[Synth-Pop] Mansions on the Moon – The Truth

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Mansions On The Moon
The Truth

Consistently churning out some of the most well-composed alt-pop burners has been the modus operandi of Mansions on the Moon since their inception. We’ve been attentive fans in some way, shape or form since their first ever Diplo produced mixtape and on. The So-Cal troupe has been leaking singles from their forthcoming debut self-titled LP since July, most notably “Don’t Tell” and “Somewhere Else Tonight”, and with today’s release of their latest exposed single “The Truth”, we’ve realized Mansions has something very textured and special to release to their fans very soon. Every track thus far has filled a different role, whether it’s an upbeat melodious pop opus, an indie-rock leaning gem or slow searing ballads; and “The Truth” slides into its own place nicely. With an airy, atmospheric 80′s soul, “The Truth” reveals yet another ripple of production psyche and we’re beyond excited for the album to drop. Happy Friday Ninjas, you made it. Now listen to some beautifully arranged indie-pop and let the feel goods wash over you.

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[Rock n' Blues] The Lone Bellow – Then Came The Morning

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Then Came the Morning

If any movie needs a good song within the soundtrack, this song, right here, is a must. This beautiful first single off their forthcoming album, ‘Then Came The Morning’ from Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow, is one of my favorite new songs I have heard in quite a while. Lead singer Zach Williams has a voice that just bellows every single feel in every word of each lyric. From truth to pain to the revealing of the first morning light, Williams’ voice is a beautiful mix of hardy and rock and roll. With the support of guitarist Brian Elmquist and fellow singer Kanene Pipkin, this trio has a strength and a sound unmatched by many. A mix of rock and roll, jazz, and a pinch of blues, ‘Then Came The Morning’ is a beautiful song of a love and what happens when that first light comes sneaking through the bedroom window. Don’t wait until morning to listen to this song.

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[Pop] Catey Shaw – Human Contact

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Human Contact

The Lily Allen of the United States ladies and gentleman.

If you have not heard of Catey Shaw, get to know her, real quick.
Her voice is raw and edgy yet all things sweet at the same time. With a pop like feel that makes you want to kick off your shoes and dance, this songstress released her sophomore EP ‘Human Contact’ just a month ago and after listening to the whole thing I have to say, I’m hooked. The one song I could not stop listening to was ‘Human Contact’, a witty song that takes a guitar melody mixed with Catey Shaw’s voice to tell the humorous story of a boy and girl who just need to forget their problems and issues and have a little human contact. Check out her whole EP and prepare to fall in love with this catchy singer.

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Sylas
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Shore

A little mystery never hurt anyone when it came to music right? Sylas, a duo from the UK, has released their second single … Continue reading »

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[Electric Soul] HANAH – Hideaway

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Hideaway

You need to close your eyes for this song, trust me.

Her second single to date, HANAH keeps us feeling like we are on a moving escalator of never ending musical dreams. Her recent release ‘Hideaway’ co-produced with Luca Buccellati, is an honest and gut-wrenching tale one experiences with inner conflict. HANAH’s stunning voice is a mix of soul and quiet pop, yes quiet pop. A voice smooth like honey, HANAH paints an exotic picture of the inner minds of each and every one of us, inviting us to walk with her on this dreamy music world she is painting with each lyric. One thing is for sure, this young artist is going to make a name for herself more than she already has so keep listening, many more journeys of the music kind to come from HANAH.

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Morning Smoke – Hunger [TMN PREMIERE]

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Morning Smoke
Hunger

Who’s ready for a clashing spattering of nostalgia, overwhelmingly calling on associations of some of your post punk favorites? If you raised your hand as you read that last sentence, you’re definitely ready for “Hunger” from Brighton-based act Morning Smoke.

There’s just something about those distortion-rich guitars that calls on that feeling of teenage angst that so many of us experienced, ripping our eardrums apart with unbelievably high-volume headphone-adorned nights in bed. Morning Smoke embodies that experience, but does so in a refined, newly-approached sense.

Having just wrapped up a very busy summer, this four-piece has a musical maturity that most their age would ever dream of. All under the age of 20 years old, and having played together for just one year, these cats are boasting a sound that reminds old-timers of Sonic Youth and Joy Division, while giving the slightly younger crowd a hefty nod with their near-Strokes-style garage sounds.

Coupled with clashing percussion work and engaging lyrics, “Hunger” has us wishing we were going to be in Britain over the next coming month. If we were, we would most assuredly be catching one of these upcoming shows:

Show Dates:
9th October – Proud Camden, London
10th October – Brunswick, Hove
14th October- Shacklewell Arms (Through Fierce Panda Promotions)
24th October – Bleach, Brighton
19th November The Social London (Through Heavenly Promotions)

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The Mispers – Shoulder [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Mispers
Shoulder

Sometimes beauty can be found in the most unrefined parts of life. Not everything has to be incredibly polished in order to be attractive, which is why music provides such an unique, individualistic adventure for everyone.

After releasing their sophmore EP Dark Bits earlier this year, The Mispers have returned with this brand new single, “Shoulder.” Having only been together for 18 months, this outfit has already garnered a tremendous following, selling out nine shows in London, playing festival gigs, and trotting along through European venues as well.

Calling back on our intro paragraph, “Shoulder” does boast an attractive indie rock progression with melodic guitar work, but lead singer Jack Balfour Scott is anything but a crooner. Yet his vocals provide a delightfully stressed persona as they strain across the fluttering guitar notes and steady percussion work. No, it’s not smooth and refined, but god dammit, it’s good.

Bringing forth associations of fast-paced, energetic indie rockers like We Were Promised Jetpacks, Alt-J, and Frightened Rabbits, The Mispers are set to be one of those blogosphere darlings, soon to spill over into the mainstream. We’re just happy we had them on here before that happened.

If you happen to be in London in November, make sure to catch one of the, if not all three of the shows below.

Nov 4th – Sebright Arms, London.
Nov 10th – Basement, London.
Nov 20th – The Flyover, London.

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