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Steve Benjamins – “Sightlines”

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015

Steve Benjamins

Last month Toronto-based singer-songwriter Steve Benjamins released his new EP Sightlines.

Based on tracks such as “Sightlines,” the new release came just in time for summer. A glassy and smooth track that kicks off the EP softly but gradually builds into something much widescreen and ambitious, with a calm and moving atmosphere that certainly sets the tone for the rest of his release. The track never quite reaches its climax, but stays within itself, adding to its already calming state of mind.

Stream “Sightlines” below and grab a free download of his EP over at his website.
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[new]: Foals – “What Went Down”

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2015

Foals

The always reliable British rockers Foals are back, and sounding as strong as ever. They’ll release their new album What Went Down on August 28 via Warner Bros Records.

Today they premiered the first single, and title track, “What Went Down” which was released as a brand new music video. It’s very Foals in spirit, harnessing that primal energy that seems to come so naturally for them. Once it starts it never lets up, and it explodes into something that I can only imagine being an absolute monster in the live setting. Welcome back Foals.

Getting to hear a new song just makes me crave the next New York Foals show, which hopefully will be coming soon enough.

Check out the official music video for “What Went Down” below. It was directed by Niall O’Brien.
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2015 has been a year of experienced veterans returning to release brand new albums. This is all fine and well, but it’s also great to see new, exciting acts emerge, such as Day Wave. It’s the project of Oakland resident Jackson Phillips, who also happens to be one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel.

Jackson first caught my attention earlier in the year with a wonderfully dreamy cut called “Drag,” that is not only a perfect song for summer, but one of my favorite songs of the year so far. I’ve been craving more ever since, which makes the release of new song “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” that much more exciting. It’s off of his debut EP Headcase, which will be self-released on July 17, and will include two previously unheard tracks.

It’s yet another dreamy wonder that dives deep into a nostalgic train of thought, with delightful hooks delighting you all the way. He’s only released four songs to date, but all have been wonderful little treasures that are signs of an artist coming into his own. The future is that much more exciting with the prospect of more music from Day Wave.

Stream “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” below.
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Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Mac DeMarco

The always hard working Mac DeMarco will release his new mini-LP Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks.

He recently let go of opening track “The Way You’d Love Her,” a track that wastes no time establishing itself into his world which is becoming a genre of its own. It features some trippy guitar effects, with a very Mac solo to boot. It’s a groovy cut, that certainly stays true to the albums promise to have a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility.”

Mac has never let us down, doesn’t look like he plans to start now.

Stream “The Way You’d Love Her” below, and find all of Mac’s upcoming tour dates below.
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Oscar – “Beautiful Words”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Oscar - Beautiful Words EP

With every move and release British wonder Oscar Scheller continues to find new ways to leave me impressed. So naturally, I’m very excited that he’s announced that his debut EP Beautiful Words, will be released on June 23 via Wichita Recordings.

I fully expected him to return with songs more in the pop-rock vein of the wonderful “Daffodil Days,” (which appears on the EP as well) but he surprised me with the new direction he’s laid out with “Beautiful Words.” His warm vocals rise above the lush synths and electronic beats, creating a different avenue for him to win us over. There’s underlying elements of hip-hop in there as well, showcasing his electric and varied taste.

As the opening track of the EP, it sets the tone and paves the way for the other rich wonders that Scheller has set for us not only on this release, but in the future.

Stream “Beautiful Words” below.
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Muse at Webster Hall (May 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 9th 2015 — with 1 comment

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The last time I saw Muse was in August 2007, their first time playing Madison Square Garden, and ultimately the start of their jaunt as one of the biggest rock bands in the world. I was able to score general admission tickets for it, and spent a good chunk of that hot day waiting in line in order to get as close to the stage as possible. It was well worth it, as that performace still remains one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. It would end up being the last time I saw them play, a result of me being away at college whenever they played New York, as well as the fact that a lot of their newer material didn’t quite do it for me.

When I saw that they announced a show at Webster Hall as a warmup tour for their new album Drones, I just had to be there. Getting to see Muse in a 1,500 capacity room, and the probability that they’d play a lot of what the die-hard fans really want to hear, was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

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The Drums – “Kiss Me Again” (RAC Mix)

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2015

The Drums - Kiss Me Again (RAC Mix)

Summer is well on the way, and we can always use some upbeat and breezy songs to go along with those warm days spent outside with a cold beer by our side. Last year The Drums released their new record Encyclopedia, a record that I wish people spent more time with, as it’s a real grower and takes some time to show itself.

It seems like RAC agrees, as they’ve taken Encyclopedia track “Kiss Me Again” and spruced it up a little bit more to their own liking. He doesn’t change to much about the song, but it’s enough to give it a shiny new look that will be perfect for some summertime listening.

Find the RAC mix posted below, and head to the track’s soundcloud page for a free download.
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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 — with 1 comment

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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