“Best for You and Me” is one of the singles to feature on the op and coming recording artist Sol’le’s debut album release “Imagine Proclamation”. The release serves as a proclamation to the fact that even though she may have started her career as a rapper, she still has a melodic command over a myriad of different styles. Best for You and Me stands as a testament to her vocal diversity and dynamic tonality, with the natural talent she possesses it’s hard to see how she’ll remain on the underground for long. Whilst the beat carried an easy and natural vibe and the vocals were unquestionably inviting it was easy to feel that the lyrics behind Best for You and Me weren’t really a product of expression, but they merely fit into the melody due to the fairly obvious rhyming patterns. Which may have been a consequence of the Rap/melodic Pop mash up, but they still slightly retracted from the resonance of the single.
You can check out Sol’le’s single Best for You and Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Alexis Basilio’s recent single “Your Love for Me” doesn’t make you feel anything, you might want to check for a pulse. The ambiently light Indie single progresses through plaintively raw melodies of soft instrumentals with the addition of plenty of transient reverb. Yet, the ethereal potency within the up and coming artist’s latest single is mainly the product of his hypnotically soft vocals which rest perfectly against the haunted atmospherics of the soundscape.
Your Love for Me is just one of the tracks from the New Brunswick, US-based artist’s most recent EP “So You Lack Another Day”, each one of the four tracks contain the same razor-sharp resonance, and clever use of spatial effect. But there really is no better introduction to Alexis Basilio’s melancholically alchemic style than Your Love for Me.
Any fans of Elliot Smith, James Yorkston and Radiohead will definitely want to check out Alexis Basilio’s latest EP. Which you can do by heading over to SoundCloud now.
The transiently immersive rhythms which run through up and coming experimental artist Cuva’s latest single “Overcast” may be amongst some of the most hypnotically resonant that I’ve heard this year. Whilst “resonant” is a term which tends to get banded around a lot, in the case of Overcast the light textures of the mutedly melodic mix serves as the perfect platform for the vocals which are as easy to listen to as breathing. With elements of Indie, Alt Rock and Electro Pop all get fed into the sonorous mix, Cuva have made it impossible to place a label on their sound or find reminiscence to another act out there on the scene to date. There’s an upbeat quintessential vibe to the sound, yet at the same time, they’ve kept the sound moody and intellectually-inspired enough to appeal to even the harshest audiophile critics.
You can check out Cuva’s latest single Overcast for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
“Silent Enemy” is the latest reverb-soaked offering from up and coming artist Mykimono. Mykimono certainly didn’t depend on production to allow the weight behind his latest single to leave you feeling wounded. His natural lyrical and melodic talent was plenty enough to ensure the single which was written about scars to truly hit home. Unless you’re completely void of empathy of course.
The Lo Fi Indie soundscape unravelled courtesy of orchestral strings and light reverb effects from the guitar progressions, which allowed each of the notes to resonate in perfect synergy. Any fans of the Verve are sure to be in heaven with the experimentally pensive Indie sound which mixes elements of Folk for an authentically raw and arresting aural experience. As much as I appreciate a Lo Fi sound, I would love to hear what Mykimono is capable of in a studio. Someone give him a record deal.
You can check out the demo of Silent Enemy which was released October, 2018 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now
“Opheliac” is the latest single released by the up and coming Indie outfit Telemonster. Unlike most Indie artists, they laced their sound with layers of smooth ambient catharsis instead of brash aggrandised attitude. Their experimental approach resulted in a soundscape that is all too easy to melt into, whilst bands such as the Beatles seemed to get the right synergy back in the day, it would seem that it’s become a lost art form amongst contemporary artists, except for Telemonster. There’s a quaint lucidity weaved into the melodies of Opheliac which matches the concordantly accessible style of the softly versed lyrics. But, perhaps what I loved most about the release was the inventive instrumental arrangements, you get the complexity of the piano notes wrapped around hypnotically jangling bells. When’s the last time you heard an arrangement as eclectic as that?
Opheliac was released September 12th ahead of their anticipated release of Introspecter Pt 2 which is due for release on November 2nd. Here’s to hoping that they’re releasing the record on vinyl.
You can check out the official music video to Telemonster’s latest single Opheliac for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.
