The Burning Past
Keep Portland weird!
While we’ve never actually ventured to the aforementioned city, which is forever immortalized by the one of the greatest shows, Portlandia, we do know that it’s rife with talented musicians. After having heard countless talented indie rock, folk, and experimental acts, we’re fully on board with what Stumptown has to offer. Not only by way of music, but also by way of donuts. We recently were graced with a Voodoo Donuts here in Denver, which has furthered our adoration.
Comprised of five members, this experimental indie rock outfit has a unique sound that’s solidified by their crooning vocals and a playful mix of charging electric guitar work laid over classical strings. One listen through to Bike Thief’s “The Burning Past” should give you ample insight into the roots of this band, which were dreamed up (assumedly over a craft beer or delicious Pinot Noir) by multi-instrumentalist Febian Perez. Aside from the brainy compilation of instrumentation, the naming was also developed by Febian, after being inspired by the Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves.”
This complex tune, which is due out at the end of this month, comes off of their debut LP, Stuck in a Dream. To accompany this dark, yet powerful tune, the band has enlisted the work of Benjamin Violet, who is known for his work with indie rock giants like Of Montreal, The Polyphonic Spree, and Kishi Bashi.
The end result can be seen below, in a glowing, bizarre, yet completely wonderful visual interpretation of “The Burning Past.”
Building up a music library can be an a crazy, unpredictable hobby. Some searches bring you loads of songs that spiral you into the golden spins of the interwebs and others….tumbleweeds. Just tumbleweeds. It’s a roller-coaster of emotions. We know. So if the unpredictability is just too much to handle (Trust us.We feel your pain), let the Indie Dojo be your guide. We’ll travel the ends of the earth for you.
Tiny Little Houses
Every man knows his plague; and you are mine.
Took The Floor Out
Tropic of Pisces
Our Man in Berlin
Why Don't We
That moment during your coffee shop session when you allow yourself to be distracted from your smartphone, and crooned to by the tune of a classical guitar and the husky voice of its owner instead – That’s the moment I have every time I hear Leo Stannard’s, “Why Don’t We”. With hints of Landon Pigg x John Mayer, the Leicester native brings out the light and shade in his vocals, putting listeners at sheer ease. It’s a challenging decision to determine which version of the track we like more, so we’ve supplied both acoustic and studio versions to remedy any possible remnants of stress you might have before the weekend.
The 18 year young, acoustic and indie singer/songwriter is currently unsigned, but rest assured that his status is merely temporary. Leo Stannard’s second EP Notions, featuring “Why Don’t We” drops on the 1st of October. Don’t miss it.
Chicago-based singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons has recently released his Acoustic Sessions EP, in which consists of the unplugged version of four songs off his “Lions” album. Among these gems we have the acoustic version of “Fortune”, where Fitzsimmons gives an excellent display of his musical genius through minimal instrumental.
Taking away the electric guitar, the fast-paced drums, the harmonizing female vocals and replaced them with melodic acoustic fingerpicking, the bearded musician provides a stripped-down, naked and more emotionally driven version of the song. His under the breath singing is similar to Joshua Radin‘s whisper-rock style, but it surely amuses us how much this tune contributes to the audience with just his voice and a guitar. His voice is too soothing for words so go give it a listen, but we definitely want to see what other tricks William Fitzsimmons got hidden in that giant beard of his.
Alex Cruz-Follow The Sun ft. Xavier Rudd (Bootleg)
If you’re carefully calculating a playlist for your Labor Day adventures, look no further. First off, the original tune “Follow the Sun” is perfect for any road trip, camping trip, or even flight to a far off destination. Xavier’s gritty folk vocals give an intense life to the lyrical interpretation, which is brought to fruition with the subtle strumming of an acoustic guitar and a few whimsical notes off the harmonica.
While some of you out there might not be too keen on the folkier side of music, rest assured that we have you covered with an electronically inspired interpretation of this summertime tune. Coming out of the Netherlands, Alex Cruz has laid this tune over a sexy, smooth deep house bassline, letting a chopped up sample of the guitars dance perfectly over hallow kicks.
Leaving the vocals relatively untreated, this remix maintains the original integrity, coupling it only with a lively beat and some repeating shakes of a maraca.
Download this booty and upload it into your playlist for Labor Day. We garuantee it will illuminate whatever adventure lies ahead.
Communication is key and sometimes we suck at it. Music, however, seems to be a universal language that soothes the soul, melts the heart, fuels the fire, and calms the storm. If you happen to be one who sucks at the whole communicating thing, try saying it with a song. Better yet…..try it with a whole entire playlist.
Jordan Riddle = Suffocate
under the same sky
I’ve got an absolute gem to share with you all tonight. Coming to us from Burlington, North Carolina is a new quartet by the name of Love & Valor. They’ve had a fair share of covers in the past, however “Truly Dear” is their first original piece and I am absolutely blown away by it. According to the band’s Facebook page, each member contributes to the writing process, in melody and lyrics, and the result is a collaborative effort that may just change your own perceptions on modern folk music. This indie love ballad is sure to resonate with you long after the song has ended and I cannot help put keep this song on repeat. It is masterfully gorgeous and I can’t help but share it with my fellow Ninjas.