Albuquerque-based REIGHNBEAU really takes the whole Land of Enchantment thing to heart, serving up an alluring plate of electronica, art pop, and the avant-garde from New Mexico. Visual and sound artist Bryce Hample is the brainchild of this burgeoning act, bringing along collaborators like Colleen Johnson (Twig Palace) and Madeline Johnston (Sister Grotto) to give the project added personality.

Premiering with us today, “IDEALOVE” is a delightfully weird escapade, giving way to thoughts of intricate dreamscapes where dark and light mix in beautiful consonance. Those thoughts are brought to life through calculated layering of haunting vocal samples, rolling hi-hats, and softly sung vocal harmonies, which create a textured, otherworldly experience. Simply put, expect to get blissfully lost in this tune. It’s almost impossible not to.

After you pop out of your REIGHNBEAU-induced daydream, make sure to head over and follow them on Facebook. There’s a full-length album on the way, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2016 Round #4)


When the going gets tough, the tough get a little Ninja and play an Indie Dojo to pass the time.

’James Supercave – Better Strange’
’Robbie Miller – The Pain’
’Climbing Trees – Heads Held High’
’Drug Cabin – Handsome’
’Standby Empire – All The Things’
’The Bean Project – Crawl Back’
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Sleeping At Last – Smell [TMN PREMIERE]

Smell Lores
Sleeping At Last

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the next song from Sleeping At Last’s year-long collection, Atlas: Senses, you’re about to start your weekend off in the best of ways. For those of you who are just catching onto this golden-voiced Chicagoan, well, you’re a little late to the party, but this song will certainly kickstart a new-found musical love affair.

“Smell” is a part of the Senses EP, which will accompany other themed EPs like Life, Emotions, Intelligence, and Enneagram. As expected, each have their own distinctive flair, while still maintaining Ryan’s emotionally-charged style. Speaking of that impassioned approach, it certainly sits front and center in today’s premiere. The song welcomes listeners in with pensive, artfully crafted lyrics carried in on fluttering vocal vibratos. Light finger-picking accompanies the track, starting what will soon become a soaring gathering of piano and strings.

From start-to-finish, “Smell” is a highly engaging and winsome experience, leaving anyone who listens with the imminent need to dig deeper into past releases. We’ll make it easy on you. Click here to start that journey.

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[Denver Giveaway] TMN Presents: Inner Oceans w/ Plume Varia, Lizzy Rose @ Lost Lake – 1/29


While much of our writing staff here at TMN is spread across the entire world, we’ve maintained an active presence in the great city of Denver for good reason. For years now some of our favorite producers, DJ’s and bands throughout countless genres have emanated from the Mile High City, and every chance we have to get behind talent which may not have quite crossed over yet to a national audience, is a special one. Inner Oceans have long been a warm staple inside of the talent-rich Denver indie scene with their brand of haunting, synth-fueled minimal indie-pop; and over the course of a few years and several live shows, we’ve seen their project blossom into one of the most exciting bands heading into 2016. In the past few weeks, the Denver based quartet have dropped a pair of singles, “These Dreams” & “Sunbathe” (both of which are included in our mini-playlist below), which both wield more of an upbeat, drum-machine assisted structure which we can tell will add another engaging layer to their already impressive live show. Needless to say, we’re excited about this one.

On Friday, 1/29, The Music Ninja is proud to present Inner Oceans’ uniquely entrancing sound at the Lost Lake lounge in Denver, CO along with the downtempo dream-pop of Plume Varia and the eclectic stylings of Lizzy Rose. If you haven’t caught on yet, there’s nothing we love more than giving our readers a chance to come groove with us at every ‘TMN Presents’ showcase, so we’re giving away not one, but THREE pairs of tickets to see Inner Oceans. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Inner Oceans song, and boom, that’s it! And of course we want as many people as possible to come dance with us, so for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets are only $8.00 and can be purchased using the ticket link here.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Lost Lake door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

’Inner Oceans – 8 Cousins’
’Inner Oceans – These Dreams’
’Inner Oceans – Sunbathe’
’Inner Oceans – Ready Your Ghost (Demo)’
’Plume Varia – Clear’
’Lizzy Rose – A New Song’
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[Indie Rock] Viola Beach – Boys That Sing

Viola Beach
Boys That Sing

It’s been nearly six months since we premiered Viola Beach’s debut single, “Swings & Waterslides.” From there, the track went on to experience tremendous success, hitting the Hype Machine’s Popular charts and racking up nearly a million plays across SoundCloud and Spotify. After all that success, it’s not hard to see why a lot of people had it pegged as one of the best tracks from 2015, including myself.

