[Classic] James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love

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James Bay
If You Ever Want To Be In Love

Armed with a blues-print, some swaggy folk seduction and the art of crafting pop-perfection, via the least cheesy and most raw rock routes, James Bay’s latest offering is laden with passionate piano and hooky ballad-esque euphoria.

Simmering with summer sadness, this anthemic and melodic track fuses gritty guitar with some captivating sing-along-swoon. Showboating and utilizing talents that show lyrical and musical prowess beyond his 23 years, If You Ever Want To Be In Love, whilst possessing all the pop-folk euphoria of a 90s driving scene, extends radio-friendly hooks and instead parks itself somewhere in bluesy South American territory.

After gracing the same stage as Stevie Wonder during London Calling Festival, James Bay is now mesmerizing audiences across the U.S, before hopping back to serenade stages in his UK home.

One for a more morose evening, If You Ever Want To Be In Love will put tears in your beers, before the night is through.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSometimes we are faced with some really tough decisions that could very well change our lives forever. We just want to make things a little easier for you. The only decision that lies in front of you right now is to listen or not to listen. Either way is fine with us.

Elder Island
What Its Worth
Blue Hawaii
Try To Be
Paula
Black Acura
Magic Arm
Said Things
KHUSHI
In The Sun
FRENCH FOR RABBITS
GOAT
Louie and Patrick
Whats Right Without Wrong?
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[Folk] Sean O’Neill – Vienna

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Vienna

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.

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[Folk] Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon – Wedding Day

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Wedding Day

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.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2014 Round #4)

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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.

Lany
Hot Lights
Elliot Moss
Slip
Emerson Jay
FEELZ YOU
Midnight
Adonis (prod. By Nick Leng)
Im dun
Had You Both
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2014 Round #3)

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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.

Nasimiyu
even in the dark
Lake South
Good Keen Man
Asaf Avidan
Cyclamen
Eliza Shaddad
Waters
Henry Green
My Number (Foals Cover)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2014 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninja 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.

Bee Caves
RUNNING HOME TO YOU
Compny
Begging Me To Come Back
Run Things
Dumb In The Sun
Mt Warning
Midnight Dawn
Tony Blaize
These Sides
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