Since the start of the year, I’ve been on a mission to discover more new music than ever before. I’ve been compiling a list of my favourite songs of each month onto a playlist and review, with this being the third iteration of the series. Don’t forget to check out the full playlist at the bottom – there should be something for everyone here!
Review by Jane Howkins
Picture by ATASTOR
ATASTOR – PIPE-S
The first track on the list this month is PIPE-S by ATASTOR, with the track mixing together elements of commercial pop music with rap and hip-hop. The thing that struck me first was how interesting the percussion on the song is – it sounds unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. The vocals are largely rapped, however there are lighter vocals in the background if you pay attention hard enough.
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Alexander Joseph – Firefly (Alternate Version)
Alexander Joseph is a very talented individual, being involved in both the sports and music industries. On his latest release, Firefly (Alternate Version), he masterfully draws the listener into his captivating world. The track is a singer-songwriter classic, having a wonderful chord sequence to it. The chorus builds things up a little, sounding very anthemic, especially due to Alexander’s fantastic vocal range.
Screentalk – Escape
Screentalk are an alternative rock five piece from Liverpool, who are rather new on the scene. Escape shows a lot of promise for the young band, featuring a menacing bass melody running throughout the track, working its way slowly into your brain. It’s got quite an addictive sound to it, with the music sounding very catchy after a while! The chorus changes the tempo a little, before the eerie melody continues on the verse again.
Zen2muZ – Pride
Pride is a new song from the interestingly titled Zen2muZ (the musical moniker of musician Steven Jantzen), an independent solo musician based in the American Midwest. The track is definitely a rock song, however it’s also rather catchy, which may appeal to those into their more poppy music. The production is a little raw, but this only adds to the 90s alt rock vibes the track has going on – the guitar melodies sound great too!
Chris Caulfield – Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome is one of my favourite songs on this list due to how catchy it is – Chris Caulfield has a clear talent for songwriting and I can’t wait to hear more from him in the future! The track is an alt pop song with a catchy beat that also sounds progressively eerie as the music carries on. The bass and piano fit the rhythm perfectly and the emotion is perfectly clear in Chris’ vocals, adding a heartfelt feel to the music.
Dan Zimmerman – Carry You
Dan Zimmerman is an independent queer singer-songwriter currently situated in Brooklyn. Carry You is an incredibly heartfelt piece of music, featuring a gorgeous piano melody as the main instrumentation for the piece, accompanying Dan’s emotive vocals in a subtle manner. The track is full of emotion, with a string section emerging later on in the song, making it all sound more beautiful than I could ever have imagined at the start of the music.
LATE HALA – Dark Clouds
The opening of Dark Clouds is rather interesting – the synths and keyboards create a unique sounding melody, which is accompanied by a divergent percussion style, before the vocals kick in, ramping the tension up until the music explodes on the chorus. The dynamic changes running through LATE HALA’s latest song keep you waiting with baited breath for what’s going to come next – there are some really interesting motifs going on here too, particularly on the guitar.
Adam Brookes – Different Times
Some of you may know Adam Brookes as the frontman of indie pop band Dangermaker – his solo work still has an indie pop sound of sorts, but it’s more minimalist than his previous work. Different Times has a dreamy and ethereal quality – whilst it’s still quite upbeat, the synths swirl around the catchy rhythm, sucking you into Adam’s lyrical world. It’s an interesting piece of work and one well worth your time.
Broken Empire – Disguise
Disguise is one of the heavier songs on this list, having a hard rock sound to it. Broken Empire have an impressive array of riffs at their disposal, as show within Disguise. The vocals have a really unique tone to them, but they work well with the music, giving it a classic rock vibe. I also loved how catchy the song was, even when the screaming appeared towards the end of the track.
Callipolis – Twilight Snow
It’s quite hard to categorise Twilight Snow within any set genre, as there is so much going on here! It starts out with a beautiful piano melody, with Callipolis’ unique vocal style soaring over the music. The strings and percussion kick in later on, giving the music an epic ambience – it all sounds very cinematic and dramatic, showing off some interesting songwriting skills. The mixture of rock and classical music also appealed to me, sounding very diverse as a whole.
Moonwalker – Doom Box
Moonwalker are an indie rock duo with a fresh and funky sound to their music, as latest single Doom Box shows. The main guitar riff that runs through the song is really groovy, oozing a cool sense of rock and roll attitude. I found myself tapping my feet along to the tune almost instantly – the song sounds really catchy and the vocals have a quirky sound to them, like the track does as a whole.
Sean David Christensen – I Miss The Old You
I Miss The Old You is a quirky folk song that also contains elements of country, Americana and folk rock, making for a lovely mix of sounds. The guitar melody acts in a rhythmic way, having something of a spaghetti western feel to it at times. The little piano motifs and the strings sound amazing when mixed with the rest of the music, giving it a beautiful quality. Sean David Christensen has a wonderful vocal style, suiting his music well.
Judah Gavra – Dreamer
Dreamer opens up with a beautiful piano melody, before Judah Gavra’s soft vocals appear. It’s a slow burner of a pop song, fitting the singer-songwriter mould well. The chorus sounds very anthemic, showing off Judah’s vocals to their fullest extent, gliding over the beautiful music. The strings that appear later on in the song only add to its beauty, making it all feel very emotional. Make sure you check the track out below!
The Passing Sages – Crisis On The Dancefloor
Rounding this list out is catchy banger Crisis On The Dancefloor, created by the amazing The Passing Sages. The song is characterised by a throbbing bass beat which acts as both the rhythm and the main melody of the song, with some cool guitar licks thrown in for good measure later on. The vocals work well with the bass, making the song sound really catchy, to the point that you won’t be able to stop moving once you’ve heard it!