There’s nothing quite as infectious as wanderlust, right? Something crawls under your skin and commands you to get out and explore the world. Much like that unavoidable subconscious command, “Madrid” carries a similar heft, demanding that you soak in all that is Polarsets.
Based off of a seemingly unforgettable trip to the capital of Spain, “Madrid” is a playfully engaging musical experience driven by driving percussion work, light, undistorted guitar riffs, and tropical synths. Reminding us of a combination between St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club and Mew, this Newcastle-Upon-Tyne four-piece carries a significant pop presence with them in their latest release.
We’ve pressed play a few times, and don’t intend to stop anytime soon. We expect you’ll experience the same phenomena.
As we prep ourselves for those classic summer adventures that live in infamy, if even just for the upcoming winter, we’re always on the lookout for songs to populate our cars, campsites, and backyards with undeniable charm and whimsy. Most assuredly, you have some delightful indie rock and folk selections that have warmed your hearts for years, and today you’re about to find another one of those timeless classics to bob your sunglass-adorned head to for years to come.
Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, PHOX has a sound that holds on tight, encouraging you to slow down, listen, and enjoy. Highlighted by soulful vocals from lead singer Monica Martin, this band boasts a sound that’s worthy for the best indie flick. “1936″ showcases their sound perfectly, creating an etherial soundscape comprised of intricate finger picking, percussive slaps of an acoustic guitar, and an accompanying banjo that adds the playful nature that we all look for during the summer months.
Simply put, we’re enamored with “1936,” and we will be for years to come. We’re pretty damn sure you will be too.
We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)
It’s so wonderful when two of our favorite acts from opposite ends of the musical spectrum come crashing together. So when 20 year old TMN favorite Sebastian Carter was tabbed to remix Bad Suns‘ latest single “We Move Like The Ocean”, it seemed like it was crafted specifically for us. Carter, who last graced our hallowed pages with a remix of The 1975′s “You“, tools with a simple but gorgeous piano chord progression that paints a buoyant feel on top of Bad Suns’ original track, and work even more gracefully with lead vocalist Christo Bowman’s authoritative incantations. Sebastian Carter has quickly become one of our favorite young dance producers, and we haven’t once been let down by his sultry brand of chilled-out house. Once again, this one is being gifted to us as a free download, so grab it here, slink back in your office chair or your couch at home and have a listen above.
Rakim (Dead Can Dance cover)
It’s always a bold step when deciding to take on a cover. You delve into a world of criticism much larger than your own fan base, taking on the original artist and their fans as well. While that task can seem daunting for any artist’s work, special consideration has to be taken on when considering covering a Dead Can Dance song. With an incredibly worldly approach to music, fusing together African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock, a cover of their work could seem overwhelming, to say the least.
Luckily for us, Brooklyn-based tribal pop duo Manicanparty not only gave us a modern interpretation of “Rakim”, but also crafted it in a way that would make Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry proud. Effortlessly carrying the memory of the original song through booming African drums, that unforgettable melody, and Jess Corazza’s sunning vocals, this coveted tune can now be revived to be enjoyed and appreciated with younger generations of music lovers.
In a world of what’s next, what’s new, what’s hip, and what’s trending, we applaud Manicanparty for taking a step back and reflecting on musical influences that helped shape some of the artists that we’ve come to know and love.
Break My Fall (M O N A R C H Remix)
Nineteen days and over a hundred thousand plays. It’s truly remarkable what can come of an artist’s debut song these days. The internet is a beautiful thing for sharing music, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.
As we mentioned above, the original version of “Break My Fall” was the debut track from the newly formed indie pop act, Golden Coast, who have a cheerful pop presence adored by the blogosphere. This tune carries a formidable swagger perfect for your summertime playlists, rife with upbeat synthesized melodies and playful guitar riffs.
After already having seen tremendous success by way of remix, this tune saw Hype Machine glory courtesy of Rainer and Grimm. Today we’re hoping to share a similar success story with M O N A R C H, comprised of Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett, and Joel Plotnik.
With slow-paced percussion and a melody worthy of the best 80′s movie climax scene, “Break My Fall” gets a face lift, sporting some industrial, post-punk undertones. Cinematic in nature, this remix is a nice change of pace when looked at side-by-side with the earlier mentioned interpretation. While it still maintains elements from the memorable original, new light is shined through with this creative remix.
Spontaneity can be such a beautiful thing, yet we get so wrapped up in our schedules, jobs, tasks, whatever, we sometimes forget to free up time for the wonderful unknown. Sure, its hard to break free from our security and predictable moments, but we could be missing out on something that will forever change our world for the better. So might we suggest starting off small. Like….Be spontaneous and dig deeper into an artist featured on the Indie Dojo. Who knows what might happen! You can like them so much you decide to scope out a show in your area, meet the person of your dreams in the front row, and ride off into the sunset with a mutual love for the same band. Hey….it’s totally possible. A beautiful world can be created in the simple spontaneity.
Vampire On My Fridge
Just as we were beginning to grow weary of the countless–although excellent–remixes of her last single, “Drowning,” BANKS decided to bless her fans with some breathtaking new material, unleashing “Beggin For Thread” earlier today. With this latest effort, the talented songstress can safely add yet another notch to her belt, continuing to prove why she’s one of the premiere names at the forefront of pop music. Opting for a much quicker tempo than we’re used to, BANKS still brings much of the same raw energy and aggression in her vocals, producing an addicting melody through the use of zippy synths and reverberating percussion.
As BANKS continues to impress us with each and every release, it makes the wait for Goddess that much more unbearable. Luckily, we’ll have this song to to help occupy the time until the album comes out on September 9th.