indie

* Kathleen * The Bergamot * Stop Motion Poetry *

Kathleen “The Longest Year”

Echoing the sentiment of many, Kathleen pulls no punches with her new single, “The Longest Year.” Politically charged, the song is performed and produced to perfection. It tugs at the soul, while bringing into question the future of our existence on this planet. Kathleen’s vocal is gripping and gets the listener’s attention with a beautiful tremolo-laced honesty. It is a swan song of sorts. “Which way does the wind blow, Dylan?” Good question. Great question.

 
 

The Bergamot “Periscope”

The Bergamot will fill your speakers with their latest tune, “Periscope.” A dynamic arrangement, blended with sweeping harmonies, “Periscope” is destined to find its way onto indie folk playlists. The song rises and falls with pleasing vocals that only a husband and wife duo can deliver. “Periscope” grabs you with a railroad rat-a-tat, that immediately sets the song in motion. By the 1:37 mark, The Bergamot has you hooked and you’ll enjoy the ride.

 
 

Stop Motion Poetry “Missile”

Stop Motion Poetry is back with a new song and a great hook: “Missile.” The tune is bouncy and fun, touching on the ignorance of shortcomings, while keeping the melody catchy and sing-along worthy. When the chorus hits, the listener is pulled onto a pop carousel. It is a song that feels like a carnival ride, and the production compliments Stop Motion Poetry’s top-shelf performance. These four fellas will get your head bopping, and your toes tapping.

 
 

* Lec * Corey Durkin * Lex Audrey *

Lec “Coming Your Way”

Lec will place you under a spell with “Coming Your Way.” Crafted with the approach of a timeless songwriter, Lec needs only a voice and solo electric guitar to keep the listener engaged. His voice is uniquely pleasing, with a hint of Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley. “Coming Your Way” is a lyrical story set to music. It exemplifies an attention to the art of songwriting — placing power in structure and performance, over glitzy tricks. A warm and welcoming tune.

 
 

Corey Durkin “Holly”

Corey Durkin will get you up and moving with his new tune, “Holly.” It is bouncy, bright, and polished with a radio-worthy hook. Durkin is a seasoned writer and performer, and his experience shows in this song. “Holly” has one of those melodies that follow you in the form of random humming throughout the day. It delivers all the goods that shape a catchy pop ditty. His performance and production is spot on, making “Holly” a great tune to start your day to.

 
 

Lex Audrey “Winter II”

Lex Audrey takes you over a sonic rainbow with “Winter II.” The song is wondrous and ethereal, with a rhythm that keeps the arrangement grooving on. While effect-heavy, the production is tasteful and never overwhelms or fatigues the ear. This achievement alone is praise worthy. The entire tune is hypnotic and engaging. Made up of Niklas Apfel, Patrick Pillichshammer, and Lukas Staudinger, Lex Audrey is a band worth keeping an ear on.

 
 

* Alex Abbuehl * Jake Knox * ØZWALD * Kelsy Karter *

Alex Abbuehl “Black Coffee”

Alex Abbuehl has us mesmerized with his latest tune, “Black Coffee.” It is enchanting, and stands apart from anything we have heard in recent memory. Abbuehl is a masterful musician and storyteller, with a vocal ability that deserves major attention. The production has a Leonard Cohen feel, with hints of Jeff Buckley. Put it all together, and “Black Coffee” is a wonderfully refreshing song. This piano-playing crooner is on his way up.

 
 

Jake Knox “Kalli Nights”

Jake Knox has us heavily bopping along to his new pop ditty, “Kalli Nights.” The tune is a bright, fun listen, and the production is huge. The kick drum socks it to you, as the vocal (featuring Sarah Tudzin) keeps the melody sugary and memorable. Knox is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who has been shaking up the California music scene. His sense of sonic possibilities is explored in “Kalli Nights.” From artist to arrangement, this song has the goods.

 
 

ØZWALD “Dream Child”

Tell your friends…ØZWALD has arrived. Ever wonder what sixties-infused modern pop sounds like? It has taken sonic shape in the form of “Dream Child” — an irresistibly addictive tune by ØZWALD. The duo is made up of former Blondfire/Lost Beach member Steve Stout and Lifehouse’s Jason Wade. The result is a songwriting team that pulls no punches. “Dream Child” has a hook that will knock you to the floor. Enjoy your new favorite pop rock group.

 
 

Kelsy Karter “Harry”

Kelsy Karter is a dyanmo on the rise. Her latest single, “Harry,” is a catchy tip of the hat to classic rock and roll. With influences ranging from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Karter has been likened to Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey. Kelsy Karter has her own thing going on though, with a modern day vibe that is sure to grab you by the ears. Born in New Zealand, based in LA, she is making her mark and rising fast. Enjoy grooving to “Harry.”

* Rivers and Suns * Michael G Moore * Social Beingz * Andrea Ricci *

Rivers and Suns “Crooked Mind”

Rivers and Suns released a video for “Crooked Mind,” and it is a masterpiece. Filled with honesty and imagery, the video pulls from the heavy emotions of the song. It is a sad, reflective, and self aware tune that pulled us into the writer’s world, with a vocal that makes your heart weep — and a performance that is so powerful, we rarely hear one that is more emotionally locked. We are wildly impressed from an artist and songwriter’s standpoint. Genuinely looking forward to more.

 
 

Michael G Moore “You Don’t Even Try”

Michael G Moore wraps listeners with swirly melodies and acrobatic vocals. “You Don’t Even Try” is amazing and awe inspiring. There is really no other way to put it. This is next level stuff. Sure, it has a Radiohead thing going on, but there are traces of The Zombies and completely unexplotred musical territories throughout “You Don’t Even Try.” Moore’s tasteful understanding of chord progressions and arrangement is apparent and worth great acclaim. Enjoy “You Don’t Even Try.”

 
 

Social Beingz “Push My Love (To The Limit)

To say we listened to “Push My Love (To The Limit)” a few times would be an understatement. We listened to it again and again, then sang it in our head, then went and gave it another spin, then another. It’s even playing this very moment. Now that is impressive, and exactly what a pop song should do. Social Beingz have taken up real estate in our brain. This US/UK duo cooked up a fun number with “Push My Love.” Reach 36 seconds, and the song has you in its grasp. Pop magic.

 
 

Andrea Ricci “Storm”

Andre Ricci is a Canadian singer/songwriter who will put you under a spell with her latest release, “Storm.” The song is breezy, with yearning lyrics, and a retro-tinged production. Ricci’s voice is comforting, and the production boasts just enough grit to paint a sonic picture of a rock and roll daydream. With a velvety voice and charming arrangement, this tune effectively “describes that way of holding back the way you feel about someone out of fear of his or her reaction.” Andrea Ricci is on her way up.