Monday, July 28, 2014

The Controversy - Don't Count on Me

We're going to officially kick off our second year here at MY Indie Music Blog by bringing you one of my original indie favorites.

I've said this about the indie music scene multiple times in the past, and I'll continue to say this until well after indie music takes over the mainstream... the one single thing that I love the most about indie music is the artists ability to create their music on their terms. Tonight's featured artist is one that makes that the truest statement that I can offer you within the constraints of this very blog.

Tonight, I give to you, my faithful followers and fellow lovers of all things indie, The Controversy!

It wasn't long after the 2012 release of their debut album Real that I first discovered the music of this abundantly talented L.A. based duo. Laura Vall, vocals/keys and Thomas Hjorth, guitars/vocals, make up the core of The Controversy. Both share writing as well as producing duties, and we are left with the alternative/pop goodness that is the fruit of their labor. Their sophomore release, Don't Count on Me, is track after track of the most original sound happening in music today, mainstream or indie. From the opening track, Two Voices, with its infectious pop/dance groove to the closer Just Say You Love Me Again and it's dreamy, ambient/pop/folk blend, there's a sound to be found for every musical taste.

There are several standout tracks, like the early 90's alternative/industrial influenced Fly and Luna, which is sung in Spanish (there is a picture on their Facebook page that translates the song lyrics into English) that completely takes my breath away every time I listen to it. Ms. Vall's vocals are nearly flawless and the production value offers so much more musically than most of what is being offered by the mainstream. Don't Count on Me is already a strong contender to make it to the top of my list for the top albums of 2014.

Check out The Controversy at their official website. Follow the band on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Then head over to iTunes to download Don't Count on Me as well as their debut album Real. And as always, follow along here at MY Indie Music Blog for all the latest on The Controversy!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Forever Still

MY Indie Music Blog is about to turn 2 years old. I'm not sure when I started this that I imagined in my wildest dreams that I'd make it this long. Over the past several months, I've been reevaluating what I'm doing here and deciding how best to carry on as that two year anniversary fast approaches. Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon! I just want to be certain that I continue to bring you the absolute best indie music I can find. I don't want that statement to be a slight in any way, shape or form to any single indie artist out there. It's just that I feel it's time to raise the bar, so to speak. The more involved I get in the indie music community, the deeper the talent pool has become. Bands that I've supported from day one have certainly upped the ante in terms of new music being put out. And the more new artists I discover, the harder and harder it's getting to find the time and space here for them all.

That being said, I'm about to lob a grenade at you all and introduce you to one of the hottest up and coming bands the world of indie music has to offer. Tonight is the long overdue introduction of Forever Still!

The Coppenhagen, Denmark music underground is responsible for giving us Forever Still. Led by the charismatic Maja Sch√łnning and joined by Mikkel Haastrup, bass/guitar/keyboard; Chad T. Charlton, drums and Carsten Christensen, guitar, Forever Still is about to make a HUGE mark on the world of rock music.

This is pure rock at its absolute best. Each song lulls you in with magical guitar riffs and pounding percussion... and just when you think you've heard this all before, the vocals kick in and the entire package knocks you right on your ass and begs you to crank the volume past your breaking point! If there ever were a true rock n roll musicgasm to be had, this is it. Every time I hit play, I become my earhole's new best friend.

Keep up with all things Forever Still at their official website. Head over to their Bandcamp page to buy their latest EP Breaking Free as well as a ton of cool merchandise. Follow the band on Twitter and like them on Facebook. And as always, keep checking back here at MY Indie Music Blog for updates on the band.

Support unsigned artists... give indie music a chance.

Collette Andrea - Steady Sun

It's been just over a year since I first introduced you to Collette Andrea. In that time, I'd be hard pressed to offer another artist, indie or mainstream, that has captivated me as much as she has. Here's the proof...

Steady Sun is the second EP by Toronto, Ontario, Canada's very own Collette Andrea. As it goes with EPs, you're generally left with a longing for more. This is the case with Steady Sun and then some. From the rock/blues/folk opener Give Me All Your Lovin' to the bluesy closer You and Me, Collette's melodic, timeless vocals are on full display.

After just one listen, you realize that Collette is a true throwback to the 60's and 70's, when the singer/songwriter dominated not only radio airplay, but our culture as well. I figured out that the best way to get more is to just hit replay. Over and over again.

Head over to Bandcamp today to download Steady Sun, as well as Collette's debut EP Luna. And follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

Support unsigned artists... give indie music a chance.