Indie

Kario – “A Piece Of Me”

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2019

Kario is a new indie rock outfit consisting of Jon Natchez of The War On Drugs, Garret Ray of Vampire Weekend, Elijah Thomson of Father Jon Misty, Mitchel Yoshida and Stewart Cole of Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros, as well as Lewis Pesacov of Fools Gold and Rachel Goodrich.
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Benji Moon – “No More Cowboys”

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2019

Benji Moon is a new musician who has shared his debut single “No More Cowboys,” a track that he wrote after Red Dead Redemption 2 for like 8 solid hours straight.

The track dives into some deep psych-rock grooves and vintage 60s classic rock influences, with a bit of a dreamy heavenly feeling to it.

When he dove in a bit deeper about the influence of Red Dead Redemption he explained that:

Something spoke to me about the theme of being the last of a dying breed and the nostalgia of it all. My music is heavily inspired by neo-psychedelic artists like Tame Impala and also the psych rock era of the Beatles and artists like Cream.

You can definitely feel these influences and his own stamp on the super groovy “No More Cowboys,” which is an impressive debut effort no matter how you spin it. And you can do just that below.
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Mint Julep – “Blended”

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2019

Mint Julep, the husband-and-wife duo of Keith and Hollie Kenniff have returned with their new offering “Blended,” the first single taken from their new album Stray Fantasies, out January 31st 2020 via Western Vinyl.

“Blinded,” which is also the album opener, shines with some soaring and colorful atmospherics and 80s soundscapes that scratch that tender electronic itch in the most satisfying way. Their arrangements take your mind to a soaring place of nostalgia, also tapping into the longing for much warmer days and laid back time spent with friends.
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Army Navy – “Seismic”

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2019

After a five-year hiatus, Los Angeles band Army Navy have returned with their brand new single “Seismic.”

They haven’t missed a beat, effortlessly capturing that timeless and instantly gratifying indie rock sound that they always won me over with. Although we are currently being hit with our first snowfall of the year here in New York (ugh), “Seismic” is a welcome easy-breezy slice of summer sounding rock that is hitting that tender sweet spot.

We can only hope that a new album will follow in 2020. Enjoy a listen to “Seismic” below.
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13//ali_fawn – “Future Swim”

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2019

13//ali_fawn is the Detroit-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Alister Fawnwoda. He’s just recently released his new single “Future Swim,” the first song lifted from his new album Ruby Beach, due out in summer 2020. Fawnwoda learned violin and piano at a young age and even worked as an intern as Hans Zimmer for three years following his time at The University of Miami and then the Tibetan Buddhist-founded Naropa University.

“Future Swim” bends and twists a few genres to make something of his own creation that is vibrant and bursting will a uniuqe energy and musical identity of it’s own.
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Kiwi Jr. – “Football Money”

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2019

Toronto’s Kiwi Jr. (consisting of members of Alvvays) are finally giving their debut album Football Money a worldwide release on January 17, 2020 via Persona Non Grata Records.

Today we have one of the album’s standouts and title track “Football Money,” to share with you. It so effortlessly captures that 90s guitar rock goodness of indie rock acts like Pavement with some infectious hooks and riffs that feel like they’re taken from a different time completely.

Enjoy a stream of “Football Money” below.
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Liily – “Wash”

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2019

Los Angeles rockers Liily have been one to watch over the past year, with the release of their debut EP I Can Fool Anybody in This Town. But they have really captured the sound of their live show with their firey single “Wash.”

The track was released as a follow-up to the EP and based on this track, we’re excited to see what the rest of their debut album brings. But what really sold me on the band is their stunning live performance of the track that they gave to VEVO DSCVR as a part of their Artist to Watch 2020 series. The track takes a few different left turns as it unfolds live, capturing the raw energy of an act like Girl Band, while toying with some mathy yet hard-hitting rock moments of groups like Foals.

Find their stunning live performance of “Wash” available to watch below.
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Boston trio The Ballroom Thieves will release their new album Unlovely on February 14, 2020 via Nettwerk Records.

They’ve released their current single off the record, the beautiful ballad “Unlovely” that features guest vocals from Darlingside. The track hits an emotional core that is brought home in their typical heartfelt fashion, only to entirely new heights with the lovely addition of Darlingside’s vocals. Along with the aspects of a power ballad, it also ties into something more of an experimental folk-rocker that takes an entirely new shape as it goes on.

Enjoy a listen to “Unlovely” below.
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