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The Sweet Five

So every Wednesday you will now see a Sweet Five! What’s a Sweet Five you may ask? Well I’ll drop you five sweet songs that you should listen to once a week, that will help you get over your hump-day and set sail towards the ever-nearing weekend! Ready? Okay!

Frank Ocean – Sweet Life

So I pretty much named this piece after this song. Frank Ocean can pretty much do no wrong right now – and with the release of “Channel Orange” came floods of positive reviews and the world had it on repeat. This song brings all the joy out in the album. Feeling down? This is an ultimate mood changer, and will be stuck in your head all day. “The best song wasn’t the single” is very true.

Bravestation – Tides Of The Summit

The opening track of their album “Giants and Dreamers” and a title very fitting for this album. This song reflects a new-wave style that is simply sweet. I can only describe this song as a backing track to your dreams. If you find yourself swaying your head in a day dream at work, embrace it. This song will put a smile on your face.

The Wyld – Revolution

This song has already been featured on this blog, but as the proud Kiwi I am I shall rep what we are pumping out right now. If you like hip hop and a slice of indie – I can’t think of anyone that is currently blending it up better. Their debut album “Preface” is still new, and is the sort of album you can play at any time. If you wonder what is so good about this song and can’t actually put you’re finger on it, don’t worry. Neither can I, but it’s a track that needs to be heard.

Anchor & Braille – Hymn For Her

Ever since the Anchor & Braille debut album “Felt” released in 2009, I’ve been anxiously waiting for a follow up album. “The Quiet Life” released at the end of July and is a fine, fine album and this track is oh so sweet. When I first heard it, the mix of angelic vocals and with the powerful piano made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It’s a song that could bring you to tears and make you smile at the same time. If you’re wondering why he sounds familiar – this is the side project of Anberlin’s Stephen Christian.

The Lighthouse And The Whaler – The Stars And The Trees

We all need some acoustic guitars and deep lyrics. Hum along, and tap your foot. Move your keyboard out of the way and get some air-piano playing down! “My oh my oh my, what a wonder” is a beautiful way to let your day get better. This up-tempo track gives me a sunny day when it rains. Mark your calendar for Sept. 18 because their second album “This Is An Adventure” releases!

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Bravestation – Giants & Dreamers

It’s been a long road for Bravestation. It’s kind of been a long road for me, too. I’ve been a big fan of the band since their first EP released back in July of 2010. Now, the day has finally come! Bravestation’s debut album, Giants & Dreamers is finally available for the world to hear, and it is definitely worth the wait. I’m not going to be straightforward and say that Giants & Dreamers is a full blown concept album, but there is an obvious underlying theme here. Throughout your listening experience of Bravestation’s fantastically warm, tropical, tribal, indie pop you will notice the subject matter of eternal youth brought up quite a bit. The theme of being forever young pairs so perfectly with Bravestation’s signature sound. Giants & Dreamers is curious, playful, fun, mesmerizing, and entirely unique to any other tropical/tribal pop album out right now. The album is simply made for exploring. Don’t be surprised if you end up seeing Giants & Dreamers on a lot of “Best Of” lists towards the end of the year. It’ll definitely be on mine. I’ve been heavily listening to the album for the last couple of months and it just gets better with each listen. Trust me on that.

I feel so fortunate that the band’s manager, Nick Law, has actively kept me updated with everything about the band leading up to this release. It’s so great to be supported by people involved in great music. It’s even greater to be supported by people involved with one of my favorite bands.

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Video: Bravestation – Western Thrills

If I have yet to make you a fan of Bravestation by now, then clearly I’ve been doing something wrong. The band has just released the video for their latest single, Western Thrills. The theme of Western Thrills seems to go hand in hand with the one portrayed in the previous single, Signs of the Civilized. The lyrics, “Let the tribe keep us young,” that are sung in Signs of the Civilized are brought to life in Western Thrill’s visuals. I don’t usually copy and paste the descriptions provided in the emails sent to me, but there is no possible way for me to better, and correctly, describe the visuals seen in Western Thrills.

