No matter how disgustingly hot it gets, you just can’t hate on summertime. The daylight sticks around longer, the music festivals are abundant, the smell of suntan lotion and grills fill the air. What’s to hate? Sure the sticky, muggy, dry, sweaty heat can be exhausting, but there are ways around it. Air conditioning, fans, swimming pools, ice, lots and lots of ice and indie dojos. Sounds like the opposite of summertime sadness to us.
The Narcoleptic Dancers
Again And Again
I Have a Tribe
There are just a handful of things more powerful than flourishing love, and the fading of itself is one of the few that can rival it. Nate Eiesland‘s “Drifting” quickly captivates both the ears and the very hearts connected to it with its instrumental foundation of guitars pickings, elongated piano chords and lyricism that echos something that was once beautiful but is no more. A tale of longing, this track represents the second offering from The Red Album, a collaboration between Nate Eiesland (ON AN ON), Nygel Asselin (producer of Half Moon Run) and Toronto songstress, STACEY.
There are tracks that get you through your work day, others get you through the weekend, “Drifting” is not intended to get you anywhere. On the contrary, it is meant to simply keep you in the moment where the heart feels most comfortable.
Red Brick Songs is offering a collection of euphonious experiences brought together by fifteen songwriters form all over the North America under one musical retreat. We posted its first installment “Tunnels” a few weeks back so please check it out if you haven’t already.
Here’s to short weeks in celebration of summertime holidays. Bring on the BBQs, swimming pools, adult beverages, and indie dojos.
Mayra & Mr. Mow
Birds and Stars
Stay (We The Wild Remix)
Im Fine (And Other Lies)
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.