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[Free Download] - “With Your Eyes Closed” - MOWUKIS

With Your Eyes Closed

Oh the lovers just swallow
Until they can’t love anymore
There you go with you eyes closed
And the rhythm of their dance
Is keeping loneliness away
Mouth open it all goes down

Mix up the pace
Change position
Make the body new
Let it forget you

Oh the lovers are so good
At thinking that they’re always wrong
Feelings carried down the ground
Doesn’t matter how high up
The statue’s been raised for so long
Look at how they all fall down

Mix up the pace
Change position
Make the body new
Let it forget you

Feelings carried down the ground
No matter how you move around.

If it’s moving, gloomy alt folk music you adore, you’re going to love British singer songwriter Nathan Ball’s new offering, a beautiful moper named Alone. While the track starts off very Matt Berninger-ish, it slowly builds towards an expansive and cinematic atmosphere, with an intoxicating guitar solo. Alone is off the 24 year old artist’s new sophomore EP, Howling, out today.

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Alt-J - This Is All Yours - Review

Alt-J is an indie rock band from the UK that perform a very unique and complex mixture of experimental and psychedelic folk with electronica and art pop as well. The band uses heavy keyboard and synth melodies and samples drenched in chorus and reverb effects driven by electric drums that follow heavily rhythmic and accentuated bass lines. An array of folk influenced instrumentation is used in this record as well from wind and brass instruments to tambourine, violin and banjo. Alt-J’s vocals is instantly recognizable with the odd nasally cadences. A lot of this record has a very thick atmosphere that at times sound both eerie and beautiful, while at other times the band delivers a very 60’s esque bluesy garage pop sound like on their hit single “Left Hand Free”. The track sounds as if it came right out of Quentin Tarantinio’s “Reservoir Dogs”. 

Many of the songs on this record are slower paced and take their time to build which on some tracks is fantastic and epic like the haunting hypnotic “Intro” and “Nara”, which sound like something from Pink Floyd’s The Wall,while other times it begins to bore me like “Arrival in Nara”, which right away killed the flow and momentum of the record, despite it appearing to be a concept record that builds around this fantasy world. The band is definitely taking creative liberties with this new record experimenting with both acoustic and electronic instrumentation and changing up the flow at any moments notice. It seems that is intentionally trying to provoke a reaction or emotion, keeping you on your toes while listening to the record. Its a messy odd but very lush record full of a lot of creativity and originality sort of like a portrait piece from Picasso. 

While I didnt like every track on “This Is All Yours”, the songs I did like are super enjoyable and contagious. I really liked the bands dark ambiance and their unique take on the folk genre incorporating electronics, but I do feel the album’s flow kills much of its replay value and I fear the band maybe be trying a bit too hard to be different just to be different. If you like artists like Chet Faker, Thom Yorke, Gomez, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, Foals, Jungle, The Neighbourhood, Pink Floyd, Youth Lagoon, Bombay Bicycle Club, or Wild Beasts you will love this record. My favorite tracks are “Intro”, “Nara”, “Every Other Freckle”, “Hunger of the Pine”, “Warm Foothills”, “The Gospel of John Hurt”, and “Pusher”.

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Beth Orton - ‘She Cries Your Name’

From her 1996 album, Trailer Park

I feel like a lot of you would like her. (thaliandraawildofnothingabbyjean?)

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  • Ellie Goulding
  • Lights
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  • Lights
  • Ellie Goulding

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  • Goulding’s debut album has arrived, and at first I thought it was overproduced and lacked the punch of the demos we’ve previously featured. The more I listen though, it becomes clear that Goulding really has a way with her words and her lyrics are what sets her apart from the current trend of female pop artists. The catchy hooks of “Guns and Horses” and “Starry Eyed” are still there, but it’s clear that Ellie Goulding is so much more than that. Lights is out in the US on March 16th.

Alt folk singer songwriter Chase Coy already has quite a rabid fanbase. It’s no wonder, considering the honeyed sentiment and mellifluous charm of his latest song, Like Sin. The tender but teasing folk pop song with its playful electronic backdrop is from Chase’s highly anticipated new album, Youth, out June 23rd.

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Ellie Goulding - “Starry Eyed”


Oh, oh, starry eyed
Hit, hit, hit, hit, hit me with lightning

Handle bars, and then I let go, let go for anyone
Take me in, and throw out my heart and get a new one

Next thing we’re touching
You look at me it’s like you hit me with lightning
Ahhh

Oh, everybody’s starry-eyed
And everybody glows
Oh, everybody’s starry-eyed
And my body glows
Whoa oh oh ah ah
Whoa oh oh ah ah
Whoa oh oh

So we burst into colors, colors and carousels,
Fall head first like paper planes in playground games

Next thing we’re touching
You look at me it’s like you hit me with lightning
Ahhhh

Oh, everybody’s starry-eyed
And everybody glows
Oh, everybody’s starry-eyed
And my body glows
Whoa oh oh ah ah
Whoa oh oh ah ah
Whoa oh oh

Next thing we’re touching (x8)

Hit me with lightning

Oh, everybody’s starry-eyed
And everybody glows
Oh, everybody’s starry-eyed
And my body glows (x2)

whoa oh oh ah ah (x3)

How To Dress Well - “& It Was U (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)”

Blackbird Blackbird takes on How To Dress Well‘s stellar and soulful track “& It Was U”, extracting all the best parts and looping them into a remix full of pulsing warmth, deep sentiment, and lulling ambiance. Check it out below and sink into a tune that’s enthralling, yet so relaxing at the same time.

posted by Gabriel A.