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.
Here on the Independent Spotlight, Calle Ameln has become somewhat of a mainstay. We’ve previously delved deep into several of his singles and records, all musical journeys that have proven fruitful and compelling in one way or another. The Swedish singer songwriter has a new single due out April 21, ‘Moving On,’ that seeks to add contemporary pop influence to his country and rock roots. Is this experimentation successful for Ameln? Let’s explore ‘Moving On’ before it comes out and find out!
‘Moving On’ boasts very similar production quality to Ameln’s previous work. It’s well mixed and mastered and that’s further complemented by strong instrumental performances. In the grand scheme of Ameln’s catalog, ‘Moving On’ is likely the most simplistic track we’ve highlighted here on the Spotlight. It’s soft-spoken and the music doesn’t ever overpower Ameln’s vocals. He’s the forefront of this single with the exception of a small electric guitar interlude toward the end of the song.
Being more reserved than Ameln’s other music isn’t a slant toward ‘Moving On,’ though. In fact, it’s a beneficial quality. The song gives some further sonic depth to the performer’s catalog, which is ultimately the goal of experimenting with other genre influences. Does the pop influence make ‘Moving On’ a bit more bubblegum than Ameln’s other releases? Yes, it does. There’s a place for that music in the scene, though, and Ameln’s take on pop music is tactful and well-written.
There’s an element of ‘Moving On’ that is particularly great, I’d argue: the song isn’t necessarily a break-up tune. It’s about a woman who left and showed back up on Ameln’s doorstep a year later pleading for his love. He shuts that down quickly, though, and I adore that about this song. In doing this, Ameln doesn’t just avoid making the song too sappy, he also creates a statement of independence through it that listeners may be able to relate to.
‘Moving On’ is one of the better releases Ameln has put out in the last year and change since we began delving into his music here on the website. It’s a great thing for an artist to experiment, and I hope Ameln continues to do so in various directions. This pop music is great; he could probably release an EP of very solid songs in this style. I’d be fascinated to see what he arrives at next, though.