[Folk] Crow Moses – Horse Heaven Hills

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CrowMoses
Horse Heaven Hills

Before you press play, you should probably head out to your garage and locate your tent, sleeping bag, cooler and grill. That’s right. This song will induce needs to head up into America’s wild and embrace all that is glorious about this country, which probably includes: cold drinks, gorgeous natural settings, and some meat (or meatless meat, for all you veggies out there) for the grill.

Crow Moses (formerly Musikanto) walks the line between Indie-Blues and Urban Americana, while casually flirting with some modern alt-folk influences. I know that’s a mind-full, so think of it like this: If B.B. King walked into a diner, ordered a slice of Apple Pie topped with cheddar cheese and pulled up a Subaru commercial on his iPhone. We’ll just let that sink in for a moment.

Bizarre hypothetical situations aside, this Windy City songwriter has dialed up a striking folk tune that’s damn-near perfect for your wilderness adventures this summer. Harnessing classics like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Elliot Smith while taking on some slight resemblance of other folk-rock youngsters like Jake Bugg, this dusty-saloon, open-road worthy tune is going to make you want to press play again and again. Something about that subtle finger picking intertwined with a twinkling of the ivories is wildly addicting.

Once you’ve located all your camping gear, make sure to pick up “Horse Heaven Hills”, produced by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, up on iTunes. In doing so you’ll support a very talented and well-deserving indie artist and have some great tunes for your next camping trip, as well.

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[Classic] James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love

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James Bay
If You Ever Want To Be In Love

Armed with a blues-print, some swaggy folk seduction and the art of crafting pop-perfection, via the least cheesy and most raw rock routes, James Bay’s latest offering is laden with passionate piano and hooky ballad-esque euphoria.

Simmering with summer sadness, this anthemic and melodic track fuses gritty guitar with some captivating sing-along-swoon. Showboating and utilizing talents that show lyrical and musical prowess beyond his 23 years, If You Ever Want To Be In Love, whilst possessing all the pop-folk euphoria of a 90s driving scene, extends radio-friendly hooks and instead parks itself somewhere in bluesy South American territory.

After gracing the same stage as Stevie Wonder during London Calling Festival, James Bay is now mesmerizing audiences across the U.S, before hopping back to serenade stages in his UK home.

One for a more morose evening, If You Ever Want To Be In Love will put tears in your beers, before the night is through.

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[Hip Hop] Jez Dior ft. (featuring Olivver) (prod. by Danny Score) – Kings/1ØØ

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Jez Dior
Kings/1ØØ (featuring Olivver) (prod. by Danny Score)

Little by little, we’re getting introduced to Jez Dior’s upcoming album, which is due to drop sometime this summer. Once again we’re offered up a unique production from this alternative, against the grain hip hop artist.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Dior has been shaking up the blogosphere with grunge-rock inspired hip hop tunes that have people’s heads turning. After catching a little fire from his video for “Who Drank My Whiskey?“, he came back with “Old No. 7,” which features an appearance by Oakland local G-Eazy.

Producer Danny Score has a cinematic soundscape going, which is the perfect backdrop for “Kings/1ØØ” to come to life. Boasting a laid-back, yet emotionally intense ride built on ryhtmic drumming, fluttering guitar notes, and of course Jez’s now signature Cobain-esque screams, we’ve found ourselves hitting play again and again.

Keep tabs on this up and coming indie hip-hop artist by following him on his Facebook account, as this upcoming album is something you won’t want to miss.

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[Indie] The Rentals – Thought Of Sound

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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

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Jack Garratt
Worry

Break-ups.
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

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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
Paula
Black Acura
Magic Arm
Said Things
KHUSHI
In The Sun
FRENCH FOR RABBITS
GOAT
Louie and Patrick
Whats Right Without Wrong?
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