Anthony Lee Phillips’ single Stayin’ Honest is perhaps one of the most seamless crossovers of ambient Jazz and Indie I’ve ever heard. Whilst many may still be under the impression that Jazz is inaccessible as a genre, the Seattle US-based recording artist in his prodigally authentic approach has created an emotively charged progression of stylishly smooth harmony.
He may describe his latest album ‘Need More Coffee’ as messy and raw yet, what you’re treated to is unadulterated, stripped back no-frills ambience which is an absolute pleasure to slip into. The vocal harmonies weave through the bluesy rhythms of the guitar alongside the concordant crashing of the cymbals before treating you to some intricately complex instrumental breakdowns. In short, it’s cathartic perfection.
Sadly, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to check it out yourselves. Anthony Lee Phillips’ album will be released October 22nd, 2018 prepare for some melancholically mused, jazz-soaked Indie. In the meantime, you can head over to the artist’s Soundcloud page and check out some of his earlier releases.
Glad is a track which instantly hits you. You don’t get the prelude to decide whether the single will arrest you. As soon as the melody kicks in, the sticky sweet rhythms have you hooked right the way through the jangly procession to the fade out. There aren’t a lot bands out there at the moment keeping their sound authentically Indie, but The LifeHacks aren’t your average alternative artists.
If you could imagine an infusion between New Wave artists such as the Smiths and Interpol matched with a Folk Punk edge, you’d get pretty close to imagining how refreshing Glad is to listen to. The genre-defying hit has the perfect balance of quintessential charm, instrumental mastery, emotive lyrics and vocals which don’t fail to draw you in through the hooks. The sentiment behind Glad is simple, yet potently resonant, a simple admission of being glad of who you are. Who doesn’t need that mantra in their lives?
You can check out the title track from the LifeHack’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.
Throwing professionalism out of the window, I’m going to have to proclaim Sway’s latest single Fun & Games as fricking adorable. As sweet as the experimentally winding progression of the instrumentals were, it will be the vocals that instantaneously grip you through their quintessential charm. There are very few vocalists who would come close to being comparable to Sway’s quaintly soft lyrical delivery.
Fun & Games has all the makings of a solid Indie hit, and it’s just one of the singles from their latest album “Who Killed Karma”. Whilst there may be an unenviable amount of competition in the Indie genre at the moment, it’s clear that Sway are nothing but your typical emerging act.
You can check out Sway’s latest single Fun & Games which was released September 14th, for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.
This Magazine Scene is the latest single from the Houston, US-based collective Paper Gliders, to say you’ve never heard anything like the Indie Rock soundscapes before would be a little bit of an understatement. They’ve taken the Lo Fi Indie sound that would is more archetypally popular in the UK over to the US and created something experimentally inventive. Whilst in part, it felt as though the up and coming band were being a little extra about appearing prodigal the anthemic energy was infectious either way. With slight reminiscence to bands such as the Ordinary Boys, and Kaiser Chiefs, Paper Gliders provided an accessible sound which was made their own with the unpredictability behind the instrumental progressions. With a friendly keyboard and some slick riffs thrown into he mix, it’s hard not to become enthralled in the highly resonant track.
You can check out the Paper Gliders latest single This Magazine Scene for yourselves by heading across to the artist’s SoundCloud page from September 7th.
Owen Patrick Walls was just one of the charismatically talented artists who I had the pleasure of stumbling across at Edinburgh Fringe this year. The Canadian Edinburgh-dwelling Indie singer songwriter stepped to the stage acoustic guitar in tow with an instantly accessible sound and didn’t fail to animate the room with his resonant style. Whilst my recollections of the evening are a little hazy, his 2018 EP ‘It’s Up to You’ reminded me how ethereally charming his acoustic compositions were.
His jangly fretboard mastery even makes Johnny Marr sound flat, and it’s safe to say that if at least one of the tracks on the EP doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re a little dead inside. Even though each track is concordantly constructed, you’ll still be treated to some of the punchiest melodies you’ve heard through Indie soundwaves in a while. The indulgently sweet instrumentals are further complimented by Owen’s magnetically mesmeric vocal style which is steeped with his unique euphoric energy.
You can check out Owen’s 6-track EP ‘It’s Up to You’ for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. ‘Addict’ has already become a firm favourite and a prominent feature on my playlists.
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