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 David Gielan, a critically acclaimed singer songwriter currently based out of Los Angeles. His latest single, the sparse, but elegant ‘This Old Burning House,’ is a compelling insight into Gielan’s relevance in a contemporary independent music scene. The track was released earlier this month with an accompanying music video. Let’s explore it and discern if you should have it in your collection.
‘This Old Burning House’ only has Gielan on guitar and vocals, backed by Kaitlin Wolfberg on violin and Rome da Luce on keyboard. The importance of Wolfberg’s contribution, I’d argue, cannot be understated. Her performance is absolutely stunning, and it compliments Gielan’s melancholy soundscape in an absolutely perfect fashion. In fact, her inclusion on the recording is plays a large part in separating Gielan’s sound from the rest of the introspective singer songwriters that the indie scene is chock-full of.
Featured performers, however, can only thrive if the material they’re accenting is of a similar grade. In Gielan’s case, ‘This Old Burning House’ is a very sharply penned piece, one that explores the aftermath of a relationship in a very peaceful, poignant way. “I'm not the bad guy, you’re not the worst I’ve ever seen,” Gielan croons in a track that’s surprisingly affectionate and contemplative toward his previous lover.
In truth, ‘This Old Burning House’ is probably one of the healthiest break-up songs that’s ever come across my desk. This is no ‘Idiot Wind.’ The track is a reflective endeavor that seems to offer a cathartic release of emotion for Gielan. It also helps that ‘This Old Burning House’ is exceptionally produced, too, and the music video that was released with it is one of the best shot videos I’ve seen this year in the indie community.
‘This Old Burning House’ is an excellent track that every fan of independent singer songwriters should have in their collection of music. It’s a lovely tune worth checking out.