Abram Shook

Love at Low Speed (Western Vinyl)

Texas Platters

Abram Shook, a California native who bounced from Portland to Boston before settling here, has dug in locally since 2014, churning out a trio of albums in that time span. Nevertheless, there's one thing Abram ain't shook just yet: his California roots. Third album Love at Low Speed combines beach-ready pop licks with jazz and world music influences à la David Byrne. Creeping synth lines and drum snaps keep the emotive, slow-moving pace of "Lisbon" light even in its melancholy. "The Hours" and "Eventually" affirm his self-proclaimed penchant for bossa nova, but the cuts are chiefly rooted by a hazy lightness that can only be delivered by a true California dreamer. If only all of the Golden State transplants made life in Central Texas this dreamy. (Album release: Sat., June 24, Mohawk)

***

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 Abram Shook
Texas Platters
Abram Shook
Landscape Dream (Record Review)

Neph Basedow, May 22, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
The Lovely Sparrows
Shake the Shadow (Record Review)

Libby Webster, March 22, 2019

Texas Platters
Mamahawk
Brain Invaderz (Record Review)

Jeremy Steinberger, March 22, 2019

More by Abby Johnston
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

Best Live Music Performances of 2018
Best Live Music Performances of 2018
The bands and venues that kept our critics on their feet

Dec. 28, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Abram Shook

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

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

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