Austin360 On The Report is a weekly roundup of latest, current and upcoming releases by native and Austin-associated recording artists.
Shakey Graves, “Roll the Bones X” Tenth-anniversary reissue version (Dualtone). The shooting-star profession of Austin native Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, started 10 years in the past when he launched his debut album “Roll the Bones” as a pay-what-you-can obtain on Bandcamp. To have a good time its Tenth anniversary, he’s assembled this expanded version, out there each digitally and on vinyl with an “Odds & Ends” set that includes beforehand unreleased materials.
The bodily launch features a booklet that attracts upon outdated images, journals and lyric sheets Graves unearthed for the event. Launch exhibits at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre (offered out). Right here’s the opening monitor, “Unfortunate Pores and skin”:
Zach Particular person, self-titled (BlackDenim). A 24-year-old guitarist and singer-songwriter who moved to Austin from Houston in 2017, Particular person launched 5 of those tracks on a 2020 debut EP. Now comes the complete 12-song album, a formidable and bold document that blends rock, blues, funk, soul and extra with vitality to burn.
Particular person, who appeared on “American Idol” in 2016, labored with producer Will Loconto at BlackDenim studios, house base for a brand new label co-owned by Loconto and music photographer Christopher Durst. Joined by drummer Jake Wyble, a key accompanist each reside and within the studio, Particular person serves up tunes that vary from the gospel-tinged, acoustic-centered “Wanna Fly” to the gradual blues-funk groove of “Again to Me” to the soulful pop groove of “Radio Man” to the thumping depth of “Lengthy Sufficient.” One might be forgiven for not recognizing “All Shook Up” because the Elvis Presley traditional; Particular person utterly reframes its melody and tempo, giving it a fuzz-guitar Twenty first-century makeover. The closing tune, “R.D.M.S.,” is recognized within the monitor record as a demo, nevertheless it gives an intriguing perception into Particular person’s recording course of; stripped again to only his voice and electrical guitar, it’s brimming with uncooked emotion. Launch present Friday, April 2, at Empire Storage. Right here’s the video for the opening monitor, “Can’t Cease Operating”:
Dylan Blackthorn, “Small Flames.” In press supplies accompanying the album, Blackthorn boasts that his music is “really conserving Austin bizarre,” and it’s arduous to argue after listening to his 13-song solo debut. For starters, there’s the instrumentation: Blackthorn writes totally on accordion, and his accompanists take part on devices starting from tin whistle to ukulele to xylophone to musical noticed to tuba to cimbalom. The result’s a mode that looks as if the misplaced people music of a nonexistent jap European nation. Visitor vocalist Nyra Music provides an ethereal contact to the ballad “Candlelight.” With a solid that features Samantha Blackthorn, Dr. $ick, Tom Crail, Eldridge Goins, Michael Rubin and David Ansel, “Small Flames” was recorded with engineer Matt Smith at Austin studio 6 String Ranch. Right here’s the video for the monitor “Stoked”:
Brian Donohoe, “Soundtracks for Attempting Instances.” A producer and session musician who’s labored with Progger and Snarky Pet in addition to composing scores for movie and TV, Donohoe wrote and recorded these 11 exploratory jazz instrumentals over the previous yr largely as a way of dealing with isolation in the course of the pandemic. Donohoe’s main devices are keyboard and saxophone, however he added guitars, woodwinds, percussion and extra to create richly textured soundscapes. A number of associates transmitted elements from faraway locales, together with bassist Nick Clark, trombonist Darius Christian, and guitarists Chris McQueen, Akira Ishiguro, Carter Arrington, Brandon Scott Coleman and Matt Muehling. Right here’s the monitor “Ninety-9”:
Joe Barksdale, “Omari.” The previous professional soccer participant follows his 2020 EP “Sincerely” with an album compiled from his current “Moonbeam Mondays” weekly collection of singles. This one’s a really completely different document, consisting largely of spoken-word recitations floating atop soul-funk-jazz-styled sound beds. Right here’s the monitor “Animosity”:
APRIL 9: Balmorhea, “The Wind” (Deutsche Grammophon)
APRIL 16: Amigo the Satan, “Born In opposition to”
APRIL 16: Sasha & the Valentines, “So You Suppose You Discovered Love?” (Ooof)
APRIL 20: Croy & the Boys, “Of Course They Do” EP (Spaceflight)
APRIL 23: Woman Dan, “I Am the Prophet” (Earth Libraries)
APRIL 23: Calliope Musicals, “Between Us” EP (Spaceflight)
APRIL 23: Danny Golden, “Adjustments” EP
MAY 7: Grace Pettis, “Working Girl” (Mpress)
MAY 22: Ray Prim, “When It’s All Mentioned and Achieved”
JULY 30: No person’s Lady, self-titled (Fortunate Hound)