Santigold- Shooting Arrows at the Sky

11/27/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Santigold-Shooting Arrows at the Sky



The only reason I found this track is because I was trying to find a leaked version of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack... Not at all embarrassed by that: #katnissandpeeta4ever. Santigold's track of the star-studded soundtrack stands out despite the lame title. The distressed synth makes up Santi White's nasal vocals and the hook for this song is catchy-as-fuck. The unique use of guitar licks over synth hits makes this song the standout on the soundtrack. Runners up: Elastic Heart by Sia and Devil May Cry by The Weeknd



Sweater Beats- Do It For Me (Erin Marshall)

11/27/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Sweater Beats- Do It For Me (Erin Marshall)



Marshall's chipmunk vocals add another dimension to Antonio Cuna's already infectious tune. This bouncy R&B track is the definition of smooth and although it's quite relaxing, you'll still find your head swaying and your foot tapping. 


Cut Copy- We Are Explorers

11/27/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Cut Copy- We Are Explorers



EPIC 80's throwback tune. The dance floor-ready synth, auto-tuned vocals and jivey backbeat creates a catchy, fun, impossible-not-to-dance-to track. The random abundance of sound effects throughout combined with the acid-drop bass takes this song to a quasi-psychadellic place that I just adore. 

Cashmere Cat- With Me

11/26/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Cashmere Cat- With Me



The king of intramentchill music follows up on Mirror Maru with a much more edgy sound. The twinkle bells combined with the intermittent distorted synth brings this instrumental too a more modern level. On top of all that, the wistful, barely-there vocals tie this eerie-electro song together and makes it the perfect chill go-to jam.





  

Mapei- Don't Wait

11/26/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Mapei- Don't Wait


What starts off with a Mumford and Sons banjo-strum soon evolves into a 21st century, gospel-style doo-wop song. Mapei's voice skates over the catchy finger-snap back beat and the song rounds out with an awesome rhythmic a cappella bridge that flows into some unexpected distorted vocals. Overall, a killer track. 


BROODS - Bridges

11/26/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

BROODS - Bridges 



"Bridges" is the debut single from New Zealand duo BROODS. How does such a tiny nation produce so many musical wonders!? Kimbra! Lorde! Other people? I digress. This song is electro-pop at its finest. Lead by a haunting/wispy female vocal (Helloooo Imogen Heap), "Bridges" builds and then explodes with a percussion heavy bass drop. The melancholic vibe in the lyrics adds a little something extra as well. I predict we will see an eager rapper jump onto this for a remix soon enough.



Blood Orange - You're Not Good Enough

11/25/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Blood Orange - You're Not Good Enough 



Although you may not know Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange for his own work, his musical footprint (that sounded stupid sry) is everywhere in indie music. "Everything is Embarrassing," Sky Ferriera's hit last year, was produced by Hynes. So was Solange's "Losing You". He was even a ghostwriter on Florence + the Machine's last album. Anyways, the point is that Blood Orange is really talented and you should listen to his new album "Cupid Deluxe." This track, seemingly about a spurned lover, manages to be both sexy (sounds like Prince yalllll) and obnoxious ("I never was in love, you know that you were never good enough").




Ayer - Circle Down

11/25/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Ayer - Circle Down 



I would first like to point out that the first 10 seconds of this song sound like a late 80s Michael Jackson song. So, props for that Ayer. Secondly, it has to be said that the androgynous vocal is making quite a niche for itself in indie music (thank you Rhye, Electric Guest, etc.), and I love it. Ayer manages to sing about nonsense ("It is a chance to prowl, time to circle down"....), and sell it completely because of that breathy, one degree cooler than the Bee-gees vocal. Overall, the 80s sound is present all over this track, from the electric keys to the happy-go-lucky synths. Definitely into it. 


Ella Eyer - Deeper

11/25/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Ella Eyre - Deeper




Some of you may recognize Ella Eyre's distinctive vocals from the recent Rudimental track "Waiting All Night." Now, she has finally released her own single, and it is glorious. Her voice is unique, and the production is a great hybrid of vampy horns and the kind of electro distortion that has dominated the U.K. charts in recent years. This song honestly sounds like what Joss Stone would have put out had she remained relevant (lol). Keep an eye on this one!




