It’s been a long four years here at TMN. With well over 1,100 posts, 70+ interviews, and countless playlists built, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Amongst what I’ve seen, there’s plenty of which I have a hard time describing. Calling back on my earlier days, I remember a tune by The Canadian Gobble Gobble, which was an experimental act that gave me a run for my money, as far as music blogging goes.
Here I am four years later, and this Los Angeles psychedelic pop outfit has me reeling in my seat. White Denim is a four-piece outfit that most Angelenos should be familiar with. Is their progression bizarre? Yeah…it’s not your typical pop song structure. Yet, in the midst of the math-rock style guitar sample and unconventional bassline used in the apathetic “Nobody Cares,” there’s an undeniable charm that floats along with each distorted lyric.
While it may be a bit experimental for some, most should gravitate to the sheer musical talent boasted by White Arrows. They have a truly unique sound that dances along genre lines, casually flipping the bird to purists on either side.
Believe (Single Version)
If you haven’t been paying attention to The Music Ninja today, then you probably are unaware of the fact that we’re entrenched in a blog-a-thon. What does that mean exactly? Well, all of our writers are facing off against one another, trying to find the the greatest tunes they can find. The person with the highest amount of posts at the end of the weekend wins it all.
At the age of 30, I certainly don’t expect to win any contest when placed against younger adversaries. However, I’ll give it the ol’ college effort and track down some tunes that truly impress me. Speaking of which…have you heard of Ted Zed? I hadn’t, but I’m sure as shit glad that I stumbled across them.
“Believe” has one of those anthemic structures that’s instantly infectious. A flurry of traditional instrumentation and electronic elements comprise a pop-centric indie rock tune that demands your attention. It’s grin-inducing. It has that undeniable, hip-moving quality. It has that thing that you can’t quite put your finger on. Regardless of what that quality it, it makes me want to believe.
Get inspired by “Believe.” Three minutes of this catchy-as-hell tune is all it will take to be sold on this Castle Cary outfit.
A broad spectrum of influences can be picked up from Visual’s latest release on Other People’s compilation, which is due out on September 28th. While the gleefully clumsy walking bassline supporting the playful xylophone-style synths and occasional guitar chords are enough to tie you into “A Pixel,” it’s ultimately the vocals that provide a lasting impression.
Full of whimsy and engaging celebration, this tune has all of the amusement one would need at the start of their weekend. It’s obscure, culturally significant, enchanting, and in ways, heartwarming. A few listens over, and it continually builds upon itself, giving us more and more reasons to love it.
While some of you may be gearing out for a wild night out on the town, there are a fair amount of you who are looking forward to the complete opposite. Maybe it’s a good book and some carefully selected tunes you’re looking forward to. Maybe it’s a bottle of wine and a long bath. Whatever it is, we’re not judging, but we do have some tunes for you to check out.
Formed in late 2013, DEATHS have recently released their debut single, “Lonewolves.” While this track is a free download via their website, it certainly warrants much more attention than a freebie would demand. Combining influences of RnB, indie, and electronica, this tune is ultimately housed in a dark and ominous nature.
Dreamy, dark, sultry, and wicked, “Lonewolves” is the perfect soundtrack to your solo night in. It’s introspective, delicious, and deviant, prepped and ready for you to get lost, if only for a brief three minutes.
Tokyo Police Club
Hot Tonight (Togetherness Remix)
Is it hot tonight or what? Considering it’s about 100 degrees over here in hell (Southern California) and there are absolutely no signs of it getting any cooler anytime soon, we would have to say it’s pretty damn hot. Adding to the unbearable heat is a remix we stumbled across by NYC’s very own Togetherness. Made up of St. Lucia’s Nick Paul and Ross Clark, Togetherness appears to still be under the radar – but not for much longer because these two are taking the indie electronic sound to a much more sophisticated level. Taking on Tokyo Police Club’s, “Hot Tonight”, Togetherness adds the perfect amount of heat to keep the fire burning and our body’s movin’. After giving this remix a few good hundred plays or so, we might have to go grab some sunscreen because it’s literally and figuratively going to be hot tonight.
We’re pretty stoked to have come across Nick and Ross’ little indie electronic side project, so mark our words now because Togetherness is well on their way to being the next TMN all-stars like some of our favorite artists, RAC and The Knocks. Keep your eyes peeled on them, ninjas, because we guarantee they’re going to take off before we can even press play.
A Little Lost
Sufjan Stevens fans will be chomping at the bit do get their hands on this interpretation of “A Little Lost.” In a tribute compilation put together by The Red Hot Organization, notable artists from around the globe came together to pay tribute to American cellist, composer, singer, and musician Arthur Russell.
Master mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell comes out October 21 by way of Yep Roc, and includes works by Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphrescent, Jose Gonzalez, Devandra Banhart, and more. Today though, we’re covering just this body of work from Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens. Boasting a defined electronic bass and percussion section, the focus is on Steven’s voice, much as it was Russell’s. The beauty of both this interpretation and it’s predeceasing original are in the simplicity. With the understated nature, we’re left to get lost in the lyrics.
Obviously moved by the message, Steven’s had this to say:
I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser.
With Summer still on the forefront of our minds, it has been increasingly difficult to come to terms with yet another season gone by. However, just because the weather is (slowly) shifting from the high 100′s to the mid 90′s, we can still embrace the rays of summery bliss until further notice. When it comes to music, sounds have a particular season and since we’re still stuck on Summer, we dug a bit deeper to help guide you into the Fall mindset in a much easier way. We came across a small artist, GGOOLLDD, during the late night tumble, and listened to their 4 track $TANDARD$ EP.
Sounding much like The Naked and Famous, GGOOLLDD has a very intriguing style of production and songwriting. Their synth-heavy productions along with their catchy hooks collectively bring a refreshing new take on the fusion of indie and pop. After listening through the $TANDARD$ EP a couple of times through, we realized that we may have just stumbled across an artist who has the potential to take over our favorite festivals around the world. Regardless, GGOOLLDD has a family of ninjas here to support them from here on out.