We are back with a brand new selection of amazing new tracks. We had some incredibly strong contenders this week, ranging from newcomers to long-awaited returns; some with uplifting tracks, and some with haunting ballads.
In this article, we will be covering 9 of the most shining examples of the versatile range of music that we have been blessed with this week.
Track of the Week
Michael Lane » Take It Slow
With his first release of 2020, folk-pop singer and musician Michael Lane returns with the immensely warm and touching sound that can be found on ‘Take It Slow’. Described as a track that highlights “many aspects of what really makes us who we are”, that sentiment is truly felt with the help of such a holistic melody. Another purpose behind this gorgeous song is that the heart and soul are the most important two things in life, and this song carries tonnes of both heart and soul in the overall experience.
‘Take It Slow’ is a gorgeous and uplifting tune, which is well needed in these timesJOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Dan Fuson » Shallow Blue
With the sheer amount of depth that Dan Fuson’s first single of 2020, and fifth single as a whole, he manages to sound reminiscent of the likes of Foals of The Amazons, despite him recording all of the instruments himself. ‘Shallow Blue’ truly feels like a step forward in his sound. It has such a dynamic yet sunny sound to it, which culminates to create a brilliantly triumphant and festival-ready atmosphere.
‘Shallow Blue’ feels like one of those tracks that were destined to be a live anthem.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Eskobar » Behind the Sun
‘Behind the Sun’ is the third release this year from Indie trio Eskobar. After returning from a short hiatus, it seems that Eskobar are really coming back with a bang. While we already have a song from the band on our chart, ‘Behind the Sun’ has fully materialised their Britpop-inspired aesthetic perfectly, with an almost Stone Roses-esque style to it.
‘Behind the Sun’ has fully materialised Eskobar’s Britpop-inspired aesthetic.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Flossy Jones » Poolside
With her first release of 2020, and third release overall, Electro-pop artist Flossy Jones refines her style further into something sleeker, as well as unique to her. ‘Poolside’ was released as part of a two-track release, with the other track being ‘When It’s All Over”. Both of these tracks carry forward her moody, Lana Del Rey-influenced style. However, we feel that ‘Poolside’ really stuck out to us as one of her most atmospheric and indulgent tracks to date.
‘Poolside’ is one of Flossy Jones’ most atmospheric and indulgent tracks to dateJOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Hayes & Y » All Pressure/No Pleasure
Indie-pop four-piece Hayes & Y are seemingly taking things to a whole new level of cosmic energy, with their first official single of 2020, ‘All Pressure/No Pleasure’. With his evolution in their sound kind of being teased by their late 2019 single ‘Disaster’, they have developed it even further with this brand new track. It has an impeccable rhythm that really boosts the gargantuan level of atmosphere and depth that this track’s sound brings to the table. The level of cosmic indulgence is truly out of this world, in the case of this awesome song.
Hayes & Y take things to a whole new level of cosmic energy.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Isolated Corners » Odd One Out
It has been a long time coming for one-man-band Isolated Corners to make his musical return, with ‘Odd One Out’ being his very first single since the 2018 debut album Whispered Prayers. This new track definitely grabbed our attention, with how Isolated Corners combines his familiar folk sound with a far more upbeat, almost dance-like rhythm. And as a result, this gave the track a very euphoric feel.
‘Odd One Out’ definitely grabbed our attention, with its highly euphoric feel.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Jacko Hooper » How Lucky We Are
We have thoroughly enjoyed all that Brighton-based singer-songwriter Jacko Hooper has released this year. Both of his earlier singles, ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ and ‘You Don’t Understand’ have easily swooped into our charts. But here we have yet another fantastic tune from this incredibly talented artist, titled ‘How Lucky We Are’, which is definitely the smoothest and most slow-burning of his 2020 singles thus far. The gorgeous and echoing acoustic guitar strings really carry so much sentiment.
‘How Lucky We Are’ is carries enough sentiment in its sound for listeners to genuinely feel every moment.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Jacqueline Loor » Find Your Way
Jacqueline Loor has released a fair few slow burners in 2020, each of which has carried a very haunting and epic vibe. However, with her third release of 2020 ‘Find Your Way’, she executes a full u-turn on her style and has instead brought us one of the most energetic and upbeat tracks she has ever released. The colourfulness and brightness of the track should provide many listeners with a feel-good spirit, as that was most certainly the case with us. But most importantly, this track goes to show just how versatile Jacqueline Loor can be.
‘Find Your Way’ sees Jacqueline Loor execute a full u-turn on her style, towards something far more upbeat.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
Xaria » Isolation
It seems that Xaria has used the current themes of isolation to inspire her very first track released. For a debut track, it perfectly captures all of the more melancholy elements of isolation that we feel many listeners might relate to, and fills this track’s sound with those moods to the very brim. We are definitely hoping that Xaria continues to broaden her musical catalogue and that a musical tree can sprout from the seed that is this haunting debut.
For a debut track, ‘Isolation’ perfectly captures all of the more melancholy elements of isolation.JOE BOOTHBY » INDIE TOP 39
We have picked only nine songs that stood out this week, however below you can find the playlist that features 39 songs. Do you agree with our pics? Let us know on our socials.