MOKB Premiere : Magic Castles : “Sky Sounds”

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Psychedelic rock has proven itself to be more than a fad to the musical soundscape over several decades seeing an influx in popularity again the past couple of years. Minneapolis five-piece Magic Castles have been in the middle of this composing lush arrangements, reverbed vocals, jangly guitars covered in a cloud of pot smoke. They even have the approval of Brian Jonestown Massacre’s infamous Anton Newcombe, who is set to release their latest LP, Sky Sounds, via his UK-based imprint A Records on October 20th.

We are happy to be premiering the title track from it. The song is full of hypnotic ’60s atmospherics playing out like a dream that feels almost too real to tell the difference ideal for drifting away to on your headphones. Stream it below and preorder the LP via iTunes to get “Sky Sounds” instantly.

Song : Brolin : “Swim Deep”

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After a couple of years creating some tremendous remixes and original cuts, London’s Brolin has his debut LP on the way early next year. Instead of making us wait in anticipation, he has dropped a new single “Swim Deep” from it. The song comes from sessions with producer Raffertie and rolls out some sparkling production emoting all of the yearning associated with the fading sunlight of summer. The general mood of it can’t help but spark nostalgia and reflection. Stream it below.

Song : Grouper : “Call Across Rooms”

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With fall quickly approaching, it is ideal that Liz Harris, better known as Grouper, has a her new LP, Ruins, hitting shelves on October 31st via Kranky to compliment the autumn tones. Ahead of it, she has shared “Call Across Rooms”. The song is absolutely heartbreaking from the first note. Harris tells Vogue of it, “The song is on one level very plain and literal, about a letter I wrote for someone I loved and could not get along with.” She continues, “On a more subconscious, poetic level, it is a letter to myself, as aspiration to love better.” Listen below.

Video : Nao : “Ritual Union” (Little Dragon Cover)

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East London singer Nao just seems to be one of those artists that has the potential to do some big things with just a few breaks her way. Her hookup with Jai Paul’s brother A.K. Paul on the song “So Good” was a start. She now has a new clip of her doing an outstanding cover of Little Dragon’s “Ritual Union”, the opening and title track from their 2011 LP filmed by the rad dudes over at Your Truly. Watch it below.

Song : Itasca : “After Dawn”

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We were really swept away by the song “Nature’s Gift” by ethereal folk singer Kayla Cohen, aka Itasca, a few weeks back. The song is off her sophomore album Unmoored By The Wind to be released on October 14th via Matt Mondanile’s (Real Estate, Ducktails) New Images label. To further draw us in, she is streaming another gorgeous, sweeping number “After Dawn”. Their is a heart on your sleeve quality about it further enhanced by the intimate feel of the instrumentation.


MOKB Premiere : Holy Youth : “Feel Good”

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Holy Youth is a four-piece rock band hailing from Montevallo, Alabama. It is not rock with dreamy synths or electronics mixed in, but unapologetic searing guitar, drum pounding rock music. The kind that you have heard a thousand times, but always find yourself drawn back to when it is done right. This is exactly what you get with Holy Youth. On October 14th, they will unleash their eponymous debut full-length via Happenin Records. The first song from it is the scorching “Feel Good”. It is part garage, part surf and full of heavy reverb. Perfect for that next night of reckless abandon. Stream it below.

Video : Only Real : “Pass the Pain”

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Niall Galvin, aka Only Real, has been one of our favorites listens since coming to our attention last year with his Days In the City EP. He has his debut full-length coming out early next year, but has kept our attention with the songs “Cadillac Girl” and, most recently, “Pass The Pain”. The latter now has a visual companion done only the way we would expect from Galvin. The video is filled with all sorts of slacker attitude and clips of him bathing in a tub of Fruit Loops, cruising the city, and much more. Watch it below.

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