Shoffy – Into Oblivion [TMN PREMIERE]

Into Oblivion

Are you experiencing a general lacking of feels? Do these symptoms keep you up in the middle of the night? Do you wish you could have a life full of feel-rich experiences? If you answered yes to any of those questions, we have just the thing to cure what’s ailing you.

Coming out of the City of Angels, soulful producer/vocalist Shoffy just dropped his first song under this moniker. Previously known as Alexander Shofler, this brand new sound will be coming your way, little by little, over the next month or so. “Into Oblivion” is your first glimpse into this new project, paving the way for electronically based, RnB. Dripping with atmospheric layering, muted drums and bassline, and Shoffy’s understated vocals, we’re left swooning over this debut release.

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. via On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Take a listen and then head over to his facebook where you can pick this tune up for free.

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[TMN Exclusive/Premiere] Max Frost – White Lies (The Tailors Remix)

Max Frost
White Lies (The Tailors Remix)

One of our favorite indie tunes of 2013, Max Frost’s “White Lies” has enjoyed a potent viral run in the past few months, even managing to push out of the blogosphere onto mainstream radio waves and charts since its sparkling inception. While we were thoroughly enamored with the original; on account of a seemingly endless amount of malleability, we’d been waiting to hear what “White Lies” could offer through another vantage point, and assuredly we’ve found the grooviest take of all. The Dutch duo of Bastiaan B & Jesse V, more widely known as The Tailors,  have taken Max Frost’s upbeat tune, and slowed its cadence to a breezy Summer stride while maintaining an air of buoyant and shimmery vibes. Their remix begins simply enough behind a snappy four bar intro, but once a sultry sax line paints its way onto the arrangement, it’s pure sexy dance-pop from there. Further bolstering The Tailors’ seductive instrumentation is of course the original hooky vocal track which gets partially pitched down, sounding even more filled out, and right as we were sucked into a sea of tasty lyrics  in waltzes a syrupy sweet 5 note guitar arpeggio, completely sealing the entire pop-house movement with a certain delicate expertise we haven’t heard on an electronic track in some time. The Tailors have managed to pull off the enviable task of creating a record that plays out equal parts club-groover and chill-listener, offering a precious quality to be aurally consumed on both a sweaty club night or driving down a coastal highway with the top down and speakers blaring.

If you couldn’t tell, we are gushing all over this one, and are ecstatic to exclusively premiere and host The Tailors’ remix of “White Lies” here for you savvy Ninjas. Take a listen above, we know it won’t let you down. Be on the lookout for Max Frost’s White Lies Remixes EP in the coming months, but until then, get your fix here at TMN.

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[Synth-Pop] Carousel – My New Friend

My New Friend

Something about L.A. duo Carousel and their pensive brand of brooding, but sticky sweet take on pop music has had a most resonant affect on much of the staff here at TMN since their debut EP 26 Allston. After recently wrapping up a much revered country wide tour in support of Cherub, the former Berklee School of Music students finally had the chance to pen another original, and once again we were struck by the simplistic beauty of Carousel’s sound. “My New Friend” gets behind a Jackson Phillip’s keyed synth line delivered with all of the careful bombast of an early 80’s Duran Duran hook, but with the type of indie sensibility that could be found on a Neon Indian composition. The pair’s subdued vocal incantations echo harmoniously off of each other, invoking the kind of contented nostalgia that has its listener harkening back to their first middle-school make out session, which depending on your experience should be a mostly good thing. It’s safe to say, the boys hit the mark, and with Summer nipping at our heels, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Candy Says – Not Kings [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

candy says not kings

Opening with handclaps and a frantic chorus of “got to get out before my heart explodes” throughout title track ‘Not Kings,’ Oxford-based newcomers Candy Says have burst onto the scene with their self-released debut. Possibly the most endearing pop duo to come out of the UK since Slow Club, Juju Sophie and Ben Walker create a similar sort of homemade sound that twists and turns, impossible to pin down.

As sweet as their name suggests but with an edge, Candy Says effortlessly meander between synth-driven melodies and acoustic rhythms. Their unique brand of chic charm is charged with bold claims of being “the Lord’s mistake,” but if that’s the case then ‘Not Kings’ is a mistake worth making.

Stand-out track ‘Favourite Flavour’ continues the sugary motif with an injection of that classic Brit-pop brand of sexuality (complete with a kiss) and an infectious round of Na-na-nas that will remain in your head long after the record stops spinning. Only the over-eager lullaby ‘Melt Into The Sun’ borders on saccharine with its declarations of like and sing-along counting.

