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.
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.”