Sunday, December 28, 2014

10 Great Songs From San Antonio Bands in 2014

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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Like most years, 2014 saw the release of a ton of great music from San Antonio. We are blessed to live in a city with rich and incredibly diverse threads of musical thought and feeling. Here are the ten songs that, for me, seemed the most interesting and the most fulfilling—in other words, these are the ten SA songs that mattered to me most this year. (Songs are in no particular order.)

Chimalli, "Exactly / Exactamente" (from TXAMX)
This track sounds like a Sunday afternoon at Brack, gettin' philosophical about the bullshit with some chicken en la parrilla. A little English, a little Spanish, a touch of comino, the breeze, and a whole lotta soul.


The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, "Marathon II" (from All Sadness, Grinning into Flow)
Looking at one song off of TGLH's truly epic All Sadness, Grinning into Flow in isolation seems almost criminal. But if you want an encapsulation of the group's power and ever-blossoming finesse, all in one package, "Marathon II" is the perfect summation.


Marcus Rubio, "Welcum 2 Hell" (from Land of Disenfranchisement)
With a tropical and smaltzy wink, Saytown wunderkind Marcus Rubio sings from the point of view of the bourgeois and bigoted persona that Land of Disenfranchisement rebels against. The results are haunting and exhilarating and humorous and terrifying, all at once.




Flower Jesus, "Sunset Smile" (from Cosmic American Music)
While most of its psych contemporaries keep sifting through 60's riffs and surf vibes, Flower Jesus embodies the truly expansive nature of psychedelic music, extending it here to what is, basically, a stretched out, slowed down, and mildly deconstructed piece of indie pop. It's pretty and it's woozy and it sounds nothing like Cali.


White Elefant, "City Crown" (from Nights & Weekends)
The pinnacle of White Elefant's all-around righteous debut LP, “City Crown” is an eviscerating song about the general fakeness at large, taking varied forms and wearing you down in myriad ways. Lead singer and songwriter Josh Mathis' deadpan delivery dampens the emotional weight of the song, while the violent lurches and stops suggest a deeper seething.


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