Glint – Get Out The Way [TMN PREMIERE]

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Glint
Get Out The Way

For a lot of you, this is probably the first time being introduced to this New York-based duo. After today, though, you’ll be scrambling to like their facebook page, follow them on twitter, and marking their album release down on your calendar. It’s due out March 11th, by the way, via Votiv/Universal. Feel free to put that reminder in your phone now.

Glint is the product of Jase Blankfort, who left a successful career on Broadway to create what you’re experiencing now. The other half of this impressive, quickly-rising duo is Anders Fleming, who joins Jase as another multi-instrumentalist, bringing a bevy of talents to the entire production.

While their social following seems like these two are just getting started, they’re actually already quite seasoned, having opened up for acts like MGMT, TV on the Radio, The Airborne Toxic Event, BT, Ghostland Observatory, Broken Social Scene, and more. Those shows caught the eyes and ears of countless publications and tastemakers, getting praise from Billboard, Artrocker, and NME.

Now focused on releasing their new album, the band has graciously agreed to premiere the lead single with us today. “Get Out of The Way” is a commandingly anthemic song, led by goosebump-inducing, gorgeous vocals. Emotive, powerful, and entrancing, the combination of lyrics, booming percussion, and soft, fluttering synths leave listeners with feelings of introspection and inspiration. We’d be surprised if you don’t find yourself reaching for the repeat button a few times over.

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[Alternative] Nozart – Just Let It Go

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Nozart
Just Let It Go

A bridge between alternative and electronic is always welcome, and Nozart is here to provide this exact sound. Breaking a year’s worth of silence, this New York native has graced us with an orchestral creation that juggles a myriad of unique and stellar influences.

While comparisons may seem lazy to some, they can certainly aid to explain an unfamiliar sound to fans that they might eventually enjoy, and Nozart encompasses many pleasurable examples of this. “Just Let It Go” explores a mix of the notable songwriting of The Beatles along with certain instrumental elements of Vampire Weekend and Death Cab For Cutie. While these are bold claims, we certainly don’t make them lightly, as Nozart has developed his sound carefully and thoughtfully. Whether it seems silly to draw these conclusions on his new tune or not, we know it’s good and deserves to be heard. Nozart has something great going on. He already has prominent producers vouching for his abilities (Brasstracks and JNTHN STEIN, for starters), and we CERTAINLY are intrigued by his most recent effort. Do yourself a favor and enjoy his work above!

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[Indie Rock] Bitmap – I Threw My Life Into The Sea

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Bitmap
I Threw My Life Into The Sea

Your ears aren’t deceiving you. It’s not 1967, and you’re not listening to The Beatles. You’re actually enjoying the latest tune from East Yorkshire-based Bitmap, which is coming your way via Love Our Records.

Love your record is an understatement. We’re head over heels about it. The combination of upbeat percussion, rhythmic guitars, playful backing vocals, and memorable lead vocals leave us wanting to pack up nothing more than swim trunks, flip flops, and some bare necessities, for a cross-country road trip to the beach.

Speaking of vans, the release comes with a slightly bizarre annotation, which you can find below. Once you finish up with that, head over and give this budding young act a like on facebook.

Rent a van. A small one will do. Fill it up carefully with everything you own. Drive it to the coast, down onto the beach if you can. Unload the van into the black, icy water. Watch as your vinyl collection, toothbrush, shoes and passport disappear beneath the rising tide. Soon they’ll all be gone for good. Eventually, the van will no longer be visible either. Finally, empty your pockets onto what’s left of the sand and walk away. Don’t look back. You’ve probably lost the deposit on the van, but that’s the least of your worries now.
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[Synth-Rock/Indie] Operators – Cold Light

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Operators
Cold Light

It’s no great secret that sadly, here in 2016, the music blog world has devolved into an endless stream of click-baitey ‘news’ articles and an aggressive pissing contest of sorts between similar publications of who can post something first. So, not to be TMN’s resident grumpy music nostalgist or anything, but whenever tunes are missed on a writer’s initial radar and surface some weeks down the road, there has been an unsatisfying feeling lingering in many writers’ souls in that they “missed the boat” and no longer feel compelled to post said song as it may effect their ‘credibility’; even though they may in fact be completely infatuated with a song or album, thus quelching an opportunity of a share from someone who genuinely enjoys it. Which is a silly thing to think about anyhow, as many of us started primarily as enthusiastic music lovers who only ever covered the music we loved, and not the music that comes with the largest PR & publicity push. Phewww….

Basically, after the long winded and caffeinated semi-rant, what this writer is trying to say is that: “I’ve fallen madly in love with a band and tune which dropped a month ago; but I just have to share it with whomever will listen via my tiny, web-based soap box!” The tune and band here in questions is “Cold Light”, from former Divine Fits and Wolf Parade member Dan Boeckner’s latest project Operators. “Cold Light” plays like a breezy, early New Order single, but in place of Bernard Sumner’s tender refrain lie the passionate howls that have become Boeckner’s trademark over the years. Just captivating stuff to this writer’s ears really. Operators, which features Boeckner’s former Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown on drums and Devojka on keys, recruited Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh (who also holds chief production credits on records for Viet Cong & Alvvays) as their chief sound engineer, and we think the results alreadyspeak for themselves. “Cold Light” marks Operators’ debut single from debut long-player Blue Light, due out 4/1 on Canadian imprint Last Gang Records (pre-order here), so until then, get your kicks by either catching them live on one of the many tour dates listed below, or by streaming Operators’ impressive lead single above.

