EXROYALE – Stuck In My Head [TMN Video Premiere]

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Stuck In My Head

God, we love a good story to go along with a music video. See here’s what happened, at the end of May while in Portland, EXROYALE awoke in a loft to the gleam of the Toronto skyline. He set out to get an espresso before the day’s writing session. On his morning walk, the artist-producer came across a message boldly displayed on the side of a building: “YOU’VE CHANGED.”

In that moment, he connected with the truth and how it related to someone that was on his mind and returned to the studio filled with inspiration that quickly turned into EXROYALE’s new single, ‘Stuck In My Head.’

The video feels almost dream like with the lyrics appearing briefly before disappearing in giant white light spots. It is almost as if you looked at the sun for a second and then looked away to see the circle of the sun’s outline in your visionary line. A video that fits perfectly with the thought and feel of trying to get rid of a person who has made themselves at home within your head and refuse to leave.

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] GEMOLOGY – First & Last [TMN Premiere]

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First & Last

We’re starting this fine Tuesday morning with a beautiful bang in the form of a TMN Premiere for Brooklyn dream-pop duo GEMOLOGY‘s first ever single “First & Last”. The translucent and multifaceted pairing of Natasha Chitayat and Joanie Wolkoff, GEMOLOGY respires a new life into an often times saturated synth-pop genre while providing their listeners with a visionary brand of pensive and introspective pop assemblage. While Natasha is a multi-instrumentalist/producer with an unwavering pop sensibility with Joanie cutting her teeth as a songer/songwriter with credits on projects such as Foxe Basin, Safra Nikoto and a forthcoming project titled “Her Habits.”; it seems they’ve both found the perfect musical balance for each others’ strengths. “First & Last” is a brooding slice of Chitayat’s resolute pop sensibility coupled with Wolkoff’s penetrating voice and lyrics; pulling from us a sense of longing, but also simultaneous hope. They say art in its purest form makes its audience feel something; and “First & Last” delicately pulls its listener in a number of welcome directions.  This one from GEMOLOGY got us off on the completely right foot this morning. Let it do the same for you.

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Brolly – They Run, They Hide [TMN PREMIERE]

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They Run, They Hide

We’ve admittedly never heard of Yuba City, as we’re sure most of you haven’t. This small city of just over 65,000 people may have previously been known for the world’s largest dried fruit processing plant, and a sixteen-year host to the California Dried Plum Festival, it’s claim to fame is about to become something very different, as the world becomes familiar with Brolly.

Wikipedia research aside, this California-born five-piece is part of the growing hotbed of indie rock coming out of the northern part of the golden state. Founded by childhood friends Jacob Ithurburn, Cody Martin, and Jacob Michaelis, as well as Kristen and Chelsea Famularo, Brolly have created an ambient and circumferential sound, capable of encompassing your every thought.

Calling on associations Cold Play, The National, and Band of Horses, this outfits talents engage it’s listeners with ease, as heard with today’s premiere. “They Run, They Hide” features cinematic-quality progression, carried through with booming kick drums, driving finger picking, and absolutely stunning vocals.

Coming off their beautiful and emotion-rich EP Wolfe, this tune and a handful of other absolute gems will be out on Sept 23rd.

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Wild Party – Chasin Honey [TMN PREMIERE]

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If you’re still down in the dumps from having to start yet another work week, fear not, ninjas. One listen through the incredibly infectious song, “Chasin Honey,” will have you grinning ear-to-ear in a matter of seconds.

The second release from San Antonio-based four-piece continues to display their knack for guitar-driven pop tunes that are easily relatable and completely smile-inducing. With a hook worthy of those impossible-to-not-sing-along-with classics, Wild Party will make you a believer in just three minutes and thirteen seconds.

Members Lincoln Kreifels, Lucas Hughes aka Luhu, Ethan Kaufmann, and Cary LaScala,  call on associations of Vampire Weekend, We Were Evergreen, and Two Door Cinema Club with today’s premiere. And to think, this is just their 2nd song. We’re sure you can agree – it’s going to be fun to see what’s coming around the band for these guys.

