Somewhere on a dusty road, most likely in a Quentin Tarantino film, “Simple Life” echoes throughout a sweeping view of a desolate desert and a classic American car speeding down the sun-soaked pavement.
Ok, maybe we took things a little far there with the storytelling, but it’s not hard to do when listening to this song from this brand new artist. Yes, while it may seem like NYC-based Imaginary People have been playing for decades, what with their highly engaging and infectious sound, but their debut album release hasn’t even happened yet. In fact, this is our first look at it.
There’s something we just can’t put our finger on with “Simple Life.” There’s a certain reminiscence of Americana that’s undeniably memorable. Maybe it’s the vibrato-rich vocals from front man Dylan Von Wagner. Maybe it’s the hazy, heavily distorted guitar work. Maybe it’s the arrangement. Whatever it is, it feels familiar, and it feels like we want to keep listening over and over again.
Folly & The Hunter ➵ Awake
For a good portion of you out there, the weather is slowly changing, leaves are starting to sprout, days are starting to get longer, and your musical selections are about to get sunny, shimmery, and uplifting.
In celebration of the riddance of those icy winter months, we’re highlighting one of our favorite Indie Folk acts, Folly & The Hunter. This Montreal four-piece recently released a new tune, and it’s everything we’ve come to know and love about this up-and-coming act. With shuffling percussion, soaring piano chords, and impeccable vocal harmonies, all we can do is sit back and sport a goofy toothy grin.
When asked about the song, the band had this to say:
“Awake” was written when I had writer’s block. The song is about creating something out of nothing and forcing yourself to wake up to find spontaneity & passion in your life.
So, as the temperature starts to heat up, head out and find some adventure. Whether it’s in your own backyard, your city, or somewhere in a remote part of the globe, just do it. And, let Folly & The Hunter provide a welcome addition to your accompanying playlists.
Henry Green Music
We may be a little bit behind, considering that this was released over a week ago, but we really don’t care. This song from teenage sensation Henry Green is too good to pass up.
Coming off his upcoming debut EP, Slow, this young Bristolian is showing up teens around the world with his painfully impressive musical talent. So impressive, that he was personally invited by London Grammar’s guitarist to support the band at their sold out show at the Anson Rooms in Bristol.
“Barcelona” haunts with subtle instrumentation and echoey vocals, luring the listener in with reckless abondon. The addition of atmospheric hissing and water drops only add to the mesmerizing nature, creating a luscious and velvety soundscape.
This is the first single off his upcoming EP, which will be released via Akira Records on June 1st.
East London’s Rationale is bringing style and substance in his full debut “Fast Lane,” which has surfaced online in the last few hours. From the start, he welcomes his exceptional vocals which are distinctive enough to be embraced by radio. Set to the fantastic backdrop of some effortlessly cool feel-good summer production, which are very much the supporting cast member in this show, this is one tune that’s summer-ready.
You can hear Rationale on vocal duty in a previous Jakwob offering “No Place Like Home.” This is the first of his forthcoming EP though.
Broke For Free
Naked As We Came (Broke For Free Remix)
Oakland-based Broke For Free has had his eclectic, genre-fusing style on display for the past few years, bringing the blogosphere joyful earfulls with originals like “Summer Spliffs” and remixes like “Cherry,” originally crafted by the newly surfaced Ratatat.
Just a few minutes ago, this unique and glee-inducing musician publicly posted his interpretation of Iron & Wine’s “Naked As We Came.” Leaving the lovely, infectious nature intact, he pays an amazing homage to an already incredible song, while giving it a new Broke For Free identity of its own.
This is a nostalgia track for me. Felt risky touching it, but I gave it a go. <3
The song is available as a free download on the artist’s soundcloud. We suggest heading over, giving him a follow, and picking this up for your upcoming summer road trips.
If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Or have a seat and listen to the free Indie Dojo we made especially for you. No one will notice if you are gone for a while. The brain needs a break from trying so hard every now and then.
Called You Mine
Babe Come Down
Jep and Dep.
A lot can happen in a few months, and nobody understands that more than Chicago-based duo High Rule. In less than 60 days, this act has gone from releasing their debut song to peaking at #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 Chart, showing the world that they’re ready to make a splash.
Following up on that debut release, “Enough,” is premiering here on TMN. Stylistically, it follows the intriguing nature that we quickly fell for, showcasing an ambiguous sound that flirts with multiple genres. Somewhere in between dance music, hip hop, and RnB, we’re left hitting the repeat button again and again, just like before.
“Enough” does change gears from their debut single though, which had us grinning with its entertaining lyrical nature. This release has a more somber message, which is rooted in something that everyone can identify with – the struggle of not being able to let go of someone who isn’t right for us.
Click here to get free downloads from this up-and-coming act.