2/26 – The Red Dog (Peterborough ON)
2/27 – The Grad Club (Kingston ON)
3/28 – Schubas (Chicago, IL)
3/29 – 7th St. Entry (Minneapolis, MN)
3/30 – Reverb Lounge (Omaha, NE)
4/1 – Lost Lake (Denver, CO)
4/3 – The Bartlett (Spokane, WA)
4/4 – Sunset Tavern (Seattle, WA)
4/5 – Fortune Sound Club (Vancouver, BC)
4/6 – Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR)
4/8 – Social Hall SF (San Francisco, CA)
4/9 – Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA)
4/10 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA)
4/11 – Valley Bar (Phoenix, AZ)
4/13 – The Sidewinder (Austin, TX)
4/14 – Three Links (Dallas, TX)
4/15 – The Raven Tower (Houston, TX)
4/16 – Gasa Gasa (New Orleans, LA)
4/17 – The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
4/19 – DC9 (Washington, DC)
4/21 – Baby’s All Right (New York, NY)
4/22 – Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA)
4/23 – Middle East Upstairs (Cambridge, MA)

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No Hot Ashes – Goose [TMN PREMIERE]

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GOOSE

“Goose” casually struts into your headspace with ease, carrying a confident aura that not only demands your attention but insists you dance along with it. The funny thing is, this is the very first release from this Stockport-based born four-piece, and we’re hard-pressed to believe it. The refined nature, the radiant vibrancy, the well-crafted lyrics – they’re just too damn good for a first release. But, as much as you’d like to think these cats are seasoned vets of the industry, they’re just coming up.

As usual, we’re overwhelmingly excited to bring you a first listen at this shiny, brand-new, and downright addictive act. Comprised of Isaac Taylor (vocals/guitar), Jack Walsh (bass), Luigi Di Vuono (guitar) and Matt Buckley (drums), No Hot Ashes are collectively influenced by legendary acts like Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr, which can be heard throughout their funky iconic guitar riffs and well-defined pop sensibilities.

“Goose” is set to be released on February 23rd via Warrington label, Playing With Sound and will be available to purchase on iTunes and Spotify.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2016 Round #4)

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If there is one thing we love more than finding good indie music, it’s putting it all together in an Indie Dojo to share it will all of you. Sharing is caring and even Ninjas care.

’Blessed – One And Only’
’West AM – Lying in the Dark’
’Wildes – BARE’
’The Blanco
BKCBD’
’Playwrite – Black Cloud’
’Billy Stonecipher – Embers’
’Andy Shauf – Jenny Come Home’
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In Memory of Viola Beach

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The past few months have been nothing short of devastating for music lovers around the globe. From the attacks at the Bataclan back in November to losing legends like Bowie, Lemmy, Glen Frey, and Maurice White, it seems that we’re in a strange section of time where this art form is suffering from loss after loss at an alarming rate.

As you’re already aware, we hadn’t posted anything about any of those losses, as it’s not something we typically do. We don’t write about industry news, choosing to embrace new music that intrigues and excites us. Our hope is simple – we want to continue that life-long infatuation with music, and we do so through sharing our discoveries with you.

Today, we’re stepping outside our norm. Or, rather, I am.

Last August, I was introduced to a sensational new act and their debut single, “Swings and Waterslides.” It came to us from a PR firm that always brings sensational new artists our way, so it already had an alluring glow about it.

’Viola Beach – Swings & Waterslides’
I know The Music Ninja are big fans of Lisbon and this band are very similar; it’s the debut single from Warrington indie pop four-piece Viola Beach called ‘Swings and Waterslides’. – Supercat PR 8/18

The song instantly latched on with its playful guitar work, catchy hooks, and summery, feel-good vibes. I immediately accepted the offer, becoming the online premiere partner for the debut song from Viola Beach. From there, the song played over and over again at TMN HQ, so much so that I listed it as one of our favorite songs from 2015. Keep in mind, I could only choose 15 songs, so you can start to get the idea of how influenced I was by just a single track from this budding young band.

We kept in touch with the band’s publicist and manager closely, covering both of their next songs, “Cherry Vitmo” and “Boys That Sing.” With each release, we could feel the band picking up momentum, showcasing a next-level amount of talent that was set to cross over into the US by way of SXSW.

’Viola Beach – Cherry Vimto’
’Viola Beach – Boys That Sing’

This last weekend, things took a tragic, heart-wrenching, and deeply saddening turn. Members Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin and manager Craig Tarry passed away after a car accident in Sweden. The news came to us on a comment on our premiere, as fans scoured the internet, leaving their condolences wherever they could.

To say the least, we all were deeply affected by this. As bloggers, we feel a direct connection with the artists we write about, especially when they’re just emerging onto the scene. In a way, it feels like you’re a part of their team, quietly cheering them on from behind a glowing laptop screen. While we had never met in person, nor had spoken on the phone, there’s still this lingering feeling. In all honesty, it’s one of the reasons why we all keep doing this. It’s our tie to the bands we love and the industry we cherish.

All five of these young men had a tremendous career in front of them, boasting both the swagger and polish of a well-seasoned act. You only need a few listens through their handful of releases to know that their gift was cut far too short, leaving the world with a sizeable hole in its music-loving heart.

We highly encourage you to dive in and celebrate their music in whatever medium you’d like, whether it be here, on Soundcloud, Spotify, or iTunes. If you’d like to take your support to the next level, you can purchase Swings & Waterslides and help move them up the popular chart. Each purchase brings them closer to a #1 spot, introducing more and more people to the music they worked so hard on, and were so passionate about.

Until we see you on the other side, thank you for your contributions Kris, River, Tomas, Jack and Craig. We’ll cherish these songs dearly, holding the joy they bring us close to our hearts each and every time we listen.

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