Sleep Millennium – Machines [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

After a long, arduous week, I often find myself slipping into a neat glass of whiskey, winding down with a choice selection of tunes. Sometimes the atmosphere lends itself to the dreary nature of the preceding days, which, coincidentally, seems to bring me up and out of my work-induced haze.

Among the usual cast — Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, Elliot Smith — there are always a spattering of up and coming acts, and Sleep Millennium is one of them. If you’re not quite up to speed with this Portland-based five-piece, don’t panic. You’ll be well acquainted after today.

“Machines” is the latest offering from Josh Schroeder (vocals, guitar), Miranda Vettrus (synth, guitar, vocals), Ronan Baker (guitar, vocals), Jarred Venti (bass, vocals) and Joshua Hawkins (drums, vocals). As expected, this offering is absolutely gorgeous; a well-thought out and well-produced gem through and through.

With crackling atmospheric noise and dancing keys setting the tone at the get-go, “Machine” subtly comes out of a deep slumber. Soft, acoustic strumming and Josh’s enveloping vocals are warm and familiar, however, the addition of sparingly-used, piercing, electric guitar riffs particularly grabbed a hold of me. In fact, I couldn’t help but notice the nod to Pink Floyd here, whether it was intentional or subconscious.

If you’re digging “Machines,” make sure to tune in for the rest of the debut full album, which officially releases in April of 2018.

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Vilde – Just Visiting [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Vilde
Just Visiting

I’ve been enamored with the quirky, unpredictable, and off-the-beaten path Vilde since April, when I had the opportunity to premiere “Maintain.” Today, I find myself in another dreamy trance, completely encompassed by unconventional, yet rather irresistible offerings from this Melbourne-born, Stockholm-based artist.

The combination of distortion-rich basslines, fluttering synths, and clean guitar work set the perfect backdrop for Vilde’s inventive vocals, welcoming listeners into another piece of his debut collection, Study Dance. As much as it is calming, “Just Visiting” is equally engaging, presenting a weird set of emotions throughout the ride. My advice? Just sit back and succomb. It’s an otherworldly experience.

This track wraps up the collection, which you can check out here. If you happen to be in either London or Stockholm next month, make sure to head out and catch his live show. You can find all the important details right here.

Video produced & edited by Elin Ghersinich.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2017 Round #4)

Indie Dojo (Noun): A list of awesome indie music pulled from the depths of the internet for you to listen to for free. And if you don’t know, now you know.
’Mitch King
Burning’
’Handkerchief Thief
Salted Skin’
’Lick Twist & Gold Spectacles – Lights On Lights Out’
’Fellow Bohemian
Calm & Modern’
’Harvey Causon – Alliance’
’Sean Christopher – Paper Plane Pilot’
’Marle Thomson
HOME (ACOUSTIC)’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 88: Ketchup Lyfe

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

Music Ninja Radio
Episode #88: Ketchup Lyfe

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Anytime I take even a week off the show it feels like I’ve got way too much music to share. This time around I started with about 5 hours and whittled it down to the ones that best fit the vibe. Per usual, the show varies pretty drastically genre-wise spotlighting new albums from Mount Kimbie, LCD Soundsystem, Alvvays, Nosaj Thing, Brockhampton & Klyne. Also featured are singles from Adam Vida, Giraffage, Qrion, Slow Magic, Courtship Ritual & more.

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Martin Luke Brown – Opalite [TMN PREMIERE]

In all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something. I’ve been in a weird spot musically, combing back through albums from my youth, unimpressed with a lot of recently released work. While I’m sure you give a proper shit about what I’ve been listening to, you should know that Martin Luke Brown broke me out of that spell.

“Opalite,” his second single on Manchester indie label LAB Records, is a slightly more pop-forward track than his last release, “Into Yellow.” However, as much as it delves into something you might catch on the radio or a commercial for a trendy brand, it still maintains a rugged, real, and intrepid personality. That’s mostly thanks in part to MLB’s gritty, yet still wonderfully, soulful voice which immidiately grabs you.

‘Opalite’ as a song began with this hypnotic little drum loop and the words just came out. I write placeholder lyrics all the time and then chip away at them until they’re complete but I pretty much stuck with what rolled on ‘Opalite’. It just felt right. It’s about finding hope in something and not wanting to let it go. Whether you find that hope in superstition or religion or love. Whatever really

Gorgeous vocals aside, there is plenty of instrumental intrigue that will have you nodding in approval. I can personally attest to this and would like to offer a wholesome thank you. MLB, you’re talents have broken this old musical curmudgeon out of gridlock. I’m now flying down the highway, jamming to “Opalite,” grinning ear-to-ear.

Make sure to check out Martin Luke Brown’s work beyond “Opalite,” as it’s simply brilliant. I’ve included “Into Yellow” below, because I just couldn’t help myself. It’s that good.

’Opalite’
’Into Yellow’

Artwork Credit: Bjorn Franklin

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2017 Round #3)

Today is the day! Today is the day you hear something new…or something you’ve heard before but completely forgot about. Or maybe none of those things will happen. But hey, that’s ok there’s always next week!

’Winston Surfshirt – Same Same’
’Terrible Sons – White Ribbon’
’Lost Beach
Classless Man’
’Morning Bear
You’re Right’
’Local Phonies
Changeling’
’Henry Jamison
Sunlit Juice’
’Mobley Swoon’
’Jack Conman
Uproar’
’Yasker
Yesterday’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2017 Round #2)


Well, here we are. Another Tuesday, another Indie Dojo for us to enjoy. Not much room for complaining here.

’Of Jones – Atropa Belladonna’
’Pink Skies – Gettin’ Old’
’Superparka
GIRL’
’Dr. Doctor
Turbulence’
’Nona – Hold Up (Beyonce Cover)’
’Sam Valdez
Hours’
’Lean Year – “Come and See”‘
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