Every once in a while we experience a mini life freakout. “What the hell am I doing?” “Where the hell am I going?” “What the hell is happening next? Unless you are totally secure in your world, which is pretty awesome if you are and many kudos to you my friend, we’ve all had these questions swirling around in our brain at one point or another. The trick is to drown it out. We can only live in the present, so whats the point of stressing out about the past or future? Make the most of the moment. Appreciate your surroundings, be grateful for where you stand, and enjoy a free indie dojo. It should only take a moment or two..
White Line Fever
Shine Like Me
Someday I Will Miss You
While we love writing about the monster tracks from people dominating the blogosphere, there’s just something about finding someone practically unknown and sharing it with the masses. Someday I Will Miss You is a perfect example of this, bringing their shoegazey, lo-fi sounds to our home page.
“Hold On,” is the first single off of their debut EP. Hailing from Karlovac, Croatia, this outfit has a delightfully depressing sound, combining slow guitar strums, rattling snare hits and atmospheric elements to create a dreamy, dark and welcoming sound.
“100 Lovers.” Upon first glance that might sound like a daunting task to some, but this single from Denver indie pop darlings Tennis is less about a Wilt Chamberlain inspired conquest, and more about reflecting on a heartbreak from the distant past. Singing in an oddly cheery, yet almost sardonic tone, Alaina Moore provides us with a dreamy landscape on this reflective tune plucked straight from the duo’s Small Sound EP. Despite the project being out for a few months already, it seemed to have got lost in the shuffle, prompting the group to upload this latest ditty to their SoundCloud page. Despite its subject matter, “100 Lovers” is one of those songs that instantly warms your soul, and has us begging for the weather to follow suit. Check out the single above, and grab yourself a copy of the 5-track Small Sound EP, available on iTunes now.
Salt Ashes may be a name slightly foreign to our savvy readers, but rest assured it should not remain so for much longer. Much to our delight, rising 22 year old synth-pop starlet Veiga Sanchez just released her debut single “Somebody” under the Salt Ashes handle on Radikal Records, which is a brooding but ultimately uplifting allotment of pop instrumentation. “Somebody” immediately touched on this writer’s inner fanboy with a distinctly Giorgio Moroder roused MOOG synthesizer line, but not before Sanchez’ recurrent vocal hook teases its way into the fold to fully open the door on her powerful intonations. By the time the vocal track is completely unveiled, it incites celestial visions of “Wuthering Heights” era Kate Bush, but still pulses the right amount of sweaty dance floor images and excess as if you were seeing her perform at a super-club like Berlin’s temple, Berghain. Salt Ashes’ blend of dark Italo-Disco production and four to the floor rhythms pushes the singer’s soaring voice directly to the forefront of her music, and “Somebody” more than wrapped itself into our in-office playlist for an indeterminate amount of time. Stream “Somebody” above, and if it’s tickling your fancy like ours, purchase the mini EP here.
James Blake has recently taken residency as a DJ on BBC Radio and, as part of his inaugural show, the talented U.K. artist shared a brand new track of his own. “40455″ carries the feel of Overgrown with its deeply emotional vocals and Blake’s incredible, often haunting work on the keyboard. Zone out to this one below and look for a few James Blake crafted remixes to surface from the recent BBC1 Radio installment in the near future. If only our radio stations (NPR excluded) could be as cool as BBC…
Many things get lost across the great pond separating the UK and US: the spelling of doughnut, the ‘z’ for an ‘s’ replacement and the thing called a corn dog. Think it’s a hot dog in cake, never too sure.
Alongside this trivia lies the loose term ‘indie’. Here in the UK we once used it to describe independently produced music, but post semantic shift and many a cup of tea later, indie mainly translates as: something that sounds a bit like The Libertines. Or words to that effect.
Pennsylvanian four-piece Kingsfoil may be self-proclaimed indie rockers, but their new track Brave Love is in fact pure and perfect glistening pop. Don’t let labels fool you, Kingsfoil are recalling the laconic strummings of Jack Johnson, laced with the voice on sleeve sentiments of Coldplay. Their formulaic approach to pop is revived with laid back harmonies, cooly concocted rnb-esque vocals and a laden passion for authenticity. Essentially Brave Love brings the classic ballad into the 21st century, blending the old with the new it’s simultaneously familiar and fresh.
Side stepping the operatic shouting of the 90’s, Kingsfoil’s sighing falsetto and modernistic approach to a conventional pop structure has won them an army of devoted admirers. Brave Love and all its allure will be no deterrent.
Brave Love is out now and is available for listening on both Soundcloud and the bands official website.
This D.C. born, L.A. based four-piece pop act have an affinity for more than just cities with two letter abbreviations, they also love to focus on unpredictability.
MISUN, which is comprised of vocalist and namesake Misun Wojcik, bassist William Devon, guitarist and producer Nacey and drummer Jon Jester, have a exquisitely charming sound, fusing Brazilian baile funk with Carribean steel drums and 60′s tock nostalgia to insight an uplifting desire to drop whatever’s bothering you and just enjoy life.
The lyrics help drive this self-affirming, feel-good indie-pop gem, worthy of any moment needing a smile, and a little head bobbing. We just can’t wait for nicer weather so we can jam this stellar tune with the windows down.