Alt Pop

Wildfires is the Austin Deli's Artist of the Month

Yet another poll hath gone, and the people have spoken: Wildfires is your Austin Deli Artist of the Month, coming in hard with a big push in the last few days that rocketed them straight into first. We've got a pretty good idea where Wildfires' roaring race to the win got its fuel, as this dreamy and deceptively-named indie outfit had a recent EP release at Cheer Up Charlies on March 11. Wildfires has transitioned over the years from a more acoustic-heavy American roots sound to poppy indie with a hazey shoegaze bent, which is what you'll get from single "Sad Wolverine" off the new EP and found below. The digital release of the album is said to be available soon, and we think it's a pretty cool coincidence that the band was able to time its release to match so perfectly with the weather, as this airy indiepop entry goes quite lovely with the light spring weather we've got in Austin right now. We suggest making Wildfires your spring soundtrack for all the hours of driving about looking for parking you're about to do this fest, so get listenin' and happy goddamn SX, y'all.

   

Dr. Neanderthal Celebrates Women's Day With An Experimental Cover of Annie Lennox's "No More I Love You's"

 

"I always like it when a male artist covers female songs and female artists cover male songs, it's always fun" says Chang Won Chang, known by his musical moniker Dr. Neanderthal. Just a month after dropping his sophomore EP, Dr. Neanderthal is back to honor women around the world. Reconstructing "No More I Love You's" bright 90's pop ballad for a hushed and abstract take. With echoes and falsettos included, the doctor has made the track all his own.

On Choosing "No More I Love You's:" I guess I covered the song because I always loved the song and always wanted to cover it.

On His Sophomore EP "Body:" I felt like this was the first EP where I used a lot more instruments, like the human body... there's less computing.

The Sound of "Body:"  It sounds like bodies of water, mountains...very earthy, like rocks and dirt. Like visiting Patagonia.

Fave Track: "We Are Stardust." It was inspired by scientist Carl Sagan. He said we are all made of stardust - like from the cosmic bang. So I wanted it to sound like stars.

On Self-Indulgence: I also really like "Where Do Our Bodies Go." It's a bit self-indulgent (laughs) but I do like a three minute guitar solo, so it's cool. (laughs)

Check out Dr. Neanderthal's "No More I Love Yous" Cover and EP "Body" below. --Sade A Spence

 

   

GRANDPARENTS: New Music + Tour Kickoff 3.11

Last week Portland psychedelic sweethearts, Grandparents, debuted their brand new track "Kids In The Alley" on Vice's Noisey blog. Tomorow (3.11), they will play at Mississippi Studios along with local R&B sensation Natasha Kmeto and drone-psych lords Swahili, kicking off a 2+ week spring tour in support of a three-track cassingle release which will include stops at SXSW and Treefort Music Fests. "Kids In The Alley" showcases a dramatically matured level of production for the group, with heavily spaced out Tame Impala inspired synth trances eloquently placed between playful pop infused verses. I couldn't be more stoked for their forthcoming debut full length due out later this year. It's been a long time coming, but Grandparents are sure to be Portland's next huge deal.

- Travis Leipzig 

Photo Courtesy of Todd Walberg

   

Deli Premier: Diana DeMuth's "Albuquerque" Sneak Peak

A product of woody Concord, MA, Diana DeMuth’s dark voice croons over funky but varied instrumentals on her new track “Act like a Stranger.” With both a voice and lyrical wisdom that sound beyond her years, DeMuth’s new record is packed with the classic themes of a young songwriter; the joys of love, traveling, the pains of love, traveling again, and the ever poignant nod to your home town. “Act Like a Stranger” breaks away from the mostly acoustic record “Albuquerque” with an energetic percussion intro and bright back up vocals out of some early 60’s pop tune. She’s already a force to be reckoned with solo, but Alain Mallet’s production props her up while never out-shining that voice. Some singers blow your hair back with their power, but I prefer those like DeMuth, smoothly pulling you in for a closer listen. Her new album Albuquerque will be coming out later this month on March 17th, be sure to keep an ear out for it. - Paul Jordan Talbot

Photo by Chris Macken

   

Growl

Hark ye youngin's, and listen to a tale of ancient musical glory from yer fast-fading elders. Believe it or not, once there was a day when indie was primarily a genre that was less of a particular sound and more of a feeling. Really, it was just a term you used to refer to the weird, maybe rock-ish shit made by people that felt a little different and who didn’t fit into the regular music industry mold. It was weird, and it was kinda awkward and raw, and Growl is a band from Austin that is that weird, kinda awkward raw indie sound done right, and done right now. The record they put out late last December has been entrenched in my daily playlist since I first heard it, and while it's worth any Austinite's ear time, those who are into that old sound from the 90s and early 2000s will paritcularly love the Growl. They're a return to where this shit all came from, and their whole album is available for listening at their Bandcamp link right damn here. Listen, and bathe yourself in the echoes of the memories of late 90s youths.