Ten for Your Attention: 8/4/2020

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Ten for Your Attention, and I’m splitting today’s list into two halfs: audio (Spotify) and video (YouTube).

  • Denton band Black Hole Bears just released a new digital single.  The A side, “Death by Walrus”, is a nice bit of jangle-pop.  As much as I love a good piece of jangle-pop, there’s something about the grungier B-side “Walrus” that I find even more interesting.
  • Stephen Beatty has kept a low musical profile these past few years since Stella Rose and Un Chien.  His newest effort, Dead Heirs, might have flown under my radar if Mr. Beatty hadn’t done a brief Facebook post on the project.  Dead Heirs delves deeper into the psych end of the musical pool than his previous effort Un Chien did, and it works well for Mr. Beatty.  The album’s highlight is the gorgeous and dreamy “Heroes”, and no, it isn’t a Bowie cover.
  • On yesterday’s Monday Mixteen, I made mention of the explosion of young female singer-songwriters emerging from the area in recent years.  Kaatii is yet another addition in that arena, and her new single “Swept Up” definitely shows strong promise for the artist.  It’s a nice, catchy mid-tempo pop tune that makes me wonder what lies in store next for this up-and-coming talent.
  • I was yesterday years old when I discovered that Tony Ferraro was part of Denton band Particular People.  I really dug their last album, Meats for Particular People.  The band’s new single, “Thigh Tattoo”, veers farther away from the rock edge of the previous effort, and rides a nice mid-tempo twangy groove.
  • I like Taylor Rea.  I like Silas Nello.  So it should be no shocker that I’m totally digging their collaboration, Velvet Dos.  Their debut “Lonesome” takes the best of Taylor Rea’s indie-pop sensibilities and Silas Nello’s grittier singer-songwriter vibe and turns it into a “best of both worlds” scenario.

And now, video…

  • I usually try to spotlight artists in Ten for Your Attention that haven’t already been played on my radio show.  This new Caterpillars single, “Tangents”, is so damn good that I want everyone to take time out of their day for this killer new tune.  It is easily the strongest song of the band’s to date, an emotional roller coaster every bit as dramatic as the roller coaster depicted in the video.
  • I’m anxiously awaiting official new music from LO.  In the meantime, I’ll have to “settle” for this Sofar Studio performance of “Lost in Translation”.  And in this case, settling sounds unusually delightful.
  • Mountain Natives have been on a roll with their singles so far this year, and “Silent Hour” is not just the best of their singles this year, but perhaps their best song of all to date.
  • Somogyi is back with a new single, “The Kind of Love”.  I’ve traditionally viewed Somogyi as an indie-pop artist, but this single definitely veers heavier on the pop side than any of her other tracks.  Still, there’s plenty of atmosphere within the track, and the production and vocals on this track are so spot-on.
  • Finally, Upsetting offers up a video for their latest track “Donnie”.  In the band’s own words, it’s about “the process of and emotions felt when losing a close loved one.”  Turn this one up loud and allow yourself to feel those feels.
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