On Tuesday, June 20, the rising independent alternative rock outfit known as The Pretty Fingers will unveil their latest sonic creation, a bombastic, exciting new single entitled ‘Real Thing.’ The fiery, distortion-infused jaunt through punk influence is quite unlike anything else in the trio’s catalog, thus charting new territory for the ever-evolving band.
Static Choke open up their freshman EP with ‘Big Bang Pimp,’ a fiery, explosive excursion through distortion and lead vocals that border into realms of metal. Lead vocalist Greg Grunder has a set of pipes that tear down the walls of pretension often surrounding indie punk acts. His aggression feels authentic and honest - not manufactured. When one listens closely to the track, it’s also easy to hear that Grunder is matched by equally passionate performers. Vince Baugh, the drummer, is thunderous, and Pat O’Brien, the bassist, is very versatile in such a quick-moving soundscape.
On Saturday, July 1, ALTOSPIN Records will unveil ‘Round Wishes,’ the label’s first release of music from their newly signed artist Ambrela. The complex, enthralling new double single beautifully melds neo trance and melodic techno stylings together into a marvelously memorable sound completely unique to the Russian electronic musician.
The rising independent artist Da Twin Prince has released his latest studio effort, a suave new single entitled ‘Taste Your Love.’ The slickly produced song comes on the heels of ‘StudioSexOnTheWeekend,’ the performer’s last mixtape. Available now to stream and download on all major digital music platforms, the track elegantly infuses Afro beats, hip hop, and R&B into one cohesive, compelling new sonic experience.
‘Restless’ was co-written by Bergsnes and Ben Pleasanton, a friend of Ward’s. “I wanted a great summer tune about wanderlust and falling in love with someone who was the same way,” Ward mused about his newest single. He’s certainly accomplished conjuring that type of atmosphere: ‘Restless’ is the kind of song that’ll perfectly score your summer season. Its anthemic, sing-along nature is ideal for blaring stereos and outdoor events this season.
Similar to its predecessor, ‘Issue #1’ has been released with a rather excellent comic book companion piece. It’s a fairly on-the-nose critique of a post-Trump America, in which the lead characters battle back and forth with an army of evil “TV heads.” This, of course, is a shot across the bow at Trump supporters. In one scuffle, one woman is confirmed as a “sexual deviant,” given two options: “mandatory conversion therapy or execution.” (Who would have thought Mike Pence could fit one of those massive televisions on his equally large head?)
The following is an Independent Spotlight exclusive interview with the up and coming singer songwriter, Dean Eggleston.
Pochop, for me, is a special artist. She was one of the first independent musicians that I highlighted on the Independent Spotlight when I began writing it nearly three years ago in July of 2014. This blog has evolved in a variety of new directions, and naturally, Pochop has come quite a ways in that time, too. She sounds more comfortable than ever. Listening back on that first album I reviewed, it remains lovely, but the production of ‘Lightning’ is so much more refined with crystal clear vocals and instrumentation.
“Ultra rock” was originally coined by Henry Cowell in 1917 in his book ‘New Musical Resources.’ He argued a genre called “ultra rock” would form that had an emphasis on the second in a musical scale rather than the third. “I use the ninth and sixth which are both seconds in the musical scale,” the artist explains. “Where you would find seventh notes used, I will use the sixth instead.” Casanova’s guitar is tuned to this formula, which he then builds larger in a multi-layered process.
Norwich, UK - The eclectic duo known as Rain Valley People has released their sophomore studio endeavor, a stunning new single entitled ‘Winter Mystery.’ The melancholy, hauntingly beautiful track was recommended on-air by Tom Ravenscroft of BBC Radio 6, and since the outfit debuted the track’s music video last month, it has garnered thousands of views on YouTube.
First and foremost, there are few things that can win my heart more easily than an artist citing Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bach, Beethoven, and Alan Lomax, amongst others, as primary influences in their work. It’s abundantly obvious that LaBudde is versed in a variety of genres and has an understanding of their lineage and how they work their way into his sound. This makes ‘Palm Sunday Driver’ highly eclectic, even nearly impossible to classify into one specific genre. I adore that.
Strangely Alright is a refreshing band for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they actually classify themselves aptly. This is fantastic, infectious dream pop that’s absolutely infused with Weezer-esque vibes. ‘Now Is The Time’ could be right off the cutting room floor of Weezer’s ‘White Album’ from last year. The single has a wonderful pop sensibility that’s accented by a strong production and unique instrumentation. That, of course, is the key to quality indie pop that breaks through the endless noise of the genre.
On May 15, the independent contemporary worship music artist Ruskin Clay released his newest collection of songs, an eclectic record entitled ‘Come Thou Fount and Other Hymns.’ Chock-full of guest appearances from a variety of friends and family, the album can be found under ‘Ruskin and Friends’ on all major digital music streaming and download platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
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.
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.'
‘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.
The dynamic up and coming independent pop duo, 3Dimensional, has signed a new booking deal with Notebook Entertainment, ensuring them further reach as their fan base continues to rapidly expand. Notebook, known for booking acts the likes of Tito Jackson and Kool & The Gang, will help 3Dimensional connect with more fans than ever before.
‘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.
Next Friday, June 2, Preytorians will unleash their debut single into the independent music community. Entitled ‘Fear,’ the superbly-produced first effort from the powerhouse hip hop outfit will introduce listeners to themes that the group wants to explore in further depth on their first EP, ‘Warmusic,’ which is due out in July.
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.