Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Week in Fresh Tracks [Buffalo Clover, Steelism, Minor Toughs, Useless Eaters, Meadownoise, Sean Parrott]

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

On Friday, we shared with you a handful of surprisingly excellent tracks from 24-hour super-group Fist. Yesterday, we posted Electric Würms' cover of Yes' "Heart of the Sunrise" (the Würms of course being the group featuring members of Flaming Lips and Linear Downfall). Well there's more that in our fresh tracks bag, friends. Follow me below to hear the latest from Buffalo Clover, Steelism, Minor Toughs, Useless Eaters, Meadownoise and Sean Parrott. As always, see past weeks in fresh tracks here, and if you've got something for us, email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Buffalo Clover, "Guilt"

On Aug. 12, local rootsy Southern rock 'n' rollers Buffalo Clover will release not one but two albums — a studio long-player by the name of Test Your Love alongside Live at The Five, the latter of which was recorded at East Side haunt The 5 Spot. BC has been so kind as to share one of the tracks from Love with us; it's a scorching, up-tempo number with a bit of barroom piano, and it all centers on frontwoman Margo Price's big ol' vocals. Stream "Guilt" exclusively above, and stay tuned for more on Buffalo Clover's upcoming pair of records.

Steelism, "Cat's Eye Ring"

It's always a treat to hear from local instrumentalists Steelism, who use guitar and pedal steel to form a tuneful sort of classy, neo-countrypolitan rock 'n' roll. The boys will release their LP 615 to Fame on Sept. 16, and they're leading that with a track by the name of "Cat's Eye Ring." Some really lovely string arrangements going on in this one. Give that a listen above or via Steelism's Soundcloud page, and stay tuned for more.

Minor Toughs, One for the Sun

Local dudes Ryan Ervin and Todd Kemp have made music together in a number of outfits — The Carter Administration and Century Club among them — and now they're back with a unit called Minor Toughs. Like the aforementioned projects, Minor Toughs' brand of rock 'n' roll puts me in mind of power-poppy '90s indie rockers like Superchunk. They have a new EP by the name of One for the Sun, and you can stream that above or download it for free over at the Toughs' Bandcamp page. My personal favorite is the Toughs' re-imagining of the Stones' "Star Star," which is vaguely D. Striker-esque in tone and subject matter. Good stuff.

Useless Eaters, "Mother Earth" b/w "Integrated Circuit"

Memphis native and onetime Nashvillian Seth Sutton hasn't called Music City home for a little while now, but he and his Useless Eaters have just dropped a new 7-inch via local label Jeffery Drag Records — "Mother Earth" backed with "Integrated Circuit." It's par for the Eaters course — sinewy, tough punk that recalls UK and NYC OGs like Gang of Four and Wipers and so forth. "Mother Earth" is a rad song. Stream both tunes above, or buy the 7-inch via Useless Eaters' Bandcamp page.

Meadownoise, "Casi Mato"

As I mentioned back in January, avant-garde experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist Matt Glassmeyer and his project Meadownoise have an ongoing monthly single series he's calling Dark Digest. The latest installment is a sort of disjointed story-song by the name of "Casi Mato," and you can stream that above or download it for any price you like (along with the rest of the Dark Digest tunes) over at Meadownoise's Bandcamp page.

Sean Parrott, "Summertime (Featuring Swagnum PI)"

And finally, local dude Sean Parrott is a guy who attempts to make both comedy and music, often at the same time. He and collaborator Swagnum PI have a new goofy electro-pop track by the name of "Summertime" (sent our way via sometime contributor Sean L. Maloney), and it features the word "titties" a lot. Stream it above or buy it for a buck via Parrott's Bandcamp page.

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