Friday Releases - September 24, 2021


September 24, 2021

All Faces - Grace

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We had our first crush for All Faces with "Here I Am" thanks to Alex and Beth, our friends at alexrainbirdmusic. All Faces is a French duo based in London. Besides, "Here I Am" is still playing on our radio station every day. So, when they announced on their Instagram the imminent arrival of a new single, I couldn't help but go and annoy them for an early listen. And I did not regret it. Because I have been knowing them since their debut in 2018, and I know that this magical duo is always top quality. And I admit that I was dazzled by the beauty of "Grace", their new single released today. "Grace" combines the advantages of modern production with perfectly mastered writing. Daphne takes control of the verses, with a voice sounding straight out of Heaven, then joined by Ben on the chorus. And that's what makes All Faces special. Their powerful and moving choruses! The first time I heard the chorus of "Grace", I had the same feeling as when I hear the choruses of Kodaline, my favorite band. Enormous emotional power that triggers the thrill in your whole body. Maybe it's no coincidence that Kodaline has a song called "Saving Grace" ... All Faces, could be summed up as follows: a sensitivity and a fragility enhanced by power. Ben and Daphne are amazing human beings, very kind, and easy to communicate with, since for once, and this is rare, we are allowed to speak to our artists in French. But music is a universal language and it is obvious that these two geniuses have already crossed borders for a long time. The whole world was waiting for them. Here they are! Perhaps the next artists that France will finally succeed in exporting, after Phoenix or Daft Punk.

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Chris Ho - Everything is Endlessness

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In July, you were introduced to the incredible voice of Chris Ho with his single "Borrowed Books". Here he is back with a new single coming out today. Much brighter and more cheerful, "Everything is Endlessness" is simply an invitation to smile. With convincing lyrics and a flawless vocal performance, Chris Ho offers us a punchy chorus, with magnificent backing vocals and brass that have their place in this little gem. It is often said that bridge is the riskiest part of a song, and it is indeed bridge that scares artists the most. Chris proves to us in this song that it can sometimes be the opposite. The bridge is here an explosion of words, where the artist lets himself go and the exercise is absolutely successful. If you've been running out of positive vibes lately, Chris is here to get you some: "Life can feel both excruciatingly endless and mundane at times, but at the same time so incredibly short and fleeting. We'll probably never know the true nature of reality, and it seems like the deeper we look into it, the more strange and ambiguous it gets. All you can really do is move along, push past your existential woes, get lost in those moments of joy, and, if you're really desperate, just go ahead and embrace those 'dance like nobody's watching' cliches." So what if we were content with what we got? By taking advantage of every wonder the world can offer us. It's true, it sounds easy to say. But with such a soundtrack, we can't resist: we turn up the volume, we close our eyes, and we spin on ourselves. Exactly like there's nobody watching.

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Kevin Campbell & The Wandering - Lost The World

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It had been a long time since we had seen a little indie-rock gem on IMC. I know, I say that every time, but it's true, good tracks in this genre are rare and I regret it. Fortunately, Kevin Campbell & The Wandering come to contradict me with their new release "Lost The World", out today. As Kevin said, "the song itself is about losing someone that is important to you and learning to move on and live life without them." With a unique and very relaxing electric guitar sound, the poetry of the lyrics and the almost divine melody instantly wowed us. The "oh oh" of the chorus reminded me of some epic pieces of other talented musicians, like Kodaline, or even Coldplay. The production is excellent, signed Will Chapman of the band Colony House, who also play drums on this gem. "I've gained a lot but you know I've lost the world, I'm just a man who loved a girl" is the main line of the chorus and it's punchy enough to trigger the thrill. Although reminiscent of a certain Tom DeLonge, sometimes the voice is unique and gives the track a light and soaring atmosphere, and you quickly get hooked from the first listen. The addictive side is quite strong, which is a pretty good sign. We can't wait to hear the rest of this wonderful musical project. Don't hesitate to go to their Spotify. The previous single "Running Out" and the excellent cover of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve will convince the skeptics.

