If any of you currently reside or have resided in a traffic ridden city, then you are fully aware of what a difference a simple 5 minutes can make. For example, if you leave at 4:59 pm, you could possibly be throwing yourself into moving at the speed of snail all the way home, but it you leave at 5:04, you’re golden. Straight shot to the promise land. 5 minutes will make you or break you. Luckily, this playlist you find below, and every one before and after it, is a continuous play of wonderful, stress reducing indie masterpieces to help you through your ride home, no matter if you are trapped in a gridlock of madness or you are flying through lanes with your hair blowing in the smog. Don’t worry your pretty little head. The Indie Dojos got you.
Evan & The Brave
The Little Kicks
All I Need
There’s something to be said about being swaddled as a child. You may have just read that first sentence and wondered what the hell i’m talking about, but stay with me. Swaddling comforts and infant child. We can’t really tightly wrap ourselves in a blanket at this age though. For one, everyone would think we’re crazy. Secondly, we couldn’t access our glass of bourbon or iPhone. So, we have to result to something else.
Enter Fossil Collective. This Leeds based indie folk outfit just wrapped us up in a blanket full of vocals and put us to bed. No fussing. No tossing and turning. Lights out. Coupled with those comforting vocals are folk sounds that are as classic as the day is long. With soft strumming guitars, understated keys and a slow repitious percussion, we’re lost in a pacifying world of familiarity.
The new song appears on their self-produced EP, The Water, which will be released digitally on October 29th. Keep an eye out for it.
As Elephants Are
Crystal (Pixel Fix Remix)
As we slowly pull ourselves out of bed today, dreading the looming work week that lies ahead, we have something to gently soften the blow. Oxford based electronica quartet Pixel Fix, wants to melt away the stress of the work week with this gorgeously rethought version of “Crystal.”
The original tune, crafted by UK indie rockers As Elephants Are, lends itself to associations like We Were Promised Jetpacks and Two Door Cinema Club with it’s wavering guitar notes and anthemic pop structure. It’s one of those tracks that’s chalk full of foot-tapping goodness, which is why it’s easy to see why Pixel Fix would want to take this on.
The ambient nature of this remix is a far departure from the original, yet the calming vocals are perfect for this type of musical backdrop. With atmospheric effects, slow rolling hi-hat hits and white noise, this dreamy interpretation is quite calming. The passion is still there, we’re just hearing it in a different form, and a delicious one at that.
Paradise (Prod. By ESTA.)
I’ve got a new girl musician crush and her name is Alina Baraz.
She is fairly new to the music scene and it is hard to find much about her out there but one thing is for damn sure, the girl can sing.
Her voice has a Lana Del Ray-esque feel, deep, seductive, inviting and smooth like a caramel melting on your tongue. Her latest song, “Paradise”, is a combination of her beautiful vocals with some electric melodies and soft drum beats. Can’t wait to see where this artist will carry her talent next, all I know is wherever that is I want to be there to swim in her captivating voice.
Killing Fields of Ontario
Our Place To Drown
Rising London-based indie group Killing Fields of Ontario continue to exhibit chemistry-filled layers of sounds as they introduce their latest album “How The World Ends”. Echoing influences including The Decemberists and The National, Killing Fields Of Ontario are capable of bringing a fresh new interpretation to contemporary folk. Their single “Our Place To Drown” is full of vivid imagery with an uplifting instrumentation that lends itself a bigger than life sound, yet it is humble in its approach. And perhaps that is one of the many things Killing Fields of Ontario does so well, creating elaborate sounds that are drenched with genuine emotion.
The Music Ninja is blessed to premiere ‘Our Place To Drown’ one of the standout singles from their latest album, How The World Ends out November 4th on KFoO Records.
Heart-Ships 'Pinhole of Light'
Lately we’ve been coming across a lot of cinematic music lately, and “Pinhole of Light” is no different. While this tune from Leeds based Heart-Ships has been out for some time (released on EP1), the video is of course premiering here today on The Music Ninja.
This guitar centric tune, filled with Nutall’s flawless looping hooks, is accentuated by seeing them performed live. Directed by Fionn McSherry of Bunker-London, the video is nothing more than a recording of Heart-Ships jamming out, which is absolutely perfect. Yes, we love a intriguing, artistic interpretation of a band’s sound, but this is actually exactly what is needed for this up and coming indie band. “Pinhole of Light” is supercharged with emotion that is projected by the larger-than-life tribal drumming, crystal clean guitar work, playful intermittent vocal exchanges, and intensely passionate narratives. It moves you, whether you want it to or not.
THE HIGH WIRE
Under A Spell
UK based indie pop outfit The High Wire has just dialed up one hell of a catchy tune with their 4 day old track, “Under a Spell.” Much like the lyrics, this mashup of 60′s folk and 90′s soul has us under a spell. With guest vocals from London soul & gospel legend Nicky Brown (Primal Scream, Madonna) and seasoned soul singer Ladonna Harley-Peters (Florence & the Machine, Groove Armada), this tune is going to be one that crawls under your skin and refuses to let go. And we couldn’t be happier about that.