Pairs Well With…Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Roy Orbison
The timing of this post is a little unfortunate, as Nicole Atkins will have a new record under her belt by the time she hits Austin in March. For now, the sole representation from Slow Phase is teaser “Red Ropes”, a floating, engaging single from the dark and diverse artist (dramatic vocals, layers of sound, all the good stuff).
2011 Review: a singer-songwriter led pop band from Brooklyn. Nicole Atkins has a flair for the dramatic, often creating dense songs loaded with strings and dark guitar melodies. Her voice is certainly the driving force of the band utilizing a full range to create powerful choruses and an interesting lesson throughout. She has a lot in common with Florence and the Machine vocally, but the music tends to be a little more understated than their British counterparts. Critics have aptly compared her style to Roy Orbison; she has the same flair for dramatic yet emotional melodies powerfully delivered. In addition to several EPs, Nicole and her band are preparing the release of their sophomore LP Mondo Amore this upcoming Tuesday, so expect so new material to be explored during SXSW this year.
Pairs Well With…The Postal Service, Passion Pit, The Naked and Famous
While we caught onto Calvin Love early last year off of his debut LP New Radar, the moody electronic pop artist continues to impress with this year’s single “Cool”. A mature, post-disco track, “Cool” is a sexy listen with a careful, minimal approach to sparse space-funk.
2013 Review: What would a 60s pop singer-songwriter sound like if he was transformed suddenly into a young bedroom laptop artist? Calvin Love draws influence from these disparate sources into a hazy, hooky mix that sounds both progressive and familiar. New wave beats, punk guitar solos, and handclap choruses all find their way throughout Love’s debut record New Radar, but the overall tone is decidedly dark and hypnotic. The experimental nature of the record provides the greatest payoff. Love makes unexpected turns throughout every track, warranting a close listen all the way through. It looks like Love has some band members in tow for his live appearances, which spells well for his appearance at 35 Denton in March.