As we slowly drag ourselves back into normal life, after spending a full three days off, we’re anxiously staring down an inbox teeming with submissions. Luckily for us, one of the first emails we came across was an absolute gem. If you’re having trouble assimilating into non-weekend life, press play above. It will help assuage what’s ailing you.
Last year, Melbourne indie-pop trio Stonefox released their debut single “All I Want”, which saw tremendous success amongst bloggers and music lovers alike. The self-produced, charmingly lo-fi track racked up an impressive 180k listens and we’re pretty sure “Arrow” is well on its way to a similar fate.
Dropping just hours ago, “Arrow” is an emotive, ambient creation, rife with memorable lyric and heavenly vocal harmonies. It’s gentle, easing the listener into a welcoming listening experience, reminding us of the beautiful simplicity we appreciate with lo-fi tracks like this.
Right now it might seem like there is nothing worse than the day after a three day weekend. But really, there ain’t nothing better than a short week ahead and an Indie Dojo to make sure you start it off right. Just a little reminder to look on the brighter side of life. Sometimes it makes things a little easier.
Westward The Tide
Love Like Mine feat. Cleopold + Denver Giveaway!
It’s our favorite time again friends, as we’ve got another great show put together for the fair city of Denver. The Music Ninja, along with our friends at Souls In Action, are proud to present flag-bearing Melbourne synth-rock & dance troupe Miami Horror and L.A. rising alt-poppers De Lux next Tuesday, May 26, at one of our most cherished and intimate Mile High venues, the Larimer Lounge. Of course, we haven’t just come today to toot our own horn; as always, we wanted to get you Ninjas in on the action as well. We’ll be giving away a pair of free tickets to one lucky winner to join us early next week for what will certainly be a night featuring incredible music, an educated and lively crowd and lots of libations (unless of course you are under the legal US drinking age as this is a 16+ event).
Entering our contest is beyond simple. Just “like” both The Music Ninja & Miami Horror on Facebook, and comment on the post below with your favorite Miami Horror song (we’ve even made it easy by including their single “Love Like Mine” above) and boom! You’re entered. For those of you who’d rather secure their spots at the show, you can punch your ticket the old fashioned way here too. Good luck Ninjas!
She Talks Too Much
When one spends a majority of their time perusing through countless press blasts, blog rolls and Soundcloud posts; those moments in which an unknown artist surfaces out of the blue with a complex and thought-out debut tune tend to be the most special. Currently stationed in Los Angeles, Elohim stirred up one of those aforementioned moments within this writer by way of her first single, “She Talks Too Much”. Comparisons have been drawn by a couple of us TMN staffers already to early Dragonette, but most importantly, Elohim carries a sound of her own. Blending luscious synth hooks over a rolling 80’s drum kit at its base, “She Talks Too Much” simultaneously wields an obviously vocal driven focal point. Elohim’s buoyant but penetrating refrain inches its way into every nook and cranny of the pop driven melody, resulting in an admirable introduction to the world. “She Talks Too Much” will see release on a 12″ vinyl A/B side, featuring backing single “Xanax” as well, via B3SCI Records, which you can pre-order here, and you can bet we’ll be on the line for more from Elohim in the near future.
Delaware is cranking out more than just a Vice President these days! Here at TMN we are stoked to bring you the premiere of “Still Chasing” from East Coast pop rockers Stallions.
“Still Chasing” has an untouchable sort of nostalgia to it. The guitars burn, the minimal percussion is effective, and the melody is irresistibly catchy. Not only that, but the vocals might cause flashbacks to what you were feeling in 2002 when Tell All Your Friends was debuted by Taking Back Sunday. Stallions has rallied all the elements and then pointed them toward a summer hit.
This was the first song we wrote that set the tone for the rest of the E.P. It’s a simple love song I wrote for my girlfriend. It took us a few weeks to structure the song, I remember wanting to make the lyrics memorable to match the guitar parts and overall simplicity of the song.
The tune is the first we’ve heard from the foursome’s debut EP, One Track Mind. Rumor has it details on that release will come our way in a few weeks. What we do know is that the EP was recorded in Philadelphia and mastered by Grammy winner Mike Tarsia of Sigma Sound [Bowie, Patti LaBelle], so keep an eye out.
Down To Earth (Sean Glass Remix)
If there’s one thing we enjoy other than music here at TMN, it would have to be giving back. We’ve been privy to some phenomenal opportunities through our global distribution of great music, and with multi-faceted music industry mogul Sean Glass‘ latest remix, we’ve got another chance to help do some good. The Win Music founder is back with only his second official release, choosing to take Flight Facilities’ “Down to Earth” even closer towards the dance hall behind a tasteful and subtle melody shift, and glittery four-four kick-drum.
Glassnote Records, Future Classic, Win Music, Flight Facilities and Sean Glass are teaming up and offering Glass’ remix to the Dan Fredinburg Foundation. About the free tune, Sean Glass shed some more light on the situation: “The remix release has been made even more special to me because of recent events. We lost a good friend whom I looked up to–Dan Fredinburg.” (Fredingurg was part of an Everest summit team when the first Nepalese earthquake hit and was tragically lost). Also adding: “This week, there was another earthquake in Nepal. They really need our help. We have launched the Dan Fredinburg Foundation and already raised $100k. It only made sense that while I put effort into spreading awareness for my remix, I use that energy to help the causes that are really occupying my mind and heart–rebuilding Nepal and #LiveDan.” The track will be offered as a free download when users follow @DanFredinburgFoundation on Twitter and we’re encouraging everyone to donate www.crowdrise.com/CelebratingDan.
Embrace (feat George Maple)
It’s almost difficult to believe that we’ve been posting Josh Legg’s Goldroom project for just under half a decade now. From humble production beginnings authoring breezy disco remixes of his favorite artists for fun, to making audiences of 100,000+ swoon in collective adoration, to what has now become a full-fledged live act behind some of this generation’s most recognizable alt-anthems; Goldroom’s trajectory has been nothing short of major-motion-picture-esque. One of those anthems however, stood head and shoulder above the rest when it came to this writer’s personal touch: the emotive pop scorcher “Embrace”. Why would we be covering a tune that was released almost two years ago on an extended play of the same name though, you ask? Well that’s simple. In a new series of tunes through Snapchat and behind a new EP It’s Like You Never Went Away (our favorite line from “Embrace” by the by), the tune has been finally unveiled in its truest form; with rangey female warbler George Maple on lead vocals. To elaborate, Legg stated: “George Maple and I actually wrote ‘Embrace’ together, so having this come full circle, and to have her singing on the song, feels like a dream. The song Embrace is all about re-connection, and so having George back in my studio again, singing the song, felt like it was meant to be”.
There’s certainly not much more to be said than that. Stream Goldroom’s entire new EP on Spotify here, or purchase through iTunes here, and check out Goldroom’s latest run of tour dates below. For now, let’s bask in the glow that is the purest form of Goldroom’s “Embrace”.
Goldroom Tour Dates:
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ San Antonio Recreation Area
05/23 – Bradley, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle
05/24 – Bethel, NY @ Musteryland USA
06/04 – Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa 2015
06/25 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
07/11 – Chicago, IL @ Mamby On The Beach
07/16 – Scranton, PA @ Camp Bisco
07/31 – Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga 2015
08/09 – Palm Springs, CA @ Splash House
08/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest 2015
09/04 – New York, NY @ Electric Zoo
11/21 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital