Weekly staff picks: Sound guide to Levitation

With only days left until Austin’s largest showcase of experimental music, underground music lovers are growing tired of their a music festival hiatus. Austin’s EDM music festival Euphoria tends to the needs of bassheads and neo-electronic enthusiasts, while ACL provides an experience for mainstream music followers and nationwide socializing. And although SXSW showcases plenty of underground artists and bands, most of these musicians are building on a sound that has previously existed. Appreciating raw experimental music, electronic or acoustic, is rare in an often musically dogmatic generation. This rarity manifests itself (and ends the festival hiatus for obscure music lovers) April 29- May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch for Levitation.

In 2008 a group of pioneers, The Reverberation Appreciation Society, found themselves deeply moved by the free festival movement of the ’60s and created the psychedelic rock festival, Austin Psych Fest. Psych Fest achieved global attention and eventually evolved into what is now Levitation. The festival has franchised itself all the way to Chicago, Vancouver and even France. Overwhelmed attendees may be facing confusion on where to begin this weekend at the festival. To ease the pre-fest jitters for those of you delving into what could be the sound of the future, OV has put together a playlist of local musicians to serve as a guide for your experience.

Although the playlist leaves out major headliners like Flying Lotus and Animal Collective, it illuminates some of Austin’s most hardworking artists, familiar with brilliant dexterity. This carefully crafted sound guide features the best Austin native artists such as live electronic producer, Bayonne; shoegaze indie rock outfit, Christian Bland and The Revelators; Experimental pop/rock sensation, Golden Dawn Arkestra; and Psychedelic rock go getters, Holy Wave.