Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.
William Harries Graham, “Jakes.” Freshly out of his teens, Graham has followed Jon Dee Graham’s lead in one respect: He plays every Wednesday at the Continental Club, opening for his father’s long-running residency gig there. Musically, though, William is pursuing a path very different from Jon Dee’s rootsy Americana. “Jakes,” the follow-up to Graham’s 2015 debut “Foreign Fields,” feels more like an impressionist painting: Atmospheric guitar fuzz weaves around supporting singer Abra Moore’s ghostly intonations, held together by fluid rhythm support from drummer Mike Meadows and bassists Andrew Duplantis and Bobby Daniel. This is deeply moody music, with tempos that suggest extended meditation and reflection. It’s dark at times, but not always; the opening “Victoria” suggests the gauzy summer scenes portrayed in the song’s video. “Towers at Night” and “Last Night” were written in memory of Austin bassist George Reiff, who’d signed on to produce before his death from cancer in 2017. Longtime Austin fixture Stuart Sullivan of Wire Recording took over that role, helping to shape “Jakes” into a cohesive 13-song suite. In-store March 3 at Waterloo Records, release show March 30 at Cosmic. Here’s the video for the track “Victoria”:
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Lowin, “Heavy As the Sun.” When this indie foursome released its first record in 2013, singer Sara Houser was playing guitar, but now she’s on keyboards, not surprisingly resulting in a shift toward a more pop-based sound. The eight-song album pulls from sessions with producers Stuart Sikes, Carey McGraw and Adam Mason, but everything ties together, with guitarist Michael Sanders cutting sharp angles against Houser’s floating vocals and keys while bassist Nathan Ribner and drummer Chris DeGeorge keep steady beats throughout. Release show March 2 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the opening track, “Sake”:
Croom, “Belladonna.” The debut from producer Adrian Croom features beguiling electronica-fueled pop music with guest vocalists Amikaya (a.k.a. Chantell Moody of the Digital Wild), German experimentalist Audriana Acuna and Allanah Maarteen of Imitari. Here’s the track “Stardust”:
Austin Meade, “Waves.” The second full-length release from the 25-year old Texas A&M grad and former drummer largely hits the more rockin’ edge of Texas country roadhouse territory, with an emphasis on the twanging crunch of electric guitar. Playing March 6 for Sun Radio’s “Texas Radio Live” at Guero’s. Here’s a live version of the title track performed recently on the “Texas Music Scene” TV show:
Lurleen Ladd, “Magnolia & Azalea Dreams.” Debut album of singer-songwriter material with contributions from guitarist David Pulkingham, bassist Chris Maresh and others. Release show March 1 at Peached Social House.
MARCH 8: Patty Griffin, self-titled (PGM/Thirty Tigers), in-store March 11 at Waterloo Records, playing March 16 at SXSW Outdoor Stage at Auditorium Shores.
MARCH 8: Danny Schmidt, “Standard Deviation,” release show March 9 at Cactus Cafe.
MARCH 8: Derrick Davis Band, “Anti-Social,” release show March 8 at Geraldine’s.
MARCH 8: Crypt Trip, “Haze County,” release show March 2 at Hotel Vegas.
MARCH 15: Guma, self-titled.
MARCH 22: Tia Carrera, “Visitors/Early Purple” (Small Stone), playing March 13 at Lamberts during SXSW.
MARCH 29: Grupo Fantasma, “American Music: Vol. VII” (Blue Corn), in-store March 27 at Waterloo Records, release show at Mohawk March 29.
MARCH 29: White Denim, “Side Effects” (City Slang).
APRIL 5: Jackie Venson, “Joy,” release show April 12 at Paramount Theatre.
APRIL 5: Rod Melancon, “Pinkville.”
APRIL 5: Brandon Wayne DeMaris, “Brave Bones,” release show April 10 at Antone’s.
APRIL 26: Walker Lukens, “Adult,” release show April 26 at Mohawk.
APRIL 26: Randy Rogers Band, “Hellbent,” playing March 22 at Rodeo Austin.
MAY 3: Little Mazarn, “Io” (Self Sabotage), release show May 2 at Cactus Cafe.
MAY 17: Jimmie Vaughan, title TBA.