If it’s not common knowledge by now that movie references are my soft spot, it should be apparently so in the wake of this share. Tone Royal, based out of San Antonio, decided to go ahead and blow my mind with the release of his music video for Late. The first single from the upcoming EP of the same name, Tone‘s video goes out of it’s way to immerse us up to our eyeballs in both famous and obscure movie reference interactions. The animation hearkens back to the transition period between Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and the choices are pitch perfect. It goes without question that the song is a banger as well, making all of the elements hold one another up in a beautiful bit of harmony. This one comes highly recommended, so definitely hit those like, share and subscribe buttons!
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Tagged adult swim, cartoon network, chief, late, san antonio, the doomsday device, tone royal
All of this Texas-based R&B has been good for the soul. We are getting a very wide cross section of what this realm can be, and we don’t even have to leave the central Texas corridor to experience it. I’ve covered AMEA (who currently reps San Antonio) a couple of times before on this blog, but the release of The Learning Tree Pt. 1 is opening my eyes to aspects of her style that I am happy to find present. Shades of Georgia Anne Muldrow, Raphael Saadiq, Stacey Epps and Me’Shell NdegéOcello are all present, and yet AMEA still has a unique presence that cuts right through and sits comfortably within the sound surrounding her. This is wonderful music, and it should hopefully lead to bigger and better things. You can find it on all of the services, so I suggest doing so.
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Tagged AMEA, chief, georgia anne muldrow, me'shell ndegéocello, raphael saadiq, san antonio, stacey epps, texas, the doomsday device, the learning tree pt. 1
In the words of more eaze, this is ‘good rainy/gray day music. lo-fi folk songs and a side long dreamy electronic track’. That description pretty much hits the nail on the head for this one… it’s a beautiful trip through a low-key landscape that drops you off in the middle of an electronic playground. unnatural_light. is distributed by San Antonio-based Rat Tail Tapes, a distribution house that specializes in releases that push the boundaries of sound exploration. The limited edition cassette tape is available for order, and the tunes are available to listen to online as well, so do yourself a favor and do so.
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Tagged chief, more eaze, rat tail records, san antonio, the doomsday device, unnatural_light.
San Antonio-based artist AMEA clearly has a vision, and her execution over the last couple of months has been breathtaking and inspiring. Space(ships) is an animated journey into the mind of AMEA, and a fitting followup to the deeply personal VayCay. Her aesthetic is strong, yet inviting… I am looking forward to whatever she releases in the future, be it visually or musically, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment.
At this point, I don’t know much about AMEA, other than that I need to know more. I unfortunately cannot remember how I stumbled across the video for VayCay, but I am very glad that I did, because the video is truly inspiring. Not only is it a strong song with a wonderfully produced video to back it up, the video includes a strong narrative that tells a concurrent story with the song, culminating in a moving experience for the listener/viewer. The amount of high quality music video work I am seeing that comes out of the central Texas area is truly amazing. As for AMEA, she seems to be on the rise, so I will definitely keep watch for more from her.
Diversity of style and sound is plentiful within the central Texas area. One of the many thriving scenes is the lo fi pop music movement, almost dream pop (if you will). San Antonio-based singer/songwriter elnuh, a member of many collective musical projects, is making a standout effort with the recently released bad week EP. The only thing that is remotely negative about this is the want for more once the last notes fade. I will certainly be keeping my eyes and ears open for more.
It seems like there is a vibe in the air that 2017 is going to be someone’s year in my peer group. Everyone is taking shots at making bigger steps and gaining more exposure. Case in point, yet another set of my wonderful and talented musician friends are in the mix for the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. This time, it’s the San Antonio-based trip hop duo Voodoo Boogaloo bringing their spacey, loving vibes to the contest. My blog may just mess around and end up being a ton of my friends going for the NPR-gold in 2017!