Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Week in Fresh Tracks [Caitlin Rose, Scale Model, Black Static Line, Joshua Black Wilkins, Megajoos]

Posted by on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Judging by the notes scrawled here in my trusty notepad and the links I see languishing in my inbox, I reckon it's about time for another Week in Fresh Tracks. Follow me below to see neo-traditional songstress Caitlin Rose lending her tributary prowess to a Nick Lowe collection, New Romantics Scale Model getting their synth-pop on, Black Static Line being generally ambient and spacey, rootsy alt. country crooner Joshua Black Wilkins doing his Waits-meets-Vedder thing and Megajoos being funny and shreddy. If you're a local with some fresh tracks you'd like to share, pass those along to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com. And if you've already sent your stuff along but haven't seen it posted yet, go ahead and give it another shot. You never know!

Caitlin Rose, "Lately I've Let Things Slide"

Back in June, we told you about the forthcoming tribute Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe. It will feature Lowe tunes as performed by Caitlin Rose, JEFF the Brotherhood, Hayes Carll, Amanda Shires and more. The album will be out via Fiesta Red Records on Sept. 18, but you can already hear local country songstress Rose's take on "Lately I've Let Things Slide" above or over at Fiesta's Soundcloud page. It's a lovely, even-keeled rendition, and I think Ms. Rose does Lowe's subtly bittersweet delivery justice. By the way, Rose will perform Friday at The Basement with Andrew Combs, Dirt Heavy and Steelism. Here's the FB event page.

Scale Model, Scale Model

Local synth-pop outfit Scale Model will celebrate the release of their eponymous debut EP at Exit/In's Sunday School series on Aug. 26. But they're already streaming it over at their Bandcamp page, where you can also purchase all five tunes for any price you like. Scale Model certainly seems inspired by New Romanticism, with four-on-the-floor beats, positive-minded, ambitious content and saccharine, synth-driven progressions. Not bad. Stream it above or over at Scale Model's Bandcamp page.

Black Static Line, Every Vibrating Body

So this one's been around since January, but the dudes of Black Static Line only recently brought it to my attention. BSL makes laid-back, mildly drone-y rock music, and Every Vibrating Body is layered with reverb-laden vocals and the ambient strains of pedal steel. Like post-rock on Ambien, stamped with just the slightest hint of Nashville Sound. Stream it above or over at Black Static Line's Bandcamp page, where you can also download all eight tracks for free.

Joshua Black Wilkins, "I Tremble" and "Western"

Local shutterbug Joshua Black Wilkins is probably best known for snapping pictures of folks like The Black Keys, Justin Townes Earle, Dr. John, Cory Branan and countless more. But he also happens to make music of a dusty, world-weary-but-hopeful, Americana ilk. Heartland rock stuff that lands somewhere between Springsteen, Vedder and Waits. Hear or download "I Tremble" and "Western" above or at NoiseTrade, where you can also tip JBW any amount you like.

Megajoos, Megajoos

Two-piece, drum-and-bass, sludgy garage metal with a sense of humor? Don't mind if I do. Megajoos are news to me, and their 10-track debut seems to be all about jokes, fuzzed-out bass riffs and tight drumming. Megajoos is filled with songs that have titles like "Chicken Shit Blues," "Paris Hilton," "Rifflord Cometh" and "Fuck the World," so don't walk into this thing expecting much levity. It's not as frantic as fellow noisy bass-and-drums duo Lightning Bolt ... perhaps a little closer to DFA1979 as far as this kind of format is concerned. Stream it above or at the Joos' Bandcamp page, where you can also purchase it for $5.

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