So it’s that time of year again! Time for bigwigs and barfly’s alike to crawl around countless bars and spit their inane music spiel.
“Yeah, well, man, I liked it but, you know I just couldn’t really hear any big chorus’s right? It’s a bit left field, but, that said, maybe it could work this year- Right?”
SXSW – for those of you that don’t know, is the annual music showcase in which more than 1,800 musical acts of all genres, from all around the globe, perform on over eighty stages in downtown Austin around mid March. On flicking through the full list of artists playing in ’09, it was sad, but no surprise to find hundreds of names returning for another crack of the whip.
Some bands traveling out there won’t get so much as a sniff at a contract, let alone sign one. Thankfully there were some saving graces and Shakey Times were particularly happy to see young Alessi has already booked her ticket and spot for this year’s event.
We first saw Alessi in all her idiosyncratic beauty over two years ago in one of the tiniest pubs in London and she just left us breathless. She looks and sounds so precious when singing her hushed lullabies, of which Constellations is probably our favorite, its music best to listen to by candle light. We still without doubt rank Alessi as one of the best female talents to have come the capital of late, but having turned down offers from notable majors, Shakey Times has no idea what is happening with Alessi professionally now. We can however, hand on heart, wish her all the very best for SXSW.
Delta Spirit also deserve a mention as their (this far) signature track ‘Trash can’ hasn’t been off our stereo since we first heard it six months back. Hailing from San Diego and having toured with Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Dr. Dog, Delta spirit live in a warped little world all of their own. The band decided to self-produce and record their debut full length album, Ode to Sunshine, which was released last year but we’re (still) finding it hard to track down in record shops. If you spot a copy, we urge you to buy a vinyl if possible, sit down, and enjoy what is a truly great modern sounding record.
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