[Beautiful] Sohn – Lessons


We post a lot of music that would be amazing to hear on a dance floor, surrounded by hundreds of screaming, dancing fans. TWe post some music best suited for a proper set of headphones, a glass of wine and ample time for careful listening. UK based Sohn has provided us with the latter today.

You may have guessed it already, and yes you are right. We’re currently chilling out, wine in hand, analyzing music. To be honest, we were hoping to find something heady and intriguing and we’ve found just that. While a lot of you may be familiar with Sohn’s work with BANKS, a lot of you might not be just yet. We can assure you that this track will not only ensure that you become acquainted, but will guarantee your interest in anything he does in the future.

“Lessons” is a euphoric vocal journey is a composition of deep melodic production, simplicity, and haunting vocals. It’s the type of track that you have to listen to a few times before you truly understand it, but no matter how many times you hear it, you just can’t seem to get enough. It has it’s moments of exciement, but to us, the beauty lies in the gorgeous rolling bass, soulful vocal harmonies, and alternating vocal exchanges.

At only 13 hours old at this moment, it’s easily one of our favorite tracks. Bravo.

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[New Artist] Letters to Fiesta – Tears Apart

Letters To Fiesta
Tears Apart

There is something about a new musical group, or even better, a new group who has been working on their sound for a few years and finally, the time has come for them to display their insane talents.
Enter Letters to Fiesta (LTF), a group from Manchester, who will be releasing their debut EP Aphorism on October 28th but have released their song “Tears Apart” to give everyone a taste of what is to come and, this simply stunning song has captured the likes of all of us at TMN. Their light pop sound, lyrical vocals and distinct British sound carry such a strong presence in their song. LTF tell a beautiful story in this song, with soft drum melodies and domineering vocals that add power to this pop piece. Keep this band on your radar because 2013 is the year they decided to step into the music scene, and it is for a very good reason.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Amy Stroup – Falling

Amy Stroup
Amy Stroup

When you first hear her voice come streaming through your speakers, you may feel like you have stepped back into an 80’s pop music scene.
But that is just one of the joys of Amy Stroup and her uniquely beautiful voice, with a lowness and sass that captivates the eardrums and leaves a mark.

Growing up a musical child, taking piano lessons when she was little and then making songs from each chord she learned, to traveling with her family singing the alto section, to teaching herself guitar in the backyard of her family’s Texas ranch when she was in middle school, Stroup is no stranger to the essence of music. She is an independent songwriter living in Nashville whose songs have been featured in over twenty shows and has released 3 digital EPs and one nationally full length solo recorded called “The Other Side of Love Sessions”. Her new song “Falling” we have the pleasure of premiering on TMN, a song off her upcoming album. The song is indie meets pop, with Stroup’s seductive vocals telling the story of the possibility of falling in love and what we are capable of in doing so. The melodies are soft, with small drum beats, a splash of tambourine and guitars stringing together something simply addicting. After this release, we are definitely falling for Miss Stroup.

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Dream On / Dream Off

In a myriad of sounds and styles, Derby UK based CRUSHING BLOWS certainly has a unique sound about them. Some dance punk, some electro, some psych rock – it’s hard to really put a finger on what you would label them as, and we’re certainly not going to try that today. Instead we’re simply going to bring you a premiere of one side of a Double A side single, “Unknown Animal / Dream On / Dream Off,” out October 7th on Snug Recording Company.

This tune enters with a very dreamy soundscape with fluttering synths that partner with lead singer’s heavily treated voice. What you would expect next is a dancy pop tune that would be fit for an iTunes commercial. What you find instead is a heavy rock breakdown (1:45) with a rolling snare, clashing symbols, and heavy distorted guitar riffs. The band keeps you guessing throughout the song, switching from light and airy to heavy and gritty.

Growing up on punk and metal, I loved hearing the inclusion of some heavier elements. These guys know how to craft something truly admirable, and we can’t wait to hear more.

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[Indie-Pop] Brick + Mortar – Bangs EP


Brick + Mortar are back with an EP for us! With simple beats, powerful vocals and lyrics and a heavy electro backdrop, this EP has plenty of umph to get you up in the morning, on the dance floor, or into work on time. It’s almost impossible not to move to this music!

“Locked in a Cage” begins with vocals that sound vaguely reggae, if not for the fierce lyrics. The song employs a simple electric guitar well, creating a gritty feel that lasts beyond the song.

“Old Boy” keeps up the energy with a banging drums, a driving bass line and contagious lyrical repetition. The short ditty relies on crunchy synth notes to drive the melody.

This EP is solid, high energy fun!

Brick + Mortar
Locked In A Cage
Brick + Mortar
Old Boy


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[Chill] Toro Y Moi – Campo

Toro Y Moi

What’s the best way to relax on a Tuesday afternoon? With some Toro Y Moi of course. In an effort to entice fans to attend his nationwide fall tour, Toro is providing them with the opportunity to purchase an exclusive new 7″ single entitled “Campo.” The A-side of the record is breezy track that relies on funky guitars and elastic, mesmerizing synths to craft together nostalgic and carefree masterpiece. It’s really a continuation of the excellence we’ve learned to expect from Toro, especially after the release of January’s Anything In Return. You can check out the tour dates over here, and if you haven’t listened to the album yet, you can still find it on iTunes.

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[Album Review] The Weeknd – Kiss Land

The Weeknd
The Weeknd
The Weeknd

A modern day Michael Jackson may have been reincarnated into The Weeknd. Ok, maybe not as legendary but the artist, also known as Abel Tesfaye, embodies a darker, troubled, and more realistic version of the R&B singer for this generation. After dropping the 3-part mixtape series House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence and building up a well-deserved following, the Toronto artist trades in sexual overtones for a more polished sound on his XO and Universal Republic Records debut, Kiss Land.

With minimal press and promotion, other than the slight drama with fellow Toronto labelmate Drake, The Weeknd lets his music speak for itself on Kiss Land. Considering that this is technically his 4th full length album, the 23 year-old singer has developed a signature sound of falsetto vocals, atmospheric synths, and innovative textures revolving around relationships, sex, addiction, intimacy, and drug-induced trysts with groupies or strippers just looking for a night with stardom. There is an undeniable sadness in his tones and lyrics that only a lack of love and true intimacy can evoke with a studio perfected sound that Universal Records brings.

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