Introducing: Billionaire

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Few people have a better understanding about the difficulties that arise between socioeconomic classes than the Brits. There’s a reason George Bernard Shaw also founded the London School of Economics.

John Sterry (a.k.a. BILLIONAIRE) is the latest London artist to offer his take on class struggle and what it means for individuals overstepping society’s lines. “Poverty Line” meshes a lo-fi sound with a dark message, a combination that makes for a double whammy when the chorus hits. Lines like “Nobody will every love you when you’re at the poverty line” may be blunt, but the song’s minimalist, brooding sound is the perfect vehicle to deliver this kind of message. Stream “Poverty Line” below.

STREAM: BILLIONAIRE – “Poverty Line”

Zella Day – 1965

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Zella Day reveals the other side of her upcoming 7″ with “1965.” According to the L.A. songstress, the track tells the story of “finding a genuine connection among a sea of inauthenticity.” Her tale is set to an inspiring soundtrack marked by cinematic strings and Wild West guitars. It’s the kind of music Lewis & Clark would listen to on their journey across America. If they had iPods, of course. Listen to “1965″ below.

Zella Day’s Ophelia / 1965 7″ will be released via B3Sci Records on April 7th.

STREAM: Zella Day – “1965″

Festival Fever: Torres

Add Torres to your list of artists to catch at SXSW. The Nashville singer-songwriter beyond impresses with just her voice and guitar, not unlike Daughter. Get to know her via these Diffuser.fm videos, which include performances of “A Proper Polish Welcome” and “Strange Hellos,” after the jump.

And don’t forget, All Things Go is teaming up with Indie Shuffle for an extra rad showcase at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop this Friday with Ghost Beach, Joywave, Wolf Alice and more. Details at the link below.

RSVP: ATG x Indie Shuffle Official Showcase

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The Music Guide to True Detective

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So if you’re like me you’ve spent the last seven Sunday nights prone in front of your television, biting your nails, sweating, watching one of the best whodunit crime shows of our generation: True Detective. The show, whose conclusion airs this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on HBO, tells the story of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, two detective who are trying to answer the pesky question of who keeps killing all these women and children in rural Louisiana.

An underrated aspect of this show, in my opinion anyway, is the music. True Detective doesn’t smack you over the head with its soundtrack — other than its haunting, rootsy opening credits music, odds are you can’t remember a single song from this show.

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Introducing: Clubs

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Heavy pop. That’s the self-designated genre Clubs‘ latest track “Bleed” falls under. Though the tag alone sounds like a term Fred Durst would use to describe a new Limp Bizkit album, it actually makes a lot of sense after giving “Bleed” a listen. But for those of you in need of a more extensive preview before hitting play, imagine Kings Of Leon if they grew up listening to Khushi. “Bleed” is an emotive, slow-building number led by reverb-drenched guitars and Cj Pandit’s wailing vocals. The best part, however, is the unexpected Foals-like breakdown towards the end. We always love a good surprise. Give “Bleed” a go below.

STREAM: Clubs – “Bleed”

Introducing: Maybug

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Minimalism is as much about silence as it is simplicity. Daughter comes to mind as a group that gets it right; even in their percussion-heavy work, you can follow their sounds as they travel through the vast imaginary warehouse they were recorded in. It’s no surprise then that the London band immediately came to mind after hearing Maybug‘s “Slipping Gears.” Armed with nothing but his voice and an electric guitar, the British artist stuns with this emotional piece (especially during the last forty seconds). Give the track a listen below.

STREAM: Maybug – “Slipping Gears”

Woods – Moving to the Left

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Last year was the only year folk poppers Woods haven’t put out a record since they formed eight years ago. The drought didn’t last long, as the New York three-piece recently announced that a new record With Light And With Love will be released on April 15th via Woodist. If you’re like me (and you like your folk rock to sound like it’s being sung by a extra-falsetto but wise-beyond-his-years seventh-grade choirboy sitting on a log next to a campfire) then you’re pretty pumped about this news. Seriously, I love Woods! They have that strange ability to transition effortlessly between sweet, lullaby-like psychedelic melodies and reverb-heavy, head-banging rock-n-roll — all awash with the colors of flower-power magic carpet ride visions. Thank goodness there is a new song to hold everyone over until the new album and tour arrive in April. Check out “Moving to the Left” below, which picks up right where Woods left off.

STREAM: Woods – “Moving to the Left”

Farao — To Sleep Apart

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Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to keep all the parts of your dinner separate on your plate? Potatoes must not touch peas must not touch chicken. Then one day, your idiot sister reached over and ruined your precious food silos. You were devastated, but you had to eat your dinner, so you did. And then you thanked your idiot sister because it ended up tasting pretty delicious.

That’s what it’s like to listen to Farao‘s “To Sleep Apart.” At first, the song is folky — organic, even. It’s a haunting blend of vocals and guitar that brings the Norwegian-born songstress’ lyrics to the fore, and in its simplicity, it’s stunning. But then something strange happens — the metaphorical mixing of everything on the dinner plate. The song meets an opposite genre as it turns electronic, with droning synths entering and paving the way for the bridge. In that epic moment, Farao’s voice combines with sounds that loop and swirl in an unfamiliar but pleasant chaos. The blending of opposites may sound like a bad idea, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Stream “To Sleep Apart” below.

STREAM: Farao — “To Sleep Apart”

Introducing: Yellerkin

If you’re longing for the Local Natives Gorilla Manor days, we suggest hitting play on Yellerkin‘s latest single “Solar Laws.” The anthemic indie-folk track comes off their debut self-titled EP and just got paired with a good lookin’ Where-The-Wild Things-Are-inspired video, which you can watch above. Yellerkin are far from copycats though. Their EP goes well beyond that Local Natives sound, dabbling in psych and synth-pop throughout it’s four-track duration. Stream it all after the jump, and if you like what you hear, buy a copy.

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Premiere: John Mark Nelson – Truly, You Are

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As the first acoustic lo-fi bars of “Truly, You Are” play, you almost expect to hear the voice of Leslie Feist come in over top of the easily strummed rhythm. Instead of her smoky, shaking vocals, however, we’re treated to the smooth, silky tones of Minnesota’s John Mark Nelson. The track that unfolds is a simple one, yet engaging, of the kind you’d expect to hear streaming out of an art-deco radio on a sunny summer morning during the opening credits of a movie about the 50s. It’s a sound that’s both fresh, nostalgic and, despite my oddly specific description just now, timeless. When fellow Minnesotan Kara Laudon‘s wispy warble chimes in alongside soft organ tones, the results are sweet harmonies, smiles and hugs…and cotton candy…and rainbows.

The track appears on the first global compilation from Sofar Sounds, which is available now on iTunes and Spotify and will be released on vinyl March 2nd.

STREAM: John Mark Nelson – “Truly, You Are” [PREMIERE]