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Frances Luke Accord – Fluke [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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There’s something about the warming temperatures hinting at the edges of summer that beckon us to go out and track down some of the most endearing indie folk tunes we can find. Maybe it’s the thought of mountain adventures, adorned with a backpack weighed down with the essentials. Maybe it’s fondly recalling late-night, lakeside campfire memories where the only things that matter are a circle of good friends and a bottle of quality whiskey. Whatever it is, it always happens around this time of year, and thankfully, Frances Luke Accord is here to satisfy that itch.

Made up of Brian Powers and Nicholas Gunty, this Windy City duo has an Americana-rich charm that’s simply irresistible, especially when both members pair up for one of their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies. At times, their modern folk interpretations remind us of Iron & Wine, at times they call on nostalgic associations of Simon & Garfunkle, and we also can’t help but shake hearing Hunter Hunted, especially with those harmonies we mentioned earlier.

We have to start by covering one of the most interesting origin stories we’ve heard, which comes from one of the oldest songs in the group’s repertoire. “Nowhere To Be found” was actually originally recorded in Kkindu Village, Uganda during their senior year at the University of Nortre Dame. When Powers and Gunty were putting together the Fluke, they revisited it once more and decided to include it.

We decided to re-record it for Fluke because we wanted an optimistic voice (both sonically and narratively speaking) to contrast the more sober corners of the album. We feel that this version also reflects our growth as performers and producers since our first release.

Beyond that, it’s honestly difficult to highlight other songs to talk about for one simple reason – they’re all so damn good. Take “Tangled In Your Web,” which takes a slight departure from other offerings, showcasing their ability to hone in on classic rock sensibilities. While the essence of their sound is still very much in tact, the calculated guitar riffs give it an edge that other tracks don’t have. Conversely, tracks like “Who Do You Run From” showcase the frolicking, playful folk nature that’s perfect for that soon-to-be sunshiney weather.

As a collective experience, it’s truly one that’s worthy of a start-to-finish session. With that in mind, we won’t keep you from it any longer.

’Who Do You Run From’
’Something Moving’
’Stones I’ve Thrown’
’Tangled In Your Web’
’David’
’The Nightline (ft. Katie Van Dusen)’
’Egoeye’
’Nowhere To Be Found’
’On The Road’
’In The Snow’
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JOME – Cinnamon [TMN PREMIERE]

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JOME
Cinnamon

Los Angeles-based JOME may have just emerged into the scene, but he’s already made a sizeable dent with only one release under his belt. Just last month, this newcomer dropped his debut offering, “Brushstroke,” which was very well received by tastemaker blogs and music nerds alike, giving everyone a quick glance at what’s in store.

I wanted to make something tangible, something of substance. A song you can wrap your hands around and hold, feel it’s weight. Creating the song was like an excavation. I was interested in digging up textures and rhythms that fit together like bones. To me, “Brushstroke” is about how quickly things can change.

Today’s offering is only the second release from this talented singer/songwriter, and it’s sure to absolutely encapsulate you for the entire duration. Set to the backdrop of melodic guitar and piano that effortlessly lap across you, soft claps, and ethereal synths, “Cinnamon” slowly builds into a well-crafted, lush, and cinematic soundscape. Accompanying that backdrop is the hero of the track, which is, of course, JOME’s positively spellbinding voice.

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Noa May – Soul Trap [TMN PREMIERE]

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Noa May
Soul Trap

Noa May is anything but conventional which only adds to our building affection for her unique offerings. “Soul Trap” certainly highlights that ability, showcasing something that so delightfully goes against the grain, yet ropes listeners in with the ease of a well-crafted pop hit.

Take a few moments to really drink this one in. Noa has such a well-defined vocal tone and cadence. So often, you’ll hear song after song with a voice that could be any number of artists. It’s safe to say that you’ll never confuse her’s with another. Couple those distinctive vocals with some bizarre, fluttering synths, an admittedly creepy bassline, and calculated spatterings of guitar work, and you have one hell of a tasty, twisted tune.

Once you’re done searching for the repeat button, head over to Facebook and throw Noa May a like. We’re guessing you’d like to keep tabs on her after imbibing in “Soul Trap.”

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um.. – try harder [tmn premiere]

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It’s only been a few days since we announced our next Resident Artist, and we’re already bringing you a tasty exclusive from this quirky and inventive duo.

“try harder” is rife with calculated clicks, pops, razor-sharp synths, and booming bass hits, giving you all the delightfully dark vibes you’d hope for while watching a top-notch horror flick. It’s a rarity when artists can craft something that could easily be pictured in a cinematic vision, but these two have most certainly done just that.

