Tag: indie synth-pop

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 2nd

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 2nd

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a long-sipping mix to be savored. These nine tunes range from indie rock to mellow singer/songwriter fare with synth-pop and psych-folk for balance. Featured artists are from Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, USA, and Wales. Note: This Friday, Bandcamp will donate 100% of their sales to the Transgender Law Center in […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, July 26th

Melodic Tonic ’17, July 26th

The five songs on this week’s Melodic Tonic range from gentle indie folk to rollicking synth rock. Featuring artists from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, and the US, this mini playlist offers great new music from across the globe. Today we start with one of our favorite bands from the Pacific Northwest.   Planes on Paper – “Television” (Yakima, Washington […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, May 3rd

Melodic Tonic ’17, May 3rd

Breathe in some fresh new tunes on today’s serving of new music cocktails. The Melodic Tonic May 3rd edition features a pair of Icelandic artists plus refreshing singles from indie folk and indie dream pop artists in the UK and USA. Let’s kick things off in the indie music hot spot of Reykjavik. Ásgeir – “Stardust” (Reykjavik, Iceland) RIYL: John Grant, Júníus Meyvant, Snorri Helgason […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, April 26th

Melodic Tonic ’17, April 26th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails features six tasty treats from the UK and USA. From indie power pop supergroups to dazzling British synthpop, this mini playlist infuses your day with infectious beats.   Filthy Friends – “Any Kind of Crowd” (Portland, USA) RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, R.E.M., Minus 5 The music scene has a surplus of “supergroups” these days, but few […]

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Saturday Sampler April 22nd

Saturday Sampler April 22nd

The Saturday Sampler April 22nd edition falls on Record Store Day! Today’s playlist features artists from Canada, Denmark, England, Norway, and the US. You might not find all nine of these singles in stock at your local record store, but you can listen while you’re standing in line or shopping. So whether you prefer to enjoy music on vinyl, digital, cassette, or live, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, April 12th

Melodic Tonic ’17, April 12th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is light and refreshing. From singer/songwriter fare to upbeat indie pop, these six new singles from artists in Canada, England, Norway, Wales, and the USA will bring some sunshine to your day.   Seadog – “As I Am” (Brighton, England) RIYL: Elliott Smith, Midlake, Grandaddy When you hear this new song from Seadog, you’ll realize why they opened […]

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Saturday Sampler April 8th

Saturday Sampler April 8th

The Saturday Sampler April 8th edition is bursting with springtime energy! These 9 songs from artists in Australia, Denmark, England, Norway, and the USA will energize your weekend with their indie rock, dream pop, synth pop, and electronica. Hopefully you’ll fall in love with their sound like we have. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist will include these […]

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First Impressions: Future Islands – ‘The Far Field’ (album review)

First Impressions: Future Islands – ‘The Far Field’ (album review)

Future Islands are the reigning royalty of indie synth-pop. Over the last 11 years, they have cemented a reputation for both showmanship and craftsmanship. Their live shows are marked by high-energy performances from frontman Samuel T. Herring, while their music always gets the crowd on their feet. Now with the release of their fifth album, The Far Field, we ask the […]

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The Matinee March 24th

The Matinee March 24th

The Matinee March 24th edition is a musical kaleidoscope of colorful sounds from across the globe. Today’s nine songs come to you from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Greece, Norway, and the USA. These gems sparkle with varying shades of indie genres to help you kick off your weekend. Be sure to check back this weekend for a full playlist of […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 15th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 15th

Welcome to your mid-week serving of new music cocktails! SXSW is in full swing, so today’s collection of five new tunes begins in Austin with a group who got their start at the festival. The other singles include British post-punk, Italian New Wave, American indie synth pop, and a sweeping instrumental track that defies genre norms. Let’s kick things off […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 8th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 8th

Today’s mid-week serving of 9 delicious new music cocktails has it all: catchy glam pop, indie folk, lush dream pop, indie rock, and more! Next week the music industry turns its focus to the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference, and many of these bands will be there. The songs featured here come from artists in Australia, England, Portugal, and the U.S. Let’s kick things […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, February 15

Melodic Tonic ’17, February 15

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails features six tasty concoctions featuring artists from England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the US. From sultry electronica to upbeat soul and indie psych-pop, these tunes will instantly elevate your day.   Little Dragon – “High” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Morcheeba, Portishead, Massive Attack This time last year we were writing about Little Dragon’s exquisite remix […]

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Saturday Sampler February 11th

Saturday Sampler February 11th

Saturday Sampler February 11th edition has another delectable serving of new music treats. Lots of these songs will get you up and moving while others will have you contemplating the world today. Anyway, let’s get the feast underway! Body Music – “Just One” (New York City & Boston via Medellín, Colombia) RIYL: Martha Wash, Black Box, disco/house Kick off your weekend […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 February 1st

Melodic Tonic ’17 February 1st

Are you ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride? Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’17 February 1st edition features seven tunes guaranteed to soothe, energize, and distract  you from everything else that’s going on in the world!   Ambiere – “Tree of Life” (Manchester, England) RIYL: Portishead, The XX, Florence + The Machine The lush, hypnotic […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 January 11th

Melodic Tonic ’17 January 11th

Welcome to the year’s first Wednesday serving of new music cocktails! This week’s Melodic Tonic features six concoctions from artists in the U.S., England, and Belgium. From rhythmic Afropop to alt-country from Nashville, these singles offer plenty of variety to help you beat the mid-week slump. Let’s get things started down in the southern United States. Shadowgraphs – “Countryside” (Charlotte, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Welcome to a fresh serving of new music cocktails! This week’s selections include some delicious dark Scottish synthpop, a bit of Dutch garage/grunge and Irish indie rock, plus a pair of gems from the U.S. Let’s get things started with a Glaswegian band we’re featuring for the first time. WHITE – “I Liked You Better When You Needed Me” (Glasgow, Scotland) […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 23

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 23

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails, where this week’s focus is on powerful female vocalists. Four of the six singles feature talented women whose voices will knock your socks off, if you’re wearing any. So sit back and brace yourself for the intensity that’s coming your way. Let’s get started with a particularly amped-up single that will energize […]

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Saturday Sampler for May 7th

Saturday Sampler for May 7th

The Saturday Sampler for May 7th offers a variety of singles from around the globe, with something for everyone. Let this mix of new tunes from the UK, USA, Sweden, Ireland, and Lebanon keep your ears happy while you wait for tomorrow’s release of the new Radiohead album.   Army of Bones – “Don’t Be Long” (Brighton, UK) In January, Brighton newcomers Army […]

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French Leave – “Tourist” (single premiere)

French Leave – “Tourist” (single premiere)

When emerging indie bands first develop their sound, finding the precise balance of genre influences is akin to steering a boat: it’s okay to deviate from the course somewhat, but excessive deviation can result in being shipwrecked and/or capsized. Too much ambient reverb veers into post-rock or shoegaze realm; too little amplification steers towards folk; too few substantive lyrics lead to shallow pools of mainstream pop. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 12

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 12

Welcome to another week of new music cocktails! Normally we focus on groups from across the globe, but today the spotlight is solely on North American artists. We’re serving up some Canadian indie disco-inspired pop along with two double shots of American ambient progressive, indie rock, and Americana.   o’brother – “Time Is a Length of Rope” (Atlanta, USA) The opening strains of […]

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