Max Pope – Counting Sheep [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Gone to count sheep

You probably don’t have London based singer/songwriter Max Pope on your radar just yet, but after one listen to his live performance of “Counting Sheep,” you most assuredly will be tracking his next moves.

Coming out on Sofar Sounds, this Londoner has crafted a guitar centric tune, boasting catchy riffs and an infectious nature. Despite the fact that this youngster doesn’t have a band backing him in this live performance, you can hear influences of other UK indie rock giants like The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle club. Couple in his thoughtfully crafted lyrics and it’s all too easy to get lost in this daydream worthy song.

While this is the first tune from this new found musician, we’re certain it won’t be the last. Make sure you follow him on facebook to catch future gems and tour dates.

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[Indie] Farewell J.R. – Skin Pieces

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Skin Pieces

If you want to slowly succumb to a melancholic Saturday afternoon, look no further. Cambridge based outfit Farewell J.R. have a slow, winding tune that will take you on a self-reflective journey. Boasting a orchestral strings sections, large, cinematic drums and wistful lyrics, “Skin Pieces” is a macabre sounding tune, perfect for lying on the couch and taking some time for reflection.

It’s definitely not the most uplifting thing you’ll hear today, but you might happen to find beauty in its’ darkness. Press play and sink in.

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[Chill/Indie/Electronic] Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

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Jamie xx
Sleep Sound

Jamie xx, producer and one-third of British breakout band The xx, has streamed his first new single in over three years.

While The xx are currently in the middle of an intimate New York residency, Jamie xx found the time to release his slumberous new production “Sleep Sound.” The track will be featured as part of a 12”, double A-side single G.I.R.L./Sleep Sound.

On “Sleep Sound,” Jamie xx continues to use his production power of taking minimal, softened beats and turning them into massive, room-filling creations. A dreamy, slumber-inducing track, “Sleep Sound” is an accurately named electronic lullaby filled with chilled-out synthscapes and oscillating beats.

G.I.R.L./Sleep Sound is out May 5 via Young Turks.

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[Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River

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Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement have made their self-titled new album available for streaming a week before its scheduled release.

Their first record in six years, Pattern Is Movement masterminds Christopher Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux have cited influences on this album ranging everywhere from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to Werner Herzog. An odd combination of influences, but one that is evident in the duo’s music.

Pattern Is Movement’s sound contains a wild mix of meticulous melodies and distinct dialects. When I listen to this new record, I hear a vocal resemblance to indie-pop dreamers Local Natives, mixed with the experimental noise pop of Dirty Projectors. The unison, soul-infused vocal patterns wash delicately over a foundation of feverish synth and pulsing percussion.

Pattern Is Movement is out April 1 via Hometapes. You can listen to the album in its entirety here.

Pattern Is Movement River
Pattern Is Movement Climb To Me
Pattern Is Movement Rum
Pattern Is Movement Little By Little
Pattern Is Movement Suckling
Pattern Is Movement Gone My Love
Pattern Is Movement Lets Be Done
Pattern Is Movement Make It Right
Pattern Is Movement Wonderful
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[Indie/Chill/Pop] Craft Spells – Breaking Against The Tide

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Breaking The Angle Against The Tide

Craft Spells have unveiled the first track off their sophomore album Nausea.

“Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” is the first piece of new material from the group since the release of their Gallery EP in 2012, and four years since the release of their debut album Idle Labor. The brainchild of Justin Vallesteros, Craft Spells took a brief hiatus following Vallesteros’ relocation to San Francisco. A move he had hoped would help shake a bad case of writer’s block. Vallesteros replaced his world of social media addiction and guitar-centric writing in favor of listening to Yellow Magic Orchestra records and learning to play the piano. The result is an album filled with beautiful soundscapes of weighty lyrics and rich, lavish melodies.

“Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” is a symphony of sonic poetry. Featuring echoing vocals immersed in an ocean of swelling string arrangements, the track will pull you out to sea with its calming composition that drifts over a tidal wave of electric melodies that rise and fall on the line between chaos and serenity.

Craft Spells will release Nausea June 10 via Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks. Grab a FREE download of “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” here.

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[Country Rock] Southern – Shout It

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Shout It

Slip on your dancin’ boots and get ready for a shit-kickin’ good time. Yeah, we’re a little late to the party, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still write about Belfast born Southern.

These northern Irelanders have crafted a sound all too familiar to the southern US. Harnessing some twangy, bluesy guitar riffs and a simplistic drum beat, this high energy, smile-inducing track will have you cracking open a bottle of Budweiser and dancing through the dive bar.

Surprisingly out on a Kitsune compilation called New Faces, you can also pick this up on their four track EP. We recommend you do so, and follow it up with a 12′er and a pint of Jack.

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[Epic] JASIA – Inverbatim

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Inverbatim

Josiah Willows, aka JASIA, has a knack for creating larger than life soundscapes. In his debut track, this classically trained producer has developed a sound which falls somewhere in a hybrid of Sigur Ros and Tycho.

Seeing as how this Melbourne/London based artist studied classical voice, guitar and violin performing in orchestras in earlier years, it’s easy to understand how he could have such a natural gift for deriving bass driven electronic beats overlaid with orchestral layers of synthesisers, strings, guitars on a bed of vocal samples.

Press play and get lost in this one, ninjas. It won’t be difficult to do so.

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