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 afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on a songstress who goes by the moniker of Al-x, (pronounced Alex) and her new single due out today, September 30, entitled ‘Fearless.’ Longtime readers of the Independent Spotlight may remember when we last delved into Al-x’s music in September of 2015 with an in-depth interview. Now, she’s back with her new comeback single. How does ‘Fearless’ stack up against its counterparts in the indie scene? Let’s dig into the new tune and find out.
A particularly laudable aspect of Al-x’s repertoire is her prolific nature. When I conducted that interview last year, Al-x has hundreds of songs to her name. Now, one of the most direct avenues to becoming a successful songwriter is to keep writing. Excellent lyricism doesn’t arrive overnight, and an artist may trash several dozen ‘bad’ songs before the perfect piece arrives unexpectedly. In Al-x’s case, I’d expect her singles to be of an especially high quality because of this. She has many notches on her belt.
There’s a misconception that pop music doesn’t have to be well written. It absolutely does. There is an art to writing a pop track, and it’s one that’s very difficult to master. Al-x is very close to doing this, arguably closer than the vast majority of pop artists in the indie scene. Her verses are sharp and elegant and her hooks are undeniably infectious. ‘Fearless’ is a powerhouse inspirational track that would likely occupy a hard-hitting workout playlist quite nicely.
‘Fearless’ is essentially Al-x’s declaration of triumph over her inner demons. “We all have our struggles and our demons,” she muses. “There was a time I didn’t know if I’d overcome mine, but now I am fearless.” This track is designed to inspire and ignite hearts in a positive, meaningful way. In that regard, I suspect this track will be very successful in its endeavor.
Al-x’s vocal performance is on mark throughout the track, and the production is solid, too. Everything is well mixed. My only critique, if it even is one, is that I’d love to hear Al-x’s voice without such an intense production. She has a great voice and a more minimal approach to the instrumentation would let it shine through properly.
Fearless drops today, September 30. Connect with Al-x online and give it a listen. It’s worth your time if you’re a fan of good pop music!