Maths Time Joy Facebook
After hearing a few remixes/works from Maths Time Joy, I am psyched to post an original from the 22 year old producer/singer-songwriter. ‘Atlantis’ minimal electro production shimmers over an absolutely pure vocal performance from MTJ, bringing the soul decimal meter to an all time high. I just made that up and don’t really know what it means, but after listening to the song, you will get the point.
The single comes out February 24 via Tigermilk Records and is available for pre-order below.
Atlantis Single iTunes Pre-order
It’s no secret that in such a fast pace industry, a lack of consistent material can hinder a lot of artist’s careers. This is not the case for Niia, as each release seems stronger than the last, she continues to prove that maybe less, is indeed more. Last I heard from her was particularly special because she released an original track called ’Generation Blue‘. While I wait with baited breath for more originals or a project, it would be preposterous to not post this cover. Her take on ‘Patience‘ by Majid Jordan (this guy) features such stripped down production that only
someone with niia’s vocal prowess could handle it. Walking the line between soulfully beautiful and tragically haunting, the cover once again displays her unquestionable ability as a solo artist.
N-A-I-V-E-S is a young trio from London I was tipped off about earlier this week. Some of the production definitely brings to mind Animal Collective, I can also see these guys having a similar stage presence to Friendly Fires, whom they’ve supported live. Regardless, ‘W.I.G.O.’ shows they’ve developed a style completely their own. As bright, hook laden synths and colorful drums bombarded my senses, it felt like I was peering into a kaleidoscope or watching someone make spin art blindfolded.
Released by Conflict of Interests/Lottarox Records, ‘W.I.G.O.’ (When I Grow Old) is available for download below via iTunes. You can also check out the music video, HERE.
Streets of Laredo Facebook
When Streets of Laredo came onto my radar back in November, I missed a couple of facts about the band that make a whole-lotta sense within the context of their music. Although currently based in Brooklyn, they originally hail from Auckland, New Zealand (should’ve seen that coming) and three of the members are actually siblings (the family, communal atmosphere I feel when listening is, indeed, authentic).
Now that you have a better idea of what these guys are about, I present the ambitious visuals for ‘Lonsdale Line’. Vibrant animations take you on what should be a peaceful train ride through the countryside, but is everything what it seems? While there is definitely an underlying commentary on bigger issues, the hand animation done by Chris Tucci & Steve Mertens really bring out a youthful exuberance related back to childhood memories spent on trains in the Pacific northwest.
The quartet has released two EPs, Streets Of Laredo – Vol I & Streets Of Laredo – Vol II, which are both are available via iTunes below.
Vol. I EP iTunesVol. II EP iTunes
The High Wire Facebook
The High Wire charmed their way into my heart with a consistent blend of breezy alt-rock releases I’ve really latched onto. The London trio’s newest single, ‘Still’, may be their most anthemic song yet and sounds fit for a sunset drive or perhaps an early morning run. Actually, it works for pretty much anything you’re doing and for any mood you may be in. While a full layered production is used throughout the beginning, the second half is much more stripped back, giving the tune an emotionally personal feel.
Co-produced by Andy Rugg and Rik Simpson (Jon Hopkins, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Coldplay), ‘Still’ will be on the group’s upcoming album, Found In Honey, set for release this summer and is available for free download below.
Still Free Download
I Know Leopard Facebook
Hey Australia, what the hell do you guys put in your water? When I re-launched the site, my mind was blown by the amount of insanely talented indie-pop artists coming out of the country. I thought it would eventually slow down, but almost a year later I’m happy to report that isn’t going to happen. So without further ado meet Sydney based I Know Leopard, the latest band from down under who caught my attention hook, line, and sinker with their dreamy single, ‘Hold This Tight’. The melodic chorus and shimmering piano/guitar riffs will provide enough euphoric relaxation for most everyone, but the visuals bring things to a whole new level, making me want to hop on the next flight to Sydney.
The song is available for download/stream below and is the second single off the group’s upcoming debut EP, ILLUMINA, set for release in the coming months.
Hold This Tight iTunes