As days go by, we definitely aren’t getting any younger. But as weeks pass, we are building up our indie music collection with a couple indie dojos here and there. And that…that might just make it all worth it.
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When we finally drove over the Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, we were only riding on a couple of hours of sleep. My business partner and I were already sixteen hours in for the long trek from the Arizona desert to Northern California’s lush Symbiosis Festival. When we finally made it to the gate a few hours later I found myself surrounded by waves of exuberantly dressed people of all shapes and sizes; I couldn’t help but feel like an outsider looking in.
This was my first transformational festival, but definitely not my first transformational experience. Fifteen months earlier I was living and teaching my way through Asia. I’ve meditated with Tibetan monks in Dhramshala, India and trekked through the Himalayas in Nepal. I mean, what could Symbiosis really offer me that was new I found myself wondering.
We always love writing up live sessions like this. There’s a raw, emotive, and pure essence that sometimes just can’t be found in the highly polished releases that go through countless sessions with mixing and mastering engineers. Today, we’re bringing you just that–a first live look from a promising, young, Swedish artist Buster Moe.
With a recently-released, debut EP through PRMD, it’s already evident that this 24-year old is on his way to becoming a household name. We can’t help but feel like his story might come to resemble that of James Bay, who went from cutting his teeth in the blogosphere to a meteoric rise to stardom. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the video below and see for yourself.
His vocals carry the weight of an old soul, and in this offering, coalesce beautifully with some rhythmic acoustic guitar work. The end result culminates in a listening experience that should have you feeling some warm-n-fuzzies and sore cheeks from an ear-to-ear smile.
Always On Fire
If ever there were a moment where you felt like dropping everything, packing a small bag, and hitting the closest west-bound highway, it would come while listening to “Always on Fire.”
Crafted by LA-based rockers Troup, this tune has a classic air surrounding it, one that’s truly worthy for the open road. With a buzzing combination of both classic and modern rock elements, it’s engaging across both verses and choruses, urging you to tap the steering wheel, nod your head, and sing along. But, before you slip into a daydream about an epic road trip, let’s get you caught up to speed on how this act came to be.
After performing as the frontman of Brit pop-punk act Crashland, and performing with the likes of Coldplay and Queens of the Stone Age in the UK, Alex Troup headed west to Los Angeles. While browsing some vinyl bins at Ameoba Records, he incidentally met producer/keyboardist Evan Beigel, and the act was born out of a love for 70s’ rock, analog synths, and Brit pop. Members Graham Roby, Claudio Tristano, and James Jannetty completed the now five-piece, which then put out tracks that received loved by tastemaker radio stations like KCRW, KCSN, and BBC Radio.
Their latest EP, Mercury and Gold, is set to release later this month, and we have an exclusive sneak peek at the official music video for “Always On Fire.” Check it out below, then make sure to RSVP to their EP release party, which takes place on October 24th, at the Hi Hat in Los Angeles.
If there’s one thing we love here at TMN, it’s breaking brand new artists. We view premiering a debut track like a badge of honor adorning our shinobi shozukos. Before you pop open a fresh browser for a google search, we’re, of course, talking about the traditional ninja outfit, which we most certainly wear while blogging and completing stealthy missions in pale moonlight.
Enough about us, though. We’re here to talk about the very first offering from Ryan Parmenter, aka Former Faces. What’s been described as a “study in dreams and memories crossing paths,” this project from Silverlake-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist had us swooning within seconds, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to follow suit.
“the Runaround,” which is self-written and self-produced, is the first taste of what’s to come. With a sensual, groovy, and delicate soundscape, Parmenter’s vocals really come front and center. However, while they’re certainly noteworthy, the true hero in this piece is the well-comprised balance of his enchanting lyrics, smooth percussion, break-beat synths, haunting vocal harmonies, and accentuating spoken word samples. All-in-all, it’s a complete track through-and-through, which has us waiting anxiously for the next release.
Recorded music aside, this act has plans for a live show, brought to life with the help of David Lee (guitar), Brian Blake (bass), and Abraham Kim (drums). Before they dial in that performance, though, you should pry study up on some lyrics. Luckily for you, we’re making it easy on you. Just look below.
Photo Credit: Ian Flanigan
Keep On Calling
Nilüfer Yanya took command of her sound on a simply wonderful cover of the Pixies “Hey”, and she’s been on a roll ever since. The London native is back with “Keep On Calling”, a tune traversing the line between effervescent and melancholy with its minimal percussion, reverberating guitar riffs, and impassioned yet equally restrained vocals. As evident from the song’s message, there’s no fumbling around when it comes to Nilüfer’s emotion, and we’re on board for her straightforward approach all the way.
You may notice a slight similarity to King Krule throughout her work so far, but Nilüfer exceeds all comparison once this song’s chorus rolls around and ramps up in tempo and drive. Her voice is sweet but strong, and she has a way of demanding your attention the very moment she begins to sing. If you’re looking for more from Nilüfer Yanya (which you honestly will be after “Keep On Calling”), be sure to check out her debut original, “Small Crimes”, as well.