A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist
Music review written by Tobi Davis
Artist: Owain Felstead
Track: “For the Night”
UK-Based Independent Artist and rising star Owain Felstead drops a soulful slice of tight pop ‘n’ rhyme on down ‘n’ dirty bass ‘n’ grind with his new single, “For the Night”.
Acoustic six strings creep in rusty, grubby tones of ember-ed lows and smoldering mids. Kick punching deep into the dirt with a rasping, nasty, gloriously bit-crushed snare shuddering the beat in thick, stunted rattles. Boxy clap cranks flat and suffocated dry down the left-hand side. Dub infused fill adding variation and burst to the beat in darkly delayed quickfire ricochet.
Felstead’s voice struts softly in the hushed lows of understated delivery through the verses; teasing and rising a touch in the pre-chorus, and swaggered, soaring, lush tones of wanton melody. The lyric growing in the listener’s ear; building a compelling familiarity.
With 2018 release, ‘Clover’ earning 1 million plays on Spotify, 17-year-old Felstead is a young Artist with a bright future; one that he is approaching at a gathering rate of knots. “For the Night” further cements his credibility as both accomplished songwriter and gifted vocalist, with the quality of production required to land punches in the big league of mainstream charts. One to keep an eye on.
Track: “Party of One”
LA-Based self-described ‘glitter grunge’ Artist Holander delivers an intoxicating dose of sardonic self-love, served up with inspired pop-sonics with her new single, “Party of One”.
Carefully crafted understated arcade-game beats dab blunt-tonal in a compelling series of loops; glitched and stuttered, in odd break and oblique burst; 808 kick lo-fi with depth and saturated texture. Snippet and shard of instrumentation drops in snatches of string and piano; bass shifting in low-key curves and turns of dense sound pressure.
Holander works the rhythm in engaging stanzas of percussive melody; her voice bitter-sweet with a singular blend of sarcasm without pretention; lyrics cast in a similar mold, succeeding to be both ego-centric and confrontational; yet, at the same time, inclusive with disarming honesty.
In the packed-to-bursting market of dance/EDM/electro-pop (delete as needed), where so many of her contemporaries of lost to the en-masse upload din of their collective unrelenting release-rate, Holander’s unique voice, lyric, and musical world, not only stand her apart; Holander stands out; original enough to earn the respect and credibility of a legitimate independent artist, with the song-craft and voice to appeal to the larger market.
Uk-Based Independent Artist Seaker crafts a sublime moment in time and music of haunting depth and heart-stopping beauty, with new single, “Fear”.
Dull tones and shadow hues linger and fall; brittle and distant piano keys submerged, almost forgotten in oblique cascade. Shards of resonance echo in the ambient; phantom sonics, shimmered ghost notes. The composition shifting in graceful expanses of quiet swell and hollow surge; only to dissipate, in shuddering absence; breathless and exhausted.
Seaker’s voice drifts infinite in somber melodic phrases; cast afar and timeless by reverb and filter effect; overlapping layer of harmony, double, and counterpoint evoking both mournfulness and hope. The soulful vocal arrangement set in delicate and deftly crafted contrast to the dislocated and disquietening instrumentation.
A singular musical experience for the listener, “Fear” is an independent release in the truest sense. While many independent artists are set to simply ‘pass through’ the Independent scene on, what they hope to be, their way to the mainstream, others embrace the creative freedom only afforded to that of an independent artist (and very much denied to mainstream artists). Seaker continues to compose musical inventions of extraordinary originality, imagination, and integrity; and in doing so, she is crafting a musical world that will mean so much to the select few disposed to truly love her work.
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Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.