If you’re looking for some new music to listen to and like soft rock, you’ll love this article compilation of the latest releases — future hits and classic sounds — of a crew of independent artists.
Rock music has evolved with the times and over the years new styles of Rock have emerged such as hard rock, punk rock, heavy metal, grunge and alternative rock. With each generation, new bands have emerged creating a new type of Rock music.
Today, with the huge mix of music genres, Soft rock is one of the most popular types of pop Rock music. It is soothing and melodic with clean vocals and edgy pop sounds. There are many varieties of soft rock that you can choose from, most of them are more melodic and suitable for a diversified audience than others.
As we know, true rock lovers don’t care what genre of rock is played, the most important thing is the guitar noise and the emotion that is evoked in the listener by the sound of the stringed instrument.
I believe that it is because Rock music is all about electrifying your soul with anthems that will make you want to leap through the air and dance with your friends. If you just don’t feel like partying or going crazy, soft rock, for example, can calm you down, but also be soothing and reflective.
From alternative to pop-rock, there’s always something in our rock playlists for everybody. Browse through the list and discover great new music by both established artists and newcomers.
You can listen to our full playlist which contains the artists’ music, and know more about their work by scrolling down the page.
1) BLUEPRINT TOKYO – Say Anything
Blueprint Tokyo is an indie band that plays a mix of pop, rock, and synth. Their single, “Say Anything,” is a perfect example of their style: it’s got the sultry sound of pop music and the upbeat energy of alternative rock. The song is packed with sweet vocals and bright synths that give it an 80s vibe.
But what makes Blueprint Tokyo unique is its ability to play with sounds in unexpected ways. The chorus has a classic 80s vibe but then there are sudden shifts into more modern sounds—like the guitar riffs at 1:10 that add a lot of depth to the song. We are very impressed with the sound quality of this song when listened to through our best earphones.
Blueprint Tokyo has been making music for many years and is going strong! Make sure you include their music on your playlist too.
If you like this track, I highly recommend checking out their other material on Spotify, following them, and visiting their website to learn more about this great band.
2) V/TERPAN – Sun
V/TERPAN is an independent artist from the United Kingdom. His EP, Sun, is a 6-track experimental electronic rock album that was released a week ago, it’s super fresh!
Sun has an interesting soundscape and it sounds like it could be used as a soundtrack to a movie or TV show. The album is art rock music at its best: quirky, cinematic and avant-garde. It’s also very cinematic with its use of sound effects and samples, including a kind of orchestral blend.
V/TERPAN has been compared to artists such as Radiohead and Portishead, which makes sense when you listen to this EP. He has a very unique voice and his music is definitely something different from what you’re used to hearing on the radio today.
Our favourite track is Let The Music, but you have another 5 to check not to mention the rest of his portfolio that’s great too and deserves our attention. You can check out V/TERPAN on Spotify, follow him and visit his website for more information about him and his music!
3) BLAKE CATERIS – Days, Weeks, Months & Years
Blake Cateris is an Australian independent artist who mixes acoustic and electric sounds to create a nostalgic and easy-listening sound. He’s a singer-songwriter with a soft rock style, and he’s been gaining momentum lately with his single “Days, Weeks, Months & Years.”
The song is about the passing of time, how it goes by in a flash and how we can’t seem to get enough of it. This is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt like they’re missing out on life because they’re stuck at work or stuck in their head too much.
It’s also an anthem for anyone who has ever felt like they needed more time—time to make things right, time to fix the things that went wrong, and time to reconnect with loved ones.
The song starts out with some beautiful fingerpicking guitar chords that could easily be mistaken for one of those classics you hear on hit rock radio stations but then transitions into full-on folk-rock mode when the guitar gives balance and Blake starts singing: “Spending my weekend all alone”. It’s not too difficult to relate to what he is saying, is it?
With a great resume, a lot of experience in the music world, and a bright future for sure, this guy has a lot to look forward to. If you are in Australia, make sure you support the artist and watch his live performances: October 15: Last Chance Rock N’ Roll Bar, Melbourne, October 28: Link & Pin, Woy Woy, November 3: Sappho Bar, Sydney. Check it out, visit the artist’s website and follow on Spotify.
4) SOLAR FLARE SUNSET – Patchwork Fantasy
If you’re looking for something new and exciting to listen to, look no further than SOLAR FLARE SUNSET‘s album Patchwork Fantasy.
The album is a nine-track long ride through alternative rock, indie rock, soft rock and classic rock sounds that will make you want for more. The album starts off with a bang with “Everything” which has an anthemic feel that will get you up and dancing in no time. It’s not soft, but there is our favourite track that we will mention now.
The next track is “Collecting Rust”, which is amazing, much mellower but still keeps the energy high. The track expresses a real emotional side of the artist’s music that gave a very good impression of the album as a whole—it’s just so good!
The rest of the album is deep into other subgenres of rock and it’s also fantastic. It features great male vocals and epic guitar solos that get me every time I hear it. It has also a really cool drum beat that makes me think of 90s rock bands like Creed or Dave Matthews Band.
The eighth track is called “War Pigs” and is very rock ‘n’ blues, which has a classic 90s sound to it with its heavy guitar riffs and low bass notes throughout the song that remind me of what Pearl Jam would sound like if they were playing today instead of back when grunge first started becoming popular among the young generation.
