[Alt-Pop] Lisbon – Native

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NATÏVE

The boys from Newcastle have done it again. Lisbon released ‘Native’ off their debut EP ‘Life Is Good’ a few days ago, a catchy alt-pop piece that tells the story of taking chances and traveling into the unknown, finding yourself along the way. The boys blend all of their sounds together from the vocals to the guitars to the electronic melodies in such a fitting fashion. There is no way to turn this song on and not get up and dance, go ahead, try not to, I dare you.

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Matt Millz – Follow You Home [TMN PREMIERE]

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Follow You Home

Somewhere in between Andrew Belle, Devendra Banhart, and Chris Martin you’ll find Yellowknife-born folk singer/songwriter Matt Millz. While Millz may be a little more grainy at times in comparison to Belle, a little less whimsical than Banhart, and a little less refined than Martin, he’s a voice that’s equally as encapsulating, ensuring that you get lost in only a moment’s time.

This friendly neighbor to the north is a well-versed multi-instrumentalist, which is not hard to pick up during a quick three and a half minute listen through his debut single, “Follow You Home.” With cascading vocal ranges carefully caressing the calculated fingerpicking of his acoustic guitar, this tune boasts nothing more than just that and subtle atmospheric elements which help give the song its earthy soundscape and enchanting progression.

It’s raw, emotional, and inspirational, leading the listener down a heart-tugging journey led by Millz’s refined, yet sometimes rugged vocals. Kudos to both Millz and Nygel Asselin, whom co-wrote and produced this endearing folk gem.

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[Seductive] Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy

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Oh man, these two are at it again with another incredibly sexy and seductive new song. For the past year, Alina Baraz and Galimatias have been wowing us with their musical style, a combination of Baraz’s overly delightful vocals mixed with Galimatias’ addicting electronic melodies. Their recent release ‘Fantasy’ takes each of us on a musical journey as this duo quietly overtakes our personal fantasies. You will get so high on this song because there is no other sensation to feel. These two have showed us they understand how to musically speak to anyone who listens to their music. Leaving all my worries behind, it’s time to dive into my fantasies with this beat carrying me all the way.

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Turtle Giant – Constellations [TMN PREMIERE]

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Are we really sure that Turtle Giant are from where they say they are? Supposedly from Sao Paulo, this Brazilian three-piece has me envisioning foggy-eyed, long-haired, and peace-loving hippies on the corner of Haight-Ashbury. All kidding aside, it’s hard not to get taken away to that classic era of music while listening to their latest release, premiered here on The Music Ninja.

While it may not be as laid back, or focused on lengthy improvisations as the aforementioned musical period, “Constellations” boasts a timeless, hazy sound that would make most of the greats smile, tap their foot, and nod their head in unanimous approval. The driving beat creates an engaging tempo, one which supports the near-bluesy guitar riffs, which come together in a memorable structure.

This outfit flaunts their musical prowess even moreso with the addition of a harpsichord in the bridge, building up to a eyebrow raising call-back chorus. The end result is something worthy of a classic rock radio station, mixed in between The Dead, Joplin and Hendrix. The best part is, these guys are still alive and kicking, ready to keep rolling out overwhelmingly memorable songs for the foreseeable future.

“Constellations” can be found on the upcoming album titled Golden Summer, due out later this year. Make sure you keep an eye out for it by liking their page on facebook.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2014 Round #4)

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Goodbye, Summer. Hello, everyone complaining about the cold ass weather. You have to admit though, there’s nothing quite like kicking back and cuddling up to a playlist full of heartwarming indie music. Sometimes, music sooths even the coldest of souls.

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Rabbit Hole
Beaty Heart
Yadwighas Theme
NoMbe
Seminole
Deaths
Lonewolves
Sundays
Theia Mania
Twin Caverns
Drown
The Dubarrys
Undress Your Soul
Palace
Veins
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Duke Evers – Handful of Pennies EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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Mondays are a bitch, aren’t they? There’s not much that can help you over that seemingly insurmountable hump that is the start of the week. Aside from a breakfast beer, the only thing we can really think of is some solid tuneage, which is exactly what we have for you today.

Coming out of the Emerald City (that one up in the Pacific Northwest, not the one from that classic movie) this two-piece can produce more sound than your average five person band. Their sound is booming, to say the least, inciting references from that classic Homer Simpson line, “no, no, no, don’t stop a rockin’.”

Dropping today on your favorite music blog, Duke Evers are releasing their EP, Handful of Pennies. Officially releasing to the public tomorrow, this EP delivers eccentric guitar work and fast-paced, thundering percussion worthy of replacing the strongest cup of coffee you can find. “Lions” embodies the bands sound, creating a soundscape that calls on associations of The Killers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kings of Leon and other notable energetic indie rock acts. The crux of its attractiveness lies in its engaging, encapsulating and invigorating tempo, driven by drummer Kyle Veazy, who delivers a five minute ride thrill-ride.

Other tunes in the album display why this band has made waves recently at the Capitol Hill Block Party and CMJ in NYC. “Seaside” boasts a slightly more folk-driven feel in comparison to “Lions,” rife with a catchy hook and twangy guitar chords. It has the pop sensibility that will approach the masses, while still maintaining it’s indie originality that will have the blogosphere clamoring. “Pixies,” which is assumedly a tribute to the Boston-based alternative act, has a strong 90′s-style vibe. Lead singer Josh Starkel definitely harnesses his inner Eddie Vedder on this tune, providing listeners with strong associations to the great grunge-rock act of yesteryear.

As a whole, “Handful of Pennies” gives us a glimmer of excitement in an otherwise mundane start to the week. Press play, and get ready to grin ear-to-ear.

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[Acoustic] The DuBarrys – Undress Your Soul

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Undress Your Soul

With our day finally coming to a slow halt, we’ve about reached that time where we can finally kick off our workin’ shoes and replace them with our favorite fuzzy bunny slippers. While we’re at it, we might as well open up a bottle of Chardonnay and get into a more relaxed state of mind. Helping sooth our aching minds with some refreshing acoustic melodies are The DuBarry’s and their soul-quenching new original, “Undress Your Soul”.  The DuBarry’s have completely stripped us of our worries and exposed our ears to a beautifully arranged set of impeccable instrumentals, tranquilizing harmonies, and intrinsically moving lyrics.

Don’t give it up, no, oh, you said to me..

Who would have thought that being vulnerable could translate into complete and utter euphoria? “Undress Your Soul” exudes an incredible wave of emotion over us as it effortlessly builds into a true crescendo, only to subtly dissolve itself into a lingering trail of elusive notes. The DuBarry’s have really caught our attention with this delightful number, and we’re about on the edge of our seats just waiting for what is to come next.

Stay connected with The DuBarry’s on Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud.

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