[Indie] Girl Ray – I’ll Make This Fun

Girl Ray
I'll Make This Fun

As a blogger, one of the best feelings in the world is stumbling across budding young talent. This time around, we happened to come across this London-based trio while we were rummaging around in SoundCloud. Yes, the track has been out for a few months already, but with only 10,000 streams, we’re assuming a good lot of you haven’t heard it yet. And, you most certainly should.

Comprised of Sophie, Poppy, and Iris, Girl Ray has already developed an incredibly charming sound with only two releases. Today, we’re highlighting “I’ll Make This Fun” which is a soft, pleasantly dreary, and deeply engaging indie rock tune. Musically, it calls on associations of Neutral Milk Hotel (which they cite as one of their influences), boasting hazy guitar chords and understated percussion work. Vocally, we can’t help but think of fellow Londoner Marika Hackman, both of which have a pleasantly ominous glow around their tone.

These three have a few upcoming shows. If you’re in the area, we highly recommend checking them out live.

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[Rock] The Bay Rays – New Home

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The Bay Rays

The Bay Rays are about to get this blogger in trouble. I can feel the sting of the hangover right now, and when it happens, I’m placing the blame solely on Harry Nicoll, Maxwell Oakley, and Anthus Davis. You hear that, boys? This is your fault.

There’s nothing I can really do about it at this point. “New Home” stirs up the nostalgic, long-lost need to stomp around a small, sweaty venue, alternating PBR tall boys and Jameson shots as I belt out each lyric. Now, I’m not quite sure when this will happen, given that these up-and-coming rockers are all the way across the pond. Eventually, though, they’ll make the trip to Denver and this epic prophecy will be fulfilled.

Until then, we’ll happily throw this raucous gem into our regular rotation, routinely falling in love over and over with the frenetic guitars, crashing percussion, and twangy bass work. And, we can’t leave without mentioning the catchy-as-all-hell lyrics, which should have you singing along in no time. We picked them up after only a few hits of the repeat button, and we’re pretty sure you will too.

Look out for these lads by following them on Facebook, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

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Goldensuns – EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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Goldensuns are a band of brothers. Literally. Whether or not that’s a key factor in their songwriting process, they’ve conceived a brand new EP for our listening pleasure. Right off the bat, traces of Empire Of The Sun are felt as “Gold Chains” washes in with a dreamy flourish, later shifting into fuzzy, alternative goodness on “Give It Up.” The pinnacle of this new project lies with “I Feel This Place,” marking the high point of the EP with an air of Rogue Wave and other choice influences. Everything is wrapped quite nicely with the bass-driven “I’m So Confused,” and Goldensuns has provided us with another brilliant EP to flesh out our spring playlists with. If sunny and 75 had a distinct sounds, it would certainly be these three. Brighten up your day with a little Goldensuns and enjoy below.

’Gold Chains’
’Give It Up’
’I Feel This Place’
’I’m So Confused’
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[Rock ‘n Roll] Ian Bern – It’s Not You

Ian Bern
It's Not You

At first listen, you might think that we’ve decided to ditch the whole “new release” approach, choosing to write up some of our favorite classics instead.The simple fact that you might think that is a massive tip of cap to up-and-coming Ian Bern, who just recently broke into the scene with his debut song.

“It’s Not You” is this up-and-comer’s second track, which will be featured on his debut 7″ along with “Enough.” The two were recorded under the legendary Xandy Berry and Wally Gagel at WAX LTD Studios, who are known for their work with Best Coast, Family of the Year, Zella Day, and Blondfire. Additionally, that studio has seen the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Velvet Underground, and countless other iconic names from the studio’s five-decade history.

Guitar-centric in nature, “It’s Not You” showcases Bern’s ability to fuse past and present with some meticulously crafted riffs worthy of that proper approving head nod we tend to throw out when hearing a solid rock tune. Couple those with some upbeat percussion work and memorable lyrics, and it won’t be long before you’re calling your buddies, firing up the grill, and stocking the cooler with some ice cold porch pounders.

Keep an eye on Ian Bern by following him on Facebook and SoundCloud.

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Noble Oak – Past Life [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]


Whether you’re getting ready to enjoy a warm, sunny, spring night on your back porch, or you’re staring out at a rain-soaked landscape, enjoying a glass of your favorite whiskey, Noble Oak’s Past Life will most assuredly be the perfect accompaniment to your Friday night wind-down.

If you’re not quite familiar with this self-proclaimed “epiphany pop” artist, there’s no time like the present. This crafty Torontonian has been slinging up artfully composed and downright dreamy tunes for the past four years. With a collection of 25+ tracks, he’s amassed hundreds of thousands of streams and garnered support from some of the most notable tastemakers both online and off.

Past Life is a collection of snapshots from the last few years before leaving my hometown, with unreleased material ranging from 1 to 3 years in age. It predominantly narrates the person I used to be, with references and flavours of my old habits and shortcomings.

Today, we’re bringing you a first look and listen to his beautifully cohesive Past Life, which casually flirts back and forth with stunning ambient, downtempo soundscapes and building, ethereal pop tunes. Tracks like “The Spirit,” “Oceanworld,” and “Perfect Sky” will have you melting into that comfy chair of yours, providing the perfect environment to delve into that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Conversely, you’ll find a perfect balance of engaging vocals and fluttering synths in “Moonlight,” “No Air,” and “Walk on Me,” all of which are worthy for a rhythmic foot tap, and an ear-to-ear grin as you kick off the start to your weekend.

Without further ado, we’d like to invite you to get settled in for an immersive listening experience that will surely be the perfect start to two days of pure bliss.

’The Spirit’
’Begin To Say’
’All I Said’
’No Air’
’This Wave’
’Fall Backward’
’Perfect Sky’
’Rain Falls’
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the mysterious and downright infectious WEIRDO. We first covered him, or them, or these aliens, or this robot trained to play music a few months back, instantly falling in love with the quirky nature of “BUTTER.”

“ARMANIO” once again brings us a taste of the delightful pop aura that caught our hearts and ears the first time, complete with a funky bassline, impressive percussion, and bizarre synths that seemingly fit perfectly into the overall vibe. Most of all, though, we find ourselves stopping our wicked office dance moves to swoon over the lead singer’s swagger-rich voice that bring the catchy-as-hell chorus to life.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to share some more information on WEIRDO soon, but until then, keep tabs on this up-and-coming act by following them on SoundCloud.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #1)


Crazy day already? We’ve got a pretty chillax Indie Dojo for you, all queued up and ready to go. Go ahead…Take a listen. It’ll probably be good for you.

’Two Feet – You’re So Cold’
’The Beegles – Semaphore’
’Alexander Biggs – Out In The Dark’
’Wild Honey – This Time’
’Samson The Truest – Real’
’The Land Below – Hand In My Pocket (Alanis Morissette)’
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