The Wealthy West

Long Play

Texas Platters

Fronting rising ATX quintet the Rocketboys, Brandon Kinder surges anthemic indie pop-rock, but solo, he cuts more personal and intimate. Kinder's debut Long Play spins both nostalgia and searching with soft vocals, never overpowering but always sharply targeted. Opener "I've Got to Go" rolls in the easy roots path of Dawes, while his flickers of tender high trills hearken Fleet Foxes on "Ghost in the Garden" and James Vincent McMorrow in the slow swell of standout "The Highest Tide." The more upbeat strum and stomp of "I'll Get By" unloads a full band, but the delicate touch of "That Silver Line" and "Come On, Sailor" ring more effective by letting Kinder's voice lead. The darker pull of "A Miracle" sets up beautifully slow piano closer "Goodbye." With Wealthy West, Kinder proves he soars equally high sans jet propulsion.


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  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Doug Freeman
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Mike & the Moonpies lead a stacked Sagebrush bill, plus Joey DeFrancesco, Destroyer of Light, the War on Drugs, Thor & Friends, and Clem Snide

Jan. 14, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Bowie and Elvis tributes, Kelly Willis, Kool & the Gang, Unsane, and more live local shows

Jan. 7, 2022


the Wealthy West

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