Post-SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 161
We’re on a bit of hiatus here at OEB, but I have a backlog of closeout reviews from SXSW 2014 to share in between festivals. Keep on the lookout for some early fall recommendations over the coming weeks. Highlights:
Captain Murphy + Thundercat (9) - Dark with quirky wordplay, “Cosplay” is indicative of an artist who can go anywhere at anytime. Captain Murphy was paired up with soulful instrumentalist Thundercat at SXSW this year, a frequent collaborator whose eclectic, forward-thinking mindset is a snap-in to FlyLo’s spaced-out foundation.
††† (Crosses) (6) – Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has dipped into electronic pop rivers with †††, a new trio alongside Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom. The mix of modern rock/metal and distilled ambience is ambitious – †††’s debut Telepathy can get pretty heavy, especially when Moreno turns his melodic scream on.
Cut Copy (6) - Electro-pop duo Cut Copy has gone full-on disco with 2013’s Free Your Mind, a funk-fusion adventure made with psychedelic brushstrokes. While the rhythms pulse intensely on Free Your Mind, Cut Copy has smartly laid a haze across the record to ease the sonic glare.
Cleanup (5) – Indie-prog upstarts Cleanup busily sequence guitar and keyboard licks to give off a mathematical aesthetic. It’s a lot for the ears to take on, but the elements themselves are wide-reaching and sickly rocking.
crash (feat. Members of the Magnetic Zeros) (5) – crash is a blue-eyed soul artist, a falsetto funkster whose solo effort is a guaranteed old-school dance party. There a natural element to crash’s debut full-length, the fulcrum that connects his work to his full-time gig in Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Daniel Francis Doyle (5) – North Texas songwriter Daniel Francis Doyle twists pop music in a quirky, winking way. He’s not contained to any genre or instrument, either – Doyle is an experimenter well studied in early rock-pop song-forms.
DJ Charlie (5) – Trance lounge artist DJ Charlie spins a mix of chilled house beats and disco dance tracks with precision, jumping genre to genre on his collections and originals. He’s an Austin local and a regular on SXSW rosters – reliable and tight.