Here’s the next installment. Bands to watch – and to watch out for – at SXSW.
L’Altra, a Chicago duo that has been “quietly making music for [over] a decade,” but has managed to hold onto an organic and natural sound over the years.
“Nothing Can Tear It Apart” by L’Altra:
Lanterns on the Lake, a British group that combines stark cinematic soundscapes with heart.
“Lungs Quicken” by Lanterns on the Lake:
Iroquois Falls, a mysterious artist who is flying so far under-the-radar that I can’t even locate any information about her – the town in Canada keeps coming up instead. (Last.fm play count: 48.)
“Gaspe” by Iroquois Falls:
Love Inks. By all counts, the song below should be totally annoying… and yet I couldn’t stop playing it.
“Blackeye” by Love Inks:
A Lull, a fun and intriguing experimental group from Chicago.
“Weapons For War” by A Lull:
Grass Widow, an upbeat San-Francisco all-girl garage band with carefully arranged group vox.
“Shadow” by Grass Widow:
His Clancyness, a sonically pleasant but horribly named one-man outfit.
“Ottawa Backfired Soon” by His Clancyness: