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Live in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past. Everyday statements we should probably live by. Unless you are a Ninja and can conquer both in a positive light. If you just happened to land on this page out of nowhere, now’s your chance to live in the moment. Take a few minutes out of your hectic day and press play. OR go ahead and dwell on the past. There is an option to listen to old Indie Dojos from the “Playlist” tab right above this post. Either way, we won’t judge how you choose to spend your moments, past or present, as long as you enjoy them.
As a sweeping generalization, 2015 will go down as a year dominated by collectives. Future Classic, Hegemon, Moving Castle, Soulection, HW&W, Wedidit, Monstercat, and French Express pooled their talents together to commandeer the music scene this year. The technical aspects commonly associated with “Future” crept into the DNA of producers, becoming a topical theme across genres from the most obscure to the most mainstream.
In particular, and as one of the most recent additions to the TMN staff, it has been quite a journey both as a contributor and music fan since early April. Without the collaboration of the entire staff – the guidance of editors and advice of my fellow writers – year one as a ninja would not have been possible. Along the way I’ve covered tours, shot music festivals, and met some of my favorite artists, who have graciously exposed me to their own intricate webs of sound. That being said, below is my best effort to reduce thousands of great tracks released this calendar year down to a manageable number. Enjoy the tracks below, in order of release date, and see you all next year!
Here it is. The last Indie Dojo of 2015. Take a moment to soak in all the wonderfulness of the past year. If you need to go back for a refresher, we’ve got all the past Indie Dojos easily accessible. If you want to move right on into something new, we’ve got you too.
So cheers to the year behind us and to the new year ahead. And as always, thank you for coming back for more. See you on the other side!
Strangers (Synchronice Cover)
Synchronice have prided themselves on their own definition of “melodic” for some time now, and they recently decided to tackle a Seven Lions tune, which is certainly is a tall order. Spoiler alert: They nailed it. Instead of opting for simply remixing the track, they re-established the tone of the song in their own terms, fleshing out the production with their own vocals and even a slight bit of guitar work in the intro.
The influence Seven Lions has on their music is reflected throughout their previous releases, and seeing that inspiration come full circle into a cover of this magnitude is not only a testament to Seven Lions, but also proof of Synchronice’s capability of doing the original tune justice while also transforming it into something fresh and celestial. There is no limit to their remix chops, as shown from their infectious rendition of Oh Wonder’s “Dazzle,” and this cover continues the trend as they prepare their upcoming EP. Don’t miss out on the free download and enjoy!
Eventually (Tame Impala Cover)
As we peek around the corner into the weekend’s loving embrace, we’re always on the hunt for those perfect songs to carry us into a grand adventure. Luckily for us, Australian-based indie artist Pepa Knight recently released this glowing folk cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”
Self-labeled as bonfire-n-chill version, “Eventually” is dialed back, leaving behind the crunchy distortion, intense synths, and soaring strings found in the original version. Yet, the calming nature of the lyrics and vocal presentation are carried over into Knight’s version, paying an artful homage to Tame Impala’s work.
With articulate layers of finger picking and playful flute work layered underneath Knight’s enchanting vocals, it’s hard not to picture this playing in your car as you head on a quick weekend road trip, or in the company of friends, hanging around a crackling bonfire, as he so adeptly put it.
Music ruts are the worst. Especially the ones that you can’t seem to escape from. It’s not an exaggeration to say that an extended music lull can cause a bout of insanity. Which is where the Indie Dojo swoops in like the ninjas we are. Throwing you stars of new tunes to keep your musical mind intact, cause a ninja never loses focus.