It’s quite the known fact here at TMN that we cover a multitude of music genres. As a result, we try to make things a little easier for our readers by marking our posts with a genre tag. Sometimes though, it just doesn’t feel right pigeon-holing a tune into a specific niche when it could easily be listed under four or more. Such was the case when we came across the duo of Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart, or simply: Bad Wave. “Look Out” is the debut single from the L.A. based pair, and with its slick and rambunctious synth arrangements immediately has us conjuring up comparisons to the gritty dance and synth pop from DFA Records staples Holy Ghost! to vocal work paying ode to Phoenix’s Thomas Mars. Not a bad connection to draw for a first single at all. Furthermore, this one caught the attention of one of our favorite rising labels, Ghost Beach’s Crazy Heart Records (now also home to Karl Kling & Dart Party), which has only stoked our flame for Bad Wave’s eclectic take on pop. Let this one steer your disposition towards the sunnier side.
It’s amazing how the musical world never stops pumping out new jams. Every day, every hour, maybe every minute even, a brand new musical creation is being pushed into the swirling magic of the world wide web. And one by one, we pluck them and place them into an Indie Dojo to be shared with whoever crosses our path. And no matter how many we pluck, we never, ever have to worry about extinction ’cause someone is already working on the next replacement.
Peppermint Cloud Club
Gosh Pith finally defrosted their equipment after a neighbor left a ‘Window‘ open for too long! The duo unites us with a brand new single entitled ‘Prints’. Written after taking shrooms and running out of gas, 69 remained cool and honored each other to deliver this sexy tune. It exposes the temper of the frigid times in Detroit and also reminds us of our greatest desires. With already three successful releases under their belt, this may be the final single from Gosh Pith before we receive their debut EP. They racked up a healthy amount of miles this past January, playing 12 shows, all while working day jobs and recording new music to stay balanced. Premiered over at NYLON, ‘Prints’ is sure to swirl.
Head Of Sales
Miss America (featuring Conner Youngblood)
Anonymity on SoundCloud is nothing new, and Head Of Sales is faithfully upholding this decision with a description that reads:
Head Of Sales is an anonymous aural project.
Please refrain from trying to find out about it.
Just listen to the songs, for once.
This of course makes it all the more intriguing, but we’ll respect these wishes. The one piece of information we have is the vocalist, Conner Youngblood
, who delivers a profound performance over the dark and brooding production. We highly recommend taking their suggestion on simply listening, because “Miss America” is a gorgeous track overall, no frills attached. Here’s to letting the music speak for itself.
Who is Kevin Garrett exactly? While he is a fairly fresh face on the SoundCloud spectrum, his two songs that he’s posted suggest a much more developed presence. Matching minimal production and substantial lyrical content, Kevin follows up his debut single, “Coloring,” with yet another resounding number, “Control.”
Simplicity can easily be misconstrued as lazy or trite, and in some cases it certainly is, but Kevin’s transparency in his most recent piece lays a strong foundation for his own budding career and growth. “Control” pairs a production quality and approach reminiscent of James Blake with Kevin’s own message of personal emancipation from an unsavory past to construct a hazy, yet cathartic result. With this strong second single, Kevin Garrett is embarking on a firm path to receiving the recognition his talent suggests, and we’re eagerly awaiting whatever he’s going to cook up next. Be sure to support Kevin on “Control” with a purchase on iTunes.
Never Gets Old
The transformation of Chris Glover from full-time Bard College student/part-time bedroom producer to international tastemaker and one of pop music’s only boundary pushing producers left standing as Penguin Prison has been an entertaining arc to monitor over the years. With every passing release, his work plays more fluently, sonic elements coalesce wondrously; while every kick, clap, and hooky synth progression is carefully layed out to aid an entire movement. Not to mention, this scrawny, (sorry Chris) Anglo-Saxon looking Caucasian boy belts out every inch of Penguin Prison vocal work, and executes his incantations with the type of careful, delicate but robust grandeur that would make Al Green tip a smile. To say we’re fans of Penguin Prison’s work would be to put it lightly. After arising from a brief hiatus which was filled mostly with fun-first remix projects and covers with convivial single “Calling Out” in October of last year, “Never Gets Old” is our first taste of a sophomore LP entry, slated for a May 5 release on the illustrious Downtown records. Glover immediately kicks into gear with a rolling guitar riff dipped in just a touch of reverb, a live four-four drum line and a succinctly faint synth mirror, before his more fully realized vocals slide in to steal the show. This one is just a pure feelgood anthem for what will no doubt be the foreseeable future, so hop on “Never Gets Old” before well… you know, it might get old.
Max and the Moon
Jesus, Los Angeles just seems to have all the best up and coming Indie artists. We’ve found our hearts soaring with Golden Coast, FRANKIE, Monarch, and now Max and the Moon and their upbeat, fun new track “Modern Love”. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some of you might be searching for some tunes to swoon your lovers – don’t stress because with Max and the Moon playing in the background, your boo things won’t be able to contain themselves. If you’re like me and have your cat for the 4th year in a row, then “Modern Love” will just be the background music to your Ben & Jerry’s binge session. Either way, this song is perfect.
“Modern Love is a song we wrote to explain how we’ve seen intimacy between people change over time. We didn’t necessarily want to say we think love in today’s culture is any worse or better than how it has existed throughout history, but we wanted to write about a love story that was more timeless…without placing judgement on our society, we wanted to sing about two people that have found a way to make love and this modern reality coexist.“” – Max and the Moon
Max and the Moon say it all in their little blurb to their fans. As technology continues to advance and society continues to stray further and further away from direct contact with people, we can’t help but assume that today’s world is heavily influenced by social media. “Modern Love” is simple in that it genuinely portrays a love that is incredibly hard to find in today’s day in age. So take your lovers back in time and show them that they’re worth much more than a Woman Crush Wednesday or Man Crush Monday mention on Instagram.