SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 65
If you’ve been waiting patiently for a beat-boxing, blues duo from Paris to show up in OEB SXSW coverage, your reward comes today. They’re awesome, by the way. Highlights:
Heymoonshaker (9) - Heymoonshaker is grounded by beatboxer Dave Crowe, a remarkable musician with an impressive range and ten-out-of-ten live presence. Crowe’s skills are jaw dropping (check “Crowe Solo” from their debut Shakerism).
Honeyblood (8) - It’s relatively lo fi, which should yield a raucous set especially given how Honeyblood is able to come up with so much sound with only four hands.
Holychild (6) – The two songs on Holychild’s website are a mixed bag, highlighted by the strength of “Happy With Me”, an upbeat pop song with an eclectic rhythm, almost a hip hop tone. This beats the grungy bubbles of “Playboy Girl” by a mile, so it’ll be interesting what this new LA duo has up their sleeves for 2014.
The Hood Internet (6) – Chicago production duo The Hood Internet are really built for SXSW, remixing indie artists together instead of focusing on any sort of shiny pop numbers. At this point, you either like mash-ups or don’t, but if you want to dig in, The Hood Internet will deliver the unexpected goods (this week: Tears for Fears x Blackbird Blackbird and INXS x Arcade Fire).
Holiday Mountain (5) – It’s a bit of a weird listen with Austin’s Holiday Mountain, but the experimental trio proggy take on mind-twisted pop has some solid merits. The complexity has roots in World and jazz influences, but the band is definitely thinking steps ahead in the future.
Holly Conlan (5) – Conlan is a soft-spoken singer-songwriter from LA’s Hotel Café collective, who’s recently been incorporating more quirky, indie pop styles into her music. It’s a good thing, Conlan’s pretty voice meshes well with this better than the folk ballads of the past.
Holy Esque (5) – Scotland’s Holy Esque presents a dense, rock sound on their series of 2013 singles and an EP. The strongest element of Holy Esque’s music is a persistent, percussive drive that ups the energy quotient quite a bit.