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Summer Salt

Best of Austin Indie Pop/Rock: Summer Salt, Yuma + more

Our Best of Austin Poll for Emerging Indie Pop Aritsts ended recently and here's a summary of the results.

We already celebrated Yuma for winning the Readers' Poll.

Trio Summer Salt was the winners of the overall chart, the one that combines the readers' votes with the one cast by our "scene experts," who picked the list of nominees we pasted at the bottom of this post.

Summer Salt has been on tip of the tongue of anyone who had the chance to see the trio of best friends in 2016.  The equivalent of audio soma, Summer Salt's musical essence is unobtrusive oldies that might sound like if Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson had been left on a deserted cay to write music for eternity. The trio's balmy bossanova-influenced tropical tracks are indulgent and entrancing which is why Summer Salt captured the most votes out of our  music industry poll on 'Best Emerging Indie Rock Artist of 2016'.

Big thumbs up also to Tele Novella and Sweet Spirit, who tied on second place in the jurors votes department, and Magic Rockers of Texas, second place in the Readers' Poll and 4th overall.

  4%   7 votes
 Hidden Ritual
  0%   1 vote
  1%   2 votes
 Magic Rockers of Texas
  9%   13 votes
 Mean Jolene
  0%   1 vote
 Slomo Drags
  0%   1 vote
 Sour Notes
  0%   1 vote
 Star Parks
  2%   3 votes
 Summer Salt
  1%   2 votes
 Sweet Spirit
  0%   0 votes
 Tele Novella
  2%   4 votes
  2%   4 votes
  72%   104 votes

Summer Salt Drops into Their Typically Fun Surfer Groove in "Summer Salt" Video

Austin's local "Would rather be surfing" band Summer Salt has hit the e-waves this last two weeks with their first video from late 2015's excellent Going Native EP, namely for their eponymous song "Summer Salt." True to form, "Summer Salt," and Summer Salt themselves on said track, are, welp, beachy as fuck, and it's in a really fun way that comes complete with a heavy 50s reverby guitar sound that goes 2000s indie in the noodling.

Summer Salt is one of those acts that leaves little to catch on mentally- no politics or hard emotions or attempts at edginess- which is a delightful thing in their case. Their songs, including the one in this video (and the video itself, for that matter), are just fun, relaxing and full of the feel-goods, and as much as we like hard music, you gotta have some of this as well to balance it out, right? Considering that Summer Salt is just damn good at it, and makes their chilled out sounds with thorough artful craft and imaginative talent, we think the answer to that question is an emphatic yes. Check out the video below, and listen to the rest of the EP here.


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