Author Archives: Clayton Warwick

[Alternative] Golden Parazyth – Forbidden Fruit

Golden Parazyth
Forbidden Fruit

There’s an undeniable swagger that drips from each note in “Forbidden Fruit.” The enticing rythym, the vocal hums, and the subdued percussion all create the perfect backdrop to introduce you to unforgettable vocals. It’s quite the listening experience, and one I’m slightly ashamed I hadn’t been hadn’t come across earlier.

Hailing from Lithuania, Golden Parazyth has churned up quite a bit of success opening for acts like Underworld, Lana Del Ray, Hurts, Nicolas Jaar, SOHN, We Have Band and GusGus. With vocals like these, and a true knack for composition, it absolutely makes sense that those aforementioned acts would happily showcase this intriguing duo. And, as they did in the past, we’ll falling in-suit with a little showcase of our own.

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[Indie] No Kind of Rider – “Autumn/Distinct”

Portland-based 5-piece No Kind of Rider caught our attention earlier this year with their sticky single “Distinct.” With a deep and ethereal soundscape, this tune couldn’t be shook from my mind. Haunting vocal hums carry along in the background, harmonizing perfectly with glowing synths and singular guitar notes, all of which are counter-balanced by enchanting vocals. At times, it beckons on old school Minus The Bear, which is a tall order. But, these cats pull it off well.

While that tune is top-notch, I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t call “Autumn” to your attention, as well. Another somber take on indie rock, it’s definitely a keeper for the colder weather that’s approaching. Buzzing basslines and a high-pitched synth are the biggest driver in this one, leading you down an introspective journey.

Be sure to keep an eye on this act moving forward by following them on Soundcloud.

’Autumn (Single)’
’Distinct (Single)’
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[Indie Pop] Duets and Stuff – Serve Somebody

Sometimes, serendipity occurs. When it does, you never feel disappointed that those two paths hadn’t crossed previously. It’s actually quite the contrary. You’re always pleased when the time comes. And, that’s exactly how I feel today, coming across Greta and Raimond.

Hailing from Sweden, Duets and Stuff is a shiny new indie pop outfit who’s debut stirred up quite a bit of attention just six months back with their debut release “Serve Somebody.” While I do feel a bit behind the curve catching on a half of year later, I’m actually quite please I discovered this shimmery tune in time to enjoy it during the summer months. The beachy vibes are perfect for these warm-weather days, driving around the city with your sunroof open and a grin across your face.

In addition to “Serve Somebody,” we’re also showcasing their most recent release, “Hold On.” It’s less upbeat than the previous, but still offers up the same catchy, indie pop goodness we fell for with their debut.

’Serve Somebody’
’Hold On’
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Nightseason – Strangers [TMN PREMIERE]

Nightseason
Strangers

With their debut single hitting the blogosphere just three months ago, Nightseason is an act you probably haven’t caught wind of just yet. After today, though, you should have them fully on your radar.

Comprised of Jordan Caiola and Patrick Zeinali, this duo wrote their debut EP over emails, without ever having met in person. It all began when Patrick (drummer turned producer) was scanning through Spotify for a voice that fit his vision for this new project. Stumbling across Jordan from the indie rock outfit Mo Lowda and the Humble, this new duo was born, bonding over recent break ups, and a love for doing something unique in the alt-rock space.

Today’s offering is their second release and it doesn’t take long for it to crawl under your skin. “Strangers” comes to life quickly with a glowing lead riff, playful claps, and slow-n-steady percussion, followed by lyrics that are easy to bank and sing along to. It quickly makes a lasting impact, one that you’ll find yourself reaching for shortly after the first listen.

‘Strangers’ was written during a major turning point in my life. I was in between jobs, my 3+ year relationship ended, and I moved from my hometown into the city of Philadelphia. It was the first time in a while that I really had the chance to fully experience the single lifestyle. ‘Strangers’ revolves around the concept that two people who could eventually end up in a very intimate, meaningful (or sometimes superficial and fleeting) relationship at some point… ALWAYS start the same way – as strangers.” -Jordan

As of right now, you’re on the Nightseason train early. Per usual, we recommend you follow these cats across all channels — Spotify, Soundcloud, and Facebook.

