“Look at My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul” (Nacional/Amazon Original). Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada, one of Austin’s busiest and most creative musicians, was at the helm for this revelatory 12-song set that includes many more notable artists from the city, the state and beyond. Mixing newly written tunes with historic nuggets, “Look at My Soul” sounds like no other record you’ll hear this year, celebrating sounds of Texas and Mexico that reach beyond traditional country and Tejano realms. Members of three Quesada outfits — Brownout, Black Pumas and Grupo Fantasma — take part, along with Texas legend Ruben Ramos, Los Lobos members David Hidalgo and Steve Berlin, guitarist Charlie Sexton, Tomar & the FCs frontman Tomar Williams, Kam Franklin of Houston soul dynamos the Suffers, Johnny Hernandez of the Latinaires, and many more. Recorded in Austin at Wire and Electric Deluxe studios, “Look at My Soul” is available exclusively via Amazon (streaming and CD-on-demand now; vinyl due later this month). Exactly what category it would go in is debatable — much to Quesada’s credit — but this is a project that’s clearly worthy of Grammy recognition. Here’s a brief documentary teaser about the making of the record:
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Craig Marshall, “Turnaround” (Big Ticket). A longtime presence on the Austin scene as a singer-songwriter and with the band Lucky Strikes, Marshall returns with an 11-song set produced by Robert Harrison (Cotton Mather, Future Clouds & Radar). With contributions from local players including Patterson Barrett, Brad Fordham, Kevin Lovejoy, Derek Morris, Rick Richards and Betty Soo, Marshall leans toward classic country-folk territory, with touches of pedal steel, mandolin and fiddle enhancing the melodies. Release show Oct. 30 at the Townsend. Here’s a lyric video for the track “The Only Thing I Have to Do”:
David Messier, “Time Bomb.” The follow-up to his 2016 solo debut “Waiting for Eldridge” is an immaculately produced 11-song set of original pop and rock tunes. Messier, formerly of the Boston band Papermoon, moved to Austin a decade ago and has become an integral part of the community as a producer and studio owner (Same Sky Productions). In-store Nov. 2 at Waterloo Records, release show Nov. 3 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the video for the opening track, “Television Is Better Than Love”:
MORE AUSTIN360 ON THE RECORD: Check out additional recent local releases
NOV. 9: Reputations, “Electric Power,” release show Nov. 1 at Hotel Vegas.
NOV. 9: Sydney Wright, “Seiche.”
NOV. 9: Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers, “Love Is Blood.”
NOV. 9: Coattails, “Imaginary Friends” EP, release show Nov. 8 at Empire.
NOV. 10: Bruce Smith, “Til The Wheels Fall Off,” release show Nov. 10 at Saxon Pub.
JAN. 15, 2019: Nagavalli, “Immersion,” release show Jan. 20 at One World Theatre.