[Indie] The Rentals – Thought Of Sound

The Rentals
Thought Of Sound
If there’s a better way to commence the week’s greatest day as a pseudo music journalist than opening your cluttered e-mail to find a gem from perhaps one of your most influential indie acts of the past decade; well then I don’t want to know about it. Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp and The Rentals have again resurfaced from their on-again, off-again hiatus dating all the way back to 1999 (save for a few sporadic EP’s) and this time they’ve arrived with a more ambitious lineup and a complete full length on the horizon. This morning, The Rentals dropped the lead single from their impending album, Lost In Alphaville: “Thought of Sound”, and from a former/current Matt Sharp fanboy the four minute track ignited a once lost, fiery passion for indie-rock and its savvy counterparts. Thankfully, they didn’t come back limping at all, behind a line up that includes Jessica Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius – vocals), Ryen Slegr (Ozma – guitars), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet – strings) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys – drums), “Thought of Sound” is carried out in that same, pleasure driven rock-pop state of mind and wields a welcome dose of reverby vocals. You can pre-order the the entire LP from the almight indie imprint Polyvinyl Records here, which is due out on 8/26; and make sure you’re on the lookout for more singles to leak out of their camp here at TMN in the not too distant future.
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[Pop] Jack Garratt – Worry

Jack Garratt

They are raw, they can be ugly, they can be invigorating, they can make or break a person to a point.
Jack Garratt takes all of those feelings and bundles them into a messy package with a uneven bow calling it ‘Worry’. The third song off his upcoming EP Remnants, which comes out July 14th, paints a vivid and intense picture of someone who carries a slight obsession with the person who left them. Garratt captures the pissed off feeling that comes with relationships when they end, the questioning of what happened and the obvious sarcastic rants that we all wish we could say to those who have left us. Garratt has an almost whimsical melody that radiates perfectly with his soft, yet stunning voice. He then brings in harder beats along with a rise in his voice and intensity when he is telling the person who left to not worry because he has it covered for the both of them. Garratt has the ability repeatedly to capture pure, unapologetic feelings within his songs, whether love, detest, hurt, or pure joy. His voice, lyrics, and melody combine for a lethal dose of emotion overload.

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[Chill/Indie-Pop] Wolf Colony – The One

Wolf Colony
The One

It’s always been a special treat when an act whom we had been previously unaware of completely sweeps us off of our feet. Adding themselves to that envious list of artists is NY to LA, coast spanning indie-pop duo Wolf Colony. While we were first tipped to their lush sonic landscapes and emotionally driven avant-pop sound a few months ago, we initially caught them in a lull of new material; so when lead vocalist, known simply as “Wolf” and producer Neal Sarin dropped us their latest tune, “The One”, we were a bit elated to say the least. The lead single from Wolf Colony’s debut long-player Unmasked; “The One”, plays out in defiance to the current wave of synth and indie pop. Whereas so many electronic artists today texturally clutter their sound with as many differing, and boisterous elements as will fit onto the arrangement, Wolf Colony offers their compositions  an alternately enlightened path, featuring  relatively bare arrangements dominated by a few, high-impact elements that offer a roomy, massive, yet intimate soundscape. “The One” shuffles its way to a breezy stride out of the gate, before an 80′s leaning synth kit and two-step percussive line open up a paradisiacal amount of space for Wolf’s melancholic, and deeply emotive vocal refrain to dictate a dark, graceful and positively catchy atmosphere. While just a short jaunt, Wolf Colony manages to hook its listener and leave us with nothing to do but simply set “The One” on an endless loop for the rest of the day. Let this one give you a few feels today, we sure did.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSometimes we are faced with some really tough decisions that could very well change our lives forever. We just want to make things a little easier for you. The only decision that lies in front of you right now is to listen or not to listen. Either way is fine with us.

Elder Island
What Its Worth
Blue Hawaii
Try To Be
Black Acura
Magic Arm
Said Things
In The Sun
Louie and Patrick
Whats Right Without Wrong?
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[Folk] Sean O’Neill – Vienna

Sean O'Neill Approved press shot
Sean O'Neill music

It’s easy to see why people connect with particular types of music. It may be a life event or it could be a certain frame of mind that one is currently in. We all connect with music for different reasons at different times of the day, week, year and life.

Call me a hopeless romantic, but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for endearing folk music. When I was single, I was always thinking about finding that special someone, and folk music was the connection to those constant day dreams. Now that I have someone, songs like “Vienna” from Perth-based singer-songwriter Sean O’Neill have me spending my days thinking of what adventures lie ahead with her.

While this post divulges more personal information than the norm, I felt a deep connection with “Vienna.” The luscious atmospheric soundscape creates the perfect harmony with the subtle finger picking and O’Neill’s understated vocals. While it may seem subdued to you, this tune is anything but, providing an emotionally-charged ride for its listeners.

With influences as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, Bill Frisell and Arvo Part, this young artist released a solo EP in Australia in 2012. Now relocated to London, we’re offered up a unforgettable listen to “Vienna,” and we’re anxiously awaiting more.

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[Surf's Up] Cre·scen·do – Gatsby

Gatsby (Official Single)

Grab the surfboards, a cooler full of beers, and all of the necessary accouterment to make some s’mores. LA quintet Cre·scen·do are bursting onto the scene with a sound perfect for a day or night at the beach.

Their debut track, “Gatsby,” features all of those notable surf-rock elements that are always make you want to move to LA, whether you actually like the city or not. The guitars are have that delicate wavering distortion, creating a dreamy, laid-back vibe that’s primed for your warm weather endeavors.

Comprising of Gregory Cole ( vocals), Josh Skinner ( Guitar), Ava Yazdani ( Drums), Jade Kim ( Bass) and Jesse Roberts ( Synths), the band is revealing their debut full length this summer, just in time to populate your playlists. ‘Gatsby’ serves as wonderful first taste of this brand new act. Speaking on the track, front man Gregory Cole states:

I was writing the song in my bedroom and the instrumental spoke to me. It asked me to deliver lyrics with a light at the end of the tunnel. After a few takes I developed the melody, and the name “Gatsby” was the first thing that popped out for it , along with the forgiving and acknowledging lyrics. I haven’t even seen the movie nor remember the book, as far as I felt then and now the name could be male or female. I hoped like all the songs, this track could be therapeutic to the people.
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[Indie Rock] Bad Suns – We Move Like The Ocean

Bad Suns
We Move Like The Ocean

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock as of late, you’re probably familiar with the tremendous trajectory Woodland Hills based Bad Suns have been on. That’s right, these guys are pretty much on fire right now, and while we’ve already been fans for quite some time, “We Move Like The Ocean” has us shaking our heads saying, “No, no, no! Don’t stop a rockin’.

Dated Simpsons jokes aside, this newly released single is a piece of indie-rock mastery, infusing classic post-rock undertones, beckoning on such classics as The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen and Joy Division. Featuring a playful, waivering guitar section, some electronic elements, and a solid pop-rock structure, “We Move Like The Ocean” is an indie-rock ballad worthy of your summer playlists.

Dropping on their debut album Language & Perspective (June 24th), you can pick this tune up, along with three others, by pre-ordering today.

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