Alex Siegel – “Answer”
-From the first time I clicked play on Siegel’s latest track, I felt something soulfully very satisfying. I don’t compare to him much, but I definitely got some Mac Ayres vibes here. Siegel seems to embody a similar chilled out but soulful ethos. The atmospheric backing noises do a good job of creating depth without drowning out the lead vocal. This is an eloquently balanced and enjoyable track.
Outer League – “Other side”
-This song grows on the listener. I mean, not literally, because that would be weird. But figuratively it’s pretty good on first listen, but after a few listens I really really liked the energy on the chorus. It’s got this glowing, almost soaring quality to it. The emotional lyrics are relatable and the overall vibe of the piece is imminently easy to connect, as pop music ought to be. Put this on your playlist and you’ll say “oh this is good” every time it comes up, guaranteed.
Holly Humberstone – “Falling asleep at the wheel”
-I was immediately struck by the quality of Holly Humberstone’s engaging voice. The piano starts out as a background element, but it eventually takes a prominent role in telling the story here. Humberstone’s vocal is strong, as I mentioned, but there’s a seriously beautiful blending element here between the piano and voice. I’ve always been a sucker for the “girl and her piano” style of music, but this one really hits that perfectly. The energy is infectious even in largely understated composition. It’s worth a spin for sure.