[Indie] Oslo Parks – The Night

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Oslo Parks
The Night

Oslo Parks just released their newest single, “The Night,” and it definitely brightened our day. This Brighton-based outfit has a unique take on indie house, of which they described as “layered vocals over a mixture of live and electronic instrumentation – pop writing in an alternative setting.” This latest release encapsulates that layered approach, with harmonized vocal sections carefully laid over a groovy bassline, and some heavily treated 70’s style guitars.

This is only the duo’s second track, and we’ve been nothing but impressed. Their production quality really shows that they didn’t just start making music yesterday, displaying something too impressive and mature for us to think they are new to this.

If you’re digging’ these vibes, pick up “The Night” on iTunes.

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[Fresh] James Vincent McMorrow – When I Leave

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James Vincent McMorrow
When I Leave

Coming off a massive festival season, one of our favorite vocalists in music is back with another tune, and it’s up for a free download. “When I Leave” follows up the 2nd album from McMorrow, and was comprised entirely on the road. Admitting that the recording isn’t polished after having been recorded on the road, he describes how this song came to be:

I’ve been recording when I can over the summer, on the floors of festival dressing rooms, in hotels, I’ve been waiting for everyone to fall asleep so I can track vocals in the back lounge of the bus. Making Post Tropical definitely lit a fire. There’s no plan for any of it, I have an album in the world and it is rightfully taking up a lot of my energy, but I’ve plenty energy to go around, I’d like to start putting out some ideas while the ink is still wet, I want people to hear them, to know what they are when we play them live during the autumn Euro and US tours.

Disclaimer, They’re not polished, nothing recorded on the road ever could be, a lot of time spent removing crazy back ground sounds from vocals etc. That’s the point though I guess, snapshots. – James Vincent McMorrow

In all honesty, we could care less that this hasn’t been shined up in a studio by an audio engineer. The moment that glorious falsetto glides over the booming kick drum was more than enough to make us stop what we’re doing and simply swoon. Coupled with some minimalist synths, “When I Leave” drives our adoration even further, leaving us incapable of switching on to the next tune.

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[Free Download] Ryan Hemsworth – Cream Soda (with Tomggg)

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Ryan Hemsworth
Cream Soda (with Tomggg)

Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth just wrapped up his summer tour with a set at this past weekend’s FYF Fest, and he will be heading back home to finish his forthcoming album. Today he’s shared more important news with the announcement of three Japan tour dates in October, and the release of a new single with Japanese producer Tomggg called “Cream Soda.”

The upbeat instrumental track sounds like something straight out of a video game with its melodic chiptune cheer. “Cream Soda” is a delightful pop number that stirs in futuristic elements with dainty bells and whistles, and the result is wholly wonderful. “Cream Soda” is available for a free download via SoundCloud.

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[Indie Rock] CRUISR – All Over

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CRUISR
All Over

Summer may be coming to a close, but based on what we’ve found in the past few days, there’s plenty of music that begs to differ. Today’s offering comes via the latest Vagrant Records signee, CRUISR. This Philly-based four piece dropped “All Over” just minutes ago, giving the blogosphere a taste of what’s to come of their debut EP (September 23rd). Lifelong fans may have just cringed at that last sentence, but it holds true. While having released music under the moniker Cruiser in the past, the band is somewhat starting back at the beginning, clearing off their Soundcloud for everything CRUISR.

With a cascading blend of playful vocal harmonies, a dance-inducing bassline, and some quick bursts of clean guitar work, “All Over,”  has an anthemic pop structure that immediately induces grins. The hook-inspired, lyrics leave the listener completely engaged through the short, yet infectious three-minute ride. Carrying sportive associations to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, and even newcomers The Griswolds.

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[Festival Review + Playlist] Take Us Back: Outside Lands 2014 Highlights through Photos & Songs

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During the Gold Rush, the area where Golden Gate Park currently resides was referred to as the “Outside Lands,” a sprawling seemingly uninhabitable expanse, before being adopted by the city of San Francisco and developed into what is now the gorgeous western portion of the city. Today, Outside Lands carries a whole new meaning as the the premiere music festival of the Bay Area located in the heart of the park. Every event has a unique charm and, for OSL, the magic of San Francisco’s physical and cultural beauty is truly at its core. With breathtaking scenery, quality food/wine and the lingering remnants of the hippie movement, Outside Lands 2014 served as yet another reminder of why the area has become, and has for so long been, such a desirable destination even with its famously cold summer weather.

Just over two weeks have passed since we took our final steps out of what was the most popular OSL in the event’s history. In the days following a festival, the mundanity of everyday life can become particularly evident. Luckily, with concerts, there’s always an artist’s music to revive the excitement of your most memorable, albeit sometimes least remembered, moments. This year’s Outside Lands lineup featured an incredible diversity in artistic styles making for a broad range of experiences to look back on. Join us as we take revisit a dozen of our top highlights from the weekend through photos and songs. Continue reading

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[TMN Premiere] VÉRITÉ – Strange Enough (Cosmic Quest Remix)

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VÉRITÉ
Strange Enough (Cosmic Quest Remix)

Imagine yourself lying in an open field staring up at the cosmic realm above you. Now take that scenario and imagine yourself levitating up towards the sky only to be consumed by a milky layer of ambient clouds that are aimlessly drifting beneath your floating frame. Doesn’t that just sound like the Utopia we all desire? Often times we come across music that helps inspire this intrinsic line of thinking and we cannot help but emerge ourselves in this lucid, dream-like trance. There aren’t too many artists that make us wish we were wandering about the cosmos, however, those rare entities are out there and we tend to have a knack for finding them.

A few months ago we happened to stumble upon an artist by the name of Cosmic Quest; now if you have a good memory then you might remember the gem we picked up from him and Molly Williams called “Water Winds”. Not only did that song move us like never before, but it opened us up to an entirely new realm of music that we forgot ever existed. After months of fine-tuning his productions, the Carmel Valley chill wave wizard is back with an official remix for the lovely, Vérité and her internet hit, “Strange Enough”. With an atmospheric vibe, a melodic synth progression, reverbed percussion (for a lasting wavey effect), and a layer of chopped vocals, Cosmic Quest sent us straight into the clouds with this one. Just when you think the euphoric sensation ends, he takes us to swoonville with a stunning piano outro that sends chills down your spine and permeates your skin with a refreshing blast of solace. We are so fortunate to be premiering the latest from Cosmic Quest and we look forward for what’s to come for this small town producer because he is about to take the world by his hands and take us all to new heights.

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[Chill/House] Alex Wiley – Vibration (Honest Remix)

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Alex Wiley
Vibration (Honest Remix)

Holy mackerel did this tune set us off on the correct foot this morning. Arizona repping electronic producer Honest came to us armed with what has been our favorite tune to make its way our of her studio thus far. This time around Honest has tackled  Alex Wiley’s ragga tipping hip-hop groover “Vibration” and has worked it into a sumptuous slice of sophisticated house music. Rather than approaching her take on the tune with a formulaic four-four kick to start things off, Honest rides a wave of filtered pads and vocal chops into a gorgeously arpeggiated lead piano line  before a sampling of staccato synth stabs sidles in through the back door. Further establishing the tune’s laid back but highly danceable vibe is the way Honest has toyed with Wiley’s raspy vocal track and made it sound as if it was made solely for her production to begin with. This one’s got us feeling all kinds of groovy, so do us one better after your listen and grab the free download here in exchange for a Face book “like”.

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