Hey everyone, I’ve decided that I’m going to trial a new monthly series here where I will share with you my thoughts on the months best indie releases! This can include Albums, Ep’s and Singles. All of these tracks were submitted to me via email, if you wish to send over any music then you can my address is firstname.lastname@example.org. This month I was sent a large number of requests so I have only had the time to review a small portion of them however I have created a Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post that contains all of the music I have been sent. I’m super excited to be kicking this series with some real bangers, without further ado lets get onto the first review…
Hold me Closer- Glass Peaks- 25/10/17
I’m sure you are all already aware of these guys but if you aren’t Glass peaks are a British trio who burst onto the scene in 2016 with their debut single ‘I’m Okay’ landing them a place in the Spotify ‘Indie List’ for a fantastic 4 weeks and pulling in attention from Both BBC introducing and Radio X. They have also landed support slots for acts including The Amazons and White lies, so it’s pretty safe to say they are one of the UK’s Biggest breakout bands. Their latest single ‘Hold me closer’ is darker than their previous single and is a track packed full of bassy synths that help to keep the song grounded. The vocals are immensely rich and are the standout feature of this release. I am a huge fan of Glass peaks tracks so far and I cannot wait to watch them take over the indie scene.
Escape- Only shadows
‘Escape’ is the follow-up single to the band’s debut hit smash ‘Fight Milk’ and was released in late October. It’s a fresh indie rock track with beautifully crafted instrumentals that perfectly complement the exceptionally written lyrics. The driving force behind the lyrics was feelings that lead vocalist Nick had during some dark days, he said “The song came from frustration & anger of the repetition of life, maybe coming from a small town has led to those feelings. It’s about getting out of it and doing something about it, not taking no for an answer”. This is one of those tracks that you just can’t help but have on replay as it is just such a solid fresh track. I seriously urge anyone who hasn’t already checked this single out to do so right now as this is one that you do not want to miss!
Curtsy & Cry- Mangey/Picnic
Curtsy & Cry are an alt-rock two-piece based in North East London who have just released two tracks ‘Mangey’ and ‘Picnic’ both of which were recorded in a converted church spire in Islington.With the thrashing drums and grungy riffs, these songs simply become better and better with every listen. Mangey is the heavier of the two and is also my personal favourite while picnic is a slow-building track that just explodes! These guys have something very special here with these two tracks so I cannot wait to see what they do next!
The Incarnations – Love Drugs.
The Incarnations are a four-piece guitar band from Aberdeen, Scotland that formed back in 2014. Over the last two years they have formed a very loyal and supportive fan base in their home city, however, are now branching out in the hope of sharing their music both nationally and worldwide. Their debut single ‘Love Drugs’ dropped on the 28th of last month and is one that has been described as ‘A cross between The Small Faces and 90s Britpop band, Dodgy’. I think the song is great, it’s upbeat, it’s catchy and really a well-rounded track that really does get your head bopping. A video was dropped alongside the single that was actually filmed in the bands’ rehearsal room in Aberdeen which I think is really nice. These guys have a bright future and I want nothing but success for them!
So there were my picks of the last month or so, like I said I have been inundated with emails containing all sorts of music, all of which will be in a Spotify playlist below as I want to share all the music I have been sent however it would be humanly impossible for me to review them all sure to the sheer number of requests! Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this and if you do then tweet me at @lucy_mccourt or comment below this post!