Charlie Faye and the Fayettes may be a girl group and play soul/pop, but their music is no Motown retread. In fact, it’s Memphis and Muscle Shoals where their hearts are. That and the eclectic musical melting pot that is Austin, Texas. Charlie Faye has had a successful career on the Americana scene, but she feels that with the Fayettes, she can finally make the kind of music that she’s been dreaming about. The group’s first record releases this Friday and we’ve got a great track from the self-titled LP to share with you today.
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Matt Haeck was born in the West Indies and his parents were both Christian missionaries. As a result, he was expected to follow the path to the ministry and indeed he did until it really didn’t make sense anymore. The title of Haeck’s new album releasing tomorrow June 3rd via Blaster Records is Late Bloomer and it couldn’t be a more appropriate moniker, given that it took Haeck 30 years of life to really begin discovering his own voice. Once he did though, he was on his way. Haeck says, “I’ve never been a prodigy. In the years just after college, where I studied classical voice, I began writing and performing songs of my own, but due to a background in which I was taught to follow rules, I had the damnedest struggle discovering my own voice as a writer and a singer.”
The brainchild of Echo Park-based singer-songwriter Sharaya Mikael, BANTA is a four-piece indie rock band that has gained a lot of ground since their 2013 inception. Packing the Satellite to full-capacity, Mikael landed a record deal with eOne Music and the rest is history. They’ve since performed along the likes of bands like French Style Furs and the Mynabirds, gaining a good amount of repute throughout 2015 leading into the release of their upcoming debut album, Dark Charms. In an exclusive to PopMatters, the band are premiering Dark Charms in all of its bittersweet grit ahead of its release on June 3.
Six years ago, Leland Sundries’ The Apothecary EP came as a smart folk-rock album, well into the country side of alt-country. Now, after plenty of time traveling, observing, and playing, the band is back with a fully-formed, genre-defying sound on Music for Outcasts. The country hasn’t gone (see traditional heartbreaker “Keys in the Boot”), but now it’s run through so many filters that the band, led by songwriter Nick Loss-Eaton, has become something else altogether. The influences seem to stem less from Son Volt than from Pavement, but tracks like “Studebaker” have the melodic sensibilities of the Go-Betweens. The album maintains a cohesive feel even as it moves through different sounds, letting Loss-Eaton’s stories and character studies build into a memorable debut.
Texas singer-songwriters Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen have achieved a great deal of solo success over their long careers, but they’ve really found their voices by working together. For years they’ve toured together and only last year released their debut album, Hold My Beer, which received high marks in the music press. Given that their best work together has been their live performances, the duo is about to release Watch This on June 3rd via their label Lil’ Buddy Toons.
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