Category Archives: Indie

Zula – Twin Loss

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Sometimes a song comes along that’s so simple, yet so compelling that you’re forced to pay attention. I’ve listened to Twin Loss by Zula numerous times and glean something new every time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Skaters – Deadbolt (Twin Shadow remix)

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New York’s “Skaters” are set to release their debut album “Manhattan” on February 25th. Until then, they’ve released “Deadbolt” as well as a couple others earning them a spot at this year’s SXSW. If you’re going, I’d look them up and see them live.

I’m quite fond of the original “Deadbolt” and the Twin Shadow remix. In fact, it was taking too much time to pick just one to feature. So, I’m providing both. Check out the video below as well.

Savages – Shut Up

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Get excited for the debut album from Savages due out via Matador on May 6.

Savages is not trying to give you something you didn’t have already, it is calling within yourself something you buried ages ago, it is an attempt to reveal and reconnect your PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL self and give you the urge to experience your life differently, your girlfriends, your husbands, your jobs, your erotic life and the place music occupies in your life. Because we must teach ourselves new ways of POSITIVE MANIPULATIONS, music and words are aiming to strike like lightning, like a punch in the face, a determination to understand the WILL and DESIRES of the self.”

Have a look at the video for the song ‘Shut Up’ below.

Small Black – Free At Dawn

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Small Black. Thank goodness a great track comes out after all this time. Have a listen to “Free At Dawn” by Small Black. Sounds like we’ll have to wait a few more months for the album to drop. You’ll notice that the track is far more polished compared to the tracks we grew to love in 2009. It’s nice to hear that the band is progressing along with the rest of the hazy bands from 2009.

Video: Harper Simon – Bonnie Brae

Harper Simon - Division Street

Turns out, the Simon family has another talented member. Harper Simon, Paul Simon’s son is releasing his sophomore album ‘Division Street’ this March. I wouldn’t think about the family topic too much because Harper stands on his own two feet as a talented song writer and musician. This album is a departure from what people are used to in that this record is driven by electric guitars as opposed to his alt country debut.

As you might expect based on his heritage, the vocal harmonies throughout the song are spot-on. The production quality is excellent. At a basic level, the backing music is just enough to support and highlight the vocals. You’ll hear moments of xylophone and lots of vintage guitar. Then I focused on the lyrics. Harper magically paints a picture of a moment in time. He meets a girl (Bonnie Brae) on the courthouse steps. “I thought our golden moment was prearranged”; as though they were destined to meet at that moment. Then she was gone. “Gone with the air of winter”. “Into the arms of the summer”. That’s good stuff.

Papercutz – Rivers

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Papercutz is comprised of Porto’s Bruno Miguel (more commonly know for his remixes and soundscapes) and New Yorker Melissa Veras. The song Rivers is a feast for the ears. I would say at around the 1:50 mark, the vocal textures are beyond good. Some other notable highlights from this track is the percussion, which I can only assume was recorded from another town than the studio (I’m a sucker for reverb) and the undeniable ability to meld lush soundscapes with 80s reminiscent synthesizers (also a sucker for synths). The track’s been out for a while, but it was too good to pass on giving it a little web love.

Play Papercutz – Rivers

Owlle – Disorder (Moonlight Matters remix)

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I tried to do a little research on Owlle, but all of the interviews and blog posts are in French, and I’m a stupid American. From what I can gather, she’s been compared to the likes of Robyn, Lykke Li, Bat for Lashes, and Fever Ray. I don’t know about any of that, but they were the only words I recognized. Also, she appears to be a Depeche Mode fan, so I like her already. I also think it’s funny that other music blogs are solely focusing on Moonlight Matters’ production of the song. Granted, I like this version a lot more than the original too. I would add to the conversation that Owlle has a unique voice and without her vocals, this song could’ve been flat. So with all the credit in the world, I say good job Moonlight Matters for taking this track to the next level. I’ve listened to it multiple times in a row and still enjoy the hell out of it.

bonus video: Owlle – Ticky Ticky