LOST X LOST WEST: CALLIOPE MUSICALS

Calliope Musicals believe in you. Long ago, they peaked out of the window and saw the tiny trail of light signaling your arrival. They were certain of nothing else; it was the potential for your infinite expansion that fed them melodies that would inspire and soothe you and speak to the tootsiest parts of your soul. Texture, poetry, color: billboards for all of your senses to ensure you got the message. Now you’re here, tangled in an unending straddle of your spirit and your skin, and this song is for you. 

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.

LOST X LOST WEST: OTIS WILKINS

Otis Wilkins is the moniker songwriter Taylor Wilkins uses when he’s not performing in his rock ‘n’ roll band Otis the Destroyer. Inspired by his father’s nickname in college, which he then gave to his first pet dog, the name Otis has always been in the family. -SXSW

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.

LOST X LOST WEST: GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA

We come in peace. Golden Dawn Arkestra continues to spread a message of love, light & tolerance in the hope that Earth beings can someday live in unity, having learned to love one another despite their many differences. To aid in this purpose, Golden Dawn Arkestra conducts extra-dimensional experiments involving space and time travel through the use of sound and movement. Their followers delight in these rituals; all bear witnesses to their higher selves and joyously bask in the eternal light that joins us all as one. The Arkestra ’s theatrical visuals inspired by Sun Ra Arkestra are enriched further by appearances from various dancers who, like the musicians, are adorned in shimmering garments reminiscent of intergalactic kingdoms of yore. Inspired to exuberance by ritualistic practices such as processions, chanting, and the power of the music itself, the audience falls into spellbound frenzies. GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA invites you to join in their cosmic explorations in the hopes that you too may experience the ecstatic joy of drifting upon the ever-loving rays of RA.

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.

LOST X LOST WEST: ZETTAJOULE

Photo Credit: Emree Weaver/KUTX

Austin’s Zettajoule have done a lot of growing since their last release in 2015, which, in this case, means shrinking, paring down from a full band to a stellar synth-pop duo. It’s that shrinkage, however, that seems to have truly allowed Meggan Carney and Matt Sheffer to grow. Their latest EP Always Looking Up sees the duo taking their sound and presence up several levels, sounding like pros who have been releasing gold records for a decade. The 6-song EP was recorded and mixed totally on an iPhone before having it mastered at Matt Parmenter’s Ice Cream Studios (Quiet Company, Slomo Drags). The duo each take the lead on two of these tracks, lending the album a luster of the latest in clean, cool synth-pop that can sometimes wax a little new wave.

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.