Two reasons you’ll want to head out to a record store in October. Austin band Balmorhea will be releasing a new 7″ single. On the same day, there will be a reissue of the debut album they came out with (and released on their own) seven years ago. Both are being released by Western Vinyl.
IF you opt to go digital, the new single (called “Heir”) will also feature remixes from Matthewdavid, Ben Aqua, and Orcas but for you vinyl junkies, just two songs. You may pre-order them here.
In the band’s immediate future, there are two scheduled shows in early September:
September 4… Bryan, TX (Grand Stafford Theater) @
September 6… Austin, TX (The Parish) @
@ = w/ Jess Williamson
Jess Williamson is a singer whose comfort zone is that in folk, call it Americana if you wish. These songs aren’t what I would call “back to nature”, especially if you’re someone who has never left nature behind. Native State (Brutal Honest) is the music of someone who isn’t afraid to share her deepest feelings, whether it be about a loved one or ones relationship with everyone and everything around them. Williamson’s vocal style is on the boundaries of people like Bjork and Lene Lovich but more fine tuned and accessible, but she sings sometimes with an accent that might lead to occasional difficulty in understanding the lyrics, but it’s not so hard. When you do, especially with a song like “Spin The Wheel”, it almost comes off like a confessional you’re not meant to hear:
“my pride was a mountain and yours, a little bird
I stand alone and strong beside you, you’d sing anywhere you’re hurt
you got to spin the wheel every morning
and if madness or artifice come as a warning
forget what they told ya, it gets cold in California
but the women there, with the flowers in their hair
will wrap you in White Owls”
Song of her songs are direct, others may take a bit of understanding with her pace and flow, but it’s not something you want to brush off and pass up. Native State is someone who sounds and feels… I hate to use the word genuine but when you listen to her, it will feel as if she knew you were waiting to see and greet her into your life.
(Native State will be released on January 28th and can be pre-ordered here.)
New year missions and anticipations for what will become new year music, and anticipating the new year is Jess Williamson, an Austin-based singer/songwriter/musician who looks forward to releasing Native State (Brutal Honest), her debut album that will be out on January 28th. The press material states she makes the kind of folk and country music you may not expect because it is haunting, but I think sometimes the best music is not what you expect from it, and it’s all about the human emotion and what we have to deal with in order to get from one place to another. Williamson makes the kind of songs that will get you from here to there, and it may move you to stay for awhile, only to look forward to whatever journey lies ahead. Listen to one of those excursions below with the title track to Native State. The album will be made available on vinyl, with only 300 copies being pressed up.