Are you ready to embark on a musical adventure? In this article, we delve into the rich culture of Indie-Rock and Soft-Rock, shining a spotlight on the latest releases from independent artists.
With a keen ear for innovative music styles, we’ve put together a playlist that showcases the best of these genres.
We invite you to join us as we traverse the landscape of the indie music scene, discovering new artists and sounds along the way. There’s no better time to dive in and explore the article, as we guide you through this melodic odyssey.
As you enjoy the tunes, make sure to follow the artists on Spotify, and show your support by liking and listening to our handpicked playlist. Your appreciation goes a long way in helping these musicians gain recognition and continue to create captivating music.
1) CODE E1 – Year Of The Bat Cat
CODE E1 is a band from Bradford, United Kingdom. Their latest album, Year Of The Bat Cat, is a collection of 10 tracks that is sure to leave you wanting more.
Throughout this album, you will find powerful vocals, meaningful lyrics, and melodies that will make you feel the moment that music makes us forget about the world for an instant.
Their sound is a combination of alt-rock, pop-rock, blues and indie folk—a unique blend that makes for some seriously catchy tunes. Their previous singles are great but their latest release Year Of The Bat Cat is no exception.
The album brings you back to the 80s with its synth-pop sound and upbeat tempo. It has an indie rock feel most of the time, and some tracks have a dark style that is intriguing too. It has a catchy selection of songs and an infectious beat that will have you singing along in no time.
If you like this kind of music then you should visit their website, and follow them on SoundCloud. Also listen to our entire playlist, where this artist and many great ones are also featured, you won’t regret it!
2) LOUIE FLECK – Epiphany Machine
If you’re a fan of psychedelic and rocksteady music, then you’re in for a treat with the United States, Brooklyn-based artist, Louie Fleck and their latest album, Epiphany Machine.
This 22-track album is a delightful blend of ska, dub, groove, and reggae, creating a classic sound that is both nostalgic and easy listening. The male and female vocals harmonize beautifully, adding depth to the overall experience.
One listener described the album as “a sonic journey through US-based culture, reminiscent of the greats like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.”
Additionally, there are 11 totally psychedelic DUB versions on the album as well as the unique yet quirky REGGAE style of the music.
This quote perfectly captures the essence of Louie Fleck’s music, as it transports you to another time and place. The soundtrack-like quality of the album is a testament to the artist’s ability to tell stories through their music.
To fully appreciate the talent of Louie Fleck, check out Epiphany Machine, visit their website, and follow the artist on Spotify. Don’t forget to like and listen to our playlist, featuring more amazing independent artists like Louie Fleck.
3) JOSHUA KETCHMARK – Crossbone
Joshua Ketchmark, an Americana singer and songwriter based in Nashville, has only just released his sixth single, ‘Crossbone,’ which is taken from his upcoming album ‘Blood’ due out in 2022.
With its powerful lyrics, the song’s story explores the universal experience of facing adversity and the strength of perseverance when faced with difficult situations.
This piece is inspired by the resilience of those who have been determined to chase their dreams through thick and thin, and it is a poignant reflection on the power of determination and the relentless search for greatness.
There is a certain high and a certain low that is associated with pursuing one’s dreams, as reflected in Ketchmark’s lyrics.
The song is cinematic in nature, but also easy to listen to—it’s the type of music that you can play while you’re doing chores or driving around town, a mix of Country and Soft-Rock.
But don’t take our word for it—check out Joshua Ketchmark’s website and listen to some samples of his songs on Spotify before deciding whether or not he’s right for you! Also listen to our entire playlist, where this artist and many great ones are also featured, you won’t regret it!
4) TODD MORSE – Suit Of Armor
If you’re a fan of 90’s rock and acoustic rock, then you definitely need to check out the indie melodic pop-rock artist, Todd Morse.
Hailing from Henderson, United States, he has a classic sound that is reminiscent of famous artists like Oasis and Blur. His single, “Suit of Armor,” showcases his incredible singer-songwriter skills and nostalgic male vocals.
“I think this is the most heartfelt song I’ve ever written. I heard Howard Stern mentioned wishing he could write a song called ‘Suit of Armor’ about his journey from childhood to now” – Says Todd.
One listener described his music as “a soundtrack to my life, filled with emotion and passion.” This quote perfectly captures the essence of Todd Morse’s indie rock sound.
His US-based cultural influences are evident in his music, making it a unique blend of Soft-Rock and Rock Pop. Don’t miss out on this amazing artist. Check out “Suit of Armor”, watch his lyric video, and visit his website to learn more about Todd Morse. Be sure to follow him on Spotify and like and listen to our playlist to stay updated on rock’s latest releases.
5) INDIGO DAYDREAM – Strawberry Fields Forever
Indigo Daydream, an emerging artist from Totnes, United Kingdom, has recently released a mesmerizing cover of the single “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
With a unique blend of 90’s rock and alternative rock, this artist has managed to create a sound that can only be described as “a sonic journey through a kaleidoscope of emotions”.
“I didn’t want to just cover Strawberry Fields in the same style as the original. The Beatles already made a perfect version! I wanted to reimagine the song in my own style.” – Says Indigo.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Radiohead and The Verve, Indigo Daydream’s music is a delightful mix of dream pop, indie rock, and psychedelic elements.
The captivating male vocals on this cover transport the listener to a world of nostalgia, while the shoegaze and art-rock influences add depth to the overall experience.
