Ed Prosek – Holy Water [TMN PREMIERE]

Ed Prosek
Holy Water

Having traded the sun and sand of California for the cloud and stones of Brighton, the search for home is an ever present theme throughout Ed Prosek’s music. Since the release of his EP ‘The Riverbed’, Ed has been building audiences on both side of the Atlantic, most recently supporting Lindsey Stirling on her tour of Germany. His beautifully honest style of writing makes it near impossible to present any faults at all, as his stories of struggle and liberation seamlessly engage us to sit back and travel with him.

‘Holy Water’ is refreshingly authentic, as Ed sings quite contently of his acceptance of losing everything he has, and admitting day to day struggles, as long as he finds piece of mind. This is brilliantly uplifting when he explodes into the chorus, supported by a choir and band, solidified by his impassioned vocal tone. One of Prosek’s strengths is writing in a fashion capable of addressing anyone, creating a delicately unique bond between us and him, as he sings of running for shelter, seeking mercy from a storm. We inadvertently follow his story, lose ourselves and find a captivating sense of elevation amidst the infectious chorus.

Whilst proving his development as an artist with this single, Ed has maintained his organic style through raw acoustic guitars and simple drum beats. He encourages us to lay back and relax, whilst the choir ascends towards an emotional climax, offering a beautifully wholesome dimension to his music. The arrangement of instruments within ‘Holy Water’ perfectly complements his singing and lyricism, as he consistently increases the emotion throughout. The addition of backing vocals within the chorus and middle 8 elevates the song, whilst rare cymbal crashes offer an atmospheric tangent, guiding the piece to a captivating culmination.

I think it’s safe to say Ed has found a home and laid down some new roots in the UK, as he and his band are set to have a big impact on the music scene over the coming months and years.
Check out the link below for potential tour dates and latest releases.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2015 Round #1)


Music ruts are the worst. Especially the ones that you can’t seem to escape from. It’s not an exaggeration to say that an extended music lull can cause a bout of insanity. Which is where the Indie Dojo swoops in like the ninjas we are. Throwing you stars of new tunes to keep your musical mind intact, cause a ninja never loses focus.

’Unnveig Aas – Run’
’Cross Record – Steady Waves’
’Stephen – Fly Down’
’Chadwick Stokes – You’re The One That I Want’
’Sara Angelica – Run (Prod. Pieces of Juno)’
’Noah Ruble – Falling Apart’
’Sam Wright NE – Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover Feat. Pharrell Williams)’
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S.M. Wolf – Lies To Heathens [TMN PREMIERE]

S.M. Wolf
Lies To Heathens

A catchy-as-hell, energetic, and anthemic tune is just what we needed to shake an unfortunate hangover from last night’s office Halloween party, and luckily for us, and our aching, cloudy heads, Indy-based S.M. Wolf has saved the day with “Lies to Heathens.”

You may not have heard of this band quite yet, but with their highly infectious, sing-along style, it won’t be long before you start seeing them pop up all over the place. This tune highlights their indie-psych-pop prowess, boasting a nostalgic sound rife with soaring guitars, playful vocal harmonies, and an incredibly memorable chorus.

This is the second sneak peek at their forthcoming album, Neon Debris, which drops on November 7th via both In Store Recordings and Jurassic Pop.

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[Denver Giveaway] TMN Presents: Small Black w/ Painted Palms @ Larimer Lounge – 10/31

Denver Event Giveaway
TMN Presents: Small Black @ Larimer Lounge - 10/31

We’ve been absolutely ecstatic about our next ‘TMN Presents’ show in Denver, so for Halloween we have quite the special night planned. Coming off of their latest long-player, Best Blues, on mega-tastemaking imprint Jagjaguwar, we’re thrilled to bring Brooklyn based four-piece Small Black to the Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO this Halloween. Already with an impressive list of releases including two EP’s and 3 full-lengths ranging from wistful electro-indie-pop to chillwave and lofi 80’s pop throwback, Small Black has left quite the impressive footprint in just the five years they’ve been releasing music together. This Saturday is looking to be quite the party as well, with support coming from San Francisco psychedelic synth purveyors Painted Palms, who also will be drawing from a pool of freshly minted tunes with the recent release of their second album, Horizons, on Polyvinyl Records. We’re getting our costumes in order, and ears tuned for what will no doubt be a night of tasteful debauchery in Denver.

Of course, you didn’t think we’d stop there did you? As we’re presenting this one, you know we had to get our fellow Ninjas in on the fun too, so we’re giving away not one, but TWO pairs of tickets to catch one of the best Halloween shows around. 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 Small Black or Painted Palms song, and boom, that’s it! And of course we want as many people as possible to come celebrate our favorite holiday with us so for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets can easily be purchased at the link here as well.

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 Larimer Lounge door.

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

’Small Black – Boys Life’
’Small Black – No Stranger’
’Small Black – Back At Belle’s’
’Painted Palms – Disintegrate’
’Painted Palms – Spinning Signs’
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[Indie] Folded Like Fabric – Patiently

Folded Like Fabric

Some songs simply have a way of injecting a special feeling into the start of your day. Such was the case this morning when we came across I Tried, the debut EP from Folded Like Fabric and their opening single “Patiently”.  Folded Like Fabric is the Hastings, UK based project of Jay Mooncie & Connor Sims, and the pair’s jazz inflected take on a contemporary blend of R&B, pop, and indie sensibilities have had us swooning head over heels since first consumption. “Patiently” ambles out of the gate into a slow-burning build as Sims’ misty reverberations -which carry the faintest echoes of If You’re Feeling Sinister era Stuart Murdoch– dominate the first guitar-tickled half of the tune before picking up a loungey drum roll and gradually evolving into a more complete version of itself. The perfect pairing with your morning or afternoon coffee, trust us.

I Tried was released on 25th September via Beauvoir Records and can be picked up here. In the mean time, and since you’ve already made it this far, enjoy “Patiently” from Folded Like Fabric above.


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Alek Fin (featuing Robot Koch) – Lift Up [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Lift Up (Feat Robot Koch)

It’s easy to get lost in any of Alek Fin’s gorgeous, layered, and enveloping songs, but we have a particularly strong affinity for “Lift Up.” The atmospheric hisses, the iconic, repeating guitar sample, and the rolling clicks and hi-hat hits all come together around this Thousand Oaks’ artist’s haunting vocals, creating an inescapable experience.

Today, we’re not only bringing you a listen to this tune, which also features production work from LA/Germany-based Robot Koch, but a first look at the music video as well. Imagined by Effixx, “Lift Up” received a dazzling, avant-garde visual interpretation with as much textural depth and intrigue as one would hope.

This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.

After you watch the video premiere below, head over to iTunes and pick up the entire Án Mynda EP. You won’t be disappointed.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October Round #4)


The days are getting colder and shorter and shorter and colder. But really, it’s just the universe giving us more time to stay in, kick back, relax and play through an Indie Dojo or two or three of four. We are here for as long as you want us to be.

’Boom Forest – Been’
’Islandis – Home’
’Bay Ledges – off u’
’Silver Firs – Signals’
’Cinders – Call it Home’
’Katie and I – Bones’
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