Relative newcomers to the blogosphere, GIRL FRIEND are already making strides, as evident by the sheer volume of music bloggers taking notice of their highly infectious sounds. Combining upbeat basslines, catchy-as-hell lyrics, glowing vocal harmonies, and dancy guitar work give this band all the ammunition to continue their ascent into the hearts and ears of listeners around the globe.
After listening to Manchester-based four piece’s Arrive Alone, Leave Alone EP for quite some time, we decided we needed to know more about this quickly rising band. So, grab a cup of coffee, throw your headphones on, and enjoy getting to know what will soon be one of your new favorite acts.
TMN: Hey guys! Thanks for taking some to sit down with us. Let’s start this off by talking about how you guys came to be. What’s your story?
GF: I met Jake a few years ago and immediately fell in love…artistically. We began writing together with no particular aim, only a shared love of pop music; bands such as Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and Roxy Music. We later enlisted the help of virtuoso percussionist Sam Dabrowski, and octave clambering vocalist Eleanor, to complete the line-up.
TMN: Where did the name GIRL FRIEND originate from?
GF: Prior to Sam and Eleanor joining the band full-time, we drafted in friends as session players. There was a trend among these musicians – stealing people’s girlfriends. It sort of stuck. I suppose we saw it as challenge too; to make such a commonly used word synonymous with our music. I genuinely don’t know whose idea it was to divide the words. We slave over our music, perhaps we should have slaved over our name a little longer? Continue reading →
Albert Hammond Jr. is back! Well, he never actually left, but The Strokes’ guitarist has announced his third solo album, Momentary Masters (out 7/31 on Vagrant/BMG). “Born Slippy” is just about everything you crave from AHJ—snappy guitar licks and charming vocal melodies your brain will have a hard time shaking. It’s the kind of tune strangers will catch you doing a maniacal dance to while sitting at a stoplight.
AHJ will kick off a two month North American tour in September. Find your show here.
After making a name for herself among folk fans with two gorgeous EPs, singer/songwriter Sorcha Richardsonhas shifted gears bringing her flawless vocals to smooth electronic production. She first experimented with this new direction early in her career as part of Con Vos, a collaboration with New Jersey hip-hop duo Fortunate Ones, and we’re really excited to be bringing you the premiere of Richardson’s latest exploration. On “Petrol Station,” the Irish-bred, Brooklyn-based songstress glides over a hazy, minimal electronic backdrop, courtesy Baile, which allows the depth of her lyricism to shine. As the percussion and energy rise, Richardson’s vocals step up to match the intensity adding a new layer of emotion and texture to her vivid storytelling.
Even though the contributing instrumental elements are a far cry from Sorcha Richardson’s acoustic Last Train EP, her voice stays true to her soulful, folky roots making for a genuine and compelling sound. We’ll definitely be looking out for more from Richardson soon but, in the meantime, get lost in this dreamy track above.
Our ears are a terrible thing to waste. We should be taking care of them the way we do everything else. Love them, nurture them, and feed them with nothing but goodness, like a few indie artists here and there. Treat them good. We promise they will thank you later.
After the release of his critically-acclaimed Salad Days last year, Mac DeMarco toured pretty much non-stop spreading his infectious and delightfully strange brand of garage rock worldwide. After a brief touring hiatus in which he had a chance to spend some time in his Brooklyn studio, Mac brought us his first new tune of 2015 this morning along with the announcement of his summer tour and upcoming LP, Another One, due out on August 7th. “The Way You’d Love Her” picks up right where Salad Days left off with off-kilter, yet breezy, guitar licks accompanied by Mac’s distinct vocals. It’s a groovy and laid-back jam that arrives right in time for the summer sun. Enjoy above and check Mac’s extensive upcoming tour dates after the jump. Continue reading →
Yes, our time with Jack Garratt as our Resident Artist came to an end in May, but that doesn’t mean our continued adoration has. Luckily for us, this bearded electro-troubadour has served up a quick exclusive video from his tour and a selection of his favorite songs at the moment.
First off, let’s showcase those tunes that Jack is currently vibing on. Unfortunately, not all of these tracks are on SoundCloud. Fortunately, they are on Spotify. Unfortunately, Spotify seems to have taken away the ability to embed playlists. Fortunately, we did still make the playlist, and you can listen to it by clicking here.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater
Vulfpeck – Kuhmilch 74 BPM
Tom Waits – 16 Shells From A 30.6
Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable
Son Lux – Change Is Everything
Now for the other component of this exclusive glimpse into the world of Mr. Garratt. In this short video, we’re given an inside look at his work on tour, as well some insight into how he got into playing guitar. After you’re done watching it, head over to Jack’s tour tab on facebook and see when you can witness this action in person.
With one listen through this hazy, sonic rock inspired tune, you might be guessing that Family Friends hail from Seattle. While do have that psych-heavy vibe that’s so often associated with the Pacific Northwest, you’re incorrect in your assumptions. This brother/sister duo actually are from Australia originally and are now posted up in East London.
Taken from their debut EP, Across The Water, “On Your Mind” radiates with an ideal vibe for a rainy drive. Accompanied by a music video (releasing later this month), this tune should quickly grow on listeners who lean towards the older style of musical production. The two siblings have a growing obsession with old school equipment and recording methods, all which perfectly compliment their erratic collection of influences.
Head over to their SoundCloud once you’re done listening, so you can follow and stay up to date with their upcoming releases.