Outlets All Over The Country Premiered Songs From North Texas Artists This Week.
Now that we're moving from Festival Announcement Season to actual full-blown Festival Season, we won't take up too much space in these opening paragraphs updating you on any more upcoming fest announcement news.
But we'd be remiss not to embed this final 35 Denton announce video, which is a technical wonder, a seeming one-shot tour of the Denton square, complete with realistic models of each of this year's participating venues and anamorphic puppet versions of some of this year's performers. Honestly, we love it even more than the actual lineup itself.
Meanwhile, Festival Season seems to coincide with another phenomenon known as New Release Season. This week, tons of North Texas artists released new albums and/or singles meant to tease new spring albums, a handful of which we'll cover in this space. Even more remarkable is how many of these things earned accompanying premieres from national sites like Nylon, Paste, NPR, Stereogum and Noisey.
First up is Quaker City Night Hawks, who just headlined our fourth anniversary party at Dada over the weekend. And how did they open up that performance? With their new single, “Good Evening,” which earned its premiere via Noisey only days before. The cut comes from the band's new El Astronauta LP, which earns its release May 20 via Lightning Rod Records.
Also, on the same night as our party, the soundtrack from Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson's new erotic thriller A Bigger Splash earned its overseas release. Closing out that one is a cover of Rolling Stones deep cut “Emotional Rescue” by St. Vincent, who keeps her trademark guitar wizardry to a minimum. The soundtrack will earn its U.S. release closer to the film's release on May 4, though the song has already popped up on YouTube.
Then, just this morning, noted St. Vincent collaborator John Congleton debuted the latest single from his upcoming Nighty Nite LP via Stereogum. In case you missed it, we also posted an interview we did with Congleton earlier today. You can find that one here, and stream the new song below.
Keeping on the national premieres kick, Mind Spiders premiered a new single from its upcoming fourth LP via Paste. Pay close attention to the “random relentless machine sequence,” an introduction of pre-programmed elements into the band's already full sound. The rest of the album comes out March 12 via Dirtnap Records.
And while the fourth and final album from School of Seven Bells doesn't officially earn its release until Friday, NPR's First Listen has the thing streaming in full over on its site. “I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives,” Alejandra Deheza told that site. “What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could ever deliver, but even that wouldn't stop the vision for this record being realized.”