Do You Need Me Near
Mat Hunsley’s “Do You Need Me Near” coincidentally came into my peripherals along with the changing seasons here in Denver and it already has me daydreaming about lazy summer nights, swinging in a hammock, heartfelt campfire conversations with only the closest of friends, and those unexpected weekend adventures in a pup-filled car, heading somewhere into the wilderness.
This emotive song is the first of the year for this Newcastle-based singer/songwriter, following up on a handful of stellar releases at the end of last year. Just like before, I’m finding myself in a lucid daze, complete with a content grin, digesting his thoughtful lyrics and calculated fingerpicking. With the addition of carefully-placed, fairy-like vocal hums, today’s offering is somehow even more alluring and encapsulating than expected.
This song is testament to my oldest and dearest friends. Like everyone else, I have had those friends whom I believed were essential to my happiness. I mistakenly thought that without their constant presence and participation in my life that I couldn’t possibly be as happy as I once was. Despite my worries and despite each of us having followed our differing paths, these friends have remained close to my heart. When reunited we slip effortlessly back into the old habits and patterns as if we’d never strayed away. These people don’t need me near them in order to get everything they need and deserve from life, but it’s comforting to know that our friendship will forever stay the same.
“Do You Need Me Near” was beautifully produced by Mick Ross (Lanterns On The Lake, Ajimal, The Lake Poets), and will be released on April 28th via Trellis Records. After you support the single, make sure to support Mat’s live show at the Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle this May.
The season of music festivals is upon us. And whether you get to your musical destination via plane, train or automobile, there is nothing quite like a good ol’ Indie Dojo to serenade your travels to the most magical time of the year.
’Wesley Jensen –
’Sleeping Lions – Stop It’
’Overcoats – Cherry Wine (Hozier cover)’
’Close Talker – Waking Up’
’Book on Tape Worm – Movie Lives’
’Sam Brookes – My Girl Drinks Coffee’
It’s always a pleasure to get a solid release from an artist you like. It’s even better when they drop two back to back within a month. That’s what happened with LARCY this month. Instead of simply dropping the audio for her song “Thinkin’, Drinkin'” she decided to also give fans a chance to hear “Gotta Pretend.”
As always, these two tracks are deeply personal and emotional. That’s how she’s always connected to fans and that’s what she’ll continue to do into the future. With “Thinkin’, Drinkin'” we get a soft, soulful single that we previously got a helping of with her music video for it. Next, LARCY dropped her heartfelt, piano-driven original “Gotta Pretend.” Make sure you have some tissues nearby, because this one might flood the tear tunnels. The first song is available on iTunes, but the second is only available to stream; however, there are talks of an EP in the future. Stay tuned…
Got a case of “the I have no idea what to listen to” blues? Well, you’ve landed yourself on the right page friend. Enjoy an Indie Dojo on us.
’Tipling Rock – A Side / B Side’
’Know Fortune – Help Myself’
’Black Fly – I Don’t Know’
’Drew JH York – How Do I Know?’
’Tasha – Naive by The Kooks (cover)’
’Sydney Robinson –
The beauty of indie music is that it sprawls across all different genres. The beauty of the Indie Dojo is that it takes that sprawl and places it all into one pretty little playlist. Spend less time searching and more time enjoying. That’s what were here for.
’Laina – FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE (The Cure Cover)’
’Angie Hudson – Breathe In’
’A Choir of Ghosts – Ester’
Spring has this sort of “out with the old, in with the new” kinda vibe. So why not take it to the next level and let some new indie music into your life. And would you look at that, there just happens to be a brand new Indie Dojo down below. We couldn’t make this any easier if we tried.
’Daunt – Unbearable Light’
’Joel Porter – St. Anthony’
’Adam Melchor – The Archer’
’Bradley Stone – On The Moon’