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 delve into an up and coming singer, songwriter, and producer, Linda Lind. Her new single is ‘All Night Long,’ a suave, danceable new tune that flirts with pop, electronic, and house themes. The stunning performer hails from Sweden; very shortly after graduating high school, she packed her bags and sought out a career as an artist in Los Angeles. She’s made impressive strides as a model, performer, and artist. Let’s delve into her new single.
‘All Night Long’ is accompanied by a beautifully shot music video, perhaps one of the best videos I’ve seen in the independent scene in quite some time. I’d actually argue that Lind’s persona is one that needs the video as much as the music. Her commanding presence throughout exemplifies her as a potent, sexy, and contemporary performer that could very well stand her own against mainstream acts. The video’s elegant usage of dancers is the most important part of the effort; Lind has immense prowess as a stage performer, backed masterfully by the women seen in the video.
The song itself is a statement of freedom after a deceitful or toxic relationship; it’s nothing that is particularly new. “I’m free to do whatever the fuck I want,” Lind snaps over an electronic soundscape that employs some intriguing atmospheric synthesizers and house-esque elements. While the subject matter isn’t overly original, nor is the style in which it is presented, ‘All Night Long’ still has an infectiously bold aura surrounding it.
The production value of the recording is very high - Lind is accented wonderfully by the aforementioned landscape of droning synths and electronic beats. Despite the cinematic nature of the piece, Lind remains in control over her creation. The instrumentation doesn’t get away from her, nor does it drown her out. That’s an important point to make, because similar artists struggle with finding that balance.
While ‘All Night Long’ is far from original, and most definitely filled with the same tropes we’ve heard from the likes of Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus for quite some time, it’s surprisingly tactful and well organized. The video in particular is the highlight of the release, and I’d go as far to argue that without the video, the release would feel somewhat hollow. So, be sure to check out the new tune with its accompanying music video.