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Milo Greene – Never Mean It

Milo Greene

Milo Greene

Teasing us ahead of their album release, Los Angeles-based trio, Milo Greene, have released a cheeky demo of ‘Never Mean It’.

‘Never Mean It’ is a hushed, slow-burner, blending gorgeous vocals against a minimal electronic background.

Speaking on the track, Milo Greene state:

“Never Mean It” started in Robbie’s living room with a minimal bongo groove. We started laying down simple moody guitar lines, and Marlana came up with this flowing verse melody. Robbie and I started singing responses and eventually we created this swell of bellowing vocals that showcased the frustration within the lyric.

The new batch of Milo Greene songs came out of our living rooms. We shared ideas we’d been developing individually, and just sang ideas as loud as we could without pissing off the neighbors. Everything just kind of flowed out of us once we finally got off tour and had time to decompress. .Releasing demos is an experiment. Maybe these songs end up on the next record, maybe they don’t. But it’s nice to throw something out there to share instead of having it sit on our computers, never to see the light of day like so many songs have.”

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Local Natives, Lucius, Fickle Friends

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Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

Yeasayer

Yeasayer

Yeasayer returns with an awe-inspiring, spacey number called ‘I Am Chemistry’.

It has an odd relativity, similar to that of alt-J, but this concoction has more substance to it, courtesy of the wise vocal tones of lead singer, Chris Keating, and layers and layers of hearty Yeasayer sounds.

Pre-order the album, ‘Amen & Goodbye’ here.

Sounds like: alt-J, Broken Bells, Belgrave, Yellerkin, TV on the Radio, Wolf Parade, Local Natives

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The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay

The Griswolds

The Griswolds

It’s been a while since we’ve written about Aussie synthpop on Indietronica.

What better reintroduction than with the fun-filled video for ‘If You Wanna Stay’ by Sydney-natives, The Griswolds.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Smallpools, Great Good Fine Ok, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Passion Pit, The Foals, Local Natives, Fenech Soler, Vampire Weekend

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Yellerkin – Tools

Yellerkin by Jacob Wayler

Yellerkin by Jacob Wayler

Pro yellers and childhood friends, Adrian Galvin and Luca Buccellati, is Brooklyn-based folk electronic band Yellerkin.

There has been some seriously good music coming out of Brooklyn of late but there is a real rawness to Yellerkin’s new track ‘Tools’ that truly sets it apart. The pulsating track howls energy and emotion, and the changes in tempo at 2:30 and 3:00 is magic.

“Tools is a kind of anthemic generational song, but one that tows the line between triumph and tragedy” explains Adrian Galvin, who continues “This song is about our limitations; how fucked up it is that we are the generation that bought into all the crap our parents protested against in the 70’s!”

Watch the Nicolas Pesce directed video below:

Yellerkin released their self titled debut EP last year. The lead track on the EP, ‘Solar Laws’, is being offered as a free download via their Soundcloud page.

Sounds like: Sir Sly, Yeasayer, Local Natives, Freelance Whales, Jagwar Ma, Pistol Shrimp, Rise X Temper, Ghost Beach

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Phoenix – Chloroform

Phoenix

Phoenix

Another awesome video by French boys, Phoenix. This time the video is directed by frontman Thomas Mars’ wife, indie filmmaker, Sofia Coppola.

Head over to MoMA to watch the effortlessly cool and classically beautiful video, or have a listen to the more upbeat Sleigh Bells‘ remix below:

It only took 9 years, but the band are finally getting the recognition they deserve! Vive la France!

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Passion Pit, The Foals, Local Natives

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Indietronica at Gathering Festival

Photo by Alex HaproffPhoto by Alex Haproff

Gathering Festival is held in the centre of Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’, inside hidden-away music venues ranging from tiny cafes to huge churches. Selling out in its second year of existence, on Saturday 19th October 2013, the festival brought an abundance of new indietronica music to Oxford, including London Grammar, Local Natives, Gold & Youth, Mt. Wolf, Troumaca, Jake Hart, Fyfe, Jaymes Young and Pawws.

LA headliners Local Natives‘ performance was about as folktronica as they come, kitted out with an array of synths and electric drum pads, all whilst passionately harmonising melodies to perfection.

Gold & Youth played the intimate venue The Bullingdon to a mesmerised crowd enjoying the 80s-tinged synth pop with soaring melodies and ethereal vocals. Indietronica had a chance to chat to Gold & Youth in the nearby park, the footage of which you can view below.

London Grammar played a set which blew away the packed-out at O2 Academy, and had the crowd nearly in tears when they announced they would be cutting the set short due to technical difficulties.

South Londoners Mt. Wolf filled a church with huge, ethereal soundscapes, complimented by luscious vocals from front-woman Kate. The light was pouring through giant stained-glass windows during their early evening set.

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Indietronica interviewed Mt. Wolf after their set, the footage of which can be viewed on Indietronica tomorrow.

Troumaca, from Birmingham were on late in the Bullingdon, playing synth-driven tropictronica to a well-receiving crowd in the middle of the night. Check back on Indietronica for an interview with these guys over the next few days.

Newcomer Jake Hart, who, along with his bandmates, was all-in-black, had his audience transfixed with his minimal free-pop, creating mesmerising experimental synth layers.

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Fyfe is a UK solo artist, comparable to Miike Snow with a hint of James Blake. His soulful, minimal melodies filled the intimate Truck Store during his stripped back performance, a snipped of which can be viewed here.

Jaymes Young makes melodic rnb-tinged indietronica and is a formidable producer. He was performing at Gathering Festival during his current tour supporting London Grammar.

Pawws produces soprano-laden laptop pop; a beautiful addition to this all-round spectacular festival in the heart of Oxford featuring some storming new indietronica artists.

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Panda Cubs – Rise

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Yorkshire/London lads Panda Cubs formed in 2011, and have since been working hard to perfect their sound and performance. Single ‘Rise’ is a heart-wrenching indie ‘dark pop’ masterpiece; with a sincere video, and vocals and guitar riffs comparable to indie-heavyweights Bombay Bicycle Club and Local Natives, Panda Cubs are a cross between post-punk revival and emotional indie-pop. The single was released Monday 26th August, with the full EP will available in September.

The latest track by Panda Cubs is ‘Brothers and Sisters’ which is available for a free download. Listen here.

Sounds like; Editors, White Lies, The Postal Service, Local Natives, Bombay Bicycle Club
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