[NEW] Alt-J – Left Hand Free

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Left Hand Free

A few weeks ago, we got the first glimpse into Alt-J‘s highly anticipated upcoming album with the airy track, “Hunger of the Pine.” To help you kick any Monday blues, all puns intended, the U.K. band released another song from the project this morning that features a completely new sound.

The “least Alt-J song ever” according to the band members themselves, ”Left Hand Free” carries the twangy feel of The Beatles circa the late 60s with a distinctive, upbeat hippie guitar lick that builds into an incredibly catchy hook. Not surprisingly, in a recent interview with The Guardian, Alt-J has suggested this song was made almost sarcastically to appease their label who did not feel that “Hunger of the Pine” had big-hit potential.

Regardless of the undertones, the unique vocals of lead singer Joe Newman accompany the instrumentation with perfection and the lyrics border on hilarious making this a fun, addictive addition to your summer playlist. Stream above and, if you’re digging it, head over to iTunes for a pre-order, which comes with an instant download of the single. This Is All Yours drops on September 22nd.

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[Indie Rock] The Bronze Medal – Tunnel

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Tunnel

Patience is a virtue. It’s something that we’re not too familiar with in our information-in-nanoseconds society we live in, but there’s something beautiful about having to wait just a little bit for something good.

The Bronze Medal understands the afformentioned fifth century proverbial phrase, providing listeners with slow-building indie rock that like a gorgeous bottle of wine, needs some time to reach it’s full potential. Not to say that the epic, cinematic builds that these guys put out aren’t something to marvel at, but it’s not until you hear the full song that you realized what you just experienced.

Seeing as how I’m a huge fan of instrumental post-rock (praise be to Mogwai), I was more than pleased to experience the layering of elements that slowly make up the full experience of “Tunnel.” Produced by Vageir Sigurosson (Brian Eno, Sigur Ros, Feist, Damon Albarn), this stunning song is off the band’s debut LP Darlings, which is due out in September.

Set down your phone, press play, slow down, and enjoy the ride.

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Freedom (Cesare Remix)

In a somewhat fortuitous coincidence, we came across a solid remix of Inky Jack’s “Freedom” the day after the Fourth of July. … Continue reading »

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[Fresh] Vanic x machineheart – Circles

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We know a good chunk of our ninja clan was probably out partying last night, and now you’re all feeling the reprecussions from imbibing a bit too much. Well, we have some good news for you. You’re about to listen to one of the most refreshing tunes we’ve come across in some time. Cheers to Vancouver-based Vanic for teaming up with their West Coast mates machineheart, who hail from the City of Angels.

In a swirling culmination of multiple genres, this tune has that unique feel that makes you smile and nod your head, feeling the glorious fusion of indie-pop and trap-style 808s We often here songs that have a similar feel, but they’re typically found in someone’s remix of an indie tune. This time around, this duo has crafted something that effortlessly glides over genres, creating something that’s perfect to get your ass out of bed and out the door to enjoy a sunny day.

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[Alternative/Rock] Berlin Bar Hounds – Le Rambles

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Le Rambles

I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not a new secret side-project by The National’s Matt Berninger, but rather one created by Jinja Safari drummer, Jacob Borg.

Contrary to what their name suggests, Berlin Bar Hounds are based in Sydney, Australia, from where they have released their debut single, “Le Rambles.” Showcasing a baritone that flows like underground currents and laments love and loss, this track pulses equal parts brooding and smooth.

Hopefully a sign of a full-length album to come, “Le Rambles” has made Berlin Bar Hounds one to look out for.

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[Alternative/Rock] Spoon – Do You

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After a four-year hiatus, Austin-based indie rock mainstays Spoon are back and as spry as ever with the first official single off their forthcoming eighth record, They Want My Soul.

“Do You” is classic Spoon, with Britt Daniel’s pleading vocals calling out over intertwining guitar and piano along with the type of softened, echoing “do-do-dos” only the best instant sing-alongs are made of. Despite the ferocious intensity of the three-eyed lion in the artwork, the track is actually quite warm and inviting, and you can almost feel the audiences clapping in time already.

Written immediately after Daniel’s side-project Divine Fits concluded touring last year, They Want My Soul is scheduled to become the Texas outfit’s first LP on new label Loma Vista upon its release on August 5th, though there’s still plenty of summer left to bounce along to this song in the meantime.

“Do You” is available for purchase on iTunes, or better, through the band’s new Vinyl Gratification program.

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[Indie] Phoria – Atomic

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Last month TMN gave Phoria the accolade of Bombay Bicycle-esque indie intellects; this month sees us fairly vindicated.

New release “Atomic”, taken from their current EP Display, proves another part of what is shaping up to be a seamlessly sewn jigsaw puzzle. Piece by piece Phoria are creating the bigger picture: an exercise in ethereal fluidity and electronic euphoria. Whilst each track possesses stand-alone strength to admire, the craft of their contemplative EP, is almost conceptual in it’s coalescent execution. More a precision project, than a pile of pieces.

“Atomic” exudes and resonates star gazing and introspective qualities; echoic vocals delicately reverberating with controlled sadness and a firm grasp on smart, minimalistic melancholia.

The Brighton based band have initiated a buzz beyond their base camp. Stirring up the home and international music shores with some nu-wave modernized British indie.

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