[Indie Rock] Everything Everything – Duet

Not quite as experimentally riveting as their previous single, this new track “Duet” from Everything Everything has some jarring rock moments, but is mostly more mild-mannered, full of lush harmonies and charm. If all you’ve heard is “Kemosabe”, definitely tune into this and hear a different side of the band.

Everything Everything

Everything Everything’s Cough Cough EP is out now.

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As the calendar turns over, so do our sights for upcoming events in 2013. The experiences, shows, live performances, breathtaking nights and jaw dropping moments have passed, and a new set is just on the horizon. With the release of Coachella’s line up, we couldn’t help but get overwhelmingly excited. Postal Service? Sigur Ros? Baauer? Dillon Francis? There’s honestly just too many artists to name at this point.

We booked our flights. We booked our house. Our cameras are packed, and our Music Ninja shirts are laundered, pressed and ready for full on desert festival action. Yes, we’re going to make the pilgrimage deep into the California desert for what is set to be one of the most amazing musical weekends ever. We’ll be tweeting, instagraming and facebooking. Make sure to stay tuned.

Who are you most excited to see in 2013??

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[Beautiful] Kishi Bashi – A Sunday Smile (Beirut Cover)

Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi reminds us how beautiful Beirut‘s “A Sunday Smile” is with this amazing orchestral cover. So much yearning, so much feeling, so many sadly singing strings. Take a momentary breather from the beats, the guitars, the aggression and the rage.

Kishi Bashi A Sunday Smile

Florence + The Machine also covered Beirut.

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Good Field – ‘Tell Me Ida’ & ‘Our Roofless Home’

Hailing from the live music capital of the US, Austin indie outfit Good Field are releasing their upcoming self-titled debut album today, February 12. Created as a new project from former members of Voxtrot and Brazos, the band has been well recieved, opening for groups like The National, Vampire Weekend and The Walkmen among many others.

Good Field is ‘an homage to cricket and deslate landscapes’, as described by Price who wrote some of the album in an isolate adobe by a cenote in New Mexico. The album, infused with folk instrumentation, is mainly influenced by shoegaze, indie rock and ’60s guitar tones with attractive rugged vocals and vivid lyrical story telling.

Preview tracks ‘Tell Me Ida’ and “our Roofless Home’ from the album below:

Our Roofless Home
Tell Me Ida
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Daughter – Still

We have been a fan of Daughter for a couple of years now but nothing can really match her soft and powerful live performance last years’ SXSW. Equipped with just a guitar and her lonesome voice, she captivated the room with her simplistic approach and her ability for a deeper emotional connection through every note and rhyme.

Her debut demo EP, exposed her unbridled talent to the world and with the increased maturity and experience, she is set to release forthcoming debut album If You Leave this spring. “Still” is just another example of why we are infatuated with the singer and a perfect addition for a valentines mix.

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[Introducing] Robert DeLong & album debut ‘Just Movement’

The essence of dance electronica, comprised by production perseverance and experimentation, lends itself to scrutiny for having particularly niche sounds. Modern ambassadors of the genre fight the battle every day of being tied down to similar themes and musical concepts, and even few are able to evolve from the monotony of the scene. Robert DeLong, the 26-year-old. multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles has broken this barrier, almost effortlessly, with the release of his debut album ‘Just Movement’.

Growing up in Seattle, Robert DeLong had the opportunity to be influenced by bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Pedro the Lion, apparent if only in short glimpses in his music. After moving to L.A., playing in an indie rock, studying jazz and later earning a living teaching drum lessons, his current project almost seems an obvious outcome.

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Just Movement
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Global Concepts
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Complex by Degree

Signed to Glassnote Records, Robert DeLong presents an impressive repertoire of 13 tracks that comprises Just Movement album. Each track is deliberately crafted to expose the minor details of rhythm and emotional harmony with a complete twist on modern dance music. Fine layers of bouncy and catchy percussions provide the footing for DeLong’s natural and amiable vocals. The self-titled opening track, simplistic in sound, is reminiscent of the experimentation of Jimmy Tamborello’s solo project Dntel combined with the dance appeal of a Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs single. But with all its similarities, Robert DeLong stands on his own.

Right after the soothing first track, many more speechless moments occured for this impressed Editor. We are honored to blog about music every single day but Robert DeLong epitomizes the perfect rising artist. His goosebumps inducing music not only provides comfort at first listen but it makes one feel part of a new movement, a new sound that everyone must listen. ‘Global Concepts’ advanced the dance aspect of the album with playful instrumentation, rooted in natural organic drumming. Cheerful tracks like ‘Happy’ bring light to the experience with flirtatious whistles and prominent indie rock themes.

But not all is light-hearted electronica, ‘Survival of the Fitest’ includes slight elements of dubstep and industrial electronics and prevalent drop and release structures.

In short, Just Movement is simply just amazing. It breaths more like a mixtape than a coherent album but that quickly becomes irrelevant. Balancing different genres, exposing harmonies between his very own vocals and the beautiful production of every track, ‘Just Movement’ has won us over and will become a contender for top albums of 2013 lists.
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Little Comets – Violence Out Tonight

“Violence Out Tonight” is a poignant counterpoint to Little Comets‘ often jaunty, afro-inspired indie-pop. This first single from their Life Is Elsewhere album is a stark and sincere ballad, anchored around the weight of domestic violence and rape. It’s a moving rumination on a hard subject, but Little Comets manage to sympathetically capture the heartbreak through Rob Coles’ affecting lyrics.

Speaking about the single, the Newcastle based indie band said:

“I’ve never been affected by the issue of this song – a grim, despicable and weak act, so hope upon hope that the portrayal is apt… If not then I sincerely apologise: I feel that women’s rights are often forgotten in what is still a blatantly sexist society and I wouldn’t want to unwittingly add to this tumult, however neither do I want to adhere to the omertà…”

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Violence Out Tonight

“Violence Out Tonight” is out April 1st on Dirty Hit Records

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