[Indie] Clementine & The Galaxy – When the Night is Over

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When The Night Is Over

While there’s certainly no lack of talented musicians coming out of Brooklyn, NY these days, this indie pop duo is making damn certain their name rises to the top.

Having previously covered this Clementine & The Galaxy, we certainly had them on our list to follow. Their remix of Roses and Revolutions “Take Me With” you had us all a twitter, and now we’re even more so enamoured with this latest original piece.

“When the Night is Over” is offers its listeners a truly cinematic soundscape which slowly builds into crescendo of rolling tom hits, energetic, raw harmonies, and fluttering synths. Couple that with Julie Hardy’s vocals, and we’re instantly taken away to a time which seems so distant at this point: festival season.

Having a sound that encapsulates the sheer wonderment, elation, and contentment of a festival is a tough thing to do, but this other-worldly act has it nailed in this release.

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Kele talks on the new album, RnB, and his bulldog, Olive [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Coasting

TMN: Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions for us today. Let’s kick things off by talking about the new LP, Trick, which can be looked at as a return to your house influences. This album was actually started while you were touring with Bloc Party in support of your album Four, correct?

Kele: Yes, I started working on the music whilst we were touring in 2012. FOUR was a very abrasive record so sonically it was good for me to be able to experience something a little different during that time.

TMN: Talk to us about the difficulties in the creative process in switching from the intensity of tunes like “3×3” to something like laid back and rhythmic like “Coasting.”

Kele: Well I’m a libra so I’ve never found it difficult to be in two different headspaces at the same time, if anything i actually find it quite enjoyable enduring two opposing disciplines at the same time; they kinda cancel each other out.

TMN: Speaking of “Coasting” it has such a lush, tribal feel to it. In our mind, your falsetto in this tune is why we think it’s one of the best in the industry. What was the creative approach to this song? Did you come with the lyrics/vocal progression first, or did you lay down the instrumentals first?

Kele: I laid down the initial idea with just a voice and a piano, a little guitar work. to me the song felt so joyous, like the start of something hopeful. i wanted the music to reflect that optimistic nature of the lyrics, something light that, skipped almost.
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[Indie] Absofacto – History Books

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History Books

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard something from one of our all time favs, Absofacto. This Ann Arbor-based solo singer/songwriter has probably been busy between a stint with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and his work with Hollow & Akimbo, but we sure are glad he’s back with this peculiar new tune.

“History Books” is a delightfully messy piece, boasting a spastic and glitchy persona, all of which carry along Visger’s engaging vocals. Purposely crafted in this manner, this song gives an inside look at his psyche, which he elaborates on:

“History Books” is a confused, neurotic song in some ways, but I think that’s part of why it really captures how I’ve been feeling. It’s fanciful but honest, a little sad but still having fun, hopelessly lost but enjoying the adventure anyway, indignant but good-natured… and in the end, it’s far from perfect. And that’s something I can accept, and even love.

“History Books” came out a few days ago, and can be purchased for just a buck on his bandcamp page. Head over and pick it up for yourself.

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The Landing – We Are [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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We Are

Just in time for the Holiday where we celebrate the unknown, the macabre, the mysterious, and the mystical, The Landing dropped this extraterrestrial video for the glowing tune, “We Are.”

Riding along the backbone of a bassline that would make Pinback proud, the instrumentals for “We Are” are delicate and cosmic, creating an ethereal soundscape. Accentuated by the gloriously refined falsettos which caress an other-worldly message, we’re left drifting along to other worlds while listening to this title track from his recently released EP.

While we admittedly miss the soundbite from British philosopher Alan Watts in the intro, the lead-in paragraph does more than enough to set the tone of “We Are.” Following that, masked beings pair up with this solo artist, creating an intergalactic dance party, which is assumedly outside of a recent crop circle. Feel free to steal some of those moves for your upcoming Halloween celebrations.

If you want to get taken to another planet via dreamy space pop, please hit up one of his upcoming shows:

Brooklyn, NY
11/2 @ Cameo Gallery – 7pm

New York, NY
11/8 @ Rockwood Music Hall – 12am

Arlington, VA
11/15 @ IOTA Club and Cafe – 9pm

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2014 Round #4)

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Living in the present is not the easiest thing to do. We tend to let all the things we need to do, the things we did, or the things we should be doing run circles in our head. Most of the time we probably end up missing out on all the cool shit that is happening right in front of us and that’s gotta change. Yeah, training our brains to embrace something new can be a difficult. So, lets start simple. Sit back, chillax and let the indie dojo soundtrack your NOW. Not your potential tomorrow, not your “in the dust” yesterday, but this minute (or 30) in time you just now became aware of. Enjoy.

