[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2014 Round #1)

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Here’s to short weeks in celebration of summertime holidays. Bring on the BBQs, swimming pools, adult beverages, and indie dojos.

Mayra & Mr. Mow
MAGIC LADY
Elephant Revival
Birds and Stars
Lewis Watson
Stay (We The Wild Remix)
Lilt
Take
Birdmask
Im Fine (And Other Lies)

 

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Volcanoes – Up In Smoke [TMN Premiere]

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Volcanoes is a name that you will soon have in every single indie playlist. They are shaping the way for indie folk, and have created their own niche so to speak. Sam and Kev’s vocals intertwine in a beautiful way that you don’t hear too often. The combination of guitar and cello have a bit of a whimsical manner to them. Cello has always been a favorite instrument of mine, as you can express so many different emotions through it. It’s a bit of a rarity where you hear vocals, like Volcanoes’, which aren’t overdone with melodyne or other studio software that makes them nice and in tune. Every single aspect of “Up In Smoke” is very natural and on point. As I finish writing this, the song comes to a smooth ending, and I am already excited to see what their next track is.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #4)

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It’s officially Summa Summa Summa time. Time to sit back, unwind and listen to an Indie Dojo.

Ten Fold Rabbit
Warm Wave
The Ransom Collective
Fools
Bride & Groom
Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon Cover)
Falls
Home
Baked
Mick Jagger
Amarante
One Last Time

 

 

 

 

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ESCAPISTS – Blood (Acoustic) [TMN PREMIERE]

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True to Escapists’ stated intention to create a sound that describes “the energy of staying-up all night” when the “bright-eyed optimism of the day…quickly evaporate[s] into paranoia and disorientation”, the original offering of new single Blood wrapped itself in haunting elegance and funked-up euphoria. In this latest, stripped back version of the track, the British four-piece have created the perfect aural evocation of the all-nighter.

With their sonic nod to British contemporaries Bombay Bicycle Club, Escapists seem similarly poised to become the latest indie intellects to reimagine the genre into a more morose and introspective state.

When reinventing Blood within a new acoustic haze, Escapists have been careful not to strip away, or steal from, their lyrical subject matter. In fact, the midnight musings and dawn driven disorientation are all the more evident for the refined reinvention. The ethereal realms of the original remain intact, with the clarity and sloppiness of dusk-til-dawn obscurity cyclically and intermittently relayed throughout. Fluid and hazy changeability continually emerges as rhythmic cohesion meets afterhours dreamscapes. With lead singer Simon Glancy murmuring ‘we’ve been up all night / slurring vocabulary / can’t you see your eyes / oh they’re kinda scary’, the lyrical descent into late night reality removal issues forth from an equally disorientated musical backdrop.

An acoustic display of pathetic fallacy, with Blood Escapists have truly curated the soundscape to their own subject matter.

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James Bay – If You Ever Want to Be in Love [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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If You Ever Want To Be In Love

We’ve had James Bay on our radar since last year, covering “Move Together,” a song dripping with soulful cadence and raw emotions. Fast forward a year and a few months, we had the pleasure of writing up this ahead-of-his-time vocalist’s most recent release, “If You Ever Want to Be in Love.”

Carried by the backbone of a booming piano melody, this beautifully produced, heartfelt single off of the Let It Go EP possesses an undeniable charm that carries across generations of music lovers effortlessly. While the instrumentals are second to none, they are elevated to an entirely different level with the raspy yet refined vocals of Mr. Bay.

One would be crazy to argue against that last point, especially when given the opportunity to watch this acoustic version. Coupled only with a guitar, we find the inescapable raw captivation displayed right in front of our eyes, leaving us only one option: swoon.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #4)

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It’s Tuesday morning. It’s almost summer. It’s time for an Indie Dojo.

Tora
Overcome feat. Potato Potato
Jack + Eliza
Hold The Line
Bootleg Rascal
Overflow
The Code
9.46
Nouv Shy
Self
Henrik José
Fallacy (Exclusive)

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #2)

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How many times a month do you completely shut off from the world? No phone calls, no emails, no text messages, no nothing. Just you, yourself, and maybe an awesome playlist playing in the background. Hardly ever you say? Well here it is….Your opportunity to hang out with yourself for a little while. We promise it’s not that bad.

Our Mother
Fire Fire
Blackbird Blackbird
Rare Candy
Kimberly Anne
Show Me Love
Hugo
Dark Days
Beat Connection
Silver Screen (Slight Return)
She The Monster
Dream
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