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 review, I’m going to be exploring four new singles released by Lambscry Records, an independent label based in Jackson, Tennessee. It’s been around the block since 1995, which was when it was founded in Pittsburg. Now in 2016, the label is back in force with the new releases. Are they worth picking up? Let’s explore them now.
These tracks, which are under the artist UnveileD, are quite impressive given their background, or lack thereof. They’re self-mixed and mastered with no prior instruction, even pulling together some of the more interesting tools available to artists nowadays such as the LANDR. This serves UnveileD well, because I’m often met with independent artists with horrendous masters. These four songs hold up pretty nicely in comparison to their indie counterparts.
Lambscry Records is a non-secular endeavor, hoping to help Christians follow the path of God with their music - or as they put it, “to be the voices crying in the wilderness to make straight the way of the Lord.” This is always a careful line to walk because some Christian-infused hip hop comes off as self-righteous or insincere. UnveileD doesn’t come off as either, and tracks like ‘Inside of Me’ are a powerful pursuit of faith.
The beats on these songs are very electronic, which is probably because they were recorded utilizing drum machines, MIDIs, or the like. This gives the songs a distinct flair. ‘Needs My Fix,’ for example, is flooded with vocal effects, making the otherwise good track a bit difficult to listen to. Thus, it’s probably handicapped by overproduction. That doesn’t happen to as great of effect on the other songs, though.
‘Don’t Lose It’ is by far the most concrete track the label has released. UnveileD is in fine form, his beats are superb, and I adore the synthesized orchestral sections. The digitalized effects on ‘Don’t Lose It’ are much more complimentary than those found on ‘Needs My Fix,’ too, making it the highlight of the first four releases.
‘So Happy’ is a good endeavor, and I really dig the lyricism. UnveileD is a powerful wordsmith and he’s utilizing his talent admirably. The vocal mixes in sections of ‘So Happy’ are a bit too soft, so a bit of tinkering could probably get the track in even better territory.
Lambscry Records is poised to be a very compelling house for non-secular hip hop. It’s quality music that doesn’t feel like it’s capitalizing on its own faith, which sometimes happens in the community. If you’re a hip hop fan or a devout Christian, you owe it to yourself to check out Lambscry.
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