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The Album Leaf – New Soul

The Album Leaf

The Album Leaf

The Album Leaf returns with ambient electronic track ‘New Soul’, which was out on 9 November.

“I wanted to experiment with my vocals,” Jimmy LaVelle says about the song. “I’ve never been fully comfortable with the inconsistencies of my voice. I’m not a singer, I just choose to sing sometimes. I wanted to keep the honesty and not think about it too much. Lyrically, the song is about moving forward, getting out of your comfort zone.”

The video was directed by Michael Raines, who has previously worked with the band on the 2014 tour documentary ‘Beyond There’, and the award winning cinematographer is Mike Simpson (Alt-J, Lil’ Wayne, SolangeDavid Byrne).

“We had little resources,” LaValle explains, “So we spent a weekend in Joshua Tree desert with friends and family contributing to the making of this video and I’m amazed with the result.”

Raines elaborates: “We never had a conversation about the song’s meaning or intentions, and Jimmy gave me a great deal of freedom when it came to creating the concept. Listening to “New Soul”, I looked to the films of Larisa Sheptiko, American Westerns, and more specifically, a scene from Béla Tarr’s Satantango (which I blatantly ripped off). My hope was to make something that alluded to a larger narrative, as if the video was a slice of a feature film. I wanted to make something that felt expansive, like the song itself, but ultimately let the viewer decide who this women was and whether it was a story about death, rebirth, or both.”

Sounds like: Mew, Nordic Giants, Sigur Rós, Saxon Shore, Explosions in the Sky, Alt-J

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TeamMate – Nothing’s Ever Over

TeamMate

TeamMate

This is no ordinary love story.

The new single ‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ by Los Angeles duo TeamMate celebrates the duo’s lifetime of being together and weathering the end of their romantic relationship to forge ahead into their musical relationship.

Scott Simons (keys, synths, vocals) and Dani Buncher (vocals, drums), were romantically involved for close to a decade. Buncher’s coming out ended the years of calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend, and unlike most couples who repel or drift apart after a break up, the duo’s love and chemistry went down a new path and was channeled into their unspeakable musical connection. Having this creative outlet with each other carried the two through the rough patches and acted as their therapy. The duo have mastered the art of writing smashingly catchy and mature pop gems with immense lyrical depth, writing from personal experiences.

‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ is a celebration of the duo’s biggest accomplishment, retaining a close friendship through a break up and starting TeamMate.

It’s out now on Rostrum Records.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Mew, Dive In, Bleachers, Tegan & Sara, Metric, Futurecop!, Pistol Shrimp, Monogem, Satellite Stories, Young Empires

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The Wild Wild – Sing

The Wild Wild

The Wild Wild

The Wild Wild is a one-man-band consisting of Benjamin Dunn.

Formerly a resident in Illinois, Benjamin left to find his dreams in California. The result is the melancholic synth pop and rock sound of The Wild Wild.

Listen to the gorgeous ‘Sing’ below, which is a well executed grandiosity of pounding pedals and soaring vocals shadowed by drizzling synths.

The Wild Wild’s debut LP is out on 22 January 2016.

Sounds like: Mew, Dive In, The Temper Trap, Kid Astray, Sekuoia, Kármán Line, XPLOR, Mackintosh Braun , FLOR, Friendly Fires, MGMT, Walk The Moon

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Dive In – Change in the Weather

Dive In - Change In The Weather

Dive In – Change In The Weather

Glastonbury residents, Dive In returns with a clanging indie banger, ‘Change In The Weather’.

“The song is anchored in the idea of hope and coming out of a darker place” explains Matthew Guttridge continuing “We’ve all found ourselves in rut; be it a creative, more personal – this song celebrates the moment in which something happens / clicks and you know you’re back on course.”

Their upcoming EP follows on from an impressive debut, Eighteen, and is out on 9 November via Vagrant/Good Soldier.

Sounds like: Mew, The Temper Trap, Bad Pony, Keane, MS MR, Pistol Shrimp, Futurecop!, Soft Touch, Of Monsters and Men, Fickle Friends, Kid Astray, Young Kato, Anteros, Satellite Stories, The Killers

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FLOR – Let Me In

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

Staying on track with straightforward indie pop, Los-Angeles based FLOR returns with another bubbly number, ‘Let Me In’.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust, Of Monsters and Men, Mew, For Esmé

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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.

nostalgic-future-pop.

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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