Offbeat Odyssey - 'Bottle of Blue'

The single begins with a rather haunting minute of atmospheric meanderings, alluding to Offbeat Odyssey moving, at least stylistically, toward a Radiohead-esque sound. Ghostly vocal echoes slowly rise out of the introduction in a simply stunning way, that is, before the song evolves into a foot-tapping, reggae-infused jam. The reggae influence isn’t just highly unexpected, it’s highly fruitful. Offbeat Odyssey has taken reggae stylings and incorporated them, elegantly into ‘Bottle of Blue,’ which also pulls together pop and rock into its mix.

Press Release - Tangerine Sky - May 26, 2017

This Monday, May 29, the indie roots outfit Tangerine Sky will release their highly anticipated second studio single, ‘You’re On Your Way.’ Available upon release on all major digital music platforms for streaming and download, the track is an early insight into the band’s forthcoming full-length album. The track comes on the heels of the band’s March debut, ‘Now That I’ve Found You.'

Morrow's Memory - 'Take Control'

‘Take Control’ is a succinct EP, one in which every song has its place in the sequence. This in itself is quite refreshing, because indie rock groups have a tendency to add lots of ‘filler’ to their records. There’s none of that here - all these songs are finely tuned and raring to go. ‘Bloodlust,’ the bombastic introduction to the EP, is a sharply orchestrated, passionately performed effort in which lead vocalist Tony Fitchett exhibits himself as an especially powerful frontman.

3Dimensional - Their New Singles

‘Netflicks & Chill’ is the track that 3Dimensional has garnered significant attention for online, and frankly, it’s unsurprising that it’s their most appealing track. It’s radio bubblegum through and through, doused in reverberated dance beats and culturally relevant, modern colloquialisms. If you aren’t a teenager, though, ‘Netflicks & Chill’ will take “cheese” to a whole new level, as the two brothers sing about seducing their date as Netflix plays in the backdrop. But, hey, the song actually has a mention of consent, and that’s really awesome.

Mimic of a Mind - 'Music Destroyed My Life'

At seven tracks in length, ‘Music Destroyed My Life’ centralizes itself around a hip hop style that digs primarily into the negative, frustrating aspects of being an aspiring artist. I often have artists come across my desk with a particularly starry-eyed mentality of their career. That’s wonderful, of course, but often unrealistic, almost to the point of comedy. Mimic of a Mind has opted for a much more brutal, realistic analysis of his artform.

Pauline Frechette - 'Always Lovers'

Her most recent release, ‘Always Lovers,’ features “David,” but doesn’t make a clear distinction of what his contribution is or who he is. I suspect, however, that Frechette’s release includes a collaborative effort with her husband, David Campbell, the famed composer and father of Beck. Campbell has worked extensively on Frechette’s music in the past, too, and the arrangements Frechette’s husband has aided her with have been simply remarkable.

The Governators - 'Punchdrunk & Fisticuffs'

Hailing from Dublin, The Governators are an independent rock outfit who have recently released their debut EP, a six track collection entitled ‘Punchdrunk & Fisticuffs.’ Recorded as a DIY production, the effort was recorded and produced in a home studio, something that The Governators are rather humble about. In reality, however, the short album is remarkably well engineered for a home endeavor. Let’s dig into the six songs... 

Amilia K Spicer - 'Wow and Flutter'

At twelve tracks long, ‘Wow and Flutter’ is a bold statement for an independent artist. While Spicer runs into issues with this on the tail end, the collection is largely very intriguing. Her sound elegantly mixes country and folk with hints of bluegrass and outlaw music. She’s somewhat reminiscent of, perhaps, Holly Williams or Justin Townes Earle. The opening of her new album is also its lead single, ‘Fill Me Up.’

The Highfields - 'She Said'

In this review, we’ll be exploring ‘She Said,’ a six song EP that’s centered around Kaelie’s vocals. ‘He Said’ will soon follow, an EP with a focus on Nate, and ultimately, the two will merge together as  ‘She Said. He Said.’ It’s actually quite a brilliant idea, and reminds me somewhat of She and Him, another duo that toys around with the dichotomy between their genders in their music. The first song on ‘She Said,’ entitled ‘Good Vibes,’ is also the single for the EP.

