Hailing from North West London, 5-piece group FAERS released a Summer hit back in February. Reminiscent of subdued Two Door Cinema Club meets early Coldplay, Giuseppe is an effervescent indie pop track as refreshing as a cool drink on a hot day. With an exploratory guitar line and soothingly comforting vocals--combined with a dynamic instrumental development that verges on atmospheric--this calypso inspired song is perfectly indicative of the "dreamy, ethereal textures" the group tries to capture in their stimulating sound aesthetic. Their goal in making "music you can dance to, music you can get lost in" is excedingly met with this alluring, encapsulating, brilliant track. I can't wait for more from these guys, and thankfully an EP release is expected for the Fall.
"In the summertime" Alt Rising Acts The Good Wives released an awesome cover of The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon. With a gritty swing vibe and infectious gravelly vocals full of passion, the track provides the right amount of edge for the setting golden-hour sun. Put on your sunglasses and have #FunIndieSun: this is a fantastic addition to your afternoon playlist!
Alt Rising Acts Raw Fabrics released a new single off their upcoming EP this week, and it's as awesome as it gets. Move Over is reminiscent of a vibe of both Neon Trees and The Strokes, but with an edgier and more contemplative sound. The track carries an anxiously guttural bass line with infectiously powerful vocals, patterned in a defined rhythmic texture that leaves you ruminating and revitalized. It's the reverberating rock anthem you've been asking for, packaged in an alternative radio hit. Move over, Raw Fabrics will not let anything drag them off their path of being the next it band in the ever-expanding alt scene.
Back by popular demand, the fan-favorite Obsession Mixtapes curated by our own Josh Pineda. Last year we introduced you to many great artists through this segment, and now we're back with an amazing collection of songs that you'll soon be calling your favorite. Brag about hearing them first when they become the next giant hits.
Portugal. The Man has been busy lately giving us some great auditory treats. Last month we got The Chamanas' cover of Purple Yellow Red and Blue, and now we have the boys reinventing an unexpected track, ILOVEMAKONNEN's Tuesday. This version is even more infectious than the original, since it has that unique and mystical vibe you expect from these guys. The top it all off you have some hilarious cover artwork, another reason why this group is a modern alternative staple. It's a fitting tune for your Tuesday #FunIndieSun soundtrack.
Friends to IndieBeat and Alt Rising Acts Inner Outlaws are back with the latest song off their Year of the Outlaw initiative, releasing a new song each month in 2015. King of Nothing is another stellar showcase of the group's psych rock aesthetic that blends innovative elements of various indie genres to create a more exploratory vibe. With a more rock foundation, this track is reminiscent of Thickfreakness era Black Keys, but soon takes on that unique IO charm with a breakdown full of soul in a euphoric jazz-type soundscape. It's another incredibly defined and refined addition to their growing discography.
If you like what you hear, stream 'Earthquakes & Tidal Waves' via the Canadian indie label The Beautiful Music on the group's Bandcamp page. Stay up to date on all things Dot Dash via their Facebook. If you're on the east coast, be sure to check them up at one of their upcoming shows:
Sat. Aug. 29 w/ The Fleshtones at Creative Alliance, Baltimore
Wed. Sept. 16 w/ Tommy Keene, Metro, Baltimore
Thu. Sept. 17 with Tommy Keene at Bowery Electric, NYC
Fri. Sept. 18 with Tommy Keene at Iota, D.C.
Los Angeles based Visitors are releasing their sophomore self-produced EP SIGNS OF LIFE, out June 16th 2015. Luckily for you as an IndieBeat listener, we're providing an early stream of the 5 song collection before the album drops on Tuesday.
Blending elements of rock and country along with their wide-ranging influences, Visitors' exploratory sonics provide a fresh and innovative take of the standard indie rock sound, with an "understated drama that's both accessible and unique." With winding melodies and provocatively textured atmospheric soundscapes, the EP is reminiscent of The National meets David Byrne's solo projects. It's an incredibly cohesive juxtaposition of passionate introspective rumination, and stimulating stream-of-consciousness sounding instrumental breakdowns and ornamentation.
Each track is full of vintage-soul, but with a underlying persevering attitude that's just addictingly charming. The album connotes vibes of those vulnerable RHCP deep cuts, mixed with the existentially pensive experimentalism of the Soronprfbs in the 2014 film Frank. It's definitely an EP that demands emotional investment, but to good measure since it has an effect that drains the negative energy out of your mind, only to leave room for determined forward-thinking visions. Every feeling of Jason Forman's dedicated artistry in writing this record comes through, from his anxiety-ridden thoughts to the nostalgic heart-ache, and even painful self-deprecation. The best moments are indescribable however, and you'll just have to experience them by listening and letting the warmth of those songs engulf you. It's simply invigorating from start to finish.
If you like what you hear, you'll be glad to know that Visitors will be featured in an upcoming Alt Rising Acts interview, where you can get to know the amazing artists behind this great music. Stay tuned for more.
Back when IndieBeat first started, I started writing blog articles about emerging indie/alt groups that caught my attention. That segment was short lived, but the entire philosophy behind IndieBeat was the result of those features entitled Indie List Makers. One of those groups featured was The Ceremonies, a LA based trio made up of brothers Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook. Back then I compared them to the up-and-coming HAIM sisters, and went on to describe their sound as follows: “Although they draw inspiration from [a] wide range of artists, The Ceremonies have an indescribable and unique sound. It defies particularity in genre, remains alternative and experimental in thought/feeling (almost avant-garde, but then again not really), but overall it still feels light and accessible to listeners.”
That same vibe is transformed in a more updated and defined sound in their latest release Tonight Is The Night. Reminiscent of 90s R&B/Soul mixed with an edgy yet euphoric nostalgia rock underlayer, the first single off their upcoming debut album showcases the infectious melodies these guys constantly churn out in their releases. One listen to that addicting synth funkline will have you hooked, not to mention the combination of passionately longing vocals, fluttering bass lines and the occasional ornate flourish.
The Ceremonies is a very visually focused act, which is why the release of a music video along with the new track is fitting. Paralleling the 90s-influenced sound is a very stylized acoustic video, shot home video style in the back of a convertible, live on a stretch of Mulholland Drive. The images almost seem familiar, cherished late night memories caught in celluloid, replayed as an attempt to capture the joy of the past. It’s a comforting vision for an equally solace song. Back in 2013 I told you to mark my words that amazing things will happen to these guys, and by the looks of their upcoming release and their successful growth in the past couple years,
Thankfully, will we soon get more amazing treats from The Ceremonies. The guys will be putting out some acoustic videos leading up to their next album release, and let’s just say this is not the last you’ll hear of them on IndieBeat. Stay tuned for more, we’ll keep you updated.
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