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New Music Preview: Michael Kiwanuka | y/y | Snowmine | Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes

Here is some more awesome new music…

Michael Kiwanuka has two EPs out in 2011, and has been compared to Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Otis Redding

I’m Getting Ready by MichaelKiwanuka

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The Brooklyn based y/y reminds me of Fourtet mixed with Animal Collective.

PlayPlay by yyband

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Check out Snowmine on Shaking Through with free mp3 download.

Snowmine – Curfews by wvmusic

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ founder, Justin Robinson is starting a new project called Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes.

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-Glenn

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Radioseven: “Sunset”

Not much is known about the artist that is Radioseven, and he/she prefers it that way. I’m okay with that, because the track that was dropped in our inbox is full of shimmering synths and kinda makes me want to dance and reflect at the same time. Is contemplating life’s mysteries while getting busy on the dance floor possible? If it is, “Sunset” might be on the soundtrack for it. Or maybe it’s music to stargaze to, preferably in the middle of a wide-open field with a slight chill to the air.

Radioseven has two previous releases according to its bandcamp page. From checking out An Escape EP, released in May of this year, it seems as though this kind of chilled-out celestial groove is what the artist does best, and that’s just fine with me. Because Radioseven does it well. Check out “Sunset” below, and also the title track from An Escape.

Radioseven – Sunset by The Wounded Jukebox

Radioseven – An Escape by The Wounded Jukebox


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A Winged Victory for the Sullen: “Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears”

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Absolutely amazing wisps of old souls and past lives float up from the ground like mists amongst the songs of A Winged Victory for the Sullen.  Stars of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran released their self-titled project debut last month, and the teary-eyed reactions are slowly drifting forward.  A Winged Victory for the Sullen was recorded in wide open spaces in cities like Berlin and Ferrara.  They sought locations with ingrained histories.  Within churches, along rivers, and inside 17th century villas, Wiltzie and O’Halloran recorded music typically reserved for the ethereal and the fictional.  One of the album standouts; “Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears,” is a slowly lapping ocean: eroding the physical until it drifts like sand in water.  Your mind will follow.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears by erasedtapes

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Made In Heights: Aporia – In These Streets

Made In Heights has more new material and it’s just as good. The side project from Sabzi of the Blue Scholars is a nice mix of beats, instrumentation, synths and soothing vocals. I see it as very New York, where Sabzi spends half his time when away from Seattle. Download the album and set your own price at Made In Heights Bandcamp.

Made In Heights – Wildflowers (Exhale Efreet) by The Wounded Jukebox

Made In Heights – Viices by The Wounded Jukebox

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Freakish Atlantic: Siren Songs

Berlin, Germany is home to the duo Freakish Atlantic. I say that they sound like Ben Gibbard or Oasis, mixed with The Album Leaf and The Shins. They use catchy riffs, awesome xylophone, synths, and smooth introspective vocals, that all come together to form something exciting. On their recently released EP, Siren Songs, they switch effortlessly from folk and indie pop/rock, to experimental.

As Florian and Marius say “We tried our best to make these bedroom/laptop pop songs sound as big as humanly possible.” I say they did a great job and look forward to their full-length release. Download their 5 song EP for free at Bandcamp or SoundCloud

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-Glenn

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Video: Bon Iver – “Holocene” (and Sigur Ros)

Bon Iver’s new album Bon Iver is magnificent. The band seems to be able to do no wrong, recently releasing a new video for “Holocene” that fits the song perfectly. I think this song is the most like many of the songs on For Emma For Ever Ago, and maybe that’s why people are drawn to it. The video reminds me of the Sigur Ros video “Glosoli” with the children starring in the exquisite Icelandic scenery. There is a free download of “Holocene” below, along with the new video, and the “Glosoli” song and video.

“Holocene” by Bon Iver by DOJAGSC

Sigur Rós – Glósóli by lisagalesloot

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Prairies: Trop

The Prairies directed this post to me knowing that I would like their song “Wishing Tree,” which I do. This is the kind of music that needs to be listened to on good audio equipment because it has so many layers of sound. I think they do a better job describing themselves than I would so here is what they say:

“Formed in 2011 in the U.K, Prairies are a London/Nottingham musical alliance with influences based far and wide, from commercial hip-hop to balaeric pop to Swedish indie music.

Prairies blend together elements of indie pop, tropical, surf and hip-hop to form a style of music known as “trop-pop”…

Check out their new EP Trop on Bandcamp for free.

Wishing Tree by Prairies

Hotline by Prairies

Balloons by Prairies

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-Glenn

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