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Austin360 On The Record: Melat, Sunny Leigh Shipley, more

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Melat will play songs from her new album at the Bumble Summer Series pool party at the East Austin Hotel on July 21. [Erika Rich for Statesman]

Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.


Melat, “After All: Episode One.” American-Statesman writer Deborah Sengupta Stith recently called the new album from the soulful singer (and January 2017 Austin360 Artist of the Month) “a dreamy collection of introspective R&B meditations and simmering bedroom burners that might be her strongest work to date.” Standout tracks “No Promises” and “North of You” beautifully balance Melat’s beguiling vocals against subtle piano melodies amid steady rhythmic grooves, while the lovely “Picture” fills out the sound with swirling, sensual synth-string accents. A spoken-word introduction, “From Me to You,” sets the tone for a record that feels personal in nature, with the humorous brief mid-album snippet “Traffic” (using newscast dialogue about how “Austin’s traffic is bad”) offering a little comic relief before the more sentimental penultimate interlude “Said and Done.” Playing Bumble Summer Series pool party with Mélat at East Austin Hotel on July 21. Here’s the official video for the title track:

Sunny Leigh Shipley, “Out of the Sky” (Cherry Bomb). From the West Texas town of Rotan, Shipley writes and sings country-folk songs that could find an audience among fans of fellow native Texans Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert. “Out of the Sky” generally leans more toward contemporary country’s folk-bluegrass backroads than its pop-mainstream center, with standout tracks including “Come Back,” “What Goes Up” and “Women in Love.” Though this is her debut album, Shipley has a previous track record as a songwriter, having placed “Oh Tonight” on a Josh Abbott album. There’s some name-recognition here: Shipley is married to former Texas Longhorns football great Jordan Shipley, while the album’s producer, Sam Seifert, is the son of Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson. And her label, Cherry Bomb, is a Jimmy Buffett endeavor. But the music transcends any such connection, succeeding on its own merits. Release show July 20 at 04 Center. Here’s the title track, recorded with Grammy-nominated Austin bluegrass band Wood & Wire:

Daisy O’Connor, “Mixtape II.” A sequel to last year’s five-song “Mixtape” EP, this eight-song release includes new material plus old favorites and a few cover tunes. Release show July 19 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the track “Can’t Let Go,” written by onetime Austinite Randy Weeks:

Origami Ghosts, “Healthy Travel Potions.” Recent transplants from the Seattle area, JP Scensiak and Cassandra Wulff favor quirky indie-folk and short songs on this 15-track effort. Here’s the track “It’s Not a Seance”:


JULY 24: Duncan Fellows, “Eyelids Shut” EP (Level).

JULY 26: Spoon, “Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon” (Matador), playing July 26 at Austin360 Amphitheater.

JULY 26: Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey, “Conspirators” (Small & Nimble), release show July 30 at Saxon Pub.

JULY 26: Chuck Hawthorne, “Fire Out of Stone” (3 Notches).

JULY 26: Mike McCoy’s Trompe-loeil, “Eyein’ Lies” (Flak), release show July 26 at Hole in the Wall.

JULY 26: James Steinle, “Live at Hole in the Wall.”

AUG. 9: Jesse Dayton, “Mixtape, Vol. 1” (Blue Elan).

AUG. 9: Chris & Adam Carroll, “Good Farmer,” playing Aug. 21 for Texas Radio Live at Guero's.

AUG. 16: Hanna Barakat, “Siren,” release show Aug. 30 at Come & Take It Live.

AUG. 23: Midland, "Let It Roll" (Big Machine).

AUG. 23: Croy & the Boys, “Howdy High-Rise” (Spaceflight), release show Aug. 24 at Sam’s Town Point.

AUG. 30: Matthew Squires, “Visions of America,” release show Aug. 30 at Independence Brewing.

SEPT. 6: Golden Dawn Arkestra, “Darkness Falls on the Edge of Time” (11A).

SEPT. 13: Hot Club of Cowtown, “Wild Kingdom” (Gold Strike).

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