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Nagavalli, “Immersion.” A heads-up right at the outset: The shortest track on “Immersion” runs nine minutes. The longest is 49 minutes. Which is to say, this recording doesn’t fit into standard preconceptions or boundaries of albums. That’s part of what makes “Immersion” fascinating, along with Nagavalli’s enchanting exploration of genres well outside the realm of most Western Hemisphere music. Self-described as “Eastern soul with delicate touches of pop, rock, trance and pure Eastern tradition,” Nagavalli’s art is unlike any other you’ll hear in Austin, though she’s worked with fellow locals such as avant garde instrumental combo A Is Red led by Don Harvey, who co-produces and plays drums here. Most of "Immersion" consists of the title track, with three comparatively shorter (yet still lengthy) pieces based on compositions by “ancient Indian Saints” Sant Kabir and Meera Bai filling out the 80-minute run-time. Release show Jan. 20 at One World Theatre. Here’s a sound-clip sampler of excerpts from the album:
Rob Baird, “After All” (Hard Luck). The fourth album from the Memphis native, and second since he moved to Austin, finds Baird digging deep into an Americana singer-songwriter vein, seamlessly fusing elements of country, rock, folk and blues. Recorded in Nashville with producer Rick Brantley under the direction of Jeremy Ferguson (his credits include Cage the Elephant and Lucie Silvas, who sings on the track “Burning Blue”), “After All” is a confident and fully-realized 10-song journey that largely documents the dissolution of a relationship. Release show Jan. 12 at Antone’s. Here’s the track “I Tried”:
Pat Byrne, “Rituals.” Released late last year, this seven-song set from the Irish singer-songwriter was recorded partly in Austin with Rich Brotherton (whose credits include extensive work with renowned Scottish expat Ed Miller). Some tracks were recorded in Ireland as well, with Brotherton mixing in his Austin studio. The raspy melodic soul of Byrne’s voice recalls the emotional spells the late Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave used to cast, though Byrne’s songwriting bears a more distinctive Irish stamp. He’s more contemporary than strict traditionalists, putting him more in the league of Glen Hansard or Luka Bloom, perhaps; yet at times he conjures a deeply old-school feel — especially on the spectacular “Hills of Killedmond,” which features Irish legend Kevin Burke on fiddle. Playing Jan. 9 at Guero’s for Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live program, and Jan. 11 at ABGB. Here’s “Hills of Killedmond":
JAN. 25: Hunt Sales Memorial, “Get Your (Expletive) Together” (Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum), in-store Jan. 24 at Waterloo Records.
JAN. 25: Terry Klein, “Tex,” release shows Feb. 15-16 at Townsend.
FEB. 1: Bright Light Social Hour, “Jude Vol. 1” (Modern Outsider), in-store Feb. 1 at Waterloo Records.
FEB. 1: A. Sinclair, “Catpaws” (Nine Mile), in-store Jan. 28 at Waterloo Records, release show Feb. 2 at Mohawk.
FEB. 1: Go Fever, “Daydream Hawker” EP, release show Feb. 2 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
FEB. 1: Quiet Company, “On Corners & Shapes” EP, release show Feb. 1 at Mohawk.
FEB. 5: George Ensle, “Home” (Berkalin), release show Feb. 9 at Threadgill’s.
FEB. 8: Gurf Morlix, “Impossible Blue” (Rootball).
FEB. 8: Atlamesa, “Idol Frontier,” release show Feb. 8 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
FEB. 8: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, “The Whole Shebang.”
FEB. 8: Mamahawk, “Brain Invaderz,” in-store Feb. 8 at Waterloo Records.
FEB. 8: Rebecca Loebe, “Give Up Your Ghosts” (Blue Corn), in-store Jan. 29 at Waterloo Records.
FEB. 8: Daisy O’Connor, “Ether,” release show Feb. 10 at Cosmic.
FEB. 15: Hayes Carll, “What It Is” (Dualtone).
FEB. 22: Moving Panoramas, “In Two” (Modern Outsider), in-store Feb. 22 at Waterloo Records.
APRIL 5: Brandon Wayne DeMaris, “Brave Bones,” release show April 10 at Antone’s.