Native Harrow is one of our new favorite artists. Devin Tuel’s voice recalls a time when music came from the soul. Backed by a thumpy rythym section and swirling Hammond organ, “Something You Have” is like a musical time capsule that is ready to be heard by the world. A solid spin, indeed.
Ever wonder what a Herb Alpert and Shins record would sound like? Wonder no more! Sean Pawling just released such a fun, brassy tune, “Rio Grande.” It has groovy horns, a nice thump, and catchy vocals — a refreshing arrangement that is a pleasure to swing along to.
Mick Mullin tells it like it is in his latest release, “Nashville Man.” His voice is straightforward and honest in its assessment of his hometown. “It takes a Nashville man to sing a Nashville song” rings as a brilliant lyric alongside, “Whoever served you that beer wrote the best songs you’ll never hear.” Mick Mullin gets it.
Esther Hazy just released a melodically mellow tune, “Apathy (The Social Justice Pacifist)” and we dig it. The real magic comes when the song opens up three minutes in. It is a Bowie meets Bugg vocal and musical performance that really shows off what Esther Hazy has to offer.
Michael G. Moore is a timeless songwriter. His latest release, “You Don’t Even Try,” is a wondrous tune that blooms into a melodic masterpiece. Using organic and electronic elements, the arrangement is catchy, smart, and rises and falls like a musical wave. Very nicely done.
The Paz Band will disrupt everything you thought you knew about contemporary music. With Gal De Paz at the vocal helm, this Tel-Aviv based bunch of rockers are among our favorite modern artists. “Old Bag Of Sand” reaches deep and pulls off a solid performance that you just don’t hear much of these days. It is a sonic joyride. Check out The Paz Band.
Vetle Forsell is fantastic. An unrivaled talent with a voice that quivers and sways in a wonderfully peaceful way, Forsell should be on every indie playlist of worth. “Adventures” is a storybook song with hints of frolicking folk and classical music. A lovely listen worth your attention.
trdml exercises a unique approach to hip hop with their new tune, “Cardio.” The production is groovy, with elements of Cake-like brass, fizzy guitar licks, and catchy vocals. The beat is sure to get you bumping along. Enjoy the refreshing sound of trdml — these fellas are up to something cool.
Just when all seems lost in the music business, you hear a song by a band who can actually play their instruments. Tularosa knows their craft, and will get you swaying along to their latest release, “If You Love Me” — a solid production and performance all around, filled with clever guitar licks, tasteful bass lines, solid drums, sweet keyboards, and strong vocals.
Kimberly Townsend shows off a unique gift for intimate songwriting with her latest release, “The History And The Heart Of It.” Based in NYC, Townsend might be compared to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, but she has a sweeping emotive voice all her own. Her full album is due out mid-January, so keep an ear out!
While their lyrics may offend you, there is no denying Tokyo Luck Hole can write a catchy tune. Gritty, retro-infused, and rowdy, these boys can light a controversial flame. “Weekend Leave” is a lyrical beast of a song. The 2:45 mark will have you reaching for your leather jacket and pomade. Rad to the bone. Check them out.
Brainard has a knack for folksy humor and rock and roll swagger. “The Beholder” is one of his tunes that will get you tapping and chuckling along. Woody acoustic, twangy electric, and a thumping groove will keep you in the pocket with Brainard — your new favorite troubadour.
Galen Crew takes listeners to another dimension with his mesmerizing new release, “Deeper Waters.” The tune has a smooth and shadowy production that is hard not to get lost in. Galen Crew is big in China, but we expect he is on his way to finding himself on plenty of US playlists in the very near future.
Petrov, the Hero keeps it cool and groovy with “Junction Dilettante.” The tune is laid back and pleases the ears in a Tom Petty meets Dawes kind of way. Peaceful and breezy all the way through, “Junction Dilettante” is a solid tune from the debut EP Petrov, the Hero.
Lazy Genius gets you grooving with “No Worries.” It is trippy and fun listening, with a laid back psychedelic vibe. The production is ethereal and ear catching, with a kaleidoscope of sonic colors swirling around. The second single off their latest release, “No Worries” will chill you out.
Last night I was standing in an alley talking with some friends. All of a sudden I heard, “Ladies and gentlemen, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Darlene Love!” Turns out Darlene was doing her Wall Of Sound Christmas show in the theater next door. The next day I heard “Season Of Love” by The Great Escape — a nostalgic holiday treat. If you enjoy a little tinsel in your tune, then check out The Great Escape.
With all the mysticism of The Zombies and late-sixties swagger, Lucille Furs will have you lighting incense and popping peppermints. Their sound paints a sonic picture that is hard to match. If you dig a little psychedelia, this group is going to tickle your trippy bone.
The Morning Yells have us swaying and feeling groovy with “Half Speak.” With a sound that remains classic while contemporary, this group will sit cozy on your playlists next to indie rock heavyweights. The Morning Yells have the goods and deserve a spin.
All Types Of Kinds remind the ears that beautiful music can be made with the human voice. Their harmonies are perfectly pure — not hiding behind effects — and join as one pleasing voice. The 3:45 mark is exceptional and shows us what these fellas can pull off.