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 evening’s Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be setting our gaze onto ‘Come My Way,’ the first single from an upcoming EP from Brixtin, a rising Brickhouse Music Group artist. Inspired by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Teagan and Sarah, and Imagine Dragons, Brixtin crafts a comfortable, but intriguing blend of pop infused dance music. Let’s check it out.
‘Come My Way’ is superbly produced, so let’s touch on that first. There’s an incredibly solid soundscape that builds around Brixtin - synthesizers, tight beats, electric guitars, and backup vocals all elegantly compile together into ‘Come My Way.’ Despite its high octane, danceable nature, the single doesn’t feel overproduced, either. That’s a very good thing; all too often I’m running into indie pop and dance artists with remarkably overproduced music, so much that it becomes a parody of itself. ‘Come My Way’ is an excellent example of intuitive, well mixed, and well written dance music. Plus, that brief electric guitar solo section is awesome.
Lyrically, the song is a dance pop tune. Shallow, but catchy and well-suited for the dance floor. Vocally, I found Brixtin’s delivery surprisingly satisfying. For lyrical content that isn’t overly inventive, he really does sell it. A large part of that owes debt to the stellar production: it accentuates him in every way. His presence is commanding, though, and I found his pieces quite good.
Typically, when a song like this crosses my desk I’m left with a heavily critical review. That’s because the indie scene is oversaturated with terrible pop. Brixtin’s music is simple: it is what it is and doesn’t sell you on anything more or less. I really dig that authenticity and I found ‘Come My Way’ to be a fantastic outing. It shows real promise for his upcoming EP. If the rest of the collection is equally as creative; it may very well be one of the scene’s better pop/dance records this season.
Listen to the new single below on SoundCloud: