Whether we want to admit this or not (which we are happily admitting), Australian music has come to point where their sound and productions are far beyond anything we can logically conceptualize. We have become fascinated with everything about their culture, their music, and their adorable accents. Whenever we receive something from down under, we cannot help but feel like a 6 year-old child in candy store – the excitement is that real.
Today we have a stunning video to share with all of you from Sydney producer, Johnny Green. We are so fortunate to have gotten this opportunity to premiere this video with all of you ninjas because our jaws dropped and our minds opened up as soon as we finished watching this original piece of art. Johnny Green takes us all on a visually seductive journey in his latest track, “Oneiro” (Greek word for ‘dream’), to which we shoot straight through the clouds and into an entirely different realm of the universe. After having been inspired by the aesthetically pleasing sights of Casa China Blanca in Punta de Mita, Mexico, Johnny immediately escaped from his reality and entered into his “Oneiro” only to return to earth with an artistic vision that led to the inspiration of this song and video. It is clear that the Sydney producer wants to take his music and his listeners to new elevations in this mind-melting, bone-chilling, aquatic masterpiece. With a stunning synth progression, a smooth organic percussion, and a haunting vocal from Mammals singer, Guy Brown, “Oneiro” is bound to send you all into state of celestial bliss.
“Oneiro” is out now on DJ & producer, KatXX’s label Love F.A.M.E Records and can be purchased on Beatport as well!
Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)
At just 20 years of age, Sebastian Carter has shown us time and time again that musical maturity should be merited on sound regardless of age or experience. The Swiss electronic producer’s music tends to carry an emotive weight and groove which would sail directly over some of his contemporary listeners’ collective heads; casting a stunning amount of crossover promise on the young artist’s career in the process. Already with stirring retouches of The 1975, Bad Suns, and Alt J along with a few addictive originals; today Carter’s taken Birdy’s cover of the Bon Iver staple “Skinny Love” and spun a tranquil web of house all over its pop leaning framework. With rising pads serving as a slow-burning build and simultaneous mood setting device, his airy synths are free to bubble their way to the surface while Birdy’s ethereal vocal stylings submerged in hazy reverb play as beautiful as ever amongst the wunderkind’s polished instrumentation. Sebastian Carter has certainly hit the mark again with this one, and we hope you’ll drift away with us for the four minute, alluring sonic expedition.
The Burning Past
Keep Portland weird!
While we’ve never actually ventured to the aforementioned city, which is forever immortalized by the one of the greatest shows, Portlandia, we do know that it’s rife with talented musicians. After having heard countless talented indie rock, folk, and experimental acts, we’re fully on board with what Stumptown has to offer. Not only by way of music, but also by way of donuts. We recently were graced with a Voodoo Donuts here in Denver, which has furthered our adoration.
Comprised of five members, this experimental indie rock outfit has a unique sound that’s solidified by their crooning vocals and a playful mix of charging electric guitar work laid over classical strings. One listen through to Bike Thief’s “The Burning Past” should give you ample insight into the roots of this band, which were dreamed up (assumedly over a craft beer or delicious Pinot Noir) by multi-instrumentalist Febian Perez. Aside from the brainy compilation of instrumentation, the naming was also developed by Febian, after being inspired by the Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves.”
This complex tune, which is due out at the end of this month, comes off of their debut LP, Stuck in a Dream. To accompany this dark, yet powerful tune, the band has enlisted the work of Benjamin Violet, who is known for his work with indie rock giants like Of Montreal, The Polyphonic Spree, and Kishi Bashi.
The end result can be seen below, in a glowing, bizarre, yet completely wonderful visual interpretation of “The Burning Past.”
Building up a music library can be an a crazy, unpredictable hobby. Some searches bring you loads of songs that spiral you into the golden spins of the interwebs and others….tumbleweeds. Just tumbleweeds. It’s a roller-coaster of emotions. We know. So if the unpredictability is just too much to handle (Trust us.We feel your pain), let the Indie Dojo be your guide. We’ll travel the ends of the earth for you.
Tiny Little Houses
Every man knows his plague; and you are mine.
Took The Floor Out
Tropic of Pisces
Our Man in Berlin
If you’re reading this sentence, that probably means you made it through Monday. Regardless or not of whether we were unscathed in our epic conquest to get through the worst day of the week, looks like we made it.
Ok, most of you out there won’t get a Barry Manilow reference, and that’s a conversation for another day. However, TROVES is a name that you’re going to become familiar with. Not only with this song, but future releases to come as they hit the trajectory we think they’re going to, which ultimately will take them across the blogosphere and into the mainstream.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. We know what you’re thinking. “Music Ninja, you crazy. This is their debut song.” You’re correct in your assessment, however, take a gander at the melancholic pop structure that supports sultry vocals which boast an easily memorable hook. Coupled with those ear-grabbing poetic verses is a lightly danceable bassline, some near-french electro synths, and steady percussion work, and you can start to piece together what we’re talking about.
This may be the first time you hear of TROVES, but we can assure you that this certainly won’t be the last.
Why Don't We
That moment during your coffee shop session when you allow yourself to be distracted from your smartphone, and crooned to by the tune of a classical guitar and the husky voice of its owner instead – That’s the moment I have every time I hear Leo Stannard’s, “Why Don’t We”. With hints of Landon Pigg x John Mayer, the Leicester native brings out the light and shade in his vocals, putting listeners at sheer ease. It’s a challenging decision to determine which version of the track we like more, so we’ve supplied both acoustic and studio versions to remedy any possible remnants of stress you might have before the weekend.
The 18 year young, acoustic and indie singer/songwriter is currently unsigned, but rest assured that his status is merely temporary. Leo Stannard’s second EP Notions, featuring “Why Don’t We” drops on the 1st of October. Don’t miss it.
Not too long ago, we came across an artist that would forever make us swoon until ends meet. Not only did his previous song, “Fiona Coyne”, make us go back and re-watch every episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but it gave us all the reason to abuse the shit out of the replay button. If you haven’t picked up on our clues, we are talking about Saint Pepsi. Now that his tasty name is making its rounds across outlets of all sorts, the young producer has proved to us that he is on his way to becoming next Passion Pit of our time. With a huge statement like that, we have nothing but confidence in his music because it sure does speak for itself when you end up being the most blogged about artist in a little under a month. Who knows, maybe we could see his name at Coachella in the near future? A ninja can only hope so.
Just last week, Saint Pepsi released the latest gem, “Fall Harder” off his newly released EP out now on Carpark Records. As tastemakers, we are put to the challenge when it comes down to analyzing sound waves and putting them into words. Conceptually that just seems like too much to process all at once, however, when the music is as good as what we have for you today then the words just seem to naturally flow. “Fall Harder” is just auditory proof that sound is evolving into a more organic, happy state. With its 80′s style Breakfast Club guitar riffs, cheerful synth progression, and easily some of the most adorable lyrics since Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, Saint Pepsi makes us fall even harder in love with his productions. If you’re just now tuning out for the day then you dropped by at the perfect time, so why don’t you just press play and drown out the white noise around you.