THE CHARM OFFENSIVE
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci
In it’s simplicity, we find ourselves overwhelmingly charmed by the guitar centric nature of ETCHES new track. Focusing highly on non-traditional guitar structuring, and post-rock inspired lyrics, we’ve been won over with one listen of “The Charm Offensive.”
This single, coming out on the 24th of this month, has nothing complicated to it. Yes, the structure might not be something that you’re used to, something that may be more complex than your traditional pop tune. However, there’s no guitar solo. There’s no intricate sampling, looping countless clips over and over, endlessly. Quite the contrary. However, it’s laid back and unassuming nature will captivate your ears, asking you to hear more from this Liverpool based outfit.
Walking out of a decorated 1950′s gymnasium, Wake Owl’s tune, “Letters,” is something you would come to see from another Back to the Future film. While this song starts off with something you’d expect Marty McFly to be endorsing, it crosses musical eras with it’s strings section. As a whole, the track boasts a nostalgic feel, giving these Vancouver BC based musicians a spot in music lover’s hearts, both young and old.
With an album coming up soon, we can guarantee that we’ll be writing up more of this talented outfit’s work. Make sure to keep your eyes open.
There’s no mystery around the fact that we’re huge fans of Meg Myers. Spawned out of an affinity for her music, and some rather quirky interview responses, she’s always held a little piece of our ears and hearts here at TMN. Today reinforces why we’ve come to love this LA based indie rocker, as we feature her newly released single, “Go.”
Harnessing classic women of rock like Joan Jett and Heart, Meg’s softly sung lyric float over twangy guitar riffs and eerie piano chords. The chorus of “Go” is anything but soft, breaking into a frenetic bout of power chords coupled with intense screaming that would make any punk lover proud. We’re once again left impressed by the ability to combine to vastly different soundscapes into one track, culminating in something that’s both raw and beautiful.
“Go” drops later this month (2/11) on her upcoming EP, Make a Shadow.
Oh how we love to talk about our favorite artists whilst being able to hook up our amazing contingency of Music Ninjas with some perks in the process. Singer/songwriter Caroline Smith has seen a consistent musical symbiosis take place over the last few years; from early in her artistic career being embraced by the indie/folk community before recently being the focal point of one of our favorite press quotes of the year by the Star Tribune: “Goodbye, sweet, cuddly indie-folk songbird. Hello, sexy, glam R&B singer”. Her last LP Half About Being a Woman released back in October, and we just could not manage to shake those beautiful tunes for months afterwards, especially our personal favorite “Magazine” (which you can and should stream the Audiotree session for below). So in advance of Caroline Smith’s impending Half About a Woman album release tour, which kicks off in just three days, we wanted to team up for another ticket giveaway for our Denver family!
Caroline Smith invades one of our absolute favorite rock-bars in the Mile-High City, The Hi-Dive, this Friday, February 7 and we’d love to get you a pair of tix to the show. Entering is beyond easy. Just fill out the mailing list form below, “like” the Caroline Smith and The Music Ninja Facebook pages, and we’ll contact you via e-mail. There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You must shout “I Love The Music Ninja” upon entry.
Good luck, ninjas!
Be sure to be on the lookout as we had the chance to sit down with the super-talented artist over the weekend and will run her full interview in the coming days. Check out the rest of the tour dates for Caroline Smith’s U.S. tour and stream the Audiotree Session of her track “Magazine” after the jump!
In 2011, Yuck‘s penchant for grunge and 90’s nostalgia, saw their debut offering Get Away released to an acclaim so high it was hard not to reach for the bandwagon. Ex-frontman Daniel Blumberg seemed to be steering them back into an age of raw, lo-fi sentiment. The era where abrasive authenticity was aplenty and euphoric indie rock: embraced and prevalent. Yuck’s beginnings were certainly an accolade to grunge times past. Post-Daniel departure, the question on the lips of all anticipatory Yuck fans: have the wheels left the wagon?
The exit of a frontman and co-writer/producer leaves a hole, it also leaves room for reinvention. What better to shovel into this gap than a guitar laden wall of sound, some introspection and a dream-pop, fuzzy soundscape wide enough to once again throw your hopes into.
Following their aptly titled second album Rebirth, Yuck release a preview of surprise spring EP Southern Skies. Far from 2011, fresh track “Athena” continues to evidence the band’s transition into ethereal realms. Yuck look set to front a whole new resurrection, this time turning their attentions to the British mid-nineties movement of shoe gaze. Meeting all specifications, “Athena” embodies the fuzzy form and introspection of My Bloody Valentine circa Loveless. Vocals are softened and often indistinguishable; blending with the noise-pop backdrop, in a non-abrasive and flawless fashion. Dreamy soundscapes eventually leading to a heavier more climactic closure. Whilst retaining elements of their pensive past, Yuck’s last UK tour saw Max Bloom take the wheel, steering in a direction that featured tight live performances, complete composure and a promising new form.
“Athena” can be heard above. Taken from forthcoming Spring EP, Southern Skies.
The Bellows (free download!)
Don’t you just love when you get to a show early, not knowing who the opener is, and end up being wildly impressed with what you’re witnessing? That’s exactly what happened this week when we went to check out Bad Suns at the Marquis Theater in Denver. We showed up a bit earlier than we wanted to, but we’re sure glad we did. Catching Bear on only their second live show, we were instantly hooked by their impressive sound.
Hailing from the Mile High City, this brand-spankin-new post rock outfit knows how to put on a show. Their lead singer switches back and forth between softly sung lyrics, and big, boisterous choruses. The guitar work was something to be noted as well, articulately providing a melodic, heavy and enticing backbone to their tracks.
The only song on their soundcloud happens to be one of our favorites from their live set. “Bellows” is an emotional ride driven by calculated guitar work, driving drums and powerful vocals. While the production isn’t top notch, it’s to be expected from such a new endeavor, who is most assuredly paying for studio time on their own dime. Regardless, the song still carries an impressive heft, leaving us wanting to hear more.
New artist duo ::swoon::
Let me introduce to you London’s Cash + David, an electronic pop duo who just released their first song “Funn.” When asked how they described their own sound, the duo simply replied, “Singing ‘Like A Virgin’ in a desert karaoke booth, with Sleigh Bells on percussion and M83 on guitars.” Drawing inspiration from the Beastie Boys and The Knife, this duo immediately shows their ability to mix a diverse collection of electronic sounds, instruments, and vocals. “Funn” has that garage-band feel, people sitting around on beanbags as C+D magically combine intoxicating vocals with drums, hard guitar, and light electronic melodies. So kick back and enjoy the old school feel mixed with the vibrant electro, and expect a lot more from these two in the next year.