OK, where the hell did this cold weather come from? Not that I'm complaining, I would just like some notice before I step out of the office in my usual short shorts and t-shirt and not have the cold wind tear across my thighs like razor blades of ice.
And because it's been a little gloomy and cold the last few days, we've come up with 10 tracks from local artists that are the perfect soundtrack during a brisk walk through Eisenhower Park or ride through Southtown. Hell, even just chillin' in your apartment with some hot cocoa as you scroll through your Facebook timeline looking for the latest chisme.
Veteran San Antonio rapper Milli Mars isn't a stranger to the darker edge of hip-hop. Produced by SA native 8th Light, "Bottle Service" has that driving-around-in-a-hoodie-with-your-friends vibe but also could lend itself to a solo skateboard sesh downtown.
Sunny and The Sunliners
"Should I Take You Home"
Ooh-wee! Arguably one of the, if not the, sexiest jams ever produced by someone from San Antonio, Sunny Ozuna's "Should I Take You Home" probably was playing in the background while a whole generation of folks were being conceived. So be careful with this one.
Two parts of the local rock trio Buttercup, Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes's side project Demitasse lends itself to more somber sounding tracks. Especially on "Comfy Coffins," it's easy to picture walking through town on a chilly afternoon
with nothing to do, but notice the changing colors of the trees. Well, maybe not in Texas, but a San Antonian can dream, right?
One of the many things to appreciate about Girl in a Coma's Nina Diaz is her ability to really translate the emotion of her songs in her voice. Which seems like such an obvious thing to say but, especially on "January 9th" you can almost hear Diaz clenching her teeth as she earnestly belts out the lyrics on this somber but earnest song. This is perfect song to get in your feelings while snuggled up with a bottle of wine.
"Cry a Little"
Country music has this way of wrapping up seriously sad subject matter in happy, carefree overtones that gives you permission to be sad. Bret Mullins' "Cry a Little" does just that. And while the singer-songwriter's aesthetic is definitely classic country, Mullins manages to mix in enough pop to reach audiences beyond the genre. So grab a box of tissues and let your sadness keep you warm.
"Not That Way"
The sun is setting. You're on you're bike. It's chilly but you're in a cute sweater so it doesn't matter, 'cause you're cozy and looking fabulous. This is probably the best scenario to experience indie soul pop sextuplet Fishermen's "Not That Way." The track builds minimally but what it lacks in gigantic swells is made up for in the warmest combination of layered tones and harmonies.
If you're not familiar with the technical riffing of Sorush Ranjbar in his indie rock/math rock project Granite Hands, "Don't Do It" is sort of the perfect introduction to it. Guiding listeners down twisting corridors of jazz chords and unpredictable melodies, Ranjbar, on his Bandcamp page says "Icicle Man" was actually written when he was living an apartment in California that had a bad electricity and anytime he turned on the heater the power would go out, leaving him to endure 43º weather.
"Her Wings Covered The Sky"
Thick and echoing with reverberated screams, Cursus' "Her Wings Covered The Sky" is a sprawling 6-minute track that pulls listeners through waves of distorted guitar melodies and spiraling drum hits all in a dizzying 5/8 time signature. So pump this loud if you're looking to rock without going out to the club.
With a vocal timber reminiscent of singer-songwriter Laura Veirs, Wolverton's Kate Terrell leads the three piece (sometimes four-piece whenButtercup's Joe Reyes shows up) down the winding trail towards Wizard Land. It's sort of jazzy and psychedelic, which is equally warm and inviting, but also a great reminder that it's the weekend, y'all.
Easily becoming one of the most exciting new acts in San Antonio, AMEA's "VayCay" is a clear reflection of the singer's songwriting ability. The song's tone is somber but emotive, inviting listeners to really listen to things she's saying in the song. So if you can't catch her performance this weekend, put this on blast to enjoy her tunes.