Best New Indie – Vincent Draper and The Culls, Olivia Reid, Carlo Monte, Colton Cerny

Vincent Draper and The Culls shine on I Got Yr Light.  Ripe with swagger and attitude, I Got Yr Light stays effective and focused.  It’s all about the hook.  They hammer the sentiment with dramatic force.  The build is more about how aggressively they commit to the songs essence, not about progressive variation in the composition.  Writing a proper hook within an indie rock construct recalls the works of The National and Spoon. Fans of those projects will instantly connect with this jam. .

I Got Yr Light is currently featured on our Best New Indie Playlist.  

Olivia Reid caught our attention with her new single Runner’s High.  With dramatic progressive flair she alternates between introspective verses and catchy dance pop drops.  The soft tonal spectrum brings chill pop appeal.  Runner’s High is a feel good anthem with energetic pumps that can get you to the dance floor.  Its soft nature could just as easily drown you in feel good melancholy on some beach side bike cruise. 

Reid’s melodic intention can be insanely catchy on demand.  The trademark chorus melody is straight addictive.  Stylistically it bridges the gap between the minimalistic dance pop charm of The XX and urban indie flow of Biig Piig.  We can dig it. 

Hear Runner’s High now on our Best New Indie Playlist.  

Carlo Monte gains buzz with their new progressive single mountaintop / me amo.  A concept in two parts, in the infectious second movement that really grabbed us.  The addictive tempo design with its dreamy melodic construct creates an exciting chill vibe.  The artist says a lot without saying much.  He patiently plots his vocals at the bookends of various bars, adding emotional textures and cinematic innuendo.  This is how we think Rhye might evolve as a synth pop project.  

Carlo Monte is currently featured on our Best New Indie Playlist.  

Colton Cerny is sugar sweet on their new single Standing in a Raincoat.  You can hear the iconic influence of the Beatles with the updated indie adaptations known to Dr Dog and Father John Misty.  The compositional flow is elusive.  Colton Cerny makes it sound easy.  The lively performance adds to the nostalgic appeal.  His expressive vocal brings a theatrical accent to the musics curious tribute.  An interesting addition to the movement in revival psych pop, Colton Cerny stands alone, 

Hear Standing in a Raincoat now on our Best New Indie Playlist. 


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