Hello Indie Top 39 family! On this week’s New Music Sunday writeup we’ve got artists new and old veterans. Local artists (depending on your locale) and international artists. Talented artists and…. well that’s it actually! We hope you enjoy this week’s writeup and as always, have a great week to come!
Elijah Mann » Clementine
Powerful storytelling shows off the best parts of Elijah Mann’s ‘Clementine’INDIE TOP 39
On Elijah Mann, the electo/folk artist, newest release ‘Clementine’ he captures beauty in a poetic and enjoyable way. The gentle texture flows along gently while the strong lyricism and vocals lead the energy. Sometimes embracing the thin texture, while at others the whole band would lean into the emotions. No matter who was playing, ‘Clementine’ was a beautiful song to listen to. Each different voice worked collaboratively with those around it to enhance one another. A completely unique and unprecedented release. Gorgeous and interesting, it shows off both Elijah Mann and producer, Adam Tilzer phenomenally.
Angela Sclafani » Bell Jar
Sweet, poetic vocals gracefully lead ‘Bell Jar’INDIE TOP 39
Angela Sclafani’s new song ‘Bell Jar’ expertly combines easy-listening and power. Sometimes driven by the sing-songy melodies, while at other points the high-energy instrumental pushes everything along. No matter what voice was pushing the song forwards, the texture was beautiful. Powerhouse vocals define the energy and easily capture different moods. ‘Bell Jar’ showcases each voice phenomenally. Between how easy and relaxing of a song it is to listen to, and the strength and prowess each voice demonstrates you’re not going to want to miss this release. A great example of how different energies can work together to enhance what’s happening around them.
Finn McGowan » Porcelain
‘Porcelain’ combines beauty, fun and power effortlesslyINDIE TOP 39
‘Porcelain’, the latest release by the United Kingdom-based artist Finn McGowan is fun right from the get-go. I loved how many different genre’s influenced this cool release. Sometimes led by rolling hi-hats and quick lyricism, while at others leaning into the pretty chorus’ there was never a low moment. The powerful vocals were exciting and led the catchy vibe easily. Although the lyricism wasn’t always the most positive, ‘Porcelain’ was impossible to listen to without a smile on your face and a hop in your step. A totally cool release that showcases the awesome vocals as well as it does the fun instrumental
Fintan McKahey » Amber
Fintan McKahey wastes not time setting the delicate mood of ‘Amber’INDIE TOP 39
Right out of the gates the power of the vocals on ‘Amber’ demand attention. Irish singer/songwriter Fintan McKahey leads the warm track through its delicate moods. Occasionally the versatile instrumental poke through. Whether it was psychedelic guitars or pretty chordal lines these windows rounded out the songs beauty. Between the stellar foundation set by the rhythm section and lush vocals ‘Amber’ envelops you. From beginning to end the intensity and power push everything along seamlessly. Although it’s a little over 3 minutes time seems to move differently while listening to this elegant new track.
Jodi Heights » White Knight
‘White Knight’ is powerful and dark – a crazy cool release.INDIE TOP 39
Jodi Heights, A Boston-based singer/songwriter, sounds incredible on ‘White Knight’ – her latest song. Poetic storytelling leads the energy effortlessly while the rock instrumental enhances and pushes Heights performance. Underlying intensity keeps everything moving forwards and continually pulled my interest. Whenever I settled into the melody, something unexpected would happen – keeping me engaged through the entirety. Every new verse felt unique and built upon the moods already established allowing the performance to soar. Not only was it energetic and strong, but ‘White Knight’ found ways to pull me in and keep me hooked.
Noah Richardson » Painful
‘Painful’ is gorgeous. Easy-going and catchy, the melodies are enchanting.INDIE TOP 39
On Noah Richardson’s new song, ‘Painful’ easy listening meets groovy bass lines and catchy lyricism. Sounding equal parts indie and pop it is an absolute joy to listen to. Love is never easy, but Richardson does a great job interjecting beauty into the various different moods. I loved how well these different emotions worked together to enhance the songs entire energy. It finds it’s pocket quickly and never leaves, resulting in this awesome listening experience. Great music speaks for itself and doesn’t need to try extra hard to sound impressive, and this is a perfect example. ‘Painful’’s relaxed energy is enjoyable and washes over the listener – a killer release through and through.
Young Astronaut » Hope
Incessantly catchy melodies keep ‘Hope’ running through your head for hoursINDIE TOP 39
High-energy synthesizers push the oddly relaxed single ‘Hope’ along. As the opening track for the upcoming EP, it does a fantastic job showing off the UK-based artists Young Astronaut. Entrancing vocals drift gently overtop the throbbing instrumental. Despite the business going on in the synthesizers and rhythm section, the vocals were comfortable and easy-going. Sticking to their own style, and not being pushed into the higher-energy vibe helped accent both them and the various voices supporting. Not only that, but it allowed each to fully commit to their mood. Whether adding to the chordal beauty or busy-ing up the atmosphere, everything felt like it had a purpose that it accomplished easily and beautifully.