MOKB Premiere : The Ocean Party : ‘Soft Focus’ LP

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Today marks the release of Soft Focus, the fourth album from Melbourne-based The Ocean Party in the last couple of years and, arguably, their most accomplished to date. The LP consists of eleven guitar-centric tracks tinged in warm melodies as expansive as the Pacific Ocean that separates their home country and the California vibes they give off. The album doesn’t scream for you attention, but plays as that attractive girl in the corner who does not realize how pretty she really is slowly offering more and more as you get to know her.

If you use Real Estate as a contemporary reference, you won’t be too far off. You may even hear hints of Billy Corgan in the vocals referencing some of the more subdued songs in Smashing Pumpkins catalog. I know, Real Estate and Smashing Pumpkins. Sounds weird. However, you don’t take have to take our word for it. Find a stream of the album below and then head over to Spunk Records to purchase it. We are certain this will wrap itself around you like it did us.

Video : Andy D : “Paint It Gold”

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Our favorite party-in-a-pair-of-Zubaz, Andy D, returns with a new video for his last single from his 2013 release WarCries. Andy D gets tropical and romantic with his latest love song, Paint It Gold. Like most Andy D videos, this latest vid features Andy, Anna Vision and Kelly Clarkson (the rabbit), and as Andy describes it, “was shot in the post-apocalyptic future of your wet dreams.” Direction and animation was done by Zachary Gibson, and it was produced by BagFry Productions.

In other exciting news, we’re happy to announce the upcoming release of Andy D’s new record, the duo’s 4th, entitled Ready, Set, Bleed! The album’s first single will be available before the end of the year, entitled Teddy Roosevelt Part 1. This new album is not a concept album, versus their previous offerings, but it does have themes and motifs that move throughout it. Ready, Set, Bleed! is actually a seven song mega-EP. The album will come out early next year on Aerobic International, a label run by the project Yip Deceiver, two former members of Of Montreal, who make amazing electro pop, and these guys also make appearances on the new album. Check out the album art below….

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Stream : Orchid Mantis : Hessdalen Light LP

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Atlanta’s Thomas Howard, known under the moniker Orchid Mantis, was last on discussed by us earlier this year with his Some Songs EP. Howard creates a really intimate brand of bedroom/dream pop using a 4-track that has subsequently broken recently. His latest output, the Hessdalen Light LP, is something truly special made for this time of year when many people find themselves spending more time indoors.

Howard says the album is “about seeing people that aren’t there, loss, cartoons, secrets, drifting apart, escapism, hypersomnia, japanese literature & film, tornadoes, letting go, dark blue fogs, old poetry, and planetary imagery.” As you can see there is a little bit for everyone in this fantastic release. Our only complaint is that we can get it on vinyl. Stream it below.

Panda Bear Reveals New Album Details & EP, Shares New Song/Video for “Mr Noah”

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Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, has revealed all the of the details for his new LP, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, scheduled to drop on January 13th (pre-order it here). In addition, to keep people calm in the meantime, he has surprised everyone with the Mr Noah EP and a video for the the album’s first single and EP title track. The EP will also include three non-album b-sides and can be downloaded here. Listen to and watch the video for “Mr Noah” below and check out some pretty creepy and mesmerizing visuals (screenshot below) by Danny Perez here.

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see tracklist for the EP and LP… (more…)

Stream : Night Park : Locura Bravura EP

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This popped in our inbox last night and we have been listening to it over and over again. Locura Bravura is the new EP from Memphis producer Night Park out as of yesterday via Rare Nudes. He describes it as a “J Dilla/Boards of Canada lovechild; a hip-hop soundtrack to Breaking Bad; riding a bald eagle through rings of fire hovering above the Grand Canyon.” While that description might be a little over the top, it is a quick blast of nice production that clocking in around 12 minutes. Stream it below.

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.