[Alternative/Rock] Cold War Kids – All This Could be Yours

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Cold War Kids
All This Could Be Yours

It seems Cold War Kids are in a giving mood; not even a month after frontman Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust released Is Exotic Bait, the debut album from their side-project French Style Furs, the Kids have revealed new single “All This Could Be Yours” to the world along with the announcement of new tour dates and an as-of-yet unnamed LP on Downtown Records this October.

The forthcoming record will be a surprisingly early addition to what has been a period of high productivity for the LA artists, with the full band’s last LP, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, coming out only little over a year ago, followed by the EP Tuxedos last fall, and one-off single “A Million Eyes” in March.

The new album will be Cold War Kids’ fifth overall, but the first with what appears to be a new lineup following reports that drummer Matthew Aviero has been replaced by Joe Plummer, who, along with guitarist Dann Gallucci, is best known for his tenure with indie rock classics Modest Mouse, in addition to work with The Shins, Mister Heavenly, and more.

The single itself kicks off with a piano riff just as last summer’s “Miracle Mile” did, followed by Willett’s signature vocals at their most piercing and a marching pulse of percussion from Plummer. A catchy track, “All This” further pushes the boundary of anthemic pop-ness for the band, leaving fans to wonder just would could be theirs come October.

TOUR DATES

07/20 – Chicago, IL @ Rock N Roll Half Marathon
07/26 – Tulsa, OK @ The Center Of The Universe
08/29-31 – Columbus, OH @ Fashion Meets Music Festival
10/20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/19 – Solona Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
11/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Mansions on the Moon – Don’t Tell

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Don't Tell

If you’ve scrolled the pages of TMN regularly over the past few years, you may have realized that we absolutely adore most everything from alt-pop purveyors Mansions on the Moon. From their excellent Full Moon EP last year, which was championed around the TMN office as the year’s choice extended play by more than one staffer, all the way back to their first ever mixtape produced by Diplo & Benzi and everything in between; it’s safe to say we’ve been hooked on their uniquely sophisticated sound for years. Today, Ted Wendler, Ben Hazlegrove, Lane Shaw and Jeff Maccora are back with their first single in almost an entire calendar year, “Don’t Tell” and as with every passing album, we’re offered a slight shift in instrumental focus with all of the careful execution we’ve come to expect from the So-Cal troupe. Fueled by a punchy kickdrum before diving into an irresistible synth pattern and Wendler’s reverb soaked angelic refrain; “Don’t Tell” plays like just as much rooftop pop anthem as it does disco and funk fueled club number; striking a delicate balance between pop sensibilties & structure and expert musicianship. As if we weren’t already excited by this one, the real icing on the cake is that it is the lead single from an impending debut, self-titled Long Player due out on October 22, which we have been drooling for like one of Pavlov’s canines since our first taste of Mansions. About the forthcoming LP the band this to say: “The name, “Mansions On The Moon,” comes from the concept of turning a dream into reality, which for us, means making the best music we can possibly create. After countless studio sessions, nights of crashing on friends’ couches, and bus rides to mixing sessions – our Mansion On The Moon is here.” Keep your eyes on us as we’ll be following every single leading up to the LP’s official release, but until then, enjoy “Don’t Tell” above.

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[Disco] Hannah Georgas – Somebody (Avenue Remix)

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Hannah Georgas
Somebody (Avenue Remix)

It’s hard not to fall in love with Hannah Georgas’ subdued, sultry and emotional tune “Somebody.” With a understated pop structure reminiscent of other notable indie acts like The Whitest Boy Alive, Oh Land and Feist, there’s an undeniable charm that commands you to listen and get lost.

It’s hard to get into a remix when you’re enamored with the original. There’s always a brief moment of anxiety where you say, “did they ruin it?” If you’re asking that question right now, we can assure you that Toronto-based Avenue has done this track up proper. Once you press play, any feelings of anxiety will melt into cool, groovy disco.

Adding a nice, danceable tempo, some 70′s style synths and bassline, “Somebody” maintains it’s lovelorn message and initial appeal, yet takes on a whole new form. Transformations like this are hard to do, but we’ve come to expect nothing less from this newcomer. Case in point: their remix of Tears for Fears’ “Shout,” which recently climbed the ranks of the Hype Machine, gaining that coveted number 1 spot.

Keep your eyes on both Hannah Georgas and Avenue, as they’re both artists that you’re sure to hear more of as the years roll on.

 

 

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We The Wild – Trampoline (LVLF Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Trampoline

We’re almost through one hell of a week in music, and it looks like today isn’t going to provide any breaks. For that, we couldn’t be more grateful. Premiering here on TMN this morning, “Trampoline,” the alt-pop tune from UK based We The Wild has a whole new look, and it’s pretty damn catchy.

