October is always one of the best months for new music. Like previous years, instead of scrambling to find enough songs to round out a playlist, I was forced to cut a few songs that I featured this month on the blog, but just didn’t fit right on the playlist. The result though is a fantastic mix that I hope you enjoy. Whether you prefer to listen via Soundcloud, Rdio or Spotify, I’ve got some brand new tunes from RAC, Niki & The Dove, Phoria, Hot Chip and many more.
You might have thought that I’d done away with the Friday #Trending series, as its been a few weeks since I posted it on Indie Music Filter. I merely took a break from posting it. It’s all about the songs that people are buzzing about. Some weeks, I just can’t find enough that I think are awesome to put together in a the post (that I wouldn’t just post individually on the blog).
Today, I’m overflowing with new tunes, so here’s my attempt at giving a little bit of attention to each track I think you should hear.
Anna of the North is the collaborative dream pop project between Norwegian vocalist Anna Lotterud and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. Last year blogs started picking up the tune “Sway“, but “The Dreamer” is the song I’d recommend you start with.
Tweaks (formerly Pin Tweaks) are a two piece comprising Aman Singh and Johnny Drain, who together make enigmatic pop music for the nocturnal hours. “Sisters” is their first single (from the forthcoming EP of the same name) and recounts a (young woman’s) life of material privilege, institutionalization and lovelessness. Unintentionally, the Jake Hopewell directed video arrives just in time for Halloween. Watch, you’ll see what I mean.
This new Elephant Stone track is incredibly addictive. Take a listen to their single “The Devil’s Shelter” featuring Alex Maas of The Black Angels.
For fans of Jungle or Hot Chip, start dancing to the 70’s/80’s electro nostalgia of UK artist MakeLove in “Dive In”.
You might have noticed the new banner on the right hand side of Indie Music Filter. Its a badge for the new company Groopease, a great place to learn about rising, independent musical talent and purchase albums at deeply discounted prices. Groopease has been working with some quality bands and a portion of every purchase goes to a charity. Like other Canadians, I’m embracing couponing, even in my music purchases.
Yesterday was the first day to get the album the The Seven Seas by Montreal band Elephant Stone at a 50% discount and I should have posted it yesterday, but I was way too busy setting off fireworks for Victoria Day.
Wow, its finally finished.
I’m thinking that this is by far the best mix that I’ve done on the site, perfectly fit to spruce up your ipods in these dwindling days of summer. Head to Indie Music Filter: Volume 6 to stream the songs, read about the artists and download the mix. **Note: This songs will be downloadable for two weeks only, so get the mix now.
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We’ve had to take the songs down, but you can grab most of the mix at iTunes.
Here’s the tracklist.
1) Vacationing People by Foreign Born
2) Dominos by The Big Pink
3) Dull Gold Heart by Band Of Skulls
4) Coast of Carolina by Telekinesis
5) We Do What We Want To by O+S
6) Calypso Gold by Princeton
7) Blogspot by Paul and the Patients
8 White Flag by Cinnamon Chasers
9) Percussion Gun by White Rabbits
10) When I Grow Up (Lissvik version) by Fever Ray
11) Dark Bubbles by Black Moth Super Rainbow
12) Vermillion Plaza by Deastro
13) Sunshine Lover by Small
14) Don’t You Know by Elephant Stone
15) Everyone You Know by Now, Now Every Children
16) Friday Night Rock Song by Caledonia
17) Keep The Lights On by Wave Machines
18) Lullaby by Dark Mean
19) Rome by Dog Day
20) Whirring by The Joy Formidable
21) Walkabout (w/ Panda Bear) by Atlas Sound