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29 Aug

Today’s Indie: Ghosts / ON AN ON

’cause I was on the verge to scream when you wouldn’t scream about anything’

This is the kind of music that settles into your bones: lush, sprawling, haunting… built with intricate pieces you want to pull apart and put back together again. The Chicago indie pop quintet Scattered Trees have scattered, leaving Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwin to start anew as ON AN ON. With vocals reminiscent of Pete Yorn and the ethereal waves of Beach House,  I am bewitched by the trio’s debut track.

Ghosts is off of ON AN ON’s January 2013 album release, Give In, one they promise to be “a dream-washed textural journey armed with a biting perspective on life, love and the commonality of loss.” After only a single listen, my attention and ears are firmly in their grasp. #indie/tory


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8 Aug

Don’t tell Tiesto, but I have started trading in his sets for an occasional podcast of This American Life during my recent runs, just to mix things up. Heard a great one titled Break-Up the other day, featuring a contributor who decides to write a break up song to help her get over her own, and ends up consulting Phil Collins who has some surprisingly thoughtful commentary on the matter of love lost. Highly recommend squeezing in, between the untz and the emo.

Today’s Emo: Four Days Straight / Scattered Trees

‘first your heart beats me and then your church bells ring / oh I cannot wait for you to touch down’

Scattered Trees is a five piece indie rock group hailing from Chicago who I stumbled upon the other week. I found myself mesmerized by this quiet masterpiece on first listen, with lots of melancholy and wistful thinking stirred up from the sound.

The group has been together since 2006, but went on hiatus for the past several years until the passing of frontman Nate Eiseland’s father caused him to start writing music again. The track is off the group’s recent resulting album, aptly titled Sympathy, and is interesting because if you listen from the obvious angle, it sounds to be about the broken hearts residing from an epic breakup. However, upon further listen and with the context on when/why it was written, it’s more likely intended to be  about something entirely different. Give it a close listen and hear for yourself. #emo

Today’s Untz: Polish Girl / Neon Indian

‘was this only in my head / just like most things go misread / when over thought’

A bit of a chill untz, but it is Monday and I want things a little slower. Besides, these beats are righteous. I got excited about this song because of its name – one of my favorite people is Polish, and I promptly sent this her way. Another blog described this as a glowing jam, and I couldn’t agree more. The perfect background music for just about anything.

Neon Indian is fronted by Texan chillwaver Alan Palomo, and have a new album out, Era Extrana, which could be translated to she was weird, or strange era. Hmm. #untz