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[new]: Tanlines – “Slipping Away”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Tanlines

Tanlines, the New York dance-rock duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm, will return with new album Highlights on May 19 via True Panther Sounds.

To celebrate today’s announcement, the band also let go of the bouncy first single “Slipping Away.” The band have more of a full-band indie-rock sound, with dance-elements pushed somewhat to the side. It reminds me a bit of The Drums, in a glamorous 80s way. It’s pleasant as all hell, and going right on the eventual summer 2015 playlist. (Last summer we saw them play at Governors Ball).

Head right here to trade your email for a free download mp3 download of “Slipping Away” or just stream it below.


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[new]: The Teen Age – “Low Cunning”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

The Teen Age

Brooklyn rockers The Teen Age have returned with a excitable new single titled “Low Cunning” that will be released digitally on April 4 via Old Flame Records.

It’s a clean yet dirty guitar anthem that doesn’t waste anytime showing off the goods. Shimmering guitars, a propulsive rhythm section and raw vocals are all a part of a winning formula of rock and roll that The Teen Age make look easy (as they did at Mercury Lounge last November).

Stream “Low Cunning” below via Spin.
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[new]: Speedy Ortiz – “The Graduates”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Speedy Ortiz

Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz will release new album Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.

They previously shared a track called “Raising The Skate” and yesterday they followed that up with a 90’s slacker anthem that changes up Speedy Ortiz’s formula a bit, with newly infused synths. Still, this is still very much the same Speedy Ortiz, who weave in and out of their melancholic musings with ease.

This track has become even more personal to lead singer Sadie Dupuis, whose father recently passed away. She posted a personal note on the band’s facebook page, explaining that this song was his favorite out of all the songs that she ever wrote.

You can find the touching note posted below along with a stream of “The Graduates” as well as “Raising The Skates.”
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Best Coast - California Nights

Best Coast have announced that they will release new album California Nights on May 5 via Harvest Records. The duo (Bethany Cosentino + Bobb Bruno) recorded the album at WAX LTD in Hollywood, California, working with producer Wally Gagel. It’s described a “brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.”

Here’s what Cosentino said about the album:

If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets. In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world.’

It also ties in with the idea that, in LA, there’s a real darkness that you don’t see unless you know where to look. That’s a theme we very consciously decided to explore and play with when making this record. We related to the idea that things may LOOK or SOUND fun and upbeat, but they may not actually always BE that way – much like our songs. A lot of the writing for this record consisted of me getting to know myself again and remembering where Bethany ended and Best Coast began. I took a much needed step back and I was able to breathe deep for a moment and really focus on what I was doing. The end result of all of that, is California Nights. It’s about a journey, accepting the things you have no control over; it’s about dealing with life like an adult, and at the end of the day, reminding yourself that there really is no reason to be sad, and you have every right to feel okay.

Based on first single and title track “California Nights” the album will be their biggest yet. It captures something personal, yet you feel like you’re hit with this giant wave of melancholy. It reminds me a great deal of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” another California band. I mean that as a compliment, of course.

I’ve fully embraced this version of Best Coast, and this song is currently paying off dividends.

Listen to “California Nights” below by watching it’s very California music video, directed by Adam Harding.
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The Tallest Man On Earth – “Sagres”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

The Tallest Man On Earth - Dark Bird Is Home

It’s been three years since the last record from Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth. This year he’ll correct that with a new album called Dark Bird Is Home, out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

Early last month he released a brief album trailer, and last week he shared the album’s first single, “Sagres.” While The Tallest Man On Earth is previously known for his raw, sparse acoustic sound, he changes things up on “Sagres,” jumping into something much, much, more. There’s a lot more going on here than listeners are used to, with percussion and lush string and horn arrangements. I couldn’t help but notice it called to mind elements of Beirut and War On Drugs.

It’s different, but it’s quite a beauty. Artists need to progress, and Matsson has done a great job with it here. The spirit of “Sagres” is warm and uplifting, a perfect combatant for this icy winter.

Enjoy it below, where you can also find the album trailer, tracklist and his upcoming tour dates, which includes a show at The Beacon Theatre.
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Young Empires – “So Cruel”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Young Empires - So Cruel

It’s been a while since we heard from Toronto electronic-rock trio Young Empires. Which makes their return even more welcome, considering that we can always rely on them to deliver bright spotted dance anthems.

