Welcome to September! The first NMF of the month sees us drink in some lofi pop flows, indie-rock energy, and heartfelt lyrics over four awesome tracks. These really stood out for us this week so settle in, turn the volume up, and get lost in some great music. As always, click the pics for a listen!
Nightbus – Smalltalk
Written during the pandemic, Smalltalk by Nightbus sees members Sena Verdi and Louise Welby open up completely with lyrics taken from Welby’s journals, dreams, and struggles with mental health. The subtle indie pop flow has a dark edge to it as electronic drums and piano guide the track onwards against Welby’s sultry yet passionate vocals. A fine example of songwriting.
Chillhum – Highspeed
Chillhum, The brainchild of 22-year-old Ethan Bedell, takes Highspeed into a woozy, lofi flow that drifts through your mind in an intriguing way. With pop-laden vocals, a distinct walking bassline and a drumbeat holding it all together, a breakdown in the middle is brought back to life by synthy riff adding that extra layer of loveliness needed. A fine example of a track to escape to.
Nadia Vaeh – Leap of Faith
Atlanta native Nadia Veah takes subtle acoustic guitar flows and wraps them in a pop-laden melody that comes alive in the chorus. Reflecting back on times where she was happiest and succumbing to the power of comfort, the track’s catchy nature will have you singing it long after it’s finished. With an uplifting nature made to inspire passion, that’s exactly what the track is capable of.
Michael Day – Hands of Mine – In the Dark Part 1
The first track from his upcoming 3-track EP, Michael Day asks the question, ‘Am I Worth Anything?’ Reflecting on anxieties and struggles, Day wraps indie-rock tones in folk-laden guitar plucking which all comes together in a wonderfully structured chorus. The rolling drum beat gives it that country-flavoured twinge and only adds to the warm and inviting sound. Great stuff.