SubmitHub is a site that allows artists and their reps to reach out to bloggers, video posters, and labels. There is a 48-hour time limit to respond to the artist. Sometimes, we don’t fully appreciate a song until after the time has expired. Here are some examples of blogworthy submissions that we missed until after the 48-hour window closed.
Vienna-born and now Berlin-based enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Leitmotif and singer/songwriter Lisa Rowe deliver a rough and edgy debut track. The pop-infused indie-folk song stands out through its mood-lifting hook.
"Trouble in the Making" (ft. Lisa Rowe) by Leitmotif
Sloes is a quintet based in London. The members are Jerome Clark (vocals, samples, drum machine), Paul William Hand (guitar, backing vocals, keys), Luke Coare (drums), Jo Milnes (bass, backing vocals, keys) and his sister Katie Elizabeth Milnes (violin, backing vocals, keys).
Skrizzly Adams says he wants to “make the Americana of the future.” And, by all accounts, the future is now. The New Jersey-born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has made name for himself by seamlessly blending elements of indie rock, pop, and hip hop – a nod to whom Skrizzly considers the Holy Trinity: Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, and Kanye West.
We all notice similarities in outward appearance of brothers, but don’t often think about vocal characteristics that result from similarities in internal body parts. Fontaine is a duo formed of Ike and Luke Fontaine. They are originally from Massachusetts, but have relocated to Nashville.
There are several reasons to praise their song “Yesterday.” Yes, the vocals are strong. Still, the guitar work is the more significant attraction. And the arrangement is extraordinary. For example, there is a steadily mounting crescendo that starts at 2:33 and ends with a drop (3:12) to a rhythmic guitar.
Quoting their bio:
By way of Boston, Ike Fontaine (Guitar, Lead Vocals) and Luke Fontaine (Bass, Vocals, Keyboards) formed FONTAINE in 2017. After years of touring as an acoustic duo, the brothers got right to work recording in Boston with the help of one of Q Divisions brightest, James Bridges (Engineer/ Producer).
Now based in Nashville, 2018 promises a plethora of new music, video releases, and live shows from the newly minted FONTAINE driven by their authentic blend of brother harmony, folk and alternative rock.
Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.
The Melbourne-based indie rock band has embraced a new chapter of their artistry along with a recent name change. Having established a solid reputation for themselves as a formidable live band on the east coast under their former project Residual, the four piece have emerged ready to tackle 2018, as Club Yorke.
The members of Club Yorke are Sam Burtt (vocals, guitar), Andy Rankin (guitar), Josh Carter (bass), and Nick Cousins (drums).
“Stop The Bleeding” by Club Yorke – To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow- triplejunearthed.com/7087611
Desert Ships are an English alternate rock band from London formed in 2012 by Mikey Buckley (guitar, vocals), Daniel McLean (bass, vocals) and Claude Trejonis (drums, vocals). Their trip-tonic sound is heavily cinematic. Haunting guitar loops and hypnotic grooves allow the dream-like melodies to weave in and amongst each other.
“Hammerhead” by Desert Ships (Available on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp.)
“By The Daylight” includes a combination of pizzicato and “bowed” playing of string instruments. Both serve their purpose well, with the plucking providing rhythm and the arco establishing a lushness. Toward the end of the song from Devon Welsh, female backing vocals add to the lush atmosphere.
Devon Welsh is from Montreal. He was previously a member of Majical Cloudz. The Canadian is currently touring and among his stops is a visit to Starline Social Club in Oakland, California. For ticket information to the show, CLICK HERE.
Indie recordings typically are neither nuanced nor notably textured. It is probably because the Indie Universe is primarily populated by bands and solo performers having expenses that far exceed their music-based income and having a focus on skill sets that don’t extend into the recording/production area. “Scenes From Before” jumps forward as an exception.
From the start, the song from New Time Zones is textured. The prominent layer is the rhythmic guitar and percussion. Underneath is an anguished sound of a shoegaze guitar. Later in the track, the same instruments establish the rhythmic overlay, but the underlayer is energetic rather than anguished (at the 1:44 mark). At times, the male vocals are joined by a female voice (Alyssa Cross). Nuanced? Yes, as exemplified in the first occurrence of the chorus, when there is an unnecessary-but-appealing pause before the last word in the line, “Searching for answers to questions that we may never… find.” For the second occurrence of the chorus, the sentence isn’t completed.
"Scenes From Before" is the second single from the band's upcoming EP, “Stage One." In talking about the single, lyricist Justin Shelton explained:
“The song was inspired by a trip through my hometown. Flooded with memories of the streets I used to roam and the friends that shaped my life. We were all so wide eyed and innocent, believing we would go on to do whatever we wanted.”
New Time Zones is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The members are Justin Shelton (vocals, rhythm guitar, lyrics), David Rey (lead guitar), Harry Duff (bass), and Freddy Bell (drums). Other contributions to "Scenes From Before" were made by Nathan Price (drums), Andrew Bair (synths, keys, additional programming), and Alyssa Cross (harmonies).
In their song “Memory Loss,” Bengal Lancers place somber subject matter in a high-octane vehicle. “I feel that I might be losing my mind.” The melody drives the track, with the presentation of the socially relevant concern around mental health being tailored to align with the drive. For much of “Memory Loss,” it is fair to characterize the vocals as melodic shouting.
Bengal Lancers are a London-based band. The members are Harry Sullivan (vocals, guitar), Max Hutchins (drums), Charlie Hawkins (bass), and Aidan Wickham (guitar).