Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

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Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun joined forces last year to create Sylvan Esso. As part of the lead-up to their impending debut LP, today the North Carolina duo re-released one of their first-ever tracks “Play it Right.” The song was originally by Meath’s alma mater but was then debuted by Sylvan Esso this past August. “Play it Right” is a swirling bouquet of sound that combines Amelia’s folksy vocals with Sanborn’s sweeping synth and basslines. Give it a listen below, and hit the jump to see them perform the track at a recent Sofar Sounds show in London.

STREAM: Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

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Video Premiere: Colleagues – Parents’ House

Colleagues are a Swedish five-piece making sparkling technicolor dream pop that stands out even in a vast sea of Scandanivian talent. We’re beyond excited to premiere the brand new video for their stunning debut single “Parents’ House,” featuring exclusive footage from Roy Andersson’s cult classic teen romance film A Swedish Love Story. “Parents’ House” had us at hello with a cloudburst of ambling keyboard lines, shimmering guitar riffs and infectious sing-along vocals. But the love affair got serious during the mid-song breakdown, a quasi-orchestral torrent of pure feeling evoking vintage M83 that spirals into a freewheeling instrumental outro. By the time the track finally dissolves in a ghostly swirl of filter and phase-shifting effects it’s magic. This song is beyond up our alley – it’s redefining our alley right now. Recommended for fans of St. Lucia, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Delorean, eighties sound palettes, and sublime romantic pop.

Colleagues’ double A-side Tears / Parents’ House is out April 14th via In Stereo Records. Buy here.

PREMIERE: Tiny Victories – Drinking With Your Ghost

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After a long 2012 filled with shows across the country (including a successful ATG New Noise), Tiny Victories spent all of last year putting together their debut album. The Brooklyn-based duo — comprised of Greg Walters and Cason Kelly — recruited the help of producer Alex Aldi (Passion Pit, Holy Ghost!) to craft Haunts, due out June 10th on The Sleepover Party.

Today, we’re fortunate enough to premiere “Drinking With Your Ghost,” the lead single off Haunts. The track evokes traces of The National while staying true to the Tiny Victories signature sound — heavy on the moody synths, and even heavier on Walter’s haunting vocals. Have a listen to “Drinking With Your Ghost” below, and check out Tiny Victories live when they hit the stage with Big Data at our Baby’s All Right show on Thursday, May 8th.

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STREAM: Tiny Victories – “Drinking With Your Ghost” [PREMIERE]

She’s So Rad – Levels

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Nobody wants to be derivative. We can imagine the last thing She’s So Rad want to hear after you hit play on “Levels” is “Oh, this sounds like Phoenix.” While a comparison to Thomas Mars and co. wouldn’t be wrong, there’s more to consider here. These up-and-coming New Zealanders take cues from said French indie-pop pioneers while also adding a bedroom dream-pop edge that makes their sound infectious, personal and, most importantly, their own. Give “Levels” a listen below and you’ll see what we mean.

STREAM: She’s So Rad – “Levels”

Fickle Friends – Play

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Fickle Friends set the bar high when they dropped indie-pop gold with “Swim” earlier this year. Fortunately for us, the Brighton five-piece have more than matched it with brand new track “Play.” While less bouncy than their last single, “Play” is an upbeat, summer-ready marriage between guitar and synth that reminds us of Mausi and Two Door Cinema Club. Give the track a listen below.

STREAM: Fickle Friends – “Play”

Mapstone – Go Solo

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Fresh off a move from the Welsh hills to London, Mapstone have released a second track into the world: “Go Solo.” Fans of their cozy indie-pop debut “Shelter” will feel right at home with the warm instrumentals and bedroom production of their latest work. Give it a listen below, and those of you in the UK should keep an ear out for news on the Mapstone live front over the coming months.

STREAM: Mapstone – “Go Solo”

Glass Animals – Holiest (Ft. Tei Shi)

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If experimental pop is your thing, then consider Glass Animals‘ “Holiest” your wet dream. The Oxford outfit teams up with Tei Shi on this one, and apparently it’s a match made in heaven. The Brooklyn songstress’ dreamy vocals navigate effortlessly through the band’s murky tribal sounds, making for an interesting take on electro-soul that is well worth a listen or two. Stream “Holiest” below.

STREAM: Glass Animals – “Holiest (Ft. Tei Shi)”

LAYLA – Smokestacks

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Ballads should start with a slow crescendo. This rule isn’t written in stone, but everybody accepts it as fact. Well, at least LAYLA does if “Smokestacks” is any indication. The London artist’s latest track has a hazy beginning, but forty seconds in her vocals cut through the fog like a knife. The track’s replay value becomes evident once LAYLA picks things up at the beginning of the chorus. From there she drives “Smokestacks” higher and higher until a crashing, string-backed breakdown. And let’s not forget the subtle touches LAYLA weaves in throughout the song (like that whistle at 0:49), which provide the finishing touches to a truly epic ballad. Stream “Smokestacks” below.

STREAM: Layla – “Smokestacks”

LOLAWOLF – Jimmy Franco

LOLAWOLF prove they’ve got the magic touch with yet another killer single, “Jimmy Franco.” The track channels tropical vibes packed with enough bounce to propel you to the moon and back. Three months in and 2014 looks like it’s one of the best yet thanks to this trio.

“Jimmy Franco” comes packaged with its own video, in which Zoe and beau A$AP Rocky get their flirt on in an abandoned Bushwick building. Watch it above.

STREAM: Lolawolf – “Jimmy Franco”

Nola Wren – Soul Sucker

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If Alex Winston had a gritty side, we think it’d sound a bit like Nola Wren. Her latest track “Soul Sucker” is, according to the nocturnal NYC singer-songwriter, a “new demo of an old song.” Regardless of which iteration this version ends up being, we have to say it sounds pretty good. Enjoy this piece of reverb-drenched power pop below.

STREAM: Nola Wren – “Soul Sucker”