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Sunday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, October 5, 2018, Music

Founding keyboardist Katie Toupin having departed, Houndmouth totally reinvents its sonics. The remaining core trio sheds the indie-folk sound that defined their previous two LPs in favor of big, bright beats, more synth-pop than Americana ballads. "This Party" and "Waiting for the Night" set the Indiana outfit's new danceable direction: angst-distraction in an electro-buzz. Phoenix-like hooks abound (bursting "Coast to Coast," singeing "Black Jaguar") in aiming for anthemic festival dynamics, even if the effects fascination overpowers substance (closer "World Leader"). Interesting dramatic shift, but Houndmouth are still finding their footing in new territory. (5pm, Barton Springs stage)


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