These Ten for Your Attention segments can take up a lot of writing time, time that I don’t have. I’m waxing less poetic than usual this afternoon. It’s not because the songs don’t deserve it, but that these songs don’t deserve to go unnoticed just because The Ghost doesn’t have the time or energy to write to the extent that these songs deserve. So here we go…
I’m doing these artists in iTunes style alphabetical order, meaning first on the list is Austin rapper Abhi the Nomad. He’s become one of the most popular rappers in the city, though to be honest I was initially slow to warm to him. And maybe it’s just that I like the acoustic take of this track, but I’m feeling this new recording of “Somebody to Love.”
One of my favorite EP’s of 2016 was Naked Soul by Alexandria Rhea, which felt like a lost relic of 1960’s singer-songwriter movement. I had wondered if Ms. Rhea retired from music to focus on yoga. Fortunately, she’s got a bit of new music on the way, including this track, “Heavy”. Loving this track every bit as much as those Naked Soul jams.
Up next is up-and-coming country singer Casey Baker. Her full length album feels authentically enough country to satisfy country purists, while having just enough pop hooks to satisfy new country fans. Here’s “It Was Only Me”, the first track on her self-titled album.
How is it that didn’t know that Crushed Stars have new music? Just discovered “French Exit” in my Soundcloud feed. Crushed Stars is always a treat to the ears, and this new song is no exception.
You wouldn’t think The Ghost would learn anything new about Texas Music from Forbes magazine. Yet a recent article about female fronted acts playing SXSW was how I discovered Austinite Eimaral Sol. Her latest single, OTW, appropriately enough hints to an artist who herself in on the way to something big. This track blends funk, indie, soul, and pop seamlessly. Give this song a listen or ten. I’d be shocked if you don’t compelled to get seconds on this song. Or thirds. Or fourths. Or fifths. Or…
On their Bandcamp page, House of Reveries claim they make “music for your daydreams.” There is a somewhat dreamy quality to “Newton’s Law”, so that’s a point in their favor.
Artist MD WULF seems to have his caps lock button on, as further evidenced by his latest single “FADE OUT.” Maybe he just wants to make certain that his music is heard. And it would be a shame to overlook a solid rocker like “FADE OUT”. It’s so far the only output from MD WULF, but if he can maintain the level of hooks and brains in this song through the course of an album, I suspect all of Dallas will be paying attention. And he won’t even have to shout on the keyboard to make people notice.
It’s hard to wax poetic on Ronnie Heart. It’s best to just dance it out. His new track, “Kung Fu 22” is definitely a party jam to get one’s feet moving.
Does anyone out there remember North of Autumn? They back a splash in the early 2010’s, opened up one year at Edgefest, then faded into obscurity. Well, NOA member Timothy Allen is back on the scene with a pair of gorgeous tunes that have a hint of a Nick Drake air to them. Both tracks up on Spotify are great. It was hard to choose which one to highlight. I compromised by placing “Tree Song” in this article, and I will feature “Slowly Fading” on tomorrow’s episode of GOBL Radio (airing at 7 PM). Hey, sometimes you gotta compromise.
Finally, here’s a brand new tune from American Idol hopeful Tippy Balady. I think my love of her previous single, “Merry Go Round”, is well documented. After the heavy content of that previous song, “Endless Night” is a nice, lighter-hearted pop tune that still shows that Ms. Balady has the vocal chops.
And there you have it. Ten songs for your attention. If you know of a local or Texas artist with a song that deserve attention, Talk to The Ghost about it.