NowFuture - 'Spy Killer'

The titular track is the EP’s introduction, an explosive jaunt through instrumental punk influence and lyrical metal inspiration. The track slaps the listener in the face from the get-go with heavily distorted, crunchy electric guitar and thunderous percussion. Lead vocalist Pete Moss is intensely aggressive, giving NowFuture’s sound a unique sense of authenticity. They’re leaving everything at the door. This is raw rock and roll. ‘Spy Killer,’ the song, is also an early exhibition of quality production on the EP.

Press Release - FREUD JUNG - May 18, 2017

London, UK - The rising independent hip hop artist FREUD JUNG has released his latest studio endeavor, a single entitled ‘G’S IN THE ENDS.’ Boasting sharp, intense production from FYOOMZ, the track is the first insight into the artist’s debut mixtape that’s due out this August, a record called ‘PRAGUE STORIES.’ The new single is available to stream and download for free now.

Danny Baxley - Music Video Premiere

Earlier this week on the Independent Spotlight, we delved deep into 'Identity,' a new EP from Danny Baxley, a Boston-based artist. Now the performer has released a music video for 'Crossed A Line,' a song that may be included in an upcoming album or project. Check it out below; fans of 'Identity' will find similar experimental musings at play on the new single, making it a must-listen for anyone with a penchant for the EP.

Danny Baxley - 'Identity'

It’s worth noting right out of the gate that ‘Identity’ will not be for everyone. This is certainly niche music. Baxley’s sound is a compelling mixture of electronic, lo-fi, and alternative rock soundscapes. “This girl can’t wipe the pretentiousness off her face, and I can assure you it’s worse than resting bitch-face,” Baxley croons in a very matter-of-fact tone on ‘Unfavorable Fable.’ Frankly, his delivery and lyrical style is immensely refreshing. It reminds me quite a bit of the late Lou Reed’s style: blunt and to the point.

Bob Pepek - 'Pratfalls and Curtain Calls'

The production quality of ‘Pratfalls and Curtain Calls’ is immediately evident in the opening notes of ‘Against My Will,’ the first track on the LP. The song is jam-packed with a bevy of influences, an early indicator that the album has quite a varied sonic palette. Though ‘Against My Will’ boasts lovely introspective songwriting, its most powerful statement is its instrumentation.

Jett Allen - 'See The Hero Off'

‘See The Hero Off’ is an intriguing piece of music because it’s quite unlike anything else that comes across my desk. Though I receive instrumental compositions on a near-daily basis, they aren’t in the vein of this single at all. The track’s sharp, melodic synthesizers sound like they’re background music to ‘The Neverending Story’ or ‘Labyrinth.’ If you’ve ever seen a 1980s fantasy film, ‘See The Hero Off’ sounds like it would be perfectly at home in it.

Stone White - 'Groove Thang'

The titular track of ‘Groove Thang’ opens White’s new collection of songs, and there’s a ridiculous amount of sonic influence jam packed into the track. White has a country-esque, Nashville twang to his lead vocals. There’s a definitive funk influence in the instrumental performance, however, and that’s accented further by bouts of rock and roll style electric guitar riffing. On paper, ‘Groove Thang’ shouldn’t work as a song. The elements shouldn’t click together the way they do. Goodness, though - they do, and it’s infectious on a whole new level.

SDLT - 'Sliding Roads'

‘Sliding Roads,’ which was released earlier this year, is available in its eleven track entirety on YouTube with accompanying lyric videos, making it a particularly easy album to digest. From the opening notes of ‘Smile,’ the record’s tone is set: it’s easy listening, pop-infused singer songwriter music written in a very anthemic style. These are songs to blast from your car stereo on hot summer nights this season. ‘Smile’ is a passionate love tune that’s instantly irresistible - infectious, even.