Noble Oak – Past Life [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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Whether you’re getting ready to enjoy a warm, sunny, spring night on your back porch, or you’re staring out at a rain-soaked landscape, enjoying a glass of your favorite whiskey, Noble Oak’s Past Life will most assuredly be the perfect accompaniment to your Friday night wind-down.

If you’re not quite familiar with this self-proclaimed “epiphany pop” artist, there’s no time like the present. This crafty Torontonian has been slinging up artfully composed and downright dreamy tunes for the past four years. With a collection of 25+ tracks, he’s amassed hundreds of thousands of streams and garnered support from some of the most notable tastemakers both online and off.

Past Life is a collection of snapshots from the last few years before leaving my hometown, with unreleased material ranging from 1 to 3 years in age. It predominantly narrates the person I used to be, with references and flavours of my old habits and shortcomings.

Today, we’re bringing you a first look and listen to his beautifully cohesive Past Life, which casually flirts back and forth with stunning ambient, downtempo soundscapes and building, ethereal pop tunes. Tracks like “The Spirit,” “Oceanworld,” and “Perfect Sky” will have you melting into that comfy chair of yours, providing the perfect environment to delve into that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Conversely, you’ll find a perfect balance of engaging vocals and fluttering synths in “Moonlight,” “No Air,” and “Walk on Me,” all of which are worthy for a rhythmic foot tap, and an ear-to-ear grin as you kick off the start to your weekend.

Without further ado, we’d like to invite you to get settled in for an immersive listening experience that will surely be the perfect start to two days of pure bliss.

’The Spirit’
’Begin To Say’
’Oceanworld’
’Oceanworld’
’Dream
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’All I Said’
’No Air’
’Hyperion’
’This Wave’
’Fall Backward’
’Coastline’
’Perfect Sky’
’Moonlight’
’Rain Falls’
’Blackout’
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[Indie Pop] WEIRDO – ARMANIO

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the mysterious and downright infectious WEIRDO. We first covered him, or them, or these aliens, or this robot trained to play music a few months back, instantly falling in love with the quirky nature of “BUTTER.”

“ARMANIO” once again brings us a taste of the delightful pop aura that caught our hearts and ears the first time, complete with a funky bassline, impressive percussion, and bizarre synths that seemingly fit perfectly into the overall vibe. Most of all, though, we find ourselves stopping our wicked office dance moves to swoon over the lead singer’s swagger-rich voice that bring the catchy-as-hell chorus to life.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to share some more information on WEIRDO soon, but until then, keep tabs on this up-and-coming act by following them on SoundCloud.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #1)

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Crazy day already? We’ve got a pretty chillax Indie Dojo for you, all queued up and ready to go. Go ahead…Take a listen. It’ll probably be good for you.

’Two Feet – You’re So Cold’
’The Beegles – Semaphore’
’Alexander Biggs – Out In The Dark’
’Wild Honey – This Time’
’Samson The Truest – Real’
’The Land Below – Hand In My Pocket (Alanis Morissette)’
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Saturday Selection Vol. 4

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Hopefully the April showers are finally over, because we’re desperately in need of some nice spring weather. A lot of the time, music shifts with the seasons, and we’ve got a few tunes for you this week to mark the change that’s underway. Enjoy!


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Pat Lok – You Street

Pat Lok straight up rocks. He’s been an ace producer of infectious house tunes for a while now, and his collection of remixes speaks volumes with its success so far. The latest tune he’s dropped on us is a funky original, teeming with smooth synths and rocking percussion that could easily become a staple in your poolside playlist during the months ahead. There’s no shortage of grooving with Pat Lok, and “You Street” is a great example of that.


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Klangstof – Island

It’s a moot point by now, but Mind of a Genius continues to push some of the best music. Their most recent signing, Klangstof, has finally followed up their debut tune with the ethereal beauty of “Island.” Something about this group is inherently magical, and their tunes help you to escape to a better place. The entire six and a half minutes of this song is absolutely immersive and spectacular. Don’t miss out their other recent release, “Amansworld,” either.


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Kultur – White Door (Ft. Khary)

Shifting from his normal ambience, Kultur delivers a slick hip-hop tune featuring vocals from Khary. Hopefully there’s more of this in store from Kultur, because it works for him. Whether you’re entirely familiar with his normal material or not, “White Door” already is a standout for the French producer. He prides himself on mainly emotional pieces of work, but this new tune just feels fun and is an intriguing switch-up. It’s no secret that there’s a large amount of talented producers hailing from France, and Kultur is upholding his end of the deal big time.


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Elohim – Sensations

Every new Elohim tune gets us more and more excited for her debut EP due out on May 20th. Even with an abundance of synth-pop artists out there, Elohim has continued to make her mark over the last year with stunning songs and an alluring, mysterious presence. “Sensations” feels more jubilant than most of her previous tunes, and it’s easy to see how she has been able to garner her popularity with ditties like this. She’s captivating, and we’re fidgeting in our seats just thinking about her debut project on the way.


