Hello hello everyone. We are super excited to return with a new week of crazy good releases from the independent music community. Amongst the 39 tracks you will find some of the artists that we’ve been supporting the most. Let’s see if you will be able to spot them. As usual, we picked 7 songs to review.
Jacob Humber » Afterlife
High-energy complements Jacob Humber’s relaxed sound phenomenally on ‘Afterlife’INDIE TOP 39
What first struck me about Jacob Humber’s cool new release, ‘Afterlife’ was the song’s relaxed motion. Everything felt calm and collected, yet like it was pushing towards something. Animated vocals paired with personable lyrics which floated over the song’s gentle instrumental. Led by the upbeat drums, the rhythm section managed to highlight the vocal melody while deepening the texture. Whether it’s adding dense harmonies or just filling in a quiet part, it felt perfect for the songs vibe. Occasional backing vocals helped fill out the atmosphere and allow Humber to truly shine. A song as well written as it is catchy
Amii Dawes » A Thank You Note
‘A Thank You Note’ manages to be powerful and impactful without a thick texture or chorus of voicesINDIE TOP 39
Powerful piano sets the tone, and provides all the support Amii Dawes needs on her emotional new release, ‘A Thank You Note’. The duet between the two is deeply personal and harrowingly beautiful. The type of song that will pull at your heartstrings and make you thankful for those who surround you. Not quite happy or sad, it’s the ambiguity that makes it all the more impactful. A rare song that relies heavily on the pure impact of the lyrics to give it emotion and depth. When paired with the support of the delicate piano lines, the result is breathtaking and unforgettable.
JØAN » Dark Side
Driven by graceful piano lines, ‘Dark Side’ is immaculateINDIE TOP 39
The beauty of Indie Top 39-veteran JØAN’s latest release, ‘Dark Side’ is immediately evident. Powerful vocals suit the delicate piano phenomenally. Although the texture never gets very thick, the easy-going harmonies created all sorts of tonal colors. Not only was the song a delight to listen to, but one that will have you thinking about your life. Melding different moods sounds easy for the talented duo. In fact, their passionate performance was pivotal to the songs breathtaking effect. For a group that put out our favorite song of 2020, they have managed to continually build upon their successes and still find new ways to innovate.
Marina Avetisian » Freefall
Jazzy vocals define ‘Freefall’s relaxed textureINDIE TOP 39
Marina Avetisian, the singer/songwriter from the United Kingdom, sounds awesome on her delightful new release, ‘Freefall’. Easy-going vocals drift gently overtop the relaxed instrumental. Colorful harmonies ring out alongside the intricate lead melodies. Never in a rush to get from one point to the next, I loved how Avetisian and the band would lean into the groove and really let it settle before moving on. All the different ideas felt expanded upon and developed. A great song, that captures the idea of hearing a smile phenomenally. Not only that, but it’s almost impossible to listen to without a smile of your own.
Rachel Hill » Ice Cubes
‘Ice Cubes’ is poetry put to musicINDIE TOP 39
‘Ice Cubes’ is the latest song by the London-based artist Rachel Hill. Full of powerful vocals and delicate lyrics, it’s beautiful. Whether the gorgeous vocals or versatile instrumental, I found myself constantly entranced by the texture. Impossible to pin down with just a genre or two, the experience was truly one of a kind. The commanding vocals easily led the songs energy, never letting even a word go unheard. The vulnerable lyricism was pivotal to the song’s enchanting effect. Although the song is just under three minutes long, it will have you thinking about it for hours upon hours afterwards.
Sean David Christensen » I Miss The Old You
Delightful and energetic, ‘I Miss The Old You’ is awesomeINDIE TOP 39
On ‘I Miss The Old You’, the newest release by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Sean David Christensen light energies pair beautifully with the warm vocals. Dazed guitars drift around while vocals tell stories of times past and introspection. Despite the song’s upbeat tone, there are sad undertones at points. Rich harmonies capture the drastically different moods with ease and pair with Christensen’s storytelling phenomenally. One of those songs that puts a smile on your face and has you thinking about the good-ol-days no matter how bittersweet they may be. An awesome representation of that nostalgic longing and great release all around.
Tina Loeffler » Sea Song
Listening to ‘Sea Song’ is a chillingly beautiful experience.INDIE TOP 39
The blissful delivery of ‘Sea Song’ is beautiful. Tina Loeffler’s gorgeous vocals lead the song’s gentle mood while the talkative guitar line sets the atmosphere. Although more voices join into the texture, it never really feels thick instead opting for easy-going harmonies. I loved how the light vocal lines would pair with one another, bringing out the beauty of the chords. Passionate yet relaxed, the lyrics seem to wash over you. Their vulnerability added to the song’s poetic tone. The type of beauty that brings tears to your eyes and bumps to your skin, Loeffler sounds simply incredible.
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