DIY/Lo-Fi

Luna Shadows goes retro with new single "The Nineties"

Today it's easy to view the Nineties how people then viewed the Sixties: A magical era of colorful pixels, modern fashions, and hope for a better future. But as Luna Shadows reflects in her new single "The Nineties", the decade had its fair share of insecurity, violence, disease, and despair. Shadows uses that roller coaster of anxiety to explore her past as well as her present fears, balancing her uneasiness against the poppy electronic music that seems ripped straight from the sound banks of a Super Nintendo. The retro game aesthetic makes a big appearance in the music video, which -- in keeping with her DIY brand -- Shadows filmed in her home in front of a green screen. "The Nineties" will appear on Shadows' upcoming debut album "Digital Pacific". Take a look at the music video for "The Nineties" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Psychedelic Disco Cowgirl Kitty Coen releases "Dark Soul"

 New artist Kitty Coen is keeping Austin Weird with the release of her latest single “Dark Soul”. This "psychedelic disco cowgirl" will captivate you with her haunting voice but hold you with the catchy disco beat. 

Cowboy, psychedelic, alt-rock, disco and high fashion are just a few ways to describe the vibe of local artist Kitty Coen. Sound familiar? Although she is new to the scene, Kitty Coen fits right into the Austin motif. She was set to perform at SXSW 2020 but has gifted us with this single and video to help heal our cancelled and broken hearts. 

 

Fire up the big screen, cuddle up to the new kitten and buy a disco ball because her new song and video for "Dark Soul" will take you on a trip. This video is a journey into the altered mind of the artist. The beginning is reminiscent of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas followed by a western night on 4th street. Truly a video not to be missed. 

 

With the upbeat tone and hallucinogenic visuals, do not overlook the strong feminist lyrics. What feels like a sexy party song is actually about being a desirable independent woman. She knows that men want her, but what she wants is a man who is not so clingy! 

 

Once the world opens up, Coen will be a sight to see live. With this being the second song she has streaming, Austin has a lot to look forward to.  

 

Magz Baillio

 

 

   

Subcommander Drops New Single “Hacksawteeth”

 Local D.I.Y. songwriter Marcos Rocha [A.K.A. subcommander] dropped a new single earlier this month via their North Loop apartment studio. The barely-there vocal style attests to their environment, being quarantined in a room with parchment paper walls. Though a lot of musicians are adjusting to working remotely, subcommander’s process hasn’t changed much. “All of my work has been made with really limited resources. It just so happens now that the resource I’m lacking is human contact”. Despite the current state of music in Austin, subcommander brings us a mini-symphony in “Hacksawteeth”.


The track starts with a funeral march style piano/string arrangement, then comfortably transitions into a warm, lounge vibe. The light fingerpicking on the nylon strings sound like Rocha’s sitting in the room with you. “Don't take the beaten path if it beats you to death” they whisper in the last line of the verses. Rocha is open about the feelings that went into creating the track, stating “One of my biggest fears is living a life that isn’t worth living, out of fear that I can’t have what I really want.” They added, “Meanwhile life is grinding away at you like a hacksaw & you’re expected to rise to whatever you’re handed using any tools you’ve got.” Rocha is well known in the Austin music community for their unabashed, guerilla marketing and no-frills approach.

 

In “Hacksawteeth”, subcommander took inspiration from fear, anxiety, false promises, Disney movie ‘Tangled’ and their cat Michael Caine. Rocha explains, “There is a horse named Maximus that has a whole personality and story arc. When the hero, Flynn, gets taken to jail near the end of the movie, I thought “Oh, obviously Maximus is just gonna go pay his bail” & that idea was really funny to me. That’s how I got the first line of the song ‘spent the night in jail / my cat paid bail.’ In a broader sense I feel like the song is about feeling helpless.” 

 

The subcommander discography is packed with a healthy dose of lo-fi, trip-pop tunes & more recently, an emotionally charged split album with Lizzie Page entitled ‘The Mud/Goodwill’ via local net-label Digital Hotdogs. Rocha plans on releasing an EP with their power-pop band Luvweb by the end of the year. Until then, you can purchase and stream “Hacksawteeth” on all major music streaming sites. Make sure to follow their Instagram and Facebook accounts to stay tuned in.


-Chris Lopez

 

   

Gawn jangle onwards in new video “No Light”

The overdriven, jangling nature of “No Light” immediately evokes nostalgia for a cramped performance at Trans Pecos or Babys All Right, yet the breakbeat energy Gawn bring to their performance keeps things forward focused. “Don’t sit around and find out, just get out and go,” sings bandleader and erstwhile touring musician Zach Koenig, an apt sentiment for a period plagued by constant inertia, though the track’s amp-straining guitar and condensed vox a la King Khan and the BBQ show make it difficult to sit still while listening. Sunny dispositions and slight discord make this single just the right amount of rough-hewn, and recommended listening for Friday nights indoors — watch the video below.

   

From the Submissions: ROHIL’s “CITRUS”

Writer, filmmaker, and musician Rohil Aniruth penned his latest single “CITRUS” while “sitting on a fire escape in New York,” a backstory that immediately colors the single’s somber, wandering narrative in terms relatable. In between lyrics sporadically examining the artist’s precarious psyche (“I’m all alone again, this time don’t feel the same”), Rohil’s electric guitar stumbles forwards in a dissociative manner. Paired with a growling, soft-spoken baritone, it becomes easy to imagine Aniruth quietly noodling about on a lurid summer night, recounting details of past love in a bittersweet manner. Such qualities make“CITRUS” is a track for those up far later than they intended, turning over the people who’ve “stained [their] brain,” wishing well to those who’ve moved on while maintaining hope to do the same one day — stream it the next time you're feeling ruminative after midnight.