The Round-Up (03/09/21)

Track of the Week:
Bleach Lab – Talk It Out

When Jenna Kyle starts singing, I listen. She’s got this captivating quality rare amongst new singers, and on every release she commands full attention. She seems to be growing into her role as Bleach Lab’s leader, whilst new drummer Keiran Weston has injected a level of angst into this new number.

Also new this week…

Blue Vervain – Medicine
Major City and Colour vibes here. This is a great mid-tempo, acoustic rock tune with a chorus that’s so simple and catchy it just feels… familiar.

SPINN – Outside of the Blue
“I enjoyed that song!” — my wife, who rarely likes any new artists. That’s quite the seal of approval I’d say. This is indie/pop rock at its finest. The instrumentals are addicting, and I’ll surely be keeping an ear out for more from these guys. Well done, gents.

Night Flight – Say Yes
It’s bold to take a stab at an Elliott Smith song. Admittedly, I was skeptical – this is one of my favourite songs of all time, after all – but Night Flight surprisingly did a lovely job. That being said, no one can do Elliott but Elliott.

HANYA – Fortunes
When you think of the overly general genre “indie-rock”, you likely imagine a song that sounds exactly like “Fortunes”. Nothing terribly original here, but it is absolutely worth your ears for the soaring vocal melodies drenched in a comforting reverb – naturally.

Glenn Echo – Drink Up This Fire
A bluesy, indie-folk song that seems to be over as soon as it begins. Kinda sounds like a morning walk around Brooklyn.

Charli XCX – Good Ones
All the best elements of a good pop song – it’s dancey, it’s got hooks all over the place, and at a mere two minutes and change, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. But you already knew Charli XCX knows what she’s doing.

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