[Indie] High Highs – In A Dream

“In A Dream,” the new single from Brooklyn-based indie duo High Highs, is a luscious and light breeze of a track, flush with hazy pop charm and a soft-spoken secrecy. It melts you without you even knowing it, thanks especially to the airy vocals that hit you only slightly with sentiment before for floating off away with your heart… The group, who are originally from Australia, will release their long-awaited debut LP, Open Season, tomorrow. It’ll be well worth a listen, so be sure to check it out.

High Highs
In A Dream (New Single)
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Lexy and the Kill – Black Dog

Lexy and the Kill’s new track “Black Dog” points the way to a very exciting future for the London based singer and her band. Written during the transition period between Lexy moving to London from Scotland, it’s a memorable and moving introduction to an exciting new songwriter. Lexy and the Kill’s first single proper is slated for a late spring release, but in the mean time you can download “Black Dog” and “Rope Swing” below.

Black Dog
Rope Swing
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The Neighbourhood – Say My Name/Cry Me A River (Radio1 Live Lounge)

Yeah, you’re reading that title right. The Neighbourhood stopped by BBC Radio 1 and dropped this excellent rendition/mashup of Destiny Child‘s “Say My Name” and Justin Timberlake‘s “Cry Me A River”. It’s a silky smooth and downtempo take on the 2000s radio pop hits and we sure can’t help but love the darker, “playin’ it cool” vibes. These cats know what’s up. Tune in below.

The Neighbourhood: Say My Name/Cry Me A River (Radio1 Live Lounge)
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[Indie Rock] Local Natives – You & I

So richly textured, wildly percussive and harmonically charming, as always, are Local Natives. While we’ll never forget the lush tunes off their debut album Gorilla Manor (such as “Airplanes”, “World News” and “Sun Hands”), we’re on the verge of a new chapter in the Los Angeles band’s career, sophomore LP Hummingbird. Just a day before its release, we’re sharing another new track called “You & I”. Like the previously released “Breakers” and “Heavy Feet”, this one does not disappoint. Check it out below.

You & I
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[Alternative Rock] The Strokes – One Way Trigger

After a nearly two year hiatus The Strokes are back in the studio working on new material.  A couple of days ago, they released the single “One Way Trigger” along with the message, “more to come…” Hopefully this means they are well on their way to releasing a new album, but nothing has been confirmed.  On the new track, Julian Casablancas opens up his vocal range to falsetto over a synthesized melody. While this is different than anything they have done before, it still manages to sound like a Strokes song.  If this is the first single from an upcoming LP, it sounds like we can expect another great record, per usual, from The Strokes.  You can listen to “One Way Trigger” below and download it for free from their website here.

The Strokes
One Way Trigger
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[MEGA Playlist] 60+ Instrumental Tracks You Need to Listen to

Everyone loves lyrics. Whether they’re light-hearted and playful, soul-gripping and gut-wrenching, or abstract and avant garde, we all love to sing along, relate certain verses to our personal lives, or just be taken away by another person’s story.

On the other hand, hearing a great instrumental track is an entirely different experience. Without having words to identify with, your brain is free to let the music create an image in your mind. The interpretation is more so up to you than if you had someone defining it with their own words. Having this blank canvas allows your mind to wander, providing you with a perfect experience to express your own creativity.

While this is a great idea in concept, putting together a great playlist of instrumental artists is extremely difficult. We could easily outline ten different genres from classical, to jazz, to ambient electronic. Also, do vocal samples count? What about humming? What about bands that sometimes sing, and sometimes do instrumental tracks? We went back and forth on how we should create this, and finally decided to just throw together some of our personal favorites along with a few other suggestions from close friends, Bruke at Spread Label, James at Rising Digital, and the rest of the TMN staff.

Enjoy.

AMBIENT/ATMOSPHERIC/EXPERIMENTAL


Sigur Ros
Samskeyti
Sigur Ros
Lúppulagið
Apparat / Goodbye (Instrumental)
J.R Alexander
Im Glad
Ulrich Schnauss
A Long Way To Fall
Olafur Arnalds
Brotsjór
Olafur Arnalds
Lynns Theme
The American Dollar
A Few Words
The American Dollar
Age Of Wonder
General Fuzz
Mellow drama
Amiina
Bourdon
Amiina
Seoul
Aphex Twin
Film
Aphex Twin
Avril 14th
Aphex Twin
Jynweythek Ylow
Air
Alone in Kyoto
Do Make Say Think
Greed Waltz
Do Make Say Think
Chinatown
Hammock
Ten Thousand Years Wont Save Your Life
Hammock
Tape Recorder
Message to Bears
Farewell, Stars
Message to Bears
Wake Me

POST ROCK

Codes in the Clouds
You And I Change Like Seasons
Codes in the Clouds
Look Back, Look Up
Broken Social Scene
Guilty Cubicles
Broken Social Scene
Love And Mathematics
El Ten Eleven
Lullaby
El Ten Eleven
Yellow Bridges (Music Video Edit)
Unwed Sailor
Oaxaca
This Will Destroy You
A Three
This Will Destroy You
The Mighty Rio Grande
Tristeza
Balabaristas
Mogwai
Auto rock
Mogwai
Team Handed
Mogwai
Friend of the Night
Mogwai
Emergency Trap
Balmorhea
Days
Balmorhea
Masollan
Explosions in the Sky
Trembling Hands
Saxon Shore
Amber, Ember, Glow
Saxon Shore
The Revolution Will Be Streaming
Red Sparrowes
Truths Arise
Red Sparrowes
Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors
Russian Circles
Atackla
Russian Circles
Philos

DANCY/GROOVY/POP


Four Tet
Lion
Four Tet
Moma
Holy Fuck
Red Lights
Holy Fuck
Latin America
royksopp
eple (album version with intro)
Little People
Eminence Grise
Little People
Moon
Little People
Aldgate Patterns
Hauschka
Radar
Tycho
Hours
Tycho
Coastal Brake
Tycho
The Daydream
Ratatat
Loud Pipes
Ratatat
Neckbrace
Ratatat
Wildcat
RJD2
Ghostwriter
Bonobo
Kiara
Emancipator
Black lLake
Emancipator
Nevergreen
Drums and Tuba
The Mummy
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[TMN Premiere] Francisco The Man – In the Corners

On “In The Corners”, LA-based Francisco the Man pick at various genres, combining all the best elements of scruffy indie rock, good vibin’ surf-pop and even biting punk. From the wailing guitars and yelping vocals, to the lo-fi bouncy sheen and fun little “ooh ooh ooh” outro, the track reads like dynamic and catchy raucousness, and is satisfying on a whole bunch of levels. Check it out below and be sure to pick up the band’s In The Corners 7″, due out Spring 2013 via Small Plates.

Francisco The Man
In the Corners

photo by Brian Wright

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