Arlo Parks – “Eugene” [single] – bedroom pop
With this mellow new release by British pop artist Arlo Parks marks a new era in the blooming bedroom pop world. Eugene is a style of song that reflects the new change in modern pop, from upbeat and peppy music to the more favorable low-key, mellow arrangements with a far step away from standard and monotonous lyric writing. Parks lyrics are conversational and guide you through the story to leave no ambiguity in what she needs to say. In this track Arlo‘s voice is breathy, intimate and full of yearning which only cements her lyrics about an unrealized love story even further, overall rounding out the entire tune. The arrangement is warm and gentle and simply dances behind the vocal and interlace with one another throughout the song making this an absolutely beautiful piece. This song is a great example of Arlo Parks and her music so if you haven’t heard of her yet, give her a listen below!
Siv Jakobsen – “Fear The Fear” [single] – singer songwriter
“Fear The Fear” is a new take on traditional singer-songwriting by this Norwegian born artist Siv Jakobsen. Siv’s light acoustic arrangement with erie drones and solo acoustic guitar create a haunting picture of self conflict and other cold emotions. The lyrics weave a story of self doubt, feeling lost, and the constant struggle of an artist to perpetually be creating. This predominately comes from the line “But shake it off I can’t, I won’t//Cause what would I write about if I don’t//Fear the fear inside my bones” which make this feel like an internal dialogue that is anxiety evoking and worrisome to any artist who is struggling to create. The light arrangement never gets in the way of the vocals, making what she has to say feel so much more urgent and upfront. This single came off the soon to be released A Temporary Soothing, which Im definitely excited for, and can’t wait to see more of what she can create. Give Siv Jakobsen’s “Fear The Fear” a listen below and see for yourself!
Papooz – Night Sketches – indie rock
This new album by indie rock duo Papooz, is a great mellow new find to add to your music collection. The upbeat arrangement which is reminiscent of Supertramp, and has smooth breathy vocals which add a certain unique quality that only this duo could provide. My personal favorite is “Good for Nothing” which is somewhere in-between soft rock and something coming out of the indie-lofi scene. The clear understanding of production and space by these two is something to be heralded and adds so much to what may fall flat if left in the hands of lesser artists. Papooz is blowing up all over and becoming a fast favorite so give them a listen below and check out their new album Night Sketches!
Mapache – Life On Fire [single] – folk rock
This folk rock duo Mapache just released their newest single “Life On Fire”, and these two take you back to a time where 8 track was king, denim on denim, and long hair was the style. This ambitious duo with a throw back sound bring the best of the 70s folk rock movement into the modern age. Though their sound may be from forty years ago but the lyrics certainly reflect the modern age, and don’t spare any gory details. The warmth of this track is perfect to keep you company all winter long, and is a great song overall! This track is light and fun, with a Allman Brothers-esque vocal style that is sure to have you singing along! Give “Life On Fire”by Mapache a listen below!
Marcus King – El Dorado – rock
New comer Marcus King from Greenville, South Carolina brings classic country inspired rock into the modern age with El Dorado. Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and is easily the newest jewel to come out of Easy Eye Sound, Marcus King brings a 70s inspired heavy but gentle sound into the 2020. King’s vocal style is raspy and warm, and when paired with a gritty distorted guitar and warm tapey acoustic it completes the entire sonic imagine that is so reminiscent of classic country mixed with modern blues rock. The songwriting of Marcus King is masterful and well restrained proving his mastery of his craft. The entire album is a collection of gems and is a fantastic album to kick off the new year! This album is already #1 on the Top New Artist charts, and multiple others, so if you haven’t checked El Dorado out yet, give it a listen below!
Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright [single] – americana
The newest single by americana artist Nathaniel Rateliff reflects the true nature of modern folk songwriting with his title track off his upcoming album “And It’s Still Alright”. Nathaniel is obviously inspired by the soft acoustic nature of 70s country and brings in the contemporary flare of modern lyric writing and production to his music. This track is reflective and melancholy with a level of songwriting that only comes with the wisdom of age and the lessons learned along the way. Recently performing this tune on Fallon, Its safe to say that Nathaniel Rateliff will be the next big thing in Americana and Folk music and we’re all excited to see how high he can go! His new album “And It’s Still Alright” come out February 14th but you can listen to his single below!
Aunty Social – “Crack A Deal” [Single] – indie pop
New comer, Aunty Social is surprising the world with her newest single “Crack a Deal”, with a pop centric and unique sound, Aunty social is sure to be the artist everyone is talking about in years to come. Starting this track off with an A cappella vocal and layering in spacey synth, this song builds slowly but has such a deep, rich and satisfying sound to it, you’re only waiting to see where it could go next. Her emotive modern vocal styling, lyrics and delivering are entrancing and bring you right into to the story that Aunty Social is weaving before your eyes. The accompanying music video is also a colorful, slightly dystopian piece of art and if you haven’t seen it, check it out now below!
Basement Revolver – “What Are You Waiting For” – indie rock
Also new to the scene, Basement Revolver with their own unique and intense style. Their music is reminiscent of soft rock from the early 90s and with the smooth vocal styles of Big thief. This track just is mellow, full of emotion and is just a great tune to sit back and unwind with. Basement Revolver is an underrated indie gem that has an entire library of great songs, and that really shows in “What Are You Waiting For” These guys are fantastic and they just released a new EP Wax and Digital, check it out below and see for yourself!