Perseus - Shadow Of The Beast

11/24/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Perseus - Shadow Of The Beast



Perseus' new track "Shadow of The Beast" really shows off the talents of...whoever this person is. Some initial Google skimming has yielded few results on this identity of the GENUIS that produced this. This song just adds layer after layer. Starting off with an eerie four note loop, it gradually builds to incorporate (what I think?) is a pitched up Ashanti sample. It's the perfect blending of atmospheric instrumental and chipmunky vocals. While this kind of music gets put out a lot (looking at you Majestic) "Shadow of The Beast" manages to sound fresh and innovative. 



Maribou State- Tongue

11/22/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Maribou State- Tongue



This song just builds and builds. The sublime vocals of Holly Walker ooze desire and the beat culminates in the chorus made for a molly-induced dance floor adrenaline rush. This song is a breathe of fresh air combined with sleek, modern production techniques: a must-hear tune for anyone in need of a silky-smooth pump-up jam. 


Lulu James - Sweetest Thing

11/19/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Lulu James - Sweetest Thing



Lulu James is a British singer specializing in glossy 80s r&b, citing Sade as a prime influence. Sound familiar? Ah yes, hello Jessie Ware of 2013. While these two girls share a lot of the same musical influences, their voices are quite different. James brings a soulfulness and (I would argue) a better vocal range to the R&b /dub hybrid field, while Ware thrives off a more breathy delivery. "Sweetest Thing," James' best song to date, has a catchy chorus complete with what can only be described as Alunageorge production. Although an up-and-comer in her native England, we will have to wait and see if she breaks America 1D style. 



Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game

11/19/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game




Take a long hard look that that thumbnail. Does that look like two people who would hang out, let alone make AMAZING folky/dub-heavy/creepy/catchy music? No, it does not. Honestly it looks like Emile Hirsch 6 months Into the Wild and an 11th grader. This is why the constant collaboration between Chet Faker and Flume is always interesting. In this instance, we have Faker's unique vocal against depressing Russian score music....with a drop slash pulsing bass. Lyrically, it matches right up with the eeriness of the instrumental.  ("Drop the game it's not enough....Tell me things that you've done"). Please, make a whole album together. 




John Legend- All of Me (De Hofnar Bootleg)

11/19/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

John Legend- All Of Me (De Hofnar Bootleg)



It's official: Saxophone is IN this fall and I hope it never gets old. From Klingande to St. Lucia,  the indie artists this season embrace the soulful sounds of the brass and it's a MAJOR innovation. This bootleg of John Legend's All of Me is no different. Legend's silky-smooth vocals over the infectious backbeat makes this literally the go-to song for any social occasion this holiday break. 




Miami Horror - Colours In The Sky (ft. Cleopold)

11/19/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Miami Horror - Colours In The Sky (ft. Cleopold)





Aside from the shamelessly catchy pop tune "Holidays," I've never been all that impressed with Miami Horror (what does their name even mean!?) Their songs lacked a core that I feel makes a pop song great. I changed my mind. This song just served up some Australian chart topping realness. After a suspiciously EDM sounding intro...BAM, we are hit with a wall of catchy Ooooh-ooohs, layered over dreamy (also kind of stupid "So many colours fill the sky"...Idontevencare) lyrics. Props to them for including a womp-womp dub thing in the bridge. Keeping up with the times boys. Jagwar Ma wishes they wrote this song. 

Bombay Bicycle Club - Carry Me

11/19/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Bombay Bicycle Club - Carry Me






Since the release of their third album "A Different Kind Of Fix" over 2 years ago, we have not heard a lot from indie-Brit rockers Bombay Bicycle Club. "Carry Me" the first single from their yet to-be-titled fourth LP, is everything that you would expect it to be: unexpected. Truly, I have not seen a band that manages to reinvent itself as much as these boys. You need only compare their first single "Open House" to the most recent release. They never sound the same, yet you instantly recognize them. This track starts off with a heavy /almost jarring bass riff, and a distorted vocal. Jack Steadman's distinctive wail kicks in, and we are also treated to some jangly choral backing vocals. It's not so much a traditional song as it is a collection of interesting sounds. This is indicative of a veer into (admittedly softer) rock, and over all, I'm into it. 





Lily Allen- Hard Out Here

11/18/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Lily Allen- Hard Out Here



PREACH Lily PREACH. It is hard out there for a bitch. Her stellar voice shines through but the purposeful auto-tune here and there is a nice, modern touch. The attitude-heavy lyrics make this song an absolute ANTHEM and it is the perfect song to listen to while make those long Thanksgiving drives. Can't WAIT to see what this comeback bitch follows up with!


