A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess
If the feeling of wanderlust had a playlist associated with it, Still Parade would be one of the artists featured. Their lush soundscapes are delicately orchestrated in a manner that lets your mind wander, freeing your mind of any of the daily minutia, if even just for a few sweet minutes.
As we’ve come to expect from this Dreamfolk outfit, this latest release is once again chilling, to say the least. Carried by clean, simplistic guitar work through the first two minutes, the cinematic quality that we’ve come to love about these guys is still very much in tact. The drawn-out intro focuses mainly on the lead singer, only accentuated by occasional supporting vocal harmonies.
“Beach” comes off their EP Fields, which was digitally released earlier this year via Serve & Volley Records. Now teamed up with Day By Day Records, this beauty, along with the other songs on the EP, will be pressed onto vinyl and up for grabs on September 19th.
The best way to give is to expect nothing in return. So, we’re just gonna leave this little Indie Dojo right here. You can listen or scroll right through. We’re just happy to give you the option.
Give Me Something
Folded Like Fabric
James Vincent McMorrow
Glacier (Atu Remix)
Another super talented artist under Soulection Atu recently released this remix of a James Vincent McMorrow song titled “Glacier”, and as it came to no surprise to us, it became another instant classic. Moving away from the usual indie folk elements, the original is more of a soulful vocal magnum opus. Atu changes the scene of the tune by creating R&B ticks and chillwave beats ad putting them with the vocals of Mr. McMorrow. It takes you on a journey through Atu’s dream filled with chill-out vibes. This here is one of those songs that leave you pondering life and whatnot.
With such high production value, this tune is the epitome of Atu’s work. He always manages to pick the most suitable tracks to remix with. While we would love to see more of his musical diversity, there is no doubt he is one of the best in doing what he’s doing.
In the subgenre of tropical house, producer Sam Feldt isn’t usually a name that will ring a bell to most people. This recent release of a remix collaborating with Bloombox titled “On Trees and Birds and Fire”, is a tune originally by indie folk group I Am Oak.
This remix is amazing in the sense of how well Sam Feldt manages to turn folk music into this deep house goodness. The tune starts off with these wooden drumsticks samples, then the tropical bell sounds come in to join the mix together with the vocals. They talk about trees and birds so you can call this a country/folk fusion pop song that got turned into a tropical house remix. The idea is simple but genius. It might not have the necessary tropical house elements in the song, but the lyrics and the instrumentals definitely make up for it.
We are really excited to see what Sam Feldt has to offer. Go have a listen and we promise you won’t be disappointed!
A Little Lost
Sufjan Stevens fans will be chomping at the bit do get their hands on this interpretation of “A Little Lost.” In a tribute compilation put together by The Red Hot Organization, notable artists from around the globe came together to pay tribute to American cellist, composer, singer, and musician Arthur Russell.
Master mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell comes out October 21 by way of Yep Roc, and includes works by Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphrescent, Jose Gonzalez, Devandra Banhart, and more. Today though, we’re covering just this body of work from Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens. Boasting a defined electronic bass and percussion section, the focus is on Steven’s voice, much as it was Russell’s. The beauty of both this interpretation and it’s predeceasing original are in the simplicity. With the understated nature, we’re left to get lost in the lyrics.
Obviously moved by the message, Steven’s had this to say:
I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser.
Perhaps one of the most forward thinking musicians in the world, Nick Zammuto -who made quite the name for himself as a member of one of the most influential and acclaimed indie acts from the past decade The Books- brings his progressive, lo-fi take on music, fittingly called Zammuto, to Denver at Lost Lake Lounge with a little help from your trusty friends at The Music Ninja this Friday, September 12. Coming off of their incredible LP Anchor which dropped on September 2, Zammuto’s live act is nothing short of an incredibly layered and beautiful spectacle. One which we were so excited about in fact, we wanted to extend our hand in presenting to our Denver readers for a chance at a pair of tickets. Entering the contest is a cake walk. Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 12th (day of show). If you don’ respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.
There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door
In anticipation of the show this Friday, stream one of our favorite cuts from Anchor, “Hegemony” below, and read our track review of “Need Some Sun” here. We’ll see you out this weekend!
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