Natalie Jane Hill’s new album “Solely” is “a thing of rare beauty”


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Natalie Jane Hill, “Solely” (Dear Life). Originally from Wimberley, Hill spent a few years in Georgia and North Carolina before moving to San Marcos a few years ago. “Solely,” her second album in as many years, is of rare beauty – 10 enchanting folk songs to minimal acoustic arrangements built around the naively calming tone of Hill’s voice.

Faced with a macro world, Hill becomes micro, marveling in small visions like the web a spider weaves: never done, ”she sings on“ Orb Weaver ”. Echoes of half-century British folk masters Nick Drake and Sandy Denny float over “Little Teeth,” with graceful touches from producer Jason Chronis’ vibraphone and lead contributor Mat Davidson’s violin framing the observations. Hill’s pastoral stories: “Pearly white buds fall from the sky / Shaped like little teeth in floating water.

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Elsewhere, Chronis plays autoharp, bass, and percussion, while Davidson adds accents of pedal steel and keyboards. Other musicians on the album include cellists Tony Rogers and Sadie Wolfe, pianist Jared Van Fleet, pedal steel player Bob Hoffnar and percussionist Matt Simon. It’s all built around Hill’s smooth but often sophisticated acoustic guitar picking.

Here is the video of the title song:

Kris Schultz, “Standard Issue Heart”. Austinite Schultz spent years helping local artists such as David Garza, Jon Dee Graham and Guy Forsyth with merchandise sales, route management and other behind-the-scenes tasks before deciding to write and record. songs itself.

‘Standard Issue Heart’ her debut album features 10 singer-songwriter-focused tracks inspired by folk, rock and pop recorded at local studio HooDoo with producer Charlie Richards, who also played guitar. electric and lap steel. Other contributors include drummer Brian Christopher Mendes, bassist Palli, keyboardist Ron D’Argenio, and backing vocalists Kacy Crowley and Kristin deWitt.

Release show on October 31 at One-2-One Bar. Here is the single “Hattertown Road”:

Recently released

Explosions in the Sky, “Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television)” (Temporary Residence). An atmospheric instrumental group that has released seven albums over the past two decades, Explosions in the Sky are also renowned for their work on television and film projects, releasing several soundtrack recordings and writing music for prominent shows. such as “Friday Night Lights” and “A Hill of Trees.”

Their latest such project is this 20-track set created to accompany “Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas,” which premiered on PBS earlier this year. Band members Chris Hrasky, Michael James, Munaf Rayani, and Mark Smith weave together evocative melodies and textures on acoustic guitar, slide guitar, strings, piano, bells and drums that echo the wide open expanse of National Park. crown jewels of Texas, with titles such as “Chisos”, “Sunrise”, “Swimming” and “Big Horns”.

Here is the song “Human History”:

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Coming soon

NOV. 5: Matt the electrician, “We imagined an end”, release show on November 6 at 04 Center

NOV. 5: Colin clark, “Here and There”, release show on November 13 at One-2-One Bar

NOV. 12: Jenn Hartmann Chance, “Raise Your Voices (Songs Celebrating the Kids Who Are Changing the World”), released November 14 at Thinkery

NOV. 19: Willie Nelson family, eponymous (Heritage)

NOV. 19: Wade bowen, EP “Where Phones Don’t Work”

NOVEMBER: Walter Daniels and the Trustees of Del Valle, “Take a coffee break with”

DEC. 2: Rick furst, “The riddle”

DEC. 3: Jason Boland and the Stragglers, “The light saw me” (Trente Tigres)

DEC. 3: Nori, eponym

JAN. 14: Jamestown Renaissance, “Young man” (Thirty Tigers)

JAN. 21: Whitmore sisters, “Ghost stories” (Red House)

FEB. 11: Spoon, “Lucifer on the couch” (Matador)

MAY: Lyle lovett, title TBA (Verve)

More Austin360 on disk:

OCT. 22:Sue Foley, Hank Erwin, Ben Balmer

OCT. 8:Carolyn Wonderland, Go Fever, Invincible Tsars

OCT. 1:Asleep at the wheel, Strand of Oaks, homage to Walter Hyatt

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