Celebrating my blog birthday with some new music from Maryland band Prinze George. The trio comprised of Kenny Grimm (production/instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums) have only been making music since 2013, are now regularly touted as one of the more up-and-coming indie acts of this past year. First “Victor”, then “Make Me”, now check out “Upswing”.
“Love Ain’t Enough” by The Barr Brothers from the album Sleeping Operator. Animated and directed by Dustin Grella, this video was filmed through one continuous shot of 50 cardboard cut-outs and 15 paintings, totalling 2100 frames. Speaking about the video, Grella shared: “After listening to ‘Love Ain’t Enough’ just a few times I really had this sense that it was a journey and I was traveling into a city or countryside that was unfamiliar, but in a peaceful, confident way, not a fearful way. The more I listened to it the more it brought about the idea of the hero’s journey and about how we are all passing through life and at so many points we find ourselves in unfamiliar terrain, only retrospectively to see them as moments of growth”.
It might just be Australia day here at Indie Music Filter, as when I look through my saved e-mails for music to post, I again come across another band from down under with some great music. Take a listen to Matt Carins & Ryan Henderson (aka Hollow Coves), who’ve just released their debut EP. First listens to “The Woods”, I couldn’t help but get taken back to “To Build A Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra, for the similar chord progression and feel in parts. The song feels more in that Wake Owl, Lord Huron territory and yes, it belongs up here too.
Check out “The Woods” (for fans of Wake Owl, Lord Huron, The Barr Brothers).
I’ll admit that I don’t respond to a lot of recommendations I get to post content on IMF, but I do try to at least listen to each and every single one. A few days ago, Matt speculated that the song “Young” from Canberra duo Vallis Alps would be good fit for the site. He was right, as the song had been bouncing around in my head, with a bookmark to get it online when I had a chance. Vallis Alps are electronic duo Parissa and David Ansari, who’s self-titled debut EP is incredibly strong. For those who love that intersection between London Grammar, Houses and The xx, you’ll love this new band.
Got 6 minutes? Dive straight into this propulsive and epic groove from Toronto duo Moon King from their upcoming Last Gang release of “Secret Life” (out April 14th). Songwriter Daniel Benjamin and singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde have “crafted a raw, rapturous & emotional record documenting their ascent from an airy conceptual project into a powerful live band”. The album has them recording live off the floor, with the help of live sound engineer Noah Giffin (Owen Pallett, Austra, Diana) then mixed in New York with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Blouse.
I’m interested to hear more, but completely content to start off with this track “Roswell”.
Moon King will be touring Europe and the UK with Alvvays later this month, details for their upcoming North American tour will be announced soon.