Song of the Day

SXSW Song Of The Day: Hatchie – Sure

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Brisbane’s Hatchie (aka Harriette Pilbeam) has been making some headway recently back in Australia and now joins the contingent of Aussie artists who’ll be coming to SXSW this year.

Hatchie’s music has been described by Noisey as being “Somewhere between Cocteau Twins and Sky Ferreira.” That’s an intriguing mix, and I’ll add that Hatchie also reminds me slightly of another Harriett – The Sundays’ Harriett Wheeler. The chiming guitar that opens her song “Sure” brings to mind the same sort of sounds that The Sundays made back in their ’90s heyday. It’s a solid pop tune with a bit of shoegaze thrown in.

Hatchie plays Cheer Up Charlie’s on March 15 and Lucille on March 16.

SXSW Song Of The Day: No Vacation – Mind Fields

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San Francisco five piece No Vacation, perhaps somewhat ironically, produce the kind of chilled out, hazy dream pop that might actually work quite well as the soundtrack to a vacation. I could definitely imagine somebody listening to their music while lounging by a pool somewhere.

Alternatively, it would also sound pretty sweet on some outdoor stage on a sunny Austin afternoon, a scenario which is entirely possible when No Vacation make their way there for SXSW next month.

Check out the video for “Mind Fields” off their latest, Transmission:

SXSW Song Of The Day: Anna Burch – Tea-Soaked Letter

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Anna Burch has been active in the Detroit music scene for a bit now, playing in bands like Frontier Ruckus and Failed Flowers, but her upcoming album Quit the Curse (out February 2 on Polyvinyl Records) will be her solo debut. The few songs I’ve heard from it so far sound fantastic, with the standout being “Tea-Soaked Letter,” a jangly indie pop tune buoyed by an infectiously catchy melody.

Anna Burch will be playing probably a whole bunch of shows at SXSW this March and she’s definitely made my list of must-sees. Check out the video for “Tea-Soaked Letter” below.

Song Of The Day: King Woman – I Wanna Be Adored

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The real challenge in doing a cover song is making it your own. In their cover of The Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored,” San Francisco doom metallers King Woman have done just that.

By slowing it down to a heavy dirge, the band has definitely changed the vibe of the song, transforming the original’s Madchester sound into some melancholic, mournful doom with a side of shoegaze and adding a certain yearning to it.

If the Stone Roses version were a piece of clothing, clearly it would be a bucket hat, whereas King Woman’s version is more like a jet black bucket hat that comes with a built in funeral veil. Check it out: