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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Discoverer 153: new indie findings

It wasn't planned, we guarantee you! But this week's trio of music findings in our discoverer series, are all based in Texas (Dallas & Austin) so here comes our unexpected little tribute to the 'Lone Star State'. A place for great music!

Danny de la Matyr. Born & raised in Dallas, Texas, and following the footsteps of his father, a country musician, Danny quickly blossomed into a gifted artist (he majored in painting and drawing) within the emergent scene around Denton. Aside playing in a renowned Beatles cover band, A Hard Night’s Day, he fronted The Days, a celebrated local power-pop combo who published one album 'The Mystery Of The Watched Pot' in 1996 before calling it a day. Then De La Matyr moved to L.A., making himself a name as in-demand guitarist/singer (playing for Rhett Miller, Jesse Malin or Lukas Haas), while he assembled another short-fated band, The Sheers, who recorded LP 'Goodbye World' in 2006. Next step for Danny was backing Luther Russell on several albums and tours, as well as contributing harmonies to the self-titled debut album by Those Pretty Wrongs, Luther’s project with Big Star's legend Jody Stephens. In return, Luther got in charge of production duties of De la Matyr's first solo album, which got an anticipated release with the 7" 'Lines b/w “How Can It Be' in late 2013. Now, since February 2017, and thanks to our beloved Pretty Olivia Records, 'Crybaby' has seen the light of day. I could remark Danny's masterful songcrafting, his arresting voice... but these would be understatements. Let me say it sounds as exciting, haunting and disarming as finding there was another amazing Big Star record "missing", waiting to be discovered. This Blog album of the year so far...


Molly BurchBorn and raised in L.A., California, but now based in Austin, Ms. Burch was surrounded by the arts since a very early age, as both her parents work in the movie industry (as writer/producer and casting director). The old Hollywood musicals were a first but major influence. One that impulsed her finding her own voice as a teenager and packing up to University of North Carolina in Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance, where she met guitarist Dailey Toliver, a key contributor to her music. After moving to Austin Burch began to write her own songs, tunes that, with the help of Toliver and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, have become 'Please Be Mine', debut album out since February via Captured Tracks. A soulful, smoky, vintage affair, one in which Burch's vocals stand out, an Angel Olsen close pal as well as a modern Patsy Cline reincarnation, warm, raw & real. Definitely one to watch, folks.
Blushing. And we remain in Austin for our last discoverer of the week, this promising dream-pop/shoegaze quartet (as a curiosity, formed by two married couples) formed in the summer of 2015, when Michelle Soto found the right music companion for her guitar compositions in Christina Carmona, quickly enlisting their respective husbands's talents on drums and lead guitar to assemble a proper band. Now we can enjoy their self-released debut EP 'Tether', out since January 13th, four tunes that are able to channel the eerie atmospheres of dream-pop, the most serene, ecstatic beauty of shoegaze, and the knack for pop melodies of, let's say, Lush or even The Sundays. A blissful beginning for a must-follow band.     

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