Tag: indie synth-pop

Melodic Tonic ’18 July 11th

Melodic Tonic ’18 July 11th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 July 11th will pull on all your heartstrings. These six songs offer a powerful emotional rush, whether it’s from retro synth pop, cool electronica, or Venezuelan-inspired dream folk. Kiss your midweek slump goodbye with this moving playlist. John Grant – “Love Is Magic” (Reykjavik, Iceland, via Michigan USA) RIYL: Todd Terje meets Father John Misty “Sade […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 20th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 20th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 June 20th edition is full of international flavors, including a trio of Swedish artists, a duo from Chile and two American bands. As the summer approaches and the temperatures rise, let the cool tunes from today’s playlist bring some relief. FREYR – “Over My Head” (Stockholm, Sweden via Iceland) RIYL: Bon Iver, José González, Nick Drake […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 May 23rd

Melodic Tonic ’18 May 23rd

It’s that time again for the new music cocktail to get you through hump day. Melodic Tonic ’18 May 23rd features six delicious songs, kicking off with a couple of powerhouses. Goldfrapp (feat. Dave Gahan) – “Ocean” (London, England) RIYL: Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode Saving the best for last: this is the approach Goldfrapp took on their 2017 LP, Silver Eye. The album’s final […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 18th

The Matinee ’18 May 18th

The Matinee ’18 May 18th features some summery and autumn-like tunes. As such, no matter what hemisphere you live in, you’ll find something to fit the weather. Beach Skulls – “Sacred Citrus” (Manchester, England) RIYL: King Tuff, Acid Dad, Magic Potion Beach Skulls have an uncanny knack for delivering killer tunes just when we need it most. We shared their “I’m Not […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 11th

The Matinee ’18 May 11th

The Matinee ’18 May 11th includes six nine tracks for this fine Friday. The variety today will definitely get you going for the weekend. We have a pretty awesome line up today. We have a worldwide playlist with artists representing Australia, The Netherlands, Greece, The US and The UK today. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight” (London, England) RIYL: BANNERS, Coasts, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 April 18th

Melodic Tonic ’18 April 18th

The four songs on the Melodic Tonic ’18 April 18th edition will transport you to another time – back to the ’80s. Drink deep from the cup of nostalgia as artists from England, Greece, and the US quench your thirst for retro rhythms. We kick things off with something familiar and very energizing. Poptone – “Go!” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 13th

The Matinee ’18 April 13th

For some, today represents bad luck. For us, Fridays are meant for great music that delivers you to the weekend. The Matinee ’18 April 13th edition, specifically, is the source of our good vibes, featuring the usual nine sweet tunes that caught our attention. Happy weekend everyone!   Florence + The Machine – “Sky Full of Song” (London, England) RIYL: […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 8th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 8th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a globe-trotting affair. Featuring six new singles from artists in Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, and the US, today’s mini-playlist brings you plenty of sonic diversity. Let’s get things started with a bang courtesy of San Francisco’s finest rockers. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Question of Faith” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: The Black […]

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Saturday Sampler September 23rd

Saturday Sampler September 23rd

The Saturday Sampler September 23rd edition is the soundtrack to your weekend plans. Whether you’re hosting a big party, enjoying an intimate evening on the town, or just chilling at home, these nine tracks (featuring artists from Belgium, England, Spain, Sweden, and the USA) will match every scenario for the first weekend of autumn. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase […]

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Saturday Sampler September 2nd

Saturday Sampler September 2nd

Since it is the long weekend in many parts of the world, the Saturday Sampler September 2nd edition has ten songs. Nine of them are new, and one is from a few years ago and a remix at that. We’re sharing it today because it’s one of the great remixes of all-time and features two of indie’s great bands. The […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a dark and stormy blend. We start with some brooding synth-pop and add in some art rock, a dash of Icelandic soul, and end with a double shot of Americana.   Zola Jesus – “Siphon” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Austra, Phantogram, PJ Harvey Zola Jesus has the dark equivalent of a Midas touch […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 August 23rd

Melodic Tonic ’17 August 23rd

Today’s menu of new music cocktails is full of sensual treats. These six songs from American, Australian, and Greek artists range from funky beats that will move your body to introspective rock that will speak to your mind. We kick things off with a favorite duo whose third album arrives in October.   Cults – “I Took Your Picture” (New […]

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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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