MOKB Premiere : Field Division : “Faultlines”

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Field Division is the Des Moines, Iowa musical duo of singers/songwriters Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton based out of Nashville, TN. The pair form bucolic, soulful harmonies over sprawling, textured compositions influenced by the prarielands of the midwest. They will release their debut EP, Reverie State, on October 28th produced by Konrad Snyder (Kopecky Family Band, Night Beds) and Benjamin Kaufman (Night Beds) and packed with the potential for wide audience appeal.

The first song from it is “Faultline”, which has been previously released in demo form. The fully realized version is painted in lo-fi hues of blues and greens opening up just enough to let in leaks of light bringing slight clarity in a sea of dust. It is a impeccable introduction to what is sure to be an act you will be hearing more of.

Song : Pale : “Two Wrongs”

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London minimalistic R&B duo Alan and Lee aka Pale are a project you should be keeping tabs on. They have been putting out fantastic music for the past year or so and will be releasing a new EP, The Comeback, on September 9th available as a free download on their Soundcloud. “Two Wrongs” is the third song we have heard from the four-song EP that includes a collab with producer Eyedress, also. The song has a cold, almost industrial quality with edges being smoothed out by silky smooth vocals. Listen below.


Song : Jessie Ware : “Want Your Feeling”

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Another week, another great Jessie Ware track hits the internet. “Want Your Feeling” is the fourth song we have heard from her upcoming sophomore LP, Tough Love, out on October 7th via PMR/Island. It was produced by the uber-talented Dev Hynes and is battling it out with the title track for our favorite from the album thus far. Listen below.

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MOKB Premiere : Souvenir Stand : “Fall”

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Musical trends have shifted over the years, but the lush experimental orchestral arrangements of the 1960s made popular by the likes of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson have always remained a constant. Acts like She & Him, The Morning Benders (can we please get The Morning Benders back!?), and even Vampire Weekend have drawn from this era creating a sound that is as fresh today as it was then.

Souvenir Stand, the act helmed by New York City’s Stephanie Cupo, are another who craft beautiful, girl group pop songs with a Twin Peaks aesthetic. On October 2nd, they will release a 7″ named SURPRISE (physically via Beautiful Strange/digitally via Silent Stereo) containing two new tracks. The b-side is this timely titled jewel “Fall”. It should provide the perfect back sound as we say goodbye to the summer and look ahead to autumn this Labor Day weekend. Stream it below.

MOKB Premiere : The Mercy Beat : “Sweet” (Soto Voce Remix)

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After being somewhat shrouded in mystery upon first learning about The Mercy Beat, we now know that the trio is comprised of Matty Bennett, Ian Smith and Sam Endicott, whom the latter you may recognize from early aughts act The Bravery. Their debut self-titled EP is out now on French label OSKAR Recordings. Today, they have unveiled a remix to the song that began this new chapter in their musical journey, “Sweet”. Reworked by Soto Voce (Miguel De Vivo from LA’s Villains), it takes more of a droning direction sonically dimming the brightness of the original. Listen below.

Song : Mister Lies : “Deepend”

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Producer artist Nick Zanca aka Mister Lies has teamed up with Orchid Tapes for the release of his second LP, Shadows, due out October 28th. It will feature contributions from singer Harrison Lipton and labelmate, Arrange. His first song from it is the highly emotive “Deepend”. The song is full of sparse, but layered construction and lyrics that are almost shouted such as Don’t pull me up, I will drown happily. It plays like a cathartic release of sadness caused by something severely traumatic. It is hard not to be moved by the song. Listen below.

Song : Vaults : “Hunger of the Pine” (Alt-J Cover)

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Rising British three-piece Vaults have decided to cover a relatively new song to the scene from Alt-J, “Hunger of the Pine”. The proper studio version of it maintains the general construction of the original, but using more organic instrumentation such as violin and piano in place of the electronics. Also, it wouldn’t be a Vaults song without what has become sort of a calling card, bells. Listen to it below.