Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

December 24, 2017

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 12.21.2017 – 12.23.2017

Featured Music – December 21 – 23, 2017
(excluding tracks not available on Soundcloud)

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December 22, 2017

We’re incredibly glad that Echosmith returned with a fine new EP recently, and we’re even more grateful that they’ve unleashed some holiday music to keep us more than content over the holidays, too. The California three piece, who broke out a few years ago with their ever infectious hit single Cool Kids, brings us much Christmas cheer and nostalgia with their bittersweet and windswept alt pop on Baby Don’t Leave Me (All Alone On Christmas). The twangy, homey gem can be found on An Echosmith Christmas, a three track collection of holiday music you can stream via Soundcloud, here

December 22, 2017

Christmas is just around the corner, and our long time love affair with Brooklyn’s POP ETC only grows stronger as the trio, formerly from my beloved college town of Berkeley, drenches us with holiday nostalgia on an EP named ‘A POP ETC Christmas’. It’s a three track release from the indie band on which they cover some seasonal classics and offer up a new original. As someone who grew up watching the various Charlie Brown specials that would always hit the television around this time of year, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards POP ETC’s dreamy chill version of Christmas Time Is Here, from Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special. Stream the mellow treat via Spotify above, or Soundcloud below. The EP’s original track is a perky strumming, warm embracing gem named All I Want For Xmas (Just My Baby). POP ETC also covers Paul McCartneys’ Wonderful Christmastime. Stream those tracks below alongside the Soundcloud stream for the Charlie Brown cover. Lead singer Chris Chu says about the EP: ‘Since I was a kid I always loved Christmas songs. I fell in love with Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack from an early age and I’ve listened to it every Christmas I can remember. I’ve always had the idea of trying to record a few Christmas songs myself, but for some reason or another things always got too busy around the holidays and I lost track of it… until now!” The EP is available from iTunes, here.

December 22, 2017

Of course, Bruno Major would have the perfect voice and intimate artistry to deliver a sublime holiday canticle. I can’t wait to finally see the UK singer songwriter and producer live when he finally makes his way across the pond to perform as part of Noise Pop Festival next February, and now I get to melt into this cozy snug, satin nuzzling song over Christmas, too! Romance is in the air as we sway to I Think It Must Be Christmas, a mellow strumming, jazzy velutinous song. Even Santa would take a moment away from his busy duties on Christmas morning to drift away to the velveteen lullaby. Find out about Bruno Major’s North American tour in early 2018, here. And if you’ve yet to listen to his outstanding debut album A Song For Every Moon, stream it, here.

December 21, 2017

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only five days away. Thank goodness I’ve finished all my Christmas shopping, though I’ve yet to wrap all the presents I bought. Let’s ring in some Christmas cheer and merry mirth with a seasonal present from trendsetting collective and esteemed record label Moving Castle. Though Joy is a collaboration involving versatile artist Mark Johns and charismatic electro/hip hop talent BLAISE, the dreamy melodious, jazzy snug song was produced by AObeats and Roget Chahayed. It also features additional vocals by SATICA, Madi, SAKIMA, and Robokid, with artwork by Robokid. Joy is a super stacked Moving Castle all-star affair, a mahogany flavored infusion of chill hip hop, pellucid R&B soul, and twinkling future beats. The song goes hand in hand with everything we love about Christmas, be it a warm fire, a glass of creamy eggnog, or plenty of cuddling with your boo. Naughty or nice, we all get to treasure this Joy. For those of you who are lucky enough to be in Southern California on January 27th, you can catch an incredible roster of Moving Castle talent live at Moving Castle World, tickets and more info can be found, here.

December 13, 2017

Terror Jr isn’t exactly the first project to pop up in my mind when I think of holiday music, but this isn’t exactly the usual stale and stagnant Christmas music, either. The aerated bop experts and grape loving production/singer trio offer up not Christmas cheer, but Christmas melancholy in the form of Sad Sad Girl. Though an anguished story inspires the resilient track, we as listeners are left joyously swaying to Lisa Terror’s ethereal vocals and the song’s gentle guitar strums and soft thumping, gingerly biting electro R&B/pop. All we need is some winter snow and some grapes to make the rest of our evening perfect. Keep up with the much adored trio on their website, here, where you can also find links for their three EPs.

November 25, 2017

We Are: The Guard, a crowd sourced music label for indie/alt pop, released a fine indie Christmas compilation featuring a bevy of artists we’ve been lauding on IHM for a very long time. We’ve already shared DENM’s cover of The Christmas Song, now let’s turn to Los Angeles by way of St. Louis progressive soul artist Brandyn Burnette’s melting rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. In true holiday fashion, we find ourselves swaying in bliss to jazzy horns on the cozy, heartwarming R&B soul cover. Its an intimate ballad on which Brandyn Burnette’s buttery voice nuzzles the heart. Thanksgiving has passed, and jolly ol’ St. Nick is preparing for his epic night out from the North Pole. What else better to get us in the right mood than this cushy tune? I suggest a warm fire and some hot chocolate to go along with the stringy lush lullaby. We Are: The Guard’s Indie Christmas also features tracks by Alxxa, JMR, Janelle Kroll, Kyan Palmer, Micky Blue, Dog Orchestra, and Cappa. Stream/purchase, here.

November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the holidays will soon be following on its heels. You know what that means. It’s time for us to start sharing some choice seasonal cuts from the indie and electronic scene! Today sees the arrival of a fabulous compilation from We Are: The Guard, a crowd sourced music label for indie and alternative pop, and they’re kicking off our holiday season with a magnificent array of tunes from plenty of IHM favorites, including covers and songs from Cappa, Jamie Lidell, Brandyn Burnette, Janelle Kroll, JMR, Alxxa, MXMS, Kyan Palmer, Micky Blue, and Dog Orchestra, as well as this verdant jingling treat from Los Angeles alt-R&B/electropop artist DENM. He warms us up and coddles our ears with a fuzzy synth and balmy psych pop twist on holiday classic The Christmas Song. DENM’s cover is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday spent in the tropics, but it’s also going to keep you cozy and content on a cold snowy night, too. So roast those chestnuts and get that eggnog ready, we’ve got a fine winter ahead of us with DENM and the rest of this compilation to keep us company. You can stream the rest of We Are: The Guard’s Indie Christmas compilation, here. We’ll be sharing more selections off the release in the coming days.

December 22, 2016


May your Christmas and New Year’s be merrily filled with music.

All songs featured on IHM.

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December 22, 2016

Yesterday, IHM shared a set of holiday tunes to capture the spectrum of emotion we oft encounter during this time period, whether exuberant or melancholic. But there’s one song we need to slide on in that I happened to let slip through the cracks. Dear Boy’s Christmas original, Cold Spell, is anything but icy. In fact, it’s like a warm embrace, full of comfort. The Los Angeles quartet presents us with gorgeously layered indie rock on the song, at once guttural longing yet sun dappled glistening. It feels like I’ve stepped outside on a freezing winter day. Though thick snow covers the ground, a bright sun glares overhead from a sky that is pure, flawless blue. That snow will soon begin to melt and the ice in your heart may start to thaw, but it still feels a little bit desolate out in the beauty of it all. Head over to Soundcloud for more of Dear Boy’s music.