David Messier Is A Time Bomb – And So Are You

Would you want to know how long you had left to live? If handed a clock with an alarm set, would you hold it in your hands as it audibly ticked, counting down to the inevitable bad ending – or would you ignore the fact that there is an end and live in the sun while you can?

Existential crisis aside, this is the question that, Austin’s friendly neighborhood rock star, David Messier‘s latest track poses.

“Life is a time bomb.” He says, “We all walk around with little clocks counting backwards above our heads that no one can see.”

Enter the single ‘Time Bomb’, from Messier’s forthcoming sophomore album of the same name, see where we’re going here?

Beginning with a gentle melody, Messier’s vocals attract all attention – like silk destressed by gravel, it’s striking. Until, that is, the ‘ticking’ starts. The song comes to life, aggressive yet still offering that silky flair. Using a concoction of instrumentals – it is David Messier after all – he distorts the familiar sound of a clock, artfully playing with the paranoia of carrying that time bomb. Each tick leading to the end of the song causes another muscle to tense up, while his vocals play the part of seeing your partner smile, the smell of coffee on a Sunday morning (cliche for a reason) and a new sheet of paper in a well-used notebook to ease you down – he mimics life.

This is a track that will follow you as you make your way through the 86,400 seconds in each day – almost daring you to live. Or, at the very least, the clock is counting down to November 2nd when the rest of this album is released – but either way, go have fun and stop waiting for your alarm to ring.

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Fall Won’t Stop The Bleached Roses From Blooming

If you’ve read a few of the articles over here at Track Rambler, you’ll know all about Bleached Roses and their awe-inspiring, girl-boss lead singer (who I’m, okay, maybe a little bit jealous of). But if not, let me quickly recap – an indie rock band from good ol’ Austin, my girl crush – and generally badass, attitude god – Lexi Cardenas channels her 21 years of classical violin training with the band’s passion to produce raw, experience-focused music.

Now, you’re all caught up, I’ve got some news. Grab a seat, take a breath. Ready?

They’re unveiling a brand spanking new EP, right here, right now.

Blooms is to hit the airwaves – officially – tomorrow, September 16th. So really, you should consider yourself lucky; getting to listen to it today. Just go ahead and scroll down – maybe join them for their release party at Cheer up Charlies, more info {here}.

But first, let’s talk a little about it.

This EP is the signature on the declaration that Bleached Roses are here for the long run. Why, you ask? They take big steps, they highlight the beauty of classical instruments too often neglected while stirring up passion-filled lyrics that shake your core. This foursome is dynamic, and they will continue to evolve.

I can only recommend that you try to keep up.

 

Seysei Premieres Flirty Debut Single “Call Me ‘Baby'”

The honeymoon period is typically the most exciting and anticipatory time in a new relationship. We proceed with caution as we seek out those special moments that can send our hearts racing and push our desires into overdrive. During that brief span of time any little idiosyncrasy can make us blush, flutter and tingle. For Indian pop princess Seysei, it’s that first time she hears her name replaced with ‘Baby.’

The Dallas-based singer is currently enjoying her own honeymoon period ever since she made her debut at HypeFest and turned the crowd into a love-struck, gooey pile of mush. Today, Seysei gets our pulses pounding once again with another flirtatious treat in the premiere of her debut single, “Call Me ‘Baby‘”.

This feel good track is all about the effect that a single word can have on a duo’s love connection.

“I really wanted an upbeat love song that reflected my mood on how I feel at the beginning of a relationship,” she says. “That first time he calls me “baby” makes my heart skip a beat.”

Seysei teamed-up with El Paso producer Andoren to create an enticing single that fuses a sexy blend of playful pop with downbeat EDM. The spirited, synth-driven structure is layered cozily beneath Seysei’s enticing R&B vocals with a low-key, hip-hop twist from Matt Swagnew. “Call Me ‘Baby'” is the type of track you could imagine Aaliyah producing if she created her steamy love songs in 2018.

Dallas has got itself a seductive new star in Seysei. And she can call us ‘Baby’ anytime.  Flirt with your girl here and show boo some love by giving her a like and follow.

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Photo Cred: Timothy Hoang

Hell Hath No Fury Like Javae Scorned – The BreakUp Chronicles

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – we all know that, and you better believe that fine line between love and hate is pretty freakin’ thin when love ends.

So, welcome to The BreakUp Chronicles. An 11 track compilation of the heart wrenching emotional turmoil every one of us has tormented ourselves with, by falling in love. A universal weakness that all of us can relate to, singer-songwriter-turn-rapper, Javae is the mastermind behind it – her unique, almost gritty vocals set her apart from contemporary music in the most captivating way.

