Post-SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 150
One-fifty! This evening’s set is extra packed with four bands shaking our radars. Mexico, New York, California and Georgia are represented with a mix of rock, pop and World styles. Highlights:
MS MR (9) - Debut LP Secondhand Rapture is wickedly dense for a greyly toned indie pop record. Minor-key catchiness is such a nuanced art form, one that MS MR just nails in a fiercely unique way.
Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible (8) – The international appeal here is obvious – Bostich+Fussible switch back and forth between English and Spanish vocals just as easily as they shift around worldly bases and forms. While Bulevar 2000 is a dance record by nature, Bostich and Fussible avoid predictable house beats, instead incorporating melodies and practices of EDM into their rootsy traditions.
Naïve Thieves (7) - Loose, but not necessarily laid back, Naïve Thieves find a nice pocket to work through their already matured sound. Look out for the African melodies and percussion that find their way into Vamonos, a nice way to break out of rock paradigms by shifting influences around the world.
New Madrid (7) - New Madrid has turned to a deeper sound on their recent seven-track effort Sunswimmer, twisting a grunge underbelly through the Athens-based band’s Southern folk-rock roots. The near-ambient launch of opener “All Around the Locust” opens up the expanse of Sunswimmer early, slowing down in the back-end like a breath slowly let out over time.
Monogold (6) - Shoegaze/indie pop band Monogold hasn’t released any new music in over three years, interesting in that their dreamy, percussive sound has since become a popular song form in SXSW circles. As expected, full-length The Softest Glow has aged well as something equally inventive and inviting.
Nightmare and the Cat (6) – Twee melodies and hovering electronic pop make up the meat of Nightmare and the Cat’s latest EP Simple, though tracks like “Goodbye So Many Times” and “Alvarado” drive some more punch and drama in their increasingly sharpening sound.
Myrryrs (5) – Nashville beatmaker/producer Myrryrs generally sticks to hip hop beats and down-tempo R&B through his released originals. Combining a lounge atmosphere with percussive punch is a pleasant mix, one that hypnotizes with focus.
NY Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off (5) - Jonathan Toubin is a New York City specialty. The DJ’s homegrown party, Soul Clap and Dance-Off, has become a monthly Brooklyn institution. Audiences get lost in the groovy dance tracks that hiss and snap off vinyl 45s.