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[Indie Pop] Day Wave – Drag

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Drag

In the age of electronic music, many indie acts could struggle to appeal to the masses. Oakland-based musician Jackson Phillips a.k.a Day Wave once again proved otherwise with the release of “Drag”, a track that possesses an organic sound that is supported by the lo-fi vocals. The quick drums complement the clever guitar melodies, as the sustained vocals further bring out the uplifting vibe of the track. It’s one of those songs you’ll catch yourself singing along to after a couple of listens.

With only three tracks under his belt, Day Wave showcases his ability to create music with endless mellow melodies. As he continues to put out hits after hits, we simply can’t wait for what’s next for the talented musician.

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[Nu-Disco] Carousel – My New Friend (Avenue Remix)

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My New Friend (Avenue Remix)

One of our favorite synthy pop tunes of 2014, Carousel’s “My New Friend” received a welcome and worthy makeover from 19 year-old Toronto based dance producer Avenue, and we still haven’t managed to shake those clubby rhythms from our consciousness since we gave it a first spin. It’s always inspiring to hear a tune from an act you love undergo a transformation through the lens of another artist’s perspective; especially when the result is as warm and bubbly as this. Avenue shifts cadence from the original towards a more club-friendly stride with a strong focus on an expanse of  uplifting airy synths to surely pull a bit of hip-wiggle and an insuppressible grin from its listener. This one’s being gifted as a free download, so nab a copy here, listen above and be on the prowl for more Avenue material in the near future.

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[Synth-Pop] Carousel – My New Friend

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My New Friend

Something about L.A. duo Carousel and their pensive brand of brooding, but sticky sweet take on pop music has had a most resonant affect on much of the staff here at TMN since their debut EP 26 Allston. After recently wrapping up a much revered country wide tour in support of Cherub, the former Berklee School of Music students finally had the chance to pen another original, and once again we were struck by the simplistic beauty of Carousel’s sound. “My New Friend” gets behind a Jackson Phillip’s keyed synth line delivered with all of the careful bombast of an early 80’s Duran Duran hook, but with the type of indie sensibility that could be found on a Neon Indian composition. The pair’s subdued vocal incantations echo harmoniously off of each other, invoking the kind of contented nostalgia that has its listener harkening back to their first middle-school make out session, which depending on your experience should be a mostly good thing. It’s safe to say, the boys hit the mark, and with Summer nipping at our heels, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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[Video] Carousel – Another Day

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Another Day

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from our favorite Happy-Dance duo Carousel, as they have been on tour or locked inside of their studio for the past handful of months, so when their brand new music video for one of our favorite singles off of their recent Palms EP, “Another Day”came across our desks, it was met with a beaming grin. The video, directed by Felipe Torres Urso, follows a very fraternity-associated looking young man into a Summer pool party as through the eyes of a very young girl and her dolls and then on a day with a beautiful girl, which conceptually unfolds quite well in an artistic and simple manner. Enjoy the official music video for “Another Day” below and if you haven’t already picked up a copy of the excellent Palms you can do so after the jump for the price of just your e-mail.

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[Synth-Pop] Carousel – Before You

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Before You

For the past few weeks synth-pop savantes Jackson Philips and Kevin Friedman, better known to most as Carousel, have been dropping tastes of their impending extended play Palms, which is getting all glossed up and mastered as we speak in time for an early August release. So far we’ve had the pleasure of premiering “Wolf’s Awake” and “Not Enough”; both of which made an appearance in the Hype Machine Top-Ten charts and as they say good things come in threes. So today, Carousel gifts to the world “Before You”, the third single to leak off of Palms. “Before You” follows a slow burning path, resulting in a tune that could quite honestly fall under a “dream-pop” tag. While most of their music is written to make you move, we cherish these ballads as songs we can hold onto and consume in a secluded bedroom. You should probably do the same, perhaps even with a special girl or boy.

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[Synth-Pop] Carousel – Not Enough

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Not Enough

Lately, we’ve been on the fortunate receiving end of a highly regarded number of singles from synth-pop duo Carousel, with last week’s “Wolf’s Awake” and today we had another surprise waiting for us on our desks from Jackson Phillips and Kevin Friedman’s artist project. “Not Enough” is Carousel’s latest effort and again will be a vital piece of a forthcoming EP, Palms, which is set to be self-released during the first week of August. Carousel’s astute commitment to their craft will no doubt bring some major labels come calling in the tail end of 2013, but it has been an absolute inspiration witnessing the development of two talented artists producing and releasing their critically acclaimed music on their own terms. “Not Enough” is another fun stab into pop territory earmarked by a heavy MIDI hook, and four by four rhythm spurring on the clever instrumentation. Check out Carousel’s “Not Enough” above, and be ready for a new complete body of work from our boys out in L.A.

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[TMN Premiere] Carousel – Wolf’s Awake

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Wolf's Awake

Over the course of the past few years, the L.A. by way of Brooklyn indie-pop duo known as Carousel have slid into  a coveted spot within the hearts, and more importantly the ears of perhaps the entire TMN staff. With every passing release, we’ve become used to a certain level of production standard and instrumentation from the former Berklee School of Music students, and it is more apparent than ever that these savvy traditional musicians are becoming quite adept at translating their skill into an intoxicating brand of electronic pop. “Wolf’s Awake” is our first taste from the group’s forthcoming EP, Palms due out in August, and falls right in with a long line of notable tunes from the duo. Their “happy-dance” sound is taken slightly upwards with a fleeting four by four drum pattern prominently carrying Jackson Philips’ airy synths and vocals straight to the dance hall. Not, the typical Top-40 dancehall, but more likely in your local indie-dance club of course, but you get the picture and I digress. Parts of “Wolf’s Awake” echoed the emotive raw dance-punk from early 2000’s DFA recordings paired with Carousel’s apt sense for creating unhurried pop melodies; culminating in a cut fit to be aurally consumed in any number of settings. After almost two years since their last album, the 26 Allston EP, we are chomping at the bit to hear the rest of Palms as it becomes available, and you can bet you Ninjas will be right there with us devouring every track. Listen to “Wolf’s Awake” above.

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