[Dream Folk] Still Parade – Health

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Still Parade
Health

Ethereal folk-pop outfit Still Parade has already begun to covet a healthy buzz amongst music professionals in all walks of the industry, and we here at TMN were keen to spread some more of that proverbial buzz when their newest single came across our desks. “Health” is a gorgeous, electronic hybrid take on contemporary folk and indie music; texturing pulsating layers of reverby vocals and delicate pads with the more organic acoustic elements emanating from much of today’s indie and folk.  ”Health” premiers today on 7″ vinyl through Serve & Volley Records as a Double-A side, and digitally through Akira. With only their second single after the melancholy Hype Machine smash “Actors”, Still Parade has us wide-eyed and waiting to see what else comes from this talented artist project, and we know you ninjas should be too.

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2013 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaToday, many of us will experience the 3 day weekend withdrawals accompanied by the realization that summer is officially over. Never an easy thing to accept. So to help us ease back into the harsh realities, we’ve mixed a concoction of indie flavors to make our transitions back into the working world a little smoother.  And when you find yourself slipping into the sadness, just remember….Summer will be back. She always comes back…

Sons and Lovers
Black Light Dinner Party
Tangle
The Hics
De Verre
MAD
Sundays
World We Own
Pale.
Too Much
Subtle Ways
Wont Be Long

 

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[Indie Rock] The 1975 – The 1975

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Manchester sensation The 1975 (as seen here) has graced us with their brand new debut LP. With a hazy, dreamy feel and catchy melodies, the listener would be forgiven for missing the subtle layering and rich texture beneath each song. The overall effect is powerful, fun and moving in places.

“M.O.N.E.Y.” begins with a layered effect that creates the dream-like haze that accompanies so many songs on this album. The lyrics float over the tune, standing out when they need to, blending into the melody when needed and generally feed into the narcotic undertones of the song.

At first blush “Chocolate” seems like a pop ode to smoking marijuana (and eluding authorities), but the consumer can discover more after repeated listening. Besides the catchy guitar riff, the song captures the spirit of youth that translates across the pond: “despite warnings, we’re going to have fun and take risks because there’s nothing else to do!” The lyrics don’t offend and don’t glamorize the habit, but capture the thinking process there–sort of a lazy carpe diem, if you like.

“Settle Down,” contains catchy guitar riffs over synth, and creates a melody that sticks. The poppy tune reminds the listener of the 80′s but without sounding trite or stale.

Finally, “Robbers,” taps back into the dreamy tone of the album. The ballad feel of the song is well done, creating some power at the end that moves.

Overall, the album embodies all of the great things coming out of the UK at the moment, indie-music wise. The 1975 captures the fun of genre but doesn’t sacrifice anything artistically: well made, creative, fresh and serious music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Good stuff! Take a listen here.

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The City
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M.O.N.E.Y
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Chocolate
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Sex
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Talk!
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An Encounter
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Heart Out
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Settle Down
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Robbers
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Girls
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12
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She Way Out
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Menswear
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Pressure
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Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] The 1975 – Chocolate (Song Art + Quote)

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The 1975
Chocolate

There are only a few bands that have come along and captivated the blogosphere with each and every release. Yes, UK indie rockers The 1975 have graced your ears on this blog again and again, which is why it’s easy to understand why these quickly rising phenoms are taking the US by storm. America’s collective affinity lies in their catchy hooks, infectious lyrics, and admirable pop structure

With their self-titled debut album hitting record stores in only a few days, The 1975 have given us a sneak peak at the artwork for one of our favorite tracks of the summer, “Chocolate”. Channeling stories of small town trouble into roof-raising guitar pop, The 1975’s deeply personal narratives unfold like a scene in a movie. Cutting through the weed haze, “Chocolate” has become the song that defines the young Manchester band – a rhythmically brilliant call-to-arms that becomes impossible to get out your head after just one listen.

Speaking to us about the song, front-man Matty explains:

Chocolate tells the story of our relationships with the governing authorities of our small town. Smoking weed, smoking anything I suppose, boredom and what ensues when both parties challenge one another. It’s a love letter to boredom, limited opportunities of expressing yourself and embracing and understanding the make up of where you’re from. Musically and structurally it is the blueprint of our output, but I’d need an entire book to discuss that in detail

Pre-order The 1975’s debut here, and if you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should pick it up (which you shouldn’t be), click here and listen to it in full before you purchase.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] James Bay – Move Together (Free Download)

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James Bay
Move Together

It almost seems distasteful to share this song without pouring our hearts out on a love note. Stripped down to the bare essentials, “Move Together” is an intimate rendition of love and its very struggles. Wrapped around soft piano notes and light, heart-felt guitar strums, singer-songwriter James Bay produces a vulnerable setting for his vocals to carefully lay on.

Inspired by heroes Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and James Taylor and raised in a the small hamlet of Hitchin, Bay has quickly captivated fans all over the world with his ability to create raw, emotional-driven experiences to the support of his endearing and husky vocals. “Move Together” the lead track from The Dark Of The Morning EP, serves as a warm introduction to Bay’s musical core, confidence and brilliance.

Today we’re offering up not only a live video session of Bay’s tune “Move Together,” but he’s also allowed us to provide you with a free download, in an effort to promote his upcoming tour with ZZ Ward throughout America. So, download and enjoy this soulful gem, and check this website for tour information to see when Bay will be coming to a city near you.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaMost of us tend to put a lot of shit on our plate. Overfeeding ourselves with stress, anxiety, anger..yada, yada, yada. We sure as hell wouldn’t pay for a plate of that crap at a restaurant, so why the hell waste our time cooking it up internally??? Mix it up a little. Infuse your Tuesdays with a little sugar, spice and everything Indie Dojo….It might be the best free sample you will every try.

Manor
Architecture
Gentlemen.
Sailor (Of The Cosmic Ark)
Eaves
Little Rock (demo)
Rainbow Chan
Haircut
Ghostlight Orchestra
Old Cities
Golden Boy
The OPears
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[Folk] San Fermin – Daedalus (What We Have)

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Daedalus (What We Have)

There’s something about summer time that really makes us appreciate the banjo more. While we’d love nothing more than hearing some delicate plucks of those twangy southern strings on their own, we’re of course elated to hear the overwhelming depth in musical soundscape that is “Daedalus (What We Have).”

Woodwind, horns, impeccable vocal harmonies and of course the powerfully smokey vocals of San Fermin’s lead singer provide a spiritually uplifting indie folk tune. While you may feel like these cats dwell somewhere in the deep south based on the rich soulful sound they procure, you’d be wrong in that assumption. This Brooklyn based outfit is far from the Mississippi backroads, even though their sound may beg to differ.

The rich and brooding sounds have to be amazing to see live, which is why we recommend you catch these guys live. Every fiber in our being is suggesting that it would be an amazing show.

09/06 Richmond, VA – Fall Line Festival
09/07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/20 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09/25 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal Festival
09/27 Cincinnati, OH – MidPoint Music Festival
09/28 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater Pub
09/30 Chicago, IL – Hideout
10/01 Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
10/04 Toronto, ON – The Drake
10/13 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/15 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
10/16 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10/18 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/19 Seattle, WA – Barboza
10/20 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
10/24 Washington, DC – DC9
10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/26 Boston, MA – Café 939
10/27 Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

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