Is it too early to be nostalgic for the mid-'90s? The beautiful space rock transmitting from Denton and Austin should have ushered in a new space age of Lone Star psychedelic instrumental music but faded out sometime just shy of the millennial finish line. But someone had to buy all those pawned digital delay pedals. Austin's Low Line Caller uses two drummers to create complex rhythms that repeat, drop out and start up again in ever more intricate patterns, over which crescendos of reverbed guitar noise and beautiful synthesizer melodies collide like waves breaking on a beach. Anyone who's ever stared with wide eyes and dilated pupils at a guitarist sculpting feedback into beautiful atmospheric soundscapes will be having flashbacks.
New Orleans' Rotary Downs blends pedal steel and funky drums with a lazy vocal delivery that at times sounds like a laid-back version of another relic of the '90s, Soul Coughing's spoken-word vocalist M. Doughty, especially on "False Protection."