On February 10, Paper Aeroplanes will be releasing their Circus EP via Navigator Records. The EP consists of 5 tracks, featuring the brand new track “Ribbons”. Paper Aeroplanes released a video to accompany “Circus”. Take a listen to “Ribbons” down below and hear the raw, powerful vocals of Sarah Howells.

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Free Download — Mutual Benefit: “Golden Wake”

(by Danny Dorsa)

Mutual Benefit is one of my favourite new artists and I’m so happy that he’s going to be at SXSW this year! I was looking at the schedule for SXSW 2014 and they have some pretty good new upcoming music acts under the electronic and pop genres. I posted up the download to “Advanced Falconry” a few weeks back and here is “Golden Wake”. 

Download “Golden Wake” (via KEXP)

My obsession with Beach Fossils is back and Clash The Truth is also yet another album that was one of my top favourites in 2013. The demo version of “Sleep Apnea” is, in my opinion, much lovelier. I love Dustin Payseur’s hazy vocals. In the studio version, the song definitely got a gloss over and it’s not bad but the demo version has a raw soul power that I love.

Watch — Island Cassettes: “Harvard Clip”

Island Cassettes released their self-titled debut in August 2013 and it was definitely one of my top favourite albums released last year. What makes them very different from modern day bands is their afrobeat sound. They have a very lovely tropical-ness sound and it’s rather refreshing. Take a listen to their track “Harvard Clip” accompanied by the lyrics.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=330379882/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

Free Download — Electric Mantis: “Flips and Flops, Drips And Drops”

Electric Mantis’ “Flips and Flops, Drips And Drops” got him some internet fame and he’s relatively “new” to the scene. He’s dropped out of school to pursue music as a full-time career so it would be awesome if he got some more support! He’s mixes really are something and you can hear more on his soundcloud.

Stream — Melt Mountain: ‘Melt Mountain’

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With four indie rock songs ready, Athenian band Melt Mountain released their EP Melt Mountain earlier this month via Inner Ear Records. The EP has a bit of a psychedelic flair and a fantastic beach vibe. The trippiest song on the EP is definitely “Juvenile Blues”, and it’ll make you feel like you took one dose too many. The instrumentals are obscure and it feels like a time warp in The Twilight Zone. The whole EP has a very lax feeling and the hazed out vocals are the perfect touch. The spotlight track is “Golden Booms And More Hopes” for the amazing guitar.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=150022976/size=large/bgcol=333333/linkcol=0f91ff/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

Free Download — Ricky Eat Acid: “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room”

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Not to be a downer on your Friday night or anything…but “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” by Ricky Eat Acid is so beautiful and sad at the same time. If it was released 10 years ago, it could totally be on the soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Sometimes instrumentals are more powerful than lyrics and this is the epitome of that hard felt emotion. I love the static noises at the end to give it a more raw cut and the ambience is spot on.