You know those days you start off with good intentions? You roll out of bed walking on sunshine, ready and willing to face the great day ahead. And then good ol’ life happens. You spill your coffee all over your white shirt, you forget your lunch at home, you get honked at by the road rager behind you, or yelled at by incredibly grouchy people at work. And they just keep rolling along, plowing you down any chance they can get. Pretty soon you want to just curl up in a cave, never to see the outside world again. But then you remember we are here, to remind you “when life gives you lemons, hit play on an Indie Dojo”. We promise it will help get your mind of that other crap for a while.
’Odd Souls – Lose My Head – Demo’
’The Weather Machine – Peach’
’The Domestics – It Came To Me’
’Jay Woodward – Blue Sky Blue’
This Is Why I Need You
Even if it’s only for a few brief minutes, there are a lot of people who are in need of some sort of positive embrace. 2015 has been an intense year, highlighted by a confounding amount of violence, division, and grief. Even beyond the stories that endlessly scroll through our feeds on a nearly daily basis, each and every person is battling their own wars, whether it be with finances, relationships, or health issues.
We can only assume that Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben felt the heft of a collection of those issues, both for humanity as a whole and at an introspective level. The end result was today’s premiere, “This Is Why I Need You.” Uplifting in nature, this song is welcomed in by calming acoustic guitar work, and encapsulating atmospheric elements, both providing the perfect musical backdrop for Ruben’s soothing vocals and inspiring message.
‘This Is Why I Need You’ is about a lot of things. It’s about how big and scary the world can be. It’s about growing up and trying to figure out how to deal with new things. It’s about gratitude, and the people who help you get through the stuff that feels impossible. But for me it is more than that. It is a reminder that I’m still a songwriter.
If you’re enjoying Jesse Ruben’s work, make sure to follow him on SoundCloud to keep up with all of his new releases.
If you’ve been keen to our site for the past few years, you’ll know we have a handful of artists that we religiously cover. The process is almost automatic once we see that they’ve released a new tune. We frantically head to our keyboards, eager to quickly convey our swooning adoration. Still Parade, aka Niklas Kramer, is one of those acts, and today is one of those days.
“07:41” was released less than a day ago, and it brings us all of the cozy, embracing, feel-good nature we’ve come to know and love from this heavenly-voiced act. However, in comparison to his Fields EP, this song, and his last, differ from the wonderfully lazy, ethereal progression we first came to know. Today’s song, in particular, is heavily rooted in a style that calls on associations from 70’s pop, bringing listeners in with a light and playful funk. That aside, the hazy yet calming nature is still very much apparent throughout other elements, giving Still Parade fans both a taste of something new and of what they already love. When asked about the meaning behind the tune, Kramer had this to say.
07:41 is about this weird feeling when you’re new somewhere. you feel like a stranger and no one really seems to care about you. But there’s also the chance to build up something new. It’s the point when you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Can’t be quite scary and exciting at the same time.
This tune will be released as limited hand-cut 7Inch by the UK label Art Is Hard Records, and we certainly hope we can get our hands on a copy.
In our latest deep-dig session through the cavernous recesses of SoundCloud, we happily stumbled across an extremely charming folk tune. It’s the first we’ve heard from Jack the Fox, but it certainly won’t be the last.
“Brother” has an ultimately classic feel, one so many people are familiar with – subtle fingerpicking, powerful lyrics, and an welcoming allure. While we would have been perfectly content with just that structure, this Melbourne-based duo brings in an intricate breakdown towards the end of the song, which throws listeners for a delightfully inventive loop.
These two only have one song out, and you’re currently listening to it. So, make sure to follow them on SoundCloud to keep up with new releases.
We keep inching our way closer to the end of the year, wondering how the hell we got here so fast. Guess time flies when your ears have a brand new Indie Dojo to listen to every week.
’Travelers – Something I Said’
’Private Island – Enough’
’The Lowlifes – Sugar River’
’Oliver Riot – Ivory Black’
’Dancing Years – Learn To Kiss’
’Cloves – Everybody’s Son’
Monday is over, Tuesday is here and so is a brand new Indie Dojo. Oh happy, happy days!
’House of Spirituals – Too Many Days’
’Jarbird – Such Is The House’
’Social Skills – It’s Invisible’
’Hidden Charms – Long Way Down’
’These Your Children – Set A Fire’
’Common Man – Alligator King’