Showing posts with label mp3s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mp3s. Show all posts

July 19, 2013

Joseph Childress - "Whispering Tide"

If You Like: The Tallest Man On Earth, Maps & Atlases, Bob Dylan

Sometimes a pretty voice is not what music needs. Occasionally, a rough, worn, emotional voice can be the best thing for a song. San Francisco singer-songwriter Joseph Childress caught my attention by sounding like one of my favorite singers, Kristian Mattson aka The Tallest Man On Earth. Childress' quick fingerpicking and quietly rustic voice blend together wonderfully, creating perfect wood cabin music. 

His debut album, The Rebirths, will be released on August 20th. But until then, take a listen to the first single, "Whispering Tide."

July 17, 2013

GEMS - "Sinking Stone"

If You Like: Indians, The xx, M83

Swelling synths, cooing vocals, and echoey guitar plucks. Washington D.C. duo GEMS keeps things calm, but never sleepy. Their latest track, "Sinking Stone," starts off with a fascinating beat that draws you in. It is simple, but not immediately decipherable. The track gently builds from there, transforming itself into a love anthem that brings to mind The xx (times 100). This song is truly epic minimalism.

July 16, 2013


If You Like: Passion Pit, NONONO, Grouplove

LA crew Smallpools may have a claim on the catchiest song of the year. Their debut single "Dreaming" is a slice of perfect electro-pop that will force even the most stubborn of your friends to sing along. Luckily, the rest of the EP (released today) is more of the same: four tracks of danceable, easy to love, synth-filled deliciousness. If you like Passion Pit but get annoyed by the high vocals, this is for you. Currently on tour with Australians San Cisco, try to catch these guys before the wave of fans that are sure to come.

July 15, 2013

Songs For A Midnight Sun: The Scandinavian Mixtape

Album Art by Brian Holmes

For decades, Scandinavia has produced some of the catchiest, most interesting, exciting music in the world. Think ABBA, Björk, Ace of Base, and more recently, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Knife, or  Swedish House Mafia. The music created in the chilly nations in Northern Europe has a distinct minimalist quality to it, and is often able to capture melody like no other music can. As you read this, the Scandinavian music scene is stronger than ever, and filled to the brim with exciting new artists. Consider this mixtape a little primer on the most promising music from the region.

P.S. I know Iceland technically isn't part of Scandinavia, but I put it in anyways. They know their stuff!

1. Highasakite - "Indian Summer"
2. MØ - "Pilgrim"
3. Kill J - "Phoenix"
4. Kate Boy - "The Way We Are"
5. Tove Lo - "Habits"
6. NONONO - "Pumpin' Blood"
7. jj - "Fågelsången"
8. Indians - "I Am Haunted"
9. Åsgeir Trausti - "King And Cross"
10. Little Dragon - "Twice"
11. Broken Twin - "Out Of Air"
12. Joppe - "Orbit"
13. Mettro - "You"
14. Fallulah - "Out Of It"
15. Béatrice Eli - "It's Over"
16. When Saints Go Machine - "Infinity Killer"
17. Sailor & I - "Tough Love"
18. Pascal Pinon - "Årstíðir"

Download the whole mixtape here!

If that link does not work, try this one.

If any artist would like their song removed from the mixtape, please email me at and the song will be promptly removed.

July 12, 2013

Macklemore - "Sneaking In The Show"

Most people know Macklemore thanks to his ubiquitous hits "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," tracks that are seemingly everywhere these days. What you might not know, however, is that the Mack came out with a stellar record in 2005, called Language Of My World, before Ryan Lewis jumped in the mix. Recently, a track from those early years was unearthed. "Sneaking In The Show (feat. Ricky Pharoe)" definitely does sound like old Macklemore and showcases his storytelling abilities, bringing to mind a personal favorite, "Fake ID." The subject this time: Getting past strict bouncers. It doesn't seem like he will be needing to do that anymore. "Thrift Shop" is the fastest selling song in the first six months of any year. Ever. Wow, he's come a long way.

July 11, 2013

NONONO - "Pumpin' Blood"

If You Like: Icona Pop, Lykke Li, Beatrice Eli

In case there hasn't been enough awesomely catchy indie-pop coming out of Scandinavia, NONONO will fix that. The Swedish trio has perfected a loud, chanting sort of catchiness, complete with whistling, thumping drums, and bright synths. I know I already made my Summer Mixtape, but this track would fit well on it. While pumping blood might not seem like the most glamorous thing to sing about, this song about the functions of the heart might change your mind. 

