Indie

King Ropes – “Dogleg Boy”

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2017

King Ropes is the project of guitarist Dave Hollier, who writers expressive songs that tackle the highs and lows of human experience. Layered with sonic textures and emotional layers that are pushed forward with hooks.

Earlier this year Hollier released his debut album under the King Ropes name and it’s a solid and thoughtful debut full of hidden treasures such as the LP’s opening track, “Dogleg Boy.”

There’s a dreaminess to his vocal delivery on the track, mixed well with the more aggressive and heavy guitar riffs. It reminds a lot of Bradford Cox and his work with both Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, which is most certainly a good thing.

Find “Dogleg Boy” posted below, and preview the whole album over at his bandcamp page.
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Party Jacket – “Can’t Have You”

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2017

Party Jacket is the indie pop project of Joshua Grimes based out of the suburbs in northern Illinois. He’s gearing up for the release of his debut album Weekend Exotic which will be released later this summer.

One listen to the demo of “Can’t Have You” will win over fans of acts like Wild Nothing and Craft Spells, digging deep into its 80s indie rock sound. Soothing vocals lead the charge of some groovy riffs and atmosphere soaked deep in rhythm and soul. Considering this is only a demo, there’s quite a lot of promise not just on this song, but for the album and Party Jacket’s budding career.

Take a listen to “Can’t Have You” below.
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Electrockrat – “Fade Away”

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2017 — with 2 comments

Electrockrat is the project of Tel Aviv resident Omer Goren, who makes some trippy psych-rock that captures the sound of UK rockers of the 90s.

It doesn’t take much time for the guitar riffs and creations that Goren has summoned as Electrockrat to create a soothing cool over you. Not much music is quite getting created in this fashion anymore, so it’s good to see someone still finding ways to make psych rock sound fresh and memorable again.

“Fade Away” is taken from his debut album Mind Travel, which was released earlier this year via Factory Fast Records.

Enjoy a stream of “Fade Away” posted below.
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Milk Buttons – “Flowers”

By Will Oliver, May 31st 2017

Milk Buttons is the Australian rock duo of songwriters Jackson Muir and Cameron Bower. There’s a good chance that the name is new to you, as they just recently released their debut single “Flowers.”

Both Muir and Bower have spent time in many other touring acts and have incorporated that experience and growth into “Flowers” which sounds like many different styles of rock and roll while also digging into something of it’s own. The vocals have elements of Julian Casablancas and The Strokes, but with more of a moody atmosphere and a textured psych-rock flavor.

Take a listen to “Flowers” below and stay tuned for more on Milk Buttons very soon.
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Den-Mate – “Fall”

By Will Oliver, May 29th 2017

Den-Mate is the project of Washington, D.C. artist Jules Hale. In April she released her new EP Entropii via Babe City Records.

The EP’s first single “Fall” shares a lot in common with another group based in D.C., our friends in GEMS. “Fall” is similar to a lot of the dark ethereal electronic sounds they create but done with her own stamp and signature sound. Hale so easily summons up this dark atmosphere and matches it with more uplifting, spiritual vocals, that shape-shift into something pop-minded, yet also darkly textural.

Take a listen to “Fall” below and take a listen to the entire EP over at bandcamp.
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Haux – “Touch”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Haux is the project of photographer-turned-musician Woodson Black who resides the The Berkshires of Massachusetts.

He recently returned with “Touch” an electronic fusion of folk-rock that is every bit as emotive as it is pop-minded as it is well textured in production flourishes. Something of a love song for the internet age, made with as much human emotion as possible.

“Touch” follows the release of his sophomore EP All We’ve Known last year. Take a listen to “Touch” below and head to his soundcloud to stream the rest of his work.
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Febueder – “Morning Yawn”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Febueder are an English trio featuring lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey, percussionist Samuel Keysell, and Toby Ingram on bass. Earlier this month they released their new EP From An Album.

“Morning Yawn” is the first single taken from the EP. Featuring a dark atmosphere that echoing vocals that sit somewhere between the worlds of Alt-J and Foals, a great thing depending on where you stand on those artists (who we both love). Smooth, confident, and sultry, “Morning Yawn” would be one well of a way to wake up in the morning.

Take a listen to “Morning Yawn” below, and if you like what you hear, grab the EP from iTunes.
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Melby – “Pat”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Melby are a quartet from Stockholm, Sweden, who caught the attention of blogs with their single, “Human.” This year they returned with their debut EP Melby, which was released on May 19 via Rama Lama Records.

“Pat” is the EP’s single and for good reason. It’s smartly constructed with an easy-going charm that features soothing vocals over some tightly constructed riffs. It’s a pure delight on the ears, that leaves you wanting to come back for immediate seconds.

Stream “Pat” below and head to the Rama Lama Records Shop to grab the EP on vinyl, limited to just 100 copies.
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Yellow House is the project of Emile van Dango, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. After trying to venture through the various genre waves that flood the music scene in Cape Town, van Dango instead opted to dream up a unique universe of his own.

He’s released his debut EP A Carnival of Fears, and based on the lush dreaminess of EP cut “”It Feels the Same Everyday,” it seems like he’s certainly lived up to his promise of dreaming up his own universe. From the vocals, to the electronic swirls that graciously welcome that groovy bassline, this song is an absolute delight to sink into.

Take a listen to “It Feels the Same Everyday” below, and head to his bandcamp to stream the full EP and give it a purchase if you like what you hear.
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Eliza & The Delusionals – “Salt”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Eliza & The Delusionals are a rock group out of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, led by Eliza Klatt. Their recently released “Single” is a track that is totally worth your time.

A mix of a garage rock stomper with some hooky pop-vocals, “Salt” is an addictive force of energy that would’ve been right at home in the 90’s but feels even more well needed today, a much smarter pop song than anything you’ll hear on the radio, at least here in the US.

Find the official music video for “Salt” posted below, along with the soundcloud stream.





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