[Indie/Folk] Eliza and the Bear – Brothers Boat + The Southern Wild (Video)

The future couldn’t be brighter for the enthralling six-piece UK band Eliza and the Bear. With tough competition surrounding the indie/folk genre, standing out has become an ever increasing difficult feat for up and coming musician. Yet, Eliza and the Bear have cut their way through like a butter knife. In similar fashion to Mumford and Sons and rising stars from Denver The Lumineers, whose harmonic instrumentation and chemistry have enchanted the folk-driven scene, Eliza and The Bear have raised the the bar even higher for all indie/folk/rock.

Just five months ago, they released a teaser of their upcoming debut album with a song titled “Brother’s Boat’. With a slow and melodic intro, utilizing catchy guitar riffs and background trumpets, the band quickly sets a foundation of pure musical bliss. Soft and heart-warming lyrics quickly fill the track with a sense of honest reflection that is ultimately interrupted by one of the most explosives and welcoming organic ‘drops’ from an indie band we have encountered this year. No matter what the lyrics may be about, “Brother’s Boat” is a surprisingly wonderful gem that will have your heart skip a beat of utter joy.

There is absolutely no way anyone cannot fall in love with the sheer energy and emotional connection Eliza and The Bear has with music. They have already recorded their debut EP with the much-acclaimed producer Peter Miles at ‘Middle Farm Studios’ in Exeter (Devon) and are currently keeping a close-guard around it, as they tour and increase their live presence. God, I already feel dirty about the things I would do to just see them live.

Eliza and the Bear
Brothers Boat

Here is another preview of Eliza and The Bear performing “The Southern Wild” live at the Middlefarm Studios.

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[Indie] ON AN ON – The Hunter

One of the more exciting new artists of 2012, ON AN ON are poised to make some real waves next year when their debut album Give In drops on January 29th. We were already enamored with “Ghosts,” the hugely successful first single that bursts with arena-sized power, but the band is back with a new LP teaser called “The Hunter”. Drum machines and warped vocals are layered atop a big hook for another anthem-like track, only further proving that ON AN ON are ready for the spotlight. Check out both of the songs below! “The Hunter” is only $1 on Bandcamp, make sure you grab it.

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[Indie Rock] Deep Sea Diver – You Go Running

Energetic. Not too fast, not too slow. That’s how I describe this echoic melody led, jumpy bass line fueled, splashing cymbal textured jam -track, “You Go Running” from Seattle indie-poppers, Deep Sea Diver. Songwriter and vocalist Jessica Dobson and instrumentalists Peter Mansen and John Raines show sophistication with well balanced lyrics over a jumpy rhythm. Bits come at you with full force and others build and build to a reasonable amount of dance-ability. It’s not pervasive, it’s not in-your-face — it’s just right.

Deep Sea Diver
You Go Running

If you want more, don’t stop with just “You Go Running.” Deep Sea Diver released their full-length debut album, History Speaks this past February. You can listen to the whole thing HERE.

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[HOT] The 1975 – Sex (Hackman Remix & Full EP Stream)

Manchester’s The 1975 continue to build momentum with the release of their sophomore “Sex” EP and the next chapter in an impressive series of remixes. Following Ryan Hemsworth’s shimmering version of “Sex”, rising UK producer Hackman has reworked the title track into a garage inflected four-to-the-floor workout.

The 1975
Sex (Hackman Remix)

The 1975′s “Sex” EP is out today, November 19th, in the UK on Dirty Hit and November 20th in the US via Vagrant Records.

The 1975
The 1975
The 1975
The 1975
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[TMN PREMIERE] Benjamin Francis Leftwich – In the Open EP

The mark of truly inspirational music is something that evokes a strong emotional response. This could be feelings of joy and excitement, the need to hang out with friends for an epic evening, or heart-wrenching sadness. Regardless of what that emotion may be, you know once you’ve experienced it that you’ve heard something truly great. Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s work does just that. His ethereal vocals and emotionally crafted lyrics dig deep into planes of your subconscious to bring forth previous experiences and the feelings associated with them.

In the title track “In the Open,” (which has been available for streaming for the past month) Ben has crafted an uplifting sound using soft acoustic guitar strumming, tribal drumming, and welcoming strings. His lyrics, as usual, do an impressive job at creating a story in your mind. It’s always important for a title track to be the shining star since it’s bearing the name of the EP, and this doesn’t disappoint.

“Break the Day Open” provides vocals that glide over strumming notes with wistful lament. This track gave us quite the emotional experience, as we wondered what experiences crafted these soul-gripping words. This was our favorite on the EP, and is the perfect track for deep personal reflection.

The remaining two tracks on the album are equally as impressive. “Manchester Snow” has a hauntingly calming sound to it, while “Is That You on That Plane” features painfully beautiful lyrics, and gorgeous added female harmonies.

We’ve always been a fan of BFL’s work, and this new EP (Out 11/19) bears our same level of appreciation as any of his previous bodies of work. You may have already heard the title track, “In the Open,” as he made it available to stream it a little while ago, but the three other tracks along with it are an exclusive premiere here on The Music Ninja. Take some time to digest his music, as he’s one of the best new songwriters out there.

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In The Open
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Break The Day Open
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Manchester Snow
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Is That You On That Plane
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[Indie] Widowspeak – Ballad Of The Golden Hour

Brooklyn based folk-rock trio Widowspeak return with news of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, “Almanac”, which is set for an early 2013 release. “Ballad Of The Golden Hour” is the first single to be lifted from the new long player and marks a step forward for Widowspeak. Recorded in a hundred year old barn in the Hudson River Valley, “Ballad Of The Golden Hour” builds from a dreamy, strummed introduction into a dynamic crescendo of sprawling guitars. Download the MP3 below and keep an eye out for Widowspeak’s Almanac LP, which drops on January 22nd, via Captured Tracks.

Widowspeak // Ballad of the Golden Hour
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[Indie Rock] Guards – Coming True

“Coming True,” the latest single from New York indie rock band Guards, blares and coos like an adorable wild child. The guitars crunch loudly without a care, melodies pour out like honey, and the hungry vocals of frontman Richie Follin are as convincing as ever. After touring on their successful self-titled EP (which you can still listen to here), the group is prepped to release their full-length debut, In Guards We Trust. If this song and “Silver Lining,” which came out back in September, are any indication, it’s going to be one hell of a good and hearty collection.

Coming True

In Guards We Trust comes out February 5th, 2013 via Black Bell Records.

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