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, I spend a lot of time weeding through endless independent pop acts. Perhaps with the exception of hip-hop, it’s the most inundated genre in the indie scene. As a result, there’s a lot of very bad pop. Bad pop, of course, comes with equally shoddy music videos. In this evening’s Independent Spotlight, we take a peek at Ricky Jarman’s ‘Get To Know Ya,’ a song that splendidly defies both this stigmas.
Jarman’s got quite the presence online, more so than most independent acts we showcase here. With nearly 20,000 followers on Facebook, Jarman has made a name for himself as a singer, songwriter, model, actor, and dancer. In a recent interview with Supermodels SA Magazine, his voice was compared to a cross between Nick Jonas and Justin Timberlake. I’d say that analysis is pretty apt; he’s got that suave, seductive style akin to acts like that.
Here’s the thing: anyone that reads the Independent Spotlight knows that I hate most mainstream pop music. I find it to be void of any honest emotion, focused mostly on creating accessible, marketable vibes. When pop music is done right, though, it can have a sense of authenticity that is still marketable. I think Jarman does that. ‘Get To Know Ya’ is an incredibly well produced song. He sounds great on it, it’s infectiously well-written, and the harmonies are excellent. More so, it doesn't feel overly commercialized or sleazy like a whole lot of pop.
The true highlight of the release is the music video. Man, this is a superb video. The choreography is incredible, and Jarman and his supporting cast show off unbelievable moves. He’s a seriously talented performer and entertainer. That’s probably why I’m so inclined to write a positive review of his music - Jarman exhibits showmanship alongside clean, well written, remarkably well executed pop. That’s very admirable.
Thus, ‘Get To Know Ya’ is very, very much worth your time, especially when you’re delving into via the music video. I’m not a fan of embedding music videos here on the Spotlight; I tend to favor images. I threw the video above, however, because I think it’s immensely important to this review and lends context to my positivity. Go watch it and see for yourself; it’s a pop experience I’m glad to put my stamp of approval on.