For almost two years I have posted my indie every Monday, Wednesday, Friday with the diligence and consistency of a morning newspaper delivery, often staying up late the night before or rising early to ensure each post made my self imposed deadline, as if a job depended on it. And I know lately I have been faltering, with a post a week at best. “Real life” has gotten in the way of music life and blog life, such that I have had less time to write and even less to discover music, and I don’t want to put quick shit out for either category. Bare with me, TUATI is still a labor of love, and I wont let it slip away.
Today’s Indie: Ocean Tides / Kyson
Now that the elephant is out of the room, here is an ethereal track from Australian born, Berlin based singer and producer Kyson, released late last fall. His almost-spoken whisper like vocals in the song’s opening remind me of Jamie’s sultry presence in The xx, and they blend seamlessly with slow moving keys and light washes of rain. You can almost picture this layered sound as fog over the ocean in its title… it’s the perfect ‘do not disturb’ music. #indie/tory
Today’s Untz: Fade (Etherwood VIP) / Jakwob
Here’s a pretty track from Jakwob that has been given the drum n bass treatment from Etherwood. Soothing bass for the soul. #untz/tom
Today’s Untz: Attracting Flies / AlunaGeorge
‘A lot of bands meet as kids at school. Others come together after an over-enthusiastic conversation about music at some random party. Aluna Francis and George Reid however, met through the internet.
While their online encounter is more MySpace than Match.com, it was in fact through a mutual respect for each other’s work that led them to go on to form AlunaGeorge. Now together for just barely a year, the talented duo have been churning out a series of infectious mixes which fuse Francis’ sweet vocal harmonies with the hushed electronic stylings courtesy of Reid.’
‘Attracting Flies’ clearly shows they have no intention of slowing down their momentum. With remixes due out from Jamie Jones & Baauer expect big things from the original and the slew of remixes sure to be released. #untz.tom
Today’s Untz : Shine / Digitaria
Brazilian duo Digitaria get set to ‘Shine’ even brighter with a highly anticipated second EP for the one and only Hot Creations. A potent mix of sweetly sensual vocals and dreamy electro pop with a kick for the dance floor. #untz/tom
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Today’s Indie: Skeletons / Of Monsters and Men (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
Of Monsters and Men covered the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Skeletons last month, and it got picked up the blog circuit this week, hard. I can see why. There is both power and restraint in singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir’s voice as she takes on the formidable Karen O’s words as her own, and her vocals met with the soaring harmonies and tambourine rings of her bandmates flow together into a sound that gives a feeling of creature comfort to a cloud covered Monday. I have listened to this song ten times, and counting.
It has been an epic couple of years for the Icelandic sextet since I first laid ears on Little Talks back in 2011: they have toured the world and their full length debut, My Head is an Animal, hit number six on the US charts. Hearing this sliver of new sound from them today has me hoping for their continued success. #indie/tory
Today’s Indie: Save my City / Symbols of the West
‘save my city / save my soul / save my body for who knows’
Today’s track comes from a new San Francisco based duo called Symbols of the West, comprised of Nat Kendall and Lauren Stark. There is something both soothing and sinister to this song, its easy on the ears harmonies and steady beat intertwining with echoed and unexpected turns and an underlying feeling you might be up to no good, in a good way; indie pop meets a tinge of clap-along folk with a side of synth.
The track is off of this February’s full length debut, A Thousand Lights. Kendall says, “The album is a family of ten songs, all brought to life through this surreal journey. Not one lacks heart, passion or authenticity; delivering an offering of truth that will inspire you to dance, beat your chest and fully live.” Beat away. #indie / tory
Today’s Untz: Night Swimming feat Alyssa / Cameo Culture
From Nowhere / Dan Croll
It’s Monday and I’m swamped with work so here are two oldies that have gotten a fair amount of air time today. Sweet blog post right? #untz/tom