School Of Seven Bells
School Of Seven Bells
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I couldn't think of a better song to lead kick off this mix. School of Seven Bells are a relatively new three-piece, hailing from the big apple and comprised of Benjamin Curtis (Secret Machines) and the Deheza twins (Alejandra and Claudia of On! Air! Library!). Some describe it as sounding a little like Stereolab or Fujiya & Miyagi with female vocals, here's a taste of the bands signature combo of angelic vocals, shoegazy loops and catchy beats.
Woodpigeon
Woodpigeon
Canada's best kept secret or Calgary's best indie-collective? You decide. Listen to Knock, Knock. Everything comes together beautifully at the end.
The Broken West
The Broken West
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If you're not tapping your foot by the end of this song, then there is something wrong with you. Or maybe something wrong with your foot. With Perfect Games, The Broken West have written a perfect poppy tune.
All The Pictures
All The Pictures
A new word I learned this year was folktronica. I think this is what it sounds like. A bedroom recording artist pumping out clever mini-indie masterpieces. Check out All The Pictures, you'll be glad you did.
The Temper Trap
The Temper Trap
Everyone I've played this song for has loved this track. Here's The Temper Trap with Sweet Disposition, what one might describe as a 'delay-driven melody fest'. Catchy.
The High Dials
The High Dials
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Every good mix needs a little bit of psychedelia. What's the recipe for a stand-out song on this mix? Starting with the echoing drums, following with a dropping acoustic guitar progression close to Oasis's Wonderwall, and finishing with catchy 60's-esque vocal harmonies.
The Morning Benders
The Morning Benders
California's The Morning Benders have redone a classic Cardigans song with Lovefool. The vocals actually make me think its Paul Simon sitting in. Beautiful.
The Virgins (RAC Remix)
The Virgins (RAC Remix)
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Having done remixes for a slew of big names, RAC seems to be a more and more common name thrown around these days. The Virgins are already on fire. Here, we've got a DJ's remix making a great song greater.
Bon Iver
Bon Iver
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Thought I'd finish the mix with a softer tune. Proving once again that all you need to grab someone's ears is a beat up guitar, minimal kicks on the bass drum and a killer falsetto is Bon Iver with Skinny Love.