Undiscovered Gems – Starover Blue, Amaris, Casiocenz, Rodney Fisher + The Response

We lost ourselves in the dreamy vibe of Afterglow, the new single from Starover Blue.  Bred from the guitar post rock of Explosions In The Sky and picking up a perceived scope of influence from acts like Beach House and Wye Oak, Afterglow is intoxicating indie pop.  The harmonious guitar work and syncopated rhythm pull you in with catchy appeal.  The singer brings it home with a serene soft delivery and comforting affect.  There’s enough rhythmic pick up to keep you on your feet, while the melodic touches bring cinematic brilliance.  

Lose yourself to Afterglow now on our Best New Indie Playlist

Amaris tackles grief with her new single Lemon, Lime & Bitters.  There’s a reflective melancholy to the melodic design.  It’s interrupted with flashes of emotional lift.  She conjures a history of hurt and heartache in the convincing performance.  Its chorus is boosted by an epic drop, it whips you out of your daydream and back to some smoky urban club meant to host this intoxicating groove.  Sonically it’s an interesting blend, one that combines an acoustic first arrangement known to Kurt Vile with the contrasting vocal stylings of soul indie punks like Remi Wolf.  “With roots in gospel music and influences such as The Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, Nina Simone, Joy Division/New Order, Hole, Jon Foreman and The Drums, Amaris is creating her own flavor of goth music.”  We can dig it. 

Amairs is featured on our Best New Indie Playlist.  

Casiocenz caught our attention with his new single Wherever You Will Be.   Part of their appeal comes from the sonic design, one that’s integrated into their moniker.  An array of classic synth sounds, quite possibly vintage Casios, add that nostalgic sparkle known to the synthwave movement.  Casiocenz also adds effective doses of live bass and guitars and perceived live drums with some creative alteration to give them their own signature sound. 

The writing and moody vocal recall the works of New Order, with some fair compositional influence of The Cure.  Updated with and indie sensibility akin to Future Islands or TV On The Radio, Wherever You Will Be is classic catchy .

Casioscenz is featured on our Best New Indie Playlist

Rodney Fisher and The Response team up for their new single ICU.  This vibrant duet delivers like a collab between Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver, with calculated clean guitar work reminiscent of The XX or DIIV. There’s a soulful melodic underlayer, enhanced by swaths of melodic surprise and big harmony drenched vocal sweeps.  It’s original and sneaky innovative in a way that presents as refreshingly familiar.  It’s a testament to the rhythmic arrangement and compositional flow.  Collectively charming ICU is undeniable.

Hear ICU now on our Best New Indie Playlist


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