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The OXD Mirror: New tracks by Monarchy, Du Tonc, Goldroom, The Carry Nation, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Regular readers of this column know that Occupy The Disco was conceived at a Monarchy concert way back in 2011. We convinced our friends to come check out this band that they had never heard of but we were positive they'd enjoy nonetheless. After amassing a sizable crowd, we recognized that our friends, and the young gay community in general, were open to experience nightlife sounds beyond the Katy Perry/Rihanna/Britney variety, and Occupy the Disco was born. Since then, Monarchy has held a special place in our hearts as we patiently awaited a follow up LP to their phenomenal debut album, Around the Sun

The UK-based duo, comprised of Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black originally released 'Black Widow' on their Almost Human EP late last year and have now included the track as part of the band's full length album, Abnocto. To celebrate the album's release they debuted a brand new video that features album guest star Dita Von Teese (who collaborates with them on 'Disintegration,' another album track). The song includes all the elements I love about Monarchy: poignant lyrics, sung in beautiful falsettos by Black, brought to epic proportions by Armstrong's cosmic production. Abnocto released last week, thanks in part to a pledge campaign that funded the project. Read more about the project in an interview with Armstrong, where he also discusses coming out publicly late last year.

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NEW MUSIC: Marc Almond, Fever Dream, ticktock, Pale Honey, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Marc Almond: “Scar”

 

One of the most consistent and original artists for well over 30 years now, Marc Almond released new album The Velvet Trail last week.

 

After hinting that his 2010 album Varieté would be his last to feature his own new material, producer and songwriter Chris Braide convinced Almond to make “the ultimate Marc Almond” album.

 

In equal measures melodramatic and dark, “some of the songs have a more personal melancholy, reflective and evocative, like the title track "The Velvet Trail," a song about memories, nostalgia, childhood and death…Chris wanted to create his ultimate Marc Almond record, electric, lush, emotional, dark and sexy and I felt inspired by his tunes and production to deliver just that”.

 

Presented in three acts, each preceded by a short instrumental piece, The Velvet Trail is imbued with incredible depth by Almond’s inimitable vocals.

 

 

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Fever Dream: “Serotonin Hit”

 

Fever Dream is a shoegaze / post punk / noise pop trio from London, England.

 

Recommended for fans of my bloody valentine, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Echodrone, Ummagma and Seasurfer,

have a look at the video for “Serotonin Hit” taken from forthcoming album Moyamoya.

 

 

 

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The OXD Mirror: Sultry Vocal House Tracks From Brett Johnson, Human Life and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Brett Johnson Featuring Mikey V: 'Falling'

Dallas-based DJ Brett Johnson might be an up-and-comer on the house music scene, but his new track with vocalist Mikey V (Velazquez) sounds as slick as some of the more well-known seasoned producers out there.  The smooth vocals from Velazquez accompany a sophisticated deep house beat that you can't help but 'fall' for.  The track acts as the first single off of Brett's The Bounce is Back EP, which is out now via Classic Music Company.  

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NEW MUSIC: Girl Band, Sea Legs, Lyfe Indoors, Fred Thomas, Michael Price

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Girl Band: “Why they hide their bodies under my garage?”

GirlbandsleepIrish act Girl Band got a lot of people all hot and bothered last year with their brand of post punk anarchic alt rock on songs “Lawman” and “De Bom Bom,” both of which came close to hitting the White Light/White Heat sweet spot.

Supporting an upcoming U.S. release of some of their earlier work (cleverly titled The Early Years), just released is their gloriously raucous cover of Blawan‘s “Why they hide their bodies under my garage?” which is accompanied by an epic head wreck video which may leave you feeling a little queasy.

 

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Sea Legs: “The Colour Blue”

Sea Legs is a new project by two acts from Northern Ireland, Ryan Vail and Ciaran Lavery.

Their first track together “The Colour Blue” teams Vail’s sparse electronica as showcased on his work over the last couple of years - notably “Free” and EP Grow - with the understated vocals of singer/songwriter Lavery.

 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Alixander III, Brooklyn is Burning, Kim Ann Foxman, Lindstrøm and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Alixander III feat. Kim E & Gingy: '(She's So) Young'

Although the acclaimed house quartet Azari & III is no longer (sad face), one of the masterminds behind the Toronto group is still going on strong. Alixander III is now an active member of the edgy Berliner house label Toy Tonics. His most recent release, '(She’s So) Young,' in collaboration with vocalists Kim E. and Gingy, is fresh, dark and somewhat soulful, with just the right touch of weird.  

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NEW MUSIC: Brightly, Screaming Females, Black Honey, Bernard + Edith, Loyle Carner And Eurovision News

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

You can sign up for weekly updates from Deadly Music! at the end of this post.

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Brightly: “Keep Me Close”

Brightly is an indie pop act from Melbourne, Australia.

Taken from forthcoming album Oh, Infinity, “Keep Me Close” is a beautiful acoustic love song which was written by band member Charlie Gleeson “about homophobia, love, and my boyfriend…after a year of some pretty horrific homophobic attacks throughout the world.”

 

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Screaming Females: Rose Mountain

Screaming-females-456-280211New Jersey indie rock trio Screaming Females return with their sixth studio album Rose Mountain, released last week on Don Giovanni.

Lead track “Hopeless” opens with an unnerving piano intro leading to a pared back alt rock sound before launching into 30 seconds of glorious shouty grunge rock.

The video was shot over the course of several freezing winter nights and the blood splatters on the pick guard are apparently 100 percent real as singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster played until her fingers split open. As you do…

 

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