Four new songs from Austin artists that we can’t get enough of.
by Taylor Wallace-Riegel
je’ Texas: “California Sun”
KUTX has been been spinning this track for a couple of months, and we love it so much we’ve made je’Texas our January Artist of the Month. Like they say, if you can’t find what you like, make it yourself. Sage wisdom taken seriously and successfully by the members of je’Texas. They formed a group simply because they were uninspired by the current music around them. Touches of old school psych-rock provide the mulch for this germinating trio, who have hit the ground running with several shows a month and a hefty bag of private events. Just a taste of what’s to come, their debut album is sure to be a warm earworm for the new year. je’Texas’s record release show is January 20th at Sagebrush. Tap into the minds of the trio via their My KUTX here.
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“Liar” pretends to play it cool around a crush framed in a hook-laden, comfy, indie rock sound. After decades of athletic devotion, Barbara Klavin ditched her rowing oars for the guitar, and her candidly queer approach to her music bleeds through her warm vocals and keeps your ears perked with effortless percussion fills. This is only the second single Barb has released, and she promises more to come in 2023. Catch her Friday the 20th at Swan Dive.
COVID afforded many people the time for new hobbies and some tried their hand at music. Such is the case for KT Claghorn, a born and bred Austinite who never wrote a song until 2019. Once the world re-opened, Claghorn took her binder of music and put together a band to bring her project to life. The soft indie pop group is a familiar sound in Austin, channeling the warmth of groups like Sun June and Why Bonnie. Redbud’s debut album release show is Friday, February 24th at the Ballroom.
Wild Child: “Photographs”
After a long hiatus exploring other projects, Kelsey Wilson and Alex Beggins are back together as Wild Child. Picking up right where they left off, “Photographs”, a song about almost falling out of love, has all of the hallmarks fans love: pop grooves embellishing a folk foundation, with Wilson’s signature bubbly voice (often paired with Beggins’s harmonies). No new album has been announced, but hey, we’ll take the taste.
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