Did you just do a double take? We know we did when we first glanced upon MUTEMATH in a newly released song. But, when we clicked play, we were immediately rushed with a wave of nostalgic emotions from those late-night, headphone-adorned listening sessions close to a decade ago. In fact, after one listen through “Monument,” we immediately went back and relived hits like “Control,” “Typical,” and “Blood Pressure.”
“Monument” is the first release in quite some time from Grammy-nominated alternative rock band MUTEMATH, and what a return it is. Yes, the style has changed slightly from that of the aforementioned and quite adored songs, but the underlying nature of this storied NoLa band is very much there. Heavily rooted in glowing synths and upbeat percussion, this newly-released tune still has that classic anthemic nature that we’ve come to love over the years.
While citing bands like Steely Dan and The Police, we can’t help but hear associations of current electro-pop acts (ahem, Phoenix) coming through in their highly-engaging tune. It’s warm, shimmering and leaves listeners clamoring to hit repeat, over and over again.
Expect this tune and more on their upcoming album, out in late 2015. There’s also an accompanying tour, but it is literally sold out, top-to-bottom.
This Yorkshire-based rock outfit is looking to capture the nostalgic post-punk fans around the globe, and they’re doing it in a way that will also garner an appreciative nod from the greener fans within the massive, blanketing term of “alternative rock.”
Heavily rooted in lyrical craft, FANS touch on popular aspects of social commentary, without overwhelming listeners in their message. There’s a certain artful dexterity in the songwriting that latches listeners in, encouraging them to not only appreciate the lyrics but appreciate the song as a whole. “Take It” will take older listeners back, finding themselves in a sea of familiarity with grainy, yet powerful vocals. Accompanied by distorted guitar hooks, a steady bassline, and the steady interchange of snare and kick, it envelopes listeners with ease, easily obtaining undivided attention.
Find this tune, as well as a few others, on their upcoming debut EP, out September 4th. Follow them on facebook to make sure you pick it up as soon as it’s available.
| Forebear |
L.A. four-piece Forebear have been quietly carving out a special place in many a critic’s heart since unloading their first four tasteful, genre straddling and cinematic indie-rock tracks over the last year. Consisting of some of the Los Angeles area’s most prolific professional musicians -who as individuals have worked with everyone from Feist & Bastille to Randy Jackson & even Keith Urban- Forebear consists of ex-Wise Club frontman Scott Goldblaum weaving melodic guitar and sharing vocals with the rangeful Molly Rogers (who herself also adds carefully strung viola and keys), rounded out by the methodical rhythm section of Nick Chamian’s bass and Mike Musselman’s directed drumming. The quartet’s forthcoming EP, Cody, from which we have the distinct pleasure of debuting its first single “People’s Champ”, carries with it some lofty expectations as famed producer Scott Gordon (Alanis Morissette, Ringo Starr) has taken lead production reigns for what is quite the exciting pairing of notable engineer and burgeoning indie act. “People’s Champ” is a wonderful first taste of Forebear’s impending EP -a poignant and dazed track narrating the story of lost love through a drizzling and reverb soaked vocal, hazy guitars and melodic hooks and we can’t wait to consume even more of their uniquely detailed sound. We’re getting all primed and excited for the rest of Cody, but for now, revel in all that is Forebear’s shiny and new ‘TMN Premiere’ “People’s Champ” above.
It’s so easy to fall into a funk. Nothing goes right, nothing feels right, and when its REALLY bad, nothing even sounds right. It’s horrible. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever. When you are down in the dumps, it never hurts to call on some of your friends or even better…an Indie Dojo. Cause, we’ll be here. In good music and in bad. You’ve got a ninja.
Between The Pages
Stay On The Ground
The Girl Who Cried For The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Go On (Let It Go)
American Indie-rock duo SWIMM have just released their third single ‘Belly’ from their highly anticipated EP Beverly Hells, expected to be released on August 28th! Having performed at Noisey LA’s “TOO FAR” series on August 11th, it’s easy to understand why they’re becoming increasingly popular, especially along the west-coast. ‘Belly’s’ infectious guitar harmonies pull us closely into their Californian fashion, and along with Chris and Adam’s raspy vocals we’re instantaneously placed amidst the State of white beaches and packed bars.
The liberating guitar instrumental that proceeds the tightly moulded vocal harmony of ‘I’m so tired of running around’, shares a stylistic brilliance with the guitar solo within Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, as Swimm seem to discretely encourage us to lose ourselves throughout these electrifying moments.
Whilst delving into the musical brilliance of this track, you may have a tendency to pass-by the underlying lyrical meaning. Dedicating each verse to individuals who are terribly important to him, Chris mentions “each of them has had all the potential in the world, but because of addictions of some kind have let and maybe are still letting that potential slip away.” Although this may be perceived as disheartening or sombre, I admire and respect the way ‘Swimm’ have captured and conveyed this lyric so positively through the music!
They will be performing at a large variety of venues over the coming months, including The Echo in LA on September 11th, and London Music Hall in London on November 11th, performing their other late releases, such as ‘All the time’ and ‘Beverly Hells’. Check out their full tour plan here.
Stand In Your Line (Jungle's Edit)
With a grueling touring schedule since the release of their fantastic debut album last year, Jungle have been relatively quiet in the last few months save for some phenomenal remixes of their tracks by top producers. Last week, though, they put out an edit of a track from a fellow-UK artist named Dornik. The original version of “Stand in Your Line” is a slow-burning, electronic-tinted R&B jam showcasing Dornik’s abilities as a songwriter, vocalist and versatile producer. Jungle keep those silky vocals intact while transforming the backdrop to reflect their signature groove-filled, yet soulful, style. The end result finds what was initially a gorgeous, laid-back song become a sunny anthem that we could easily imagine getting down to at one of Jungle’s awesome live sets.
For us, the real icing on top of the cake with this one was discovering Dornik, who’s self-titled debut album, which dropped ten days ago, is a true diamond in the rough that flawlessly traverses electronic funk, soul and R&B with a distinctive retro-’80s tint. If you’re a fan of artists like Shamir or Gallant, we’d definitely recommend giving it a peep–you can grab a copy here or stream via Apple Music//Spotify at those links.
While many synth based pop structures seem to produce a bevy of sunnier, joy inducing sounds; it is the darkest, murkiest corners of the genre which constantly draw this writer’s attention. With acts like Black Marble, Gang Signs, Young Prisms and Craft Spells consuming the majority of my limited ‘pleasure listening’ time; the unlikely duo of Brooklyn-based singer Ruth Mirsky and Norwegian-based producer Mads Martinsen known better as The Familiar -who by the way have never actually sat in the same room to make music- have earwormed themselves deeply into heavy rotation around the TMN pool. With a haunting cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”, and a stellar debut EP Rooms most recently pacing the pair’s current ascension into alt-pop circles the world over; The Familiar’s latest single “Patience” dives into more personal territory. Mirsky weaves a vocal-central aesthetic through a plea for patience to her lover over Martinsen’s pulsating, synth-driven beat and rhythmic, foggy pop hooks for a tune that swallowed us up from our first listen. The Familiar’s deft yet subtle use of rolling staccato synths played off a lush set of vocal reverberations also has us drawing up comparisons from the gloomiest of Kavinsky tunes to College’s wonderful Heritage LP and even a touch of Johnny Jewel laden synthetica. And in case you weren’t aware, those are all very lofty associations. Hop on The Familiar wagon with “Patience” before literally anyone else on behalf of a TMN premiere above.