OUT THIS WEEK
Sydney Wright, “Seiche.” An indie-pop singer-songwriter who creates keyboard-loop soundscapes to support her striking lead vocals (she’s also worked as a sound engineer at Austin clubs), Wright is coming back from serious injuries suffered in a June hit-and-run incident. Working with Stefano Viene and Alejandro Ponce of Mexico City at the renowned West Texas studio Sonic Ranch and Brian Douglas Phillips at Austin’s Rattle Trip Audio, Wright has created an arresting and ambitious album. Leadoff track “Wait for the Wave” is a soulful piano ballad that suggests Wright could slip into Sarah McLachlan/Norah Jones territory, while “Dragonskin” beguiles with its gently swinging rhythm. “Tip” is a lively pop number that bounces buoyantly to Wright’s keyboard riffs and quick-punch vocals, before the gorgeous title track finishes the album with a meditative reverie. Release show Nov. 9 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the video for the track “You Can Stay”:
Reputations, “Electric Power” (Nine Mile). Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis with producer Jody Stephens and engineer Adam Hill, “Electric Power” follows the band’s 2017 debut “Begging for More,” which was impressive enough to draw the attention of Big Star drummer Stephens. The band is now moving forward without co-founder Seth Gibbs, who died of cancer last week at age 36 but contributed to this recording. With vocals from Rockyanne Bullwinkel and Jenny Carson (since replaced by Auburn Noel) getting instrumental support from guitarist Rudy Spencer, bassist Justin Smith and drummer Jimmy Wildcat, “Electric Power” is lively, creative and soulful from start to finish. Here’s the track “The Exciter”:
Mr. Lewis & the Funeral Five, “Before the World Beat You Down” (Chicken Ranch). On his first album since 2011’s “Delirium Tremendous,” Greg Lewis has largely recast his band, with four members departing and three new ones added (Jared Wiley on keys, Gabriel Von Asher on bass and Dez Desormeaux on sax). “Before the World Beat You Down” features 10 songs of careening, carnivalesque rock & roll that puts the spotlight on Lewis’s flair for the dramatic as a lead vocalist. The subject matter likely was partly influenced by personal turmoil, as several band members went through hard losses of significant others last year to suicide, cancer and divorce. Release show Nov. 10 at Barracuda. Here’s the track “Daniel Died”:
Bruce Smith, “Til The Wheels Fall Off” (Blackwall). Meat-and-potatoes rootsy rock & roll dominates the 10 tracks on Smith’s fifth album, which was co-produced by Greg White at Fort Worth’s SG Studios with additional work by Omar Vallejo and keyboardist Randy Caballero at Austin’s 512 Studios. An East Austin haunt gets namechecked in the rollicking “Longbranch Inn,” while “Terry the Texas Tornado” has the feel of a twangy number the Texas Tornados might have cranked out. Release show Nov. 10 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the video for the Buddy Holly tribute song “59 Stratocaster,” filmed partly atop Doug Sahm Hill and at other Austin locations:
Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers, “Love Is Blood.” Essentially a duo of guitarist-singer Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou and drummer Brother Pete Coatney (co-producer Taylor Tatsch adds keyboards on a couple of tracks), the Destroyers are making their debut after working together as sidemen in Jack Ingram’s band. There’s little on this rote, uninspiring nine-song set of Sciou originals that suggests they should be anything more than supporting musicians. Release show Nov. 9 at C-Boy’s. Here’s a live version of the album track “Beautiful Mess”:
Coattails, “Imaginary Friends” EP. Follow-up to the 2016 full-length debut from this indie quartet incorporating elements of psych-rock into their sound. Release show Nov. 8 at Empire. Here’s the video for the track “Clocks & Knives”:
NOV. 16: Various artists, "Austin City Limits Radio Broadcasts," vinyl release party Nov. 15 at Gold Rush Vinyl.
NOV. 17: American Dreamer, “Go Where You Go,” release show Nov. 17 at Saxon Pub.
NOV. 18: Various artists, “I Want My All ATX,” release show Nov. 18 at Four Seasons.
DEC. 4: Various artists, “An Austin Blue Christmas.”
JAN. 15: Nagavalli, “Immersion,” release show Jan. 20 at One World Theatre.
JAN. 25: Hunt Sales, “Get Your (Expletive) Together.”