Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of Independent Spotlight, I’ll be taking a look at ‘Just Over The Moon,’ a new single from Shelby Potts. The song is off of a three-track EP Potts recently released, ‘Invention of the Shipwreck.’ Let’s get straight into it:
Immediately, Pott’s production quality is apparent. It’s a well produced sound, boasting a nicely organized band that's mixed nicely. Swaying electric guitars, plodding acoustic rhythm, simplistic percussion, and brief piano segments create the soundscape of ‘Just Over The Moon’ quite magnificently.
There’s a bit of a surreal, even sublime sound to the Shelby Pott’s music. His voice is smooth and welcoming, padded kindly by complementary instrumentation. The song is pretty simple musically and lyrically, however; it doesn’t take any chances. The word I’m probably looking for is ‘safe.’ ‘Just Over The Moon’ is beautiful, but it does feel a little safe, as if the glimpse we get of Potts as an artist is too brief to envision a musical identity around him.
There’s nothing wrong with having a soft, clean sound that embraces brevity in the performance and production. In that sense, Potts excels. It is important to note that as a professional critiquing Potts, it’s my job to be critical of a ‘safe’ sound. It’s not always about being overly adventurous, though. Sometimes we need a meaningful and peaceful sound to bring us tranquility. Shelby Potts will do that, and ‘Just Over The Moon’ is a terrific track for those introspective evenings of acoustic easy-listening music.
Check out the single at: https://shelbypottsofficial.bandcamp.com/track/just-over-the-moon-single