Producers from PopHits.Co are loving this new release because it brings back memories of greats like Pearl Jam or Stone Temple Pilots while still sounding fresh enough to keep them coming back for more! Check it out, visit the band’s BandCamp to pre-order and follow them on Spotify.
5) DIALOGIC – Safe On Your Way
Dialogic, an indie band from the UK, has a new single out called “Safe On Your Way”. This song is full of 80’s rock vibes and pop sensibilities. It’s upbeat and catchy, with a great hook and strong, smooth vocals.
Dialogic combines all of these elements into one song that will get stuck in your head for hours on end. It makes you want to dance around the room like you’re in an 80s music video.
The song is about taking a risk in experimenting with life, getting out of your comfort zone, and not letting fear get in the way. It’s about going for what you want because you know it will make you happy.
The lyrics are very relatable and easy to understand, but they still manage to pack a punch when delivered by Dialogic’s lead singer. It’s taking inspiration from stalwart bands like U2, Simple Minds and Duran Duran, with an epic neo-80 pop-rock soundscape.
The song starts off with a classic guitar riff that sounds like something off of an album from one of the big names from back in the day: AC/DC or Def Leppard or maybe even Bon Jovi (who knows?).
There is an unexpected change in rhythm, then it gets more modern sounding with some soft rock vibes that remind me of John Mayer or maybe even Coldplay. I’m sure you will love it! Check it out, visit the band’s website and follow it on Spotify.
6) GEM FM – Wavey
GEM FM‘s new album, Wave, is a 9-track journey through the world of soft rock and progressive rock. The album features a variety of instruments, from guitar to piano, and takes listeners on an emotional rollercoaster.
The album begins with “Turn It Lose”, an instrumental track that sets the mood for the album. It begins with a focus on drums in a dark ambient soundscape, followed by some light guitar chords and then some heavy guitar riffs.
The track ends with a fade-out that flows right into “Red Eye” which is another instrumental song that builds on the previous one. This track has a lot of electronic elements, including synthesizers and drum machines. It’s also fairly upbeat despite its undertones.
The album brings some songs which are slower than the previous two tracks but has more electronic sounds than did; it also has some pop elements thrown into the mix as well.
Generally, the music draws from a wide swath of genres ranging from Rock, Latin, Blues, Prog, EDM, Synth and Pop, while still maintaining a unified pulse throughout.
“Hard Line” which features more psychedelic rock sounds than any other, is playful and probably good for a rave party too. We recommend you check the whole album and if you really enjoy instrumental music, make sure you include some on your playlists. Check it out, visit the artist’s website, check the artist’s BandCamp and follow him on Spotify.
7) ARN-IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS AND ALIEN FRIENDS – City Of The Wild Goose
ARN-IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS AND ALIEN FRIENDS is a band that you should get to know. Their music is a perfect blend of soft rock and folk rock, with a dash of alt-country and Americana. “Someone Told Me That You Were Dead” is a great example of their old-school music style that we just loved.
Their release “City Of The Wild Goose” is an anthem for anyone who loves the great outdoors and wants to share it with the world. It’s got a great rhythm, catchy lyrics, and an overall vibe that makes me want to get up and dance. As mentioned by the artist, he wanted to do something different but in a cover format:
“Originally written and recorded by Terry Gilkyson in 1950, CRY OF THE WILD GOOSE is at its core a country tale about longing and dreaming of freedom. I wanted to maintain the combo of eerie melodrama and country from earlier versions of the song, just adding a pinch of punky rock in the mix, in order to avoid a too tidy or prudent approach”.
If you’re into any kind of psychedelic country rock or soft rock, this single will be right up your alley. Give it a listen! You can find it on Spotify under the name “City Of The Wild Goose”, check it out and follow the band.
8) NICK CODY AND THE HEARTACHE – Maybe
Nick Cody And The Heartache have been on my radar for a while now, but I’ve never gotten around to actually listening to them. That is until I heard their single “Maybe.” This is a partnership between Nick Cody and Towse.
Their sound falls somewhere between alt-folk and Americana, with a little folk rock thrown in for good measure. It’s a bit like if Mumford & Sons had decided to team up with Brandi Carlile instead of The Lumineers.
The song itself is pretty catchy—it’s easy to listen to but not boring or bland. It’s got some nice harmonies, and it’s definitely got some heartache in there expressed by great male and female vocals.
Don’t worry: This isn’t a sad song—it’s just one where the singer is trying to figure out how he feels about this girl he met and they are just sort of hitting it off (and then maybe didn’t).
If you’re into this kind of music that is focused on the emotional side more than the instrumental, then check out Nick Cody And Twose, follow them and visit their website to see what else they have going on!
9) GEDALYA FOLK ROCK RABBIA – Place Of Want
Gedalya Folk Rock Rabbi is an independent artist from Monsey, New York. His style of music is a mix between acoustic folk, soft rock and romantic pop. This single is a perfect example of his talent as an artist.
The song starts with a very nice acoustic guitar riff that builds up to a catchy chorus. The lyrics are well written, especially the verses which are really easy to follow and sing along with.
The beat changes throughout the song which keeps it interesting, especially during the bridge section which has more of a rock-pop feel to it than the rest of the track.
The vocals are clear and clean, similar to those found on many indie pop-rock records released in recent years. Rabbi has a very unique voice which makes him stand out among other independent artists trying to make it big in today’s music scene.
Overall this is an excellent track by Gedalya Folk Rock Rabbi which we recommend checking out; visit his website or follow him on Spotify for more great tunes!