“I am raw, vulnerable and eccentric. My music reflects every up and down, every big moment I’ve encountered and every loss,” She said, of the experience that is this album.

“I speak my truth and I write from my heart.”

This is particularly evident in ‘Burn Slow’, a painfully honest expedition to the depths of Javae’s mind; she captures the feeling, the black hole in the pit of your stomach, that sends a bubbling rage through your body, near-electrocuting every nerve in your body. That moment where you hate them – you wish them the worst.

But, impressively, the track also envelops the feeling that comes much later on – far, far past the breakup. It captures that moment of bliss – the one where you don’t care anymore. They don’t matter anymore. An emotional dichotomy portrayed through one song, just depending on where you are in your breakup chronicle, how you feel.

“My goals are to be heard in the mind and soul of everyone and anyone that needs me.

“I save lives with my music, I give hope that things will be better, I challenge people to believe in tomorrow being better.”

Check out the track below, and keep an eye out for Javae – her voice isn’t one to be stifled.

Words: Megan Matthews

Omar Apollo Spreads Love Around Barracuda – 08/04 – Photo Recap

A soul singer that has good intention and a hell of a heart behind his vocals, Omar Apollo hit Barracuda last weekend, supported by Rusk, No Vacation, and Rosehardt. A first-generation Mexican, who grew up with an acoustic guitar, Apollo’s music is a snapshot of his story.

A voice like burnt velvet – beautiful, with a smoked sense of alarm – Omar Apollo set a fire in the crowd, filling Barracuda with love that bled like smoke and chorus-sung vocals.

Check out the photo recap below, if you missed it – or, even, if you didn’t.

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Photographer: Melodi Ramirez

Meet Aela x – Austin’s Synthpop Masterpiece: Single Premier!

Aela x is new to the synth-pop scene, but she knows how to command a recording studio – an accomplishment made clear by her debut single, Only Kiss,  released today (check it out below!).

Artfully soft vocals versus a strikingly addictive sound, this single is the humidity before the storm. She’s coming, and she will be a force to be reckoned with; this is just the beginning.

An electronic doppelganger of Austin native Michaela Newman: Aela x emerged from Michaela’s past musical endeavors. Her part in the now dismantled duo Jake and Jean, as well as dabbling within the solo space, fuelled the creation of the half hologram, half monochrome synthpop masterpiece that now stands before us.

A track that exemplifies her expertise, her soothing vocals almost act as a one-way melodic conversation; yearning, and beautifully depicting the sheer unjust system that love works within. This is a track that, I promise, will be relatable – Aela x is reflective. Join the party, and prepare to feel Aela x‘s craving for her love collide with your own thirst and you will feel supported. You’re one in the same, in this feat.

Corbella is Brewing a Storm With Their Debut Single

Rocky rain clouds have rolled in and the drought is finally coming to an end. The 10-day forecast predicts a powerful thunderstorm heading straight for Austin’s Red River District. Emboldened by a ferocious attitude and a refined sound, Corbella returns stronger than ever and ready to take the Austin music scene by “Storm” with their debut single on August 10th.

This particular rock n’ roll storm system has a familiar aura. That’s because Corbella previously tore through Austin’s music scene under the moniker Nomad City. But, in late 2017 the band subsided and began rebuilding towards a new direction.

We had a lot of influences telling us to try something different,” states powerhouse frontwoman Britny Lobas. “We reached a point where it was time to make a change.”

The time away has resulted in a liberated new attitude. A few tweaks here, an addition there, and a more collaborative approach overall towards creating led to the emergence of Corbella. The band retained that heavy rock base and whirlwind ferocity their fans craved. However, Corbella has modernized their sound and taken a fully revitalized form with more pop and hip-hop influences.

We’ve added more synth sounds and the product overall is much groovier,” states bassist Russell Simonson. “We’re just having fun with it now and the end-result definitely reflects our new attitude. Each one of us is interjecting more and bringing our own ideas and influences to the table and it’s really exciting feeding off one-another to create the highest quality product

The world will get to experience the new and improved Corbella on August 10th when the band drops their emotive debut single, “Storm”. “It’s an angry song…but really groovy and very attention grabbing,” clamors Lobas.

I was in a completely different place emotionally when we started writing the song. I was literally in the midst of a storm and felt hopeless. By the time we finished the song, I had completely overcome what I was going through personally. This song helped me get through what I was going through. There’s definitely some anger in “Storm.” But, there’s also a great deal of vulnerability and it’s ultimately empowering.”

Prepare to reinforce the levees and break out the life rafts. Corbella will unleash “Storm” at Swan Dive on August 10th with special guests Obsolete Machines and The Matters. For more information on Corbella and the single release party visit https://www.corbellabandofficial.com/.

