it’s not right, but it’s ok

1 Oct

Today’s Untz: It’s Not Right but It’s OK / CHVRCHES (Whitney Houston cover)

BBC Radio 1 is known for playing host to the occasional unexpected, oh no they didn’t cover, and Scottish synth trio CHVRCHES definitely delivered one of these signature moments when they took on one of the most iconic break up hits of 90’s by the late, great Whitney Houston and spun it to another era.

While Lauren Mayberry can’t compete with Whitney’s signature chops (and isn’t trying to), her approach carries on the fierceness and determination in the song in a subtle and powerful (albeit not powerhouse) way. I am loving this fresh, unique take on the classic… I remember listening to all of the album My Love is Your Love on my bedroom floor in middle school, and to revisit that feeling almost 15 (!!) years later is a trip. #indie

old love / new love

19 Sep

Today’s Indie: Old Love / New Love / Twin Shadow

‘what am I supposed to say / an old love called me yesterday / and she sounds so sweet’

Just had an “oh no, I haven’t posted in a week” moment, so here we go, briefly but with love and the catchiest of beats. Twin Shadow has released Old Love / New Love for Grand Theft Auto V’s soundtrack and while I can’t imagine jacking cars off the streets of LA to this song, I can definitely imagine busting a move or lacing up the sneakers for a spirited run. With an 80’s vibe met with a present  feel, and the relatable lyrics of a blast from the past unexpectedly turning your world upside down, I can see why the track is blowing up the interweb this week. #indie

free birds and stars

11 Sep

Today’s Indie: Birds and Stars / Elephant Revival 

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‘loving you it runs so deep / on the surface here I sleep’

Elephant Revival released their third full length album on the third, and it has been devoured for hours on end, my week aflush of strings and washboard strummings and harmonies for days. The Colorado quintet captivated me at High Sierra Music Festival two summers ago amidst the mountains and summer breeze, only to give an equally stirring rendition of their americana folk within the hushed and darkened walls of The Independent last year.  These Changing Skies’ first track is my favorite, overflowing with yearning ridden harmonies, a subtle clap back beat, and lyrics that spill out like poetry:

in the backdrop of the night / I melt into the starry light
the moon pushes and pulls the tides / tempts the soul to stay alive
once again for you I fall / underneath a million stars
how can you ever have enough / oh this must be

#indie

Today’s Untz:  Free Your Mind / Cut Copy

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‘shine brighter than the sun’

What is better than a new Cut Copy song? A new Cut Copy song and the announcement of a Saturday night show in SF in November. Free Your Mind sounds signature Cut Copy with a toe wiggling, dare you to keep your feet on the ground, not a care in the world kind of beat to it.  The song is the title track of the Australian’s new album, out November 5th. #untz

when all the wild things die

4 Sep

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Today’s Indie: When All the Wild Things Die / Postiljonen

When All the Wild Things Die delivers vocals that glisten along the dream waves that they are strewn through. The Stockholm-based trio Postiljonen have created an ethereal sound that settles into your airwaves as you breath it in and out. The track didn’t make the cut for their critically acclaimed album release, Skyer, earlier this summer, but it has critically changed my Wednesday afternoon. We are all made of stars.  #indie  

morning

29 Aug

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Today’s Indie: Morning / The Brothers Comatose ft. Nicki Bluhm

‘I stayed up all night, staring at the starry sky’

Happy almost Labor Day weekend friends. Tomorrow we leave city life behind us for a few days of solitude in a yurt nestled in the mountains above Santa Barbara to rest amongst the stars instead of the city lights, wake up to the birds instead of the screeching construction across the street from our apartment, and play in a nearby waterfall instead of San Francisco’s usual watering holes.

Here is a nice little send off of a song I was tipped off to by a teammate who saw The Brothers Comatose playing in Tahoe last weekend. This is the first I have heard of the San Francisco based quintet, and they are reminding me of The Civil Wars (pre-epic breakup and minus Joy), and the sweet addition of Nicki Bluhm’s silvery voice in the track compliments the brothers’ moutainbound vocals seamlessly. Yes, two of the Brothers Comatose are brothers.