Make sure to stay tuned over the next four weeks, because we still have plenty more exclusives to bring your way.

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Gallant discusses his Prince tribute, Coachella, and Miyazaki films [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

We first fell for Gallant’s mesmerizing voice all the way back in 2013, highlighting “Manhattan” in our first-ever Sunday Night Soul series. As the years went by, our adoration, along with many other’s, grew insurmountably, release-by-release.

In between two jaw-dropping performances at Coachella, and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, we were able to link up with one of the most buzz-worthy artists in the scene.

TMN: Thanks for taking some time to meet with us. We’ve been fans for quite some time, so it’s an honor to sit down with you.

Gallant: Thank you for all the support for so many years. For real.

TMN: First off, let’s talk about tonight’s show, which is here in Denver, Colorado. Is this your first time to the Mile High City?

Gallant: No, actually, on my tour with Sufjan Stevens in the fall we stopped by Denver. It was one of the best crowds I’ve ever played for. It was a sit-down auditorium.

TMN: Paramount?

Gallant: Yep! It was awesome.

TMN: You’re coming off of a massive two-weekend performance at Coachella. What was that like for you?

Gallant: It was surreal. I felt like that was the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for. To have Seal out with me the first weekend and Jhené Aiko the second weekend was crazy. I felt really undeserving, but I was glad the crowd was responding to it.

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Our Next Resident Artist is um.. [TMN RESIDENCY]

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You’re probably expecting to read about who our next Resident Artist is in this first paragraph, thinking we got all cutesy with some click bait-style headline. C’mon – you should know us better than that by now. The name of our next Resident Artist is actually in the headline. That’s right – all this month we’re highlighting the delightfully weird, whacky, and dog-loving So-Cal duo um..

These two have had quite the ride since forming at Icon Collective. They first got their feet wet back in December of ’14 with their interpretation of Awe’s “Griffin.” That offering was included in LA powerhouse collective Team Supreme’s Vol. 127, which put them amongst top notch acts like Plastician, King Henry, Yung Orca, and more.

From there, um.. released their debut EP, Pay Attention, which garnered tremendous support from tastemakers, bloggers, and music lovers around the globe. In fact, the three-track collection hit #2 on the Beatport Electronica Album Chart and #12 on the Overall Album Chart. Pretty damn impressive for their first EP.

Our music has a playful feeling, while maintaining top level quality production, that’s refreshing in a time where producers take their music too seriously and sacrifice creativity for commercial sounding tracks. We are not interested in following any other artist’s path. We believe in creation without creative boundaries and we demonstrate that through our music. Without saying anything more, I think the music speaks for itself.

Ben Bruce and Dylan Gold are now looking ahead to their next EP, Do It For the Kids, which will be rolled out over the next few weeks. On top of that, we hope they’re pretty damn stoked to join the ranks of our Residency program.

Stay tuned for some rad, exclusive content throughout the next four weeks, starting on Monday. Until then, enjoy this tasty collection of some of our favorite tracks.

’whos care’
’pay attention’
’thats horrible’
’birds in paradise’
’um.. – skrillex 2’
’we copied us’
’um.. – tictac’
’dotes’
’awe – griffin (um.. short flip)’
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Future Generations – Stars [TMN PREMIERE]

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Future Generations
Stars

We made it, ninjas. The weekend’s beaming smile is welcoming us into her warm embrace, letting us know that it will all be ok for the next two days. Per usual, I’m on the hunt for the perfect tunes to throw into our weekend playlists, and “Stars” has officially cemented itself into my personal rotation. Beyond that, it has also worked it’s way into my summer playlist, adding to my growing collection of warm-weather tunes.

If you’re not hip to this New York-based five-piece, now’s about time you do so. Future Generations is comprised of five members, one of which has a wicked name (we’re talking about you DJ Midi Mike Slamsevere), and have been making tunes together for the past five years. This year brings a new chapter in their budding, young careers, having inked a deal with Frenchkiss Records last summer. The product? You’re hearing a taste of it right now, with the rest following later this summer.

“Stars” radiates with an irresistible aura, much like your favorite childhood snack beckoning you from behind the cupboard door, demanding your attention as you delved into Nickelodeon’s after-school lineup. I was always a sucker for Doug and some Dunkaroos, but I digress. Lead by a shimmering piano melody, soft claps, and thunderous percussion, it immediately incites the need to shake your hips. Ultimately, though, you fall in love when you hear the culmination of instrumentals and vocals, leaving you with a toothy, ear-to-ear grin.

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