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 delve into Shape of the Sun, the moniker of Columbus, Ohio-based indie rocker, Nate Linek. He describes himself as an “obsessive-compulsive indie/rock/pop musician,” one that records songs “in a basement after the kids go to sleep.” His obsessive nature pays off on his latest single, ‘Here Comes the Weight of the World,’ because it is one of the more masterful independent efforts of this fall season of music. Let’s dig right into it.
Released on October 30, ‘Here Comes the Weight of the World’ has a great many laudable elements. In particular, Linek’s production prowess is what defines the sound of Shape of the Sun. When listening to the new single, do yourself two favors. First, find some quality headphones or a sound system for delving into it in depth. Second, make sure you’re listening in a stereo setup. Linek’s composition toys extensively with panning to great success. I found myself consistently blown away in the studio by the sheer amount of sonic intricacy emanating from each of my speakers. At one point, distorted guitars are shredding through the left as climactic piano pieces escalate on the right. It’s a wonderfully exciting experience as a listener.
‘Here Comes the Weight of the World’ is an excursion through Linek’s ability to perform and produce an exceptional independent rock piece infused with pop elements. It’s not an excursion through lyricism, and if you head into it expecting it to be one, the track will fall flat. The lyrics are sparse and rather vague. With that said, they’re perfectly suited for the piece Linek has constructed. In fact, the wham, bam, thank you, ma’am nature of the recording would be lost if he did get buried in lyrical semantics. It’s pop rock - enjoy the brevity and embrace the atmosphere and sound.
You can spin the new tune on Band Camp, but after a spin or two, it will ask for you to “open thy heart/wallet” and shoot Shape of the Sun a buck or so. Do it. This track is very much worth your time and your money. Support Linek in his endeavor, because it is quite simply pure and fantastic. It’s not often enough a multi-instrumentalist in the indie scene sits in a basement studio and hammers out a sound as dynamic as this all by himself. It’s very much worth a buck, or a few. Check that out below.