New Music: Elephant Stone’s groovy tunes

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Elephant Stone’s got some new tunes for you to amp up your grooviness on this fine Wednesday afternoon. The first single is “Knock You From Yr Mountain,” off their forthcoming third album Three Posions. This tune is different then what we’ve heard before – it’s less mellow and a lot more booty shaking which makes sense because frontman Rishi Dir has mentioned that the earlier ’90s Manchester scene was a bigger influence on this album than previously.


The next song gets deep. Rishi Dhir told Consequence of Sound he wrote the song while trying to set music to Tibetan Book of the Dead, much like what John Lennon did for The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”. Dhir added, “While reading it, a few passages stuck out for me: ‘oh, child of nature’, ‘loving in kindness, compassion in life’, ‘your nature in blue light’… basically, this song wrote itself,” Dhir said of the track. “I loved the imagery of one’s soul being guided through the unknown by words of love, strength, and determination.” It’s a whimsical interpretation of a Beatles track with a harsher sound than the previous single.


ON REPEAT: Duke Evers’s “Seaside”

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Why? It’s rock n’ roll from Seattle. Okay, it’s indie-folk-rock n’roll from Seattle but the truth is, it’s really good. It’s catchy: starting on a series of “ooos” it combines with a simple drum beat, a catchy bass line and easy going vocals to loop you in. When the chorus hits, you find yourself understanding the commercial appeal of this band – it’s got that trendy folk rock thing going on and it does it well. 

Who? A duo from Seattle named Duke Evers that are creating some pop-y folk-y rock ‘n roll. They are going to release their debut EP, Handful of Pennies in September of 2014 but you can listen to the whole thing right on bandcamp already. Josh Starkel and Kyle Veazey have an undeniable musical chemistry that translate to a killer debut. 

What? When moving towards pressing play, please find yourself in a semi-joyous mood while riding your bike through a semi-hipster neighborhood and start to bob your head. Additionally, you could listen to this with your friends in a dark dive band where you end up dancing on the booths and/or if not that kind of place you end up tapping your feet under table and exclaiming, “Oh my god, I know this song!”


New Music: “Dreaming of Things To Be” – Fierce Bad Rabbit

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Alternative folk band Fierce Bad Rabbit from Fort Collins, CO has a new tune and it’s a lovely mid-Monday tune. “Dreaming of Things to Be,” a lazy, flowing folk tune that has equal dreamy qualities meshed with a distinctive guitar line. Chris Anderson, front man, stated ““The song is a reflection on the moment and observing something beautiful as it lies sleeping in front of you. I wrote it about the peacefulness of a child, the joy of a lover and the security of a mother to child. All the things beautiful at one moment as it passes by, and dreaming of the future or the past and being still within the present.”

The EP Living Asleep comes out in September. Living Asleep follows The Maestro and the Elephant, who was the winner of the “Best Rock Album” in the 2013 Indie Acoustic Project Awards.  


ON REPEAT: Los Angeles Police Department’s “She Came Through (Again)”

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Why? The greatness of this song is found in it’s simplicity. Coming in at 2 mins, 33 seconds, you can repeat this 25.75 times in one hour which is essentially what I’ve been doing every time I’m not watching HBO GO episodes of Sopranos. It’s easy listening at its finest, a wonderful hazy track with a heavy stimulating chorus.

Who? Ryan Pollie, hailing from LA, who is releasing a self-titled debut album in the fall. This is the first single off the upcoming album. It was masted by Foxes In Fiction’s Warren Hildebrand.

What? When moving towards pressing play, please find yourself in an introspective mood but with the sun shining and the windows open, a light breeze across your face. Other options include laying in a grassy field after a long night at a loud dance club or like me, sitting on your couch with Sopranos paused on the TV listening to your cats fight. In theory, this song works anywhere and everywhere.


If you don’t know, now you know: Deers

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I wanted to talk about Deers who are comprised of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carolatta Cosials hailing from Madrid, but let’s be really honest – there isn’t too much out and about in the stratosphere about this absolutely perfect duo.

They’ve released two songs and both are messy and not mastered garage surf pop – on their basecamp it says “songs were recorded in a random March afternoon in a rehearsal studio in madrid. welcome to DEERS, bitch 8)” - both are also absolutely exactly what you should be listening. Believe me, these two sassy girls will be blowing up across the USA very very soon.

Listen up.