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 edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Neonomora for the second time this week. On Tuesday, I issued a review of her 2014 album ‘SEEDS,’ in which I lauded it for being “infinitely better than the majority of independent music that comes across my desk.” Now, though, we’ll be visiting some upcoming material from the artist, a single entitled ‘Be Still, My Soul.’
‘Be Still, My Soul’ is definitely a stylistic departure in some ways from ‘SEEDS.’ There’s a lot more electronic influence in the soundscape of this tune, and Neonomora is accented by thick, reverberated synthesizers and thick, intense beats. Despite being more electronic in nature, however, the production on ‘Be Still, My Soul’ is actually less busy than Neonomora’s previous efforts.
This is something that’s thrilling about the new single: it offers a soft, more intimate look into Neonomora as a performer. The production is an excellent as it ever has been on her end, but it’s far more subdued, which in turn allows the spotlight to remain squarely focused on the vocals. “One day you rise, one day you fall,” Neonomora sings as waterfalls of sound similarly rise and fall around her.
Like her previous work, though, Neonomora’s new single still has an anthemic attitude to it. It’s a track that inherently has the listener reaching for their lighter or phone light by the end of the five and a half minutes. It’s a comforting, peaceful listen that offers one of the more passionate, personal performances I’ve seen from Neonomora. It also borders further on soul music, which is something I’m excited to see her exploring further.
‘Be Still, My Soul’ is a superb entry in Neonomora’s growing, and increasingly impressive catalog. She is one of the female vocalists I’m most excited about in the indie scene right now, and her music is very worth your time. Connect with her below.