ARTIST / BAND: NEW ROMAN TIMES
ALBUM: On the Sleeve
FILE UNDER: New Wave / Concrete / Minimalist
LABEL: New Granada Records
INFO: Austin indie quartet (led by collaborator-husband/wife team Daniel Owens and Josie Fluri) follow-up dance/rock-tinged long-player with strong collection of driving indie rock with a flair for 80's inspired dark-wave.
Few new-millennium acts seem to have gotten the balance of familiar '80s-club emotional throb and original contemporary energy just right, but this Austin-by-way-of-Orlando quartet is one of 'em. Songs from the group's upcoming full-length On The Sleeve sacrifice neither groove nor heft to their quest for resonant quality songcraft. There's an earnestness to their tunes that defies the over-it, overly detached posturing of so much danceable rock, that pairs the cool with an engaging humanity. Also, of course, they kill it.