[Indie] Osca – Blood

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Osca
Blood

Crafting longing with composure is no easy feat. But London based band Osca seem to have their finger on the pulse of placidity, in this coolly executed and demure debut.

“Blood” is wistful and riddled with remorse, yet simultaneously hopeful. The narrative is exhibited by a crisp lead vocal and textured via beautifully blended harmonies, that climb, rather than accelerate, to fruition.

As the title suggests, this one will work it’s way into the veins.

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The Holy Coast – The Space We Haunt [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Holy Coast
The Space We Haunt

Whatever you did this weekend, we’re pretty sure you need some calming tunes to bring you into the reality that is another work week. While we already published a hearty Chill Dojo for you this morning, we realize you need a full eight hours of chill music help soften the blow. Luckily for you, we have this delightfully dreary premiere of “The Space We Haunt” to throw into the mix.

Surprisingly coming out of Phoenix, Arizona, this three-piece outfit has a sound perfect for drizzly Pacific Northwest days. Comprised of Keith Walker, Brett Davis, and Braden McCall, The Holy Coast are unsigned at the moment, but with their dreamy shoegaze style soundscapes, it won’t be long before people take notice. Creating a lackadaisical journey crafted through a heavily treated vocals, a simplistic guitar riff, and some spacey synths, “The Space We Haunt” has the perfect collection of elements to slowly slip away from what you’re thinking about, if only for a few minutes.

You can find this song and more on their self-titled EP, which is due out tomorrow on Common Wall Media.

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[Dreamy] X3SR – a e r o d y n a m i c

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a e r o d y n a m i c

After adventuring around the Baker neighborhood of Denver for the past few days, we can officially say that we need a moment to wind down. While we’re prepped and ready to go enjoy The Underground Music Showcase’s fourth day, we’re admittedly a little exhausted from all the festivities.

With that being said, Miami 3-piece X3SR recently released “a e r o d y n a m i c” on SVNSET WAVES’ SVMMΞR SVN Vol 2 yesterday, and it’s absolutely perfect for our wind-down session. Featuring energetic percussion work with heavy use of hi-hats, this tune is a dreamy synth-driven ride that calls on associations of Tycho and Bonobo.

Whatever you’re up to, throw this on and enjoy your Sunday. After all, we’re all only hours away from having to return to the daily grind. Make sure you make the most of today.

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[Indie Pop] Polarsets – Madrid

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Polarsets
Madrid

There’s nothing quite as infectious as wanderlust, right? Something crawls under your skin and commands you to get out and explore the world. Much like that unavoidable subconscious command, “Madrid” carries a similar heft, demanding that you soak in all that is Polarsets.

Based off of a seemingly unforgettable trip to the capital of Spain, “Madrid” is a playfully engaging musical experience driven by driving percussion work, light, undistorted guitar riffs, and tropical synths. Reminding us of a combination between St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club and Mew, this Newcastle-Upon-Tyne four-piece carries a significant pop presence with them in their latest release.

We’ve pressed play a few times, and don’t intend to stop anytime soon. We expect you’ll experience the same phenomena.

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[Indie] PHOX – 1936

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1936

As we prep ourselves for those classic summer adventures that live in infamy, if even just for the upcoming winter, we’re always on the lookout for songs to populate our cars, campsites, and backyards with undeniable charm and whimsy. Most assuredly, you have some delightful indie rock and folk selections that have warmed your hearts for years, and today you’re about to find another one of those timeless classics to bob your sunglass-adorned head to for years to come.

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, PHOX has a sound that holds on tight, encouraging you to slow down, listen, and enjoy. Highlighted by soulful vocals from lead singer Monica Martin, this band boasts a sound that’s worthy for the best indie flick. “1936″ showcases their sound perfectly, creating an etherial soundscape comprised of intricate finger picking, percussive slaps of an acoustic guitar, and an accompanying banjo that adds the playful nature that we all look for during the summer months.

Simply put, we’re enamored with “1936,” and we will be for years to come. We’re pretty damn sure you will be too.

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[Chill/House] Bad Suns – We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Bad Suns
We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)

It’s so wonderful when two of our favorite acts from opposite ends of the musical spectrum come crashing together. So when 20 year old TMN favorite Sebastian Carter was tabbed to remix Bad Suns‘ latest single “We Move Like The Ocean”, it seemed like it was crafted specifically for us. Carter, who last graced our hallowed pages with a remix of The 1975′s “You“, tools with a simple but gorgeous piano chord progression that paints a buoyant feel on top of Bad Suns’ original track, and work even more gracefully with lead vocalist Christo Bowman’s authoritative incantations. Sebastian Carter has quickly become one of our favorite young dance producers, and we haven’t once been let down by his sultry brand of chilled-out house. Once again, this one is being gifted to us as a free download, so grab it here, slink back in your office chair or your couch at home and have a listen above.

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Manicanparty – Rakim (Dead Can Dance Cover)

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Rakim (Dead Can Dance cover)

It’s always a bold step when deciding to take on a cover. You delve into a world of criticism much larger than your own fan base, taking on the original artist and their fans as well. While that task can seem daunting for any artist’s work, special consideration has to be taken on when considering covering a Dead Can Dance song. With an incredibly worldly approach to music, fusing together African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock, a cover of their work could seem overwhelming, to say the least.

Luckily for us, Brooklyn-based tribal pop duo Manicanparty not only gave us a modern interpretation of “Rakim”, but also crafted it in a way that would make Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry proud. Effortlessly carrying the memory of the original song through booming African drums, that unforgettable melody, and Jess Corazza’s sunning vocals, this coveted tune can now be revived to be enjoyed and appreciated with younger generations of music lovers.

In a world of what’s next, what’s new, what’s hip, and what’s trending, we applaud Manicanparty  for taking a step back and reflecting on musical influences that helped shape some of the artists that we’ve come to know and love.

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