Ant West and Casey Roarty have one of those tales we see over and over in the music industry. Starting at the young age of 15, these two kicked off their musical endeavor at the age of 15, much like the indie rock giants Two Door Cinema Club. It wouldn’t be until 2013 that they began writing what we know as We the Wild, which launched with a self-written and produced EP, Vol 1. Following some tremendous success, we’re now on the brink of Vol II, which is due out July 28th.

“Trampoline,” has a somewhat laid-back vibe, instrumentally, which is paired up with an undeniable lyrical intensity. With calming breaks filled with unique percussion, the choruses are left to shine, leaving a lasting imprint in the listener’s mind.

Taking this tune in a whole new direction, while still maintaining it’s robust character is no easy feat, yet London/Los Angeles-based four-piece LOVELIFE (LVLF for short) have done just that. Adding in a melodic synth progression and some repetitious piano chords, “Trampoline” is bounced into a whole new world. While it takes on a stronger indie-pop personality, the utilization the original vocal stems and vocal percussion leaves an indisputable connection to the original.

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[Pop] VÉRITÉ – Strange Enough

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Strange Enough

It’s not everyday you hear a voice that can be described as hauntingly beautiful. But VÉRITÉ has that very voice that makes your heart stop for a minute and really engulf all of her lyrics. Her latest song, ‘Strange Enough’, is a powerful mix of her strong voice with an almost electronic melody that powerfully tells the story of a girl who strangely enough does not want the guy like he would want. While the song has a very pop like feel, VÉRITÉ adds just a tad of electronic sounds to give this song just a bit more punch. Her voice is seductive and we are finding ourselves seduced by this song.

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Ruu Campbell – Crossroads [TMN PREMIERE]

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Crossroads(Heartsong)*Ruu Campbell

Ruu Campbell has a cinematic quality about his music, which can most likely be attributed to a long and storied career comprised of years of genre-jumping. From a major label deal with Dreamworks at 15, to work with Leftfield, to dabbling in EDM for a short bit with trance outfit Younger Brother, to collaborations with British jazz and electronic collective the Cinematic Orchestra, each experience along this epic path has helped mold this intriguing musician. The pinnacle of the lengthy musical adventure: Heartsong, his debut LP, which will release in August of this year.

Captivation awaits. Seemingly coming straight out of a classic US Western film, “Crossroads” walks along a dusty road, carried by finger-picking, the loud hum of a standing bass, and Campbell’s understated and absolutely radiant vocals.  Pressing play on the track above will not only take you into a film-quality soundscape worthy of a classic Clint Eastwood tip of the cowboy hat, but it will also completely consume you, if only for two minutes and fifty seconds.

I want to share beauty with you as a listener, and I’m so happy that I can do it.
- Campbell

Calling on comparisons of other brilliant songwriters who boast the same ability to encapsulate you in a listening experience (think Nick Drake, James Vincent McMorrow, and Ry X), this seasoned musician is bringing more than enough to catch the blogosphere’s attention with this album. We know the world will be shortly behind, admiring the incredible breadth of talent that is Ruu Campbell.

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[Alternative] Adult Jazz – Spook

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Adult Jazz
Spook

August is going to be a good month for music. As we’re sure it will be rife with the normal amount of notable releases, there’s one in particular we’re looking forward to. Coming via the UK, Gist Is, the debut full length album (out Aug 5th) from Adult Jazz, will surely dazzle music lovers around the world.

Like a bunch of giddy school kids who just found out they’ll soon be touring Disneyland, we’re admittedly experiencing overwhelming excitement after listening to the breathtaking piece that is “Spook.” Describing this song is no easy feat. It’s not your traditional pop song, stacked heavily in favor of it’s catchy hooks. This is a tune that takes a while to sink in.

Taking it’s time, “Spook” casually builds up, focusing highly on an odd, yet inviting vocal arrangement from the lead singer. Joined together by some fluttering piano notes and low, brooding strings, the listener is pleasantly lost, not knowing what to expect. As time goes by, we’re welcomed into a bevy of instrumentation, articulately calculating a well-dressed and impressive song.

While one expect this to be a culminating swirl of cinematic-structured rock goodness, you’d be wrong. As we stated before, the structure is anything but traditional, which can be found in multiple places, but most notably at the 4:30 mark of this nearly ten minute song.

Transcending across every musical norm that we’re used to, Adult Jazz casually and effectively embraces anti-pop, heady approach, giving the music world a breath of fresh air.

One thing is for certain: we simply cannot fucking wait for this album. Pardon our french, but the music nerd in us is currently hyperventilating.

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