Stuck In My Teeth
Who wants to grab the surfboards and hop in the car? While we wish we could do that right now, we’re a bit landlocked in snowy Colorado. However, we’ll definitely be throwing this on in the car ride up to the mountains. This upbeat indie rock from Liverpool act Circa Waves will provide ample good feels to get shreddy to.
Even though we enjoy the snow out here in the Rocky Mountains, most of us are secretly counting the days till those sweet, sunny rays hit our foreheads. “Stuck in My Teeth,” has that playful, upbeat indie rock vibe that begs to be played as you celebrate life in the summer months. The engaging melodic riffs flirt in and out with the lead singer’s voice, giving us the warm-n-fuzzies we heard while listening to acts like Arctic Monkeys or The Kooks.
If this head-swaying tune wasn’t enough, this infectious quartet were just announced as part of the forthcoming NME Awards Tour alongside Interpol, Temples and Royal Blood.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for these cats. We promise this won’t be the last you hear of them.
As 2013′s British summertime drew to a close, here at The Music Ninja we gave our first accolade to London duo Fé and the burning summer song that was their accomplished debut. It seems that amidst the melancholic months, Fé have curated another piece of pathetic fallacy: the perfect seasonal soundtrack to accompany those wet winter blues.
“Turn Your Light On” swags with all the attributes of a euphoric anthem, but rather than reaching climax, it simmers in a demure and slow burning fashion. Consistently paced and beautifully spacious, a dulcet and impassioned tone overlays the unremitting melody that comes to fruition, rather than explodes, in the closing moments. Visceral vocals convey melancholia with convincing certainty, whilst the minimalist route allows “Turn Your Light On” to become both familiar and accessible after the first listen.
Fé’s enthusiasm for brightening and busking the underground carriages of London has cultivated a confidence quite evident in the fluidity and effortless nature of their work. Void of all exasperation and fraught effort, Fé conduct a meticulous lesson in the art of how to sound like you’ve made five albums already. Congrats.
Valentine’s Day. Love it, hate it or don’t give a flying rat’s ass. Whatever category you fall in, we’ve got something for you. A well thought out gift for your crush, a soundtrack to sit and wallow in your sorrows, or just a regular old playlist for your regular, non-hallmark created day. Enjoy.
A Selfish Man
Ages and Ages
Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)
Owsey, Resotone & Jernalism
Sometimes It Would Stop Raining Long Enough For The Stars To Come Out
Hailing from Texas, now settled into the City of Angels, this dream pop three piece formed in 2012. Born out of a friendship between members Christian Leguilloux, Zac Casler and Kris Morris, this experiment from a tiny, unventilated rehearsal space in North Hollywood, churned out something quite spectacular.
After their debut EP, Summer Kills, released that December, this ensemble recently enlisted The Lonely Wild drummer Edward Cerecedes, and Kid Cadaver producer Frankie Siragusa to engineer and mix the recordings for their upcoming album, Presence.
Dropping today on The Music Ninja, “Push You Away,” is the first released track, featuring a delightfully familiar sound. Fusing a energetic blend of 90′s indie rock and shoegazey brit-pop, this fast-paced pop tune will have you singing along in no time. With frenetic guitar work and splashy cymbals, we’re already bookmarking this for our next beach party. That might not be for another six months, but we’ll have it ready when that time comes.
James (Folk Radio UK Session)
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. – Phillip Pullman
A truer quote couldn’t adorn a post about Sam Brookes. This uprising member of a flourishing acoustic music scene in the UK has a beautiful familiarity that soothes you to the very core. Telling stories that are intently easy to relate to, listeners are taken for a ride with each thoughtfully crafted lyric. One would have a difficult time not being carried away, Brooke’s voice gleefully crawling under their skin along the way.
One of the songs due off his upcoming album (out March 17th) is an uplifting ballad, worthy of the most intimate moments with a loved one. Harnessing articulate simplicity, “James” is backed with a lackadaisical strum and meticulous finger picking. Poetical verses find solace with the pacifying tone of Brooke’s voice, effortlessly creating a warm and comfortable experience for the listener.
Below you’ll find the music video for “James.” Displaying two young friends adventuring through the forest, it furthers the familiarity of the song, creating a visualized representation of nostalgic camaraderie.
Brookes will self-release his new album ‘Kairos’ on March, 17th. The release is funded by his fans through Pledge Music, and associated with a full touring schedule of headline shows, following a UK tour support for Newton Faulkner in February.
When We (Sofar Version)
Do you miss those days of spring and summer? When the mornings started late and the sun danced across the sky late into the night?
We miss those days too right now and something that helps us look forward to that season again is the continuous flow of wonderful music by old and new artists.
Today we have the pleasure of premiering ‘When We’, a soft, sweet, and sophisticated song by the highly talented Eliza Shaddad, a musician who blends electric guitar patterns with her uniquely wonderful voice to produce a captivating musical sound. Shadded comes from a Sundanese and Scottish background and combines blues, jazz, and folk to capture a tantalizing tune in all her music. This song takes the listener to a certain warm place, whether that be in the literal sense or an inner person sense but ‘When We’ has the powerful ability to do both. Shadded’s voice is deep and powerful and can carry the lyrics gracefully through the song that is perfectly mixed with the electronic guitar.
This song is part of a compilation called ‘Sofar’ due out in the next few months. With the release of this first song, we are anxious to see what other music will take us away to the warm days of summer.
The Morning After
Following up the punk rock inspired tune “Go,” off of Meg Myer’s upcoming EP, this LA based indie songwriter has presented us with her introspective, softer side with “The Morning After.” One thing that we’ve always found impressive in Meg’s work is the ability to harness past experiences into her lyrics.
Displaying something truly personally moving, Meg has served up another tune displaying her dark side. Her softly-lyrics are heart wrenching, leaving us wondering what could have spawned these words to scrawl out on a piece of paper. Whatever it was, we’re appreciative of the emotional journey she’s shared.
This tune comes out on her upcoming EP, Make a Shadow, due out on the 11th of this month.