We have analyzed new releases and put together a recommended collection of songs that is perfect for anyone looking for an alternative approach to pop culture and mainstream music.
If you’re looking for something new to listen to, I have a suggestion that’s perfect for your tastes: alt-pop and pop-rock music released by independent artists.
There’s a lot of great music out there, but it can be hard to find. That’s why I’m here—to help you discover the best new music that’s out there.
ENOKA releasing If You Really Want It
This week, we’re going to take a look at some of our favourite alt-pop and pop-rock songs from independent artists. Some of these artists are new, and some are older but just recently released new music. All of them have unique sounds and styles that will definitely appeal to your ears!
I’ve put together a playlist with all 8 songs so you can listen to them all at once or just choose one song at a time. Either way, I know you’ll love these new releases!
You can listen to our full playlist which contains the artists’ music, and know more about the artists by scrolling down the page.
1) CARSON FERRIS – Speed Limit
Carson Ferris is a singer-songwriter from Provo, Utah. He makes pop music that’s classic and catchy, but with a twist: it has an anthem-like sound that will make you want to sing along.
The sound of his music can be compared to something like a cross between OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, and the Jonas Brothers. He has released two songs so far this year, and Speed Limit is the second one.
The song Speed Limit can be described as an energetic pop/rock song filled with feelings. There are bright guitars and cinematic drums featured in this song.
It’s got a lot of power—the vocals are strong and clear, and the instrumentals are well-balanced between guitars, bass and drums. The track also has a great tempo that keeps things moving along nicely throughout the whole song.
2) SHAB – Dolce Vita
After proving herself to be one of pop music’s most compelling live acts during her European Tour, International Pop Star & Songwriter SHAB is set to release an intoxicating new single, DOLCE VITA, out everywhere on February 10th, allowing fans to experience her at their best.
As well as releasing a music video oozing with charisma, she also released a soundtrack featuring Shab’s scene-stealing vocals that accompanied the vibrant and catchy tune released later that month.
A track with this level of clarity and crispness is not overproduced or polished to the point where it becomes dull. Having instrumental breakdowns to break up the song at the appropriate time adds a great deal of variety to the songs without feeling forced or extraneous.
3) DAVID D’ANGELO – SQR DMNDS
SQR DMNDS is an R&B / Funk meets Lo-Fi / Hip-Hop infused recording featuring a collaboration between producer & multi-instrumentalist, David D’Angelo, rapper MayDay, and singer/songwriter.
There is no doubt that SQR DMNDS embodies an uplifting, and committed creative energy. This song is a reminder that despite pain and struggle, there is always something worth doing. Your time will come. In closing out the hook, Carolena sings, “This is the kind of life worth waiting for.”
The song is a perfect blend of electronic pop, alternative pop, alternative indie R&B, hip-hop and R&B. It has an amazing sound that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
4) MIRNAZ – God Complex
MIRNAZ is an alternative pop singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. She has released her latest single, “God Complex” an alternative pop singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. She has released her latest single, “God Complex” and it is already making waves.
There is a comparison in the song between the belief in God and the belief in being in a relationship with someone who has a very big ego, and that’s why she wrote it.
It’s got a lot of power—the vocals are strong and clear, and the instrumentals are well-balanced between all instruments. The track also has a great tempo that keeps things moving along nicely throughout the whole song.
A track with this level of clarity and crispness is not overproduced or polished to the point where it becomes dull. Having instrumental breakdowns to break up the songs at the appropriate time adds a great deal of variety to the songs without feeling forced or extraneous.
5) TRINISHA BROWNE – Love Again
With her new single Love Again, Trinisha Browne has created a song that is both easy to listen to and catchy. It features an easy-listening beat, with autotuned vocals that give it a very commercial pop sound.
This is definitely one of those songs that you can listen to whenever you want to relax or if you’re in need of motivation for whatever task is ahead of you! It’s so easy to get into this song and sing along without even realizing it! All in all, this is one of those songs that will stay in your head for days after listening to it!
it also has great potential for radio play because of its upbeat tempo and catchy chorus. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Love Again” ended up being a top hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 list soon!
6) JZZY – HELMET
Jzzy‘s new single, Helmet, reintroduces the chic, cocky spirit from the pre-Y2K/Y2K era with cocky lyrics and a groovy bass line that channel some of the most iconic female characters of that era (think Gossip Girl, Clueless, Legally Blonde) to the music scene.
There is more talking than singing in Jzzy’s alt-pop song’s first verse, but the chorus is where she delivers her sassy lyrics with confidence delivering her sassy lyrics as she celebrates life with champagne while she thrives in her own lane.
Helmet is a track that’s as much about words as it is about music. The lyrics are catchy and smart, and they really stick in your head. You’ll be singing along before you know it!
Keeping a safe distance from anyone who does not have the same vibe as she does, she is giving sage advice, ‘Life is tough, get a helmet’.
7) SHARL – Mirror
The world of music is full of artists who are trying to make a name for themselves, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out which ones are worth your time. That’s why we’re here—to help you find new artists and new music that deserves your attention.
Sharl is an accomplished singer-songwriter and was previously signed to a UK independent record label, but made an exciting re-debut in 2022 as an independent electropop singer-songwriter on her own terms.
“Asian-Australian pop upstart Sharl has wasted no time establishing herself as a prolific and unerringly consistent talent, releasing a plethora of singles leading to the release of her debut album City Lights…”
Throughout this track, there are a lot of subtle sonic details that put me in awe. They beautifully showcase Sharl’s deftness and guile, in crafting a sound that has both a familiar pop sensibility and is unmistakably her own at the same time.
With her talent, she has reached the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition, as well as received enthusiastic recognition from blogs and community radio stations for her work.
8) ENOKA – If You Really Want It
There is no doubt that Enoka is a songwriter who is capable of making compelling music that blurs the lines between the punch of dance music and the melodies of pop music.
‘If You Really Want It’, her most recent release, falls into that broad category while demonstrating the artist’s ability to constantly strive for a higher standard and provide audiences with excellent-sounding tracks that appeal to a wide range of listeners.
Unlike most releases, this release stands out because it really showcases a progression in the artist’s music, as well as her commitment to writing excellent and relatable music that is always on the cutting edge, which is what makes it something quite special.
The instrumentals are produced at a high quality, with power on the drums and bass line. The production quality is also high, with a clear mix between each instrument and vocal part.
Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of artists like Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Marina & The Diamonds, Rihanna, and others who influence the music industry in some way or another!