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Katherine Nagy - Magnolia Tree

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Let's go to Indianapolis to explore a completely different musical genre. And I would even say it's a first time on IMC. It's true, it's not a genre that we cover very often, but I must admit that Katherine Nagy bewitched us in less than ten seconds. The leaping melody of "Magnolia Tree" and its light side captivated us. A skillful blend of classical instruments like the piano, organ, or upright bass, with light and catchy lyrics, this song is an invitation to leave your chair and dance all night. And it is very difficult to resist. Try it, you will see. It is often said on IMC that the indie music world is small. Indeed, Katherine works with Marina Bennett, and also knows Jacqueline Loor and Martina Armour. The chain continues! And we are delighted because women are only 12% of independent artists. We always try to respect parity but it is not always easy because the women are discreet in this environment. Much too discreet. Katherine wanted this happy new single: "This is a toe-tapping, hands-clapping uplifting song meant to bring smiles to the listener's face. This song is about finding love underneath a beautiful Magnolia Tree." Who could refuse this proposal? It's done with so much elegance and delicacy that you can only stomp your feet and clap your hands and start singing along. Well done, Katherine!

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Jacquie Clay - Lighter Now

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For once, women dominate these Friday Releases. And that's perfect! Let's leave Indiana for Massachusetts, but keep clapping your hands, to meet Jacquie Clay, in a little more pop atmosphere, with lots of light and warmth, in her new single "Lighter Now". We just told you that the indie music world is a small world. Another proof: Jacquie co-wrote the song with ... Marina Bennett. Yes, Marina again. We'll have to send Marina a little gift because that's a lot of artists! Jacquie Clay grew up with music in her veins, and you can hear it. Having had a few health issues that kept her from playing the piano for a while, Jacquie is now back, stronger than ever, and her love of music shines through this song. With magnificent backing vocals and certain vocal ease, Jacquie invites us to finally enjoy the present moment, and we all need this breath of fresh air after these tough 18 months: "feel the sunrise, your hand in mine, finally I'm free, I'm safe ". This is definitely my favorite line of this joyful anthem that you will want to play on repeat. If you are like me, of a little curious nature, you will be tempted to go for a ride on her Spotify to take advantage of the two previous releases, which are also really worth it. Jacquie Clay is a ray of sunshine, able to put a smile on your face in an instant, and this new single "Lighter Now" will envelop you like cotton to make you feel safe. She's a flower that begs to bloom. So don't hesitate to show her some love on her socials, she deserves it. Again, you may kill the replay button.

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Sunflower Summit - Become Undone

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This is already the third feature for Sunflower Summit, a fantastic artist that we discovered thanks to her collab with Jacqueline Loor (yes, again, small indie world haha) on "Carry Through". When I heard the chorus of her new single "Become Undone", released today, I fell in love immediately. I don't know why, but when I closed my eyes I imagined some kind of druid brewing a magic potion to bewitch me. And this chorus, which rises and rises like a staircase to audio pleasure, completely hooked me. Super catchy, it's the kind of chorus that crawls through your head for hours. If you feel like you are changing, that's okay. The pandemic has profoundly changed all of us, and we see everything in a different way. And this transition can be both beneficial and frightening. Either way, this song explores the questions that can be asked during such a transformation. Even evoking the transformation of the chameleon in the line "My skin is peeling", the singer plays with contrasts and helps us to project ourselves into her universe with well-made metaphors. The artist still has family in La Paz Baja California Sur, Mexico, where she travels regularly. We now understand better these Latin inspirations and the sun that manages to break through even in her darkest songs. The Chicago-based artist and theater fan, who now has her home studio and has learned production, is preparing an album called "In his Moment" which is set to be released on May 27, 2022. "Become Undone 'is the first single and we can already tell you that if all the songs are so good, we are in a hurry to be in May. To have another summer enjoying the songs of Sunflower Summit on a hammock with a good guava juice. Maria (her real name) is a blend of positive energy and sunshine, which will help you get through the winter with warm and delicious melodies.

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Written by Niko. All songs added to our "Fresh Indie" playlist on Spotify.

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