Goldsoundz - Relations (Album Teaser)
out in March on KIM
Skipping through the upcoming Goldsoundz 12” with a dj-ing dog. Not that we expected anything less hilariously random from them.
Goldsoundz are presenting their first LP in Vienna at the Flex on March 26 and in Graz at the Postgarage on April 2.
New Native - Twisting
Wow, how many record labels can one single act have? Four, apparently, in the case of New Native, an indie emo punk band that appeared on the radar rather suddenly and has been taking steps very professionally ever since.
Free download via the Goddamn Records Bandcamp.
The Beth Edges are abducted by a femme fatale with a gun who is also a seductive dancer.
Alameda - Little Lives
The thing is, if you’re called Alameda and you’re from Portland, Oregon and you do indie-folk… you’re gonna get compared to Elliott Smith and you’re gonna fall short because you’re not Elliott Smith.
That said, I do like this. It’s got a cello and it’s some of the least offensively inoffensive indie-folk I’ve heard in a while (and if you know this blog, you know that this is as close to praise as we get when it comes to indie-folk).
Alameda are on tour in Austria from March 8 to March 21 with stops in Feldbach, Klagenfurt, Graz, Vienna, Linz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Weyer.
Garish - Ganz Paris
Sind ja hier eigentlich eher Team Katzen (wie es sich für Internetsüchtige gehört), aber wenn Garish und ihr Regisseur Christoph Kuschnig süße Hunde durch Paris schicken, finden wir das auch toll. Sehr sogar.
Song from the most epic scene of the movie.
Steaming Satellites - How Dare You?
As featured in Andreas Prochaska’s “Alpenwestern” Das finstere Tal.
I Am Oak - Reverence For Fallen Trees (The Black Atlantic Cover)
Well this makes total sense. My two favourite Dutch bands The Black Atlantic (from Groningen) and I Am Oak (from Utrecht) released a split EP recently and I am in heaven.
When you listen to songs by these bands, you can feel and smell and hear the ocean, the constant rain, the North, the canals in the Dutch towns, much like I am convinced I can hear the Neusiedler See in Garish songs.
Aber das Leben lebt - Whiteout
from Figures, out on March 21 via Trost Records
We’ve had this one in our drafts for ages. Firstly because we didn’t want to post it months ahead of the release and secondly because it gave me time to figure out who the singer’s voice reminded me of. I still haven’t. A sadder, older Damien Jurado? Michael J. Sheehy? Willard Grant Conspiracy’s Robert Fisher?
Something like that. I.e. beautiful.
Heinz aus Wien - Lieb im Prinzip
Apparently Heinz aus Wien had to leave out the “aus Wien” for some time because some major label person thought “Heinz aus Wien” sounded too much like “Anton aus Tirol”.
Chronic City - Nom de Guerre (complete album stream)
Chronic City are an OK band with an excellent network.
Which is slightly problematic. On the one hand, it is great when local music is featured on the websites of more (Krone, Kurier) or less big media outlets. On the other hand, I can’t help but find it kind of unfair to acts that might be more interesting but that don’t know all the right people.
But essentially this is a problem I have with freunderlwirtschaft journalism in general and not with the music at hand. So please go ahead and give it a listen; it is quite nice.
Chronic City are celebrating the release of their debut album “Nom de Guerre” on 7 March at Flex in Vienna.
ETA: I would like to add that of course we are a part of the “problem” and this is not supposed to be a critique of individual media, people or projects (certainly not, the Chronic City album really has turned out great), but rather of a doubtful situation in general.
N.I.K.O. - Als Ich Noch Schlief
from Zwischen Asphalt und Milchstraße, out on April 4
This is what I like to call “breakfast TV rap”, i.e. something that has been robbed off all lumps and bumps and is now a bland, quite forgettable consumer product. Supposedly the album also has more serious songs but after this introduction I cannot be bothered to look for them. However, if you used to be a really big Max Herre fan and are looking for something somewhat similar, you can download the single on bandcamp.
DENA - Bad Timing
A lot darker than her fun mini-hit “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" but still the signature style of Erlend Øye protégé DENA, this song avoids cliché traps with some amazing lyrics:
Don’t worry, I’ll open up the window later
When you leave my room ‘cause I want to forget your flavour
Yes! Exactly! I have done that before! Has anyone ever put it in words? I doubt it!
Go see DENA on 10 April at Brut Wien (unless you prefer seeing Garish at WUK or something else which is also going to be great at Grelle Forelle).
'PURE DYNAMITE' video
The Beth Edges - Pure Dynamite
from The Beth Edges, out on 14 March
Crowdfunding champions The Beth Edges have a new, self-titled album coming out soon, which has the touch of a western look and feel to it, and of which Pure Dynamite is the first appetizer.
Visually, the boys and their director were possibly influenced by one of the greatest music videos of the 90s, Take That’s How Deep Is Your Love. I totally approve.
The Beth Edges album release show: 14 March, Flex, Vienna
Clemens Band Denk - Die Mitte Ist Da Drüben
from Clemens Band Denk, out now on Totally Wired Records
This video is probably chock-full of late 20th century entertainment technology nostalgia for those of you whose parents didn’t have a weird stance towards technology (it is evil), so you guys enjoy that.
In the meantime, I’m going to repeat “Bitte, ist da Frühling?”, since those are the lyrics I chose to hear, until it actually is spring.