For some reason, every year the end of November always delivers a mass of quality music, and this year is no different. Below are four of our top picks for the week, each track offering something different and pleasing to wrap your ears around. As always, click the pics for a listen.
Marissa Burwell – Take A Load Off
Marissa Burwell has one of those voices you can’t help but be mesmerised by. Strong yet gentle, playful yet professional, here vocals slide over the warm melodies and gently progress the sound on this lovely contemporary folk song. The track knows exactly when to let Burwell’s vocals take centre stage, but also when to meander in a particular direction to lift the atmosphere. It’s a lovely listen.
Colourshop – Northern Lights
With a warm, poetic sound, Northern Lights tells an adventurous story of self-awareness and discovery amongst settled tones and pleasant flows. The stripped-back acoustic atmosphere suits the rhythm well as Colourshop gently arrives at a catchy chorus that pulls the track together nicely. A well-written piece with a wonderful message.
Jewel Owusu – Mixed Signals ft. Jarrod Jeremiah
Forming her identity through he music, Jewel Owusu delivers an indie-pop banger in Mixed Signals. With a strong drumbeat that leads the track into later vocals provided by Jarrod Jeremiah, the song has an addictive quality as the two vocal performances thicken out the sound amongst expert production.
Solar Eyes – I See the Sun
With a spiritual, indie sound, I see the Sun has a distinct Tarantino-esque vibe that is hard to resist. Mixing 90s brit-pop, psychedelia, spaghetti-western guitar and a steady beat, the track swaggers over a hedonistic and addictive atmosphere. Its hazy, dreamy sound is further promoted by a strong vocal performance that takes command when necessary to lead the track onwards and towards a pleasing conclusion.