[Vocals like Honey] Alina Baraz – Paradise (Prod. by ESTA.)

Alina Baraz
Alina Baraz
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.

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Killing Fields of Ontario – Our Place To Drown [TMN Premiere]

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.

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Heart-Ships – Pinhole of Light [TMN VIDEO PREMIRE]

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.

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[Indie Pop] The High Wire – Under a Spell

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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.

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[Garage Band Grown-Up] She Might Bite – The Key

She Might Bite
She Might Bite
The Key

There’s a little bit of filth, and a little bit of punk, don’t forget the blues sound and oh yeah, the garage rock roughness. All of those words have been used to describe Tara Kimes voice and her band She Might Bite. Started in 2011 the band has gone through a few member changes but has continued to keep the wonderful sound that fans know and admire. Kimes voice is thick and a little rough around the edges but full of life and intensity. Off their upcoming EP out October 27th, “Don’t Entertain”, they released “The Key” a song full of beautiful guitar melodies and stunning vocals by Kimes mixed in with percussion. Add in a dusting of tambourine and Kime’s Lotetta Lynn sound carries this wonderful song.

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In a music lull? Yeah, it happens to the best of us. Even though we are constantly inundated with new music at every moment, we damn well know quantity does not equal quality. But no need to fret, being the ninjas we are we like to scour around the internets looking for that one new song to reignite your dying flame. And if not this week, try again next week. Our persistence is bound to pay off at some point…..


Ciaran Lavery
Awful Love
Daniel James
A Lonely Man
Super Food
Carpet Burns
Dog Is Dead
Get Low
Joshua Burnside
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[Gorgeous] Fractures – Cadence


Sultry, seductive, and overwhelmingly inviting are just a few of the things we could use to describe this latest release from Fractures. We find ourselves getting deeply lost in the emotion rich lyrics and soft repetitious guitars. It’s beautifully simple, yet layered and well produced.

Instrumentals aside, we can’t help but feel a deep connection with the lead singer’s voice. He’s painfully remembering a situtation that’s familiar to any guy. Coupled with the ethereal back up harmonies, this is a soulfully charged tune that begs for a set of headphones, glass of bourbon and some deep reflection.

I’ve got you stuck on mind,
and it’s driving me crazy.
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