SXSW ’12 Artist Profile: Cotton Mather
Given all the surprise headliners and famous keynote speakers, sometimes good Texas talent can get lost in the South By Southwest shuffle. In anticipation of this year’s festival, Texas Music Matters will be profiling some of the best showcasing acts that the Lone Star State has to offer come March.
Kontiki–it’s not a household name, yet Noel Gallagher of Oasis proclaimed the record one of his all-time favorites–and it’s by a little-known Austin band. In 1997, Cotton Mather recorded the album on 4-track cassette in a rundown Austin house. Kontiki drew praise from rock stars and music critics across the pond, but it never quite caught fire back home.
Still, the album has gone on to influence a new generation of Austin musicians, and it’s finally earning its rightful place in Texas music history. A deluxe re-release is in stores now, and Cotton Mather themselves are reuniting to perform the album in its entirety at this year’s South By Southwest. For Texas Music Matters, David Brown reports on this local musical gem.