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Sanctuary Sound – One Clear Thought

Sanctuary Sound

Sanctuary Sound

Sanctuary Sound is the project of multi-instrumentalist Cade Sadler, who creates peaceful and reflective music.

It consists only of him, a lap top, and an old Stratocaster, and with these minimal apparatus, he creates dreamy, atmospheric guitar drones underscored by deep back beat grooves.

Despite the track appearing to be ‘One Clear Thought’, the process of production is joyfully flustering; starting off with glitchy gameboy-style keys, followed by contemporary vocals and rhythmic drums, later finishing with distorted interruptions.

His five-track EP, ‘Brass Ring’, is out now.

Sounds like: Jack Garratt, Honne, Tame Impala, Summer Heart, Day Wave, Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Brian Eno, Bob Dylan

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Karl Kling – I Will Wait

Karl Kling

Karl Kling

Another great artist from Portland. This time it’s Karl Kling, and he’s taking a breather from RAC to produce his own material.

Watch the David Lynch inspired video for ‘I Will Wait’; a surreal exploration of love and expression, it features a leading woman who, in a dream, has lost her mouth. She meets another woman, a shadow reflection of herself, who helps her to find it.

Sounds like: The Postal Service, RAC, Washed Out, Satin Jackets, Pink Feathers

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Interview with Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Vancouver Sleep Clinic at The Hope, Brighton

Vancouver Sleep Clinic at The Hope, Brighton

Vancouver Sleep Clinic is the moniker of Tim Bettinson.

Indietronica watched VSC play Brighton the other week and they didn’t fail to impress. We don’t want to harp on about Tim’s age, but you are constantly having to remind yourself that he’s still a teenager, yet he can effortlessly and smoothly amalgamate falsetto vocals with deep and mature lyrics.

We’re not sure how he does it, but we tried to find out…

Tell us a bit about yourself (where you grew up, when you first started singing/songwriting).
I’m from this city called Brisbane in Australia! I’ve been lucky enough to be born to parents who have always had instruments lying around, so getting into music was easy from a young age. I started with drumming and piano, and then a couple of years ago I picked up a guitar for the first time and started putting some high school bands together. I started writing for this project about a year ago in my bedroom.

Sum up VSC’s sound in 3 words.
Cinematic, dynamic, ambient.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?
I actually get inspiration from a wide variety of things. I first fell in love with music via a lot of post-rock (sigur dos, mogwai, this will destroy you etc.), but now i also garner a lot of inspiration from the electronic world (fka twigs, the weeknd, the xx, sohn, james blake). I also have strange obsessions with World music & Celtic instrumentals..

Rumour has it, you wrote ‘Collapse’ during your maths lessons. Where did you find the inspiration for ‘Collapse’, and, more importantly, did you pass maths?
Haha, yep – in the back of my maths books. Collapse is about a dark state of mind that i think everyone goes through when they feel like they can’t reach an expectation or a standard. I aced maths! But i was doing the easy maths so it probably doesn’t really count ;/

VSC is currently on a tour around the UK. How is the tour going?
The tour is amazing! There have definitely been some mixed shows, like you would expect on a first international tour, but the two London shows in particularly were super special! Really excited and thankful to be here.

You were recently in the US. Are you planning on hitting up the US again anytime soon?
I love the US – we will see! Yet to tour there so hoping to make that happen ASAP. Priority now though is putting everything we have into this record.

We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?
You NEED to listen to a kid called Raury. He’s changing the game in the USA. Also really loving ‘The Acid’.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic at The Hope, Brighton

Vancouver Sleep Clinic at The Hope, Brighton

Sounds like: Island Fox, The Kite String Tangle, Broods, Active Child, The Foals, New Navy, The Postal Service, Bon Iver, James Blake, TDeL2

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The Chain Gang of 1974 – You

The Chain Gang Of 1974

The Chain Gang Of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Kamtin Mohage.

Following on from the epic ‘Miko‘ and ‘Sleepwalking’ is ‘You’, an emotionally charged track that was written after a previously reckless Mohage had seen a horrendous highway accident.

In his recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mohage states:

“When I was living in Malibu, a cyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed, I drove past and saw his body on the road. It was a very surreal scene to witness. I started to imagine him having a wife and young daughter, and how they were now left behind without that important figure in their lives. I started thinking about my own parents, and how everyone will eventually move onto the next world. The song ended up being about this man, who in my eyes was this hero to his family.”

‘You’ is taken from the inspirational ‘Daydream Forever’ album, which was out on 4 February 2014.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit, The Postal Service, New Order, M83, The Canyons, The Used

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Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse

Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Have a listen to the breathtaking new track ‘Collapse’ from Brisbane-based Vancouver Sleep Clinic.

