Undiscovered Gems – Jane Leo, Laveda, Mcclendon, Tre.Charles

Jane Leo has fully arrived.  The Self Titled Debut Album is here! It’s been two years since they drew us in with their impressive debut single Tell Me (I’m On Your Mind).  The polish shined so brilliant we assumed the backstory would bare revelations about the projects inception.  Too good to pass up, the industry machine embraced them immediately.  A rare situation that speaks to their undeniable flash. 

The duo that make up Jane Leo are visually stunning with music that honors their fashionable aesthetic.  Jane Leo has already enjoyed enviable touring support slots with the likes of Cannons, Unlikely Candidates and Misterwives.  Their single Big Life was Co-produced by Danny Reisch (Local Natives, White Denim, Heartless Bastards), and released on an EP with support from MARS Label Group.  Boasting influences like Talking Heads, Lou Reed, and the Cars; they embrace a duality of swagger and melody.  Their instincts bolster both their attitude and melodic genius.  

They traverse a wide scope of influence.  You can hear the elusive vibe of Morphine on Tell Me (I’m On Your Mind).  Full frontal attitude and elite sex appeal on The More You Know.  An aught indie influence on Big Life, a Lana Del Rey style ethereal poetic flex on Our Love, an aggressive anthemic intention on Doghouse, a chic sultry art pop pump on Necessary Evil and Borderline, and an intriguing retro pop appeal on I’m to BlameJane Leo delivers with a stylistic full length that reiterates their buzz worthy existence. 

Jane Leo is currently featured on our Best New Indie Playlist.  

Laveda continues to impress us, hitting the high mark again with their new single Troy Creeps.  The project evolved out of a collaboration between duo Ali Genevich (vocals/guitar) and Jake Brooks (vocals/guitar/synths).  They are now very much a proper band outfit.  Their stage presence is on full display in the singles companion video.  Ali’s magnetic personality is their first striking characteristic, but the band shots at the end are equally exciting. 

Did we mention the single is masterfully catchy indie rock gold?  Troy Creeps finds them adapting their own sound out of the shoegaze influences that brought them together.  The gritty crisp raw tones recalls recent releases by Soccer Mommy and Alvvays.  Currently signed to VT/NY-based label PaperCup Music, Laveda will release ‘A Place You Grew Up In’ on 14 April 2023. This is your notice to get ahead of these buzz indie monsters.  After SXSW we expect them to sell their tour on their way to mid levels.  Can’t wait til they pass through Philly however currently it doesn’t appear to be a stop on their schedule.  Hopefully that gets fixed. Dig their tour dates here (https://www.lavedaband.com/shows)

Dig Laveda now on our Best New Indie Playlist

Mcclendon

The swift dramatic movements of Omen are a spectacle.  The new release from Mcclendon continues his standard in excellence.  The artist is innovative in his eclectic approach, blending mediums and influences furiously. 

He responds to the intense instrumentation with a passionate vocal that erupts out of the more reserved verse delivery.  That emphatic injection is the emotional payoff to match the musics dramatic flair.  In a flash its over.  Omen brings the fury then seemingly disappears in thin air.  A solid preview in advance of the upcoming record The Garden.  With an exotic eastern flare and innovative constructions Mcclendon bridges the auras of Ben Howard and Jose Gonzalez.  

Hear Omen now on our Best New Indie Playlist. 

Tre.Charles gets real on Lately.  The intoxicating chill pop aura has cinematic appeal.  The catchy production mirrors a commercial sound with innovative jest.  Charles adds progressive flair in the intertwined arrangement.  With every beat your thrust into nostalgic pop realities, anchored by the introductory Ted Talk type sample.  The melancholy appeal is more than a vibe, there’s real hurt here.  Charles twists it beautiful, grappling to hope in the final moments.  Lyrically it processes accountability just from the point of knowing the difference, but not from the perspective that simply acknowledging it reflects change.  

For us, Lately. is a mental health anthem for depression.  A call for understanding, ecapsulating the fog in a dreamy musical feel.  The slow swagger imitates the drudge through life, recognizing its perceived attractabiltiy, a maladaptive irony within our culture.  We do think sadness is beautiful, we are drawn to it.  

Stylistically we hear evidence of Frank Ocean with a hint of the dubstep influence and spiritual affect of James Blake.

Hear Lately. Now on our Best New Indie Playlist.

Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s