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[Indie] Real Estate – Green Aisles

Marking the end of summer, New Jersey dream-pop maestro’s Real Estate have dropped a free download of ‘Green Aisles’, a taster of their upcoming album that comes wrapped in wistful, autumnal cosiness. ‘Green Aisles’ is lifted from the band’s forthcoming long player, ‘Days’, which is set for release on October 18th via Domino Records.

Real Estate – Green Aisles by DominoRecordCo

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[Folk] James Vincent McMorrow – Wicked Game

Irish singer-songwriter and Music Ninja favourite, James Vincent McMorrow returns with a gorgeous version of Chris Isaak’s haunting classic ‘Wicked Game’.

As with his recent cover of ‘Higher Love’, James has stripped ‘Wicked Game’ back to its essence and rebuilt it around his stirring, atmospheric falsetto which shimmers through the sparse arrangement, delivering a more intimate take on the song.

James Vincent McMorrow – Wicked Game

’James Vincent McMorrow – Wicked Game’

[via b3sci]

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Kurt Vile – The Creature

Philadelphia based psychedelic folk hero Kurt Vile has just announced the release of a brand new 6-song EP, entitled ‘So Outta Reach’, which is due out on 8th November. In keeping with Kurt’s prolific release schedule the EP follows March’s ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’, his critically acclaimed 4th album, and features 5 original tracks recorded during the album sessions as-well as a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Downbound Train’. Download ‘The Creature’ below, a brooding preview of the EP, which sees Vile’s rich baritone underpinned with a fragile finger-picked chord progression.

Kurt Vile – The Creature

’Kurt Vile – The Creature’
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[Indie] thenewno2 – Live a Lie [feat. Regina Spektor]

George Harrison was the youngest of The Beatles. As lead guitarist he was often cruelly overlooked as a songwriter despite penning some of their best loved songs including ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something’, a song that Frank Sinatra claimed was his favorite Lennon/McCartney composition and the greatest love song ever written. When George sadly passed away in 2001, his son Dhani completed George’s final album ‘Brainwashed‘ which was released in 2002. Continuing his father’s legacy of song-writing genius Dhani formed thenewno2 and will be releasing a brand new EP on Sept 27, entitled EP002, via HOT Records.

No stranger to collaborating with the world’s best musicians (Dhani has already shared a stage with Eric Clapton and Tom Petty and recorded with the Wu-Tang Clan and Ben Harper) thenewno2 have enlisted RZA, Crisis, Sir Eyes and on ‘Live a Lie’ the beautiful Regina Spektor takes the guest vocals. Interwoven with Harrison’s soft vocals and the blend of distorted, synthetic beats and layered guitars Regina’s vocals pull the melody together into a captivating union of analogue and digital that will stay with you long after the track has played out.

thenewno2 – Live A Lie Feat Regina Spektor

’thenewno2 – Live A Lie Feat Regina Spektor’
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[Folk] Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up

24 year old acoustic songwriter and surfer Ben Howard is really starting to make waves in the UK folk scene. A local hero in the South West of England, Ben’s delicate melodies are spreading nationwide with his latest single ‘Keep Your Head Up’ being awarded Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World accolade.

Check out the above video for some good wholesome summer fun soundtracked by Ben’s intricate guitar and soaring vocals and keep an ear out for his highly anticipated debut album ‘Every Kingdom’. Recorded in a crumbling barn in rural Devonshire and set for release on 3rd October, ‘Every Kingdom’ promises to be a captivating introduction to a unique and clever young British songwriter.


Ben Howard – Three Tree Town

’Ben Howard – Three Tree Town’
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[Folk] You Won’t – Three Car Garage

Three Car Garage‘ is the opening track on the first You Won’t album and delivers a sublime introduction to their intriguing brand of lofi folk pop. Revolving around the song-writing axis of Massachusetts’ Josh Amoudse and Raky Sastri ‘Three Car Garage’ is an immediately accessible and infectious slice of home grown sing-a-long folk.

You Will want to download this …

You Won’t – Three Car Garage

’You Won’t – Three Car Garage’
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Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss (Time and Space Machine Remix)

Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are set to re-release their phenomenal debut album ‘Innerspeaker’ on August 16th accompanied by a bonus disc which includes tracks lifted from their 2008 self-titled debut EP as-well as a selection of B-sides and remixes.

To celebrate this re-issue and to mark their live television debut (tune into Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight!) the band are giving away a free download of the Time and Space Machine remix of their breakthrough single ‘Solitude is Bliss‘. Time and Space Machine take us on a hazy, 9 minute psychedelic journey through a dream like clutter of hypnotic drums, reversed guitars and Kevin Parker’s John Lennon-esque vocals. Turn on, tune in, trip out …

Tame Impala Solitude Is Bliss (Time and Space Machine Remix)

’Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss (Time and Space Machine Remix)’
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