Dreaming of Forever

Trouble in the Streets: “Dreaming of Forever”

Phantogram. Big Freedia. George Clinton. For most folks, opening for any one of ’em would be the crowning achievement of their career. But to have shared the stage with all three, not to mention Bob Moses, Lettuce drummer/producer Adam Deitch, and other legends in under a decade? On Trouble in the Streets‘ list of milestones, those high-profile performances barely scrape the surface.

Since the mid-2010s, this Austin trio has produced societal dissonance that’s both accessible and danceable for the masses. By paving the spaces between hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock, psych, and beyond, the ferocious group’s self-described “electro tribe” sound helped them garner Austin Chronicle‘s “Best New Band” award in 2018 and third-place runner-up for “Best Electronic Act” the following year. Among acclaimed sets at SXSW, UtopiaFest, and Joshua Tree, a recent feature from frontwoman Nnedi Agbaroji with Jim Eno’s Project Traction, and one the most snicker-inducing band abbreviations imaginable, TitS is pretty much…well…

But right now the big news from these seasoned Studio 1A veterans is their upcoming LP, out next year. The record introduces Kenny Schwartz replacing co-founding percussionist Bobby Snakes, who still slithered onto the album’s lead single as a send-off. Entitled “Dreaming of Forever”, this four-minute safari of sounds (whose menagerie includes crunchy bass synth, vehement vocal harmonies, and a truly brilliant bridge section) is an enduring reminder of TitS’ idiosyncratic dynamics and an enticing glimpse of what’s to come.