Hello Caller – Decent Sense [TMN PREMIERE]

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Hello Caller
Decent Sense

This is one of our favorite times of the year. Yes, it’s cold out. Yes, we’re all sick of snow, sleet, rain and chilly winds. Yes, we’re all longing for the days where we can lazily listen to music, beer in hand, enjoying the sweet simplicity of life in the warmer weather months. But, this is the time of the year that we start hearing delicate, infatuating folk and indie rock songs that will populate our summer playlists, and for that, we’re always anxious to get to the first quarter of a new year.

Quickly earning a top spot in upcoming “Lazy Summer Indie” playlists, Austin-based sextuplet Hello Caller has just released their casually infectious tune, “Decent Sense.” An elongated intro complete with playful banjo picks, whistling, and relaxed percussion slowly walks us into the glowing nature of this song. It’s not until almost two minutes in that we’re introduced to vocals from front man Brian Ferguson, which adds another relaxing and textural layer to the equation. The end result has us pulling out the chase lounges, even if we’re still in the dead of winter.

Made up of members Brian Ferguson (guitar, banjo, lead vocals), Will Wolfe (drums, percussion), Brendan Bond (xylophone, trumpet, percussion, vocals),
Jeff Crozier (bass, vibraphone, vocals), Tyler Dunnam (guitar, vocals), and Caiti Coughlan (viola), Hello Caller is an act you’ll want to keep tabs on for the rest of 2015. Do so by following them on soundcloud and liking their facebook page.

If you’re digging “Decent Sense,” pre order the deluxe 7″ 70 gram, traslucent blue vinyl (out 2/17) via Violent Films.

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GIRL FRIEND – Monte Carlo [TMN Premiere]

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Monte Carlo

Pigeonholing a band’s potential with genres is never a good practice. Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint, but when it comes to an act like GIRL FRIEND, there is no easy way to label exactly what they are bringing to the table. This is a spectacular place to be in! With bright instrumentation, indie tendencies, and a confident, smooth vocal performance, GIRL FRIEND pulls out all the stops for “Monte Carlo,” an upbeat ditty reminiscent of a spotless mesh of Franz Ferdinand and Two Door Cinema Club. They’ve nailed down a tight rhythm and their pristine approach suggests a command of their sound beyond conventional alternative acts, especially since they’ve utilized more of a synth pop vibe on this recent tune. If you’re in need of a little sunshine this early in the week, GIRL FRIEND has got just the remedy necessary with “Monte Carlo.”

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2015 Round #2)

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As you may or may not be aware, Valentine’s day is right around the corner. But, don’t worry. No matter if you are a Anti-Valentiner or addicted to love, you’ve come to the right playlist. We won’t get into all that sappy, barftastic stuff about love and teddy bears. We didn’t create a special playlist  ”For Lovers Only” or a pissed off one for “Lover Haters”. We are keeping in neutral. If you want to go about your day as any other normal day, we’ve got you. If you would like that special someone to think you put all your blood, sweat and tears into a sweet little playlist, we’ve got you too. Cause no matter your outlook on love, we’ve got nothing but gross, crazy love for you, always and 4eva.

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Complicated Animals
Phoenix
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Young Hearts
Jarryd James
Do You Remember
William Reames
Figure Out
Fictonian
Double Negative
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[Chill] Daughter – Youth (Izzard Remix)

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Youth (Izzard Remix)

The warm weather is finally creeping back in. You actually find time to sit down outdoors and soak in the world around you. The nights are short, but temperate and beautiful. When you gaze into the vast expanse, you may see stars, you may not, but they are there and always shining. Even the infinite darkness that is space, there are insurmountable pieces of awe inspiring sights. If there ever was a soundtrack to complement this experience, one of the ideal tunes to explore this with would be Izzard‘s transformative take on the essential Daughter track, “Youth.”

A slow, droning build constructs the foundation for the song, augmenting a gentle guitar melody into an electronic, shape shifting dream. The entire three and half minutes is dripping with emotive elements, juggling them among senses of wonder and hope, along with uncertainty and gloom. There is plenty to draw from this tune, and it sets up a means to enjoy our surroundings in a peaceful manner. Izzard finds grace within simplicity. Sometimes that is all we really need. Don’t miss out on the free download.

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Folly Rae – Someone I Don’t Know [TMN PREMIERE]

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Someone I Don't Know

The last time a female artist sang the words ‘shake it off’, the world was overcome with a Swift-sensation. While Folly Rae demonstrates some serious pop-sensibility, there’s a deeper ethereal charm residing below the surface of what is outwardly and unashamedly strong pop sentiment. Her new track “Someone I Don’t Know” might not be so much about shaking it off, but Folly Rae is well on the way to creating her own international storm.

This spacious and hauntingly ornate track has its radio friendly edges, but manages to rub its smooth surfaces against something a bit more rugged. Lyrical depth and radio friendly soundscapes aren’t always such compatible companions, but Rae seems to have mastered the craft of packing punches into pretty parcels. “Someone I Don’t Know” has the darkly eerie undercurrents of Lana Del Ray, but with a distinctly British feel.

“Someone I Don’t Know” side-steps the overly polished effect and plants its somewhat folky roots firmly in the field of darkly ethereal pop-perfection. Garnering hype on home soil, Rae’s previous release “Free Your Mind” was part of BBC introducing, whilst “Someone I Don’t Know” has secured a first play from Huw Stephens on Radio One.

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[Indie] Gordi – Taken Blame

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Somewhere down under, we know that the weather is warm, road trips are being planned, adventures are happening, and the soul of summer is being immortalized through the music of people’s most beloved artists. Sydney songstress Gordi has added to the glory of the season with her release of “Taken Blame.”

This up-and-coming artist caused a stir in the latter part of 2014, and is now returning to stoke the fires of her upcoming EP. Having already received our full attention with “Nothing’s As It Seems,” today she’s commanding even more adoration with “Taken Blame.” Set to the soft, yet engaging strum of an acoustic guitar, a distorted, humming bassline, and fluttering synths, the warm-weather season is brought to life with her illustrious vocals, leaving us wishing we were experiencing the same season as our friends in the Southern Hemisphere.

Press play and get lost for a few minute’s time. It will be the best thing you’ve done all day today.

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The Wombats – Greek Tragedy [TMN BTS Video Premiere]

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Greek Tragedy

“Greek Tragedy” has been stirring up a commotion across the blogosphere and the radio, premiering first as the “Hottest Record” on Zane Low Radio 1. The newly released single comes off The Wombats upcoming LP, Glitterbug (out April 14 via Bright Antenna Records), and offers up a buzzing, playful sound that’s downright infectious. Undoubtedly inciting the need to bob your head up and down, it’s one that we’re sure you won’t quickly shake from our memory.

Speaking of things we can’t shake from our memory; the accompanying music video that goes along with this tune is rather dark. British Actress April Pearson plays the role of a psycho-stalker fan that exacts her revenge on the band for snubbing her in various situation. As the video progresses, we’re offered up a macabre glimpse of her murderous actions.

Directed by Untitled Films’ Finn Keenan (who has also worked with the Strypes, The Kooks, and Raglans), this one is definitely not safe for work, but it is rather entertaining. We’ve included it below, as well as the official behind the scenes video which provides fans an inside glimpse of everything that went into the making.

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