Angie and The Deserters - 'Stay'

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 Angie and The Deserters, an Americana outfit out of California with a new record out entitled ‘You.’ Citing influences the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty, the band is striving to craft a modern Americana sound that’s chock-full of acoustic instrumentation and rootsy vocals that sound like they’ve been summoned from the ground itself. Their new single, ‘Stay,’ is a fantastic excursion into their unique sound. Let’s delve into it a bit.

Lead by Angie Bruyere, Angie and The Deserters’ influences are immediately apparent when spinning ‘Stay.’ The powerful female lead vocals are very reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, and Bruyere’s performance on ‘Stay’ is captivating. It’s a love ballad that’s not especially kitschy… it feels genuine and raw, and the bare-bones acoustic performance lends itself well to that atmosphere. The same can’t be said for many outfits putting out love tunes as their lead single. ‘Stay’ is lovely through and through.

Instrumentally, the performances on the single are rather superb, never overpowering the soundscape or Bruyere’s presence. The Deserters accent her, they don’t steal the show. That’s exactly how that dynamic should work, and the musical camaraderie of the outfit is apparent. ‘Stay’ is worth listening to on a quality sound system, too, because it’s jam packed with tiny nuances. Softly strummed mandolins and the occasional organ peek out from behind the sound every few seconds in moments of subtle, but beautiful brevity.

Aligning Angie and The Deserters with contemporary, popular counterparts, fans may find their music similar to that of Holly Williams, Hank Williams Sr.’s granddaughter, or perhaps that of Honey Honey, an Americana country duo that’s also picked up significant traction in recent years. Frankly, there aren’t enough quality, passionate Americana outfits producing high quality music, so Angie and The Deserters are filling a welcome hole in the indie scene right now.

‘Stay’ is very much worth your time, and it’s also indicative of ‘You’ being an album very much worth checking out. Connect with the band below to keep updated with their releases, events, and more.

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