The best part is, you really don’t have to. You can catch one of their shows (info below) or pre-order their upcoming album on iTunes.

Wild Party 2014 Tour Dates:
9/27/14 Dallas, TX @ INDEX Festival
10/1/14 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/3/14 Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre**
10/6/14 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
10/8/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
10/9/14 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/11/14 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
10/14/14 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *
10/15/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
10/16/14 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr *
10/19/14 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom *
* supporting Bear Hands
**Supporting Fitz and The Tantrums

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Still Parade – Beach [TMN PREMIERE]

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A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

If the feeling of wanderlust had a playlist associated with it, Still Parade would be one of the artists featured. Their lush soundscapes are delicately orchestrated in a manner that lets your mind wander, freeing your mind of any of the daily minutia, if even just for a few sweet minutes.

As we’ve come to expect from this Dreamfolk outfit, this latest release is once again chilling, to say the least. Carried by clean, simplistic guitar work through the first two minutes, the cinematic quality that we’ve come to love about these guys is still very much in tact. The drawn-out intro focuses mainly on the lead singer, only accentuated by occasional supporting vocal harmonies.

“Beach” comes off their EP Fields, which was digitally released earlier this year via Serve & Volley Records. Now teamed up with Day By Day Records, this beauty, along with the other songs on the EP, will be pressed onto vinyl and up for grabs on September 19th.

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[Chill] Henry Green – Shipwreck (Lonely Child remix)

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Shipwreck (Lonely Child remix)

If you’re anything like us, you’re slowly winding down a long and arduous day behind a computer. Even further than that, you’re probably right back in front of a computer, hunting down tunes to help you wind down.

Well, you’re in luck. Austin-based artist Lonely Child, who is a regular here on TMN, has taken a crack at Henry Green’s “Shipwreck.” The original is simplistic, raw, and emotional, featuring only an acoustic guitar and forlorn vocals. Crafting a remix out of this would be difficult, to say the least, but Bryan Ray (the man behind Lonely Child) has managed to do so, and do it well.

Expertly sampling sections of the guitars, Ray accentuates the painfully emotion-rich vibes from the original, while giving it an up-tempo facelift with pronounced percussion work. The light addition of electro-style synths add intrigue to Henry Green’s vocals, creating a wavy soundscape worthy of listening to again and again.

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[Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Cloak & Dagger Music Festival – Denver, CO – 9/20

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It seems within recent years the Mile High City of Denver, CO has been blessed with an abundance of incredible live music; especially larger scale offerings. So, when we heard our good friends at TheHundred Presents had put together one of the most eclectic and multifarious festival lineups we’d ever seen, we knew we had to get our Ninjas involved. On September 20th, The Cloak & Dagger Music Festival brings a wealth of underground dance talent, including Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Kidnap KidMartyn, Midland, Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Sango, Pomo, Homework, Golf Clap, Graff as well as a few more lesser known acts championed by TMN in the past including Need & Necessity, Keepers. and Action 52 all in the span of one day. Well with the one day mega event just one business week away from becoming a reality, we wanted to extend our hands and invite our Ninja friends in Colorado (or anyone else who wants to make the trek to Denver for that matter) to try and win a pair of free tickets. As with every one of our contests, entering is streamlined and simple for you savvy readers.  Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 19th (one day before festival). If you don’t respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

In anticipation of what seems like a lineup curated just for some of our dance-head Ninja readers, we’ve also put together a nifty little playlist featuring the artists we’re most excited to see at Cloak & Dagger to get us focused up on the long Saturday ahead. Why not let this playlist soundtrack your day, and we’ll see you soon!

With Me
Okay
Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Rmx)
Of Monsters and Men
Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Like You Used To
Martyn & copeland
Love Of Pleasure
Whatever You Need
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Gigamesh Remix)
One Of My Kind (Original Mix)
This Life (Original Mix)
Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

 

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