Mr Twin Sister’s slow burner, “Blush”

Mr Twin Sister’s slow burner, “Blush”

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On one hand, I’ve always appreciated the versatility Mr Twin Sister (formerly known as Twin Sister), whether they were tackling lofi dream pop ballads or full on disco stompers.  On the other, they all seemed like enjoyable experiments of a band still searching for their core.

Blush” retains all the enchantment of their past work, but nothing about it seems makeshift; this is as well composed as we’ve heard them.  A clean combination of strings, guitar work, and sultry vocals form a sexy slice of AM R&B radio gold.  If the first three minutes were successful in enchanting you into late night indulgence, then you will find the closing saxophone solo to be absolutely unfair.

Color me excited to hear more from the rebirth of this band. Listen to “Blush” below.

Indie Music Filter: Best Of July 2014 (Playlists)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of July 2014 (Playlists)

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Playlists are up!  Here’s what I thought was the best of July 2014 on RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube.  July was great for new music, check songs from Phoria, Operators, Broods, Lowell, Kate Boy, The RAA and many more.

Best of July 2014: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of July 2014: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of July 2014: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of July 2014: Playlist (Youtube)

Leo Stannard – “Why Don’t We”

Leo Stannard – “Why Don’t We”

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Hey!  You!  You over there!  You know that moment when a song sounds like a certain time of day?  The clock has just hit 3pm, it’s a warm summer sunday and you’re full from the best meal, tired from the best laugh-loop and life feels as warm as the temperature outside.  Meet 19-year-old Leo Stannard from a tiny village in Leicester.  If Paolo Nutini, Bon Iver and Ben Howard were ever family members – this would be their little brother.  Just over the 2 minute mark, he slows down the pace and all that’s heard is his voice echoing over, “And I found my place now I can’t go”.

Happy for you to stay, Leo.

Video: “Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays

Video: “Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays

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Here’s the official music video for “Archie, Marry Me,” from the self-titled debut Alvvays album, out now on Polyvinyl (US) / Transgressive (UK) / Royal Mountain (CAN).  Lead singer/guitarist Molly Rankin said of the video shoot: “…we made another super-8 video, one where we take ‘take the plunge’ to the logical extreme.  The camera exploded at sea so we neutralized the black battery goo with vinegar and kept shooting.  My hasty retreat via doggy-paddle was left on the cutting room floor.

Video: “The Bells” by Lowell

Video: “The Bells” by Lowell

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I wonder how many takes this took to get it just right?  Here’s Lowell‘s latest video for “The Bells”, shot in Toronto by director and photographer, Norman Wong.  The one shot clip opens with Lowell, a baseball bat in hand and surrounded by a ghoulish dance gang, cheerleaders, roller derby pals and a marching band in a twisted fantastical dance party.

I Should Know You Better

I Should Know You Better

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Serious case of the mondays today, on this first tuesday of August.  I just came off an excellent road trip to Virginia with friends and even though I’m physically in the office, my mind is still on the road, looking for adventure. Wish I had put this song on my iPhone before we left on our journey, it would have fit nicely with the songs I was pulling from what I’ve posted in the last couple of months.  This is the latest track from Prides called “I Should Know You Better”, turn it up!