[Indie] POLIÇA – Tiff (feat. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon)

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POLIÇA
Tiff (feat. Justin Vernon)

God. This is just bliss. If you’re unfamiliar with Poliça, today is your lucky day. The band, led by sensual vocalist, Channy Leaneagh, put out an excellent debut in 2012. Titled Give You The Ghost, it was the perfect combination of sexy electronica and smooth R&B — I mean, it’s certainly etched a spot in my playlist even after more than a year(!) — leaving many listeners anxious for more. Now, this week we get a new single called “Tiff”, featuring another infallible singer, Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon. By default, it should be damn good…and it totally is. Listen in.

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[Indie Rock] Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue

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Portugal. The Man
Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Portugal. The Man has followed up their first single, “Evil Friends“, with a second single that demonstrates a very different musical direction. As opposed to the garage rock style found in “Evil Friends”, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” shows off a more electronic side of PTM. Coupled with a heavy drum beat and typical falsetto vocals, this makes for a very appealing track and shows the versatility this band has. Every indication points to Evil Friends being a great album, but we’ll just have to wait until June 4th to find out.

 

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[Shoegaze] Sulk – The Big Blue

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The Big Blue

With wavering distorted guitars reminiscent of classic 90′s tunes from the likes of Pearl Jam and the Stone Roses, we are introduced to Sulk for the very first time. This London based five piece has a nostalgic sound that’s truly infectious. A shoegazy blend of Britpop and Psychedelia, Sulk is the perfect soundtrack for a rainy London day, with a pint in one hand and a joint in the other. Lay back in the grass and soak this one in.

This single is out on May 20th via Perfect Sound Forever.

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[NEW] Florence + The Machine – Over The Love

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Florence + the Machine
Over The Love

Today, we bring you the second single from The Great Gatsby soundtrack, Florence + The Machine‘s “Over The Love,” as witnessed in the most recent trailer for the film. For those of you who may not remember the story from your high school English classes, the song is written from the perspective of Daisy Buchanan (played by Carrey Mulligan in the film), Gatsby’s main source of inspiration and affection. Florence’s boisterous vocals are as powerful as ever here, with the band producing one of its most riveting and gripping melodies to date. If you’re not excited for the movie yet, you should at least be anticipating the Jay-Z produced soundtrack, which will be in stores May 7th, three days before the film hits theaters on May 10th. And if you missed it yesterday, check out the first single, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” along with the album sampler.

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[LP Review] Cherokee Red – Cherokee Red

Are you ready for another nostalgia-rock indie band to bolster those hipster credentials? Here’s a new comer to the scene with a full length album for your listening enjoyment.

The Pennsylvania band’s self description of “dream pop” is an apt one. The first song, “Vaya Con Dios”, is anchored by simple guitar chords and what sounds like a tambourine, while a dancing bass and drums threaten to take the song floating away. The female vocalist and backup vocalist sing with a calculated laziness that is anything but careless. Similarly, “Decanter” finds its structure in a simple chord progression while the rest of the song floats along. In the background is old voice clips from the 40’s or 30’s, maybe. A little more concrete is “So Tightly,” that showcases a little more complicated acoustic guitar work as well as a harmonica, giving it a folksy twist.

With a combination of noisy, floating instrumentals, folksy vocal harmonies, nostalgic audio clips from old newsreels, and the slow, lilting pace of the album makes me want to go to dark bar, drink absinthe and write poetry. In my case it would be atrocious poetry, particularly on absinthe, but the craving is there as I listen to this album!

In any event, check this album out if you’re looking for something different.

The national re-release of the self titled album is now currently avaialble through Crash Avenue PR.

Vaya Con Dios
Lonely Summer
So Tightly
Cracks

http://cherokeered.bandcamp.com/

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Foals
Late Night (Koreless Remix)

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2013 Round #3)

In the midst of all madness we see possessing the world around us, even the toughest Ninja needs an escape. The indie dojo is here to guide you on the journey to your happy place…even if only for the length of a 6 song playlist.

Torches
If the People Stare (demo)
Josh Record
Wonder
earth person
Flower Honey Bee
waywardbreed
Undertow
Turner Cody
Better days
Soft Cat 
Sincerity

 

 

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