It’s not often you get to hear two cousins making music together. Even at that, it’s more rare that the material is good. Well, today we have Thalab, the familial act whose EP, A Good Swim, is good indeed. Released on Juicebox Recordings, this four song project is a staple as far as indie music goes in 2017.
One of the great things about this EP is none of the tracks are too similar to each other. Sometimes indie bands stick with a certain sound, never branching out to new possibilities but Thalab does that with every song on the project. Not only do they keep things fresh, but each song is a hit, making it extremely difficult to pick a favorite. That’s how you know you’ve got something spectacular. Check out the EP below, as well as what the duo had to say about A Good Swim and grab a copy from iTunes.
“A Good Swim was written and recorded last year in a room in London, by the two of us. All of the four songs came into their own in an intriguing way for us, we followed them rather than the other way around. There’s some second-rate psychoanalysis in there, some mythology, idealized kitsch landscapes and gardening problems. Both sound and words were the result of loosening up the way we approach making music.”
’Morning, Before My Plant Dies’
Shadowgraphs is a self-described “neo-psychedelic” rock group that hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, they have been releasing music through Portland’s Golden Brown, an independent label/artist development group. Today, TMN is premiering Shadowgraphs’ latest single, “Scarlet Tunic” as a followup to their first single “Countryside”, both off their upcoming full-length album that’s due out this April.
“Scarlet Tunic” is an adventurously high-energy tune, continuing off of the retro-cool sound established on the first premiere single. It is an unmistakably psychedelic production that shows influence from 60’s surfer rock. The track features a harmonization of reverb and distortion-heavy guitars, while being anchored by a rock-steady bass line that provides structure in an otherwise frenetic song. Band member Wils Glade describes the song as:
the mental point you get to when you’ve stayed up for way too long, like a day or so, and reality begins to crumble around you.
You can certainly feel this mental battle when you hear the guitar riffs go up against the dream-like, ambient vocals. If you rocked out to this joint, pre-order the upcoming album (out April 7th) on Shadowgraphs’ Bandcamp.
the kiss of the century ft cub
Andy Oliver, AKA dream beach, has long been among my favorite forces in the ambient electronic scene. The watery, bell driven soundscapes he consistently crafts never fail to send me packing to extended vacations into my imagination. Thankfully, Oliver’s most recent endeavor, “the kiss of the century,” only expands on the otherworldly atmosphere that he has cultivated throughout his previous work.
The tune features fanciful singing from Detroit’s mystical vocalist CUB, and builds on it marvelously with swelling synths and hypnotic syncopation. In regard to his experience putting together this auditory imagery, Oliver told us:
“TKOTC I made mostly in total delirium. I can see myself fighting rest, barely even there, teary eyed. My favorite ideas come to me very late at night right before I’m about to fall asleep. To me the instrumental acts as audible hallucinations during what felt like temporary insanity.”
Least Of Creatures
Seattle’s Least Of Creatures makes his Heroic Recordings debut with the single “Candlelight.” With it we get a sincere record that speaks to the soul. “Candlelight” has just been released today and by the end of this post, you’ll be wanting to grab this one online.
Sometimes when creators try and bring all the feels they can into a track, it feels a bit forced. “Candlelight” is an all natural expression that will leave a lasting impression on listeners of all demographics. Least Of Creatures isn’t your average songwriter, as we get a sense that his sound can go several ways in the future. We look forward to hearing just which ways it goes. Check out “Candlelight” today and see what the artist had to say about the song himself below.
“I’m not sure if it’s distinctive but it’s honest and for the most part exactly how I intended it to be. The track is soft and emotional with a touch of illegibility. I’d like an explanation point of interest to pop above listeners heads and intrigue in my future projects.”
– Least Of Creatures
Wild (feat. Khai)
Ultra and Next Wave partnered up on the release of “Wild” by the French producer Kidswaste. This indie single features the ever so talented Khai, who offers up his ravishing voice to the song. Together these two created a wonderful tune.
Despite it’s name, “Wild” isn’t actually all that wild. It’s a slow, intimate record who’s soft melodies and acoustic instrumentation sooth the soul to its very core. With such an organic sound, the song strips away your emotional safeguards to connect on some real levels with you. Unhindered, the impact the song has is lasting, making it a song you will always come back to. “Wild” is currently out now on all digital services, so head to the one of your choosing to get a copy.