Though quiet, Angus Stone‘s “Broken Brights” is precisely the kind of song that deserves multiple plays. When heard, one might imagine a sun tucked behind an orange summer cloud, falling over the edge of the horizon. And as the sky fills up with deeper and darker hues of purple, a certain placid feeling in the air starts to settle in, a quiet lull in the busy happenings of our world. “Broken Brights” winks an eye at such an occasion — it soundtracks that moment when we wave goodbye to a summer sun, right before the silent chaos of the stars fills our minds with fleeting thoughts of the night.
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They say there are many secrets to a successful relationship. Keyword being secrets. Some we learn and some we may never crack the code to. As music lovers, we all know that the key to our heart is through music. Whether a friendship or love interest, sharing a similar musical taste is always a plus in our world. Sometimes a deal breaker. So before investing your heart any further then it needs to be, send that person, friend or lover, an Indie Dojo. If they are highly impressed by your taste, the secret has been revealed. If they are unfamiliar with what they have just heard but seem curious to hear more, take that swag and run with it. Introducing new music can always be a turn on. If they laugh in your face, you know they just ain’t the one for you. Plain and simple. Ok, maybe a little extreme. Buuuut, there is nothing better than sharing a mutual love for something that makes your world go round. Pretty sure we can all agree on that.
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You Will Be Here, Mine
For My Help
John Darnielle’s The Mountain Goats are set to drop what must be their billionth studio album (actually their 15th) this fall, and to get us all excited, they’ve put out the sensational ‘Cry For Judas’. The Californian Darnielle is now working with a full horn section behind him, which is a new sound for the band, but it works brilliantly with the jaunty rock instrumentals on the song. Coupled with Darnielle’s lyrics – crammed with religious imagery – ‘Cry For Judas’ is definitely worth getting worked up about. The album ‘Transcendental Youth’ is out on October 2.
Cry for Judas
Young singer-songwriter Ali Ingle hails from the city of Liverpool, though you’d never guess it from his songs. His lyrics on recent EP ‘The Man And The Monster’ have a wisdom beyond his years, and his vocals sound more American blues-influenced than Scouse. Though we loved the whole record, the highlights from his EP were definitely ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and ‘Tornado’, both of which are infectious and full of wit and charm. Definitely one to watch out for over the coming months, you can buy ‘The Man And The Monster’ EP on iTunes.
Jekyll & Hyde
The wonderfully named Jethro Fox has only been performing solo for a few months, but his inspiring style of epic pop has taken the indie tastemakers by storm. The Liverpudlian musician takes his influences from classic pop such as The Beach Boys and The Hollies, and latest single ‘Blinding Light’ is a near-perfect example of his harmony-rich style. Of course, it’s impossible to review Jethro Fox without mentioning his incredible voice – ‘Blinding Light’ shows off his beautiful soaring vocals to perfection, making this track a potentially massive hit. ‘Blinding Light’ is released on 7″ on August 20.
You’re sitting at a stop light, stuck in traffic, zoning off on your ride home from a long day and for a split second the universe you find yourself in is completely in sync. The blinker is your metronome, the girl running down the street pounds the pavement with every kick drum, the windshield wipers sway with every guitar strum. The moment is short, however, and as quickly as it all fell into place, the moving pieces break into a off beat distraction. But for that minuscule speck in time, the connection to the part you play in the scheme of your entire lifetime actually makes sense. A tick of consciousnesses that makes everything seem simple, even if for a brief, yet highly enjoyable, millisecond that just happened to break through all the other hours of your day.
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Life, Oh Life
Walk, Dont You Run
The World I Heard You Wait
In A Knot
London-based 5-piece Years & Years just put out this single, “I Wish I Knew,” and it’s catching on fast. Lead singer Olly Alexander’s voice is one of the most unique and infectious I’ve heard in a while. The looped guitar riff and percussive “claps” combine beautifully with chanty lyrics and octave leaps. I love what happens around 2:25, when all the sounds combine and overflow.
Hopefully an album is in the works, and Years & Years will make a trip across the pond to tour in the U.S. soon.