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SXSW Song of the Day: Silibrina, Ponteado

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I have always found instrumental music much more cerebral than lyrical pieces. Having something said aloud appears to drain most of the energy, fun, and originality from it. It’s like having David Attenborough detail, in the Queen’s English, how a sensible fellow should emote as penguins take the plunge down a 50 ft cliff amidst titanic waves to begin a week-long journey in order to provide for the next generation. And some of them don’t make it. How is one supposed to scavenge that second-hand emotion and still stand tall as a human being? Has that merry-morning slammed the door on you?

Jolly good. Here’s some up-beat jazz to parley with the newly settled gloom. As usual, my familiarity with jazz in particular is rather limited to superficial bouts. I seem to write of this every time. Yet it has never stopped me from following that boiler-plate with some protracted analysis using said facile expertise.

Silibrina is a septet from Brazil, fronted by Gabriel Nóbrega, who arrange/compose most of the numbers on their new album O Raio. “Ponteado” is one of them. The theme running through the whole set is at once exciting, catchy, and familiar. I find it hard not to quantum-entangle this track with sunny beaches (“entangle with boggy quagmires” would technically be more accurate if you think about it, but those are scientific facts that we don’t have time for). Those of you better educated might immediately recognize it as a part of some standard – but it’s eluding my identification. Regardless, it’s a center point worth revisiting throughout the 5 minutes, though still a bit on the brash side for me. This is less a track for quiet contemplation, more something that I would use at Halcyon to tune out the common masses as they drink their cafe latte, too poor to spare a thought for those penguins. Heartless bastards.

SXSW Song of the Day: Shopping – The Hype

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Some bands just don’t want to be found on the internet. I suspect Shopping is one of them. Who else would name themselves Shopping? Nevertheless, through the power of PR emails, I happened upon the wildly energetic track “The Hype.” Sounding like an ’80s tiki bar party, this three piece band has been gaining some hype in the old land on the other shores of the Atlantic and will be playing the ever popular British Music Embassy at SXSW on Thursday March 15th at Latitude 30. I’ve been to that venue so many times the bouncer recognizes me.

Anyways, I honestly can’t find more information about this and I can’t really google them so I leave you with this.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Idles – Mother

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One of the most memorable acts I caught at last year’s SXSW was Bristol band Idles. For the band’s final set of the week, they packed themselves onto the tiny stage at BD Riley’s and proceeded to blow all those in attendance away with a powerful performance. Political lyrics, heavy guitars, and a bit of a confrontational vibe all made for an exciting show that night, and so I was happy to see that the band would be returning for this year’s edition as one of the bands playing The British Music Embassy at Latitude 30.

The lineup for this years British Music Embassy has just been released and it features notables such as Gaz Coombes, Frank Turner, Pale Waves, Girl Ray, Goat Girl, and Jade Bird taking to the stage at Latitude 30 throughout the week with Idles closing out the night on Thursday, March 15 at 1:00am. It will be intense.

Check out the video for “Mother,” off of last year’s Brutalism, below:

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.

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