Indie Underrated – St Catherine’s Child, Edie Yvonne, Nat Dempsey & The Near Strangers, Instant Empire, Grand Public

St. Catharines Child’s floored us with her new single I Know Nothing.  This impressive vocal performance rings with pure emotion and delicate vulnerability.  Fans of Phoebe Bridgers and Sharon Van Etten will immediately connect with this sound.  St Catherine’s Child has attitude and elite swagger to match the musics catchy appeal.  An instant classic, I Know Nothing has everything indie rock fans adore.  Clever variation, great tones, and a strong rare vocal lead to bring it home. 

Edie Yvonne is convincing on her recent Random Boy.  Somewhere between Gwen Stefani and Amie Winehouse, Random Boy is insanely catchy with a hint of vintage nostalgia.  The lyrics add a fun detail that suits Edie’s expressive delivery.  The vocal performance is catchy, full of attitude and sultry confidence.  It’s also a proper tribute that hits close to home.  Perhaps you know a Random Boy or two, then this ones for you.  

Nat Dempsey & The Near Strangers pen a proper pop rock hit on their new single Playground.  The band arrangement returns Rock to its proper guitar first roots.  The band delivers with a clever composition full of variation and progressive surprise.  We hear similarities to the Brit-Rock adaptations known to The Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks, bands known to back it up with surefire live shows.  Dempsey and band show the same potential, as Playground shows them in their tightest form with a flashy guitar solo that begs you to check them out live.  We know we want to get in a smoky bar and see these boys rip.  

Instant Empire are anthemic on their recent Tiny Flashes.  This infectious indie rock design recalls the work of The National.  Elite melodic movements bring surprise and variation.  The driving tempo tags the post punk influence.  That history is updated with an indie sensibility known to recent indie rock.  We also hear evidence of the Hold Steady in the vocal style.  Altogether its a sure thing for indie rock fans look to get back to the turn of the century glory days. 

Grand Public are catchy on their recent Lundi Normal.  We hear an influence of 80s alternative and how it influenced 90s underground bands like Built To Spill.  A solid composition with catchy flair, the vibe is lifted by the songs charming music video.  Even if we don’t know what they’re talking about, the genuine aspect of this diner escape is as calming as the comfort food displayed throughout.  It’s an interesting contrast against the backdrop of this catchy indie jam. 

St Catherine’s Child, Edie Yvonne, Nat Dempsey & The Near Strangers, Instant Empire, and Grand Public are currently featured on our Indie Underrated Playlist

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