DUFFSTER'S 11 BEST INDIE TRACKS OF THE WEEK

12/1/13

Quite the week for some hearty laughs, still unsure what gave the biggest lol, Rogen & Franco's Bound 3? The Chatroulette version of Wrecking Ball? Or was it Rhianna winning the AMA Icon award (wtf?). The death of Brian Griffin ceased my laughter though. In need of some new music to lift your spirits?

It's all about the vocals this week, and following up on some talent we introduced you to in the summer, including... Vancouver Sleep Clinic, MTNS, PATRÌCE and Dornik. Artwork by the fantastic Morgan Slade.

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FEBUEDER - ALLIGATOR

Was I the only one surprised this wasn't named Horses? Ascot trio. 'Febueder' (say-Bermuda) released this visual for "Alligator," a fine introduction to the genre bending sound on the debut EP, Sloppiness Tank on their Cloud is seeking a spin, or three.

 

MTNS - SALVAGE

When we first posted about Brisbane trio 'MTNS' way back in July, they had only just dropped the horizontal debut, "Lost Track Of Time"  - that track cemented 'em firmly on the blogosphere radar, plucking the band from a thriving music scene down under & onto the much anticipated bracket. The follow-up is a sprawling display of synth, but to then upload the full EP with additional tracks? This was a great way to stamp their own climb above comparisons.

 

VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC - COLLAPSE

Confidentially, Tim Bettinson & co were also featured in that post along with MTNS - both are not just part of this emerging clusterfuck of Bris Vegas goodness, they're also tag-teaming their jams in sync too. VSC released "Collapse," the follow-up to "Vapour" - those arrangements, the falsetto, it's hard not to be impressed with the trio.

 

DORNIK - REBOUND

Is Dornik on course to be that next hype? Perhaps he already is; who else gets 350k+ plays on a debut + a review from our very own Calvin Paradise? Not many, yeah. Two hours into this being uploaded, it had 2k plays with fifty reposts (yeah, guilty). Guess I ain't the only one enjoying this more than his debut.

 

ÁSGEIR - TORRENT

Quite possibly one of the "best" tracks of the year, yet one to provide such an anti-climax in terms of a visual experience. Expected to see Vikings warring in icy crashing Icelandic waves & that edge of creativity. Expecting too much, perhaps yeah, still a great song it is.

 

LOCALS - MILLIONS OF GHOSTS

Stockholm is one of those cities unearthing indie talent on-tap. Locals, I hear, are at the front of blending classic indie with a fusion of electronic. It's subtle within "Millions Of Ghosts" but works well. Sixteen followers on Soundcloud? Hipster - time to catch up and share!

 

SYLVAN ESSO - PLAY IT RIGHT

Hearing "Hey Mami" and then the backing from 'Volcano Choir' was enough to bookmark 'Sylvan Esso' and... cliché aside, how original are this duo? "Play It Right" is the latest track from vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic maestro Nick Sanborn, creating some wonderful [deep] music.

 

MILOSH - THIS TIME

What is it with Michael Milosh and women? We've had one of 2013's most notable "Woman" from him. As one half and vocalist of Rhye, he's now shown where that inspiration is clearly drawn from: his... woman. But as Thom Troll was informed [owned] this week on faceshit, this isn't just any woman, it's his wife, and a captivating wife [hit play] he has. However, she (Alexa) is very much part of the entire album, not just a pretty face, huh.

 

PATRÌCE - CAN YOU HEAR ME DREAMING

Another artist putting out his follow-up track after a successful debut is London's PATRÌCE. We were one of the first blogs to introduce his sound back then, and as predicted, he's gaining much deserved support. "Can You Hear Me Dreaming" is another fine example of his vocals that first captured interest and the smooth R&B sound is still there, under this more synth heavy track. Nice work.

 

JOIN THE RIOT - LOUIS

Here is a great slice of indie-pop lifted from a band on my Scandinavian playlist. Join The Riot are four lads from Stockholm (where else?) with a passion for making infectious pop music, and the Swedes always deliver in that genre. Loving the artwork too.

 

LONDON GRAMMAR - NIGHTCALL

The original can't be bettered. It's indie gold. Wasn't overly keen on the cover when it first dropped, until seeing this video. I get it now. The haunting rendition all falls into place and works an absolute treat.

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Happy thanksgiving, keep it fresh, keep it Bitcandy.