July 08, 2013

San Fermin - "Sonsick"

If You Like: Lucius, Sufjan Stevens

If this song sounds familiar, take a look at the singers of the Brooklyn crew, fronted by composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone. The two gals who front Lucius, are featured on this track as well, intertwining their voices together to yet again form an entrancing sound. Their debut single, "Sonsick," shows a new side to the girls' voices that is not present in their work with Lucius. The swing and old-school doo-wop feel is replaced with an urgent, tense, burgeoning passion. Backed by a brass section, piano and drums, the girls let their voices loose, alternating lines in the chorus, harmonizing and complementing each other perfectly. 

July 03, 2013

Seryn - "Ivory Black"

If You Like: Hey Marseilles, The Head & The Heart, Farewell Milwaukee

Seryn, hailing from Denton, Texas, caught my attention with their debut single "We Will All Be Changed," a cheerful folk tune that placed the group clearly in the league of The Head & The Heart and at the forefront of the current folk revolution. But then, for about a year and a half, I heard nothing about the group as they laid dormant, or so I thought. They have recently returned with a brand new single, "Ivory Black." And it was worth the wait. The track begins meekly with a ukulele strum and builds to the group's signature style of chanting, sing-along climax. Enjoy this gem and keep an eye out. 

July 02, 2013

Ásgeir Trausti

If You Like: Lay Low, Pascal Pinon, Of Monsters And Men

Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson looks and sounds wise beyond his years. In testament to the fact that Europeans grow up faster than Americans, the Icelandic Einarsson, who sometimes goes by just Ásgeir, is only 20 years old. His soothing, beautiful folk music is unlike anything I have heard from an artist his age. The calm sense of perspective in his lyrics is moving, and his warbly voice is reminiscent of a more-accessible Jónsi. This past year, his debut album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, was nominated for a Nordic Music Prize, and is filled with ethereal but memorable melodies. You can download his three-song Toe Rag Sessions EP for free at his Bandcamp page. It's starting to look like this guy may be the next great Icelandic export. 

July 01, 2013

Dustin Tebbutt

If You Like: Bon Iver, Ben Howard

Justin Vernon fans: Listen up! Australian Dustin Tebbutt may be the next falsetto voice to become a household name around the world. After relocating to Stockholm for two years, Tebbutt returned to his homeland armed with stunningly beautiful folk tunes that speak to the sparse, minimalistic, Scandinavian outlook on design. The first track to see the light of day, "The Breach," It takes you in, making you feel like a bearded man, huddled under a blanket and drinking hot tea in a lonely cabin in the woods. And I mean that in the best way possible. His echoey voice rings out above crunchy drums and delicate guitar work to form the closest thing to Bon Iver since, well. . ., the Vernon himself.

June 28, 2013


If You Like: Washed Out, M83, Neon Indian

When weather gets crappy, music can make you feel like it's nice out all year round. Odesza, a production duo made of Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches, has perfected the formula. Their sunny, bright chillwave tracks instantly put the listener on the beach and under the sun's rays. Incorporating smooth synths, chopped up vocals, and a keen sense of melody, the duo stands out in the crowded relaxing electronica field. As if it couldn't get any better, you can download their debut for free below! Even though their album is called Summer's Gone, it feels like it will never leave. 

June 27, 2013

Little Comets - "Jennifer"

If You Like: Maps & Atlases, Two Door Cinema Club

With summer in full swing, the sunny songs of the year are beginning to come out of the woodwork. UK indie-poppers Little Comets have now tossed in their submission with their latest single "Jennifer". The track takes quickly plucked guitar, intricate lyrics (how often do you hear the word 'taciturn' in a song?), and some good old doo-doo-doos and wraps them up in a clean, catchy, cute little package, making for one of the liveliest summer tunes yet. Enjoy!

June 26, 2013

Jordan Ruiz

If You Like: James Vincent McMorrow, Ben Howard, Bon Iver

For those rainy nights when you're relaxing at home and need a woodsy singer/songwriter to lull you into a meditative state, you now have a new artist to add to your playlists. Jordan Ruiz has a voice almost exactly like James Vincent McMorrow, and what a compliment that is! His recent Sundial Heart EP is a collection of heart wrenching folk tracks. Perfect for walking through a forest and napping beside a campfire. Beautiful stuff.

You can download his Sundial Heart EP for free at Noisetrade here or listen and download below.