The band has since released “Cherry Vitmo,” a few months back, and are now keeping up the pace with “Boys That Sing.” Once again, listeners are blanketed by a warm familiarity that’s draped in classic songwriting structures, infused with well-executed guitar work and extremely catchy lyrics. Expect to catch catch yourself drifting between decades, blissfully singing along after only one listen through.

The release also launches the Communion Singles Club, a new platform for the much respected indie label to echo some of the magic generated in the early days around their first 7” and 12” offerings. After you pick it up, I highly recommend checking their tour dates below to see if you can catch a live show.

Tour Dates:

29th January – Koko, London (BBC Introducing and Club NME)

30th January – Carsons, Middleton

4th February – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland (w/ Blossoms)

5th February – Green Room, The Academy, Dublin (w/ Blossoms)

6th February – Limelight 2, Belfast (w/ Blossoms)

10th February – Sub89, Reading (w/ Blossoms)

11th February – Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa (w/ Blossoms)

12th February – Where’s The Music Festival, Sweden

13th February – Boiler Room, Guildford (w/ Blossoms)

18th February – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (w/ Blossoms)

19th February – Concorde 3, Brighton (w/ Blossoms)

20th February – The Bullingdon, Oxford (w/ Blossoms)

23rd February – The Townhouse, Middlesbrough

24th February – The Welly Club, Hull (w/ Blossoms)

26th February – O2 Academy, Leicester (w/ Blossoms)

27th February – Albert hall, Manchester (w/ Blossoms)

3rd March – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (w/ Blossoms)

4th March – Kasbah, Coventry (w/ Blossoms)

5th March – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent (w/ Blossoms)

11th March – Opium 10, Barnsley

12th March – The Pyramid, Warrington (w/ Blossoms)

25th March – The Academy, Liverpool (w/ Blossoms)

26th March – Stockton Calling, Stockton On Tees

1st October Parr Hall – Warrington (tickets available from 22 Jan)

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The Sleep Millennium – The Sky Is Zero [TMN PREMIERE]

The Sleep Millennium
The Sky Is Zero

Before you press play, go ahead and throw on some blue tinted sunglasses, fire up the lava lamp, and partake in your favorite adult indulgence. The Sleep Millennium is bringing you a taste of the psychedelic 60s, shaded with modern production techniques that will fuse music nerds from past and present.

This is the first single from this brand-new act from Portland, Oregon, which brings us yet another reason to hail the Pacific Northwest. In addition to tasty craft brews, top-notch wines, and the legendary Voodoo Donuts, “The Sky Is Zero” expresses another layer to the culture, and counter-culture, that’s so well defined up there. It’s slow-building, providing a perfectly dreamy build up with delightfully hazy guitars. Booming percussion comes in at about the 2:00-minute mark, giving way to a spiraling crescendo of powerful lyrics and layers of entrancing instrumentals.

As you enjoy this tune, know that it’s the first time the planets have aligned in over a decade. Coincidence? We’ll let you decide. As far as the rest of the debut EP goes, you can expect it on February 26th, 2016. It boasts strong messages of heartbreak, struggle, and triumphs – something we can all associate with.

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[Indie] Klangstof – Hostage

Klangstof - Hostage (single cover)

As you’ve come to know through the years, there’s nothing I enjoy more about blogging than sharing an artist’s debut single. While a lot of the up-and-coming artists take a little while to build up steam after releasing their first track, I have a feeling that this one will move a little quicker. Why’s that? Amsterdam-based Klangstof is the fourth artist off tastemaker label Mind of a Genius, and they’ll follow in the footsteps of acts like ZHU, Gallant, and THEY.

Premiering early today on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1, “Hostage” is a delightfully dreary indie rock tune that infuses elements of shoegaze, indie rock, and tidbits of electro pop. These elements are brought to life through glowing guitar work, understated drum pad hits, and progression that latches on early, refusing to go throughout. The last section of the song is particularly impressive, highlighted by a crescendo of crashing percussion and soaring synths.

Make sure to keep an eye for future releases by following Klangstof on SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.

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