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Echo
LANKS
Green Light
Pin Tweaks
Girl On The Wire
The Rebel Light
Strangers
Wonderson Slater
The Day
Castanets
Out For The West
Childhood
As I Am
Spooky Black
dj khaled is my father (bonus) (prod. Psymun & Spookyblack) *VIDEO IN DESCRIPTION*

 

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[Festival Review + Playlist] Photos & Songs from Treasure Island 2014, SF 10/18-19

_MG_1990As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.

Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!

Day 1

Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. TIMF2014_4 TIMF2014_5TIMF2014_6


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[Album Stream] Mansions On The Moon – Mansions on the Moon

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There’s no hiding the fact that we’ve become just a little bit enamored with alt-pop Casanovas Mansions on the Moon. And on that note, we’ve been waiting ever so patiently for their debut long-player like good little ninjas for just slightly over four years now. Yesterday, the So-Cal ensemble finally released their self-titled album and truthfully, some of us have been looping it for just over 24 hours straight. We’ve previously covered a handful of singles -“Radio”, “The Truth”, “Don’t Tell”, “Somewhere Else Tonight”, “Heart Of The Moment”- but our ears have obviously been a bit more glued to the cuts in which we had never previously consumed including “Take A Ride”, “Notice Me” and “All There Is”. We got lead vocalist Ted Wendler to say a few words about each of the ten tracks contained within Mansions On The Moon, and here’s what one of our favorite indie-pop crooners graced us with:

1. “Radio” was written in response to growing pressure for the band to write a breakout radio pop single.  We set out to create a poppy track that ironically spoke of the growing lack of unoriginality in radio pop music today.

2. We wrote “Don’t Tell” while we were stranded in Scranton, Pennsylvania because our northeast coast dates were cancelled due to super storm Sandy.  We set up a studio in the hotel and made lemonade out of lemons.
3. “Somewhere Else Tonight” has been with the band for a very long time.  We’ve been playing it live for two years while we not so patiently waited for the completion of our first full length album.
4. “Where You Are” started with an instrumental foundation laid down by TRAKGIRL. Ted used a TC Helicon processor to achieve the robotic sound of the vocals.  Then we went hambodian in the studio to take it to where it is now.
5.  The lyrics for “Take A Ride” were written in Missoula Montana in 2006, the instrumental was completed with Paper Diamond in Boulder Colorado and the vocals were finally recorded in a closet in Los Feliz.
6. Ted first recorded the vocals for “Notice Me” over an acoustic arrangement.  The band, along with Sunny Norway and David Ott, used the original acapellas and took the song to a completely different space.  Maybe someday we will release the original acoustic version.
7. “The Truth” was the last song we wrote for the album.  Lane was insistent that it needed to be included in the release.  After Baby Jeff laid down the P-Funk the deal was sealed.
8. “Heart Of The Moment”  was written by our bassist Jeff and inspired by a spiritual revelation. We played the track for Zee Avi while hanging out at a friend’s apartment in downtown LA. She graciously accepted our request to sing on the song.  The version appearing on the album is remixed, re-arranged and remastered from its original release.
9. On “All There Is” Ben wrote the instrumental foundation for his mom as a birthday present.  Then Ted used this to write the lyrics.  We hope to inspire people to revisit forgotten dreams and goals they had in their youth, no matter how impossible they may seem.

10. Ted wrote “Time” while house sitting in the mountain town of Roanoke Virginia.  He spent that month prolifically writing and recording while a English bulldog named Oscar snored in the  background.

And there you have it. Now that you’ve got a bit of insight into the psyche of Mansions as they wrote their first album, take just under forty minutes and listen to their worthy entry into the LP format in its entirety below.

Radio
Dont Tell
Somewhere Else Tonight
Where You Are
Take A Ride
Notice Me
The Truth
Heart Of The Moment (ft. Zee Avi)
All There Is
Time (ft. Codi Caraco)
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