SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 84:
The letter O brought a great mix of bands this trip around, including five at a “7” or above. Highlights:
Oberhofer (8): Much like Sleigh Bells, Oberhofer’s music is borderline uncomfortable while remaining completely engaging. Hugely dramatic swells come in and out in an unsparingly precise way.
Oh No Oh My (8): Drawing from some post rock ambience and layering, there’s a cathartic presence within Oh No Oh My’s sound.
Ola Podrida (8): Falling somewhere between Bon Iver and Elliott Smith, Ola Podrida’s music is completely introverted, yet it’s a tunnel worth exploring.
The O’s (7): The O’s delve into alt country and blues sounds as well, always bringing a strong energy to whatever they try to tackle.
Ok Sweetheart (7): Consistently pleasant, their set was really well rounded with material both light and dark. They come of as a tender outfit, forgoing the dramatic for the pastoral.
Nokies! (6): After reading “Japanese rock band”, I was surprised to hear the Western influences in Nokies! music, from shimmery guitar licks to anthemic indie pop choruses.
The Octopus Project (6): Though Austin’s The Octopus Project’s experimental electronic pop sound gets pretty far out there, there’s a gentle beauty to the band’s extensive catalog.
The Non (5): The Non are an instrumental rock band from Oklahoma City, mixing in prog and experimental elements into an eclectic sound.
Owen Temple (5): As a rootsy Americana artist, Austin’s Owen Temple fills in nicely with a traditional and countrified sound.