Indie

The Tokes – “No Sir (Dropout)”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

It doesn’t take long for California punk rockers The Tokes to win you over with their high energy track “No Sir (Dropout),” a enthusiastic punk track with a sunny feel that definitely has an influence from their sunny state of mind being in California.

The band may not exactly be reinventing the wheel with this sound but they execute it so confidently that it completely won me over. These guys have some real licks, it will be interesting to see what comes next.

But for now, enjoy a stream of “No Sir (Dropout)” below.
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The Nursery – “Timeless Eye”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

The Nursery hail from Toronto but makes 80s-esque electronic rock that sounds like it comes straight out of a movie.

Take their track “Timeless Eye,” a track that creates Blade Runner like sounding synths with some lush melodies that remind of some of the work of Smith Westerns. It’s a good combination that results in a real dreamy effect that suites them well.

The song is taken from their debut offering Life After Wartime which was released in July. Stream “Timeless Eye” below and head to their bandcamp to stream/buy the album in full.
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The Arcana – “Ghostwriter”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017 — with 1 comment

The Arcana are a British rock group that formed while at school. Their music has been described as post-psychedelic, baroque pop and contemporary bohemian. They released their debut album Tomorrow Is Yesterday last year and today I will share with you a highlight from the record: “Ghostwriter.”

It captures that old school Brit psych rock sound with relative ease, arriving with plenty of grooves that work well for their sound and style.

You can find the song available to stream below and if you dig it, the album is available to purchase now at CDBaby.

Modern Leisure – “The Secret Art”

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2017

Modern Leisure is the indie pop/rock project of Denver, Colorado musician Casey Banker. The project is he way to lay down personal stories of his weird twenties, all those insane and equally horrivble lovely experiences that help define us.

Take the absolutely wonderful single “The Secret Art,” the first single taken from his debut album Super Sad Rom-Com, which will be released soon enough by Guilty Pleasure Records.
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Cape Weather – “Telephono”

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2017

Cape Weather is the California collaboration between Oakland’s Natalie Smith and Los Angeles’ Eric Jackowitz. They both have had careers in music for years. Natalie previously released her own music under the name Jean Terrace, while Eric has played drums for Nick Waterhouse and believe it or not “Telephono” is the groups debut single.

They both love their power pop, which brought them together to make a love letter to their favorite music. This resulted in their nostalgia-soaked debut single “Telephono” a track that absolutely reels you in with infectious vocals and vintagre sounds that are done right in a modern lens.

You can stream “Telephono” below and if you really are digging it, purchase it from iTunes.
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Simen Mitlid – “This Time”

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2017

Simen Mitlid is a folk-singer from Oslo who released his debut album Everything is the Same via Koke Plate this September.

My introduction to both Simen and the album came via the very delicate and warm folk effort in single “This Time.” There’s a natural quality to it that feels very calm and inviting, with some well placed female vocals towards the middle section of the track that takes it to further winning heights. Carefully arranged and easy-going it is a winner from start to finish and a promising for any listener eager to find a new voice in folk rock.

Enjoy a stream of “This Time” below and head to his soundcloud page to stream the whole album in full.
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Lazy Legs – “Bed Head”

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2017

Lazy Legs is the Portland-based duo of Laura Wagner and Michael Tenzer. Earlier this year the group shared their shoegaze heavy new single “Bed Head” which is due to appear on their sophomore album Crawler, most likely due out sometime in 2018.

Fans of groups like My Bloody Valentine or The Raveonettes will find solace in the blissful noise that this duo conjures up, with equally dreamy vocals under all the layers and layers of glorious noise.

Take a listen to “Bed Head” below or grab a download over at bandcamp for whatever price you want.
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B•R•A•U•N – “Silent Science”

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2017

B•R•A•U•N is the Portland, Oregon-based project of Ben Braun. He made a mark as a part of the synth-pop duo Mackintosh Braun, going on to release three albums with the band. This year he released Silent Science, his debut solo album as Braun, which Diving Bell Recording Co. put out.

Today we are sharing the big sprawling slice of 80s-inspired synth pop with some great colorful synth workings and dreamy vocals that blend into something rather blissful.

The album is available to purchase and stream in full at his bandcamp but you can also enjoy a stream of “Silent Science” below.
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The Tins Release New EP ‘City Lies’

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2017

Buffalo trio and longtime favorites around these parts, The Tins, returned today with their brand new EP City Lies.

Back in October we gave you a taste of the EP with the premiere of the dreamy lead single “Lifeline” and today the whole EP is out there and ready to take you by storm in typical Tins fashion – smart indie rock songs that sneakily hook you in with great vocals and lyricism.

The whole thing is available to stream from soundcloud right now and the band were kind enough to let us embed the whole thing right here, which you can find posted below.

If you like what you hear, feel free to support the band by purchasing the EP over at iTunes.
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Eyeclimber – “In The Ashes”

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2017

Eyeclimber in the Munich-based project of Dominik Feike, who makes what he describes as “Dreambient pop.” We get our first taste of this on track “In The Ashes,” which is featured on his recently released four-song EP Summer’s Dawn.

It’s a dreamy slice of electronic music which operates as a melancholic indie rocker at its core. It’s got some lovely vocal works that works in tandem with its swirling synth world, acting as a combo of say Washed Out and Youth Lagoon.

You can enjoy a stream of “In The Ashes” below and find the whole EP availavble to stream and purchase over at his bandcamp.
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