The Watters

Great Unknown

Texas Platters

Daniel and Jenna Watters relocated locally from Nashville last year, putting together a formidable new ninepiece outfit for their debut LP. The title track leads off with an early high point on a smooth, horn-lined groove glistening behind Jenna's soulfully cosmic vocals before skipping to Daniel's lead on the classic Sixties pop riff of "Reality." "Bad Dream" drips a smoky torch turn with an assist from Erik Hokkanen's violin, rivaled by the duet lope of "Soul Remains," but "Ebb & Flow" drifts too much into Seventies soft soul and "DNA" spins oddly down a Nineties alternative alley. Inconsistency stems from the couple's conflicting songwriting impulses; she more personal and swaying to his more abstract and throwback rock guitar pull ("Only the Lonely" vs. "Johnny Appleseed," respectively). The light, Turtles-esque piano pop bounce of "Strangest of Places" proves their talents can meld, and their neo-roots soul shines throughout, suggesting the Watters will develop a more coherent sound beyond the varying trajectories of an overall promising debut.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 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 the Watters
Texas Platters
The Watters
The Watters (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, June 29, 2018

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
AmericanaFest 2022 Brings the Roots Community Back Together
AmericanaFest 2022 Brings the Roots Community Back Together
Eight emerging acts seen in Nashville, from Nora Brown to Early James

Sept. 21, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest, Eastside Kings Festival, HAAM Day,, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, and more

Sept. 9, 2022


the Watters

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