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The Sound Ninja Does It Again: The Marvelous Acoustic Sound and Deep Message Featured in “With Us”

Today’s featured artist is Minnesota native alt-rock musician The Sound Ninja. I have interviewed this artist before last year when he released the single “Lens (We Use to See)”, He worked with drummer Avo Karapetyan from the alt-rock band All Taken on that single. If you haven’t read the review, I highly suggest it. “Lens (We Use to See)” presents a unique sound to create a well-rounded song.

However, his new single features some dear to him. Read on to found out who!

A Deep Message in “With Us” by The Sound Ninja

This time, The Sound Ninja released the new single “With Us” last month. An acoustic rock song, “With Us” has a very proactive and deep meaning in its lyrics dealing with the events going on in today’s world. “The lyrics were written thinking about leaders who refuse to lead for everyone,” The Sound Ninja commented, “They focus on what would help themselves. If the leaders would listen to everyone and come down to their level, real GOOD changes can happen.” A very deep message for today’s society in the midst of current affairs.

The song reminds me of something from the REM’s discography from the early 90s. Or perhaps, something from the acoustic Metallica collection. It must be the acoustic guitar melody. It is very clear yet each note is very quick and sharp, something like REM’s guitar style. I can hear a similarity with Metallica during the bridge when guitar first has a brisk, low-note solo and then is joined with a heavy drum as the guitar plays fast-paced notes with intense strumming. But, that isn’t the only part that I like this song as I love the little sub-melody strummed by the guitar during the pre-chorus.

Pleasant Harmonies in “Maybe”

For the second song, the Minnesota-based artist collaborated with his wife, Kimberly Sombke, to create the song “Maybe”. Kimberly’s vocals are pleasant as they are clear, strong, and soothing. They’re not too loud or too quiet or there’s nothing really unpleasant about them. These vocals are clear in the sense that they have a steady quality as you can hear each note sung. And, her vocals do not waver throughout the song, but instead, are consistent with strong pitch.

One of my favorite parts is the supporting melodies sung by her husband during certain parts of the song like the final cadence of the chorus section. It adds a nice touch as The Sound Ninja’s vocals complement his wife’s and add tonal depth to the main vocal line. And, the acoustic presence also supports the vocals in a positive way as the main acoustic guitar is light and matches the vocalist’s tones quite well.

“With Us” and “Maybe” are two different songs. Yet, they have their own distinct style that defines them positivity. The deep political message of current times makes listeners think about what is going on in today’s world as the guitar strums a variety of interesting chords. “Maybe” showcases a different set of vocals as is mellower than “With Us”. However, the harmonies provided by The Sound Ninja grounds the song and makes it a delightful listen.

What is your favorite song? Tell me in the comments below!


About the Artist

The Sound Ninja (Brock Sombke) is out of Minnesota and loves to write/record music. He is recording his own original raw, intimate songs acoustically with a full band sound. Each track will be released upon completion. He plays every instrument you hear and writes every song unless a featured musician is noted.

You can catch The Sound Ninja on  these social platforms:

Twitter / Facebook / Spotify / AppleMusic / Google Play / Reverbnation

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The Sound Ninja Does It Again: The Marvelous Acoustic Sound and Deep Message Featured in "With Us"

This Post Has 47 Comments

  1. Juli

    Seems like this artist is going places and can listen more of this each day.

  2. Stephanie

    I haven’t heard of him before, but the fact that he plays all the instruments is so impressive! I’ll have to check out the music because knowing a bit of the story behind music is always interesting.

  3. Janet E Rose

    Thank you for this post. It has encouraged me to listen more closely as I appreciate music.

  4. Angela Tolsma

    I love when artists make statements with their music. I think it’s important. Helps to remind us to keep our politicians accountable.

  5. Morgan Shaw

    I have never heard of this artist it is great they use their genre to discuss political issues.

  6. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    It’s the first time that Ai heard of this music. I’m starting to like it.

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    Describing music is so difficult because it’s meant to be heard. You’ve done such a good job!

  8. Mar

    I love discovering new music and new artists. Thanks for sharing!

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    The joy in music is that it’s an icebreaker irrespective of language and orientation. I will definitely check this out to learn more about it.

  10. Oscar

    I have never heard of this artist it is great they use their genre to discuss political issues.

  11. ohh my…thanks for this awesome list sharing, gonna check out each of them to enjoy them all 😀 Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  12. Trina Dinnar

    I love discovering new artists and looking deeply into their work. Definitely inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Hackytips

    First time read about this artist but his work is inspiring.

  14. Nati

    Reading your posts is always so informative to me! I never fail to discover some interesting music!

  15. Kelly

    I love music. I’m going to check this one out!

  16. Vaishali

    Have not heard of him before…but you seem definitely impressed

  17. Neely

    This sounds very interesting. What a talent to be able to do so much

  18. Christa

    I think it’s so important for artists to use their voice to bring awareness to social issues. I can’t wait to check this out!

  19. Kristen

    I’ve never heard of the Sound Ninja but now I am intrigued to learn more. This was such an interesting share.

  20. Nicole Gilbert

    I swear, you always introduce me to amazing artists that I never heard of.

  21. Holly

    I love finding new and unique music. Thanks for sharing your picks for music worth listening to!

  22. Courtney

    Ooooo sounds like one awesome artist!!! Never heard of him, but definitely need to check out!!!

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  24. jenn

    I always love male/female harmonies so I need to listen to “Maybe”. I’m sure I’ll love it! Thanks!

  25. Flo

    Wow you described both of these songs so beautifully! Now I need to give them a listen.

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    I haven’t heard of this but interesting. You always gives us updates on music cultures.

  27. Elizabeth O

    I love it when artists go beyond the simple writing and singing of songs but also adding some of their thoughts about the things happening around us.

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