Roger Sellers

Primitives (Punctum)

Texas Platters

Primitives commences with droning organ tones soaring over splashes, chirps, and warped vocals before hitting on a pulse of guitar scrapes that unfold into an angel harmony of triple-tracked cooing. It's an art composition revealing itself as a pop song, and thus a mission statement for Roger Sellers, who scuffs the lines between indie folk, dance music, and alt-classical more than ever on his fourth full-length. "Appeals" follows by appropriating a mutated ringtone to underscore the Texas State grad's agile verse: "I couldn't imagine how it made you feel/ Nothing is real if nothing appeals/ And I couldn't stop with that look in your eyes." That becomes a loop amongst cycloning keyboard and drumline snare, evidencing the composer's methods: Everything's a sample. The eight-song effort peaks on echo-pop triumph "Waves," a tranquil piano throb met with a singular melody making space for the Austinite's vox, recalling Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell. Toward the back end, the epic "Lates" germinates from spacey to sublime over six minutes with an advancing tattoo of syncopated toms. Primitive's a portable version of Sellers' popular one-man show. You wouldn't mistake it for a band, but you might confuse it with a flying dream.

***.5

The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite bands, venues, and music until January 31.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Roger Sellers
Faster Than Sound: Austin Music Industry Awards Grow Into Emo’s
Faster Than Sound: Austin Music Industry Awards Grow Into Emo’s
Berkshire Hounds back a piano-smashing good time, non-Spring Break SXSW needs more volunteers, and Bayonne brings his piano home

Rachel Rascoe, Feb. 22, 2019

Retro-Futurists Reshape Austin Music
Retro-Futurists Reshape Austin Music
Half-a-dozen rising stars of local electro

Kahron Spearman, July 1, 2016

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
VVV
Entanglement (Record Review)

Kahron Spearman, Dec. 13, 2019

Levitation Album Reviews
Dallas Acid
The Spiral Arm (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Nov. 8, 2019

More by Kevin Curtin
What We're Listening to Right Now
What We're Listening to Right Now
Nakia, Sun June, Norman BA$E, Good Looks, 8½ Souvenirs, and more local sounds worth seeking out

Jan. 28, 2022

La Doña, Wet Leg, Wolf Eyes, and Chris Patrick Added to SXSW’s 2022 Music Ranks
La Doña, Wet Leg, Wolf Eyes, and Chris Patrick Added to SXSW’s 2022 Music Ranks
… along with 302 other acts from around the world

Jan. 26, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Roger Sellers

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle