Summer might be winding down, but it ain’t over yet. There’s still plenty of daytime hours and warm weather to soak in. Don’t let it go to waste. Just like you wouldn’t let an Indie Dojo go to waste. Someones gotta play it.
Caroline Smith & Lizzo
Let Em Say
The city of Minneapolis has been quietly carving out a name for itself as one of America’s most eclectic metropolis’ for years now. From their budding culinary and artistic communities to a thriving indie music scene; it’s safe to say we’ve had a watchful eye on the Minnesotan hotbed with a passion. So when we heard two of Minneapolis’ most revered female artists, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, were collaborating on a new tune to benefit the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota we had to wrap our ears around it at once. A gliding R&B laced pop diddy on the surface, “Let ‘Em Say” was recorded to promote the empowerment of girls and women around the world and after multiple plays, it was clear the tune’s lyrical content rolls much deeper than its inspirative instrumentation. Both vocalists’ respective incantations playfully bounce off one another to create a saccharine sweet listen; while it remains next to impossible not to add a little hip-wiggle while getting your aural fix on to this one.
It’s truly quite enlightening to see two young, burgeoning artists use their respective artistic mediums to get behind such a worthy and noble cause. Caroline describes this collaboration as a “celebration and recognition of all the ladies out there that were told they were ‘too this’ and ‘not enough that.’ This is for all of the mamas out there busting their asses and all of the girls and women out there that make us proud to hold a microphone”,
While Lizzo added: “We’re liberating ourselves as women in this industry and as citizens in this industry and as human beings, and we’re so excited to be able to share that with everybody. When we made “Let ‘Em Say” it was so gratifying, because the song is everything we had been trying to get off of our chest.
” Both performers will invest in their vision by donating a portion of the proceeds from this syrupy pop burner to the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
through a “Pay What You Can” on Bandcamp here,
so why not do a little bit of good in this world and throw a few bucks to a pair of incredibly talented, altruistic and uber bad-ass musicians to start your week. Stream “Let ‘Em Say” above for the perfect Monday pick me up, and if you missed our lovely interview with Caroline Smith back in February, let her charm your socks off here
while you listen.
Goodbye, Lyla Garrity
Remember being demurely distressed? Standing alone somewhere, pining for a love lost or after a cake when the cake shop shut. Imagining if your life were to take film form for a moment, a sad-scape would creep into the backdrop and pathetic fallacy would take it’s course. Fear not. Tuck your tears in. We have a soundtrack to accompany any morose moment. Hurry Death, an LA based and hard to categorize collective, have released an emotionally charged dream riddled record.
Understated and sentimental, “Goodbye, Lyla Garrity” is perfectly poignant. Whilst Hurry Death in it’s name may emit visions of thrashing metal mosh pits, by nature, the product couldn’t be more removed. Emotionally charged, but distilled amidst a dreamy motionless five minutes: Hurry Death have bottled sadness, then diluted it across a hazy accolade to heartbreak. The simmering, mournful sound will gently fizz it’s way into your bones. If ever a song so encompassed the loneliness of longing and the torturous dread of departure; we hadn’t heard it until now.
It’s not often such a simply stated sadness avoids the emo label so smoothly. But side stepping any cheesy traps, Hurry Death ensure that the scenery of farewell never sounded so nostalgic. I don’t know who Lyla Garrity is, but this is certainly a grabbing goodbye.
Whether we want to admit this or not (which we are happily admitting), Australian music has come to point where their sound and productions are far beyond anything we can logically conceptualize. We have become fascinated with everything about their culture, their music, and their adorable accents. Whenever we receive something from down under, we cannot help but feel like a 6 year-old child in candy store – the excitement is that real.
Today we have a stunning video to share with all of you from Sydney producer, Johnny Green. We are so fortunate to have gotten this opportunity to premiere this video with all of you ninjas because our jaws dropped and our minds opened up as soon as we finished watching this original piece of art. Johnny Green takes us all on a visually seductive journey in his latest track, “Oneiro” (Greek word for ‘dream’), to which we shoot straight through the clouds and into an entirely different realm of the universe. After having been inspired by the aesthetically pleasing sights of Casa China Blanca in Punta de Mita, Mexico, Johnny immediately escaped from his reality and entered into his “Oneiro” only to return to earth with an artistic vision that led to the inspiration of this song and video. It is clear that the Sydney producer wants to take his music and his listeners to new elevations in this mind-melting, bone-chilling, aquatic masterpiece. With a stunning synth progression, a smooth organic percussion, and a haunting vocal from Mammals singer, Guy Brown, “Oneiro” is bound to send you all into state of celestial bliss.
“Oneiro” is out now on DJ & producer, KatXX’s label Love F.A.M.E Records and can be purchased on Beatport as well!
Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)
At just 20 years of age, Sebastian Carter has shown us time and time again that musical maturity should be merited on sound regardless of age or experience. The Swiss electronic producer’s music tends to carry an emotive weight and groove which would sail directly over some of his contemporary listeners’ collective heads; casting a stunning amount of crossover promise on the young artist’s career in the process. Already with stirring retouches of The 1975, Bad Suns, and Alt J along with a few addictive originals; today Carter’s taken Birdy’s cover of the Bon Iver staple “Skinny Love” and spun a tranquil web of house all over its pop leaning framework. With rising pads serving as a slow-burning build and simultaneous mood setting device, his airy synths are free to bubble their way to the surface while Birdy’s ethereal vocal stylings submerged in hazy reverb play as beautiful as ever amongst the wunderkind’s polished instrumentation. Sebastian Carter has certainly hit the mark again with this one, and we hope you’ll drift away with us for the four minute, alluring sonic expedition.
The Burning Past
Keep Portland weird!
While we’ve never actually ventured to the aforementioned city, which is forever immortalized by the one of the greatest shows, Portlandia, we do know that it’s rife with talented musicians. After having heard countless talented indie rock, folk, and experimental acts, we’re fully on board with what Stumptown has to offer. Not only by way of music, but also by way of donuts. We recently were graced with a Voodoo Donuts here in Denver, which has furthered our adoration.
Comprised of five members, this experimental indie rock outfit has a unique sound that’s solidified by their crooning vocals and a playful mix of charging electric guitar work laid over classical strings. One listen through to Bike Thief’s “The Burning Past” should give you ample insight into the roots of this band, which were dreamed up (assumedly over a craft beer or delicious Pinot Noir) by multi-instrumentalist Febian Perez. Aside from the brainy compilation of instrumentation, the naming was also developed by Febian, after being inspired by the Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves.”
This complex tune, which is due out at the end of this month, comes off of their debut LP, Stuck in a Dream. To accompany this dark, yet powerful tune, the band has enlisted the work of Benjamin Violet, who is known for his work with indie rock giants like Of Montreal, The Polyphonic Spree, and Kishi Bashi.
The end result can be seen below, in a glowing, bizarre, yet completely wonderful visual interpretation of “The Burning Past.”
Building up a music library can be an a crazy, unpredictable hobby. Some searches bring you loads of songs that spiral you into the golden spins of the interwebs and others….tumbleweeds. Just tumbleweeds. It’s a roller-coaster of emotions. We know. So if the unpredictability is just too much to handle (Trust us.We feel your pain), let the Indie Dojo be your guide. We’ll travel the ends of the earth for you.
Tiny Little Houses
Every man knows his plague; and you are mine.
Took The Floor Out
Tropic of Pisces
Our Man in Berlin