Today marks the first Sunday of August, what many would consider the final month of summer. And at this time, the weather is at its most warm usually. That being said, we were incredibly pleased to be blessed with so many songs that carried an equal measure of warmth in a musical sense.
In this article, we will be going over our top ten picks for this week’s new releases, so let’s dive right in.
Track of the Week »
Tom Heath » Copenhagen
London-based folk artist Tom Heath makes a triumphant return to releasing music after the gap between his 2018 releases and now. And while Tom Heath has made plenty of other musical achievements in 2019, such as reaching the final of Pride’s Got Talent, and performing for Pride in London’s Trafalgar Square, we can now expect five new songs to arrive in 2020.
And thankfully, we have been blessed with two of those five tracks already this week. Being released together, we got to listen to the tracks ‘Copenhagen’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’. And while both singles show a brilliant sense of evolution in Tom Heath’s intimate folk style, we particularly enjoyed the former of the two tracks. ‘Copenhagen’ shines with such an uplifting brilliance, while also feeling very relaxed and soothing in its undertones. It truly is a track that warms the soul, and one that is more than deserving of being our track of the week.
‘Copenhagen’ shines with uplifting brilliance, while also having a soothing undertone.INDIE TOP 39
Antonia Vai » Kali’s Song
While Swedish singer/songwriter Antonia Vai had released some very immersive folk tracks in the past, the year of 2020 has truly seen the artist carve out her own signature aesthetic; one that felt highly dramatic and spiritual. With her second release this year, the aesthetic in question is furthered. And while the single release of ‘Kali’s Song’ actually came with another brilliantly moody single titled ‘Exile’, we simply can’t ignore just how brilliant the sense of the progression of ‘Kali’s Song’ is. Mixed in with this track’s ramped-up teatricism and soulfulness, and you have a song that feels truly celestial.
‘Kali’s Song’ furthers the highly dramatic and spiritual folk sound of Antonia Vai.INDIE TOP 39
Black Sands & Martino » Black Diamonds
Amsterdam-based producer, creator and collaborator Andrew Balfour had ignited the nocturnal sound of his recording project Black Sands earlier this year. This week, we had received the third Black Sands release thus far, being ‘Black Diamonds’. Each of the Black Sands releases to date have seen the producer collaborating with vocalist Martino, who helps each of these tracks to develop their own unique deep and gritty sound. But in the case of ‘Black Diamonds’, things definitely feel a lot more rock-inspired this time around. Martinos versatile vocal range goes surprisingly well with a production such as this one, and we definitely hope to see more like it in the near future.
‘Black Diamonds’ sees a more rock-inspired approach to the third Black Sands and Martino collaboration.INDIE TOP 39
Chris Wise & The Hidden Revolution » Nothing to See
We have previously praised the earlier releases from Chris Wise & The Hidden Revolution and loved the Sam Fender style vocals and musical composition on tracks like ‘Rust’ and ‘In Another Room’. But with the brand new track ‘Nothing to See’, the style that we have come to expect from Chris Wise & The Hidden Revolution is given an extra layer of a more upbeat presence. This allows ‘Nothing to See’ to almost sound like something that The Killers would release. We definitely believe it to be one of the most energetic and uplifting of the band’s tunes thus far, and we can’t get enough of it.
‘Nothing to See’ is definitely one of the most energetic and uplifting of the Hidden Revolution’s tunes thus far.INDIE TOP 39
The Honest Poet » Good Love
With his second release of 2020, the South Wales-based alternative RnB singer/songwriter known as The Honest Poet really brings strongly soulful and uplifting energy to the forefront. And while the Honest Poet has previously shown to pour his heart into making each track as emotionally raw as possible, adding the same to a song as warm and soothing as ‘Good Love’ is a true treat for the ears.
By pouring his heart into the warm and soothing sound of ‘Good Love’, The Honest Poet creates a true treat for the ears.INDIE TOP 39
Little Brother Eli » Perfect
Oxford-based Disco-Rock band Little Brother Eli are seemingly bringing incredibly funky and catchy energy to what looks like a new album or EP cycle. And of all these recent backs, it might just be the newest release that comes across to us as the strongest tune. ‘Perfect’ starts off with a subtle sound that indicates a progressive track. And this indeed applies to just how brilliantly each verse grows toward the dynamic sound of the chorus. But the sheer allure of the track from start to finish really had a hold on us.
The sheer allure and dynamic sound of ‘Perfect’ really had a hold on us from start to finish.INDIE TOP 39
Robi Mitch » Can’t Win
After releasing the highly enjoyable dual single that was ‘Distant Sun’, we were very excited to see where Robi Mitch’s musical experimentation would take him next. Thankfully, we managed to find out this week, with the brand new track ‘Can’t Win’. This track is both gorgeously warm, and heavily melancholy in its sound, which really immersed us in its atmosphere. But despite being as melancholy as it is, it feels oddly warming in a bittersweet kind of way. But what’s most important, is that it is an incredibly beautiful listen.
‘Can’t Win’ is gorgeously warm, melancholy, immersive, and atmospheric in its sound.INDIE TOP 39
Soup! » All The People
The Italian-British collective that is Soup! release their debut track, giving us at Indie Top 39 a taste of their experimental sound. ‘All The People’ is a bewilderingly whimsical and yet deeply indulgent track. We really love the smooth, flowing nature of ‘ All The People’ and we feel that it really helps make the song feel like a marvellously indulgent experience. We cannot wait to hear what this ambitious collective has planned next.
The debut single from Soup! is a bewildering whimsical yet deeply indulgent experience.INDIE TOP 39
Town of Cats » Lemons
‘Lemons’ is the first release this year from Brighton-grown jazz-funk collective Town of Cats. Beginning with a spontaneously attention-commanding brass melody, we knew we were in for a highly exciting musical experience. And honestly, exciting is truly the best word for it. ‘Lemons’ absolutely champions its energy, along with its loud and proud sound. It was undoubtedly a dynamic, and very enjoyable experience from beginning to end.
Exciting truly is the best word for ‘Lemons’, which champions its loud and proud sound.INDIE TOP 39
Trevor James Tillery » Possessor
Trevor James Tillery’s latest song ‘Possessor’ is most certainly one of the most deeply ambient tunes that we’ve heard all week. This newest track only adds to the already awe-inspiring and versatile sounds in the artist previous 2020 releases. ‘Possessor’ really cements just how much talent and versatility Trevor James Tillery can bring to the table musically, and will swamp the listener in a world of sound, grandeur, and atmosphere.
‘Possessor’ swamps the listener in a world of sound, grandeur, and atmosphere.INDIE TOP 39
We have picked only nine songs that stood out this week, however below you can find the playlist that features all the 39 songs. Do you agree with our pics? Let us know on our socials.