Produced by Erik Wofford (Explosions In The Sky), album adds fevered fuzz to sound UNCUT calls “a mark of excellence in modern Americana.”
Margaret Chavez (Marcus William Striplin) as photographed by Marcus William Striplin.
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“Strange Buoy’s” by Margaret Chavez is the “Song of The Day” at Austin’s NPR-affiliate KUTX, 98.9.
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1/28/2018: Deep Ellum, TX @ Twilite Lounge
“Surrounding you in a dirt devil of a sound that lies somewhere on the spectrum between Americana and psychedelia.” – KUTX 98.9, Austin
“A Loupe,” the upcoming solo debut of Pleasant Grove co-founder Marcus William Striplin (performing under the name Margaret Chavez in memorial tribute to his mother), is everything a fan of Striplin’s songwriting and arrangement ideas (here realized by producer, Erik Wofford [Explosions In The Sky, The Black Angels]) would expect and more.
Striplin’s name is familiar to anyone who has followed the indie rock scene that emerged out of Texas in the early 2000’s, specifically Dallas, where Striplin co-founded the band named after the suburb Pleasant Grove in 1999.
In its relatively brief half-decade-or-so initial run, Pleasant Grove earned praise for the “simmering psychedelia” (KUTX 98.9) of its “songs of broken hearts and broken voices” (Dallas Observer) that, according to MOJO, mixed the “down and out ache of Texas country as well as the sonic outbursts of Neil Young.” In a four-star review, UNCUT dubbed Pleasant Grove a “mark of excellence in modern Americana.”
Consequence of Sound called Pleasant Grove’s return “triumphant,” the glossy Dallas-based monthly D Magazine proclaimed The Heart Contortionists “beautiful,” describing songs with “an intensity that sneaks up on you and a heat that never goes away,” and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram summed things up with a nod to Striplin specifically, saying Pleasant Grove’s “melancholy folk-rock, blessed with shadows, brass and Striplin’s plaintive voice — are breathtaking.”
Striplin, now based in Austin, has made a record that surpasses his best work. “A Loupe” by Margaret Chavez (Marcus William Striplin) arrives on Jan. 19th, 2018 via Goliad Media Group. Striplin is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
(Goliad Media Group)
Jan. 19th, 2018
01. Boy Mumble
02. American Fashion
03. Gone Gone Gone
05. A Loupe
06. Grackles and Crows
08. Black Ambulance
09. Two Talons
10. Missing People
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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion