Slomo Casino – “Marshmallow”
-If this was the first song you ever heard in the “indie pop” genre, you’d have a pretty good indication of what it’s about. Does it feel good? YES! Does it have some upbeat rock elements? YES! Does it have some glowing production that makes the vocal soar in the mix? YES! This is indie pop! Slomo Casino have a high quality sound that is sure to put a smile on a lot of faces. The overall energy of the track is optimistic and engaging. This is one for the 2021 upbeat playlist. Spin it and grin!
Slimdan – “MVP”
-This song is a sports metaphor. Like all good sports metaphors, it really knocks it out of the park. It’s a real walk off hit. But seriously I love the quality of this recording and the overall energy. The harmonies on the first chorus. The blending of the acoustic guitars with the quality vocal makes for something that feels like early 2000s emo alt rock meets… current indie pop. It’s hard to categorize the sound, but I definitely want literally everyone I know to hear this song. It’s got an “it” factor that makes it rewarding with each listen. Also, if you’ve ever wanted the crowd to go crazy for you, this song is for you. It’s just so… REAL. It’s a buzzer beater.
Jenny Kern – “Alone”
-I can’t remember the first time I heard Jenny Kern’s voice, but she has been a “hit” around here for a long time. In fact, she might be one of the only artists who has independently earned coverage from three different editors at ETTG. That said, let’s talk about the gloriously unhurried, well-written style of “Alone.” It’s poetic, introspective, and highly captivating. The chorus, “so break me, won’t you break me down, save me, won’t you save me now” is relatable, of course, but it’s also the kind of atmospheric mix that makes me want to turn it up and just bask in the vibes. This is such a satisfying, relatable, vibey track and is well worth your listen.