HAWAI – “Alive” // Ariel Davis

Surf’s up, guys and gals, because HAWAI as introduced the world to surf indie rock with “Alive.”  With surfer rock drum rhythms, heavy guitar soundscapes, and quintessential indie rock melodies to swoon over, “Alive” instills the energy and excitement that comes with finding that perfect wave of music.

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Back Talk – “NVDES – Do You Think About Me (Back Talk Remix)” // Paolo Pibi

Back Talk is the newest artist on Lights and Music Collective’s Free Pop Record Label. This NVDES Remix is a great segway to Back Talk’s personal music as it takes this low-fi electronic track and gives it more life with the addition of harder beats and harmonious drops. An electro-pop dance beat with suggestive lyrics, “Do You Think About Me” is a sure thing to play if you’re in the mood to dance away that one person that won’t seem to leave your head.

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NONA – “Real Life” // Robert Nicol

Getting up in the morning can be hard… but not when you’re listening to TBE faves Nona. Contemplating life and what it’s all about, “Real Life” will get you thinking hard while rocking out. This track is heavy on feelings as it gives you honest lyrics and a groove thats prime for air-drumming. Be sure to check this one out when you’re in the mood to rethink your “normal life”.

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JOME – “Once Red” // Kyle Smart

“Once Red” gets right into it with twilight sounds and moody guitar riffs. With winter right around the corner, this track will keep you warm with its subtle tone and catchy lyrics. JOME captures its low-fi sound with synthy hooks and brings it all together by “changing the color” and giving you a new view on ambient pop. “Once Red” is off of JOME’s debut album Tunnels which just came out and you know we are loving.

Get more JOME in your life with the fantastic “Brushstroke” on VINYL MOON Volume 016: Breathing Shadows.

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Sleeping Lion – “Stop It (Stripped)” // Ping Zhu

“Stop It (Stripped)” is a somber, melancholic anthem and ode to the end of a relationship, whether it be a romantic companionship or friendship.  With booming drums, striking piano chords, and a particularly tearful viola (and string quartet) to accompany the soft vocal harmonies, this fantastic arrangement of a song that was originally electronic is sure to pull at the heartstrings in a new way as you feel the nostalgic aura the indie folk sound produces.

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STAL – “Fresh Blood” // Victoria Villasana

Littered with musical and cultural references of many of their idols, STAL’s “Fresh Blood” is an energetic anthem likening their sexual energy to their lust for art.  “Fresh Blood” certainly shows that with its dense layers of electronic instrumentation and production.  Perfect music for a cultural-art-potluck-carnival-extravaganza.

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Shallou. – “Surface”

You ever have that dream where you are laying in your bed and look up and your ceiling has been replaced with a gaping hole to the cosmos and all you can see are blazing stars and hulking planets bustling about the night sky like morning commuters? Then you reach towards the blackness and it lifts your body up, up, up, until you can practically touch the flickering lights! And then your fingers brush something in the blackness. You look at your hands and they are covered in grains and powders. An investigative flick of the tongue reveals sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of salt. Hmmm…. space is weird….


Shallou. – “Doubt”

Music for… putting the drink down and wading in slowly. “Doubt” drifts in slowly enough but there is a current under the surface that can pull you in over your head, swirling your rag doll body upside down. Big drums and bigger synths dominate this groover as it oscillates between tender and a bit terrifying in the vein of Crooked Colours.

Location: New Orleans, LA

Future: A handful more songs to get into at Shallou.’s Soundcloud.