Morning is a song about two opposites who have found themselves in love – one is a daylight loving country gal, the other a city slicking night owl. Luckily they are willing to meet in the middle in the morning light – ‘to make it work we need a change of scene but I’ll meet you there half way between.’ #indie

ho hey ‘tro

26 Aug

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Today’s Untz: Ho Hey / The Lumineers (Glenn Dale’s rework)

‘so show me family / all the blood that I would bleed’

It is always fun to come across songs that magically bridge the gap between the worlds of untz and indie, especially when they stretch the limits of what seems musically possible. If you told me I would ever want to listen to Ho Hey in a club or to pump me up during a run, I would laugh. And yet here French producer Glenn Dale has spun the folk classic into something that is ready to be moved to.  It’s not a seamless transformation, but that is part of fun.

Says Glenn: “I always loved the heart-on-the-sleeve music from the Lumineers, and was a bit frustrated that I couldn’t play the Ho Hey song in the clubs. The Ho Hey song has timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics. I’ve reworked the song so it can be played in clubs now. Enjoy, & play it loud !! ” Done. #untz

phosphorescent

25 Aug

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Today’s Indie: Song for Zula / Phosphorescent 

‘so honey I am not some broken thing / I do not lay in the dark waiting for day here’

A Song for Zula is off indie rock artist Phosphorescent’s sixth studio album, Muchacho, and however many times Matthew Houck promises he has been left unbroken, after a few listens it is pretty clear that this Zula really fucked him up at some point. The result of which is something flawless.

Matthew has the kind of voice that sounds ‘lived in,’ much the way Edward Sharpe‘s Alex Ebert or Justin Townes Earle sound, the kind of voice that has smoked its fair share of cigarettes, downed its fair share of whiskey and loved and lost enough to have something to talk about. This sound met with the track’s strings for days accompaniment and subtle pop beat have left me useless on my couch this morning, trapped in cycle of repeat.  #indie

1975

15 Aug

First, an announcement. After over a year of having Tom as my Untz co-pilot, we have decided to go our separate ways again, from an internet real estate perspective. I will go back to being the sole contributor to TUATI and Tom will be putting his full efforts into his own blog instead of trying to keep both up at once. Rest assured, this is an amicable separation of musical paths, and we are happily still sharing physical real estate and our lives together. We are also sure to see many guest posts from Tom along the way!

I am excited to revisit full creative ownership of this labor of love of a blog, which will be celebrating its third birthday in January. And now, the tunes.

Today’s Indie: You / The 1975

Now here is a song to listen to on repeat while driving around the city engulfed by this August’s seemingly never ending fog when you find yourself in a temporary fit of summer blues and want to indulge in them. You is a morose in a  good way dweller on the “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to’  stirrings of the angry kind of heartbreak.  It’s an alt rock gem with angst ridden biting lyrics and a great pick up in the end. The track is off Manchester’s The 1975’s somewhat uninspired-ly named Sex EP.  #indie/tory

sea of light

14 Aug

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Today’s Untz: Sea of Light / Night Drive

‘Night Drive is not a band. It’s a mission. 2 secret agents sent from the past to recalibrate the future of electro pop.

Night Drive is the type of music you would hear on a car stereo if Giorgio Moroder and Ray Bradbury were driving late at night through a buzzing metropolis. Inspired by bygone era of glamour and excess, kalioscopic neon lights, Studio 54 and Tony Wilson’s Hacienda, the band pulls influence from acts such as Brian Eno, New Order, OMD, The Drums and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Night Drive rides a nu-wave of fast-tempoed, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.’

Here’s their brand new single with a free download!

Bonus Track: Sea of Light (Treasure Fingers Remix) / Night Drive

st. ides heaven

13 Aug

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Today’s Untz: St. Ides Heaven (Goldroom cover) / Elliott Smith

“Very happy to finally announce that Goldroom’s next release, the Embrace EP, will be out on Sept 9th! To celebrate, I’ve recorded a cover of one of my favorite artists, Elliott Smith. Its a free download if you just follow the link. To coincide with the EP release, we’ll be going on a two month LIVE tour of North America with the full band! Check our tour dates tab for more information about that.

I tried my best to do a beautiful song justice with this cover. Elliott Smith was one of our greatest songwriters, and thats something thats lacking at times in dance music. If nothing else, I just wanted to bring him into my world a little bit and look at the song from a different angle. I really hope you like it, and if you do, please share it with someone else. Cheers.” – Josh aka Goldroom