 

Feature photo by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

Jonathon Zemek Reimagines The Music Industry With His Latest Multimedia Creation — Single Premiere

D’you ever hear an album, and it kind of feels like a story? It leaves a film-tape image in your mind, burnt there to reappear every time you hear it – just for you. That’s the beauty of a well-written album, it takes talent. Now, imagine you take that emotion and you innovate it, you twist it and you turn it and you form a whole new meaning of a song, of an album – the story takes a front seat role.

That’s what Jonathon Zemek has done with his, frankly, revolutionary approach to music and the album to come alongside it – ‘Hillcrest’, to be released on September 21st. A multimedia project, he envelops all levels of artistry with a track, a video, and a comic to boot.

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Hillcrest’s Album and Comic Cover – Art by Chris Rogers

The first to be released of the album is ‘Everything Will Change’. Best explained as a guitar-heavy track with a classic rock feel, it features the vocals of Guy Forsyth, a name recognizable across our city of Austin: his bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll vocals made sure of that.

On top of this almost-nostalgically classic yet fresh track, and the story it tells – no spoilers, you’ll have to listen to it yourself below – the video itself is unique. Cinematically creepy, it deepens the story that the song depicts – masterfully combining the two.

Check out the video and the track below – September can’t come fast enough, in my opinion.

What d’you think?

On the Run With the Highway Sisters

Kindred spirits, Amelia Presley and KK Bodiford, share an unconventional sisterly bond. Their unique personalities couldn’t be any further apart, yet, they’re connected in nearly every manner. When a previous band venture didn’t quite pan out, the Highway Sisters relied on each other…and where they ended up is possibly the happiest place they could’ve imagined.

Now armed with their brand new EP, Smoke & Mirrors, the Highway Sisters are on the run setting the country ablaze and not looking back. Soulful harmonies roaring with passion, heartfelt songwriting and relatable self-awareness are just a few of the wonderful qualities found in Smoke & Mirrors. The five-track album rolls from deep and spiritual at times to inspiring and comical at others, all the while remaining genuinely authentic to its Texas Country roots. However, even through their emotive songwriting, these two ladies still can’t quite explain exactly how they’re so connected to one another. But, thank God the Highway Sisters found each other and can celebrate life’s beauty so eloquently through their music.

We had a chance to speak with the Texas Country outlaws during their Smoke & Mirrors tour. Read what the Highway Sisters had to say about their time on the run below.

 

The story behind the Highway Sisters is “deep, comical and inspiring.” Can you elaborate on how the two of you came together and became known as the modern day Thelma and Louise?

We have a connection both musically and spiritually that is beyond anything that either of us have experienced. We were brought together for a different band and instantly bonded as if we had known each other forever. There was a point when we both knew we wanted to move onto a duo, just the two of us. We experienced a lot of negativity in the former band, and decided to make lemonade out of the lemons we were dealt. Thank goodness we did, because our journey has taken such a positive turn. The name “Highway Sisters” was purposely created based on the fact that we truly are just like sisters. We believe people call us the “Modern day Thelma & Louise” because of our two completely different personalities, yet connected in every way. We love to write and perform together, laugh like crazy, finish each others’ sentences, and truly lift one another up….despite our silly sisterly banter on and off stage!

What has been the most important thing you have each learned from one another since joining forces?

No matter where you’re from, what your passions are, who you are or what you want out of life, as long as you live with the ultimate goal of lifting others up and inspiring, you will all succeed together!

Smoke and Mirrors presents a beautiful contrast of heartfelt songwriting detailed with sparkling melodies. Was it difficult finding a balance between the deep songwriting and the overall upbeat tone of the album?

We are so proud of our first EP together, because it was truly our heart and soul without overthinking any part of it. It is easy to get lost in the mechanics of writing or recording, but we let our experiences and heart do all of the work. Our producer, Eric McKinney of Wonderland Studios in Austin, Texas, made the experience better than we could ever imagine. He truly gave us the organic canvas to enhance our authenticity through the music we created in the studio together!

Writing the lead single “Papa” from a father/son perspective provides an interesting twist. Can you elaborate on the inspiration behind the song and it’s perspective?

KK was the songwriter on “Papa.” She was inspired by another individual’s story of their Papa/Son relationship and special journey together. We were both equally connected to the song because of our own relationships with our hard-working papas, and felt it was the perfect song to complete our EP.

Congratulations, KK. Will “Mama” possibly be a single on the next project?

