Rowan – “Nothing’s gonna change”
-I don’t care what genre you want to call this song, it’s a bop. It’s got all this power and light at the same time. I definitely dig the moving rhythm, little guitar riffs, and the kick drum. The whole composition feels like a mashup of rock acts from the 60s to the early 2000s. I hear a bit of Weezer, a bit of The Strokes, and this more modern flavor that I can’t quite put my finger on… oh, right, it’s Rowan. But seriously it’s nice to hear the energy of this moving track that is, ironically, about stasis. It’s nice to hear a well-executed juxtaposition that makes me want to dance. Check and check.
Wild Rivers – “Amsterdam”
-Wild Rivers have a folk duo energy that continues to impress me. The overall vibes here are powerful from start to finish. Of course the vocal harmonies are the thing that stood out to me the most, but there’s a good lyrical movement on this track as well. It is the “total package” as they say. Whether you call it folk or indie pop or indie folk pop… it’s just good. The shifts in mood are all good, but the bridge with the piano work really speaks to me. This song is one that absolutely stands out from the crowd. Sometimes art just calls to you in a particularly personal way and even though I’ve never been to Amsterdam, the transcendent meaning of the song speaks to me on this one. It’s a gem.
Natalie Gelman – “Summer song”
-This one’s a sweet swing perfect for the season we’re entering. Gelman’s vocal is undeniably quality. The combination of sweet singer songwriter vibes with poetic lyrics works really well. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to have a picnic or sit beside a rolling brook. It’s a bit about heartache, sure, but it’s also got this beautiful nostalgic patina that will have listeners dreaming of their own summer memories.