The 80s may well have come and gone, but singer-songwriter, INJIN, is resurrecting the sounds of this amazing era with a distinctive rock-infused edge in his new music.
A musician from a young age, INJIN would rework the tracks of rock Gods such as Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, and this has given him the tools to create a unique brand of rock music, almost incomparable to anything else.
His latest track, ‘Tennessee’ is an intriguing hybrid of a track featuring pacific-esque wind instruments and a pulsating drum beat that takes listeners back to the epic-feeling power pop of the 80s. The wind instruments evoke a definite native American sound to the song, working unexpectedly, yet interestingly against a background of deep synths and electronic effects. As you can imagine from this, INJIN’s music is far from the ordinary, but you instantly know that there is a high level of craftsmanship and production that has gone into ‘Tennessee’.
Despite INJIN’s unique style, for frame of reference, there are hints of Simple Minds in his music, as well as 80s cult band, Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
INJIN’s tough childhood has influenced his song writing to form the personal album ‘Tennessee’ that escapes from the conveyor belt material being constantly churned out in today’s music industry. The rock ballad title track was released earlier this year with a stunning music video that sees INJIN wandering picturesque landscapes in search of the unknown – definitely worth a watch (and a listen).
Check out more on INJIN and his amazing life story here:
The mysterious group influenced by every era and genre of music focus on creating memorable songs with great production. The track that somehow sounds familiar but is entirely unique was written in one session and recorded over a number of years and locations. Listeners have reported crying, feeling a strong sense of happiness or even a sense of support during a hard time, proving how ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ can be interpreted by the individual in however way they wish.
Contributors to The Maladaptive Solution include Brad Beard, Michael Carpenter, Michael Giblin, Jimmy Haber and Kylie Whitney.
‘Ontology (Form and Content) is out now but remember it’s not just a song, it’s an assignment.
From the new album ‘Awaken, My Love!’, Childish Gambino releases a VR music video for ‘Me and Your Mama’. Created in collaboration with Microsoft, the video allows you to view Gambino in concert in 360 as if you’re sat in the front row.
People with VR goggles can view the video to create an immersive experience. However if you don’t have VR goggles you can watch the video on Youtube in 360, forming a fascinating experience.
The performance was originally recorded at a Joshua Tree concert in September, where ‘Me and Your Mama’ was debuted. The full album was fully debuted live over the course of six shows in three days.
Watch the video here:
Norwegian indie-pop princess Line Mari is releasing her debut album ’21 Days’ following the success of her singles, ‘Crush’ and ‘Haters’.
The shy, but supremely talented singer-songwriter was spotted by master producer Rob Cass who saw Line’s potential, so he invited her down to the renowned Abbey Road Studios where she has recorded her first full length record.
Line Mari always had her heart set on being a musician from birth, dancing in the womb as her mother explains. By the time she was in her teens Line Mari was writing her own songs and performing. Her shyness has fuelled her songwriting, making her lyrics more personal, emotive and introspective at the same time.
The album cover itself is really special – exclusively for the first edition, a small amount of real gold has been pressed into the ‘21 Days’ logo. The portrait of Line Mari on the cover is the work of upcoming German artist, Pixie Cold, who wanted to be involved simply because she loved the music. On the reverse side of the CD she has painted Line’s guitar – a special Gibson Custom Shop ES-339, named Mari.
The album is set for release on 16th December.
You can listen to Line Mari’s album here: https://play.spotify.com/album/01mELWzkBZHvF2d9KfC3dm
Everything Under’s latest track, ‘Happy Matters’, exhibits more of the brooding electro-rock style that the band have made as their trademark.
The band’s individual sound draws influences from 80s synth pop, yet this is combined with a dark, grungy 90s edge.
In 1998, EU’s front man Mark J. Heidecke sadly lost his sister in a car accident. After years of grieving her loss, Heidecke enrolled at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts where he studied sound design, music theory and performance.
Using the techniques he had learnt, Heidecke developed his own unique sound but his father’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease meant he had to move back to Illinois. However after relocating, Mark found Grammy Award winning producer/sound engineer Jeff Lane and drummer Kevin T. Jones, who soon became part of Everything Under.
Along with the track comes the psychedelic video for ‘Happy Matters’ that is sure to send you on an electro-rock trip.
Contemporary pop artist Junkerry has collaborated with Dior designer Patrick Morgan to form the music video for ‘As We Are’, using Google Tilt visual paint brush. The video has been created 2D but they are hoping to transform the video into the first ever Virtual Reality music video soon.
Junkerry was classically trained in Indian music but has since developed her style, blending multiple genres to create her own unique style. This is shown in the addictive single ‘As We Are’, which is mirrored by the hypnotic music video.
Watch the 2D video here:
You may not have heard of Injin but his music is definitely something you should give some time to. The combination of machinated synths and natural woodwind instruments on his track, ‘Tennessee’, create an unusual, yet spellbinding sound.
Those who love 80s music should be sure to give it a listen. The vocals are ghostly in their resonating echo, yet enticing. Though for a more modern comparison, the synth lead is not a million miles away from early Future Islands records.
Get on over to Injin’s website should you want to find out a little more about this distinctive and talented musician.