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pools – summer sunday (sisasa remix)

SISASA is in no hurry to be anywhere based on the relaxing tunes we’ve heard. Each of the three songs released so far is wrapped in a tranquil and simple atmosphere, and, somehow, SISASA has managed to transform pools into an an even more serene invention. Complexity and technicality is always appreciated, but constructing a minimal melody and altering a sample in such a way that SISASA has takes a specific and careful type of production that can easily be disregarded. This works though. And it works well. End your day right with this one.


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[TMN Exclusive Interview] TMN Talks ‘Life of Pause’, Time Traveling & More with Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum

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TMN Exclusive Interview + A Woman's WIsdom (Official SIngle)

Few people are able to conjure up such a visceral response through their artistic medium as multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and chief architect behind one of the most lauded music projects over the last decade as has the L.A. via Blacksburg, VA (and a few cities in between) Wild Nothing frontman Jack Tatum. Clearly a pensive and grounded artiste, Tatum’s abundant knowledge of music pours throug Wild Nothing’s pop-structured, but genre-eschewing catalog. Tatum and Wild Nothing’s sound has always toyed between abstract and direct, which has resulted in some of the most velvety, lush indie-pop tunes we’ve ever exposed our cochlear cavities to.

Last week, jut ahead of the start of Wild Nothing’s current international tour, we had the chance to catch up with Jack and see what’s been going on since the release of Life of Pause and ahead of yet another hefty jaunt across the world. Check out our show preview for Wild Nothing’s upcoming Red Bull Sound Select Showcase in Denver this Saturday with Inner Oceans & Flaural at the Bluebird Theater, and be sure to read our entire transcript below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): First off, let’s just take a second to thank you for taking the time to let us pick your brain and answer a couple of questions.

JT: Absolutely.

TMN: I’ve been a very vocal Wild Nothing consumer since your excellent 2010 debut, Gemini, and this past February you added another worthy addition to the Wild Nothing long-player catalog with Life of Pause which was the follow-up to perhaps my favorite album in the last 5 years, Nocturne. So, another thanks is in order for consistently creating some of the most tasteful sounds we’ve consumed in the past decade. So let’s get into it.

Jack Tatum (JT): Wow, yeah, thank you, for those very kind words.

TMN: Obviously an artist can undergo quite a sea-change as far as personal tastes and aesthetic go in a 7-year period; and with every passing release it seems like another piece of your psyche gets revealed both aurally and stylistically. We know you’ve probably answered this more than a few times on this latest round of press obligations, but were there any significant events going on in your life that sparked this burst of creativity and some of the material on Life of Pause, or was the writing and recording process pretty similar compared to your other EP’s & LP’s?

JT: Ummm… I don’t know. Not necessarily. I don’t know, for the sake of not making myself sound too boring…

TMN: Hahaha not at all.

JT: I’ve never really been someone that wrote kind of in response to any one sort of scenario or event in my life. I guess you could kind of say with the first record (Gemini) it definitely was very much a response to the relationship I was in at the time. And it’s, you know, a very mood based record… A very sort… of I don’t know how exactly I would describe it. But, as I’ve continued to write, I’ve found that I don’t necessarily need a spark to start writing. I think especially as I’ve gotten older I have been equally writing from experience as I am just to write and out of interest, or just purely composition, or trying to achieve a certain kind of sound, or something like that. But, yeah, I put out Nocturne in 2012 and then had the Empty Estate EP in 2013. And that EP in a way was kind of a response to Nocturne, just because we had been touring on Nocturne for so long…

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[Music Video] Agelast – Fever

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Nashville is one of the music meccas of the world, if not the music mecca of the world. It’s called home by a ton of talents, but one newer one on the scene is just beginning to make some headway. Agelast, made up by Devin Hill and J Daxton Fann, have put out their debut single called “Fever” along with a music video. They say they’re bringing rock music you can dance to, and that’s just what they bring.

“Fever” starts off right away with a groovy guitar line accompanied by drums to set the tone of the song up. Throughout the song, the composition changes in various ways to keep things fresh and exciting throughout the entirety of the song. With the music video, we get a vintage style production that focuses itself around a couple, with the two starting out in a hotel room. From there we get a barrage of images ranging from artsy light shots, to the DJ booth, a select few nature shots and even the lead female in a bathtub full of cereal. With a great song and a solid music video, Agelast have started their journey well by putting their best foot forward. We can’t wait to see or hear what they put out next.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2016 Round #4)

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Ever have one of those days when you find yourself driving around in complete silence ’cause you just can’t find a damn thing to listen to and you dare not turn on the radio? Well, today is not that day, because we’re here to slice that awkward silence with Indie Dojo sword.

’johan – stard(us)t’
’Rivvrs – I Will Follow You (Reprise)’
’Common, Dear – Learn To Breathe’
’Johnny Jarko – Lost In Thought’
’Szymon – Floods’
’Chymes
Oracle’
’Covenhoven – Past Life’
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