Just last week, a veritable pantheon of folk and indie rock heavy hitters made way into the wilderness of Canada for a songwriters retreat better known as the Casablanca Sessions.
This video was one of the by-products of this gathering, and is comprised of Sky from one of our favorites, Noosa, Jason of The Paint Movement, and Laurie of Folly and the Hunter. This live performance was captured by Mitch Fillian of Southern Souls, and we might add, quite well. Not only does he capture the beautiful warm essence of the music itself, but he also encapsulates the end-of-summer feel the artists were aiming for in this track.
Not only is the music video for “Bikes” hilarious, but the track itself is truly great. If you’ve ever heard Lucy Rose before, you know that her voice is simply scrumptious. A bit of a resemblance to Daughter, the English singer-songwriter has a true talent for making her listeners pay attention to the sweet little moments in her delicate voice. Watch this insanely well-made video and prepare to fall in love with Rose.
Lucy Rose has a new album coming out on September 24th called Like I Used To. Until then you can keep the video and stream on repeat! You can also find more of her music here.
Anglo-American duo Rue Royale have an incredible backstory that needs to be told. The husband-and-wife partnership of Brookln and Ruth Dekker only started performing about five years ago and since then they’ve driven over 80,000 miles across Europe on their tours, have built up an amazingly loyal fanbase all over the world, and with their record ‘Guide To An Escape’ are on the verge of the big time. Full of dark and haunting folk-rock gems, the stand-out songs ‘Foreign Night’ and single ‘Halfway Blind’ are simply composed pieces that rely on Brookln and Ruth’s vocal harmonies. Wonderfully emotional and perfect for the cold autumn nights, ‘Guide To An Escape’ is an essential album for any indie fan, and is available now.
Dog Is Dead have been around on the British rock scene ever since the five of them met in 2008, but it’s only now that the Nottingham band are releasing their debut album, ‘All Our Favourite Stories’. While it’s hard to pick highlights from it, we adore ‘Glockenspiel Song’, a riotous indie-rock number with plenty of joyful vocals and stomping percussion to get anyone singing along with the unbelievably catchy chorus. If you like your music loud and fun, then Dog Is Dead might just be the closest thing to perfection for you. Don’t miss ‘All Our Favourite Stories’, out on October 8.
Played and sung by me as best I could without ‘help’. Written by the great @finkmusic. The guitar is an old family one from the attic I restored, it’s buzzy but I like it.
Feed Me, one of the most aggressive dubstep/d&b/electro producers of our times has just released the most unusual of tracks, a soft and acoustic guitar tune that includes his very own vocals. It may not be the next banger, but it is a definite welcome to the music mind of the London producer. Delivering a standout cover of Fink‘s “This Is The Thing”, Feed Me once again not only shows the world his diversity, but his willingness to promote all types of music.
Sure, the best things in life can be free. But the things we work our asses off for are also pretty amazing. Cause really, if everything was handed to us, we would end of up taking advantage of some really rad things. So to compare life to an Indie Dojo, sometimes we come across these bad ass songs that are ready for a free right click-save to the music library and sometimes we can only give you a Soundcloud stream. Either way though, we try to keep a healthy balance, just to help you appreciate all the free and not so free things in the world…
Although A.C. Newman is better known for his work as the frontman of the indie rock group The New Pornographers, he has been releasing solo material since The Slow Wonder dropped in 2004. Now he’s all set to release his third solo studio album entitled Shut Down the Streets. “I’m Not Talking” is its first single, and it’s a good one. Newman manages to meld folksy acoustic guitar and bright horns together with spacy synthesizers with a sound comparable to that of Freelance Whales. He has plenty of experience in creating songs that are catchy and easy to listen to, and “I’m Not Talking” is no exception. It will be interesting to see how the rest of Shut Down the Streets compares to this first offering, but it will certainly be an album worth checking out. You can download the single for free by liking A.C. Newman’s Facebook page here.
Shut Down the Streets is set to drop October 9th on Matador Records.