Worried about the Zombie Apocalypse and/or the Robot Uprising? Yeah, you know who you are. The one who’s got their survival kit packed in the trunk of the car as you read this. Well, we don’t want to throw any more anxiety in your head, but have you ever really thought about what would happen to the world if music just died? Nothing new could be created and all musical talent disappeared? Yeah, we don’t like to think of it either. There are not enough survival kits in the entire world to prepare us for such horrors, except for maybe some Indie Dojos. We’ll just keep building up our arsenal of songs, so if there is ever such a tragic event (we don’t like to think about it, but at least we are prepared), you know where to find us. We will be more than happy to share our lifeline with you.
Fuckin Problems (A$AP Rocky Cover)
Tell It How It Is (with Ben Bishop & Dandelion)
Little Shoes Big Voice
Talking In A Vacuum
Dig It Out
As we wind down from a busy day of reviewing music, we’re switching over to the slower and dreamier variety of tunes to help us escape the endless onslaught on internet communications. Luckily for us, Irish singer/songwriter slow skies just released a deliciously dreamy tune to unwind to
“Ice Fields” beckons on associations of cold winter nights, making us call on foreshadowing of blankets, fireplaces, and spiked hot cocoa beverages. Karen Sheridan’s soul-captivating vocals remind us of a combination of Sigur Ros and Bjork, leading us down a calming, cinematic journey.
This ambient gem just dropped two days ago, and it’s surely populating everybody’s “Chill Out” playlists as we speak. If you’re not hip to it yet, you are now.
Welp, August, it’s been more than fun. Except for the sweltering degrees of weather you have been gifting us, you will be missed. Just remember to K.I.T. We’ll be seeing ya next year! And September, September you old friend, we welcome you with open arms and the first Indie Dojo to embrace the the beginning of the end of summer.
Sound Of Erasing
Oslo Parks just released their newest single, “The Night,” and it definitely brightened our day. This Brighton-based outfit has a unique take on indie house, of which they described as “layered vocals over a mixture of live and electronic instrumentation – pop writing in an alternative setting.” This latest release encapsulates that layered approach, with harmonized vocal sections carefully laid over a groovy bassline, and some heavily treated 70′s style guitars.
This is only the duo’s second track, and we’ve been nothing but impressed. Their production quality really shows that they didn’t just start making music yesterday, displaying something too impressive and mature for us to think they are new to this.
If you’re digging’ these vibes, pick up “The Night” on iTunes.
Summer might be winding down, but it ain’t over yet. There’s still plenty of daytime hours and warm weather to soak in. Don’t let it go to waste. Just like you wouldn’t let an Indie Dojo go to waste. Someones gotta play it.
Even though we know the majority of our readers consider themselves to be true music nerds, capable of switching between genres effortlessly, we know that some of you out there have an aversion when it comes to certain genres. We also know that gritty country and folk probably are two of those genres. Well, today we’re going to bridge the gap between those who love beats, and those who love those twangy, back road sounds.
Coming off of their upcoming EP, The Carrier, Dirtwire has offered up this dusty little number as a free download. Backed by Beats Antique Records, “Damn Rooster” has an undeniable folksy charm, populated by only classic instrumentation often associated with folk music. The slight shake of a tambourine provides ample percussion for some wicked southern rock guitar riffs, delicate banjo plucking, and a rather impressive harmonica solo.
Fusing the two sounds together, this Oakland based duo has brought these timeless instruments to 2014 with smooth, rolling bassline. Coupled with some atmospheric elements and some country-style background noises, and we’re left with an engrossing soundscape that has us wanting to head out to the country this weekend.
Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)
At just 20 years of age, Sebastian Carter has shown us time and time again that musical maturity should be merited on sound regardless of age or experience. The Swiss electronic producer’s music tends to carry an emotive weight and groove which would sail directly over some of his contemporary listeners’ collective heads; casting a stunning amount of crossover promise on the young artist’s career in the process. Already with stirring retouches of The 1975, Bad Suns, and Alt J along with a few addictive originals; today Carter’s taken Birdy’s cover of the Bon Iver staple “Skinny Love” and spun a tranquil web of house all over its pop leaning framework. With rising pads serving as a slow-burning build and simultaneous mood setting device, his airy synths are free to bubble their way to the surface while Birdy’s ethereal vocal stylings submerged in hazy reverb play as beautiful as ever amongst the wunderkind’s polished instrumentation. Sebastian Carter has certainly hit the mark again with this one, and we hope you’ll drift away with us for the four minute, alluring sonic expedition.