Album stream premiere: Austin indie duo Marmalakes’ ‘Please Don’t Stop’

Marmalakes: Chase Weinacht (right) and Josh Halpern. Contributed/Katrina Barber

It’s been an odd career arc for Austin indie duo Marmalakes. After issuing an EP a year from 2010 to 2013, they halted new output for five years. The drought ends with “Please Don’t Stop,” their first full-length album, out May 11 on Austin Town Hall Records.

Partly they’ve been busy with other projects. Chase Weinacht, the band’s guitarist and songwriter, also makes music with the Hermits. Drummer and studio ace Josh Halpern plays with Shearwater, Palo Duro and others. But their lifelong ties meant that they eventually prioritized another, longer Marmalakes project.

“Our band has, from the start, been about and because of our close friendship,” Weinacht said. “Both the hard and sweet parts made their way into the recordings.” The band co-produced the album with Danny Reisch (Okkervil River, White Denim).

We’re giving their album its streaming premiere today on Austin360, as the band heads into a busy stretch a few days before the album’s official release. They’ll play Saturday at Fine Southern Gentlemen, followed by in-stores on Sunday a Breakaway Records and Monday at Waterloo Records.

Here’s Marmalakes’ “Please Don’t Stop”:

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Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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