‘C’est Pas Comme Ca’ and ‘Hummingbird,’ sprinkled with sultry and bilingual whispers, increase the intimacy, romantically drawing in listeners like sirens before unleashing the Kevin Barnes-esque barrage of stream-of-consciousness ramblings and electronic dance beats of ‘Dreamers.’ Towards the end of the album the tone shifts again with ‘Cool Sensation,’ a fuzzier track not unlike Phantogram at their sleepiest.

Overall, Candy Says launch a solid freshman effort in ‘Not Kings,’ proving DIY creativity and energy trump outside resources. They may not be royalty, but they’re certainly on the rise.

Tour Dates:

May 28 – The Waiting Room – London, UK
May 29 – Truck Store – Oxford, UK

’Not Kings’
’Favourite Flavour’
’C’est Pas Comme Ca’
’Lord’s Mistake’
’Dead On Arrival’
’Understand The Night’
’Cool Sensation’
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[Road Trip] Stargazy – The Fashion EP


As if pre-determined by the Music Gods themselves, The Fashion EP is a big, bright, shimmering ball of road trip perfection worthy of a few tanks of gas, some sunflower seeds, ice cold red bulls, and a few good friends. That’s right. It’s that time of the year. It’s time to pile into a car and head out on an adventure. Whether that adventure is with your special someone, just the boys, or a mix of both, NY-based Stargazy has you covered as far as music goes. You might even hit them up for gas money, but we doubt they’ll chip. Unless you invite them along, that is.

Dropping earlier today. this five song EP is primed and ready to flood your car speakers with mile-moving, smile-inducing happiness that will be loved by anyone who listens. Boasting glimmering, waivering guitar chords, upbeat percussion work and catchy hooks, these tunes are all too easy to get caught up in.

One of our favorite parts of this shoe gaze influenced indie rock record was the spacey bridges that connect verses effortlessly with dreamy basslines. Couple in the powerful vocals from lead singer Michael Romano, and you have a familiar blend of classic indie rock acts such as Mew, As Tall as Lions, and even Minus the Bear at times.

Comprised of members Michael Romano (Lead Vocals, guitar), Jared Lindbloom (Vocals, keys), Michael Panico (Guitar, keys), Alex Shifrin (Bass), Brian Garbedian (Drums), Rocco Romanelli (Auxiliary percussion), this six piece has a sound that’s perfect for whatever lies ahead for you this summer. Make sure to like them on facebook to stay up to date with everything they have going on.

’Half Life’
’Soft Words’
’The Fashion’
’Golden Hour’
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[Alternative/Rock] French Style Furs – Album Preview/Video


The newest addition to the long list of supergroup side-projects forming in recent years is here: LA-based French Style Furs, made up of Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids and We Barbarians’ Nathan Warkentin, has announced Is Exotic Bait, a debut LP due out July 8th on Frenchkiss Records.

Named after a storefront in Brooklyn and cultivated in spontaneity, French Style Furs pulses with the kind of creative urgency that comes with writing and recording in between shows, with Willett’s signature howls, barks, and wails giving restless life to lyrics inspired by Trappist monk and mystic Thomas Merton’s poetry.

As he does with Cold War Kids, Maust doubles as graphic designer and videographer, and has created a moving collage lyric video for ‘Solitary Life.’ The track itself opens with a bass groove of his (you can almost see him jerkily swaying on stage as you hear it) before swinging horns, Haley Dekle (Dirty Projectors) vocalizations, and even some cowbell are layered on.

In preparation for the album release, French Style Furs are doing a free residency at The Satellite as well as a few dates in New York:

6/2 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
6/9 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
6/16 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
6/23 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
7/7 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
7/9 – Rough Trade – New York, NY

’All The Way Down’
(World In My) Bloodstream’
’Solitary Life’
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Toy Cities – Pretend [TMN PREMIERE]

Toy Cities

Uniting under the moniker Toy Cities, friends from bands The Aviation Oranges and Moving Mountains drew upon their adept previous histories to bring forth a complimentary contradiction of tightly melodic structured sound and hazy indie fuzz.

Presenting the premier of fresh track Pretend, Toy Cities have in their hands an accomplished offering of the polished, yet raw and scuzzy, dream-pop variety. Laden with spacious synths, resonating reverb and walls of sound plentiful enough to build your hopes from: Pretend embodies the introspective woozy swoon of shoe-gaze gone. Modernised, revived and tightly wrapped in densely melodic indie; Toy Cities penchant for perfected song craft, simmers and erupts so confidently, the after effect feels effortless.

Produced by Chris Moore (whose golden touch has graced the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio), the outcome of offbeat and immaculate indie is perhaps expected, but nevertheless present.

With a competence of craft that exceeds its contemporaries, Pretend is an almost ironic titling of a track which more or less sings of the real deal.

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