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5. Fear Club- Wasted Time ft. Ashley Garcia

Robin Huqueleux a.k.a Fear Club is a 24 year old musician, graphic designer and a “do-it-yourselfer” based in Paris, France. He began recording electronic music in 2012 influenced by the dreamy sound of Washed Out and M83. His sound is serving up addictive dream pop, ambient tunes that are perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons. Fear Club aims to capture “our nostalgia of sunny days when summer is gone.”

4 & 3. Each Other- Frank Heat & Ash Mound

Montreal-via-Halifax band Each Other may be a mere three-piece made up of members Mike Wright, Christian Simmons and Brad Loughhead (and notably, the only non-solo artist on this list), but there’s a force of energy and sheer agony in their spectral, sun kissed shronk-pop. For fans of Braids and Animal Collective, who let gossamer guitars cascade over top of each other to expand rock from within, you’ll love the songs from their Taking Trips and Heavily Spaced albums.

2. Bottle Brush- Late Night Robbery

Aussie beat maker Bottle Brush brings a exhibition of long stretching melodies layered over a series of fresh beats. Using a wide mix of instruments, Bottle Brush eloquently crafts his own world.

1. Habits- Dark Matter of Fact

Habits is the synthesizer/sample based musical vision of Los Angeles based songsmith and cat owner, Dustin Krapes. Driving rhythms and a psychedelic collage of otherworldly synths provide the sonic backdrop to Dustin’s lofty metaphysical themed lyrics, typically delivered in a nonchalant speak-sing style of crooning. Habits’ revolving cast of collaborators currently includes professional wrestling hall of famer Dithy Ramb on drums and vegan taxidermy expert Gabriel Armenta on bass.

Transitions - The Sea Life

Transitions

by The Sea Life
album Transitions

Washington DC-based The Sea Life was a band in transition last year, with a few members leaving and the lives of the remaining members in flux as they adapted to becoming a foursome. Their Transitions EP reflects this period of rapid change with four short but sweet tracks that go from serious and pensive to dreamy and playful at the drop of a hat. It was self-recorded in a hurry but, as you will hear in the title track, shows a promising young band striking a stellar sound they can build off of as a new unit.

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SCREAM QUEEN - MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR

SCREAM QUEEN

by MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR
album SCREAM QUEEN

Meet MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR, a garage-pop band from Austin, Texas. Originally consisting of four members, current lead-men Andrew Torrey and Adrian Sebastian decided to take the band in a new direction after recording their first EP; that new direction being their current brazen two-man approach.

“Scream Queen,” is their first release after refocusing their energies, and shows the duo’s simultaneously raw and polished sound. Undeniably fun and catchy, this is a band that plays your house party tomorrow and then the festival circuit next summer. Watch the accompanying video for “Scream Queen” above, which puts a sinister twist on your run-of-the-mill college house party.

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Give Me Your Love - Easy Bear

Give Me Your Love

by Easy Bear
album EP

Easy Bear is a Santa Barbara, California-based Pop/Rock band formed in 2012 by long-time friends. Earlier this year, the emerging band put out their debut self-titled EP full of accessible rock songs reminiscent of The Black Keys’ mainstream material. Despite being recorded in a bedroom by three young musicians, Easy Bear's debut EP sounds like a polished and radio ready stepping-stone into their bright future.

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5. Mat Hunsley- Au Contraire

Mat Hunsley is one young man who is on a journey to find his feet in the game of life. An acoustic singer/songwriter from Newcastle by way of Lincolnshire, his early demos were recorded from his student bedroom one snowy February morning on a cheap but portable second-hand recorder. The raw, stripped-back songs he chronicled that day are reminiscent of the rustic, ethereal charms of Mat’s musical idols such as Bon Iver, Ben Howard and James Vincent Mcmorrow.

4. Family and Friends- Love and Other Drugs

As these things so often do, Family And Friends began as a lowly seedling of inspiration. “Good music, good people.” A stalk gave yield to branches. One became six, a collective of musicians by trade, lovers by spirit. Inspired by a life worth living, the Fam and Pals remained rooted with three ambitions in heart, mind, and soul: the people, the music, the memories. The reflection represented by blend of earnest folk rock and a communal spirit pouring a collective heart into something bigger than itself.

3. The Color and Sound- Graves

The Color and Sound began in the winter of 2012 with six friends focused on writing music together. While writing and recording their debut EP, The Color and Sound found themselves on a mission to take their vast array of influences— ranging from folk to dance pop to pop punk— and spread them across a fun and cohesive album that everyone could enjoy. The resulting sound includes an array of group vocals, harmonies and pop simplicity.

2. Pill Friends- Rituals

Pill Friends are a 4-piece lo-fi bummer band from New Hope, PA.

1. Barnswallow- Josephine

Josephine is the addictive a-side from Fall River, MA foursome Barnswallow. It’s their most recent 7” and features the band’s go-to sound full of humid guitar distortion and earworm melodies. The chorus is just as strong as the blaring fuzz, proving Barnswallow to be one of those rare bands that can pull off playing noisy rock and roll that’s accessible to a larger audience than the usual sweaty, unkempt dudes found toe gazing in dirty basements.

Josephine - Barnswallow

Josephine

by Barnswallow
album 7"

Josephine is the addictive a-side from Fall River, MA foursome Barnswallow. It’s their most recent 7” and features the band’s go-to sound full of humid guitar distortion and earworm melodies. The chorus is just as strong as the blaring fuzz, proving Barnswallow to be one of those rare bands that can pull off playing noisy rock and roll that’s accessible to a larger audience than the usual sweaty, unkempt dudes found toe gazing in dirty basements.

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