A few weeks ago, I was soliciting opinions on my personal Facebook account about things that readers might find more interesting, which would also help blog traffic. One individual suggested themed playlists. The playlist below isn’t really a theme per se, but The Ghost thought it might be nice to do a monthly recap of some of the best new local and Texas tunes.
- Shadows of Jets, “Going Up in Space”
The Ghost almost never does album or EP reviews. Yet the latest from SOJ has yours truly feeling inspired. That says a lot right there.
- Dark Rooms, “I Get Distracted”
The groove in the intro goes hard. I think that’s what all the cool kids are saying these days.
- The Midnight Stroll, “The World Keeps Counting”
The Ghost stays up on local music like few others in this town. Yet it’s not uncommon for me to remain clueless about what’s big in indie on the national scene. This is sometimes even the case with major Texas indie acts. For example, until about 48 hours ago, I’d never heard of The Midnight Stroll, featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory. Hey, no one’s perfect, but The Ghost is trying to keep up.
- French 75, “Your Love”
The new track from French 75 finds itself dipping into the darker and moodier side of EDM, with the result being their strongest song to date.
- Reagan James, “Honey”
Interesting coincidence: Both Reagan James have new songs called “Honey”, and both are up for Best Female Vocalist and Best Pop Act in this year’s Ghosty Awards. It’s tempting to come up with some clever punchline about both singers and honey, but every time I try to write a line, it just sounds weird and creepy. Instead, I’ll just say that both are incredibly talented women, and to vote your musical conscience as to which version of the song called “Honey” you prefer.
- Calliope Musicals, “Wasted Space”
The Austin band is back, and while the sound remains poppy, this single is darker in lyrical content and quirkier in melody.
- The War Bonnets, “Math”
Technically, the song was released on August 31st, but close enough, right? The War Bonnets have created a really strong hard rock song with “Maths”, striking the right balance between drama and hooks.
- Ask for Joy, “Deep in the Night”
Austin shoegaze act AFJ is back, and there’s a definite 80’s pop tinge mixed in with the usual shoegaze vibe you’d expect from the band.
- Charley Crockett, “Night Train to Memphis”
I’m not gonna lie: I prefer Charley’s blues songs to his country songs. Still, Mr. Crockett is such a talented performer that he can jump genres and always maintain the listener’s interest. It’s worth noting that The Ghost would still take a Crockett country song over half of the local country acts here. That’s the power of Charley.
- Meach Pango, “Personal Wealth”
One word review: fun.
- Transit Method, “Constriction”
If The War Bonnets wasn’t enough hard rock in the playlist for you, maybe this track from Austin’s Transit Method will do the trick for you.
- Anchor North, “Slope Haul”
Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m sensing that sophisti-pop is about to make a comeback. It never fully caught on in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, but maybe it was a sound ahead of its time. If I’m right on my prediction, then Anchor North could help the movement along with tracks like this.
- Toadies, “When I Die”
It’s Toadies. ‘Nuff said.
- Mr. Grudge, “It’s Like the Moon”
Matthew Gray tries his hand at electronica with his latest Project. Mr. Grudge. As usual, his songs are always solid.
- The Texas Gentlemen, “Shakin’ All Over”
The Ghost has been recovering from illness, but hopefully will be back at 100% for this Saturday when The Texas Gentlemen perform at Kessler Theater. This should be one helluva show.
- David Ramirez, “I’m Not Goin’ Anywhere”
The minimal piano arrangement, paired with Ramirez’s distinctive voice, is enough to bring any listener chills upon hearing this song. If this song doesn’t illicit a powerful emotional reaction out of you, it will leave me to wonder if you’re capable of feeling anything.