SANDS HOLLOW seem to be a relatively new duo hailing from Austin, Texas. Their new 7″ was just released from the likes of Monofonus Press, which only has one other familiar artist on their roster: the Golden Boys. This means we’ve got some new material to look into, but not before checking out this 7″ first.
“Watch Yourself” is kind of odd right from the start, with quivering keyboards that seem to be refracting in all directions and distant vocals. Balmy bass lines dwell beneath and drive the song into stranger territories, complemented by airy keyboard textures which help prove just how weird this feels at one point. No matter how strange though, they still manage to keep a sunnier vibe attached when necessary, which usually stems from the squeal of their poppy guitar strums. Listen to this one a few times over and you’ll definitely notice it has the power to grow on you despite how it suddenly dies out at the end. It would be nice if they kept that jam going for an extra minute.
B-side “The River’s Ridge” takes a stab at blissed-out hallucinations in the calmest way possible. You can almost picture yourself sitting on the bank of said river on a breezy day when everything is going swimmingly and this would be the accompanying music. However, if that doesn’t hit the spot for you, perhaps Monofonus’ description of “campfire acoustic strumming and optimistic warnings into the fake-nostalgia” works a bit better. But once again this still manages to come off just as strange (if not more) than the A-side. Right now we probably still have some waiting to do, but this duo will have a full length LP due out from the Austin-based label in due time. So until then, we must sit tight, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a bit curious.
Watch Yourself –
The River’s Ridge –
My Rating: 6.7/10
Genre/ Tags: Pop, Experimental, Electronic
Watch Yourself 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Watch Yourself
2.) The River’s Ridge