Recently the group returned with a new cut called “So Cruel.” It’s a romantic gesture wrapped with soulful electronic grooves and synth whirls that leave a dazzling impression. It’s smooth as hell.

“So Curel” is out now via Votiv Records. Stream it below.
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Color Collage – 2048

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Color Collage

You may remember an artist by the name of Lean Grimes who we posted around here a couple of years ago. The project was initially based on sampling mp3’s of brand new indie music that Conerty found on blogs and making his own unique remixes through them. Well the project is now known as Color Collage and has shifted gears into something much more.

He’s released a new single called “2048” that has garned titled such as “electronic doo wop.” It features a beachy old-school sound, blended tightly with electronic elements that create a wonderful new world. It instantly works its magic on you, sounding embedded in the past, but also focused on the future. It will be included on Shane’s debut album as Color Collage Pieced Together which will be released via Paper Garden Records.

He’s released a video for “2048” which has plenty to say about the effects of technology on our society, including at shows. Find that posted below along with the regular stream.

“2048” Music Video:

My Morning Jacket

On May 4 My Morning Jacket will return with new album The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

It’s their seventh album and their first on Capitol Records. The group began recorded the album in late 2013 at the Panoramic House studio in Stinson Beach, California, with producer Tucker Martine (who co-produced their last album, Circuital).

Frontman Jim James told Rolling Stone that they entered the recording studio with a more spontaneous approach to recording. They ended up with 24 tracks, which they ended up splitting into a pair of albums, with the later set to come out in 2016.

One of those tracks was released today as a part of the album’s announcement, a dreamy psych-folk wonder called “Big Decisions.” It’s a sprawling big cut that calls to mind My Morning Jacket’s earlier days, with some slick modern stylings added for good measure.

They have also announced a set of tour dates that include Governors Ball. After seeing them play an astonishing set at The Capitol Theatre in 2012, I’m impatiently awaiting that performance come June. Find the full list of tour dates posted below, along with the album’s tracklisting and the video stream for “Big Decisions.”
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Leon Bridges – “Lisa Sawyer”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

Leon Bridges - Lisa Sawyer

If Leon Bridges isn’t on your radar, you better fix that immediately. The Fort Worth, Texas musician is bringing soul back to life with his retro-friendly tracks, such as last year’s “Coming Home” and “Better Man,” with the former making my best songs of 2014 list.

Last week Bridges returned his most recent cut “Lisa Sayer.” Bridges once again turns back the clocks with some doo-woop influenced soul swagger that would make Sam Cooke turn his head. In fact, the song is a loving ode to his mother. He played this one when I saw him make his New York City live debut at Mercury Lounge last month, and it sounded just as wonderful.

It will appear on Bridges’ debut album, coming later this year via Columbia Records. Stream it below via Gorilla vs. Bear and go an purchase it at iTunes.
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[new]: Harriet – “Irish Margaritas”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

Harriet EP

Los Angeles band Harriet have been a band we’ve been watching for some time on this blog. So we are proud to learn, and announce, that the group has signed to Harvest Records, who released their new self-titled EP today.

In celebration of the release of the EP, and the signing, the group have released the official music video for single “Irish Margaritas.” It was directed by the band’s singer Alex Casnoff and premiered earlier today over at The Fader. Here’s what the band had to say about the video:

The LIME, our video’s hero, is the mascot for our drink sponsor (our “beats pill” if you will). Irish Margaritas // A video about object glorification and rampant/overbearing product placement–trying to give some sort of spiritual importance to a meaningless thing: LIME WORSHIP. The LIME is benevolent. The LIME tastes good. The LIME welcomes you. Heed its call.

As for the track itself, it’s got a bouncy synth-beat, along with a big folk-rooted chorus that creates a scattered electronic-rock jam that sort of sits in its own genre completely. Harriet always have had a knack of creating songs that sound huge, and Irish Margarita” is no different.

Enjoy the video below (if you have Epilepsy, you probably shouldn’t watch) and head to iTunes now to pick up the EP.
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