Songs of Water – EP + Interview [Artist Feature]


In our world of information-by-the-minute, endless communication methods and amounts, and constant connectivity, sometimes it’s a beautiful thing to just press play and sit back. Just last week, we took a break from the mounds of digital communications, put on one of our favorite artists on SoundCloud, and let the suggested songs lead us down a path of unplanned bliss. There were a couple of skips here and there, but then we landed on Songs of Water.

After hearing “11 Miles,” we immediately reached out for more information. After getting in touch with Stephen, we fired over a few questions to get to know this impressive act a little better.

11 Miles
Golden Summer
Strangely Beautiful

TMN: Thank you for taking some time to talk to us today. When we stumbled across your SoundCloud the other day, we became instantly intrigued and wanted to know a little more. So, talk to us about how Songs of Water came to be.

SoW: Our music was born out of a community of friends who all loved to explore different sounds and create experimental art together.

TMN: Let’s go back before the start of the band. What’s your musical background like? Were you classically trained, or was it something you taught yourself?

SoW: Myself (Stephen Roach) and Luke Skaggs both grew up with strong bluegrass heritages. Jon Kliegle came from a family of traveling accordionists, Elisa Cox is classically trained, Michael Pritchard and Greg Willette are both self taught multi-instrumentalists and composers.

TMN: Looking back into your past, can you highlight five artists who helped influence what fans hear in Songs of Water?

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2015 Round #4)


Music has the magical mystery powers to create and preserve memories without us even trying. So really, the Indie Dojo is kinda like handing you a plethora of flux capacitors to use in the far off future. Soooo, that’s pretty cool.

Little Wolves
My Dead Air
Holding On
Sample Answer
Good Boy
Cry Monster Cry
Why We Run
Ofelia K
White T
East of Here
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Milky Chance Talk SXSW, 25,000 Miles, and Red Hot Chili Peppers [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Milky Chance
Stolen Dance

The month of March is quite the intense stretch for us music bloggers. Yes, it’s an incredible time, what with Ultra and SXSW landing in the same timeframe. Not to mention that Coachella, Bonnaroo, EDC and more are just around the corner. Sometimes though, with that insane vortex of information swirling around us, content slips through the cracks. Today is a perfect example of that, as we bring you our SXSW interview with German sensation Milky Chance.

We won’t take up any more time with how this amazing interview should have come out a long time ago. Instead, we ask that you please sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

TMN: So first off, let’s talk about SXSW. How’s it going so far?

Philipp: We had our first show yesterday.It was really good. It was pretty late at 12, and we’re still kind of like adjusting to the time shift, so it was really late for us, but it was a cool show. And yeah, it seems to be like, I mean it’s a huge festival. I just looked in the thing like where all the artists are named, and it’s crazy.

Clemens: The sad thing about when you come here and see all the artists that you want to see but you don’t have time because you’re so busy, and you’ve got like 5 gigs in 3 days, and doing interviews, and on and on. So, that’s kind of the bad side of a showcase festival.

TMN: We feel your pain. (Laughs) Yeah, our schedule is just back-to-back all the way down, trying to run across the city. So, I saw on Facebook you guys are doing its #AroundTheUSIn80Days, is that the hashtag you guys are using? Talk to us about that a little bit.

Philipp: Umm yeah, I mean it was pretty funny. We were sitting here on the way to America, and we were just talking like how could we name the hashtag?

Together: 25,000 miles

Philipp: And, so that’s one time around the earth, so we were like yeah let’s name it like in one day uh around the world, and then it was like we are also 80 days in America, so we just kind of like, you know the movie?

Clemens: Around The World In 80 Days, so we just named it like this. It fits perfectly. It was really funny.

TMN: How has the reception been for you guys in the States? We have to imagine that like in Germany, you guys kind of have your home crowd and stuff like that, but when you first came over here and started doing shows before this stint

Philipp: Maybe people are a little more extroverted, like a little bit more enthusiastic, but I don’t know, it’s hard to make a difference between nationalities of crowds because it just depends on the daily thing – like the mood, the venue, our mood, like spark…

Clemens: Spark in the air

Philipp: So, yeah maybe probably a little more crazy? But in a good way. Besides that, I don’t know, I don’t think there’s a big difference.

TMN: Have you had any cities in the U.S. stand out in particular?

Philipp: San Francisco was awesome.

Clemens: I liked New York as well. We played in the Bowery Ballroom.
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2015 Round #3)


It’s official. Summertime is here. Time to archive your solemn, overcast, “it’s cold so I’m gonna listen to sad stuff” playlists and dig up the some good ol’ sunshine and happiness. We don’t want to tell you how to feel, so we’ll continue to keep our Indie Dojos as much as an emotional roller coaster as possible. But we’ll also be sure to throw some summer anthem must-haves as a reminder to enjoy the warmth as much as you can. ‘Cause pretty soon we’ll all be complaining about how much we miss the the hot, hot heat, no matter how sweatastic it makes us.

Beat Of My Drum
Favored Nations
Gone In A Flash
C Duncan
Tessera Skies
Jay Rodger
My Dear
James Veck
Richard Smith
Jon Lawless
Capital (ft. Daniela Andrade)
Immy Williams
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Hilang Child – Endless String [TMN PREMIERE]

Thule Artwork
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Endless String

If there’s anybody that can properly ease you into your Tuesday morning workday, it’s London-based multi-instrumentalist Ed Riman, or, as you’ll come to know him today, Hilang Child.

Premiering today, “Endless String” accompanies the previously released “Thule” as a new double A-side single through Akira Records. The two pieces are influenced by time, place and emotions, which is evident in the grand, cinematic soundscape composed by this talented musician.

The track we’re bringing you a first look at documents a first encounter with a new love, showcasing the anticipation of what the future may hold. Long, legato piano chords mimic those long feelings and are bolstered up with haunting background falsetto vocals, and, of course, Riman’s gorgeous lead vocals. The end experience is nothing short of incredible, providing an intense, fleeting moment of pure bliss.

Make sure to follow Hilang Child on SoundCloud, so you can keep up with everything coming up from this intriguing new artist.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2015 Round #3)


It’s a new day. Maybe a new dollar, but definitely a new Indie Dojo.

Wovoka Gentle
Seventh Day
Royce Wood Junior
Clanky Love (Acoustic)
Jake Houlsby
Lights On The Mountain
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2015 Round #2)


Songs are merely a tiny speck in the universe we call the internet. Sometimes no matter how bright they shine, they may be hard to find. But, no need to fret. Think of us as ninjas with a telescope. We here to paint the starry night just for you.

Hold On
The Indien
The More You Try
Boy Scout
Get Me By
Of Embla
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