June 25, 2013

Sarah Blacker

If You Like: Regina Spektor, Sarah Bareilles

Bostonian Sarah Blacker's music isn't normally what I gravitate towards. It is poppy, as sweet as high fructose corn syrup, and extremely easy to like. But her music and charming delivery instantly brought to mind Regina Spektor, making her tunes intriguing and very concisely and carefully crafted. They are short little gems of pop songwriting that are also catchy as hell! While you may not catch me blasting this in my car, it is a wonderful example of how pop music doesn't have to be dumbed down for it to be enjoyable. 

Check out Sarah's tour dates after the jump

June 24, 2013

Prides - "Out Of The Blue"

If You Like: CHVRCHES, Tanlines

It is the beginning of Summer. And that means you need songs to blast in your car with the top down, driving along the coast with the sun in your hair. "Out Of The Blue" is one of those songs. Scottish electro-poppers Prides combine buzzy synths with pounding drums, thick accents and a perfect sing-along chorus. Summer tracks this solid don't come around every day so put your foot on the gas and enjoy this one!

June 21, 2013

Mother Falcon

If You Like: Hey Marseilles, Arcade Fire

I have always been a fan of indie music that incorporates orchestral instruments (See Hey Marseilles and the Songza playlist I made of this stuff!). Mother Falcon are not only a member of that category, but they encapsulate the ways in which modern indie folk songwriting and a huge backing orchestra can benefit each other. Neither half takes the foreground, but they manage to work off each other, finding the perfect balance between the grandiosity of an orchestra and the intimacy of folk music.

They just recently released You Knew, their third full length album, and (at least I think so) the work that will get them lauded for their inventive musical approach. They deserve it!

June 19, 2013

Write To The Beat: The Summer Tape

Album Art by Brian Holmes

Ladies and gentlemen! It is summertime! For the first time ever, I have created a mixtape of Summer jams for all you kind folk to listen to this season. These tracks will help you drive along the coast, relax on the beach, get ready for a fun night out, and everything else the season may throw at you. Enjoy!

1. Magic Man - "Nova Scotia"
2. Vampire Weekend - "Diane Young"
3. Coasts - "Oceans"
4. Prides - "Out Of The Blue"
5. The Apache Relay - "Power Hungry Animals"
6. Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk - "I Lost Myself"
7. ODESZA - "Don't Stop"
8. Dan Croll - "Compliment Your Soul"
9. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - "Better Days"
10. Cayucas - "Cayucos"
11. Said The Whale - "I Love You"
12. Jake Bugg - "Lightning Bolt"
13. Robert DeLong - "Happy"
14. CHVRCHES - "The Mother We Share"
15. Fall 2000 And Something - "So Many Details"
16. Admiral Fallow - "Guest Of The Government"

Download the whole mixtape here!

If that link isn't working, try going here.

If any artist would like their song removed from the mixtape, please email me at and the song will be promptly removed.

June 18, 2013

Kill J - "Phoenix"

If You Like: Purity Ring, MØ, The Knife

Denmark has seen a recent influx of mysterious pop singers. It seems like every week there is a new Soundcloud hit, released by a Scandinavian songtress that nobody knows anything about. The latest is Kill J, who posted the hypnotizing "Phoenix" the other day. Her bird-like voice quivers and yelps over pulsating synths. Her mysterious persona is matched perfectly by the dark tone of the track. Can't stop listening. 

June 13, 2013

Kimberly Anne - "Bury It There"

If You Like: Ingrid Michaelson, Ed Sheeran, Passenger

London-born singer/songwriter Kimberly Anne came to my attention from the fantastic British folk label Communion, and she fits right in with the artists there. Her gentle pop tunes set her apart thanks to her entrancing voice, catchy songwriting, and DIY aesthetic. Her lead single, "Bury It There," is a perfect introduction to her distinctive folk pop style that could easily fit in on radio stations of every genre. Look out for her sound to make it across the pond any day now. 

May 17, 2013

Small Houses - "Oh, Hiding Out"

If You Like: Tyler Lyle, Milk Carton Kids

Flint, Michigan is not the kind of city that births happy songs. It is one of the places hardest hit by the recession and has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. Native Jeremy Quentin has since moved to Pennsylvania, but the melancholy of a devastated town still haunts his music, released under the moniker Small Houses. It is that innate sadness that drives his gorgeous folk-country single, "Oh, Hiding Out," a song about leaving home and the good and bad that comes with it. This one is truly a beauty. Enjoy. 

This single, as well as his previous albums can be downloaded at his Bandcamp page here

Small Houses-"Oh, Hiding Out"