Stream : TOPS : ‘Picture You Staring’ LP

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Next week on September 2nd, Montreal’s TOPS will release their sophomore LP, Picture You Staring, via Arbutus. The album is a flawless blend of past and contemporary musical styles equating to one of the better releases you will hear this year. Don’t take our opinion though, listen to it in full below ahead of next week’s release and drift away to the romantic, lomographic soundscapes painted throughout.

Also, those in and around Indianapolis, be sure to catch them live with the equally compelling Wampire as MOKB Presents brings them to The Hi-Fi on October 9th. You can find the full details here. This is a double header that is sure not to be missed.

MOKB Premiere : Sleeping Bag : ‘Deep Sleep’ LP

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Indiana has a treasure trove of fantastic music and labels that goes largely unknown. Every year, the music scene and community get better and better. Both Secretly Canadian (along with their sub-labels Dead Oceans & Jagjaguwar) and Jurassic Pop in Bloomington and Lafayette respectively along with Asthmatic Kitty and the rising Joyful Noise in Indianapolis are all putting out strong music on any given month. The latter of those labels mentioned has another solid release coming out next week on August 19th from Bloomington, IN three-piece Sleeping Bag.

Titled Deep Sleep, the band has an interesting dynamic that you don’t see a lot of with drummer Dave Segedy both writing and singing the songs alongside both guitarist Tyler Smith and bassist Glenn Meyers to round out the lineup. While this may invoke thoughts of Phil Collins and the second incarnation of Genesis, Sleeping Bag create music that references rock of the late ’80s and early ’90s such as subdued slacker vocals, masculine bass lines, and swirling yet melodic guitar structures while incorporating both garage and surf. You might even hear a little Blue Album-era in the second half of the LP. But don’t take our word for it, listen to an advance of the entire album below and, if you like what you hear, purchase the album here. We recommend grabbing the limited edition of 500 hand-numbered vinyl on marbled Kelly Green & Aqua Blue vinyl. It is quite nice looking.

Stream : Clint Breeze : ‘Evolve’ LP

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Clint Breeze is the stage name of Indianapolis’ Carrington Clinton. His first contribution to the music world with the help of his friends is the LP, Evolve. He created the under the idea to make something for young people “who are looking for a route for contentment and happiness” at a point in time where he felt his life had no direction. As he puts it, “The only thing I could revert to is what I knew how to do best, and that was music.”

The result is an eclectic blend of a variety of genres and eras that somehow are patch-worked together creating a cohesive sound. You even will hear interview samples from fellow Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut and the legendary Gil Scott Heron, among others. While the album should be listened to in its entirety, “Twenty Two” and “Stimulation” might be a good place to start for those limited on time.

Stream : King avriel : ‘Thesis’ LP

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Former model, dancer, and actor Avriel Epps, better known as King avriel, appears to have found her calling and focus with debut album Thesis. The LP showcases her willowy delivery, thought-provoking lyrics, and production that accentuates both using electronic and traditional R&B elements. To sum it all up, the girl is the entire package being just one radio-friendly song away from major mainstream attention. Stream the entire album below and find the accompanying booklet to “deepin the thesis experience”.

Stream : La Hell Gang : ‘Thru Me Again’ LP

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Thru Me Again is the sophomore LP from Chilean trio La Hell Gang released this week via Mexican Summer. On the album, they combine psychedelia of the late ’60s along with the grittier leanings of early ’90s grunge creating desolate, heavy-reverbed recondite rock. It screams to be heard on a pair of headphones while spacing out in your den or getting wasted by fire in the nighttime. Regardless of your listening choices, this has been one of the more unexpected releases to be on massive rotation for us. Give it a spin below and purchase it here.

Dive Index Announce New Album ‘Lost in The Pressure’, Reveal Two New Songs

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After approximately four years of silence, the Will Thomas-led collaborative musical project Dive Index are ready to announce their third full-length album. Titled Lost In The Pressure, it is slated for release on September 30th via Neutral Music and was recorded in New York and Los Angles. Unlike like previous efforts Mid/Air and The Surface We Divide which included variety of guest vocalists such as Joseph Arthur, Mark Gardener (Ride),Ian Masters (Pale Saints), and Natalie Walker, as well as piano by Roger Eno, this one will be more focused with Isaiah Gage and Simone White singing and sharing co-writing credits on the entire record.

The songs that make up Lost In The Pressure have fragile layers of vulnerability requiring the listener to be fully engaged to really appreciate the subtle, minimalistic details of each composition. With the album having two lead singers, we have two new songs to reveal with along with the announcement. “Rewind Your Patience” sung by Isaiah Gage and “Counting Umbrellas” with Simone White handling the vocals. Varying textures and melodies that build and fall on both creating the most serene, intimate of soundscapes imaginable. Listen below.

Album Stream : Brett : Brett

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If you have been consistently checking out MOKB recently, you would have noticed us discuss Washington D.C. five-piece Brett. They have been slowly revealing beautiful dreampop track after track leading up to the release of their self-titled debut LP today via Cascine. We are not going to get into describing it more than we already have, but we do highly recommend it and fully expect it to show up somewhere on our best of albums list for 2014. Stream it in its entirety below and purchase here.