There’s something about indietronica that screams summer time. Something about the light dancy beats, the romantically charged lyrics, and the high pitched synths just make you want to grab that special someone, and dance the night away.
German based indie pop trio Claire have recently released this delectable synth pop gem that not only beckons warm sunny days, but those spent with your sun soaked embraced wrapped around that special someone. Take a listen, then head out and buy this incredible track for your summertime playlist.
If you happen to maintain as one of the fortunate people “in the know” about the extremely listenable psych-pop/synth-wave duo Psychic Twin, then we commend your taste and cutting edge eye for up and coming talent. On top of that, if you have been following the New York via Chicago band, specifically front-woman Erin Fein on Facebook, then a few weeks ago you may have received the message asking if we the fans would be interested in a new track. Well, after previous singles “Strangers”, “Dream State” and “Are You Gonna Get Her”, self-released mostly through Bandcamp and via exclusive 7″ vinyl pressings, we were salivating like one of Pavlov’s pitbulls for any sort of new material from the uber-talented pair and our answer was an emphatic “Yes!!!!!”. Finally after a slight wait, “Unlock Yr Heart”, Psychic Twin’s newest single was unearthed through an obscure (to us Americans) German source, and lucky for you, it has landed right here in our Ninja laps. The track begins with pretty synth waves and a bass line a la Visions era Claire Boucher, while being bolstered by Fein’s airy, but penetrating vocals. The track rounds out with a pop sensibility that appeals to so many walks of life, signaling an end to Psychic Twin’s air of underground-ness most likeyl. Enough gushing already, just listen to “Unlock Yr Heart” above, and dig into Psychic Twin’s back catalogue if you have the chance, as they will no doubt begin to surface on many a music publication’s radar in the coming year.
Another month, another amazing artist we say goodbye to. Celldweller has filled all of our ears and heads with some incredible beats and inspired us to keep pursuing our dreams no matter what. Celldweller showed us that behind the amazing hair, he is just a guy doing what he loves, making music and helping other aspiring artists do the same. But before we say goodbye for the time being, we asked Celldweller to send us over his five favorite tracks right now. Hope you enjoy them as much as he does!
Barretso – Chase
Sister Crayon – Cynic
Tycho – Hours
Lazerhawk – Electric Groove
Gojira – Toxic Garbage Island
Cook up some apple pie, throw a slice of American cheese on there and serve it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This UK based indie rock outfit has effectively served up a slice of Americana with “Adam.”
The steady rock progression, the romantically crafted lyrics, and the easily digestible riffs provide a delectable summertime treat ready to be inserted into any warm weather playlist.
Why is it that we always go for the negative before the positive? For example: Your boss want’s to talk to you. “Fired!” is probably your initial thought. You immediately retrace every step you took in the past week to figure out if you slipped up on your job somewhere. You slowly “sad charlie brown” your way into their office and all they want to tell you is how great of a job you are doing. Imagine that! We are so used to grabbing onto the dreadful, we completely overlook how simple things can be. Let’s change that. We can start with this playlist. You might despise the indie genre or maybe last weeks playlist swore you off the Indie Dojo for life. Both of those things are negative as shit. So hit the play button with a positive finger….and give it a chance.
Wavering guitars, dreamy synths, and emotion rich lyrics create the soulful new track from Melbourne 5-Piece Snakadaktal. On the heels of their upcoming LP release (due out June 24th via Liberation music) “Hung on Tight” was released just yesterday as the first official single off the upcoming album.
To say we’re excited to hear the rest of the album is an understatement. Aside from the masterfully crafted instrumentals and the stellar production quality, we’re left yearning to hear more of these ethereal vocals and incredible wordplay. Take one listen and try not to get addicted.
Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.