Penny & Sparrow, “Let a Lover Drown You”

Penny & Sparrow, “Let a Lover Drown You” (Single Lock/Thirty Tigers). On their third full-length album, Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke kick their indie-folk emotionalism up a notch. Though they’ve largely made their name so far as an Austin act, for “Let a Lover Drown You” they relocated to Alabama and worked with John Paul White of the Civil Wars and co-producer Ben Tanner for their Single Lock label, distributed by influential Nashville company Thirty Tigers. Their sound remains relatively minimalist, with Baxter and Jahnke’s high, plaintive vocals clearly front and center, but the embellishments are more richly textured here. The album is a deeply ingrained mood piece, never straying too far from its quiet but alluring core aesthetic. SXSW showcase March 17 at the Majestic; also playing April 16 at the Parish. Here’s the track “Bed Down,” which premiered on NPR:

Holy Wave, “Freaks of Nurture” (Reverb Appreciation Society). One of Austin’s best psychedelic bands keeps getting better on its fourth album, released on the label run by the folks responsible for Levitation Fest. The band is overseas this month and thus won’t be around for SXSW, but never fear, they’ll be back in time to play the first day of Levitation at Carson Creek Ranch on April 20. Here’s the album’s opening track, “She Put a Seed in My Ear.”

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MARCH 25: White Denim, “Stiff” (Downtown), produced by Ethan Johns, playing SXSW (dates TBA).

MARCH 25: Bayonne, “Primitives” (Mom+Pop), re-branded wider release of Roger Sellers album issued last fall.

APRIL 1: Greyhounds, “Change of Pace” (Ardent), playing March 25-26 at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.

APRIL 1: Explosions in the Sky, “The Wilderness” (Temporary Residence).

APRIL 1: Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow, “From the Forest Came the Fire” (Modern Outsider), release show April 2 at Stateside at the Paramount.

APRIL 8: Hayes Carll, “Lovers and Leavers” (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers).

APRIL 8: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages,” release show April 9 at Strange Brew.

APRIL 8: Residual Kid, “Salsa” EP (Sire/Warner Bros.).

APRIL 15: Calliope Musicals, “Time Owes You Nothing,” release show April 15 at Central Presbyterian Church.

APRIL 15: Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue, “Poppy Toppy Gone,” release show April 16 at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, in-store April 17 at Antone’s Record Shop.

APRIL 22: Sharks in the Deep End, “Killin Machine.”

MAY 3: Jeremy Nail, “My Mountain.”

MAY 6: A Giant Dog, “Pile” (Merge).

MAY 13: Migrant Kids, “Primordial Soup” EP (Pure Joy).

MAY: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, self-titled.

MAY: Cotton Mather, “Songs From the I Ching,” first in a series of vinyl releases collecting 64 digital tracks.

JUNE: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder).

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