[Dreamy] Snakadaktal – Hung on Tight

Hung On Tight

Wavering guitars, dreamy synths, and emotion rich lyrics create the soulful new track from Melbourne 5-Piece Snakadaktal. On the heels of their upcoming LP release (due out June 24th via Liberation music) “Hung on Tight” was released just yesterday as the first official single off the upcoming album.

To say we’re excited to hear the rest of the album is an understatement. Aside from the masterfully crafted instrumentals and the stellar production quality, we’re left yearning to hear more of these ethereal vocals and incredible wordplay. Take one listen and try not to get addicted.

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[Playlist] Red Brick Songs – Summertastic


Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.

This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.

The Raa
In The Summertime
Field Mouse
Los Encantados
St. Tropez
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Andy Shauf
Two Little Clouds
Carl Johnson (Library Voices)
Beyond The Beach
Every Song
Tupelo Honey Band
PS I love You
Sentimental Dishes
Teen Daze
Brooklyn Sunburn
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[Summer Anthem] The Royal Concept – On Our Way

The Royal Concept
On Our Way

Stockholm based indie pop quartet The Royal Concept has effectively given us something that we’ve been waiting for since the sunny summer rays started beating down on our winter whitened foreheads. It’s that summer anthem. You know what we mean, right? That song that just you belt out with your friends after a long night.

These infectious lyrics will crawl under your skin in all the best ways. Listen to it one time through, and get ready to start singing.

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[TMN Resident Artist Interview] How Celldweller’s persistence paid off

I See Stars
Filth Friends Unite (Celldweller Remix)

TMN: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing our wonderful June resident artist Celldweller, or as he is known to friends and fans alike, Klayton. Thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and answer some questions, where are you writing to us from today?

K: A place that goes often completely unused – the lounge of my studio. (That would require relaxing and I haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet.)

TMN: Let’s start from the beginning, before there was Celldweller, before the red hawked hair, let’s go all the way back to when you were a kid. Many artists talk about their musical upbringings. Did you have any music in your house or were you exposed to any instruments or singing early on in life?

K: Yes and no. Definitely surrounded by music, but not necessarily instruments. My grandfather had a massive collection of vinyl and the highlight of my childhood was when I was able to visit, getting to sit in his “music room” and put on headphones and listen to anything from classical to disco to the progressive electronic music of the 70’s & 80’s.

TMN: Do you remember what was the first tape or record or CD that you owned?

K: Hard to say. I wasn’t permitted to listen to the radio due to my parents trying to protect me from the evil messages of modern lyricists, but I did remember sneaking in some early Billy Joel, Queen & eventually Judas Priest’s “Screaming for Vengeance” vinyl which I had to hide outside in my shed so I didn’t get in trouble. (Just for the record, I love my folks and they did an awesome job raising me, although they still can’t figure out why I have a red Mohawk. I blame Judas Priest.)

TMN: Who was your musical idol as a kid?

K: If I had to go back to when I was discovering the music that I was initially trying to emulate in my teen band days, as generic as it sounds, it was Metallica. I was a drummer first, so Lars was the man.

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[Fresh] Benin City – Fires in the Park


Ready for something different? Benin City is plenty different, and in all the best ways. The London based band named after the city in Nigeria has a lot to offer for the listener that may be a little bored with the latest trends. Simple yet eloquent, the band’s debut LP “Fires in the Park” offers some accessible and inspiring electro with a heavy hip hop influence.

“People Will Say,” starts with a head nodding bass line and a pleasant synthesized melody. The lyrics are rapped and remind the listener a little of socially conscious, uplifting messages of hip hop artists like K-OS, but without the heavy metaphysical lifting. “Wha Gwan,” is a track for fans of hip hop that delight in a slightly different cadence then he/she would typically hear in the hip hop world. The electronic instrumentals are clever and unpredictable: juxtaposing fuzzy bass lines and horns in between dreamy synth-laden interludes. “My Love” starts with synth notes serving as percussion, setting the tone for deep and poetic lyrical explosion on love–likening that state of being to an alchemical formula but at the same its deeply personal nature. The song erupts into a melodic triumph that inspires immediate respect and awe.

Typically this reviewer passes on hip hop, but this album is worth a listen even for skeptics of the genre. “Fires in the Park” is an interesting, thoughtful and ultimately worthy purchase. I highly recommend it, but taste it for yourself here.

Benin City
People Will Say
Benin City
Wha Gwan
Benin City
My Love
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2Track/Material of My Own.

Simple but not simplistic. Haunting but not dark. Dreamy but grounded. These phrases came to mind while listening to this single by Zacho Fraser. With … Continue reading »

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[Indie] Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Nightwater Girlfriend

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Nightwater Girlfriend

Springfield based indie rock outfit Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin not only has an entertaining name, but an entertaining sound. This Missourian four piece met at an absolute laugher of a Super bowl, when the legendary Denver Broncos, lead by a God against men, dismantled the Atlanta Falcons. Broncos allegiance aside, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for these guys, and I’m excited today to bring some new music from them to you.

The repetitious chord driven progression of “Nightwater Girlfriend” is similar to what we’ve come to expect and love from SSLYBY. It has that garage rock feel that’s easily digestible. There’s also a nice little math rock inspired guitar section that shows the bands versatility. No matter how you shake it down, these guys know how to write an infectious tune.

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