DIY/Lo-Fi

Ferdinand's "Proud Honey" is a dreamy sound collage

Proud Honey is something akin to a rush of cars driving by. There isn't much to latch on to other than the constant flow itself and all the colors and makes and models and faces subconsciously blend together into a patchwork slipstream. You lose track of the individual pieces and forget that the entire process is a very inorganic, man-made thing as it fades into something as natural as a school of fish. The pieces here are even more abstract—new wave, post-punk, goth, surf—and the result is an EP that passes by all too quickly and demands another listen or two. -Austin Phy

   

New Track: "Orion" (Live) - Tapes & Tubes

Recorded live at W/N W/N, this take of “Orion” by Tapes & Tubes (a.k.a. Austin Potter) paints a historically nostalgic portrait of a town that’s been rundown by time. Catching a bird’s eye view, the brief scene is a reminder that a simple setting still carries a deeper story. Tapes & Tubes will bringing his poetic verses to Ortlieb’s on Thursday, April 28, with Patrick Mansfield, Lauren and Paddy, and Thick Red Wine.

   

New Video: "Arranged" (Live - BrooklynVegan Acoustic Sessions) - Abi Reimold

Below is a live solo performance by Abi Reimold of "Arranged," which is the opening track from her latest album Wriggling (Sad Cactus). It was recorded in Philadelphia inside a defunct train tunnel with a skylight for BrooklynVegan Acoustic Sessions. You can catch Riemold this evening at The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery for Philly Radness, where you'll also experience an "interactive pop-up skatepark," as well as the sounds of Queen of Jeans and Hemming. (Photo by Michael Ash Smith)

   

Debut Grayling EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duality of introspectively emotive lyricism meeting the outpouring of external release come to a head when Grayling, a.k.a. Lexi Campion (formerly of Edelweiss), peers inward whilst pushing outward. The result, her debut EP Everything That Burns (which was recently released via NDE Records), is a musical tug of war - heavy and gripping. Hold on tight.

   

Troller's 'Storm Maker' Video is As Gorgeous and Odd as the Song Itself

Weird bands are making some badass high-tech, lo-fi impressionistic videos in Austin right now, and we are eating this stuff up. Latest in the line of Austin's most experimental artists to embrace abstract bizarro tech-created imagery for the visual representations of their music, a list that's recently included acts like Shmu and Rikroshi, are Deli-favorite doom sirens Troller.

The video in question is for the mightily-named and overwhelmingly pretty track “Storm Maker” from Troller's recent and sublime Graphic, and both it and the song itself are a departure, at least in surface aesthetics, from the majority of Troller's typically dark and heavy oeuvre. Here Troller applies their tremendous (in the true sense of the word) musical approach to being also gorgeous- the track is edgy, harmonic, modern, and outright heartbreakingly pretty. The subject matter is the typically heady and emotionally complex stuff you get with Troller (and, really, most all Holodeck Records acts), with no small amount of weltschmerz present, but as opposed to the overwhelming doom and crushing crescendos of their standard songs, “Storm Maker” is both audially and visually an assault of gorgeousness.

A large part of that in the song itself can be attributed to singer and deathbass maven Amber Star-Goers' thrillingly dynamic vocals, which are presented here in a manner that gives you a chance to hear her voice clearly and at its most skillfully dynamic. The woman hits notes in the crescendo that are shocking in their power and goosebumps-inducing, and this track is in one way a hell of an argument that Star-Goers' has the best command of her range in all of Austin music. Instrumentalists Adam Jones and Justin Star-Goers provide a slow, but driving drum pad-laced aural structure over which Amber's voice plays that is equally as entrancing and darkly lovely.

Troller is making Lord of the Rings-level epic fantasy music right now, but done by the hippest, smartest people you know, as if they weren't Austinite humans but the most truly metal avant garde band of dark elves and orcs ever to throw noise across the multiverse. The “Storm Maker” video here is perfectly constructed to match the music- a highly abstract and impressionistic take that's so very modern that it has that rare intelligent retro look at 80s and 90s computer culture that is only just now getting its due through burning edge artists like Macintosh Plus and PC Music, and now Troller. The song's a long'n' (Troller ain't afeared of nothin'), and it is thoroughly worth taking in as a whole at 1080p, preferably on some damn good headphones or a system worthy of the bigness of this sound and video.

Take a look below, check out the whole Graphic album here, and we'll leave you with this insightful Troller quote from the “Storm Maker” video premiere a la FADER:

“Lyrically, this song is about the cycle of chaos and order in life. When circumstances force you to re-evaluate and humble yourself, there is a somber process of accepting your own limitations. These self-reflective moments usually teach valuable lessons to better manage the moments when you actually are in control. It's the duality of being a Storm Watcher and a Storm Maker.”