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Georgia – “Move Systems”

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2015

Georgia

London-based emcee, multi-instrumentalist and producer Georgia is the latest signing to Domino Records. She is also a member of British group Juce, when she isn’t working on a solo career of her own. Get to know her. she’s one to watch.

She’s recently released her music video for her fiery single “Move Systems.” It features a frantic rhythm section as well as distinct vocals that call to mind some of the earlier work of M.I.A. It’s a strong first impression, and if the rest of her debut album is of this capacity, it’s going to be one hell of a proper introduction. You can stream her debut EP Come In right here.

Check out the video for “Move Systems” below and head to iTunes to purchase it if you like what you hear.
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Day Wave – Drag

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2015

Day Wave

All the snow has finally melted, baseball is here, and some decent movies are finally starting to hit theaters. Summer is around the corner. We’ll be ready for it with songs as bright and hopeful as “Drag” the truly incredible new song from Oakland’s Day Wave. It’s the project of Jackson Phillips, one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel

“Drag” showcases a youthful spirit that shine bright with sun-drenched melodies that capture every bit of the “dream-pop” genre. Jangly guitars and vocals that call to mind Beach Fossils with some of The Drums beachy vocal calls in the background. If you’re a fan of either of those artists (if you read this blog, you probably are), then you’re going to absolutely adore “Drag.” There’s a universal feeling that it evokes, instantly capturing your attention and never letting go. It’s one of the best songs of 2015 so far.

Enjoy “Drag” below.
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Imaginary People – “Simple Life”

By Will Oliver, April 8th 2015

Imaginary People

New York’s Imaginary People will follow their 2013 debut EP with their debut full-length album Dead Letterbox, which will be released on June 23.

The group has released the album’s first single and lead-track “Simple Life,” a song that lives up to “dance americana” genre title that so many have branded them. There’s a dance element at work with the shiny synth-interplay, but theirs a rootsy american folk-rockness to Dylan Von Wagner’s vocals, along with the steam-rolling guitars.

Stream “Simple Life” below.
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[new]: Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man”

By Will Oliver, April 5th 2015

Tame Impala - Currents

It was three weeks ago that Tame Impala released the epic 7-minute track “Let It Happen,” that will open their upcoming new album. Today they’ve announced that the new album is titled Currents. With that, they’ve shared it’s first proper single, the ultimately sexy and dreamy “Cause I’m A Man.”

Kevin Parker cuts loose and finds a bit of an soul/r&b influence (a little bit of Michael in there?) to go with his psychedelic drip. It’s clear from “Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen” that Tame Impala are headed into a new direction with Currents. Different, but still very exciting, and still a Tame Impala track.

Stream “Cause I’m A Man” below.
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[new]: The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2015

The National - Sunshine On My Back

There’s not much better than getting a new song out of the blue from one of your favorite bands. We got that today with a brand new single from The National called “Sunshine On My Back.” It’s not the first single of a new album, but rather a leftover from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions and it’s being included as a bonus for fans who purchase the bands documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

It’s a beautiful sweeping track that features the always fantastic Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals. It’s a great song, but I can sort of understand why it was left of the album. Not a knock on it, but stylistically it doesn’t seem to fit as well.

If you didn’t purchase the movie, you can find the single available to stream on Spotify and available to purchase on iTunes.

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Death Cab for Cutie – “Little Wanderer”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie have shared quite a bit of their new album Kintsugi, whose March 31 (via Atlantic Records) release date is just around the corner. The trio have already shared three tracks from the album (“Black Sun,” “No Room In Frame,” and “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”). These also happened to be the first three songs on the record. They’ve kept the timeline going with the 4th track of the album being released, “Little Wanderer.”

While mostly pleasant, it’s somewhat of a come down from the previous songs, making it my least favorite of the songs released far. Maybe it will work better with the rest of the album as context. We’ll see.

Stream “Little Wanderer” below.
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Mikal Cronin – “ii) Gold”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Mikael Cronin

Mikal Cronin will release his third album this year, the appropriately titled MCIII. It will come out on May 5 via Merge Records.

He’s let go of a new cut from the album called “ii) Gold” with explodes out of the gate with big guitar riffs that definitely calls to mind many of Cronin’s work with Ty Segall. Cronin puts his own signature style to work with those breezy chorus’ that are perfect for summertime listening in the car with the windows down.

Stream “ii) Gold” below, along with “Made My Mind Up,” the first single released from the record.
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While We're Young

James Murphy has a good relationship with director Noah Baumbach. Murphy scored Baumbach’s 2010 film Greenberg, and collaborated with him again for his latest film, the soon to be released While We’re Young (which I caught at New York Film Fest last year and reviewed for Monday Morning Matinee).

A lovely piece from the score called “We Used To Dance” has been released and shared via Indiewire. It perfectly captures the mood of the film (about middleage and finding youth in your adulthood) you and is just as lovely as a standalone piece of its own.

Stream “We Used To Dance” below, as well as “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home,” another song from the soundtrack that was previously released. Be sure to check out While We’re Young when it’s released in theaters on March 27. The soundtrack is released on March 24 via Milan Records.

Here’s “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home”:

[new]: Mew – “Water Slides”

By Will Oliver, March 11th 2015

Mew

Danish rockers Mew will return with new album +/- on April 28 via Play It Again Sam. It’s the first album from them in six years (since 2009’s No More Stories Are Told Today…).

Today they released a new album cut called “Water Slides.” They released an edited version of the a peaceful meditative track, one that captures a truly dreamy and mesmerizing atmosphere that is all around pleasant. This follows the previously released first single “Satellites” which was a bit more large-scale.

Find both “Water Slides” and “Satellites” posted below. Hopefully we’ll get some new U.S. tour dates soon, aside from their stops at SXSW.
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Death Cab For Cutie

When I saw Death Cab for Cutie play a surprise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in January, they played a few new cuts off their soon to be released album Kintsugi (March 31 via Atlantic Records). One of them was a song by the name of “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive.”

It stood out to be because of the amount of sharp bite that it had live, while interestingly also finding ways to trickle in a more airy atmosphere with the help of some electronic influences. I was excited to see how the recorded version turned out, and I’m happy to say that they were able to capture that same live energy on the recording.

Stream “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” below, along with “No Room In Frame,” the previously released album track. You can hear first single “Black Sun” here.
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