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[Deep House] Seelo Ft. MissFly – When Ever You Need

Seelo Ft MissFly
When Ever You Need

It’s early in the week, but that doesn’t mean I can’t serve you up with a stellar late-night tune. If anything, just consider it as a tease for the good things heading your way this weekend.

Coming in hot via Windsor, Ontario, this Lebanese-born Canadian should be on your radar from here on out. On this particular cut, Seelo has teamed up with MissFly to drop a soulful, dark, melodic deep house track that’s perfect for those winding, marathon adventures that gleefully carry you into the early hours on Sunday morning. It sports a slapping kick, devilish bassline, and radiating vocals that counterbalance the whole experience perfectly.

Make sure to squirrel this one away for the weekend. It’s a top-notch addition to your party playlists. Just do me a favor — don’t blame me for the painful hangover come Sunday evening.

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Boy Bjorn – Anchorage (Foreign Fields Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Boy Bjorn
Anchorage (Foreign Fields Remix)

Sometimes it takes the most intense moments in our lives to set us on a different path. I’m sure all of you can identify a singular point in your past that sparked a significant change. Whether it was wonderful, painful, or somewhere in-between, it’s a common thread through the human experience.

For Brian Holl (aka Boy Bjorn), that life-altering moment came at SXSW in 2015. As a member from the previously heralded electronica-folk duo Foreign Fields at the time, Holl experienced a panic attack that would alter his course, both in life, and in music, after experiencing early successes of national touring, festival appearances, and a critically-acclaimed debut album.

Now, 18 months later, Holl is ready to delve back into the musical world, and in addition to returning to Foreign Fields, he’s also doing so under the moniker of Boy Bjorn. The debut release, “Anchorage,” dropped not too long ago. It’s enveloping, with a buzz that calls on associations of Postal Service, Owl City, and of course, elements of Foreign Fields. While I strongly suggest adding it to your playlist, we’re actually here today to bring you a glimpse at the first remix of this single, coming via none other than Holl’s partner in Foreign Fields, Eric Hillman.

Beautifully composed, this take is a long-building and emotional ride, focusing heavily on Holl’s heartfelt lyrics for the majority of the ride. It’s slow, and intentionally so, utilizing soft keys and strings from the original and layered, vocoder-treated vocal harmonies. It has a depth to it that one would guess, could only stem from a deep, personal connection between the two.

Music aside, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are a common thing, and something that we don’t need to battle alone. If you’re in the dark, please know that others, some of which who have been in your exact same place, are there and willing to help. Please reach out to a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger.

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Madge – Alice [TMN PREMIERE]

“Alice” is one hell of a trip. Punchy, quirky, unique, and deliciously poppy, it’s my first experience with LA-based, D-I-Y producer Madge, and it’s one I couldn’t easily shake after only one listen through.

Opening with what sounds like a sample from an classic suspense movie, it’s impossible to peg where the track is going to end up. Even beyond that, you’ll still be guessing after the crunchy guitar riff and childlike voices kick in. In fact, you might expect someone to come in and lay down a hot hip hop verse. Instead though, you’re welcomed into softly-sung, ethereal vocals. It’s such a jarring juxtaposition, and one that works beautifully.

Those alternating sections, of both her and and the children’s playful chatter, are a purposeful representative of the destructive voices in Madge’s head. Seemingly normalized by the playful, funky bassline, and flute-like synths, it’s an intent-based structure that has layers beyond what you’ve come to expect from your run-of-the-mill pop.

“Alice” explores themes of trauma, pleasure, and shame as experienced in the form of a personal poltergeist. Almost all the lyrics have double entendre and the narrative is both literal and metaphorical. Alice is dangerous even though she’s dead – the nature of trauma itself.

Madge just recently broke into the scene, with “Alice” being her third release. Make sure to keep tabs on her and more intriguing releases in moving forward.

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