projects, Mount Eerie and the Microphones.
Listen to their Studio 1A session here, and you can also listen to their guest DJ set at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 13th.
Formerly Paul Banks & the Carousels, AKA SUPERMOON, P.T. Banks is a dreamy soul pop group from Austin, TX led by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Paul Banks, with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Cox and percussionist Matthew Shepherd. Voices as hauntingly beautiful as Paul Banks’ are rare pleasures to hear. Like some spectral singers before him (Roy Orbison and Jeff Buckley come to mind), Banks’ spell casting vocals can transform any venue into a moonlit reverie.
P.T. Banks releases their LP, Moonlight is Sunlight, on February 5th, and their album release show is at Stubb’s indoors on Saturday, February 6th. If you can’t wait until the weekend to be enthralled by their music, check out their Studio 1A set here!
Delta Spirit released their fourth studio album today! “Into the Wide” does not break the band’s streak for a striking pulse, even though recording halted at the crash of Hurricane Sandy when their studio in Brooklyn flooded following the disaster. Originally from California, it’s back to sunnier weather because word on the street is that Delta Spirit has settled in Austin- for now. Reddit fans recently joined the group’s company as they participated in an AMA where Matt Vasquez (vocals/guitar) revealed that he may join up to write another Middle Brother album. You can find Delta Spirit at Emo’s or hear them live on Studio 1A RIGHT HERE!