9 (feat. SZA)
The talented Willow Smith is set to take over the industry with the release of her upcoming 3 EP. Only 14 years of age, the music star child shows her new found passion in alternative R&B. Of the three songs in the EP, “9″ stands out as the track that best represents Willow’s current direction of her music. Her sharp and powerful vocals flow perfectly alongside SZA’s magical voice to help create a dreamy touch to the hollowed instrumental. It’s a memorable and wonderful track.
With an ever-growing fan base, Willow Smith is climbing up the ladder in the neo-soul/alternative R&B scene. As she continues to catch everyone by surprise with her new music, it is safe to say that sky is the limit for Ms. Smith. We are excited to see what else she has in store for us.
British electronic group Years & Years just released another track off their upcoming album Desire. and this one hits us right in the feels. Describing their own music as soulful electronic pop, Years & Years speaks to their audience through memorable melodies and soothing vocals. Olly Alexander, the lead singer of the group, definitely stole the spotlight by showcasing his pleasant R&B vocals. The synths and the simple piano chords perfectly support the flow of the tune. Everything about this track is done right and leaves you wanting more.
With that said, stay tuned for the group’s much anticipated album releasing on 11/23. We cannot wait to listen to more of their new music!
Stay Young (Midnight Mix)
If you’re into softer indie rock and music with a message, you’ve come to the right place. Fairchild, an Australian indie group, just released their US debut EP titled Sadako. With a sound resembling indie powerhouses like The Temper Trap and Two Door Cinema Club, Fairchild’s music speaks to its audience in incredible ways.
Here we have an edit of one of their singles titled “Stay Young”, which is a track that best represents the band’s sound in our opinion. The tune starts off with some fast-paced drum lines, soon to be driven by these delicate muted guitar melodies. Adam Lyons, the singer of the group, provides us with vocals that are pleasant and emotionally driven. The lyrics are nothing short of wonderful, as they appeal to the younger generation through a powerful message.
Another day is breaking. It seems like my time is running thin.
No need for expectations. Don’t ever, ever give in.
Just stay young!
With such positive energy in their music, Fairchild manages to create a sound that is refreshing and universal. The midnight edit adds a more progressive drive to the epic track without being overdone. With this release, Fairchild is set to make a name for themselves by making their US debut. Make sure to check out the rest of their EP, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Tom Misch & Carmody
Do you remember when you were in grade school, listening to your teacher gab on and on about some subject, and all you could do was start folding a paper airplane? There is something magical about a paper airplane, watching it in flight, seeing the smile it brings to many faces. Tom Misch and Carmody have captured that magic and then some in their recent release ‘Paper Planes’. This is the second song off their upcoming collab EP. These two have made quite a name for themselves for their collaborations, with Misch’s extensive jazz background melodies and Carmody’s light, airy vocals, they make some music magic. This song may be the best love note I have heard in a while, the simple act of making paper planes for someone you love, is there anything more sweet? As adults we can lose our childlike tendencies sometimes, but Misch and Carmody are telling us that it is sometimes these small things that make a romance blossom into something wonderful. Now you will have to excuse me, there is someone I need to make a paper plane for…
If you have not heard of Made In Heights yet, please just stop whatever you are doing and get to know these two insanely talented artists. The duo of Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin have combined their ‘powers’ to make a sound that is so breathtaking and dream like, a step forward in combining electronic melodies and vocals. Their latest release ‘Panther’ is a wickedly seductive tune. For this particular song, Sabzi used his musical ear to slow down the melody, adding a beautifully simple drum and beat mixture that carries the song through from start to finish. Bulkin added her delicate yet raw vocals, throwing in a bit of talk/singing, to add flair to this song. Every element captures the feelings of this piece, a song of needing someone in your life because they are and always will be everything to you. “Panther” is now available on Spotify and their forthcoming album drops early 2015 be ready for all things good.
Let me just say, ‘pop’ music is making a comeback.
And I’m not talking about the days of boy bands and girls with pigtails, I’m talking about a new generation of artists who have discovered a new pop sound that is both unique and invigorating.
Today we get to premiere and debut one of these artists, a young woman fairly new to the music scene named Allyson Ezell. Hailing from the cornfields of Iowa originally, this talented artist moved to Paris to perfect her aerodynamic pop sound and will be releasing her debut album early 2015. ‘Landmine’, the name of her upcoming EP as well as the first single off of the album, is a mix of electronic synthesizers, defining percussion, and Ezell’s alluring vocals that act sometimes more like an instrument than her actual voice. Ezell speaks to the listeners directly, telling a story of war, a war of love and a love no more. She then carries into singing, describing her heart as a landmine and apologizing for any of the damage that may ensue. As she politely tells us, ‘I’m a landmine, watch your step.’ Ezell is a future voice of pop, she has figured out how to make a sound that is original and enticing. Keep your eyes out for this landmine, her music is sure to blow you away.
Mansions On The Moon
If you’ve been a regular reader of TMN for the past few years, months or even weeks, then there is a very likely chance that you’ve noticed our unwavering affection for L.A. alt-pop constructors Mansions on the Moon. We’ve been there in some capacity for just about every release and live performance from Ted Wendler & Co. since their inception, and as MotM is scheduled to return to Denver this Friday night at Lost Lake Lounge, we had to offer yet another chance to join us in an intimate concert setting. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader through our always simple and streamlined e-mail list; and if entering your electronic mail address doesn’t sound like the most difficult task, then take your shot below. We’ll be picking our winner by 12:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) on the day of the show, so be sure to get your entries in sooner than later. And for those bringing your entire group of friends, or just aren’t the gambling type, Lost Lake is running a special 2 for 1 ticket special for today only. Listen to “Don’t Tell” from Mansions on the Moon above and don’t be left behind on what has been one of our most anticipated Denver of the year.
There are a few rules, of course:
- The event is all ages (16+) so tell your friends!
- You are responsible for your own transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Lost Lake door.
-You must find a TMN representative and let them buy you a shot (or soda for our under-agers)