DO512

“It's revitalizing to know that SMiiLE is making the kind of pop-inclined yet defiantly eclectic music that made the indie rock scene so exciting to follow in the 2000's.

... and you'd be hardpressed to find any band in the Austin music scene making art-pop that sounds this frenetic, joyous, or vital.” READ MORE

VINYL LIST

The Austin-based group, SMiiLE, combined their own quirky, guitar pop with nontraditional rhythmic structures to create their own summer solstice — “Longer”.

- Alek Nybro, On Vinyl Media

 



AUSTIN TOWN HALL

“This new single still has

the group’s ability to charm with infectious melodies,

but there’s a little bit more grit, or punch here…illustrating the band’s growth in the short time they’ve been around.”
- Nathan Lankford, Austin Town Hall

OVRLD

Sunny pop act SMiiLE are looking to get in one last blast of summer love with their single “I Dunno.”

Featuring some sweet group harmonies over a rollicking beat and a svelte lead vocal, “I Dunno” is cleverly constructed pop fun.


Jake Miles, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, self-produced with engineer Daniel McNeil, utilizing all analog tech for the production.
- Morgan Davis, OVRLD




DO512

“Local Bands You Should Be Listening To, Vol. 15”


"The group recently released a lovey-dovey new single “I Dunno” with the help of local Austin engineer Daniel McNeill, layering dreamy vocals with jammy rhythms for a polished artpop result." - Orange Magazine

"Each track on Like a Diamond in the Rough, You Shine seems like it’s own mini-concept album; songs take twists and turns, though always relying upon the group’s dynamic pop sensibility." - Austin Town Hall READ MORE


AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“Sunny dissonance, avant-garde pop, and playful instrumentation informs SMiiLE’s warm sincerity.”


For an act still in its infancy, the Austin sixpiece demonstrates a remarkably clear idea of its identity on these six debut songs. Opener "All the Things" creeps into fullness, led by the airy harmonies of Annie Long and Mary Bryce, then spins off into dizzying coils of distortion, caveman drums, and mathy guitars. On "Must Be Something Pt. 1," the album's namesake lyric is sung over and over, anchoring the track while the chugging bassline and instrumentation builds onto itself an ornate, intricate soundscape.
- Libby Webster, The Austin Chronicle







AUSTIN TOWN HALL

Each track on Like a Diamond in the Rough, You Shine seems like it’s own mini-concept album; songs take twists and turns, though always relying upon the group’s dynamic pop sensibility.


For my two cents, I think the journey, and flip side, of “Must Be Something 1 & 2” are easily worth your time, with one side hitting hard and the other letting you venture off into your own world. If you’re looking for a new band that adds a little bit of sunshine to art-pop, then delve into this listen right now.
- Nathan Lankford, Austin Town Hall


THE DELI 

Blending elements of soul with purist Beatles-esque melodies, the group released a sun-drenched single "I Dunno" to generate interest in their soon-to-be-released new album.

- Lee Ackerley, The Deli