Sean O'Neill music
It’s easy to see why people connect with particular types of music. It may be a life event or it could be a certain frame of mind that one is currently in. We all connect with music for different reasons at different times of the day, week, year and life.
Call me a hopeless romantic, but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for endearing folk music. When I was single, I was always thinking about finding that special someone, and folk music was the connection to those constant day dreams. Now that I have someone, songs like “Vienna” from Perth-based singer-songwriter Sean O’Neill have me spending my days thinking of what adventures lie ahead with her.
While this post divulges more personal information than the norm, I felt a deep connection with “Vienna.” The luscious atmospheric soundscape creates the perfect harmony with the subtle finger picking and O’Neill’s understated vocals. While it may seem subdued to you, this tune is anything but, providing an emotionally-charged ride for its listeners.
With influences as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, Bill Frisell and Arvo Part, this young artist released a solo EP in Australia in 2012. Now relocated to London, we’re offered up a unforgettable listen to “Vienna,” and we’re anxiously awaiting more.
Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon
Talk about an all-star cast: Yeasayer co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Anand Wilder and longtime friend and composer Maxwell Kardon have announced the completion of a new musical featuring fellow bandmates Ira Wolf Tuton and Chris Keating, James Richardson (MGMT), Christopher Powell and Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), K Ishibashi (Kishi Bashi, of Montreal), Haley Dekle (Dirty Projectors), and more.
According to the press release, Break Line The Musical “harkens back to rock concept albums of the early 70′s,” exploring “the classic arc of lost love, betrayal, and pride,” and is based on “a labor conflict in a Western Pennsylvania coal town” that the duo’s fathers had discovered in “an old folk song taught in Quaker schools in the 1950s.”
Conceived six years ago, Wilder’s project began to take shape in between Yeasayer albums and is reminiscent of his band’s debut LP, with a lighter, springier version of All Hour Cymbals’ freakier folksy vibe. Taking inspiration from The Kinks and The Byrds, the musical puts a contemporary twist on a classic art form.
Ahead of Break Line’s release this July 15th on Secretly Canadian (July 14th, rest of the world via Mute), Wilder and Kardon have given us a small taste of what’s to come with ‘Wedding Day,’ a sleepy track that begins with children’s laughter and reversed guitar strums before Wilder’s croons raise the tempo into full-blown folk-pop festivity.
Whether you celebrated a 3 day weekend or not, we know it’s not easy to slide back into reality either way. We’re just hoping a new indie dojo will help lessen the blow.
Adonis (prod. By Nick Leng)
Change isn’t something we welcome with open arms most of the time, but it’s not always such a bad thing. Who cares if you don’t like indie, folk, cover songs, or indie folk cover songs for that matter. Let’s embrace a little change of genre in your life today. Look at it this way, the Indie Dojo is like a box of non-edible indie songs, you never know what you’re gonna get or what you’re gonna like.
even in the dark
My Number (Foals Cover)
The future is unpredictable. Pretty much anything can happen at any time of the day. And as much as we try to predict the weather, sometimes an unexpected wind storm is thrown our way. Except for the Indie Dojo. It is pretty safe to say you can predict a new list of songs, every week, right here, way into the future. What the songs may be might be the wind storm, but at least you sorta kinda know what you getting yourself into.
RUNNING HOME TO YOU
Begging Me To Come Back
Dumb In The Sun
If you’re having a bad day, press play and close your eyes. Let the soft, feathery vocals of Still Parade take you away to a better place.
Coming off the Fields EP (out on Serve & Volley Records) , “Reunion” offers us another listen to vocals that completely overtake what you’re doing, demanding that you stop, listen and enjoy. As we saw with “Actors,” they have a knack for creating slow-building, progressive folk, that eventually crecendos into a melodic climax. This time around, we hear the inclusion of some powerful drumming and trumpet work, which creates a charging summertime folk tune that’s worthy of whatever adventures lie ahead.
Lyrically, this tells a story that any person can relate to. Check out what they had to say about the inspirations behind “Reunion.”
When I was 15, I spent some time with this girl, who was a bit older and she left this really big impression on me. I was in love, but things never got serious. And I kept thinking about this when I wrote “Reunion”. I imagine, how it would be if we’ve met and if things would have been different. There were all these pictures in my head and I tried to put them in this song.
May 6th. The day the quirky “Cindo De Drinko” term doesn’t seem so quirky anymore. We might not have the best hangover cure for all those tequila shots you slammed last night, but we do have a playlist that takes minimal effort to listen to. Just keep the volume on low if you really, really need to.
We All Need Something (feat. Jade Lawhon)
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Believe (by Cher)