Austin360 On the Record: Trail of Dead, Flyjack, EkWhoa, Hikes, more
Austin360 On the Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.
OUT THIS WEEK
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories” (Dine Alone). American-Statesman writer Joe Gross calls the long-running indie band’s new album “their catchiest and most tuneful in forever, an obvious highlight of their now-25-year career.” Read the full feature story at austin360.com. Here’s the track “Don’t Look Down”:
Flyjack, “Soul Catcher.” We like Flyjack’s humble brag that they play “superbad funk that runs hotter than a ’69 Cadillac on high octane.” You can feel that energy on this 11-song set. Most of “Soul Catcher” is instrumental music centered upon the four-piece horn section of saxophonist Paul Santos, trumpeters Mike Shields and Wyatt Corder, and trombone player William Wright, with the twin engines of drummer Jose Gutierrez and percussionist John Taylor Voss holding down the beats. Guitarist Buck McKinney, who takes a vocal lead on the track “Eyes on You,” wrote most of the material here, with bassist Brad Bradburn contributing “Jezebel” and co-writing two other tracks. Keyboardist David Thacker rounds out the nine-piece lineup. A nice touch is a cover of the early-1970s Soul Setters groover “Funky to the Bone.” Release show Jan. 17 at Continental Club. Here’s a recent live version of the track “Phrygian Phunk”:
EkWhoa, “Champagne Glasses.” On his social media bio, Ekow Wellington (a.k.a. EkWhoa) states that he plays “Young Fun Intelligent Hip-Hop music,” and we’re inclined to agree from a spin through this consistently engaging record. EkWhoa worked with producers Trench Lord B, Ike and Phenom on these eight tracks, three of which feature vocal contributions from Tricia Battani, Curtis Lee and Kenny Duet. Listening party Jan. 16 at Native Hostel. Here’s the track “Sometimes (I’m Tired),” featuring Battani:
Duane Mark, “A Letter to My Friends.” The third full-length release, and first in five years, from the bluesy roots-rocker. Release show Jan. 17 at Hole in the Wall.
Hikes, “Mahal Kita” (Community). Made up of guitarists Claire Puckett and Nathan James Wilkins plus bassist Colin Jenkins and drummer Chris Long, Hikes describes its music as “nature-inspired indie math-rock with a dash of folk.” The 11 tracks on “Mahal Kita” verify that description, avoiding simple style/genre categorization and consistently seeking out a fresh and new sound. Release show Jan. 17 at Barracuda. Here’s the track “Extra Mile,” which features the Kraken Quartet:
JAN. 24: Xetas, “The Cypher,” release show Jan. 24 at Barracuda.
JAN. 24: Peterson Brothers, “The Intro” EP, release show Jan. 25 at Native Hostel.
JAN. 24: Brown Whornet, “Doctor Dickle,” release show Jan. 25 at Empire.
JAN. 31: Possessed By Paul James, “As We Go Wandering,” release show Jan. 31 at Cactus Cafe.
JAN. 31: Cuckoos, “I Hate Love” (Jiggy Jig), in-store Jan. 30 at Waterloo Records.
JAN. 31: Don Harvey & A Is Red, “No Place to Fall: Live at the Townsend,” release show Jan. 31 at Townsend.
FEB. 1: Tomar & the FCs, “Rise Above,” release show Feb. 1 at Antone’s.
FEB. 7: Drew Fish Band, “Wishful Drinkin’,” pre-release show Feb. 1 at Stubb’s.
FEB. 7: James Steinle, “What I Came Here For” (Shotgun House), release show Feb. 8 at White Horse.
FEB. 14: Angelica Rahe, “Reina,” release show Feb. 14 at Mohawk.
FEB. 14: Moonray, “Honeymoon” EP (Satellite).
MARCH 6: Tommy Rebel & the Righteous, “Renaissance Dude.”
MARCH 6: Panhandlers, self-titled (Next Waltz).
MAY: Reckless Kelly, two albums.