Hello Indie Top 39 family! Another new year! It feels like 2020 all over again (2020 too if you will). Time doesn’t stop for anyone, but that’s not always a bad thing. When your year is filled with cool things to look forwards to, you’ll never want time to stop. Since this week hit us at an odd time we are doing an abridged writeup this week. Here are 5 of the greatest songs to drop either late 2021 or early 2022! Enjoy!
Luna Keller » No Man’s Land
Relaxing yet exciting, ‘No Man’s Land’ was awesome..INDIE TOP 39
Delicate strings and piano set the easy-going tone of Luna Keller’s latest release, ‘No Man’s Land’. I loved how easily the vocals brought intensity to the light atmosphere without losing the core energy of the song. The floatiness of it all was relaxing to listen to and matched the emotion of the texture. Almost raw at points, the delivery was passionate and an absolute delight to listen to. Not only is it the type of song you find yourself smiling along while listening, but it does so in an unforgettable and beautiful way.
Crosscurrent » hocus pocus
Dreamy and atmospheric, the energy on ‘hocus pocus’ was delightfulINDIE TOP 39
Uplifting, playful melodies greet you on South African duo Crosscurrent’s latest song, ‘hocus pocus’. Both catchy and fun to listen to, you’re bound to start off the new year on the right note with this release. Gentle harmonies bounce around while cool vocals set the tone and pushed everything along. Driven by the restless bass lines, the current they set allowed the vocals to soar. Quick, but never rushed, the delivery drew me in to hear the details – and I’m thankful I did! Everything last detail came together phenomenally keeping me entertained and wanting more.
Darrian Gerard » Old Wounds
‘Old Wounds’ is powerful, exciting, and a ton of fun to listen to.INDIE TOP 39
Reminiscing can feel good for better or worse. Sometimes it feels good to think of good times, while at others it feels nice to confront those memories you never really came to terms with. Canadian singer/songwriter Darrian Gerard does a phenomenal job delving into this on ‘Old Wounds’. Powerful and vulnerable, it strikes a chord between enjoying the pain rehashing these old wounds and hating it. Although it hurts, the pain brings relief – and Gerard’s passionate delivery reinforces that energy tenfold. Support by the high-energy rhythm section ensures you’ll be grooving along by the end.
Howe » Wash Rinse Repeat
Both fun to listen to, and innovative – what I’ve learned to expect from HoweINDIE TOP 39
The evolving texture of Howe’s latest release, ‘Wash Rinse Repeat’ will have you on the edge of your seat. Easily morphing between easy-going almost bubbly melodies and intense and dark one’s. There’s never a moment that doesn’t have something interesting going on. Whenever one idea feels like it’s settling the background synths twist and contort the song into something completely different. Impossible to pin down, Howe does a phenomenal job leading the energy of everything. Her vocals are interesting and provide structure in an otherwise chaotic soundscape. Unlike anything I’ve ever heard before, Howe continues to release impressive and unique music.
Yavin » I Don’t Really Know What’s Happening
The bounce and groove of ‘I Don’t Really Know What’s Happening’ is infectious.INDIE TOP 39
One of the coolest parts of Yavin’s newest release, ‘I Don’t Really Know What’s Happening’ was the playful confrontation of feeling shitty. Nobody likes feeling badly, but Yavin does so in a way that’s uplifting and the exact opposite of what you’d expect. Not only that but the fun synths in the background provide the perfect vibes for the vocals. At times brooding and sinister, while at others bouncy and Kygo-esque. Their versatility allows the joyfulness of the vocals to shine through and flip between moods with ease. Cool, exciting, and another great way to kick off this exciting new year.