RJD2 - Temperamental (ft. Phonte Coleman)

11/12/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

RJD2 - Temperamental (ft. Phonte Coleman)





While a lot of the focus of this blog is on up and coming acts, there are occasionally new releases from bigger names. RJD2, while probably not known by your mom, is an ABSOLUTE LEGEND, and probably the one of only 2 reasons (looking at you Moby) that sampling is used for purposes other than rap (that was a really big statement...I'm probably wrong but this is my blog so I can say what I want amirite?). Coming off RJD2's first release since 2010, "Temperamental" is an evenly paced song with equal parts snare, horns, and jangly piano. Top that off with lyrically depressing crooning from Phonte Coleman ("Maybe I'm a victim of my own defenses....I'll burn it all down," we get a delightful contradiction. Sad song, happy tune. It's no Ghostwriter, but I'll take it.    P.S. I know this is rude, but does RJD2 not resemble an older less attractive Calvin Harris....)




Kwabs - Last Stand (prod. SOHN)

11/12/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Kwabs - Last Stand





I think that SOHN is the smartest person/entity working in the slow burning- electronic- sex -music niche right now (yes that was a lot of adjectives). From last year's beautiful "The Wheel" to his work with up and coming singer Banks, he has not made a bad move. This track, released by Kwabs a couple weeks ago, is no exception. All of the key elements are there: distorted organ-sounding bass, slow & steady build, and melancholy vocals. Speaking of vocals, let's not forget the star of the song, Kwabs himself. Although I have not come across this guy before, he instantly reminded me of Sampha. With the right production team, (his other tracks are a tad too weepy bleh), he could be putting out some interesting stuff. 

RAINER- Girls

11/07/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

RAINER- Girls



I have this weird affection for somewhat eerie music: minor chords and echo-ing female vocals.  A good example of this style is Susanne Sundfor's White Foxes. RAINER's opening embodies this same sensation where the song seems so off yet so right simultaneously. The song melts warm beats with honeyed voices and still manages to be somewhat catchy. The entire chorus hooks the listener,  while the verses show off the electronic-duo's experimental side. Plus the band comes from London. How could you not love them now? 

SALES-Renee

11/07/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


An all-uppercase band name? A haunting female vocalist? Sounds like all the components of an indie song I'll enjoy. Sales are a duo from Orlando, Florida consisting of Jordan Shih (aka JSHIH) and Lauren Morgan (U.S.A-HOLES and DE NADA). In this production, the gentle, pure lyrics flow easily with the simple guitar creating the mellow-est of places for its listener. Listen if your taking a break from life and need a soundtrack.


Angel Haze- Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey Cover)

11/07/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Angel Haze- Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey Cover)



Angel Haze is known for her rhythmic flow, but in this recent cover of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness, she shows us her pipes. The continuation of her "30 Gold" series, aka 30 covers in 30 days, infuses the haunting gloom of Del Rey's lyrics  with a breathe of freshness and a hint of R&B which Haze brings to all her productions. If you like this entry in her "30 Gold" series, another one to enjoy is this cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball, she did a week ago.
  

Young Summer - Waves That Rolled You Under

11/06/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Young Summer - Waves That Rolled You Under





While there are currently a slew of indie musicians titling their acts Young Something, Bobbie Allen's moniker certainly embodies the tone of her work. I immediately thought of Goldroom after hearing this new track, the standout from her recently released Fever Dream EP. Her vocals are just the right combination of dreamy and melancholy (think 1/2 MS MR, 1/2 Mazzy Star). Listening to this makes me feel like I'm sitting on the beach mourning my dead surfer lover. It's poignant, and more importantly, catchy as fuck. 


Sky Ferriera - You're Not The One

11/01/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One





To be honest, I have not listened to a lot of Sky Ferreira. She has sort of had a fledgling pop career for a while, and while her voice is edgy enough, I don't think her music is that catchy. This song changed my mind. She dropped her debut album, Night Time My Time this week, and it's got everything great about 80s pop in it. High soaring electric guitar, upbeat bass lines, and big choruses. Move over Lorde, you've got indie chart-stealing company. 



Josef Salvat - Every NIght

11/01/2013 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Josef Salvat - Every Night 





Some of you may recognize Josef Salvat from his summer track "Hustler." Although that showcased his dreamy voice (he's British right....?), it was a little---mehh, veering into James Blunt territory (fantastic production though). This new single is much improved wow. It starts with almost motown backing vocals, and then the chorus turns into Zero 7 (remember them!? Love you Garden State). His voice sounds fantastic as well (Father John Misty vibes for sure), it's got a little more soul this time around. I look forward to the rest of his music. It's confusing, different, and addictive.