“This was a very ambitious show and kind of a big experiment for everyone involved. Definitely one of the most unique and beautiful events I have ever been a part of. We are at an interesting point in Austin’s history where the City’s institutions are finally trying new things. I remember a time not so long ago when these institutions felt very closed off to electronic music and now here we are hosting this lineup on the same stage that the Symphony and the Ballet are on every year. Honestly pretty groundbreaking stuff, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
We’ve been busy discovering creators and celebrating their works in whatever way possible. So we teamed up with outer/most agency for a curated day of musical experiences set on the borderlands of genere and innovation.
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Long Center's LookOUT Fest
6 Bands // 1 Summer Day // Infinite Ways to Get Lost
When creating lookOUT Fest, we knew that extraordinary music needed extraordinary listeners. So, we gathered audiophiles from across the city to experience the vibes, the sounds, and the feels of summer before it was gone. With an enthralling lineup of artists whose music bends and blends “genre” as we know it, lookOUT Fest on September 3rd was a moment when the air was warm, the water was cool, and the colors were brilliant.
About the Artists
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Electric, rapturous, glittering – all words that have tried to encapsulate the indescribable synthesis of Kailyn Aurelia Smith’s electronic music inspired by physical motion. Soaring with synths, electrifying beats, and fresh unpredictability, this west coast composer, artist, and producer has chartered a pioneering career. Hear what we mean: Stratus from the album EARS // Lagoon, single
The Album Leaf
Hot off the 20th anniversary of One Day I’ll Be on Time, the release that launched The Album Leaf into full-fledged fame, the band continues to innovate the meaning of modern electronic-rock music. Led by founder Jimmy LaValle, the group’s sound is just as diverse as their portfolio of work and musical influences, ranging from mariachi to electronica to ambient-psych. Hear what we mean: Twentytwofourteen from the album In a Safe Place
Comfortable collaborating with anyone from The Flaming Lips to Philip Glass, intricately looped vocals take a leading role in Julianna’s deep, reflective compositions. From remixes to film scores to live compositions based on AI, Julianna’s music is voice experimentation of the highest order. Hear what we mean: Inspirit from the album Healing Is A Miracle // Heading Home from the album Will.
Highly sought after to create harp parts for artists like Kurt Vile and Sharon Van Etten, Mary Lattimore might play a Lyon and Healy Concert Grand pedal harp but her sound is more like ambient glitter. Synth-laden and wonderful, Mary’s experimentations with this classical instrument will make you think again. Hear what we mean: Sometimes He’s In My Dreams from the album Silver Ladders // Oh I Miss Her So collab with Holy Hive
Melody and harmony are the stars of this Austin-based indie duo’s magnetic partnership between Sowmya Somanath and Walter Nichols. With a sound described as electro-acoustic expressions of the heart filtered through a pop lens, Felt Out’s music is about form, feeling, and maybe even a shiver down your spine. Hear what we mean: Wake from the album Superfluid
The Kraken Quartet
A massive force of percussion and electronics, The Kraken Quartet is known for their breadth of musical styles and sounds. If you’ve caught this Austin-based percussion collective on the SXSW scene, you already know that watching them create sounds from every percussion instrument under the sun is just as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the ears. Hear what we mean: Chance the Dog (the Song) from the album Separate | Migrate