A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist
Music reviews written by Tobi Davis
Artist: Sea Girls
Rapidly rising stars of the UK Indie-scene Sea Girls deliver an anthemic crowdpleaser of barnstorming indie-pop-rock, with their new single, “Violet”.
Synthpop-sonics fizz and pulsate, ambients modulate in resonating loops; a rising sun, a distant star, stuck in amber; a percussive pitter-patter creates the sense of impending movement in contrast; kick and snare snap into life with tight punch on point and rasping smack; a series of electric guitar flicks lift on the left, while the bass rises up the neck and out of the soundscape. The chorus erupts in cymbal shimmer and six-string drives.
Having walked the beat in well-judged understated and compact phrases during the verse, the vocals soar in the chorus; euphoric sing-along melodies, lyrical rocket ships taking us to the heavens. Backing vocals add depth and width, while smartly encouraging the crowd to sing-along even harder.
The instrumentation swirls, swoops, and surges around the lead vocal line; great highspeed expanses of noise and energy. The track shifting like a rollercoaster, running the rails at a lean; diving into sonic space, only to hurtle upwards at near-breakneck velocity. Bass and drums working hard and tight at the heart of the arrangement, smacking and slapping the song into a great gallop of momentum. Synths pushing waves of harmony across the width and body of the track; crafting depth in layers, while the guitars rattle, fuse, and blaze in high-octane charged hyper-saturation; adding sudden bolts, rhythmic lines, and fizzing cascades of six-string infused excitement.
A barnstorming, upbeat, rabble-rouser, “Violet” will set live shows alight across the UK and beyond. Smart production and accomplished songcraft, framed by a highly competitive radio-ready mix and master, the 3-minute 29-second track built to conquer playlist and radio alike. Fiercely creative throughout, “Violet” provides the listener with an ever-evolving series of well-worked delights for the ear. But more than all that, so much more than that, it provides the listener with escape, with aspiration, and most importantly of all, hope. A song to beat back the rainy days, the daily commute, the bills, the grind; a song to set the world alight, to blaze and to burn; a song to make dreams come true; a rocket ship straight to the stars.
Artist: Ay Wing + Chuuwee + Shuko
Track: “Orange Dreamer”
Triple-threat Independent Artist Ay Wing, rhyme-sayer Chuuwee, and producer/composer Shuko team-up to drop an easy late-summer groove of lyrical flow, electro-beats, and inspired melodic and instrumental hook, with new single, “Orange Dreamer”.
Electro-sonics burst protracted in modulated strobes of funky warble and grungy wah, bass works the groove in low dabs of tightly controlled weight and force; kick ducks in blunted mid and transient-designed sub, perfectly understated, tasty; snare arrives in ultra-dry snaps, short and rasping. The instrumentation shuffles and slides in percussive shimmers and sidesteps, playing off, through, and around the sonic space.
Ay Wing’s voice dances in breathy breezes of compelling light melody; a vocal display of northern lights made phonic. In striking and engaging contrast, Chuuwee stalks the beat in effortless strides, turning the rhythm on a dime; fusing word and percussive form as one. The track swaying from one lyrical style to another, creating an intoxicating blend of structures and tones.
Intelligently worked production keeps the 3-minute 13-second song moving forward with well-judged use of evolving arrangement and ear candy; never once stumbling, nor overstepping; moving in an open, organic fashion, more akin to jazz improvisation than modern studio construction. A glorious, easy, breezy, late summer groove of inspired musicality and lyrical integrity. Roll the windows down low, and let ‘Orange Dreamer’ flow; a soundtrack to having no place to go, and loving getting nowhere slow.
Artist: Charlee Remitz
Self-produced Independent Artist Charlee Remitz crafts a gently compelling slice of acoustic indie-dream-pop rich in late-summer nostalgia, perfect for hazy, lazy road trip mixtapes, with new single, “Portland”.
Six-string arpeggio drops acoustic tones in bright, warm cascades; Remitz voice arrives almost immediately in hushed, rushes of well-crafted percussive stanzas. Lyrical snapshots of hazy, dazy moments of friendship and adventure; a kick lands deep and bedded into the ground, hi-hat snipping and fizzing to the right. Synth-sonics sound brassy and beautiful in a quite simply inspired choice of instrumentation. Guitar arpeggio playing off each other, left to right, in an understated and graceful duet evocative of intuitive mutual understanding.
A sense of kinship runs throughout the 3-minute 51-second track; a musical scrapbook of memories and moments, both painful and precious. A quietly compelling testament to the great and endearing value of true friendship, of the unbreakable bond between two broken souls.
The song littered with reference, personal and specific; in-jokes and asides known only to those special two. And yet, in great demonstration of the accomplished songwriting, and despite its overtly personal nature, “Portland” resonates with a universal appeal. Remitz managing with impressive success to translate the singular and unique into a group experience.
A perfect indie-pop gem, a late-summer mixtape for late-summer road trips; for laughing on the run, and chasing the setting sun, a glorious tribute to the unspoken and inseparable ties that bind a pair of survivors, who have survived together, because of each other; in the face of it all, in the face of the callous and the malicious, the casually sadistic and the cruelly indifferent, the users and the abusers, the pimps, the pushers, and the players; a friendship born infinite in spite of the inequitable, and in celebration of love.
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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.