(KK): Thank you so much!! My husband, Chris, and I found out that we will be having a son in December! It’s funny that every time Amelia and I perform “Papa” on stage, I always feel him kick right before the finale line. It also makes me choked up a bit thinking about Chris and the future bond with his first boy. I’m getting choked up right now as I’m answering your question, lol! As far as “Mama” being a future song…It wouldn’t surprise me. The most important thing to Amelia and I are our families. She has 2 children as well, and being a mama is what inspires us the most! People used to say that you can’t be a singer/songwriter/artist if you have children and aren’t super young. In our own lives, we couldn’t imagine the opposite. Our children and experiences over the years are the core foundation of our lyrics and melodies!

What have you enjoyed most about being on the road and have there been any interesting stories you’d care to share from the current Smoke and Mirrors tour?

We have enjoyed just about every moment on the road together. The best is that we get to have a sidekick no matter where we go! There are so many interesting stories from our “Smoke & Mirrors” tour, that we don’t even know where to start! One of the most amazing moments was playing the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was such an honor to perform on the stage that so many legends have performed. Something hilarious that recently happened was in Pennsylvania. The President of the festival took us hunting at his ranch. Both of us were successful in our ram hunt. But because KK is pregnant, she has to potty often. She decides to ask the guide to walk ahead so she could squat in the woods. Right about then, the President drives down on his 4-wheeler. It may have been horrible timing, but we couldn’t stop laughing! That really is what we love the most about this tour, and just being together, is how much fun we have. You’ll have to check out our “Highway Sisters” YouTube channel, and there are so many documented stories that truly represent what we’re about….And we’re pretty sure you will be laughing with us! 🙂

Be sure to catch the Highway Sisters tonight at Saxon Pub and for additional info and tour dates visit https://www.highwaysisters.com/.

 

Float Fest 2018 Brings The Heat To San Marcos

Once a year the city of San Marcos hosts their annual Float Fest down at Cool River Ranch. The festival showcases some of the best national touring acts in the country while also providing a large platform for up and coming Texas artists as well.

This year’s lineup was one for the books as Bassnectar headlined Saturday and Tame Impala closed out the festival Sunday evening. Another cool factor for Float Fest is obviously the floating…where fans can escape the upwards of 100-degree heat by floating for hours in the San Marcos River, then hit the shores and go see their favorite musical acts.

The central Texas heat was one of the major concerns this year. But, that didn’t seem to stop people from showing out as thousands piled up to the festival’s two stages all day and night. The water stations never had a long wait, and there were plenty of food vendors to accommodate even the most complex dietary restrictions. Unlike other major festivals, the middle tier capacity of Float Fest made for a really enjoyable event without too much chaos. You could make your way up to the front if you wanted or stay in the back and still hear the bands.

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Some of the more notable performances were The Suffers out of Houston, Texas whose soul-infused rock made for a nice change in atmosphere from hip-hop and EDM acts playing throughout the day. A highlight from The Suffers’ performance was a tempo change mid-song into a Tejano rhythmic jam showcasing their influences and undoubtedly their native Texas roots. It’s always pleasing to see a group inspired from other cultures, one of the many reasons why Texas artists are so amazing.

Hip-Hop heavy weights Lil Wayne, Bun B, and Snoop Dogg were crowd favorites as everyone in attendance were rapping along or dancing throughout their entire sets. Lil Wayne, opening his set with his famous Carter III hit ‘Mr. Carter,’ got the entire festival moving followed by a whole hour of classic hits from the New Orleans Nightmare. None of the hip-hop acts had heavy backing tracks making the performances more organic as they rapped every bar of their songs. This showcases the generational gap in modern hip-hop which seems to be only backing tracks versus yesterday’s hit makers.

Even local Austin artists got their time to shine as A Giant Dog played their punk madness with frontwoman Sabrina Ellis serenading the crowd with her chaotic dance moves.

The final performances Sunday night were nothing short of spectacular as Cold War Kids, who filled-in last minute for Glass Animals after a terrible injury, took the stage setting the tone for the night. One thing you don’t realize about Cold War Kids, being industry veterans for over a decade, is just how many hits they have…playing deep cuts ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’ and indie rock anthem ‘First’ to a loving crowd. Their stage presence is unmatched having seen the most crowd involvement from any band leading up to their set. Cold War Kids are made to play festivals with their jam heavy bridges, catchy hooks, and overall charisma.

The final performance and headlining act, Tame Impala, took the stage with the most impressive lightshow I’ve ever seen. How massive this band has become this decade is insane, growing bigger and bigger every year. Thousands of people surrounded me as the psychedelic riffs made for a mind-bending evening. Laser lights, trippy backgrounds, and confetti cannons seem to be the recipe for an incredible visual performance. Tame Impala was the perfect send off to a very well-done festival. If you can take the heat, Float Fest is a worthy festival to attend for years to come. See you next year!

Check out the photo gallery below from Float Fest 2018.

Photos and review by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt