The seasons are beginning to shift, ever so slowly, but the local music scene remains as hot as ever.
New and veteran acts, as well as those seeking to try something new under a different name, are keeping the new releases list fully stocked. Here are three new albums worth a spin.
Mind Spiders, ‘Inhumanistic’
For its third album in three years (following last year’s sophomore effort Meltdown), the Fort Worth-formed Mind Spiders get a little spacey — old sci-fi and horror movies, specifically, which the band says informed the songwriting process. The foursome of Mark Ryan, Mike Throneberry, Daniel Fried and Peter Salisbury do stir a little synthesizer into Mind Spiders’ time-tested, critic-approved blend of punk attitude and faint pop gloss. Inhumanistic hums along from its opening moments, ricocheting from rave-ups like They Lie to simmering slow burns like City Stuff. It’s a sharp, short blast of sound, ideal for the shift from summer to fall. Mind Spiders will celebrate Inhumanistic’s release Friday at Denton’s Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios.
Son of Stan, ‘Divorce Pop’
Crowley native Jordan Richardson has a lengthy history with the Fort Worth scene, stretching back to his days in Soviet Space and Horses. After a few years as Ben Harper’s drummer, Richardson has moved on to focus on expanding his burgeoning production schedule (Richardson has overseen LPs from Epic Ruins, Skeleton Coast and Ice Eater, among many others) and his solo career, which he pursues under the moniker Son of Stan. Divorce Pop, Richardson’s long gestating solo debut, is of a piece with the electronic music renaissance that’s found purchase among the generation that came of age in the ’80s. It’s pleasant enough, but little except for Noxeema and lead single Corsica sticks with you after the final fade-out. Son of Stan performs Friday at Three Links as part of the second annual Index Festival.
Reagan James, ‘Remedy’
The winner of the late Kidd Kraddick’s national talent competition, 14-year-old Reagan James sounds at least a decade older on her astonishingly confident debut, Remedy. Produced by Geoff Rockwell at Fort Worth’s Wavelight Studios, the 13-track Remedy fits snugly within the modern pop music landscape. Lush, acoustic-laced songs — every tune but one was either written or co-written by James — showcase her appealingly husky voice and a facility with melody and rhythm. James will perform Oct. 26 at Burleson’s Nonpointe Church.