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Soul Food Horns soar on high with the release of “Hot Air”


Prolific horn and production collective Soul Food Horns released the single “Hot Air” last Tuesday on Brooklynn based label Sundae Sauuce. Calculatedly relaxed, buoyant trumpet lines and synths float the groove above succinct drums and bass that have no business being as fat as they are. The perfectly titled track smoothly sweeps into your ears and nestles itself somewhere between J Dilla and Chet Baker. Allowing the listener to actively digest the textures or take a reflective backseat, the tune acts as if part of a prestige “Lo-Fi Beats to Study to” playlist   

 

Although meeting in Austin, co-founders Louk Cox and Ari Burns have respectively reestablished themselves in Amsterdam and Chicago. Current Austin-based members include Sam Howden, Dan Fears, and Noé Mina. They don’t let space decrease productivity however as each member has a home workstation that they use to record and exchange ideas to facilitate long distance collaboration. Having all received an academic background, an eclectic body of work has emerged, including but not limited to hip-hop, house, and neo-soul. This open-minded approach has left them in a position to follow their multi-genre interests wherever they may lead. 

    The collective began simply as a horn section playing diverse gigs, establishing musical intimacy, and recording for artists such as Netherfriends, Magna Carda, and Mathien. Falling deeper into the world of recording, SFH became enamored by the craft of production. This interest led them to begin to produce independently for themselves and others, notably on Austin-local rapper and poet Chucky Blk’s debut “A Prequel To” and the collaborative LP “Koi Pond” with Cloudchord. 

   

    “Hot Air” came about naturally as Mina was visiting Cox in Amsterdam. Setting up shop in a makeshift studio “in the attic of an old building in the center of the city,'' Cox recalls “making the beat with the idea of capturing the sound of the summer breeze coming through the window.” As that goal has been elegantly captured, make sure to check out their other Cloudchord collaboration Moon Fortune, the fresh Chucky Blk single “Get That”, and another Sundae Sauuce single in October. 

 

- Hayden Steckel

 

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Hayden James Brings Scintillating Sounds to Vulcan

When the drumbeat of the lonely transforms into synth hooks and pulsating rhythms, this is what the essence of Hayden James emanates. James, an Aussie electro artist, has built his profile over the last five years by consistently creating music and refusing to stay complacent in his songwriting. James has opened shows for Odesza and Disclosure but he is beginning to build his own wave of audio ubiquity, especially since releasing his debut studio album, Between Us, in June 2019.

Hayden James sold out the Vulcan Gas Company on Friday night and tickets soared on the secondary market, going for as much as $150, up from $25.  Naations, another Australian electro act, performed as the opener for James but also collaborated on the hi-frequency pop hit “Nowhere To Go” that James would perform during his set.  Naations was bursting with infectious energy that originated from an intense live set and left quite an energy drop-off once they left the stage.

A simple yet dazzling minimalist stage setup gave Hayden James the environment in which he could be equal parts mysterious and invigorating. Understated yet sultry tracks like “Better Together” and “Something About You” melted an inhibitive audience into a melange of collective cool. A beautiful night came to a close abruptly and prompted the audience to beg for more.  Hayden James is a master of the exit, leaving his fans clamoring for a morsel more.

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Rusty Dusty Brings Psychedelic Reassurement

 

Hailing from the depths of central Texas, Rusty Dusty brings to the table the familiar qualities of psychedelic rock but harmoniously paired with southern rock. With this particular sound that can't be mimicked, Rusty Dusty lets you drop out and take a step back to see where life has taken you and where you can go from here.
 
From your first listen to the album The No Good Serpentine Funtime Mosaic Experience, you find yourself diving into a headspace full of imagination and hope. There are a number of clear influences such as the likes of Dr. Dog and The Black Crowes. But, it would be wrong to simply say that they don’t hold their own. Rusty Dusty’s music has an individuality of its own. They present a different look at the way we approach music and the real benefit that comes from understanding the artist. It has a quality, a feeling as if you were being written about from their own perspective. 
 
Full of love and wonder, Rusty Dusty leaves us thinking about more than music. They have created a sound that remains true to the concepts of friendship, true love, heartbreak, and heartache. Feeling uplifted and joyful about the future, it allows us to take something more than a listener’s enjoyment from this band. With their opening track “Strange Strange Strange,” you can find yourself drifting into space to contemplate what you desire. Rusty Dusty not only connects to you, but welcomes you into their psychedelic world. If there were one simple message to be made out of their lyrics, it would be to never give up–keep pursuing everything and anything you love, no matter what life throws back at you. 
 
Even more, there's something that comes out of the dissonant guitar and thought-provoking lyrics. Rusty Dusty reminds us that though the answers may be in front of you, there is a subtlety of pain that must exist alongside it. Sadness is a mere reflection in the music. They've reached a certain level of life experience that brings light to understanding that it's not about the path you take, but the way you get there.
 
Overall, what might seem simple at surface layer for Rusty Dusty is actually more deeply entrenched in meaning. The atmosphere they create is a world you’d want to travel to. Their lyrics create a bridge where the artist and the listener can meet to have a mutual experience.
 
- Dylan Welch
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Indigo Bunting Conjures Upbeat Euphoria on "White Noise"

  In the city of eclectic talent, Austin Texas, Indigo Bunting is an art-pop trio that stands out to the crowd. They have a unique sound with calming vocals and upbeat instrumental, that fills your soul with euphoria and bliss. Giving us another dose of their music, the trio recently just dropped a new single.

“White Noise(Don’t be a Winner)”; giving off 60’s vibes and harmonic voices with new and modern sound effects. Perfect for soothing car rides no matter where one is at, or going. As if listeners could not get enough there is a side B to the new single with the same dreamy attitude.

“I don’t Mind”; will leave one happy and sad all at once. The lyrics are beautifully articulated and connected. Cannot help but notice how the vocals and instrumental counteract each other so well. These two tracks go along with Indigo Bunting’s new and upcoming album.

Be ready for the trio’s album coming out later this fall, as it will be just as interesting and enjoyable as “White Noise(Don’t be a Winner)/ I don’t Mind”. Lifting spirits with their old but new, experimental sounds. Even though the summer has come to an end, extend it with the sun soaked music brought to you by Indigo Bunting.

 -Miranda Letz

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Foxtales Impresses with single "Save ya"

Foxtales released a new single “Save Ya” this past Friday. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan Fox, wrote the song while he was making sense of a broken heart. Given that Fox is naturally drawn towards a more upbeat style, “Save Ya” is full of glossy pop melodies interwoven with heavier lyrics dealing with the guilt and grief that comes after a difficult breakup.

The song captures how difficult it can be to process the end of a relationship. When discussing his creative process in writing “Save Ya,” Fox explained “The more I recognized the creative walls I'd put up, and looked to move past them, the less obstructed the story itself seemed to be in getting out. And then it started flowing out." The lyrics have a natural progression as they follow the song’s narrative, and the simple but impactful rhyme scheme flows easily alongside the beat.

The sadder lyrics don’t weigh down the songs uplifting soundscape. Fox bandages his heartbreak with layers of synth and dance music. It’s encouraging to listen to. Fox especially shines on the indie-pop inspired backdrop. The fast-paced layering of electropop loops and subtle bass drops make you want to dance. It’s the sort of song that’s gratifying to listen to when you need a pick-me-up.

- Avril Carrillo

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