Levi's Commuter series hits the streets of Oakland

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Over the last few weeks, Levi's has been unveiling their new Commuter film series, riding along with different movers and shakers in the different parts of the world. We've had an amazing time collaborating with our good friends at Instrument on this project.

First, they took you to New York with Kyle Garner of Sit and Read Furniture, then sped you through the bustling streets of London with Poet/Musician James Massiah. Now, with the final installment in tow, you now land in Oakland following along Tyrone Stevenson Jr, who does amazing work with the Scraper Bike Movement.

In this beautiful portrait, you get a glimpse of the impactful service that Stevenson Jr provides to the youth and community through bicycle maintenance. There are so many striking scenes in slow motion, including one of him leading a literal parade of flamboyant, colorful bikes down the sunny streets of Oakland.

One of the common threads throughout the entire film series is the vintage, yet timeless vibe in the soundtrack. We went with a groovy, retro direction that payed homage to the urban landscape and gave space to the chill narrative of each piece.

For this particular vignette, we worked with gorgeously sparse soulful track "More (Blues)" by ARP. It was the perfect track that feels almost like a lullaby with the coolest horns, drifting along with the serene mood of this film. 

Wonderful's "Rainbow Colors" is the perfect anthem of community

Every now and then we need a little help to get to where we're going;  we need community. We're excited to present a track by Wonderful that bursts with color, feeling more like a call to action than a passive song. This is a song that brings people together in harmony.

Raise your flag high and march along to the wonderfully enchanting, inspirational anthem that is "Rainbow Colors." Driven by a steady drum beat, an acoustic guitar and a playfully distorted piano, this song provides an abundance of textures and color, underneath a sometimes quirky, yet equally empowering melody. Fearless and powerful, this track is calling you...inviting you into an imaginative story of strength, hope and optimism...with fireworks!

For the instrumental version, click here.

Check out Wonderful's entire Songography at their Marmoset Artist Profile.

Posted on August 26, 2014 .

Vintage vibes, modernized // 3 new throwbacks that shake things up

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When it comes to crafting a song that is heavily influenced from another era, it can lead to feeling too much like a replica. Sometimes to pay homage to a vintage sound from the past, you need to put your own spin on it, bringing it into the present.

We're excited to present 3 new songs that capture the essence of the past while having a unique flare of originality of modern influences.

Let's get on with the music, shall we?

 

The Satin Chaps

There are enough retro-grooves within each track from The Satin Chaps to last a lifetime. Need something to lift the mood of your project? Check out "Lil' Sweater." Mixing together pop and soul, this energetic instrumental stomps and claps along with vibrant horns, vintage organs and playful electric guitar. Unapologetically drawing influences from 60s-era Go-Go, they create something new and refreshing at the same time.


Take to the streets with "Everybody Knows" by Miracle Falls. This classic pop-rock song bounces along with washy electric guitar textures and constant piano leading the way. Nostalgic, yet very modern, this track captures a familiar and comforting vibe, complete with catchy vocal melodies that demand you to clap along. The perfect track for those hot summer nights in the city.


Step into the future as the 80's envisioned with the electro-pop from I Will Keep Your Ghost. This Everett, WA-based duo creates infectious dance music with attitude.  Take for example, their mysterious track "Island" that moves with a chill, collected vibe, driven by steady drum machines, gritty electric guitar and imaginative synthesizer melodies. By no means is this song passive, it sets off on a journey into space, fully embracing the unknown. 

Posted on August 25, 2014 .