- Daniela Rojas
With 2013 now upon us and the foretold apocalypse averted for now, we set our energies toward realizing and lifting high our hefty hopes for what's to come. For the most part, you're on your own with that; but the Current gives you this handy list of a few upcoming album releases to get excited about. The list is by no means exhaustive or binding, but it is a darn good start.
What: FLY HI LP. Highly experimental, post-rock, post-drone, audiovisual pastiche from San Antonio's young and passionate avant-garde princess. New project from Melissa Rodríguez also on the horizon: Saakred y Las Teardrops, an EP of "witchy desert blues."
When: March and late Fall.
What: Highly anticipated debut full-length Enemies from Years of Loving. Fiery, emotional, hill country wilderness and San Anto mischievousness — out on Shiner Records. This record promises to be an exemplar of the next generation of TX music.
When: Late January.
What: A collection of new music and remixes (by people like Skytree, Gonjasufi, and RUN DMT) from 2011's mind-bending Botany LP, the Mycology EP will be a welcome holdover until this promising young group's next full album.
Sons of Sancho
What: The Rodents of Yanaguana EP will be a transitional release for these stalwart punk-fusion rockers. You can expect all the bombast and bravado that this clan brings to the table, just in a bite-sized package.
When: Early this year.
What: Nick Mery's Gentlemen Streets is the R&B/electronic vibe side of the man (Merykid) Current readers voted "Most Overrated" in 2012. A badge of honor he wears with pride.
When: Late February.
What: Technically a San Anto expat, Rubio will once again be involved in several projects this year. The most notable is a solo album entitled h_h to be released on the Chicago-based label Already Dead Tapes. Always unpredictable, Rubio promises this record will be "half ambient music and half long-form pop songs, sort of pushing the more experimental elements of Hello Dallas a little further."
When: February or March.
What: Already getting noticed for her work in photography and most recently video production/direction (she directed the video for Pop Pistol's "No New Years Know"), "ZaaZaa" Riojas is releasing Asperatus, her first musical project. The album will be "a compilation of innocent musings from a girl who has left the muck of murky, dark lands and is becoming clean as she finds new heights, closer to the heavens."
El Campo (fka Pillow Talk)
What: Recorded at Top Hat in Austin and a Tobin Hill living room, El Campo's self-titled album will be a wide-open wandering, indie-country affair, complete with banjo and pedal steel.
What: These melodramatic Texas pop-punkers will be busy in 2013, releasing first a split EP with The Dramanauts and then their sophomore full-length.
When: Split EP in Summer, album in the Fall.
The Rich Hands
What: Southern indie soul-rock from the depths of the proverbial garage. "Bad Girl," a 45-inch single, will precede a mid-year EP from one of San Antonio's most promising young groups.
When: 45" single February, EP this Summer.
Also in 2013:
Garrett T. Capps, "Americana, etcetera" EP engineered by Stuart Sullivan (Meat Puppets/Butthole Surfers/'80s Hickoids), produced by Jonny Burke with production credits, and backing from Scott Davis (Hayes Carll), TBA
Mrs. Howl, Untitled EP, February
Deep in the Heart, EP, Spring
Bite Lip Bleed, 5-song EP, April-May
White Elefant, Untitled LP, Early Summer
Ledaswan, Packaged for Discomfort, Spring
Disco Wasteland, Too Much Awesome, TBA
AM Architect, A Pattern Language, TBA
Sonora, Untitled LP, TBA
Langton Drive, Untitled EP, TBA