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Indie Music Filter: Best Of February 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of February 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

And, the playlists are up!  Check out what rocked in January, via all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month started off 2015 in a great way with some killer tunes from EXGF, The Wombats, The Tallest Man On Earth, Young Empires, Passion Pit and many more.

Best of February 2015: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Youtube)

LISTEN: “Drifting” by ON AN ON

LISTEN: “Drifting” by ON AN ON

The great songs just keep pouring in this week.  Here’s “Drifting” from Minneapolis trio ON AN ON off their upcoming sophomore album (out this summer).  I’m not a stranger to this song though.  Last year, I first heard this track from the Red Brick Songs “Red Album”; “Drifting” emerging as my favourite result of the publisher’s up-north songwriting retreat, and a song I’d later declare as one of the Best Songs Of 2014.  Fact is, right now I’m already thinking about adding this version to my Best Songs Of 2015 list.

Can I even do that?  Well, there’s no rules to writing this blog other than to make sure I’m telling you about great music.  This song sure does qualify.

The song is “inspired by falling asleep behind the wheel and trying to forget unforgettable things” and was recorded (with the album) at the famous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Spoon, White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket).  I like this recording, featuring a few more background elements and instruments, along with a new drumbeat that leads us out of the song.  It’s still haunting hearing singer Nate Eiesland’s “Gotta get out” appeal (at 3:00).

Best Songs Of 2014

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It’s been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all.  This post is always my favourite one to put together, the problem is always trying to keep the number of songs down.  I settled on 50 tracks (listed here in playlist order, not a ranking) that rocked my year, take a look below and agree, disagree, discover of just hit play.  As usual, I did my best to make these playlists on soundcloud, spotify, rdio, youtube and this year on Dropmark (which I use for saving videos).  For those who like to watch your playlists, try out my collection.

1. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
2. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”
3. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
4. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”
5. Broods – “L.A.F”
6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″
7. Brolin – “Swim Deep”
8. Bastille vs Haim – “Bite Down”
9. Moscow Metro – “Future Fades”
10. Austin Basham – “All Is Well”
11. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
12. Sego – “Wicket Youth”
13. Ghost Beach – “Moon Over Japan”
14. Sucre – “Young And Free”
15. Strand Of Oaks – “Shut In”
16. Lowell – “The Bells”
17. Arkells – “Come To Light”
18. Nate Eiesland – “Drifting”
19. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
20. Ben Khan – “Youth”
21. Prinze George – “Make Me”
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Luna”
23. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
24. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
25. Fickle Friends – “Swim”
26. Snakadaktal – “The Sun II”
27. Old Man Canyon – “Wiser”
28. Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
29. Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me”
30. Skaters – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”
31. Spoon – “Inside Out”
32. Haerts – “Giving Up”
33. Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were”
34. Wye Oak – “Glory”
35. SOHN – “Artifice”
36. Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi”
37. Wolf Saga – “You Only Live Once (Strokes Cover) feat. Lyon”
38. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
39. Panama Wedding – “All Of The People”
40. Magic Man – “It All Starts Here”
41. Phoria – “Atomic”
42. Vance Joy – “Mess Is Mine”
43. New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
44. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”
45. Prides – “Messiah”
46. Operators – “True ”
47. Snowmine – “Tidal Wave”
48. Still Parade – “Beach”
49. Breakfast In Fur – “Shape”
50. Odesza – “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)”

BEST SONGS OF 2014 (RDIO PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (YOUTUBE PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (DROPMARK VIDEO PLAYLIST)

Drifting

Drifting

Take a four and a quarter minute break, close your eyes on put on “Drifting”.  Written by ON AN ON‘s Nate Eisland, Nygel Asselin (producer of Half Moon Run) and Toronto songstress, STACEY, “Drifting” is the second offering from The Red Album; a collection of songs written on the Red Brick Songs retreat in Huntsville, Ontario weeks ago featuring 15 songwriters from all across North America (including ON AN ONPsychic TwinJMRLos Encantados, EXROYALEAndy ShaufSTACEYLibrary VoicesIn-Flight Safety, Cuff The Duke and Oh Travioso).

Tunnels

Tunnels

Ever wonder what goes on during a songwriter retreat?  In the case of the Red Brick Songs retreat two weeks ago, it seems as if some great collaborations were born.

Fifteen songwriters from all across North America flew to Toronto, then drove up north to the Deerhurst Resort in Hunstville, Ontario.  The songwriters included members of ON AN ON, Psychic Twin, JMR, Los Encantados, EXROYALE, Andy Shauf, STACEY, Library Voices, In-Flight Safety, Cuff The Duke and Oh Travioso.  In three days, they collaborated together to write and record The Red Album, a collection of fifteen songs that are amazingly diverse.  There are feel good, hook-filled, future hits; the tear out your heart singer songwriter gems; and a few seductive synth songs.

Here’s one of those tunes, “Tunnels”, created on the last day of the retreat by Erin Fein (Psychic Twin), Ryne Estwing (ON AN ON) and Nygel Asselin (producer of Half Moon Run).

Nothing Left To Give

Nothing Left To Give

“Nothing Left To Give” is the result of a collaboration between Chicago DJ and producer Kyle Woods and Ryne Estwing of ON AN ON.  It’s been out for about a month now, but I somehow didn’t press play until today.  I have the track on repeat now.  It’s incredibly beautiful, emotionally charged and captivating.  If you like downtempo electronic music with an introspective, slightly nostalgic vibe, this should be right up your street.

Oh, and you can download the track for free. What more could you ask for?