This week we have a phenomenal lineup of artists – some of our favourite artists return with new music and also we are thrilled to have discovered so many new names too. Have a look at 7 songs we picked to review and don’t forget to listen to the whole playlist which includes 39 best songs released this week. Without further adieu, here is this weeks New Music Sunday!
Rebecca Sichon » Innocence
The way ‘Innocence’ locks together was dreamy and incredibly beautifulINDIE TOP 39
Creating goals is the first step towards accomplishing them. In the pursuit to complete these goals, however, we oftentimes put a ton of pressure on ourselves. ‘Innocence’ by Rebecca Sichon dives into the complicated emotions that come along with this bittersweet situation. Her expressive voice drips with emotion, and although the intimate piano gives the song an almost melancholy energy, there’s a sense of optimism. Using reverb helped give the song a much bigger presence and allow Sichon’s voice to really feel like it’s soaring over top of everything. I found myself entranced by the pretty melodies and ethereal instrumental.
Arielle Bryant » Thought Form
Dreamy and totally unique,I found it simply magicalINDIE TOP 39
‘Thought Form’ is a song totally its own. Comparing it to other works of art doesn’t even feel right. US-based singer-songwriter Arielle Bryant sounds mystifying over the instrumental. The texture can best be described as a soundscape, because of how it seems to carry you away. Layered vocals floated over atmospheric synths and after-effects. I thought it was very cool how easily the song flowed along through its different energies; without really losing the vibe it set in the beginning. The best songs make you think, without losing the part of them that makes them enjoyable in the first place. Arielle Bryant did a phenomenal job doing that exactly on ‘Thought Form’.
Sam Handy » Better
The excitement and energy on ‘Better’ are guaranteed to put a smile on your faceINDIE TOP 39
Better is a mental state. When times are tough it’s easy to look at the bad things, but Sam Handy does a great job finding joy on ‘Better’. The cool laid-back instrumental suited the song and the entire atmosphere. One thing I loved, was the versatility of the vocals. Delivering the catchy chorus, falsetto laced verses and backing vocal scats with ease. They kept the song interesting as well as demonstrated Handy’s immense talent. You can hear the smile behind the voice. It elevates the performance and makes for a truly memorable song.
Al22 » I Don’t Mind
‘I Don’t Mind’ is the perfect song to lift spiritsINDIE TOP 39
My favorite part of ‘I Don’t Mind’, the newest release by UK-based artist Al22, is how fun it was to listen to. Everything was upbeat and playful. Energy may have been high the entire time, but Al22 had no trouble keeping it up. In fact, as the song went on, the vocals got more and more impressive. Breakneck drums give structure as the melody/counter-melodies dance overtop it all. These layered vocals help keep the texture busy and interesting. There’s no way to listen to ‘I Don’t Mind’ without ending up with a smile on your face by the end.
Kelley Cole » Anyone
‘Anyone’ crackled with electric energy and excitement. An incredibly fun listen.INDIE TOP 39
Kelley Cole’s confident voice easily floated over top the cool dance instrumental on her debut release ‘Anyone’. Warbling bass lines groove underneath everything, giving the song support and contrasting the fullness of the lyrics. The song seems to just ooze “cool”. Vocals are delivered with ease, and the complicated yet versatile instrumental is incredibly interesting. Non-traditional sounds sprinkled throughout the instrumental melded in alongside the synths and pads almost unnoticed. In particular, using ambient party noises gave the song energy and thickened the texture. Whenever the texture thinned out, however, every voice stood out resulting in this catchy, exciting song.
Meeking » Taking Hits
On Meeking’s latest release, ‘Taking Hits’, they continue sound is impressive and fun to listen to.INDIE TOP 39
Alt-rock trio Meeking are known for their energy and exciting songs. ‘Taking Hits’ is no different, laced with awesome vocals and a rhythm section to match, it is enjoyable and exciting. I loved where the guitars were placed in the mix; it added a ton of depth and made me feel like I was listening to a live performance. Through the chorus, the vocals commanded attention. Whenever it was just the band playing however, the energy was still high and the song just as exciting. No one voice relied on any other to make their part memorable and interesting.
Mum’s Favorite » Primrose
Not only was ‘Mum’s Favorite’ catchy, it gave all 5 band members a chance to show off their talent.INDIE TOP 39
Ethereal almost psychedelic guitars greet you on “Primrose”, the newest release by Australian punk band Mum’s Favorite. One of the first things that stuck out to me when listening was the cohesiveness of all the different voices. Although the song explored vastly different moods they melded into each other seamlessly. Transitions from one part to the next would happen, and I wouldn’t notice until the new groove was settled. Catchy bass lines provide the foundation for the rest of the band to go all out. Mum’s Favorite sounded fantastic, and their performance made ‘Primrose’ even more memorable.