Austin360 On The Record: Madi Meeks, Shivery Shakes, Longriver, more
Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.
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Madi Meeks, self-titled. Still in her teens, Meeks released her debut EP last year and follows with this full-length set featuring 10 original tunes produced and mixed by Nick Jay. A singer-songwriter with a compelling alto voice and an ear for memorable melodies, Meeks was runner-up in this year’s Old Settler’s Fest youth competition. Her 2018 EP was more guitar-centered, but these new tracks focus more on keyboards, with alluring beats pushing Meeks more toward pop music in a manner that suits her talents well. Release show Sept. 20 at Carousel Lounge. Here’s the track “Loved Less”:
Shivery Shakes, “Weird Weather” (Austin Town Hall). Describing their music as “weirdo surf pop,” Shivery Shakes combines the talents of William Glosup, Marcus Haddon, Jack Thornton and Chris Ritchie on this follow-up to their 2015 debut “Three Waves & a Shake.” Guitars bob and weave around propulsive rhythms, with Glosup’s dry tenor vocals grounding the band’s sound in the indie realm. Release show Sept. 18 at Antone’s, in-store Sept. 20 at Waterloo Records. Here’s the track “No Return”:
Dallas Burrow, “Southern Wind.” The New Braunfels roots musician recorded his first album in Nashville with producer Eric McConnell and an ace crew that included longtime Marty Stuart guitarist Kenny Vaughan and lap steel guitarist Chris Scruggs. “Southern Wind” is a confident debut from an artist who traveled far and wide in his younger days but recently settled back down in Texas. Release show Sept. 20 at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Here’s a solo acoustic rendition of the album’s opening track, “Water and Wood”:
Longriver, “Of Seasons” (Hullabaloo). The full-length debut from Austin singer-songwriter David Longoria, using the name Longriver, features indie-folk meditations that highlight his acoustic guitar playing and easygoing vocal delivery. Michael Pierce produced sessions that included contributions from notable Austin musicians Thor Harris, Lindsey Verrill and Colin Gilmore. Release show Sept. 18 at Hole in the Wall, also playing “Cubby Sessions” Sept. 26 at Hotel San Jose Lobby. Here’s the opening track, “When the Ark Was Building Noah”:
The Mrs., “The Arena” EP. Following last year’s commendable “Five Minutes” EP, this quartet of four women delivers four more tracks of richly melodic pop music. “There She Goes” speaks to the bittersweetness of empty-nesters (“You raise them just to let them go”), while “Sharper Objects” looks back fondly at the prior generation with kind memories of a father’s guidance. The title tune is perhaps the most immediately engaging, its buoyant rhythms driving a message of empowerment for women. Here’s the track “Human Touch”:
SEPT. 27: Savage Poor, “All’s Well in El Dorado” EP, release show Sept. 28 at Sam’s Town Point.
SEPT. 29: Lost Austin Band, “Live!”, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub.
SEPT. 29: John Arthur Martinez, “For the Love of Western Swing (& Other Love Songs),” release show Sept. 29 at Gruene Hall.
OCT. 1: Andrew Duplantis, “Ghost Stories.”
OCT. 18: Fastball, “The Help Machine” (33-⅓), release show Oct. 19 at Saxon Pub.
OCT. 18: Larry Seaman, “Resurrectionist,” playing Oct. 12 at Davis Gallery and Oct. 20 at Saxon Pub.
NOV. 1: Christine Smith, "Meet Me on the Far Side of a Star."
NOV. 8: JM Stevens, “Invisible Lines.”
NOV. 29: Various artists, “The Next Waltz, Vol. 2.”