What started as an informal jam session between friends in Manor, Texas, has blossomed into a fully formed indie-pop outfit which celebrated the release of its four-song EP, An Introduction To, last Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Beerland. Signed worldwide to Shifting Sounds records, the fivepiece Black Books create lush soundscapes most easily (and lazily) compared to My Morning Jacket and Grandaddy.
The group features guitarist Kevin Butler who is a sound engineer at Test Tube Audio (where the EP was recorded), the dual keyboard attack of Meg and Clarke Curtis, Mike Parker on bass, and Rossco pulling double duty on drums and reverbed-out vocals a la Don Henley and Levon Helm. The EP is available on CD, iTunes, and the beautiful limited-edition-of-300 10″ green vinyl record.
Get the vinyl while it lasts at Waterloo Records, End of an Ear, BackSpin Records, and other fine retailers. I’m expecting big things for this outfit and you should expect to hear more about them right here on TVD Austin in the near future. Like they say on opener “The Big Idea,” “If you’re not sunburned, you’re not having fun.”
Head on over here for a listen.