Up In Smoke
Volcanoes is a name that you will soon have in every single indie playlist. They are shaping the way for indie folk, and have created their own niche so to speak. Sam and Kev’s vocals intertwine in a beautiful way that you don’t hear too often. The combination of guitar and cello have a bit of a whimsical manner to them. Cello has always been a favorite instrument of mine, as you can express so many different emotions through it. It’s a bit of a rarity where you hear vocals, like Volcanoes’, which aren’t overdone with melodyne or other studio software that makes them nice and in tune. Every single aspect of “Up In Smoke” is very natural and on point. As I finish writing this, the song comes to a smooth ending, and I am already excited to see what their next track is.
It’s officially Summa Summa Summa time. Time to sit back, unwind and listen to an Indie Dojo.
Ten Fold Rabbit
The Ransom Collective
Bride & Groom
Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon Cover)
True to Escapists’ stated intention to create a sound that describes “the energy of staying-up all night” when the “bright-eyed optimism of the day…quickly evaporate[s] into paranoia and disorientation”, the original offering of new single Blood wrapped itself in haunting elegance and funked-up euphoria. In this latest, stripped back version of the track, the British four-piece have created the perfect aural evocation of the all-nighter.
With their sonic nod to British contemporaries Bombay Bicycle Club, Escapists seem similarly poised to become the latest indie intellects to reimagine the genre into a more morose and introspective state.
When reinventing Blood within a new acoustic haze, Escapists have been careful not to strip away, or steal from, their lyrical subject matter. In fact, the midnight musings and dawn driven disorientation are all the more evident for the refined reinvention. The ethereal realms of the original remain intact, with the clarity and sloppiness of dusk-til-dawn obscurity cyclically and intermittently relayed throughout. Fluid and hazy changeability continually emerges as rhythmic cohesion meets afterhours dreamscapes. With lead singer Simon Glancy murmuring ‘we’ve been up all night / slurring vocabulary / can’t you see your eyes / oh they’re kinda scary’, the lyrical descent into late night reality removal issues forth from an equally disorientated musical backdrop.
An acoustic display of pathetic fallacy, with Blood Escapists have truly curated the soundscape to their own subject matter.
If You Ever Want To Be In Love
We’ve had James Bay on our radar since last year, covering “Move Together,” a song dripping with soulful cadence and raw emotions. Fast forward a year and a few months, we had the pleasure of writing up this ahead-of-his-time vocalist’s most recent release, “If You Ever Want to Be in Love.”
Carried by the backbone of a booming piano melody, this beautifully produced, heartfelt single off of the Let It Go EP possesses an undeniable charm that carries across generations of music lovers effortlessly. While the instrumentals are second to none, they are elevated to an entirely different level with the raspy yet refined vocals of Mr. Bay.
One would be crazy to argue against that last point, especially when given the opportunity to watch this acoustic version. Coupled only with a guitar, we find the inescapable raw captivation displayed right in front of our eyes, leaving us only one option: swoon.
It’s Tuesday morning. It’s almost summer. It’s time for an Indie Dojo.
Overcome feat. Potato Potato
Jack + Eliza
Hold The Line
How many times a month do you completely shut off from the world? No phone calls, no emails, no text messages, no nothing. Just you, yourself, and maybe an awesome playlist playing in the background. Hardly ever you say? Well here it is….Your opportunity to hang out with yourself for a little while. We promise it’s not that bad.
Show Me Love
Silver Screen (Slight Return)
Horse Heaven Hills
Before you press play, you should probably head out to your garage and locate your tent, sleeping bag, cooler and grill. That’s right. This song will induce needs to head up into America’s wild and embrace all that is glorious about this country, which probably includes: cold drinks, gorgeous natural settings, and some meat (or meatless meat, for all you veggies out there) for the grill.
Crow Moses (formerly Musikanto) walks the line between Indie-Blues and Urban Americana, while casually flirting with some modern alt-folk influences. I know that’s a mind-full, so think of it like this: If B.B. King walked into a diner, ordered a slice of Apple Pie topped with cheddar cheese and pulled up a Subaru commercial on his iPhone. We’ll just let that sink in for a moment.
Bizarre hypothetical situations aside, this Windy City songwriter has dialed up a striking folk tune that’s damn-near perfect for your wilderness adventures this summer. Harnessing classics like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Elliot Smith while taking on some slight resemblance of other folk-rock youngsters like Jake Bugg, this dusty-saloon, open-road worthy tune is going to make you want to press play again and again. Something about that subtle finger picking intertwined with a twinkling of the ivories is wildly addicting.
Once you’ve located all your camping gear, make sure to pick up “Horse Heaven Hills”, produced by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, up on iTunes. In doing so you’ll support a very talented and well-deserving indie artist and have some great tunes for your next camping trip, as well.