Hey, rhythm riders! Let’s roll through the lively lanes of Pop, take the peaceful paths of Chillwave, and meander through countless captivating genres.
Our music review, “Harmonic Highways: Pop, Chillwave, and Multitudinous Melodies,” brings to light novel releases, imaginative independent artists, and a resonant curated playlist.
Setting out, we dive into the effervescent culture of Pop, where artists create infectious tracks that resonate with the masses. We then slow down as we wander into the Chillwave scene, characterized by mellow beats and a breezy vibe. Veering off the main road, we encounter an assortment of music styles, each offering a unique sonic flavour to our musical feast.
Ready to traverse the unexplored avenues of music? Check it out, befriend boundary-pushers on Spotify, and enrich your audio repertoire with our meticulously curated playlists. “Harmonic Highways” — your personalized route to rhythm discovery!
1) NADIA – Figure it out
Hailing from the United Kingdom’s Belfast, NADIA crafts a standout interpretation of commercial pop with her single “Figure it out”. Drawing inspiration from Irish-based culture, she emanates a unique fusion of easy listening and commercial vocal dance. Much like renowned pop giants, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, the female vocals in NADIA’s single seize the listener’s attention while maintaining an intimate, relatable connection.
“Figure it out” undoubtedly captures her artistic prowess. One of our curators neatly encapsulated NADIA’s musical ability stating, “Her sound is as potent and entrancing as a siren song, but saturated with warm authenticity”. This quote underlines her ability to expertly intertwine catchy pop with substance and depth – a quality often challenging in the arena of commercial music.
This is more than mere pop. NADIA offers an entrancing blend of mainstream accessibility with the artistic integrity of an independent artist. Don’t let the opportunity to explore her music pass you by. Visit her YouTube, follow her on Spotify, and check out our curated playlist to witness her enchanting melodies firsthand.
2) FLOYD JOYNES – Shamanic Temple
Music is the universal language of mankind, an art form that transcends boundaries and barriers. Floyd Joynes, a Newark-based independent artist, eloquently showcases this through his remarkable single, ‘Shamanic Temple’. Fusing diverse elements from Australian and South American-based cultures, he comprehensively encapsulates a worldly ambience, reminiscent at times of the ethereal compositions of famed artists Enigma and Loreena McKennitt.
The track smoothly knits acappella and foreign language vocals, both male and female, striking an emotive chord that’s both super edgy and ridiculously catchy. It transports the listener on a euphoric, nostalgic journey, a testament to Joynes’ knack for crafting anthemic bangers that resonate with the intrinsic human spirit. Central to his auditory masterpiece is a strong contemporary influence, intertwining with traditional shamanic instrumentation to create a spiritual track that encapsulates true triumph and expedition.
Any fan of the new age genre would be remiss not to give ‘Shamanic Temple’ a listen. Seriously, set aside time, plug in those earbuds, sink into a comfortable chair, and indulge in this chillout piece. Visit his website, hit follow on Spotify, and add this gem to your playlist. Don’t forget to like the track. Trust me, it’ll elevate your musical pursuits to uncharted territories.
3) PATTY DUFFEY – Love Across the Aisle
Boston-based Patty Duffey‘s latest single, “Love Across the Aisle,” is a captivating indie folk ballad with a narrative unlike any other, an anthem for love’s unpredictability. The song’s lyrics unravel the tale of a chance encounter between airplane passengers; a compelling illustration of how a fleeting glance has the power to alter the course of one’s destiny. As we follow this love story through personal discovery and dazzle at the enchanting finale—a magical walk down the aisle at 7 Dog Ranch—it becomes clear that true love knows no bounds.
Duffey’s heartfelt storytelling, coupled with her exceptional female vocals, reminds us of iconic figures such as Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, grounding her style in a rock-pop, classic rock essence blended with an indie-pop sensibility. The song’s nostalgic, easy-listening atmosphere is fueled by its Lofi pop vibes, lending a genuine, emotive resonance that leaves listeners spellbound. As one fan aptly put it, “Listening to Patty Duffey is like finding a hidden gem in a record store.”
This singer-songwriter singer has made a powerful statement with “Love Across the Aisle,” weaving together gentle melodies with tender lyrics to create a beautifully memorable soft-rock, power-pop love song. Don’t miss out on this relaxing, US-based culture-infused indie gem; check it out and visit Patty Duffey’s website, follow her on Spotify, and support her by liking and listening to our playlist.
4) PHILLIP HOOVESTOL – changing course
Phillip Hoovestol, hailing from Campbell, United States, is an independent artist who has masterfully navigated the sphere of music production, composition, and songwriting with his new album “changing course”. The album is a soulful expedition of self-discovery, reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and FKA Twigs. He has artfully diversified his musical repertoire with genres such as Alternative Pop and Tropical House. The track “Found” serves as a testament to this, exhibiting his prowess in Chillwave and Dream Pop.
All songs on the album, with the minor exception of Peter’s contribution on “Safe and Sound”, have been wholly crafted by Hoovestol— an electrifying testament to his talent. Each song presents a subtle shift in genre, yet still binds to a common thread—Hoovestol’s inherent musical style. The album even explores Trip-Hop, Minimal Techno, and LoFi Pop, revealing a musical chameleon in Hoovestol.
To quote an album review, “changing course is a musical kaleidoscope, reflecting spectrums of Electronic Pop and Soul.” It is an overall journey through varying emotions and reflections on societal norms, united by a Chillstep and Melodic Dubstep influence. Moreover, Hoovestol’s male vocals, often enhanced with Auto-tune, add a US-based cultural nuance to the music that’s incredibly enticing. Discover this journey of music by visiting his YouTube channel, following him on Spotify, or tuning into our playlist.
5) SARAH REEVES – Best Days
Emerging from the heartland of American music, Nashville, independent pop artist SARAH REEVES captures our attention with her new album, “Best Days”. Soaking up the summer breeze of Los Angeles, she weaves a vibrant mosaic of human emotion revealing an unseen depth, taking inspiration from the likes of contemporary pop giants such as Taylor Swift. Reeves crafts an experience blending organic elements and electronic interjections to give her work an anthemic overtone. It is like Reeves serves the musical equivalent of sunshine in ‘Best Days’, capturing the essence of commercial pop.
SARAH REEVES’ music gently advocates acknowledging and embracing emotional vulnerability. Infusing raw confessions under layers of commercial vocal dance tunes, a potent combination super catchy yet intimately relatable. Drawing parallelism from Billie Eilish’s alternative pop mastery, Reeves cloaks intimate tales within her tracks inspired by US-based culture, which adds an enticing appeal to the album. “This album was made during one of the toughest emotional seasons of my life. I sang it anticipating the future in the midst of brokenness in my life.” Remarkably, she turns her pain into a banger after banger in ‘Best Days’.
It must be expressed, that Reeves’ female vocals are like the soothing whispers of a comforting friend by your side; They carry a certain warmth rendering hope amidst the chaos. This unity of music and emotions reflects SARAH’s unique alternative pop approach, marking her as an artist to keep an eye out for. Immerse yourself in the rich world of SARAH REEVES. Dial into her music on Spotify, and absorb the labour of her love on her website. Connect to our playlist and enjoy other fantastic tracks. No doubt about it, ‘Best Days’ is here to stay. Check it out.