[Video] Reuben Hollebon – Faces (TMN PREMIERE)

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Reuben Hollebon
Faces

Reuben Hollebon’s recent electric, cinematic folk tune “Faces” now has a a visual association with it, and we couldn’t be happier. The rolling drums, subdued guitars, and steady bass line had created a perfect backdrop for Reuben’s powerful, emotionally charged lyrics, but today we get to see director Emma Rozanski’s interpretation of “Faces.”

The video, to be expected, is rather dark and troubling at times; showing people obviously dealing with conflicting emotions. When asked about the vision, Rozanksi said,

“The video was inspired by impressions that the song evoked of people adopting different personas and trying to come to terms with their contrasting personalities.”

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[Dream Folk] Still Parade – Health

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Still Parade
Health

Ethereal folk-pop outfit Still Parade has already begun to covet a healthy buzz amongst music professionals in all walks of the industry, and we here at TMN were keen to spread some more of that proverbial buzz when their newest single came across our desks. “Health” is a gorgeous, electronic hybrid take on contemporary folk and indie music; texturing pulsating layers of reverby vocals and delicate pads with the more organic acoustic elements emanating from much of today’s indie and folk.  ”Health” premiers today on 7″ vinyl through Serve & Volley Records as a Double-A side, and digitally through Akira. With only their second single after the melancholy Hype Machine smash “Actors”, Still Parade has us wide-eyed and waiting to see what else comes from this talented artist project, and we know you ninjas should be too.

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2013 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaToday, many of us will experience the 3 day weekend withdrawals accompanied by the realization that summer is officially over. Never an easy thing to accept. So to help us ease back into the harsh realities, we’ve mixed a concoction of indie flavors to make our transitions back into the working world a little smoother.  And when you find yourself slipping into the sadness, just remember….Summer will be back. She always comes back…

Sons and Lovers
Black Light Dinner Party
Tangle
The Hics
De Verre
MAD
Sundays
World We Own
Pale.
Too Much
Subtle Ways
Wont Be Long

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaMost of us tend to put a lot of shit on our plate. Overfeeding ourselves with stress, anxiety, anger..yada, yada, yada. We sure as hell wouldn’t pay for a plate of that crap at a restaurant, so why the hell waste our time cooking it up internally??? Mix it up a little. Infuse your Tuesdays with a little sugar, spice and everything Indie Dojo….It might be the best free sample you will every try.

Manor
Architecture
Gentlemen.
Sailor (Of The Cosmic Ark)
Eaves
Little Rock (demo)
Rainbow Chan
Haircut
Ghostlight Orchestra
Old Cities
Golden Boy
The OPears
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[Folk] RY X – Berlin

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RY X
Berlin

With RY X’s Berlin EP on Dumont Dumont coming just around the corner on August 28th, we had to make sure to provide some coverage so you guys would put this release on your radar.

There are not too many times you hear a vocalist as captivating as RY X, but today is one of those days. The vocal harmonies glide over soft finger picking so effortlessly. It’s almost painful it’s so damn good. The power and tone in his vocal structure reminds us somewhat of Patrick Watson, hitting high pitched notes with grace and ease that you just don’t hear all that often.

The EP is available on Spotify right now. We highly recommend heading over and indulging in the vocal intricacies that are RX Y.

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[Folk] San Fermin – Daedalus (What We Have)

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San Fermin
Daedalus (What We Have)

There’s something about summer time that really makes us appreciate the banjo more. While we’d love nothing more than hearing some delicate plucks of those twangy southern strings on their own, we’re of course elated to hear the overwhelming depth in musical soundscape that is “Daedalus (What We Have).”

Woodwind, horns, impeccable vocal harmonies and of course the powerfully smokey vocals of San Fermin’s lead singer provide a spiritually uplifting indie folk tune. While you may feel like these cats dwell somewhere in the deep south based on the rich soulful sound they procure, you’d be wrong in that assumption. This Brooklyn based outfit is far from the Mississippi backroads, even though their sound may beg to differ.

The rich and brooding sounds have to be amazing to see live, which is why we recommend you catch these guys live. Every fiber in our being is suggesting that it would be an amazing show.

09/06 Richmond, VA – Fall Line Festival
09/07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/20 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09/25 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal Festival
09/27 Cincinnati, OH – MidPoint Music Festival
09/28 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater Pub
09/30 Chicago, IL – Hideout
10/01 Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
10/04 Toronto, ON – The Drake
10/13 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/15 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
10/16 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10/18 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/19 Seattle, WA – Barboza
10/20 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
10/24 Washington, DC – DC9
10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/26 Boston, MA – Café 939
10/27 Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

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[Folk] Josh and Mer – The Tithe LP

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New music Tuesday just keeps getting better and better. This time around we’re coming at you with heart shaped googly eyes over the latest LP from Portland based indie folk duo Josh and Mer.

Josh and Mer have already captured our hearts and ears again and again with their heartwarming folk sound. The intricate finger picking, the gloriously paired harmonies, and their carefully selected lyrics have been more than enough to make us continually want to see more and more out of these two.

Thankfully, today is the day we finally here more. With the title track from this LP, “The Tithe,” we’re taken back a notch with beautiful simplicity. This track offers up that classic familiarity that we’re all used to from folk tracks. Nothing is overdone, and no one is trying to hard. The beauty lies in the easily relatable lyrics, warm-n-fuzzy vocal harmonies, and soft strumming of an acoustic guitar.

Another one of our favorites in the album is “Constant” which displays the duos’ ability to utilize vocal harmonies as a percussion instrument in accompaniment to woodwind, piano notes, and subtle tosses of a tambourine. The soft progression varies significantly from their previously released track, “From the Sea,” which offers the listener a much more pop infused robust folk sound. The harmonies are of course still immaculately put together, however, we get a taste of a slightly more uptempo tune with this release. While it is a more upbeat selection from the album, it’s much more acoustically driven than what was previously released on Planet Music.

As a whole, “Tithe” will take you on an thought provoking journey filled with emotional rife fit for any lazy sunday afternoon spent thinking about that special someone in your life. It calls on associations of Simon and Garfunkle, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and Angus Stone, and with damn good reason. Press play, and have a listen for yourself.

Theres A Sadness
All Was Right
Constant
Afanadel
From The Sea
Catskills
Mind Control
Butterfly In A Case
The Tithe
Porcelain
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