Another glorious week of music-filled euphoria has passed, here at IndieTop39. As always, on Sundays, we publish the seven new releases that caught out attention. I am not going to lie to you, there is a great amount of awesome music these days, and it can be hard to narrow it down to seven tracks. In fact, in our related Spotify playlist (link here) you will find the best 39 tunes released this week, check it out for a wider perspective on today’s music landscape.
BAYWUD » Lullaby
Championing his unique poignant, heartfelt style, made up of intense ballads and acoustic guitar goodness, the American talent confirms himself as one of the finest songwriters aroundINDIE TOP 39
For some, music is an exercise in style. For others, is a true medium of expression, a space where one can work through painful memories and present challenges. For BAYWUD, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, music is an escape from troubling times. After a short hiatus, he returns with his first release of the year, the acoustic gem ‘Lullaby’. Championing his unique poignant, heartfelt style, made up of intense ballads and acoustic guitar goodness, the American talent confirms himself as one of the finest songwriters around, capable of pouring his heart into his lyrics. If are looking for emotion-filled material and deep meaning, you are in the right place.
Cikanek » Technicolor
‘Technicolor’ is hard to define: psych rock meets indie pop, all bathed into shoegaze sensibilities. Honestly, it is really goodINDIE TOP 39
Active in the musical whirlwind that is L.A., songwriter and producer Cikanek is now making his debut as a solo artist, after years of helping others shape their sounds. ‘Technicolor’ is hard to define: psych rock meets indie pop, all bathed into shoegaze sensibilities. Honestly, it is really good. Opening with clean, reverberated guitars and Cikanek’s mesmerising falsetto vocals, dancing around various soundscapes, the track soon jumps into a groovy chorus. Taking a page out of Tame Impala’s music manual, the drums are pretty lo-fi, punchy and drenched in modulations effects. Overall, the balance between human-played instruments and electronic inserts is well thought out, offering an interesting glimpse into Cikanes’ sonic universe and musical expertise. I am expecting big things from the American talent in the future. In the meantime, listen to ‘Technicolor’.
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Gabrielle Ornate » The Undying Sleep
Imagine a dazzling whirlwind of fuzzy soundscapes, all concurring towards providing the perfect sonic background in which Ornate’s kaleidoscopic and evocative vocals can thrive inINDIE TOP 39
I have been following Gabrielle Ornate for quite a while now, even catching one of her gigs. Well, she has just put out a new single, and I’ll be honest with you, it is probably her best one yet. Imagine a dazzling whirlwind of fuzzy soundscapes, all concurring towards providing the perfect sonic background in which Ornate’s kaleidoscopic and evocative vocals can thrive in. Wow. It reminds me of George Clanton, there is a certain chillwave and vaporwave flair, making it extremely contemporary, or how our friends in Tech would say, ‘cutting-edge’. Gabrielle has been showcasing her creative power force for quite a while now, driving buzzing attention to the project. It is probably time to listen if you haven’t yet. Recommended!
Hannah Robinson » Nineteen
‘Nineteen’ is everything you have always wanted to listen to: sultry, poignant and expressive indie-style arrangements glorifying the artist’s ethereal vocalsINDIE TOP 39
Any dream pop peeps out there? Take note of English songstress Hannah Robinson’s newest release. ‘Nineteen’ is everything you have always wanted to listen to: sultry, poignant and expressive indie-style arrangements glorifying the artist’s ethereal vocals, drawing the listener into an exquisite yet intangible sonic universe, a place where self-reflection is welcome, a place where one can take a breather from everyday hustling. Emerging from Gateshead, Robinson debuted back in 2020, showcasing her songwriting prowess and creative inspiration. A knack for relatability characterises her lyrical themes, offering users room for growth and change. Describing the struggle of living behind a happy mask, ‘Nineteen’ wants to motivate in finding one’s true self. We’ll do that, Hannah, probably with the song on repeat!
Ivy Ash » You, Not Me
It is hard to make good pop music. Ivy Ash seems to have mastered it though, showcasing crystalline songwriting and super-charged production valuesINDIE TOP 39
It is hard to make good pop music. Ivy Ash seems to have mastered it though, showcasing crystalline songwriting and super-charged production values in her new single ‘You, Not Me’. The British talent is coming off a period of artist development, fully supported by Arts Council England. Featured by the likes of BBC Introducing in the past, the project seems to be en route to a brilliant future. How could it not be that way? ‘You, Not Me’ shapes up as an absolute earworm. Encastoned into contemporary disco-pop sonic references, we find Ash’s catchy and sultry melodies, exploding into a world-class chorus, not missing relatability. A tune that deserves a listen, and a project that is worth a follow.
Last Motion Picture » Your Heart Is A Stranger’s House
Exploring pop songwriting, Last Motion Picture end up with a semi-ballad that instantly captures the listener, offering the perfect soundtrack for a poignant momentINDIE TOP 39
The solo project of Yorkshire-based singer and songwriter Andy James, Last Motion Picture appeared on the music scene this week with a new record, ‘Your Heart Is A Stranger’s House’. An experienced musician, James debuted LMP earlier in June, with a heartfelt, modern rendition of a hyped ‘Running Up The Hill’ by Kate Bush. The latest single is his first original offering: blending soft rock elements with pop sensibilities, the British artist builds the perfect housing for his deep, foggy vocals. Exploring pop songwriting, Last Motion Picture end up with a semi-ballad that instantly captures the listener, offering the perfect soundtrack for a poignant moment. Recommended!
MOA » Cry Wolf
Bathed in sombre, dark tones, the listener’s ears get flooded in sultry, malleable bass matter, while punchy and groovy beats drive the track forwardINDIE TOP 39
After a short hiatus, ‘Bipolar Pop’ queen MOA returns to the new music scene with her third offering to date, ‘Cry Wolf’. Marking a new chapter in the London-based talent’s career – where she assumes full control over her creative output – the single doubles down on the sonic features that have always been the project’s strong points. Bathed in sombre, dark tones, the listener’s ears get flooded in sultry, malleable bass matter, while punchy and groovy beats drive the track forward. Framed in this haunting yet delicious concoction of sound, we find MOA’s fierce and evocative vocals, exploring themes of pain and reckoning. As always, the songwriting is extremely on point, making for a catchy, memorable record.
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