Single Reviews 11/04/22

Published on 11 April 2022 at 13:49

Words: Adam Wright


Welcome to this week’s OSM single round up. Each week we select a few of the best new indie tunes of the last week or so and compile them in this list for your listening pleasure. As ever the first tune on the list is this week’s Single Of The Week. This week we’ve gone for the new drop from the Nottingham-based Midnight Rodeo. The tune, named ‘Now You’re Gone’ is the band’s first ever release and does an amazing job at firing them onto the indie scene. Atmospheric and gloomy instrumentation often takes center stage, while distorted guitars do their bit to push the track somewhere between indie and psychedelic rock. As debuts go, this is a stunner. 


More new releases now and we have the new track from George Hennessy. His new single, ‘All or nothing’ dropped on Friday and is the solo artist’s second release of 2022. The tune builds on its predecessor’s Britpop-inspired sound and features soaring instrumentation that gives the record an uplifting feeling. Like its predecessor, the tune comes from Hennessy’s forthcoming album which is shaping up to be a nostalgic dive into 90s indie-rock…Porridge Radio is up next this week with their new tune, ‘The Rip’. The track is the second to be released from their forthcoming third album - due for release next month - and trends a similar path to that of its predecessor. A raw sounding vocal sits comfortably against floating synths and succinct guitar lines before, in true Porridge Radio style, the sound launches into an engulfing soundscape of experimental indie-rock…sticking with alternative sounds, this one comes from M Field. The Cape Town-based solo artist shared his new tune ‘Block Universe’, which comes from his forthcoming EP - due out this Summer. It showcases his gentle Alt-pop sound and sounds like a mix of Jordan Rakei and Vampire Weekend. With ‘Block Universe’ M Field has once again proven his relevance and originality…the next one also comes from a solo-artist. It’s called ‘Ready Now’ and comes from the Essex-based Lisa Wright. The tune sees the singer’s bare vocal set against subtle piano chords and exposes Wright’s artistic vulnerability. The song’s soft vocal carries its message of not being afraid to commit to a relationship and highlights both the singer’s ability as songwriter, and as a fine vocalist..moving on and this next track follows a similar, albeit darker, path. It’s the acoustic version of ‘Jessica’ by Forgotten Garden. It’s dark, misty and, in some ways, a gothic sound that combines elements of Joy Division and The Cure. These elements seem to come together to create a dark and post-modern take on gothic sounding indie..finally this week is the latest track from Daydream Runaways. The track is called ‘Butterflies’ and is a glorious sounding pop-rock anthem. It encapsulates the band’s uplifting sound which, with its quick lyricism, melodic lines, and catchy choruses, could have come from the early 2010’s. There’s elements of Imagine Dragons, The 1975 and American Authors that all add to the tune’s uplifting and somewhat nostalgic feeling. 


All of the above release can be listened to now on our Spotify Playlist here


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