“The children in the video are believed to be the adopted sons and daughters of a philosophic artisan, who predicted the degradation of what was commonly misconceived to be a ‘modern civilization’. His prophetic words fell upon deaf ears – ultimately leading to him being exiled by his own people onto a remote island with dense forests somewhere off the Western Shores. The young tribe must protect themselves and their island from external threats that come in the form of an aging generation of hunters and gatherers who threaten to ruin what is most sacred to them: their land, life and way of thinking.”

So far, Bravestation is building an excellent reputation for providing high quality, and high concept, music videos.The next time you see me talking about Bravestation will most likely be on July 10th when their album Giants & Dreamers officially releases… unless anything new comes up between now and then.

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Polarsets – Exotica EP

Summer is officially here with the release of Polarsets’ new Exotica EP. I’ve been doing my fair share of hyping up this release over the past few months with a post on their slightly older stuff, a post on the Tropics video, and Bravestation’s remix of Tropics. I’m a big fan of Polarsets. Their music is nonstop fun. I partially blame them for my obsession with tropical/tribal pop. The rest of that obsession can be blamed on the entire continent of Australia, along with a couple of fingers pointed at (surprisingly) Canada, Russia, and Denmark. Step your tropical pop game up America! Even though these songs have been available to stream on Soundcloud for the past couple of months, the Exotica EP officially released yesterday. Grab it at your favorite music outlet.

Tropics by Polarsets

Distance by Polarsets

Camping by Polarsets

(Summer Related Name) by Polarsets

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Video: Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized

I never get tired of featuring Bravestation‘s music. They just keep getting better and better with everything that they put out. I’ve been following the band since they released their first EP back in 2010, and they’ve made some great strides since that first release. Bravestation recently released their newest music video for the first single off of their upcoming album, Giants & Dreamers. The video for Signs of the Civilized is fan funded, which is so awesome. It’s great to know that one of my favorite bands has so many loyal supporters that also believe in Bravestation’s talent. The video shows a ritual taking place in the middle of a party of socialites, which matches Signs of the Civilized’s underlying theme being the search for eternal youth, “Let your eyes keep us young.” Bravestation’s album, Giants & Dreamers, is out on July 10, and trust me, it’s really good.

Here’s an excellent remix that they’ve done with Polarsets’ latest single, Tropics.

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Podcast: Tropical Pop Vol. 1

It’s Summer! You’re going to need some tunes that are as warm as the weather. You’ll find those much needed songs tucked away within Tropical Pop Vol. 1. Tropical pop is one of our favorite types of music here at TheRecordStache, so it just makes sense that the genre would be one of the early compilations. Tropical Pop Vol. 2 will be on its way soon enough. Trust me on that.

To download Tropical Pop Vol. 1, go here –

1. New Navy – Zimbabwe
2. St. Lucia – This Old House is Gone
3. Pompeya – Cheneese
4. Loose Talk Costs Lives – Calavera
5. Polarsets – Leave Argentina
6. The Eclectic Moniker – Going to Paris
7. Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized
8. Jonquil – Mexico
9. Friendly Fires- Hawaiian Air
10. The Holidays – Golden Sky

The goal of the “Podcast” series will be to create a specific mood, an environment, a time period, possibly revive a forgotten memory, and anything else that might fall in between. These compilations will always consist of 10 tracks, handpicked from tens of thousands, and carefully arranged to form the perfect rise and fall.

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Bravestation – Tides of the Summit

Bravestation is no newcomers when it comes to being featured on TheRecordStache. I originally posted their debut EP, and then later the Signs of the Civilized single and remixes, where I gave a top 10 list of Bravestation collaborations I’d like to see. Moral of the story is that I’ve been a big fan for a couple of years now. When I saw in my email this morning that Bravestation officially announced a full length album along with a new single, I was ecstatic. The album, Giants & Dreamers doesn’t come out until July 10th, but at least the new song, Tides of the Summit, should hold me over until then… maybe. Tides of the Summit just adds on to Bravestation’s list of excellent tribal/tropical pop songs. The song is warm, hopeful, and slightly psychedelic, which is just an added bonus. Tides of the Summit is currently being offered for free, along with Signs of the Civilized, but I definitely recommend heading over to Bravestation’s Bandcamp to preorder, because you won’t want to miss out on this release. Now, I’ll be counting down the next 57 days to hear Giants & Dreamers.