Indie Innovators – Crosslegged, Katherine Paterson, Elly Kace, Tuvaband

We got lost in the hypnotic appeal of Automatic, the new single from Crosslegged.  An interesting composition with elegant movement and thoughtful variation, its most striking detail is the artists eclectic vocal ability.  The opening verse slowly builds into the songs developing narrative, erupting with passion and conjured emotion.  

Automatic has widespread appeal, with enough melodic catch to grab a part time music lover, and enough variation and innovation to keep an elitist in it.  With progressive appeal they leave their experimental ethos intact, tagging an ethereal outro to support your chemical deliverance.  The progressive movements dressed in this indie sonic atmosphere recall the work of Grizzly Bear and Mitski.  We also hear elements that would please fans of Big Thief. 

Hear Automatic now on our Best New Indie Playlist

Katherine Paterson is rare on her recent Eulogy.  Imaginative and inventive, the arrangement takes notable sonic chances.  In the spirit of the classic progressive 70s we hear sneaky references to Neil Young and even the Beatles.  Eulogy is a sonic treat.  It evolves and builds with epic surprise.  Selfishly, it could have been twice as long, but as is it’s still delightful.  

With an indie sensibility it also connects with the works of Feist and Kathleen Edwards, songwriters with imaginative production that lifts their innate songwriting without losing the essence of their work.  

Paterson’s Eulogy is rightfully dark and unforgiving.  Real and true, it’s someone we all know, someone who deserves such a dramatic dark tribute.  One that remembers how their presence never leaves you.  And so it is that Eulogy is haunting.  “As the tree falls we will not be there to hear it, but in the silence we recall the man who cleared it.”

Hear Eulogy now on our Best New Indie Playlist

Elly Kace is in touch with her musical spirit.  A dynamic artist with metaphysical presence, her music graces the spiritual world with superior melodic intention.  Her innate vocal talent is exotic and remarkable, effortlessly navigating her harmonious spectrum at will and with emotional affect.  

In constant evolution with the trajectory of her life journey she shines on the recent single Disappear.  Experimental, but accessible, Disappear is a breakout moment for the multi-faceted artist.  It connects her to a new group in the indie spectrum. She spins out of the trip hop world and into a slightly more contemporary register, but one that still leans towards an experimental ethos.  We hear elements of recent Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and even Beirut as Disappear features some dreamy brass work.  

Hear Disappear now on our Best New Indie Playlist.  

Norway artist Tuvaband continues to captivate us with her rare vocal delivery.  Her voice is drawn from some ancient instinctual legacy, one known to the terrain of her native land, one worn into the fabric of our existence.  Tuvaband is haunting, conjuring specters and ghosts like a musical medium, able to delve into alternative realities.  Her new single By The Time You Hear this continues to flaunt this affect.  The specter that haunts the cover suggests maybe the artist is aware of her musics effect.  

By The Time You Hear This features a long developing intro that continues to build into the songs final moment.  Throughout you can hear her signature background vocals that swirl beneath the music, creating atmosphere where so often soft synths are used.  Comparisons to Kate Bush are fair game, we also hear the exotic appeal of Sinead O’Connor.  

Another fine addition to an expanding catalog, Tuvaband has been getting attention by heavy hitters like Sub Pop, and growing a cult audience drawn to her rare exotic appeal. 

Tuvaband is currently featured on our Best New Indie Playlist


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