Operation Every Band

Ages and Ages – “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)”

 

Pairs Well With…Lord Huron, Typhoon, Hey Marseilles 

 

Folk-pop band Ages and Ages’ latest single is one of the most pleasant surprises of this year’s SXSW project.  “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” is a track that starts with a whispered mantra, a lone strumming voice walking life’s highway.  One by one his band joins in – drums, piano, handclaps, harmonies.  A minute-thirty in, “Divisionary” turns into an orchestral folk anthem, an album’s worth of adventuring in the blink of an eye.  Here’s to a breakout year for Ages and Ages, be on the lookout for their sophomore full-length, also titled Divisionary, this March.

2011 Review: a folky indie rock band from Portland, Oregon with a lo fi experimental pop approach.  AgesandAges are a new band, releasing their debut LP a week ago.  Their sound is admittedly somewhat immature for their genre, but it does give it an endearing edge.  They take a pretty minimal approach to the music, often letting the instruments find harmonic space without much fuzziness.  AgesandAges are a band of good ideas; it seems like they bring a few different influences amongst the seven members of the band.  They have some acoustic videos on their website that really highlight some of their key elements, especially nice multipart vocal harmonies.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 51

What a wild set!  From fuzzy surf pop to inventive folk music to 8-bit electronic craziness, this one is all about the musical diversity that is SXSW.  Don’t sleep on the middlers here too (Behrens, Vargas Duhon, Stone and Egge - sounds like some sort of law firm), all of them make a case as a notable stop on any South By schedule.  Highlights:

Ages and Ages (9) - One by one his band joins in – drums, piano, handclaps, harmonies.  A minute-thirty in, “Divisionary” turns into an orchestral folk anthem, an album’s worth of adventuring in the blink of an eye.
Alvvays (8) - Frontwoman Molly Rankin has a melancholy delivery, a laid back vibe that goes well with a sound that includes some generous helpings of California surf rock.
Anamanaguchi (7) - The NYC quartet pulled off what is a surprisingly mature record with last year’s Endless Fantasy, an album pulled together by twisty melodies and an unrequited love for sugary sweet pop music.
Angel Olsen (7) - Witness.  Even while burying her voice in experimental rock/pop layers, the lyrical value in “Hi-Five” and “Forgiven/Forgotten” completely stand out, twisting simple statements of the everyday into an exploration of undertones and meaning.
Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll (6) – Aaron Behrens is a familiar face around Austin, fronting the mighty Ghostland Observatory as his day job.  The Midnight Stroll is a dirty, blues rock band, but the flip the script intermittently with an uplifting, hooky chorus like on lead single “Day and Night”.
Alex Vargas (6) – Alex Vargas has a brilliant voice, an intense instrument that works best in a soft whisper, but is often unleashed into vocal fireworks.  His songwriting spins a little too much on the acoustic pop front, but that tone is just so, so nice.
Andrew Duhon (6) – Andrew Duhon is a nice compliment to any modern folk showcase this year, a well-voiced acoustic troubadour whose latest emotionally-driven LP The Moorings is a nice alt-country record with a sweet authenticity.
Angus and Julia Stone (6) - While new singles for Australian brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone have yet to drop, I’m sure the return of the introspective folk rock band will be a big deal around SXSW (the spent the last couple years focused on solo efforts) – the band is huge in Australia which has surely drifted to American shores off the acclaimed 2010 record Down the Way.  
Ana Egge (5) – Brooklyn singer-songwriter Ana Egge is an understated artist, spinning emotional yarns over a soft, Americana tone.  Her 2011 record Bad Blood digs into some electric blues territory to amp the energy up just a bit.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 51


What a wild set!  From fuzzy surf pop to inventive folk music to 8-bit electronic craziness, this one is all about the musical diversity that is SXSW.  Don’t sleep on the middlers here too (Behrens, Vargas Duhon, Stone and Egge - sounds like some sort of law firm), all of them make a case as a notable stop on any South By schedule.  Highlights:


Ages and Ages (9) - One by one his band joins in – drums, piano, handclaps, harmonies.  A minute-thirty in, “Divisionary” turns into an orchestral folk anthem, an album’s worth of adventuring in the blink of an eye.

Alvvays (8) - Frontwoman Molly Rankin has a melancholy delivery, a laid back vibe that goes well with a sound that includes some generous helpings of California surf rock.

Anamanaguchi (7) - The NYC quartet pulled off what is a surprisingly mature record with last year’s Endless Fantasy, an album pulled together by twisty melodies and an unrequited love for sugary sweet pop music.

Angel Olsen (7) - Witness.  Even while burying her voice in experimental rock/pop layers, the lyrical value in “Hi-Five” and “Forgiven/Forgotten” completely stand out, twisting simple statements of the everyday into an exploration of undertones and meaning.

Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll (6) – Aaron Behrens is a familiar face around Austin, fronting the mighty Ghostland Observatory as his day job.  The Midnight Stroll is a dirty, blues rock band, but the flip the script intermittently with an uplifting, hooky chorus like on lead single “Day and Night”.

Alex Vargas (6) – Alex Vargas has a brilliant voice, an intense instrument that works best in a soft whisper, but is often unleashed into vocal fireworks.  His songwriting spins a little too much on the acoustic pop front, but that tone is just so, so nice.

Andrew Duhon (6) – Andrew Duhon is a nice compliment to any modern folk showcase this year, a well-voiced acoustic troubadour whose latest emotionally-driven LP The Moorings is a nice alt-country record with a sweet authenticity.

Angus and Julia Stone (6) - While new singles for Australian brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone have yet to drop, I’m sure the return of the introspective folk rock band will be a big deal around SXSW (the spent the last couple years focused on solo efforts) – the band is huge in Australia which has surely drifted to American shores off the acclaimed 2010 record Down the Way. 

Ana Egge (5) – Brooklyn singer-songwriter Ana Egge is an understated artist, spinning emotional yarns over a soft, Americana tone.  Her 2011 record Bad Blood digs into some electric blues territory to amp the energy up just a bit.