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Mackintosh Braun – Interview and We Ran Faster Then

Mackintosh Braun

Mackintosh Braun

Portland dreamy electro-duo, Mackintosh Braun releases ‘We Ran Faster Then’; a stunning electro track with dreamy vocals. The perfect end to a hectic bank holiday weekend.

We caught up with Ben…

How and why did you start making music?

We both started at a young age. Ian was a member of his family band growing up and was interested in song writing and production very early on, writing and producing his own music.

I (Ben) grew up around music my whole life. My dad played drums for Hall & Oates for over 20 years which spurred my interest in musicianship and songwriting. I’ve been producing and writing music since I got my first drum machine at 11.

We both love what writing brings out of us, and are very connected creatively on that front.

Describe your sound in three words.


Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We both grew up on Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Bowie. Some more current and constant inspirations include Holy Ghost!, Midnight Juggernauts and Phantogram.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Some current favs are Tame Impala, Mew and Beach House. The music scene is vast and inspiring, so much to listen to these days.

What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?

Yes we are planning a tour and are exciting to get our new album Arcadia out to the world and play new songs for everyone. It’s going to a fun ride.

Listen below to ‘We Ran Faster Then’:

Sounds like: The Colourist, Cassettes Won’t Listen, Your Vegas, Holy Ghost!, Mew, Phantogram, Hey Champ, Washed Out, Summer Heart, M83

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Metronomy – I’m Aquarius


Long-standing indietronica artists Metronomy are originally from Devon, UK, and have been making music together now for 14 years. Their latest release came after a two hour teaser in the form of a loop via their website, eventually offering fans the chance to premier the track by searching through the sky for the Aquarius constellation via an app, in a bid to ‘encourage astronomy.’

This new music has been long-awaited, with no new Metronomy music having been released since the 2011 ‘English Riviera’ album.

I’m Aquarius’ is a minimal yet tuneful track, with simple, stripped down instrumental accompaniments, tinny, clicking percussion, and of course, the usual, trademark breathy and lulling vocals of Joseph Mount, backed by Anna Prior’s repetitive ‘Shoop-doop-doop-ahh’ throughout. The track progresses near the end, to include instrumental solos from other synths and piano sounds, which creates a full and complete, uplifting and inspiriting treasure.

I, for one, cannot wait to hear the long-awaited album ‘Love Letters’ due for release of March 10th 2014. Pre-order ‘Love Letters’ now and get ‘I’m Aquarius’ straight away, here.

Sounds like; Caribou, Miami Horror, Carousel, Hey Champ

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Carousel – Another Day



The San Fran electro-pop duo Carousel bring us a video for their new track, ‘Another Day’.

The humorous video follows a pool party gatecrasher in hot pursuit of an attractive blonde. The characters, that are controlled by a young girl, are based on the Ken and Barbie dolls, although Ken looks and acts suspiciously like Tom Cruise.

The Felipe Torres Urso-directed video cites a clear influence from L.A., following Carousel’s 2012 move there.

There are a limited 1,000 copies of the 7″ ‘Another Day’ vinyl for release on 12 November 2013. Pre order now from Old Friends Records.

Sounds like: Hey Champ, RAC, The Postal Service

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Little Daylight – Glitter & Gold


Brooklyn trio Little Daylight formed in 2012 and have created this full pop tune ‘Glitter & Gold’ which crashes down on the listener, forcing them to feel instantly uplifted and break into a smile. The lyrics are incredibly positive and elevating, the synth and drums are intense, and the song is pop-indietronica perfection. The track is taken from their EP ‘Tunnel Vision’ which is due out 6th August.

Little Daylight released ‘Overdose’ on 29th Jan 2013, the video for which you can watch below, and is available to purchase here.

Sounds like: Chvrches, Charli XCX, Hey Champ
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Carousel – Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover)


Carousel are an electro-pop duo from San Francisco. Members Jackson Phillips and Kevin Friedman began writing and producing music together in late 2011 when they were at music college together in Boston.

In Spring 2012, the pair moved to Los Angeles, and they have been creating velvety indietronica and touring the US since. Their cover of Robyn’s now three year old hit ‘Dancing On My Own’ is given a softer makeover, yet is still full of the sonorous splendour of the original.

Sounds like: Hey Champ, RAC, The Postal Service

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