Pairs Well With…Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Jessica Lea Mayfield
Julia Jacklin has a mesmerizing sound in the right time and place, a subtle artist that captures with the simple things - a voice and a song. Jacklin switches between electric and acoustic on her introductory singles released over the last year or so, gently picking melodies or letting the slight feedback of her guitar ring with honesty and modesty. There aren’t many deviations, but none are really needed - Jacklin’s style is bare and direct rather than sonically adventurous. The biggest factor musically is Julia Jacklin’s sweet, well-ranged vocals. She has an ability to power with a whisper, though it’s a whisper that is naturally textured. While Jacklin’s music is noticeably relaxing, there a good deal to be taken out of a performance that is so naked, especially among the waves of sound all of our ears will be experiencing day over day at SXSW.
Pairs Well With…Lost in the Trees, The Head and the Heart, Beach House
Great American Canyon Band is readying their debut LP Only You Remain for 2016, but they also collected their early singles late last year for the Crash EP, a dream pop/folk rock hybrid that hypnotizes with natural appeal. The title track is also acting as the band’s first single from that upcoming album and it’s the Baltimore band’s choice cut, matching hushed, tribal rhythms with midnight-breeze harmonies.
2014 Review: The Great American Canyon Band can be filed in one of my favorite SXSW superlatives – The Genre-Melders. For the GACB, the approach is a combination of gentle, Laurel Canyon-inspired folk rock and dream pop emanating from a dimly lit bedroom. Interestingly, the band’s rustic name plays a bit of a bait-and-switch, turning expectations of a band opening for Dawes into something that pairs closer to Beach House. At the band’s center is a husband and wife duo, not a surprise given the road-worn tightness of their constantly interplaying harmonies. It’s a relaxing and catchy listen and is one that will surely translate to stage with the building, hypnotic nature of tracks like singles “Lost at Sea” and “Tumbleweed”.