Nothing says “I Love You” or “I Like You” quite like making someone a playlist. So, if you’re one of those, currently scrambling to find a few last minute gifts for those fantastic people in your life, we’ll let you take credit for finding some awesome indie jams and placing it all into a wonderful little playlist for them. After all, it is the season of giving and we love nothing more than a little bit of giving.
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Somewhere along Route 66 where decaying service stations quietly rest and rustling tumbleweeds cross regularly, “Sparrows” plays lightly in the background alongside cascading plumes of smoke from a Marlboro Red, the stale smell of old coffee, and rays of sunlight filtering through an aging strip of tint at the top of the windshield.
“Sparrows” brings to mind time-worn images like this.
The funny thing is, it just came out — yesterday, in fact. And already, it’s blanketing me with a delicate sense of nostalgia. I just can’t shake its gripping familiarity in an intriguing new package.
New Mystics and the man behind it are, perhaps appropriately, mysteriously shrouded, so there’s not much to disclose about this artist yet. That said, I’m certain that he has an old soul. The sheer power of these songwriting abilities feels like it would be at home on an old, dusty 45 getting broken out with a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for one of those special occasions. The verses call on associations of one of the most iconic folk artists, Neil Young, while the choruses give way to memories of listening to Lennon and McCartney.
Its style beckons on the greats of 50 years ago, and the modern twist of the falsetto that floats in before the last run through the chorus brings this song solidly into 2017.
For both young and old music nerds across the globe, New Mystics is one to watch — open road ahead of you or not.
If you are a lover of all music like ourselves, you can most likely agree that it’s totally possible to go through genre phases. We pretty much love all types of music (with a few exceptions), but we sometimes get stuck listening to one specific kind for a longer period of time than another. This is not a bad thing at all, but this can cause us forget to step out and continue to explore this vast musical world in front of us. And that’s where the Indie Dojo comes into play. A eclectic concoction of indie tunes that will pull you out of the hole or maybe drill you deeper into the one you are already in. Who knows. Either way, its music. And who cares what we choose to swirl around in. As long as we love it and damnit we do.
Back in October of last year, we had the massive pleasure of bringing you guys the first full listen to the debut EP from Liverpool-based act The Vryll Society. We’re sure you were instantly hooked, just as we were, by the wide-ranging offerings infused with psychedelic, funk, folk, and classic rock influences. Well, if they happened to fall off your radar since then, we’re here to rope you in once again. With their most recent release coming out just a few weeks ago, we thought it was a good time to get reacquainted.
TMN: Hey fellas! It’s great to sit down and catch up with you. After all, it’s been just over a year since we covered your debut EP. So – tell us. What has life been like since you released Pangea.
TVS: We’ve just been building on it as much as possible to be honest, it’s been the catalyst to spark it all off. It gave people an idea of what an album by ourselves would entail.
TMN: Being on this side of the equation, we don’t think bands know just how excited we get to help break them. Conversely, we probably don’t know what you’re going through. Talk to us about getting early support from blogs, tastemakers, and radio stations.
TVS: Well I think if you’re not getting support from those types of avenues you need to have a good look at yourself! As much as you can pretend you don’t care what people think, if you’re putting music out and no one has got a good word to say about it that’s going to affect you, so having people acknowledging your work as being of a high quality is what’s needed as you embark on your journey.
TMN: Have you had a few “holy shit” moments over the past year? You know – where something so amazing happens you can only manage to utter one thing. Holy shit. Name one:
Easily one of the most influential architects thriving around the edges of dance & electronic music today, Joe Goddard seems to carry a certain gravitas whenever his name is attached to anything. Known by most casuals as one of the chief patrons behind almighty indie-tronica troupe Hot Chip, and co-founder of Greco-Roman Records (the same label which helmed debut releases from the likes of Disclosure, Roosevelt & TEED), Goddard has also quietly carved out quite the tastemaking assemblage of admirers over the course of 20 years worth of high profile remix work as a solo artist. Goddard’s latest single to come from the aforementioned Greco-Roman camp, “Lose Your Love”, received its visual counterpart today, and quite honestly, it’s one of the more polished and funnier music videos we’ve seen over the year.
Fake A Smile
“Fake A Smile” by Nisus Cede and XHVIL is the 27th installment in the expansive Single Series from New York City’s eclectic Onamazu label. The Onamazu Single Series established a pattern for dark wave anthems and raw electronic experimentalism of the highest quality, but “Fake A Smile” is a more acoustic, sensitive offering that smacks more of Coldplay than Nine Inch Nails.
Netherlands native and Onamazu affiliate Nisus Cede, whose name is Latin for “attempted murder”, combines a most musical mind with a set of production chops that betray his very modest SoundCloud profile. The drum machine percussion he’s put together on “Fake A Smile” could easily be mistaken for the real thing – full of variation, fills, and crisp cymbals. The acoustic timbre of the drums pairs perfectly with the guitar and vocals tracked by Cede’s associate XVHIL, all of which is arranged along with a twangy stand-up bassline. “Fake A Smile” feels like new ground for the growing New York City collective Onamazu, which seems to be diversifying it’s offering with every new release. Hopefully the label’s future includes more of these unique, melancholic pop stylings from the Netherlands.