Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. We’ll be testing it out this month, so if you like what you see, let me know what you think!
Across the world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…
BOH DORAN – “Breathe” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Last year, we posted about Doran’s first couple of singles, “Rainbow” and “White Knuckles”, the latter of which hit the top ten on several Spotify Viral lists. Two days ago, she issued her latest single with no fanfare at all. It’s a pretty ballad with radio potential.
DANIEL FEELS – “Parachute”
New York-based singer/songwriter Dan Goldberger adds to his Distractions, pt. I EP with this cut, which also premiered in video form on the same day. The musical chameleon has given us a big range of genres and textures so far, and this certainly adds to it.
DECO – “Apollo” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Can our pop bops from King Deco exist at the same time as another act simply called Deco? The answer is, yes. Well, I hope so. It actually marks the third cut we’ve enjoyed from the English act, following “Turn Around” and “Tell Me Lies”. No lie, they’re cool.
JORDAN GABLE – “Fool Of Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Gable took it way back to the 60’s on his previous single, “Want U Anyway”, and now, he takes his time machine forward and into the 80’s. The indie pop record sits nicely with many recent blog songs, with a pleading hook that really brings it home. Get into it.
KINGTIDES – “Silhouettes”
This North Carolina duo has been on our radar since last year, when “Drive Through The Night” first appeared online. Riding on a synth pop vibe that explodes into an energetic chorus, this new song has not been fully appreciated yet, so get those reposts up.
MAGGIE ROGERS – “Alaska” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s amazing what a co-sign from Pharrell Williams can do, but the act in question has to be an extra special one that can also hold their own. For newcomer Rogers, she seems to be doing alright so far. Ethereal and pleasant, “Alaska” is the current state of pop.
NAWAS – “Wrong” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Nashville act has been getting some huge buzz over the last few months, as their second single shines with major playlists, as well as a top ten peak on Hype Machine’s overall chart. Jake Nawas and his pals can pump out a powerful production. Stay tuned.
SAY SAY – “Summer Girl” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s Adam Reiter and Jesse Gurtis have teamed up for a new single that I’d say (say) is great for the season. Beyond that obvious title, it’s a cheery record, beaming a bright pop ray down on the music world. Pool party, anyone? Soak this hot track up.
SERAMIC – “The Things You Do” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Smooth. We love smooth. Singer Marcus Foster keeps his momentum going with this retro gem, the last song to be released off a new EP called Found. Imagine listening to your favorite soul album late at night, alone, swaying to the groove. It’s a good feeling.
THØSS – “Benchwarmer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Earlier this year, THØSS scored with the blog and streaming hit “IWITW”, which stands at 450,000+ plays on Spotify. Now, that single and a few additional songs can be found on his first EP. The title cut rocks with some edge and a moody lyric. It’s real solid.
VINYL THIEF – “Here In The Moment” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The excitement continues for this Nashville quartet’s EP Touch, due on July 8. “Here” is the second song to be released from it, a new wave meets future pop jam that keeps the beat going. If you need a new emerging act with a slick sound, these guys are great.
ZEKE FINN – “Love Song” (iTunes) (Spotify)
There are just a few new names in our Rewind this week, and this trio from Brooklyn is one of them. It’s not their debut single, as they’ve been releasing tracks for over a year, but it’s one that appears to have broadened their blog audience. It’s a nice pop tune.
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