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 Faith Elle, a rising independent artist that’s putting her own twist on soul and R&B. Her latest studio endeavor, ‘Faith Elle Spring Fling Mixtape,’ is available as a free download now. The lead single off that record, a tune called ‘Kissin On My Tummy,’ also enjoyed a recent music video release. Is the single worth adding to your collection, and does it make a case for the rest of the EP? Let’s dig into it and find out.
Out of the gate, I do want to throw a shout-out to Jamar Alston, the person who shot the video for ‘Kissin On My Tummy.’ It’s a very well shot video and arguably one of the better indie music videos of the fall. Shooting in the evening like Alston did is a very hard thing to do, and he pulled it off remarkably well. I’ll embed the video below and it’s worth a spin.
‘Kissin On My Tummy’ isn’t anything new, but that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s a soulful excursion through Elle crooning some rather lovely lyricism. She has a beautiful voice, and it’s well suited to soul and R&B. ‘Kissin On My Tummy’ has a cute hook, and it holds its own nicely as a fully-realized effort. It’s a bit cheesy, sure, but it’s performed with such conviction that it’s more endearing than anything.
The production is sharp, too, and Elle is backed by a simplistic, but effective soundscape of soft piano and equally minimal beats. I see so many independent soul artists douse their productions in too much reverb and accent them with overbearing synthesizers. In doing so, those acts become cringe-worthy parodies of themselves. Elle’s tactful production prevents the same from happening to her. It keeps her authentic, as does her excellent video.
‘Kissin On My Tummy’ is a charming single very much worth listening to. It’s a free download, and worth your time if you’re a fan of soul music. There’s not a whole lot of decent soul and R&B in the indie community. Connect with Faith Elle below!