DFW music

Silver Skylarks: “Power Moves” (feat. Adrian Quesada & US!)

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: we’ve been loving the recent ride of this retro soul-funk renaissance, especially with so much dynamite coming right out of the central state area. And today a new name emerges within that ongoing saga of nostalgia: Silver Skylarks.

Fly like the birds, and slick like the cars, Silver Skylarks is the DFW duo comprised of songwriter Danny Balis and producer Jeff “Skin” Wade, born from early pandemic demos. Taking cues from the ’70s vinyl rarities that crate diggers crave, Balis and Wade have been steadily elevating those ten demos into Silver Skylarks’ debut LP The Number One Set and Sound – out May 3rd.

But the pair didn’t go it alone. Instead they called up some of the best session players they’ve met, plus a few superstars to really spice things up. On top of the mix that includes Large Professor, Robert Ellis, and The D.O.C., Silver Skylarks also tapped into some outstanding Austin talent; Uncle Roy & Spice, the Austin vocalists better known as US!, lends their pipes to the record’s Side A closer “Power Moves”, while Adrian Quesada commandeers the six-string. The result is a progressive groove that’d quickly catch Roy Ayers’ ear, complete with horn swells, Coffy-esque vocals, and an intoxicating breakbeat-indulging bridge, that all just scream to be played over some sassy vigilante’s intro credits.

Carley Bearden: “Just Friends”

Dating back to the genre’s salad days of the ’60s, R&B lyricism has covered basically every microcosm of a romantic relationship…but not so much for the platonic pairs. Enter DFW singer¬†Carley Bearden, who, after taking the past half year off for personal growth, has returned with an absolute knockout of a single.

On “Just Friends” Bearden’s blunt but graceful vocals bounce effortlessly off an indie-pop-R&B infusion (produced by her loyal collaborator Wil Brookhart), and packaged at just under two and a half minutes,¬†your affection for “Just Friends” may grow a bit past a level of acquaintance after repeat spins.