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Twinsmith – “Matters”

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2017

Omaha-based indie rock group Twinsmith released their third album Stay Cool this July via Saddle Creek Records.

Today I have one of the track’s lead efforts “Matters” to share with you guys. The dreamy vocal work of Jordan Smith, the sensual keys from Matt Regner and the tight rhythm section held down by bassist Bill Sharp and drummer Oliver J. Morgan. It’s a clean cut slice of indie rock that is totally effective.

Enjoy a stream of “Matters” below.
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Paul Nicholas Slater – “1942”

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2017

Paul Nicholas Slater makes some tender rock and roll out of Sacramento that calls to mind the early scuzzy days of Mac DeMarco.

It’s got a laid back home-cooked approach with some twangy guitar work and a vocal that reminds of the likes of Parquet Courts, digging into a bit of chill garage rock that sounds stoned out of its mind.

It’s taken from Nicholas Slater’s perfectly titled debut album Eponymous Debut which you can stream and purchase at his bandcamp. I’ve also posted a stream of “1942” below.
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Small Leaks Sinks Ships – “Dancing Devil”

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2017

Portland-based indie rock group Small Leaks Sink Ships make art-rock with a passion and emotion that is immediate. The group aren’t new to the scene, they’re been putting in their work since the release of their debut album in 2007.

They caught my attention with “Dancing Devil” a track that is equally off-kilter but oddly catchy. It’s complex yet also accessible, a fine line that is much easier said than done, but Small Leaks Sinks Ships get the job done.

“Dancing Devil” is off of their new album Golden Calf, out now via Lefse Records. Enjoy a stream of the track below.
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Ricky Hollywood – “Tu Adores Cette Chanson”

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2017

Earlier this year we shared with you a track from Ricky Hollywood, the France-based project of Stephane Bellity who has played drums for the likes of Melody’s Echo Chamber, Juliette Armanet and Halo Maud. This year he released his first solo album Le Modeste Album which was released via Nantes-based record label Futur Records.

We previously shared with you the albums single “Salut, je ne te reconnais pas” and today we have another great and delightful offering from the album “Tu Adores Cette Chanson.” It’s smartly written and has a very light and smooth way about it that it’s hard not to be totally pleased with a smile across your face as it plays.

You can find the whole album available to hear and purchase at his bandcamp page, but you can also find a stream of “Tu Adores Cette Chanson” below.
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Depeche Mode at Mohegan Sun Arena (September 1, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Legendary new wave rockers Depeche Mode released their new album Spirit this March via Columbia Records/Mute Records. It’s the groups 14th studio album in their nearly 40 year career, an impressive feat no matter how you spin it, especially considering that it’s a rather solid addition to their catalog.

They’ve been touring hard in support of the new album and brought their show to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on September 1 ahead of their shows in New York City.

The career-spanning set saw the group offer sounds from across their expansive discography, from songs off the new record, to bonafide dance-rock classics such as “Never Let Me Down Again,” “Enjoy the Silence,” and “Personal Jesus.” This was somehow my first time catching Depeche Mode live and it lived up to my expectations and then some.

Find photos from their performance posted below along with their setlist.
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Los Colognes – “Unspoken”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Nashville, Tennessee rockers Los Colognes warm you right into their track “Unspoken,” a sprawling epic rocker that sits somewhere between acts like The War On Drugs and Dawes. It has a glamorous, yet layered rock track that toys with arena rock, some jammy aspects and classic rock, while maintaining this poised sense of cool that is soothing and confident as all hell.

“Unspoken” is taken from their third album The Wave which was released this May via Big Deal Media/Thirty Tigers. Enjoy the track, which is posted below.
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Mr Little Jeans – “Stitches”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Monica Birkenes, better known as Mr Little Jeans, released her new EP F E V E R S last year and one of it’s highlights is the single “Stitches.”

It’s obvious around here that pop music isn’t quite my main focus, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a good pop song when it comes my way. Take “Stitches” a bold and confident synth-pop effort that seems so effortless from Birkenes but it dazzles with a sugar-coated charm that instantly won me over. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, if the pop radio was constantly playing tracks like “Stitches” from artists like Mr Little Jeans, the world would be a much better place.

Enjoy the music video for “Stitches” below.
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James Wyatt Crosby – “Candyfloss”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

They say you can’t trust someone with three names, but screw that, you can trust the sounds coming from James Wyatt Crosby. The Toronto-based musician recently left his band Garbagio to pursue his long-held aspirations of completing a full-length album.

He began work on his debut album Twins earlier this year (it was released in September via Maisonneuve Music), the culmination of all the demos he had been working on into one happy whole. You get your first listen of the album based on the wonderful track “Candyfloss” (even that title is a delight) a song that he himself describes as being “soft and sweet, almost purposefully schmaltzy.” It is a warm and enduring track that is both comforting as a folk track but also sweet enough to act as a pop offering. Call it what you want, but it’s a treasure.

You can stream “Candyfloss” below and head to his bandcamp page to stream and purchase the entire album.
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YONAKA – “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Throw together the vocal work and swagger of Karen O and Alison Mosshart with the dirty garage fire of both of their respective acts and you’re close to the sound of Birghton rockers YONAKA.

It only takes seconds of their single “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya” for a rather sinister rock feel to take over and that’s before the punishing vocals from Theresa Jarvis. There’s a confidence to this track that can be felt right away and it’s never lost, not even for a second. This is a band that deserves your attention (they’re already signed to Atlantic Records over in the U.K.) and it seems like this track is the perfect starting point.

Blast “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya” below.
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Rosalia – “Ginger Chew” and “Don Quixote”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Rosalia is a sextet from New Orleans who met as students during their first semester at Loyola University. The soul and spirit of New Orleans is felt in the jazzy sound found in their brand of psych-pop which helps it stand out.

Take the track “Ginger Chew” which has some deliciously dreamy vocals to go along with its synth workings and big brass moments. Then there’s the more electronic orchestral arrangements of “Don Quixote” which patiently lets its melody unfold like a fine wine, gorgeously spilling to the floor. There’ just something about their approach that seems genuine and refreshing and nice change of pace from all the robotic noise out there.

Both “Ginger Chew” and “Don Quixote” are taken from the band’s debut album Sweetmeats which can be streamed in full or bought at their bandcamp page and you can name your price. You can also stream the aforementioned tracks after the jump below.
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