Hearts of Animals (Houston, TX)
“…soars through the same jet stream as Amos & Sara or Family Fodder. Really terrific diy dub/psych minimalism & it might be the 1st record to come outta Houston that I kinda like since Charalambides split that swamp.” – Siltblog (Siltbreeze Records)
“…a natural bridge between straightforward indie pop traditions and some more daring territory….Very excited to hear more of what she’s doing.” – Doug Mosurock, Dusted Magazine
There's room for a little bit of everything in HOA, yet the music never feels like a kitchen-sink contrivance. Superb songcraft and a delicate touch allow Mlee to create music that is at once astonishingly heavy and gossamer-light; under her spell, seemingly disparate concepts and styles play nicely with one another. Dense noise provides the perfect foil for power-pop sugar; cheaply effective Casio beats underscore stabbing waves of pseudo-shoegaze psychedelia. This is musical magical realism to turn Gabriel García Márquez green-eyed with envy.— Nicholas L. Hall
Merel and Tony (Houston, TX)
Merel & Tony are from the Netherlands and Texas, respectively.
The Mustn'ts (Nacogdoches, TX)
Vicki and Jeromy have been dating for awhile. She played with the Houston band .belville, and he played with David Morrison. They brought some of their original songs together and created The Mustn'ts in 2007. It's started off kind of folksy with thin textures, quirky lyrics, and harmonies. We'll see where it goes from there.