This week highlights combine almost every indie genre. Not only that, but we should do a proper disclaimer for a serious amount of addictiveness. Unlike the previous week, these six songs emerged naturally from the whole bunch and made it easier than ever for us to compile them into some descriptive love intentions. So without further ado, enjoy:
Lyves – Still
Lyves is Francesca Bergami, a singer-songwriter/producer with a deep emotional aura. Still is only lightly inspired by the electronic elements, and combines her multiple vocal tones into a powerful indie ballad. The deep bass-drum dichotomy works like charm but never take away the focus from the vocals. Still grows from start to end and easily and effortlessly fulfills every sound space around us.
Hendrix Harris – No Rush
Also with a deep electronic basis, Hendrix Harris’ No Rush is an hip-hop no-brainier in an age where hip-hop easily sounds lacking novelty. Ever pacy and ever contagious, there is an R&B aura to it, and although simple its slight variations make it a very easy to listen from start to end. The soft explosions in the song sound genius every single time. And for that reason, we had listened to this compulsively for the past week.
Shaman Elect – Hugo of Bath
More indie rock, but also without letting go of some synth elements, Hugo of Bath will conquer you step-by-step. The last track from the effective Shaman Elect, sounds like a predestined song. The first time you play it it will flow by gently, almost without a notice. The second time you will start to be strangely engaged with its complexity. And from the third time on, it will be a bit scary how much the song is already engaging. The song talks about an adolescent boy feeling trapped and restless, that manages to find the courage of going out into the storm and accept his fate. And that can be interpreted in such a whole set of ways.
Weather almost works like the storm we describe in the previous song. An electrical storm that contains in it a certain order. The vocals (by MOONZz) are shiny and polished and never exaggerate on the artificial elements (thank God), while the kind of circular electronic melody sounds build by Daktyl sounds addictive and brutal. Maybe a bit Sylvan Esso. Maybe a bit Marian Hill. But oh yes, how we love all of that with all our taste senses. The definition of a great indietronic build.
Golan – Rocket Love
Golan are composed of five elements that together build an ever changing and eclectic sonority. If at first the vocals sound Feist-ish (which is the same as saying they sound the best they could), is maybe in the deep guitar and bass flow that Rocket Love even shines brighter. The best song we listened all week, sounds simple but super relevant, addictive and even quite danceable. With layers and layers of instruments that you only notice with several listens, this is a gentle indie masterpiece that leaves us helpless every time it ends.
Transviolet – Bad Intentions
Transviolet inspiration for Bad Intentions came from being influenced by BeeGees, Blondie and The Weeknd. While that might seem a strange mix, once you play it you feel it somehow they made sense of it. This is a modern electro-pop song that recycles old disco samples into modern and slightly modified ones. The vocals are the hero of the song, without a doubt, but we don’t doubt they wouldn’t properly live without the genius electronic background that makes everything sound out-of-the-ordinary. And if there is a very thin borderline between sounding too pop and catchy as hell, this one has definitely defined it well, sounding like a proper guilty pleasure.
Have a nice week!