Don’t miss out on this enchanting cover of “Strawberry Fields Forever” by Indigo Daydream. Check it out on Spotify, visit their website, and be sure to follow the artist for more amazing music. Also, don’t forget to like and listen to our playlist featuring the best of UK-based alt-rock pop and indie rock.
6) MAYDAY 13 – Dreaming Is Easy
Hailing from Mount Ephraim, NJ, MAYDAY 13 is an independent artist who skillfully fuses pop and rock to create a sound that is both refreshing and captivating.
Their latest album, Dreaming Is Easy, is a testament to their artistic prowess and US-based cultural influences. Fans of artists like The Neighbourhood and The 1975 will surely appreciate the unique sound of MAYDAY 13.
One listen to Dreaming Is Easy and it’s clear that the band’s male vocals are a standout feature, and you have nine amazing tracks to explore.
A recent listener described their music as “a breath of fresh air in the rock-pop scene, with a perfect balance of catchy melodies and powerful lyrics.” This praise speaks to the quality and impact of MAYDAY 13’s music.
If you’re a fan of alternative pop or indie rock, you won’t want to miss Dreaming Is Easy. Check it out, visit their website, follow the artist on Spotify, and like and listen to our playlist. You’ll be hooked in no time.
7) THE ATOMIC AGE – Staring At The Sun
If you’re into alternative rock and indie rock, you’re definitely going to love The Atomic Age‘s new single, “Staring at the Sun.”
This Nashville-based artist has managed to create a unique sound that combines the best elements of rock pop and shoegaze. The result is a super catchy and edgy track that will have you hooked from the first listen.
The Atomic Age’s music is reminiscent of famous artists like Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins but with a fresh twist. One listen to “Staring at the Sun” and you’ll agree that the quality of the music is outstanding.
Aside from being an independent singer, JJ has quickly built a dedicated fan base as well as received critical acclaim for his ethereal songwriting and powerful lyrics.
Don’t miss out on this incredible talent. Check out “Staring at the Sun” on Spotify, visit The Atomic Age’s website, and follow them for more amazing music. And while you’re at it, be sure to like and listen to our playlist featuring other great singer-songwriters and soft rock artists.
8) ARROWS OF THE SUN – Oblivion
If you’re searching for a fresh and captivating sound in the world of folk-rock and acoustic rock, look no further than Oxford-based artist ARROWS OF THE SUN.
Their latest single, “Oblivion,” is a stunning display of their alt-folk prowess, reminiscent of famous artists like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. The LoFi guitar music and male vocals blend together to create a classic sound that’s both easy listening and deeply emotive.
As one listener put it, “The music of ARROWS OF THE SUN feels like a warm embrace on a cold night.” This UK-based singer-songwriter band infuses their folk rock with a touch of art rock, resulting in a unique alt-rock pop sound that’s sure to enchant and inspire.
The genuine emotion behind their music is palpable, making it a truly immersive experience. The song itself is a gentle acoustic number that slowly builds with a rustic alt-folk rock character. It is again about an end but with a positive life-affirming contemplative attitude.
Don’t miss out on this incredible independent artist. Check out “Oblivion” on Spotify, visit their website, and be sure to follow ARROWS OF THE SUN for more amazing music. And if you’re a fan of their style, like and listen to our playlist featuring the best of folk and acoustic rock.
9) SIG AND THE FIRE PILOTS – Almost Out Of Time
If you’re a fan of alternative rock and indie rock, you’ll be thrilled to discover the United Kingdom’s very own SIG AND THE FIRE PILOTS.
Hailing from Cannock, this talented band has released a new single, “ALMOST OUT OF TIME,” that will undoubtedly leave you wanting more.
With a unique blend of rock, rock-pop, and reggae, this track is a testament to the versatility of the UK-based culture. The single showcases male vocals that are reminiscent of classic rock legends, such as David Bowie and Mick Jagger.
The theme of this song is how the media is always reminding us that our world is falling apart, how the climate is changing, how there is a war over territory and religion, how we are polluting our seas and air, and how culture is being tossed into landfills.
When you hear it, you will immediately taste reggae and rock by its “addicting sound”. The soft rock and easy listening elements ensure that this track will appeal to a wide range of music lovers.
Don’t miss out on this incredible talent. Check out SIG AND THE FIRE PILOTS’ “Almost Out Of Time” on Spotify, visit their website, and follow the artist for updates on new music. Be sure to like and listen to our playlist featuring this amazing artist and other great indie rock finds.
10) BLUEBURST – Train In Vain
If you’re looking for a new Soft-Rock song to add to your playlist, check out Train In Vain by Blueburst. This is a great track that will remind you of the good old days.
After hearing the original “Train in Vain” during the Summer of 2020, guitarist/vocalist Craig Douglas Miller had a strange revelation about the song which led to the creation of this cover.
“There was so much going on in the country, with the George Floyd murder, pandemic, and everything else. For some reason it dawned on me that these lyrics about a breakup could also be from a disillusioned American singing to their country,” says Miller.
I think we can all agree that the song is a companion piece to the original single “Amplify Me”, which was also inspired by the events of the Summer of 2020 and is about the rage people feel when they sense that they are not being heard.
This song will definitely get you relaxed, and enjoying its soft sound no matter where you are or what mood you’re in. Visit their website or follow them on Spotify! Also listen to our entire playlist, where this artist and many great ones are also featured, you won’t regret it!