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New Music from Lincoln Jesser, “Untold”

New Music from Lincoln Jesser, “Untold”

It’s 4pm on friday of the long weekend and I’ve cracked a beer while tending to a few last minute to-do’s before I can get out of here.  I meant to get this post up a little earlier in the week, but what can you do when you’re moving.

California’s synth-pop prodigy Lincoln Jesser is back with another new track, “Untold”, from his forthcoming debut album Modern Color (out 9/23).  The album features nine emotionally engaging, feel-good electronic pop tracks, all written, produced, recorded and performed by Jesser.  Tourdates below, and you can download “Untold” instantly when you pre-order the album.

Tour Dates:
09/05 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House (w/ Yuna)
09/07 – Long Beach, CA – Gaslamp
09/13 – Sacramento, CA – THIS Midtown Street Festival
10/03 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
10/04 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall
10/10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery

 

Moving Day

Moving Day

It’s been really quiet on Indie Music Filter this week, as I’ve been occupied with an office move to a new place in the East End in Toronto.  My business partner found a building with great potential on Gerrard St. East and for months, has had the space renovated to what is now our new office space.  There’s been a series of delays, so many in fact, that I’m surprised we’re actually now moved in.  Too bad we can’t find the box that had almost all of the office phones…..

As I write this, I’m sitting in my nearly set up office, with a window looking out towards the back patio.  It’s totally dark everywhere and I’ve got the tunes turned up.  Like this one, the song “Young & Free” by Sucré.  I tweeted this track a week ago while perusing Rdio’s latest releases,  noting that there was just something awesome about this tune.  Today, while catching up in the feeds, I read more about the band on All Things Go.  The French sugar/band is a musical group led by singer Stacy King, produced by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Larson and her husband (and Mutemath drummer) Darren King.  

And now back to regular posting….

On The Rocks

On The Rocks

Here’s the 2nd single from the latest album from The Rural Alberta Advantage.  Check out “On the Rocks” off Mended With Gold. “One of the events which inspired ‘On the Rocks’ is related to my first trip out to Newfoundland well over a decade ago,” says the band’s Nils Edenloff. “So I’m also pretty happy with the double entendre as it relates to the song. We may be the Rural Alberta Advantage, but anyone who knows northern Alberta (i.e. Fort McMurray) will understand that Newfoundland isn’t too far out of my wheelhouse.”

Currently Listening To: Mo Kenney

Currently Listening To: Mo Kenney

I’ve always loved this song.

Here’s “Telephones” by Maritime songwriter Mo Kenney, from the upcoming sophomore album “In My Dreams”, out September 30 through Pheromone/New Scotland Records.  The song is originally a song from east coast band Mardeen, a band I work with in pitching songs to tv/film, and a song which I always thought would one day end up in a cell phone commerical.  Maybe this version will, we’ll see.

Like Kenney’s self-titled 2012 debut, this upcoming album was made in close collaboration with Joel Plaskett, who produced “In My Dreams”, in addition to performing on it and co-writing some of the songs.  This time around, the pair mixed things up by adding more classic rock influences to Kenney’s folksy singer-songwriter material.  Kenney said in a statement, “It is definitely bigger sonically. I see it as different lyrically too. I am quite private and I used to be a little cryptic to protect myself, but I have been writing more honestly lately. This record is definitely honest.”

Listen to The Juan MacLean’s Disco Epic, “A Simple Design”

Listen to The Juan MacLean’s Disco Epic, “A Simple Design”

From the opening seconds, there’s no hiding it – The Juan MacLean are on a mission to make you dance. This has been the project’s M.O. for over a decade now, but “A Simple Design” exudes a confidence not yet seen by both John MacLean and Nancy Whang.

This new assurance is found in the track’s contrasts: Whang’s deeper tones are rich when bouncing off the ping of the analog synth. It contains much of the repetition we’ve come to know from them, but when it spends such a great deal of time exploring so much tonal depth, the seven minutes and change seem much too short.

Come get lost in the odyssey.  “A Simple Design” will be on the band’s upcoming album, “In A Dream”, out September 16 on DFA.