Whatever your views on guitar music are, cast them aside before you hit play on the latest cinematically lush instrumental release ‘A Beautiful Slumber’ from US singer-songwriter Neal Gray.
With the same spacious soul-twistingly sweet tones as found in Slowdive’s most sedately compelling singles, the soundscape is absorbing from the first hit. The influence of Neil Halstead’s reticent yet ardently evocative quiescent guitar-style is more than palpable, but A Beautiful Slumber is so much more than just a feat of assimilation.
Neal Gray held back on the distortion and abrasive sonic effects to create a transcendent soundscape which is beguiling and cathartic in equal measure.
In a time where tranquillity is hard to come by, I sincerely recommend Neal Gray’s tracks as a staple for your playlists.
You can drift into A Beautiful Slumber yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
There was no forgetting Ben Alexander’s absorbing approach to production after hearing their artfully ambient electronica single Daybreak. Naturally, upon the release of their latest single Seek we were all too eager to delve into their experimentally bold, indulgently cathartic ingenuity once more.
This time, Ben Alexander used ethereally choral vocals which gave Seek a gospel feel, but even the impious will be able to appreciate this celestially stylistic single. There are also nuances of Indie weaved into the mix which amplify the accessibility and makes Seek all too easy to sink into.
It may be early days for the Norwegian artist, composer, and producer. Yet, their ability to orchestrate soundscapes which are simultaneously haunting and soulfully resolving indicates that Ben Alexander won’t be up and coming for too much longer. For your sanity’s sake, get them on your radar.
You can listen to Seek for yourselves via Spotify.
Up and coming singer songwriter Purshink’s debut single “Kid” is an aural invitation to escape the trials and tribulations of adult life and sink back into childhood nostalgia.
While the instrumentals set up soothing and indulgently absorbing melodies, Purshink succinctly layers her vocals atop of the guitar-led soundscape to create a powerfully reflective listening experience.
After you hear it once, you’ll consider Kid an ambient Indie Folk playlist essential. The track’s ability to strip the tension from you as you listen to the ethereally light progressions isn’t something which we get to hear every day. We’re incredibly excited to hear what comes next.
You can check out Purshink’s debut single which was released on March 13th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
“Slow Down” is the ambiently transfixing recently released single from up and coming Indie Pop artist Sätilä which will help you do just that.
With the instrumentals following a tension-stripping pace and Sätilä’s vocals running poised and steady over the mix, Slow Down almost becomes a dreamscape. Despite the gentle mellifluous feel of Slow Down, you’ll be hooked into each and every seamlessly melodic progression. And if you thought the prelude was arrestive, just wait until Slow Down moves into the outro and intricate finger picking guitar alchemy is weaved into the mix.
The serenity found in Slow Down is almost unparalleled. The Finnish-born London-based artist is undoubtedly one to watch in 2020.
You can check out Sätilä’s single Slow Down for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Ahead of the release of their debut 2020 album, Canadian Indie newcomers The Den have released their soulfully serene single “Highway Bloodline”.
By mixing elements of Neo-Soul, 80s Pop, and contemporary Indie, The Den has plenty of distinction to offer. But fundamentally, the essence of their sound lies in the tranquilly arrestive experience which will greet you as soon as you hit play.
With vocals somewhere in between what you can expect from Nina Simone and Angel Olsen’s more mellifluous singles, Highway Bloodline can only be described as hypnotic. Yet, overthrowing the ambience of the soundscape is the unbridled emotion which has been projected into Highway Bloodline which will hit you through both the lyrics and the gentle melodious downtempo instrumentals.
You can check out Highway Bloodline for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
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Up and coming Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has recently released their latest tonally hypnotic, sublimely sensuous single BUBBLE.
Kicking off with smooth popping Indie Blues guitar licks, BUBBLE quickly evolves into an ethereally atmospheric rendition of rhythmic ambient Soul Pop which boasts a palpable amount of mature ingenuity.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes, you’ll feel a little like you’re living in a bubble, shielded from the world and all its varying atrocities and you’ll know just how sweet acknowledging that feeling is. That’s exactly the sticky-sweet vibe Font Leroy offers through this magnetic lullaby of downtempo Pop which carries the perfect pinch of Psychedelia which amps up the power of the trippy transcendent tones.
In short, it’s a flawless track and your blood pressure will probably thank you for having it on your playlists.
You can check out BUBBLE for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Up and coming Alt Indie artist Anadi made their debut with their first single “Bloom” in July 2019, and with it, they orchestrated a mesmeric soundscape which sits in the same league as Radiohead and Pink Floyd when it comes to arrestive textures and mesmeric tonalities.
Around the fingerpicked guitar notes you’ll hear the intricate electronic breakbeats constantly evolving and building momentum throughout the mix. There’s also plenty of influence from Eastern rhythms fed into Bloom; there really is no overstating how transfixing this single becomes. With an extended duration of 6-minutes, there’s plenty of rooms for seamless aural contortions, yet each and every one of them is totally unpredictable. So, if you’re wondering if it’s worth hitting play on a 6-minute-long track, the answer is irrefutably yes. If any debut track has the potential to give you chills, it’s Bloom.
You can check out Anadi’s debut single Bloom for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Paradise is the standout single from Searching for Luke’s latest studio album Tahonga Bar. If you were looking for a track which fits nice and squarely into a box, you’re going to be sorely disappointed with the genre-mash, essence-fuelled offering of rhythmically soulful ambience.
The prelude to Paradise almost fools you into believing you’re going to be treated to a standard offering of Shoegaze Indie, yet, that’s where reverberant Soul Pop vocals hit you, thus creating one of the most prodigally inspired soundscapes I’ve heard this year.
Hearing reverb-soaked instrumentals under the Urban groove of Searching for Luke’s style isn’t something that you will want to miss out on. The lyrics are tentatively poised and placed throughout the track to allow you to become gripped in the transcendentally captivating narrative.
You can check out Searching for Luke yourselves by heading over to Spotify now, if you’re as taken with the track as I am you’ll want to instantly devour the rest of the nine tracks on the album where the up and coming artist offers an array of sultrily styled diversity.
The Air is the latest single by Why Another; a collective of musicians hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, their intricately complex soundscapes didn’t fail to capture our attention and leave us insatiable for their sound after we were treated to the transiently evocative new single. A lot of artists may think they’re prodigal or pioneering, yet, finding a band with reminiscence to Why Another would be like finding a needle in a haystack.
If you like your Indie tracks to carry a haunting progressive ambience, you’ll absolutely be in heaven the Air, the extended track treats you to over seven minutes of concordant instrumental and vocal synergy with an almost Post-Punk resonance bleeding through the track.
Whilst it could be said that some aspects of the Air are comparable to bands such as Radiohead the way they weave neo-classical components into the composition so seamlessly is beyond anything I’ve ever heard. The classical strings truly kick in at the mid-way point of the track and wouldn’t be out of place in a film Noir soundtrack, yet it’s not long before they’re back in with the reverb soaked guitar-driven melodies. And all of that is without even mentioning the vocals which are soaring, weightless and paradoxically grounding.
You can check out Why Another’s single The Air which was released July 1st on YouTube now