It’s official. Summertime is here. Time to archive your solemn, overcast, “it’s cold so I’m gonna listen to sad stuff” playlists and dig up the some good ol’ sunshine and happiness. We don’t want to tell you how to feel, so we’ll continue to keep our Indie Dojos as much as an emotional roller coaster as possible. But we’ll also be sure to throw some summer anthem must-haves as a reminder to enjoy the warmth as much as you can. ‘Cause pretty soon we’ll all be complaining about how much we miss the the hot, hot heat, no matter how sweatastic it makes us.
If you haven’t yet come into contact with globe-spanning electronic supergroup Favored Nations then a) You probably never beat Grand Theft Auto V’s complete story mode to be blessed with the single best closing song to a video game in “The Setup” and b) We wholeheartedly forgive you. The trio, comprised of indie-dance and house producer James Curd, Empires of the Sun guitarist Surahn Sidhu, and former Diamond Nights lead vocalist Morgan Phalen, are back with the announcement of a pending full LP release titled The Great Unknown through fledgling L.A. label Antler Records on September 18th, and brand new single “Always”. “Always” follows the forward thinking synth based framework laid down by Favored Nations’ past material, but flirts more tenderly with numerous funk-inspired sonic elements including a bit of Nile Rodgers tipping guitar licks and padded disco strings to unveil yet another, more mature corner of their songwriting abilities. We’ve been waiting patiently for new material from Favored Nations’ holy triumvirate for just under two years now, and we’ll happily consume “Always” ad nauseum until more trickles out of their camp. Until then, stream “Always” above.
Sometimes a voice comes along that completely encapsulates you, leaving you incapacitated for the duration of that first blissful listen. Ofelia K. has one of those voices, which weaves a glowing tone and robust soul through each and every note.
Already experiencing tremendous success in the past, snagging three #1 most popular spots on Hype Machine spots in her work with Wanderhouse and Felix Cartel, this indie chanter now looks to take on the blogosphere with some solo work.
“White T-Shirt” comes off her highly anticipated forthcoming solo EP and shimmers with youthful expression through and through. It’s open, baring an intimate glimpse to listeners, roping them in for an emotional experience set to the background of understated drumming, glowing synths, and subtle plucks from a guitar.
Take a listen above, then head over and follow her on SoundCloud.
Mac DeMarco‘s got a new mini-LP on the way and, after a breezy first single in “The Way You’d Love Her,” today we get “Another One,” the title track from the project. This time around Mac goes the dreamy pop route with vintage synths and distant vocals. It’s a simple, yet layered, hazy melody that captures Mac’s wonderfully strange essence. The visuals, which you can check out below, are equally weird seeing Mac dance and sing on a beach wearing a Michael Jackson mask and t-shirt through out. As with all of Mac DeMarco’s music, this one’s headed straight to our summer playlist. Another One drops on August 7th and can be pre-ordered here.
If there’s anybody that can properly ease you into your Tuesday morning workday, it’s London-based multi-instrumentalist Ed Riman, or, as you’ll come to know him today, Hilang Child.
Premiering today, “Endless String” accompanies the previously released “Thule” as a new double A-side single through Akira Records. The two pieces are influenced by time, place and emotions, which is evident in the grand, cinematic soundscape composed by this talented musician.
The track we’re bringing you a first look at documents a first encounter with a new love, showcasing the anticipation of what the future may hold. Long, legato piano chords mimic those long feelings and are bolstered up with haunting background falsetto vocals, and, of course, Riman’s gorgeous lead vocals. The end experience is nothing short of incredible, providing an intense, fleeting moment of pure bliss.
Make sure to follow Hilang Child on SoundCloud, so you can keep up with everything coming up from this intriguing new artist.
It comes with a bit of emotional pain to reveal, that while he’s the man behind one of this writer’s most rinsed LP’s of the last 5 years (2012’s New Radar), Edmonton based psych-pop crooner Calvin Love just simply hasn’t been featured enough here at TMN. With a new full-length, Super Future, and an accompanying North American tour right around the corner, Love’s been dropping little morsels of celestial sensuality in the form of a slew of shiny singles over the past few months. His latest entry, “Automaton”, sees Love blend a lofi yet powerful rolling bassline with minimal guitar twang and his signature set of reverberant vocal chords to result in a sound drawing equal influence from new-wave and pop, blues and rock. While New Radar employed a much clearer ode to pop on some its most notable tracks, “Automaton” sports a much more tactile and analog feel; focusing instead on Love’s shaky refrain and live instruments rather than his past synth led work. Which in this case, has turned out to be a great thing
We’ve been hooked since first listen, and although we’re a little late to the party, we just couldn’t resist the need to get this one up on our pages. Check out Calvin Love’s upcoming tour dates below, and stream “Automaton” above.
6/13 – Brooklyn, NY | Northside Festival – Baby’s Alright
6/14 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East*
6/16 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz*
6/19 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog*
6/20 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen*
6/21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue Entry *
6/23 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112*
6/24 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern*
6/25 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
6/26 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
6/27 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar*
6/29 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer*
6/30 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA*
07/01 – San Diego, CA -The Casbah*
07/02 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse
07/04 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
07/05 – Om aha, NE – Slowdown
07/06 – Columbus, MO – Café Berlis
07/08 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory
* = w/ Jacco Gardner