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BenZel – “Fallin’ Love”

written by: Tom Crawford on December 14, 2012

Fallin’ Love BenZel, a Japanese production duo consisting of 15 year-old Umi Takahashi and 16 year-old Yoko Watanabe, is a group you’ll want to keep your ears on in 2013. After collaborating with Jessie Ware on the track “If You Love Me,” it released its first official “demo” track, “Fallin’ Love.”  SWV’s “Can We” is […]

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ON AN ON – “Ghosts”

written by: Tom Crawford on December 11, 2012

Ghosts The Chicago/Minnesota group ON AN ON was formed out of the remnants of Scattered Trees. Bandmates Jason and Baron Harper decided to leave the group earlier this year, and with time in the studio already booked, this new trio had to quickly decide what to do next. Under a new name, they recorded its debut […]

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Mesita – “Hostages”

written by: Tom Crawford on December 7, 2012

Hostages Mesita (James Cooley) describes “Hostages” as a “song about feeling frozen, paranoid, and absolutely scared of yourself.” It’s a little frantic at times, heartbreaking and beautiful. You hear his frustration peak in the chorus. Its dynamics grow and Cooley repeatedly sings, “Don’t say a word, and nobody gets hurt. Nobody gets hurt. Nobody gets hurt.” Instrumentally, the song […]

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Beach Fossils – “Careless”

written by: Tom Crawford on December 6, 2012

Careless Brooklyn lo-fi indie-pop group Beach Fossils finally has some new material to share with us. On February 9th, the group will release its new album Clash The Truth. “Careless” is the album’s first single. Its sound doesn’t stray too far from the jangly-guitar-bliss of the group’s 2010 self-titled debut.

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Dutch Uncles – “Flexxin”

written by: Tom Crawford on December 4, 2012

Flexxin Dutch Uncles is a five-piece Manchester indie-pop group. It will release its third album, Out Of Touch In The Wild, on January 14th. Its new single “Flexxin” sounds like a combination of Hot Chip and early Ra Ra Riot — string-based and rhythmically complex, with a lighthearted quirkiness.

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That Work – “Act Like You Know”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 30, 2012

Act Like You Know “Act Like You Know” combines the swagger of Chromeo’s Dave 1 with the smooth disco funk of Daft Punk. It’s only the third track released from New York City duo That Work. Honestly, there’s not much else to say. From the sounds of it, we have a lot to look forward […]

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David Thomas Jones – “Our Lives”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 29, 2012

Our Lives Austin artist David Thomas Jones definitely keeps busy, fronting the band Watch Out For Rockets and working on Comfort Creatures, his new solo EP. The song “Our Lives” is the first single off the EP. “The song is about helplessly looking forward as distance and time work their entropic curse upon your best laid plans,” says […]

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Port Isla – “Sinking Ship”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 27, 2012

Sinking Ship It’s true. Norwich-based folk band Port Isla‘s new track “Sinking Ship” starts out sounding a little bit like KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree,” but don’t let it sway you to press stop. About 35 seconds into it, the band bursts in with an all-out folksy sing-along. Take away the dramatic piano and […]

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Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 21, 2012

Borrowed Time “Borrowed Time” is a fun post-punk head-banger from Brooklyn-via-Texas band Parquet Courts. The group, led by Fergus & Geronimo’s Andrew Savage, brings a whole lot of energy to its fresh (yet nostalgic) D.I.Y. punk sound. The best part of the song is hearing the band jump in full force after its two false endings. It’s cool to feel how much energy can be […]

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Ra Ra Riot – “Beta Love”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 20, 2012

Beta Love On January 22nd, New York band Ra Ra Riot will release it’s third album, Beta Love. Its first single and title track makes it clear that when cellist Alexandra Lawn left the group, the door was opened for sonic experimentation and an opportunity to do something new. “Beta Love” could be described as a more digestible version of […]

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Alek Fin – “Waiting Like A Wolf”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 16, 2012

Waiting Like A Wolf Fans of Thom Yorke are going to love Alek Fin and his new track “Waiting Like A Wolf.” You’ll hear a lot of similarities between it and Yorke’s The Eraser album and Radiohead’s In Rainbows. Fin marries glitchy percussion with a dynamic soundscape, warm guitar and chillingly soulful vocals. Fin’s debut EP, Mull, […]

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Widowspeak – “Ballad of the Golden Hour”

written by: Tom Crawford on November 14, 2012

Ballad of the Golden Hour “Ballad of the Golden Hour” is a delightfully dreamy tune from Brooklyn duo Widowspeak. As Emilie Friedlander of The Fader put it, they sound like “a very self-conscious cross between Fleetwood Mac and Mazzy Star.” As shown in the album art, their personal styles seem to be influenced by Fleetwood Mac […]

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