Thank God It’s … Monday! Because we’re in for kicking off a legendary week the right way. Once again we would like to carry on to this week the 6 best releases we heard from last week. Mixing a great variety of indie genres (some of them in the same songs) we start up quite slowly and an instrospective-dreamy way and then pick up the pace step-by-step. And we expect the R&B tendency that exists in these songs can warm you a little bit more inside too.
Meernaa – Good Luck
Carly Bond is Meernaa, or Meernaa is the dreamy part of Carly Bond. And that’s how Good Luck sounds. like a tender and intense dream. Featuring some clearly R&B vocals – that at times reminds us of Brittany Howard -, some gentle remarkable acoustic guitar riffs, and delicate almost-drums, Good Luck is touching, intense and relaxed at the same time. And then not only the way her vocals emerge unexpectedly in the middle is beyond gorgeous, but the way the song gets back to the same melody again turns even more catchy and convincing. This is a song to consume and to consume us. We just have to let it in.
Pat Devlin – Outrunning Rivers
Pat Devlin voice must be the modern definition of indie-folk. At least, every time we hear him we feel imediately at home. And if that is not the folk spirit, we’re not sure of what it is. Outrunning Rivers, the newest single from this Australian humble singer-songwriter that never takes himself too seriously, is a song that can both flow by gently in the background and a song that deserves all the attention it can get. At first simple, the layers it reveals from start to end are engaging and vibrating, and make this song sound complex and wonderfully build-up. We’re All Friends his debut EP is around the corner, and should be one to treasure dearly.
Arvo – Douglas Park
Beautiful acoustic and echoing guitars start of Douglas Park, the perfect way to be introduced to Arvo. This Sidney-based quintet sound like a real-case of love at first listening. The guitar goes on for a little bit more than one minute until an also gentle and delicate duet takes the song on. If the instrumentals remind a bit of the awesome Palace, the vocals alternate between some remarkable indie rock and a little bit something of something else. Douglas Park is for sure a very welcome and well-built soft indie-rock ballad where everything is in the right place, but also super humble, honest, highly singable and identifiable.
Little Distractions – Braided Hair
Majd Abousleiman and Ross Newhouse are Little Distractions, an electronic, atmospheric and so-called nostalgic project. Braided Hair is their latest release and the first time we heard about them, but a remarkable effort regarding genre mixing and ultimately regarding indietronic building. Combining some R&B infused samples with relatable pop ones, the vocals are easily identifiable and powerful in a contained way. The best part is of course the perfect falsetto on the chorus, not only because it sounds always spot-on and groovy but also because it is accompanied by a very-weel accomplished electronic background. So good we can sing the chorus after a brief 2 or 3 times.
Robotaki feat. Jamie Fine and Falcxne – Butterscotch
Preston Chin aka Rabotaki is a Toronto-based indietronic producer/creator who has been spreading his magic the last years. Butterscotch was unveiled two days ago and is the first advance from his upcoming Science EP (April 13th). The thing is, it rocks. In more than one genre, it rocks. Counting with the collaborations from Jamie Fine (from Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine) and Falcxne, this is electronic-meets-pop-meets-R&B-meets-almost everything. And sounds as good as it gets too. A bit Justin Timberlake, a bit Childish Gambino, super modern and current, and super swingable and party-like. Not only the production is top-notch but the vocals powerful and edgy. The feel-good in Butterscotch is so great it already sounds like Summer.
VandeluX – Renegade
Electronic indie-rock? Yes! Especially when it has the power of Renegade, VandeluX’s fourth original release. This is a song that makes obvious use of an acoustic electrical guitar with a quite simple but powerful melody and gloriously keeps it throughout the whole song. The vocals are spot-on, also sounding acoustic-like, and which some brief and circular lyrics that go perfectly with the track vibe. The chorus makes us bang our head every single time, and when that happens, we cannot hide to show it our love. The fact that the entire song was recorded directly through a laptop is just incredible.
Have a nice week!!!