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Vern Matz – Tiny Nuclear Reactor [TMN PREMIERE]

Vern Matz
Tiny Nuclear Reactor

With a nostalgic, melancholy vibe, “Tiny Nuclear Reactor” is seemingly the perfect accompaniment to my dreary weekday drive to the office. It’s grey and subdued, but still has enough nuanced fun to it pair up nicely with a thermos full of coffee, fumbled around with through a pair of pilled wool gloves.

Maybe it’s those 90s vibes that have me thinking of a brisk Seattle day. It’s not hard to hear nods to Ben Folds or Deathcab for Cutie, what with the casual vocal cadence and soft guitar strums. It should be noted that while this feat is often emulated, it’s rarely effective. That’s not the case with Vern Matz.

Made up of three former Yale Students, this trio showcases a maturity in both songwriting and execution. “Tiny Nuclear Reactor” is the perfect example of that, bringing you a warming simplicity, done so in a way that’s carefully thought out.

Make sure to follow these three on Facebook to keep up with future releases and live dates.

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Hydraulic Lover

Crunchy, groovy, and layered with delicious psych-pop elements, “Hydraulic Lover” has me transporting back to my younger years, minus the teenage angst and awkwardness.

Brought to you by Bradford-based GRDNS, made up of Jacob Lyons (vocals/guitar), Sam Gledhill (guitar), Cameron Harrison (bass) and John Fitzpatrick (drums), this tune should serve well to blend the gap from those just discovering that distortion is a wonderful thing and those of us who spent our teenage years with headphones full of it. Taken from their debut EP, it’s brimming with heavy guitar work, approachable lyrics, and engaging backing vocals. It drips with 90’s grunge and does so in an effortless way.

Hydraulic Lover is about accepting all the bad attitudes, stupid shit and low vibe activities you get up to when you’re young. It’s the idea that song people treat each other like sexbots and the action of love is more hydraulic than passionate

The single was released just a bit ago, but today we’re offering a first look and listen to their accompanying music video, which highlights show and studio footage combined.

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HighSchool Jacob – Nobody But You [TMN PREMIERE]

HighSchool Jacob
Nobody But You

LA-based HighSchool Jacob has been making some waves as of late, releasing a handful of tracks in only a few months time. It’s not hard to understand the magnetism to this curious alt-pop act. His style is truly unique, which is getting increasingly more difficult to say anymore.

“Nobody But You” is a testament to his talents, and the most recent release that grabbed my attention. Lead in by soft, humming synths, and a warm, treated vocal, this fresh single doesn’t take long to build up intrigue. A vocal harmony wanders in next, brought in tandem with some spattered percussion, building to a big, beautiful, choppy lead synth. The eventual crescendo is powerful, spiraling upwards with an intense, passionately sung lyrics.

When I wrote this song, I wanted to experiment with unusual sounds (such as the sound of my mouse clicking) to provide an intimate and vulnerable atmosphere, and it was when I reached the chorus however that I discovered I wanted to express the other side of those intimate emotions with an energetic and big expression of that previously mentioned desperation. – HighSchool Jacob

The end result is something oddly nostalgic, though inevitably difficult to cite why. It just feels familiar. My best explanation? I don’t have one. Just sit back and drink it in.

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[Indie Rock] Suns Up – Love You Back

Suns Up
Love You Back

It’s the middle of November. For a Colorado resident, that means we’re looking at snow on the ground, scraping ice off our windshields, and spending a great deal of our time indoors. While that may be my reality at the moment, Sussex-based Suns Up has my mind fully engulfed in daydreams of road trips to beachside towns, late nights by campfires, and rocking nothing but flip flops for months on end.

In just their second release, this brand spankin’ new outfit has the sound that’s extremely polished, calling on associations of The 1975, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend. It’s bright, sunny, and about as catchy as anything I’ve heard over the past year.

‘Love You Back’ is this first song we wrote as a band, so it feels great to share it with the world” the band explain. “It was recorded in a beautiful old chapel in the countryside which lent to the depth and character of the recording, but also gave us the space and freedom to experiment with different things to really have fun with the track. – Suns Up

Don’t take my word for it, though. Press play above and get ready to boogie.

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[Funky] Little People – Tonight

little people

Aside from a spattering of remixes here and there, it’s been quite some time since I’ve had something from Little People to sink my teeth into. Luckily for me, and everyone else who’s familiar with him, his two full length LPs and a handful of EPs have kept his fans at bay.

That’s one of the beautiful things about Laurent Clerc. His body of work, especially Mickey Mouse Operation and We Are But Hunks of Wood, is so thoughtfully planned and crafted, that it’s allowed fans enough slack to curb their appetite. But, with a full four years since his last EP, it’s easy to say that fans across the globe will be ecstatic to add another collection into the mix, especially if he decides to release on vinyl again.

“Tonight” marks the announcement of his next full-length, Landloper, which is due out on January 11th via Future Archive recordings. While it’s dubbed as future bass on soundcloud, this tune is far from the droves of bedroom producers that ambiguously blend together. A playful vocal sample is spattered throughout, layered in with waves of intricate synths, all set to a laid back, groovy beat. It’s warm and thoughtful, but not overbearing at any given moment. In short, it’s the perfect teaser to the upcoming enveloping experience we’re about to enjoy.

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[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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