Cotton Mather are really good at keeping
longtime fans on their toes. In late 2011, there was the
re-issue of their landmark 1997 album, Kontiki,
followed by a enthusiastically received reunion at SXSW
2012. I assumed that the SXSW reunion was merely the bonus
of the Kontiki re-issue ... but you know what they
say when you assume things.
Another local summer indie pop treat is from the duo PowPow (Jason Garcia, ex-Household Names, Future Clouds And Radar, and Beth Barry). This week they released their debut deluxe single on Bandcamp. The first track, Sadie, Say It Again, is a melancholy tale of a relationship's end with light, airy harmonies, gently strummed acoustic guitars, and shimmering keys. Be Sweet reminds me a bit of Portishead and features the slightly smoky, seductive vocals from Beth Barry with a plea of loneliness and forgiveness highlighted by the lyrics of "be sweet to me/I've got no one else/be sweet to me/just be yourself." The $5 download also includes demo versions of both songs and a behind the scenes video.