South By Southwest

SXSW Song of the Day: Sun and the Wolf – Precipice

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I have had a limited sampling of German pop music, introduced to me by a German (whose first choice when working late was, oddly, Commodores’ “Nightshift”…) and while I’m not well-versed enough in music to identify or explain it, the opening minute of “Precipice” instantly reminded me of Germany.

Curiously, then, Sun and the Wolf is composed of three Berlin transplants from New Zealand. It may be the cautious and deliberate pace, or the minimalist sound space. And of course once you set eyes on the style of the music video, the diagnosis, “hell will have to freeze over before North America considers this kosher” is all but cemented. It is nonetheless an interesting and oddly addicting track. I just can’t agree with the leotards though. Never leotards.

SXSW Song of the Day: Adam Torres – High Lonesome

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The studio recording of “High Lonesome” left little doubt that the star in Adam Torres’ songs is his voice. Although some YouTube commenters enjoyed the imagery of Wes Anderson, Michonne (Walking Dead) and Jack Nicholson being responsible for the modern American folk offerings at a Tiny Desk Concert.

Whichever version you listen to, the American West comes alive as if from the perspective of a soaring eagle. Normally the Canyonlands landscape demands a certain majestic awe; I enjoy how this track dispenses with that requirement. You are simply taken on a plain-sailing, stratospheric ride. Technically, eagles are visual hunters and need sunlight – although I doubt the perspective of a soaring jetliner would conjure the equivalent emotion.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Julie Byrne – Natural Blue

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Get ready, people – SXSW is coming in just a couple of weeks. You know what else is coming up? That’s right, the return of David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks. Also, that gum you like is going to come back in style.

Fittingly, Showtime is taking the opportunity to promote the upcoming series as part of COLLiDE On Rainey with “two days of live music performances inspired by the series” at Clive Bar featuring the likes of Agnes Obel, Neko Case, Real Estate, and several others. And of course, there will be coffee and pie. One of the artists performing will be New York’s Julie Byrne, whose ambient folk sound seems quite well-suited to the Twin Peaks theme.

Check out Byrne’s “Natural Blue” below:

Julie Byrne plays Clive Bar at 9pm on Thursday, March 16.

SXSW Song of the Day: Youngr – Out of My System

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Youngr is so young he don’t even got a wikipedia page. Based off the research I have done and the video below, Youngr is a multi-instrumentalist who likes to perform his music all by himself, which means either

a) he hates people
b) he does not trust people to play is music
c) he enjoys multi-tasking
d) he has no friends

Either way, it is very impressive to do all this stuff by yourself, but it takes a village my man.

Anyways, this song “Out of My System” is a song I would classify as “At a bar, on a beach at sunset” music. It’s chilled and relaxing but has a little groove to it that’ll make you bob your head. It’s enjoyable.

Youngr plays the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 on Saturday 18th March

To be honest, everything at British Music Embassy is pretty good. Check it out bitches.

Here is the link to the British Music Embassy

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