SXSW Song Of The Day: Katie Pruitt – Normal

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Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

It’s no secret that I have a thing for folksy songs. The setup couldn’t be simpler – one person, few background instruments, and still air between us. There is also nowhere to hide. Here, I don’t need to be submerged by a wall of sound.

What I almost never tire of is that expansion of a voice hitting and lifting me like a perfectly timed wave, one that I can scramble to launch from, time and again. There is no strict need to overanalyze the melody, the hooks, etc. You just go with the flow until it drops beneath your feet and you go toes up into the sand with sea lions gawking at your inability to swim.

“Normal,” from Katie Pruitt‘s album Expectations, is one of these. It is authentic and heartfelt.

SXSW Song Of The Day – Lambert – Vienna

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Photo Credit: Andreas Hornoff

“Vienna” from Lambert‘s album True is not unsettling at all, even if it is performed by men wearing demonic leather masks in (rather sparse) traffic.

But Dear Sir, I must write to object. Why couldn’t they have chosen a garden variety ten-lane Los Angeles freeway to emphasize the contrast between the quiet, demure creeping of the keyboard over the true evil that is California traffic? I couldn’t begin to tell you the answer.

Or how about against a burning pyre that puts their instruments in real danger of spontaneous ignition from the radiative heat while their fingers dance upon the fire that crackles with the same musical intensity?

What I can tell you is that flights from Germany are not expensive and come with free beer, and… wait. OK. Maybe they also have worms in their heads to help them consume those beers and… OH that’s why the masks! Their music slides under their own skins and grows leather masks from the inside out! Everything make sense now. Forty years from now that mask will be so huge that it will begin to make its own sound and music, and it will sound, prophetically, exactly the same.

None of this will not happen if you listen to this music. Have fun!

Lambert plays the Central Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00pm.

Song Of The Day: Hamerkop – The Splendour That Was Rome

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Hamerkop‘s album Remote is as remote from remote as one can be if the word conjures up images of Fargo. On this new album, the Baltimore-based synth pop duo of Annabel Alpers and Adam Cooke concocts numbers like “The Splendour That Was Rome” (yes, with the correct spelling).

“The Splendour That Was Rome” reimagines Imagine Dragons’ conspicuous urge to project from the pop of the world, with a more laissez-faire approach. The construction can seem a bit simplistic. It does, however, create the immersive quality as a shimmering, diamond-dusted Midwestern snowstorm, like the one in which I am sitting through and hence the review.

Hamerkop’s Remote is out now on Drag City Records.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Autre Monde – On the Record

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“On The Record” sounds like it would fit right into a prom night montage in a vintage ’80s John Hughes film. What elevates the track above that is the inclusion of a sax solo that could be from the same neighborhood that Baker Street resides in. Overall, a great tune.

Autre Monde are a four piece band from Ireland with very sharp looking record design. I mean, look at that top picture. They will be playing SXSW this year. Check them out.

Autre Monde plays Thursday, March 19 at 12:00am at The Velveeta Room.


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