Cate Le Bon wasn’t unearthed at a 60’s psych/folk convention. She isn’t French, she didn’t write this track in a black and white Jim Jarmusch montage on the Left Bank of Paris. She isn’t the love child of Simon Le Bon and she didn’t find Nico alive and persuade her to cameo on ‘He’s Leaving’.
Cate Le Bon is in fact Welsh, and was recently quoted in the British press stating: ‘Nico and dead animals. I don’t think I’ll ever hear the end of them’. She probably won’t. Vocally, Cate
Le Bon channels quintessential Nico better than sometimes Nico. This has all the steady tempo and lo-fi charm of The Velvet Underground, circa ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’. A nod to
one of the most prestigious and defining albums of all time: never a bad thing.
Comparisons shouldn’t detract from what is an ornate and rare talent. Similarity aside, this graceful and uncluttered offering comprises of beautiful authenticity, poise and absolute effortlessness. Cool and composed, Le Bon sings with the most moving of sentiments, but encased in the sound of regretful simplicity.
‘He’s Leaving’ manages to reduce a vastness of emotion and spit it back at you, with the sort of raw and wistful force you just can’t dodge.
Twin Rivers (Not Art LP | 2013)
Let us not debate the irrelevance of time. So, we’re a little late to the party with this one. But if digging up gems isn’t a thing, then they’d be a lot of unemployed archaeologists. Think about that.
A song of the ‘sad ilk’, ‘Twin Rivers’ is the spacious and sparse release from Melbourne duo Big Scary. Reiterating the ‘what’s in a name’ sentiment, Big Scary are actually more maturely morose than large or petrifying.
Subdued and emotive, the male/female alternating vocals commentate on the circulating mundanity of a relationships demise and dailyness. The repetitive nature of the motif is reiterated thematically and cleverly mirrored in the cyclic sound; from opening melancholic piano chords to an utterance of ‘nothing ever happens’, both soundscape and lyricism run in circles. There’s a disjunction evidenced in the vocals, as neither party addresses one another, instead offering isolated narratives on the disintegration of love and the lethargy it produces.
It’s perhaps the underplayed elements and spacious effect, that left room for imaginative re-invention. Indie connoisseurs The Antlers offered a vocally distorted and brass-based re-mix, whilst Dan The Automator, settled on a dreamier soundscape: retaining the delicacy of the original offering.
Adopting a less is more approach, Big Scary demonstrate that complexity can take the most minimalist of forms. With slight reminiscence of early XX releases, Big Scary are in possession of some subtle poetry and understated charms.
Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!
In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.
Complaining. We all do a lot of it. Probably enough to last us a lifetime and then some. So let’s try something different today. Let’s go a whole 24 hours without one complaint. Turn everything around with a positive twist and it might not be has hard as you think. To help serenade you through your challenge, we’ve got an Indie Dojo ready and waiting to throw a little sunshine and rainbows in your subconscious. Just remember, if you don’t like a song, don’t put that negativity out there. Either find something you like about it or change it and move on. No time wasted on something that can easily be changed…
We Were Evergreen
Air Balloon (Digital Farm Animals Remix)
It’s been a few months since we had a chance to check in and hear some new music from one of our favorite breakout artists of 2013, Digital Farm Animals, and behind a worthy individual debut EP Bugged Out, the London based electronic-pop artisan has admirably authored us up a first entry into the world of remixes by taking on bubbly pop vocalist Lily Allen and her newest single “Air Balloon”. If you’ve had a chance to weave your psyche into Digital Farm Animals’ production index, then the opening, dream-wavey synth line will serve as a comforting landmark amongst a sea of poppy percussion, while those vocals serve as the perfect vessel to progress the tune’s very catchy evolution. Just purely intoxicating stuff really. Digital Farm Animals’ remix of “Air Balloon” will come as part of Lily Allen’s congruently titled EP, which you can pre-order here and also features two remixes from Taiki & Nulight along with the original recording. Add a little funk-lean to your step this Monday and stream DFA’s revision above.
SOS (Absofacto remix)
Brooklyn based electronica duo Color War is getting a Midwest treatment on their sultry tune “SOS,” by way of Ann Arbor born, Absofacto. The original song, off their forthcoming album It Could Only Be This Way (out March 4, 2014 via Four Horsemen Records), boasts a textured melody driven by 80′s style synths. Its deep, industrial feel definitely offered some unique opportunities to take the track in another direction via remix, which is exactly what Absofacto did.
Layering in rich atmospheric hiss, coupled with a groovy tempo, this interpretation still maintains enough of the dark, emotional vibe from the original. However, by adding in some clashing drum patterns, and some classic Absofacto synth work, we’re offered up a completely different look that’s presents a lush and dreamy soundscape for the listener
Between working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Hollow and Akimbo, we’re not sure how Absofacto had any free time to get this done. However, we’re certainly happy he took some time out of that busy schedule to knock out this beauty of a remix.
There are some days when things just don’t go our way. From the moment we wake up till the time we fall asleep, it’s like someone is playing one never-ending, detailed ass trick on us. If today happens to be one of those days, you’ve come to right place. We’ve got a planned daily playlist, every Tuesday, at the same time. Just in case you need a little grounding in your life.
Heroes of Heartache
Soulmates Never die
Heart of Daisies
Sam and Raw
Charmer Feat. Beth Garret