Vanic X machineheart
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.
Berlin Bar Hounds
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.
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.
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.
Down and Out
If you’re not turned onto The Griswolds yet, this song will surely make you scramble to like them on Facebook, follow them on soundcloud, track them on Spotify, and search Google Images for The Griswold’s wallpaper. Ok, that last one might have gone too far, but the trajectory of this young Aussie band is nothing short of spectacular. Since their release of “Beware the Dog,” it seems like the world is twitterpated with their sound, and honestly – we can’t blame them.
This Sydney-based five piece has taken a slight departure from their folksy, raw, and somewhat humorous ways to lay down this monster indie-pop, synth-driven tune. “Down and Out,” boasts a massively dancy appeal, carrying the need to boogie through an engaging synth melody and some rippin’ guitar chords. Coupled with some lyrics that we could easily see a festival crowd belting out at the top of their lungs, this song carries supercharged feelings we’ve felt from other former-indie-now-gigantic acts like The Naked and Famous, The 1975, and Foster the People.
This song can be found on their debut album B E I M P R E S S I V E available August 26th via Wind Up Records.
My New Friend (Avenue Remix)
One of our favorite synthy pop tunes of 2014, Carousel’s “My New Friend” received a welcome and worthy makeover from 19 year-old Toronto based dance producer Avenue, and we still haven’t managed to shake those clubby rhythms from our consciousness since we gave it a first spin. It’s always inspiring to hear a tune from an act you love undergo a transformation through the lens of another artist’s perspective; especially when the result is as warm and bubbly as this. Avenue shifts cadence from the original towards a more club-friendly stride with a strong focus on an expanse of uplifting airy synths to surely pull a bit of hip-wiggle and an insuppressible grin from its listener. This one’s being gifted as a free download, so nab a copy here, listen above and be on the prowl for more Avenue material in the near future.
Photo Credit: Michael Lerner
If you want something done right, do it yourself. No one knows the truth of that statement more than Hawaiian solo artist, Kawehi.
Coming off of the blazing hot coattails of her viral video cover of “Heart Shaped Box,” originally crafted by the legendary Seattle grunge rock outfit, Nirvana, this young lady is ready to make an even bigger splash in the music industry with the release of some original materials. Backed by a solid Kickstarter fund (created after the enormous wake of her viral video stardom), Kawehi has been quietly working on a brand new EP, “Robot Heart,” which has it’s debut single premiering here on TMN.
Armed with only the gifts that god gave her (and a few musical inventions that help her do this on her own) she creates everything in her music. Beatboxing to create a percussion, laying down ethereal vocals, playing guitar, playing keyboards…all of these are done entirely by her, and we couldn’t be more excited that she chose that route.
When we asked her about this song, and especially about her seemingly spiritualistic lyrical representaition, she had this to say:
I realized after writing the songs for Robot Heart, they were all about ripping out people’s hearts! So I wrote ‘Anthem’ as a positive end to the EP – as a reminder that yeah, we can be assholes at times – but as a race, we are in charge of our own lives – and ultimately we can make a difference in the lives of others through generosity and compassion.
I believe in you – you are the answer, you are the truth – so whatcha gonna do?