Sam Brookes – Kairo [Album Review]

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With an intro as chillingly beautiful as one could have hoped for, we were sold on Kairo in the first thirty seconds. While we would have been perfectly happy only enjoying the 2:00 minute intro to Sam Brookes upcoming LP, there’s a whole other world of exploration to delve into.

We’re all waiting for albums that timelessly populate our speakers for years to come. They need to have the dynamic ability to capture your heart and captivate your imagination. With absolutely stunning soundscapes providing an illustrious backdrop for Brooke’s ethereal vocals, we’re left hopelessly daydreaming, carrying away to a much more cerebral place. Varying from haunting tales, articulately told over subdued finger picking, to upbeat folk gems that induce irresistible toothy grins, this is an album that fits that aforementioned description.

While the older version of “Numb” is listed below, one can feel the immense weight it carries in sheer vocal beauty, flawlessly displaying a gorgeous tone and range from Brookes. The instrumentals are understated, featuring a splashy jazz style drum pattern and light finger picking, which allows you to intensely follow the vocals word for word. Boasting associations of Patrick Watson and James Vincent McMorrow, “Numb” will have you feeling anything but, carrying an ominous electricity with every verse.

“Frequency” offers a much more instrumentally-driven sound, combining playful melodies of strings, piano keys, and an almost new-age feel. Utilizing some vocal percussion in addition to the instrumentals, this softly sung tune is are given a unique sound, playing effortlessly with enchanting harmonies. On the other side of the spectrum, you have songs like “This is The Place” and “James” that features a much more upbeat tempo. With a big bass kick, endearing lyrics and some playful guitar work, you can instantly feel yourself throwing these playful songs on in the car during your next road trip.

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

JAMES
Numb
Frequency
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #1)

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Tuesdays are already better than Mondays, because well…they aren’t Mondays. But having an Indie Dojo to accompany you on your “glad it’s no longer Monday” journey might just be the cherry on top. So go on….Enjoy your day.

Cathedrals
Harlem
Racing Glaciers
Moths (Single Version)
Waters
Got To My Head
SKATERS
Miss Teen Massachusetts (We The Wild Remix)
Yumi Zouma
A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers
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Exclusive Interview with TMN Resident Artist Marika Hackman

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Marika Hackman
'81 (Joanna Newsom cover)

As we wind down our Residency with Miss Marika Hackman, we had the opportunity to shoot over a few choice questions, in hopes of getting to know this unique and alluring artist a little bit better. From her musical upbringing to who some of her biggest influences were, check out what this indie UK artist had to say.

TMN: First and foremost, we can’t tell you how excited we were to have you as our Resident Artist for this month. You’re not only our first female musician, but also our first non-EDM artist. We realize we’re not the only blog that’s given you love though, so talk to us about what the blogosphere and Hype Machine means to smaller artists such as yourself.

MH: I think they’re incredibly important as they provide an instant platform for up and coming artists, especially those without backing from a label or management. It’s great to know that there are blogs with real clout in the industry constantly searching for new exciting stuff, and sharing it.

TMN: So, we have to imagine that you had a musical upbringing as a child. Were your parents musically gifted, or did they just notice your talents at a young age?

MH: yeah both of my parents play a variety of instruments, and my grandparents too. We always had music playing in the house when i was growing up so its been at the forefront of my life for a while. I started having piano lessons when i was about 4 which also gave me a musical understanding from a very young age, although i was never particularly good at it. i then went on to have lessons in the bass guitar and drums, so i guess my parents were keen to let me explore the more musical side of myself.

TMN: Walk us through being a teenage Marika Hackman. What were you listening to? What were you dressed like? What kinds of kids did you run around with?

MH: i think i had two or three versions of the same navy blue hoody so that i could wash them on a rota which meant i could wear one every day haha. quite the fashionista. I guess i was really getting into Laura Veirs at that point, and the Shins as well. I think i just had both of them on repeat for a good few years. I went to quite a progressive school and it was very small so there weren’t really any cliques or anything like that, so most of the people i hung out with just normal teenagers i suppose.

TMN: Fast forward to working with Dirty Hit. This label has churned out some really impressive artists. What does it mean to you having them at your back, supporting you along the way?

MH: Its amazing to know that i have people behind me who understand what i’m trying to achieve, and who are trying to pave the way for me to do that rather than put their stamp all over me. i guess it’s just nice to know that my artistic integrity will never be put on the line and i can knuckle down and focus on writing the songs i want to write.

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Marika Hackman’s Five Favorite Songs [TMN RESIDENT ARTIST EXCLUSIVE]

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We love displaying all of the wonderful musical talent of our Resident Artists each and every month. However, sometimes we like to change it up and get to know what they like. We hit up Marika Hackman to see what she’s listening to at the moment, and she came back with five of her favorite songs. We loved the mix that she came up with, especially giving a nod to one of our all-time favorite tunes, “Caring is Creepy”.

Have a listen below, and keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview coming in the next few days!

Alt J
Bloodflood
Beach House
Zebra
Bon Iver
Michicant
Lykke Li
Love Out Of Lust
The Shins
Caring Is Creepy
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[Indie] Conner Youngblood – Confidence

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Confidence

There’s something undeniably charming about Conner Youngblood’s music. It could be the understated, calming vocals. It could be the intricate, yet subtle instrumentals. It could be the laid-back nature that is always unassuming and overwhelmingly pleasing. Whatever it is, we’re into what he’s doing, and quite frankly, can’t understand why he’s not playing festivals near and wide.

While we wait for that day to come, we’ll gladly keep sharing his music, as we know there are so many of you out there who will enjoy what he’s doing. Take “Confidence” for example. This larger than life cinematic tune displays all of the aforementioned talents from this Texas based independent artist. Combining simple hand clapping, a booming bass drum kick, some down-south style strings, and his echoing vocals, we’re immediately taken to another place.

Press play and get lost with us. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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

indie-dojo-music-ninjaComplaining. We all do a lot of it. Probably enough to last us a lifetime and then some. So let’s try something different today. Let’s go a whole 24 hours without one complaint. Turn everything around with a positive twist and it might not be has hard as you think. To help serenade you through your challenge, we’ve got an Indie Dojo ready and waiting to throw a little sunshine and rainbows in your subconscious. Just remember, if you don’t like a song, don’t put that negativity out there. Either find something you like about it or change it and move on. No time wasted on something that can easily be changed…

Sylvan Nesso
Hey Mami
Fickle Friends
SWIM
We Were Evergreen
Daughters
Caitlin Park
Baby Teeth
Stay Bless
Always
Luca
Im Afraid

 

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Marika Hackman – ’81 (Joanna Newsom Cover) [TMN RESIDENT VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Marika Hackman
'81 (Joanna Newsom cover)

As we slowly waltz through the winter months, bundled up with the simple pleasures in life, we’re warmly comforted by our favorite music, softly carrying us to a sunnier, more embraceable time. Something about the familiar lyrics help ease the bitter cold, whether we’re willing to admit it or not.

Marika Hackman certainly knows this, consistently providing listeners with words easily associated with and fondly appreciated time and time again. When she’s not providing her own lyrics, she’s busy covering another notable harp-adorned female storyteller, which is what we have for you today.

Hailing out of the UK, February Resident Marika Hackman has graced us with the pleasure of premiering her live accoustic cover of the ever-so-talented harpist, Joanna Newsom. In this take on “’81″, we’re immediately ready to head to the “Garden of Eden” with Marika, as she calmly reinterprets this folk classic.

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