DAUNT – Unbearable Light [TMN PREMIERE]

DAUNT
Unbearable Light

“Unbearable Light” gave me such a blissful, encompassing experience. In only a matter of seconds, the deep, brooding synths, simplistic percussion pattern, and light, spattering of piano keys had me well inside my own psyche, enjoying the depths I was receding into. And that was all before I dug into the lyrics and vocal cadence.

Drawing on comparisons of Bob Moses and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service)–whom I consider the one of the best songwriters of our time–this up-and-coming Londoner has my attention piqued. His previous releases elude to the fact that the quality is steadfast, far from a one-hit flash-in-the-pan. Each provide a gorgeous simplicity, tapping us on the shoulder to relish the beauty of a well-crafted song.

With a bevy of influences from hip-shaking hip-hop beats, timeless, soulful rhythms and iconic disco bass lines, as well as the genre-bending artists like Beck and Glass Animals, it’s safe to say we’ll continue to see Daunt pushing the boundaries.

If you find yourself in London on April 26th, make sure to head out and catch the his EP launch show at The Waiting Room.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaGoooooobyyyyye Winter. Hello sunshine, rainbows, and Indie Dojos to put a little pep in your spring step.

’Dyan – What Fiction Is For’
’Rosie Tucker – Fault Lines’
’Maxin Ludwig – All My Nightmares’
’Kidswaste – Alone’
’Rogue & Jaye – Little Relief’
’Private Island – Aisle 7’
’Max Subar – Morning Song’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninja Daylight savings time might throw a wrench in your game, but the Indie Dojo will save you. You’ll be able to find a new playlist in the same place, at the same time, every Tuesday, no matter what weird time dimension we have to follow. Enjoy!

’Fialta – Give Up Your Ghosts’
’Harry Pane – Ghosts’
’Oxford Drama – Coney Island’
’Levi Robin – Airplane’
’MaJLo – Worry’
’Native – Ocean’
’Tommy Ashby – Further’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninja It’s probably safe to say that no two days are exactly alike. Sure, it can sometimes feel like our life is on repeat with all of our adulting and routines we do on the daily, but then Tuesday rolls along with a brand new indie dojo. And with the simple click of a button, our day just changed for the better.

’Julietta – Beach Break’
’Born CagesHalf Asleep’
’Selaphonic – Had Our Heaven’
’Minke – Gold Angel’
’nyck – Decision’
’Richard Edwards – Lil Dead Eye
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #1)

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Some things in life are just not easy. Unless you are a frequent visitor to the weekly Indie Dojo. And in that case, finding new music is easy peasy.

’The Jungle Giants – Feel The Way I Do ‘
’Geoffroy – Shakes’
’Beyries – The Pursuit Of Happiness’
’Cassandra Jenkins – Candy Crane’
’Beeches Beeches – We Don’t Know’
’SYML – Where’s My Love (Acoustic)’
’Moor Hound – I Went South’
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[Indie] Absofacto – Light Outside

Absofacto
Light Outside

Through the course of over a half-decade of blogging, there are tens of thousands of songs I’ve scanned through, never giving an ounce of attention to past that initial impression. Going one layer deeper, there are artists I’ve inexplicably freaked out about, frantically writing them up as if my life depended on it. Yet, some of those artists fade from the forefront of my memory quite easily. Then, there are the artists that leave a lasting impression. The ones I clamor for, hoping the next release would just hurry up already.

For me, that’s Absofacto. His music has been with me in times of strife. It’s been with me in times of joy. It’s seen the rolling hills of Tuscany as I trained from city to city in search of self-affirmation. It speaks to me, more so than a lot of my favorites.

I’ve had to live off old releases for sometime now, constantly pouring over “Dissolve” again and again. Sure, he’s had a few stellar collaborations with The Knocks, but that’s not Absofacto. “Light Outside” is. It’s every bit of that well-crafted, emotive, and delicious indie-pop. It sends waves of warm remembrance over me, giving that surge of dopamine I had experienced time and time again in the past.

Catchy in nature, as I’d expect, “Light Outside” is a wildly addictive thrill ride that courses through dance-inducing builds and beautifully orchestrated half-time lulls. It’s powerful, yet in a way that doesn’t overwhelm from its own defined pop sensibilities. The only negative thing I can say about it is it took way too long to come to fruition. If you’re reading this, Jon, pick up the pace with the next few releases, will ya?

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Shadowgraphs – Scarlet Tunic [TMN PREMIERE]

Shadowgraphs
Scarlet Tunic

Shadowgraphs is a self-described “neo-psychedelic” rock group that hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, they have been releasing music through Portland’s Golden Brown, an independent label/artist development group. Today, TMN is premiering Shadowgraphs’ latest single, “Scarlet Tunic” as a followup to their first single “Countryside”, both off their upcoming full-length album that’s due out this April.

“Scarlet Tunic” is an adventurously high-energy tune, continuing off of the retro-cool sound established on the first premiere single. It is an unmistakably psychedelic production that shows influence from 60’s surfer rock. The track features a harmonization of reverb and distortion-heavy guitars, while being anchored by a rock-steady bass line that provides structure in an otherwise frenetic song. Band member Wils Glade describes the song as:

the mental point you get to when you’ve stayed up for way too long, like a day or so, and reality begins to crumble around you.

You can certainly feel this mental battle when you hear the guitar riffs go up against the dream-like, ambient vocals. If you rocked out to this joint, pre-order the upcoming album (out April 7th) on Shadowgraphs’ Bandcamp.

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