Today’s Indie (video!): Sleepless / The Tropics
‘when the sun gives off its morning light / you’ve still got sleep in your eyes’
Today I am thrilled to share the brand spanking new first ever official The Tropics music video for my favorite of their songs, Sleepless. I posted about my friend Eric’s band way back in August of 2012 (sorry, they made me take down all my bootleg Soundcloud links on that post) when The Tropics was just getting started in this world and gearing up to play one of their first shows at the Boom Boom room. As you can see, they have come a long way in the last year and a half and have been on to big things like touring and getting sued for their name. Could not be more proud of Eric and the band, or more sure of where they are headed. Bay Area friends, be sure to check them out live at two of my favorite venues, The Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, May 21st, and The Chapel, July 16th. #indie
Today’s Indie: Riptide / Gossling (Vance Joy Cover)
‘this cowboy’s running from himself / and she’s been living on the highest shelf”
I am predictably a sucker for this slowed down cover of one of this year’s everywhere songs, Riptide, which I still have a spot for despite serious over exposure (self inflicted and otherwise). Melbourne songstress Gossling puts a puckery sweet spin on Vance Joy’s lyrics and the switch of strings for keys, met with simple tambourine, makes this cover its own. Gossling, aka Helen Croome, released her debut album, Harvest of Gold, in 2013, but this track debuted last week. Enjoy. #indie
Today’s Indie: Under / AOSOON
‘when we go under / we don’t stay down, we come up’
I came across AOSOON on Saturday night when their track interrupted an evening of cheap wine and much better conversation with my friend Kristen, and I had one of my drop everything, who is this playing moments. With an instrumental intro out of Friday Night Lights, rich, accent laden vocals, and the simplest and most reassuring of choruses, I was transfixed. And now in the light of the day, I still have Under on repeat.
AOSOON stands for A Lot of Something Out of Nothing (not so sure where that L went, but willing to let it slide) and is compromised of London’s 20 year old (!!) vocalist/guitarist Marisa Hylton and bassist Manny Flolorunso. What has won me over is Marisa’s voice, which reminds of me of the likes of Of Monster and Men‘s Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir’s mixed with Cold Specks. The duo have released an EP, What is This About, featuring Under, and it is all well worth a listen. Happy discovery. #indie
Today’s Indie: New Country / Racing Glaciers
‘I’ve been sitting on my hands / I’ve been coasting on this tide too long’
Drop everything and listen. New Country is that good. There is something cinematic about the entire piece, starting with its theatrical spread of an intro carrying into crisp vocals and a pulling chorus with a perfect pace and balance– that place a song can get to when it has just enough restraint to rest beautifully on the edge of overdoing it without tipping over.
Lead singer Tim Monoghan’s voice reminds me a bit of the lead of Bombay Bicycle Club, but what he has created with his bandmates is all their own. Racing Glaciers is a Liverpool quintet that has been around a couple years and is geared to release an EP, Ahead of You Forever, February second. Now repeat. #indie
Today’s Untz: Tops / Lincoln Jesser
‘we’re just like dice / rolling around in space / trying to find our place’
Friends, the end of 2013 has not been so good to me. A couple of days before Christmas I got hit with the worst food poisoning in my life (think sleeping on bathroom floor / losing nine pounds in 48 hours), and then when I could finally start contemplating the concept of eating food again, I woke up with a head cold. So instead of catching up on the wonderful music that I have been to0 busy to listen to because of work in the past couple of months, I instead spent most of my holiday needing a holiday, semi-conscious but well cared for by loved ones. Let’s hope 2014 starts on a better foot. To help wrap 2013 here is some celestial feel good sound from LA producer Lincoln Jesser that hit the top of Hypem earlier this month. My interest in the song was immediately piqued when I started visualizing dice rolling around in space, but then realized they wouldn’t really be rolling sans-gravity, right? Anyway, enjoy, great track. #untz
Today’s Indie: Wrecking Ball / London Grammar (Miley Cyrus cover)
‘we clawed, we chained our hearts in vain / we jumped never asking why’
Guilty pleasure confession time: I like Wrecking Ball. I can’t help it. Great discovery time: I love this London Grammar cover of Ms. Crazy’s track, which takes Miley’s foundation of this compelling ballad and its beautiful lyrics, and makes it sound stunning on the ears, washed clean of the guilt and naked thrusting around on a ball. #indie/tory
Today’s Indie: Hide / Little May
‘you feed me words when you had her between your sheets / bet she likes that’
I have noticed that folk debuts can tend to be people pleasers, lurring me in with their promises of comforting front porches and cheery foot stomping melodies that pull the heartstrings in and keep them firmly entrapped with the snap of deliciously sweet bubblegum, so it is fun to see this Aussie trio debut with something a little more dark, sinister and ambitious right out of the gate. It is also fun to see a female folk trio hitting that gate from Sydney, well beyond the recently well trodden US and European boarders.
Little May has the earnest rumblings of Black Prairie met with the beautiful young girl power who can harmonize appeal of First Aid Kit (see above photo) and I am excited to see what they have in store for us with their early 2014 EP. Until then, repeat. I like that. #inde