[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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[Indie] FI/SHE/S – A Drive To The Psychos

Curling, cooing and catchy is the new track “A Drive To The Psychos” by Paris five-piece FI/SHE/S. For fans of lo-fi indie rock mixed with sunny, soothing harmonies, this one’s a total must listen. Listen in below.

A DRIVE TO THE PSYCHOS
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[Stream] Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob

On January 29th, sisterly synth pop duo Tegan & Sara will release their new album, Heartthrob. If you’re like us, you’ve been aching to listen to it. Well, we’re all in luck. Happy Thursday, ninjas! The LP is streaming in full over at Rolling Stone. Check it out here. Enjoy.

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[Alternative] Fyfe – Solace

It seems these days the more mysterious you are, the more notoriety you receive in the music world. It’s a strange trend given the nature of the social networking frenzy that’s upon us, where we expect our favorite artists to reveal every last detail of their lives through Twitter and Instagram. Maybe that’s what distinguishes artists like Fyfe from the rest of the noise out there. These faceless musicians essentially want to let their music speak for them before any other judgments can be made. Perhaps we could call it The Voice phenomenon, except now we’re the ones sitting comfortably in the fancy swivel chairs.

The young Londoner’s first release is certainly a remarkable one, featuring some melodic, low-key guitar riffs, and breezy, captivating vocals. “Solace” at its core is a song about the downtrodden who feel broken, lost and even trapped, but try to make peace with their situation. Because of that, the song is also on-point lyrically with an infectious and insightful chorus that you’ll have memorized instantly after one listen. With such an impressive debut, Fyfe will certainly have lofty expectations for his upcoming EP, set to drop sometime in March. Stay tuned for more details until then.

Fyfe
Solace
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[Indie] The 1975 – Chocolate

Swaggering into the last chapter of their introductory trilogy of EPs, Manchester’s The 1975 have just unveiled “Chocolate”, the lead track from their forthcoming Music For Cars EP. Cut from the same cloth as their two acclaimed EPs, “Chocolate” is another towering guitar-pop anthem with an infectious chorus that’ll stay with you long after the single has played out.

The 1975
Chocolate

Music For Cars drop March 4th via Dirty Hit/Vagrant

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