With a lyrical genius Benjamin Gibbard and Justin Vernon would be proud of and stunning falsetto vocals, it’s hard to believe Tim Bettinson is only 17 and even harder to believe such a beautiful track was written in the back of his maths book only a few months ago.

Have a listen below. You will instantly fall in love.

Sounds like: The Foals, New Navy, The Postal Service, Bon Iver, James Blake, TDeL2

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Carousel – Another Day

Carousel

Carousel

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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An Indietronica Collaboration With Indieverse

An Indietronica first! A collaboration with Indieverse.

Indieverse has kindly set up a mixtape of 10 hot indietronica tunes for you to listen to at your heart’s content. Here’s a lowdown on each track:

1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – ‘Miko’

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohage.

His track, ‘Miko’ initially has a reflective and heartfelt melody similar to a production that would be displayed by The Postal Service, but it quickly and frantically switches up a notch with a darker and punchier beat.

His upcoming LP is due for release next year.

Sounds like: The Postal Service

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2. Mons Montis – ‘Swept’

Mons Montis

Mons Montis

Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström. Forming the band was a 2013 summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud.

Read more on the track here.

Sounds like: College

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3. The Weeknd – ‘The Party’ (Chi Duly Remix)

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Slightly more R&B based now.

Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has been dubbed ‘the songbird of our generation’, despite breaking some of the most accepted rules in the music industry.

The Chi Duly remix of ‘The Party’ has a more energetic feel, without disguising Tesfaye’s smooth vocals.

Sounds like: James Blake, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Josef Salvat, SOHN, Gent Mason

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4. Lina Fouro – ‘Bang Bang Baby’

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro is a street smart Afghan-Canadian singer. Her super catchy track, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is expected to be on her upcoming album ‘The Love Cycle’, which explores the highs and lows of love.

‘Bang Bang Baby’ sounds like it has been produced in Ibiza, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another Balearic-sounding summer hit from an artist across the pond because 1 minute in, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is flipped on its head and turns into a molten of dubstep inspired bass.

Sounds like: Lady Gaga, Madonna

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5. The New Division – ‘Pride’

The New Division

The New Division

‘Pride’ is the first track on the The New Division‘s four-song digital EP ‘Night Escape’, which is out now on The New Division’s own label, Division 87 Records.

The track immediately engulfs us with weightless and dreamy synths. Then John Kunkel’s vocals start and we are immediately grounded. Close your eyes and imagine a love story unravel just like in an 80’s movie.

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Suzuki Method, Delphic, Joy Division

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6. KYLIAN – ‘Remind Me’

KYLIAN

KYLIAN

Violin-trained Emily Holden (aka KYLIAN) has impressed us with her classical twist on electronica. Her first ballad is subtle, yet it gives us a snippet of what is to come from the singer. The primitive synths and towering drums definitely intrigue us.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, OH Land, College, I BREAK HORSES, Us Baby Bear Bones

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7. Futurecop! – ‘Living in a Daydream’

Futurecop!

Futurecop!

British Futurecop! are full impact, disney-loaded electronica. Growing up together, the nostalgic Futurecop! boys, Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol, listened to punk pop, but always had an interest in 80’s and early 90’s pop culture.

‘Living in a Daydream’ is no exception with its emo nostalgia.

Sounds like: KAVINSKY, Justice, Daft Punk, Owl City, Hellogoodbye

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8. Stop Drop Robot – ‘Sugar Weep’

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot are an electronic rock band from Sheffield. The band are yet to be signed, but are known for their impressive live shows.

Their track ‘Sugar Weep’ is guitar heavy with echoey vocals and a touch of synths.

Sounds like: Suzuki Method

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9. Cosmonaut Grechko – ‘Singin” (feat. Joywave)

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko is Russian electro wunderkind. His track, ‘Singin” serves up superb synth and pop electro. Grechko constantly mixes the track up so that it doesn’t get tiring. We want more from Greschko!

Sounds like: Joywave, RAC, Cut Copy, Owl City, ROOSEVELT, Goldroom

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10. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’ (cover by Computer Magic)

Computer Magic

Computer Magic

Computer Magic are Brooklyn-based Danielle Johnson (vocals, keyboards), James Morley (guitar), Justin Coles (bass), and Chris Egan (drums).

Sci-fi obsessed Johnson’s vocals are logical and delicate.

For a bit more of an idea about the band, have a listen and a free download of their awesome track ‘Time to Decide’:

As far as we know, there have been no official releases yet.

Sounds like: No Doubt, OH Land, Still Corners, MGMT, Best Coast

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The mixtape is available for free download here, but hurry it’s only limited to 200 downloads a month!

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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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Carousel – Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover)

Carousel

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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