Max Frost

Low High Low (Atlantic)

Texas Platters

Three weeks ago, Max Frost, the 21-year-old Austinite signed to Atlantic Records on the strength of just two singles, performed live at KUTX, cooing three soulful tracks in preview of festival appearances at ACL and UtopiaFest. Out this week, Frost's debut EP Low High Low maintains none of the intimacy from that in-studio session and little of his live expansiveness. Instead, he opts out for five tracks of straight pop power, from the outrageously catchy "White Lies" through a reverb-heavy remake of longtime Frost favorite "Nice and Slow." There's three additional radio-ready tracks that Soundcloud allegiants will soon convert to memory. The 17-minute EP's energy will sway new listeners, but festival attendees and Eklektikos faithful know Frost offers more verve than LHL's straight-ahead style. Perhaps he should have taken a cue from tourmate Gary Clark Jr, whose dynamic Bright Lights EP toppled the world. Show 'em what you got, Max – the whole damn package.

**.5

READ MORE
More Max Frost
Playback: The Big Three
Playback: The Big Three
Remember major labels? Meet three underground locals on them.

Kevin Curtin, Sept. 5, 2014

Playback: Live Music and Lodging
Playback: Live Music and Lodging
Hotel Indigo to break ground on Red River as Max Frost breaks the same with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on his Atlantic Records debut

Kevin Curtin, April 4, 2014

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
All ATX Vol. 4
Low Down Violet Crown (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
Walter Daniels
"Almost Got Hit by a Truck" b/w "My Mind Got Bad", "Voodoo Working" and "Stimulant" b/w "I Get Off on It", "Graveyard Shift" b/w "They Can Only Fill One Grave" (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Dec. 2, 2016

More by Chase Hoffberger
Geoffrey Freeman Reaches Settlement with City
Geoffrey Freeman Reaches Settlement with City
Cop fired for killing David Joseph gets $35,000, "general discharge"

Dec. 2, 2016

Death Watch: Matters of Incompetence
Death Watch: Matters of Incompetence
How smart must one be to stand for execution? In Texas, not that smart.

Dec. 2, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Max Frost

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)