It’s been a bit since I anticipated a local release on the level of a major label release, but when I recently determined that The Vapor Caves had their debut project, Feel Yourself, up on iTunes and ready for pre-order, I went all in on that purchase. After a handful of clever and unique promotional campaigns for their leading singles, it was pretty much a given that I was going to purchase this project, and my first few listens have been incredibly rewarding. BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown are almost certainly guaranteed to make some noise with this project, so I recommend getting in on the ground floor for this one. Check them out on your favorite streaming service, or purchase the limited edition vinyl via the Bandcamp link above. Whatever you do, though, don’t sleep on The Vapor Caves.
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When it comes to instrumental projects, certain things stick out to me… dynamic range, a variety of sounds and styles, well-chosen and well-placed samples, and even those intangibles you can’t identify until you hear or recognize them all come into play. For my money’s worth, SK the Greatest seems to be well aware of these aspects, as his latest project, Dopamine, manages to tick all of those boxes in an economic but memorable 9 tracks. Be it the Public Enemy-esque The Education (Intro), the ominous darkness of Forbidden Flute, the layers of guitar under synth found in Wobbly, or any of the other memorable moments that the Austin-based beatsmith put together in the project, it’s most certainly a strong one. Props to GMGOmusic for putting this out… definitely check out SK the Greatest and the other artist on the Bandcamp site, and encourage others to do the same.
Lo Phi and I have been working on this one for a hot minute… after some final touches, finalizing of the track list, and a little love from IQ at FrownLand Records, we are proud to finally release Uncanny Valley. This project is a celebration of distorted sounds and distorted thinking coming together to create harmonic resonance… Lo Phi kicks things into the red as he leaves his heart inside the beat machine, while I dug deep into all that’s been going on in my life the last few years to mine it for all of the wisdom, knowledge and wordplay that I could. The album is now available to stream and download on Bandcamp, and will arrive everywhere else by mid-January. Share it around, download it, and leave a few bucks if you can, but most importantly, enjoy!
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While music is inherently a group-based discipline, there’s something to be said for those who strive to maximize minimalism. Austin-based solo multi-instrumentalist Sanitizer seems to be one of those artists that thrives in minimalism, and his latest release, the lush lo-fi delight that is #1 Dad, is a display of his multi-instrumental prowess and songwriting variety. His muted vocals and textured compositions pull you in, and I definitely look forward to multiple listens that will (hopefully) unveil lyrical gems and musical moments of unique expression. I was not familiar with Sanitizer prior to my Bandcamp deep dig, but I am definitely happy that I stumbled across this one. Give it a listen and a share, and keep supporting your local creatives!
When the universe speaks, we’ve gotta learn to listen, as you never know what you might end up missing. While searching Bandcamp for something new to post about, I came across Austin-based artist Freeze Frame, and I set his album aside to listen to later. Later that day, OVRLD put out a call for albums and videos released in 2018 so that they can make sure they’re covering all of their bases, and first in the comments section was a music video by Freeze Frame for Who’s the Man?, released less than a week prior. That was all I needed to take the dive, and I was certainly impressed. Freeze Frame manages to capture his aesthetic (his two listed influences are Phillip K. Dick and Slick Rick) perfectly in the video, in my opinion. Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.
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Austin-based outfit MAMIS has been leaving a mark on the scene over the last couple of years with their live shows that showcase their mixture of surf, psychadelic, world and garage rock sounds. Their latest Bandcamp release, a demo of their ballad Tus Ojos, is a haunting song about empathy for a sad girl whose eyes shine in the moonlight. This is one that definitely sticks with you, with the lyrics and the infinitely catchy guitar run echoing in your brain long after the song is done. You know the drill, people… share it around, and encourage others to do the same!
It’s funny how you can know somebody, and yet there will still be room for pleasant and perspective shifting discovery. Take my longtime friend Bjorn Vader. I’ve always known he has a deep appreciation for music, along with impeccable taste and an ear for discovery. I’ve even heard him, at times, mention chops that would make good samples. What I didn’t know, however, was how much work he was putting in on the production side to not let these ideas go to waste. Unlike so many who wish they could produce, Bjorn taught himself the tricks of the trade, and has the catalog of production to show it. Take a dive into his soulful Bandcamp page, tell a friend to do the same, and if you feel inspired to do so, follow in his steps and make some beautiful music of your own.