Laryssa Birdseye – “No Matter What”
-Birdseye has one of the sweetest natural voices we’ve heard in a long time. The song has a throwback vibe that we really enjoy, too. The soft jazzy swing beat is perfect for the intimate and engaging lyrics. The intonation and vocal flourishes are just enough, without feeling like it’s over the top. This is a great song from a promising rising artist.
The Arcadian Wild – “The Poet”
-IF you’ve been following our site for any length of time, you’ve seen the name the Arcadian Wild. The Nashville-based folk outfit is really exciting. This song is a bit of a divergence from some of their other music. The complex chord structure reminds me of something Chris Thile would have released back with Nickel Creek. It’s amazing to hear the band continue to grow and develop their harmony-rich, engrossing sound.
John Ferry – “Fun”
-This acoustic track from John Ferry is a delight. Ferry’s vocal is sure to remind you of more of a punk rock vocal style, but it really works on this recording. The tone is excellent and Ferry literally doesn’t miss a beat. The lyrics are thought provoking.
Mono Club – “Best Laid Plans”
-No ETTG list would be complete without some raucous indie rock. Mono Club bring a fascinating style to the indie rock scene. At times it feels smooth and subtle, othertimes kicking you right between the eyes. The harmonies remind me of the best of 70s classic rock. It’s the kind of song perfect for listening and concentrating, or just to have on in the background. The harmonies are worth the price of admission alone.
Judy Blank – “Mary Jane”
-IF you’re looking for saucy guitar lyrics and crystalline jazz vocals, give Judy Blank a listen. It’s a really sick groove and the song feels like you’ve heard it before, yet also has a great fresh feel to it as well. If you listen to this track, you will start dancing. This is definitely for fans of Lake Street Dive (and I don’t say that lightly).