Matt Maltese – Krystal – indie rock
As 2019 comes to a close, we can look back and confidently say that it will be remembered as a fantastic year for music. The sheer amount of talent from independent artist this year has been surreal, and picking a favorite album was incredibly difficult, but I believe that one artist in particular stands out from the rest! Matt Maltese’s Krystal is beautiful, yet hard to describe, it’s an incredibly complex and dynamic album that leaves you listening over and over again, trying to pick out all the subtle nuances of each track. Matt has such a distinct tone that stands out from the rest and classifies him in a league of his own. Matt uses incredibly satisfying and unique blends of old school arrangements, and modern songwriting to create an incredibly fresh and unique sound that I have yet to hear anywhere else. His lyric’s range from the dark and obscure, to soft and tender and tote the line of pure poetry. Everything Matt has done in the past has taken on a life of its own, and his latest release is no different. If you’ve never heard of Matt Maltese, I cant recommend him enough!
Recommended Tracks: “Rom-Com Gone Wrong” and “When You Wash Your Hair”
Give Krystal a listen below!
The Districts – “Hey Jo” [single] – indie rock
Indie rock’s newest shining star is a band called The Districts, and they’re making big strides! Featuring a light ambient arrangement and a smooth emotive vocal cutting through the mix, this song is an up and coming indie anthem, leaving us all excited to hear what’s next! The lyrics of this tune paint an uncertainty and pain of being left behind. This single from The Districts newest album “You Know Im Not Going Anywhere” that is set to release in the coming months.
Were are all very excited to hear what they come out with next, so give it a listen and see for yourself!
Hoops – “They Say” [single] – indie rock
Releasing their newest single in two years, Indiana dreampop trio, Hoops are back after a long hiatus and better than ever! This track breaks into a smooth funk inspired groove that gets you moving before the first word. The smooth vocal styling swaddles the entire song in warmth, and relaxation tying the entire arrangement together. “They Say” is a feel good song that’s bound for the charts and we’re all excited to have them back! Hoops are on tour for the first time since their hiatus and you can see them live, December 4th at The Dance in New York City!
Listen down below!
Patrick Watson – “Dream For Dreaming” – indie pop
Patrick Watson has created another gem with “Dream for Dreaming .” This tune immerses you immediately within the first chord and leaves you asking the question “What’s next?” It doesn’t disappoint either, Patrick Watson paints an ambient, emotional world that encapsulated his smooth, cathartic voice perfectly. This keeps building and building and gives the listener a sense of melancholy and raw emotion. The use of dynamics makes the song have an ebb and flow comparable to waves in the ocean, giving a very powerful performance and making this one of the more remarkable tunes to come out so far in 2019. I highly recommend “Dream For Dreaming” and encourage everyone to give it a listen!
Matt Maltese – “Jupiter” [single] – indie rock
Kicking off the track with synth and punchy bass, Matt Maltese brings us into a retro vibe comparable to the soft rock bands of the 1970s. Matt’s vocals are smooth and his lyrical content is always exceptional and bordering on the abstract. This tune weaves a tale of yearning for a past love, and tells it in a way only Matt Maltese can. This song has a fantastic vibe and feel, and keeps up with the excellence that is this artist’s standard. All of Matt’s content is fantastic and I recommend you checking him out! Give. “Jupiter” a listen below!
Tino Drima – “Lover” – indie rock
Off the newest album Suitin’ Up by Tino Drima, “Lover” is a classic groove in a modern arrangement. This tune is funky and a throwback with powerful lofi vocals, mellow guitar and a pounding bass. Tino Drima has been bringing some very heavy hitters to the market with their newest album and this is a perfect example what they’re capable of! Give it a listen and see for yourself!
Craig Finn – “Its Never Been A Fair Fight”[single] – retro songwriter
With a style reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, prolific Songwriter Craig Finn has released yet another amazing single. His poetic and gritty lyrics pull you into a story that only Craig Finn could tell. The arrangement is minimal but fun and keeps you interested play after play. Moving to New York over 10 years ago, Craig Finn is known for his unique lyrics and how he weaves the urban environments of New York into his lyrics. “Its Never Been A Fair Fight” Is available on all major streaming platforms, so give it a listen!
Pearly – “Chain Of Coral”[Single] -indie rock
Bordering on ambient, “Chain of Coral” is a mellow, yet very inviting song that really folds into the scenery of everyday life. This song features a very simple arrangement of acoustic guitar, piano, haunting harmonies that create a very unique sound that only Pearly could get away with. This song is overall intense, haunting and calm; and chugs along with a plethora of ocean imagery and a beautiful sonic pallet, but with an undeniable sense of anxiety. This tune is great and I would recommend the listen!
Big Search – ” Thin Veil of Time”- indie rock
Being somewhat reminiscent of 70s soft rock, “Thin Veil of Time” has a very folky throwback sound, and is the latest release by artist Big Search. The tune feels incredibly laid back and loose; with instruments constantly coming in and out, and this ebb and flow keeps this song interesting. The lyrics of this song harken back to the more psychedelic inspired songs of the 70s yet the arrangement makes the tune feel fresh and modern. This is definitely one of the better Indie tunes to come out of 2019! Check it out below!
The Snuts – “Maybe California” [single] – indie rock
Brought to you by the band who has been producing indie anthems for the last four years, The Snuts new single “Maybe California” Is a fun catchy new tune to ring in Fall 2019. The retro arrangement and upfront vocals make this tune an easy listen, and it’s sure to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day! The chugging baseline and melodic background vocals give this song a fun bouncy vibe and yet emotional enough where you can decipher the meaning of the lyrics. This song is highly recommended, but check it out and see for yourself!
LOVING – “VISIONS” -[single] -indie rock
Theres a new player in the lofi indie scene, and no one does it better than LOVING. “Visions” is a track that is greatly needed for this fall. Being the sonic equivalent to a roaring fireplace in a snow storm, this tune feels loose and free but obviously carefully crafted making the atmosphere presented, that much more immersible. Anyone who loves the warmth of wobbly tape will just have a blast with this tune. Check out “Visions” Below!