PLUS: Seven other artists you should give a listen to. * EXPLICIT * (but just a tiny bit…)
Photo: We speak with Josh Rouse about touring, recording, the solo thing, and, of course, The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse.
Welcome, Indie music fans from Greylock Nation and around the world to Episode #37 of INDIEcent Exposure. I’m your host, the mongrel, and, as always, I’ll be treating you to some of the most brilliant and freshest tracks to be found in the indiesphere.
Editor’s Note: In the audio for this episode, I misidentified Sam Miller’s brand new release as an eponymous album. The album’s correct name is In One Place at a Time. Also note that all artist bios are made available courtesy the artists.
I want to extend a hale and hearty welcome to the thousands of independent music artists who’ve arrived here from ReverbNation.com. We here at the Greylock Glass are thrilled to be offering these artists special consideration for inclusion in upcoming podcast and streaming shows. I’ll be clamping my ears into the headphones and giving a close listen to Fear the Spider from St. Petersburg, Florida; MCJX from Hollis, New York, The Incurables from Westland, Michigan, Darby O. Bell from South Bend, IN; Kassidy Lynne, out of Seattle, Wash., and many, many, many more. I’m already so impressed by what I’m hearing, and I think you will be too in the coming weeks.
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In this Episode
Today, however, we have a real treat of an interview with a veteran of the music scene who has just released an album that’s been a first of it’s kind for him, but which has been in the works for close to a decade. Josh Rouse fought back the fog that comes from international travel and spoke to us by Skype just after he’d returned from Spain where he’d debuted “The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse.”
We get a surprising number of holiday music submissions of all genres each year. Most of the tunes are covers, and some are really good. Some are kinda painful to listen to, to be honest. What distinguishes this latest project by Josh Rouse is that he rushed nothing. Each tune has been crafted with artistry and imagination. Josh will be playing the HiLo North Adams, Mass, Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. If you’re in the area, I really hope you drop by. Right now, let’s go to that conversation with Josh, right here on INDIEcent Exposure.
Turns out, we DO have a copy of The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse. So, let’s spin the track Josh recommended, “Easy Man,” off this really distinctive album
What did I tell you, eh? Original and very, very listenable. The whole album is now in rotation in my holiday playlist, and it can be in yours too. As we do with every artist we possibly can, we’ve got a link to Josh Rouse’s website in the Featured in this Episode section. From there, you’ll probably have no trouble grabbing a copy of that and other albums.
We’ll probably include more holiday tunes in the next couple of weeks, just because it’s so fun to see what other artists are inspired to create this time of year. For the rest of this episode, though, we are going to crank up the intensity one song after another. In this set, we’re going to hear from a couple artists you may have heard on this show before. Independent Music Award-winner Alicia Beale once again proves herself to be one of the most versatile artists out there with her cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
We play very, very few covers, so you know this has just got to be good. Singer-songwriter Desingly makes his debut with the ethereal track, “Anna,” with a little help from Léa Courtey of the French chamber folk duo Raccoon Raccoon, whom you’ve definitely heard here before. But I think we should begin this set with a truly infectious tune from an album that smacks of genius a little more each time I listen to it—Sam Miller give us “What You See Through Is See-Through” off his 2019 release In One Place at a Time right now on INDIEcent Exposure.
Sometimes a tune like “Anna” makes me think I think I need a separate podcast just for the singer-songwriter genre. But even that bleeds over and into so many other styles, it would be pointless. I guess that’s whey INDIEcent Exposure sticks with the eclectic format. Maybe I’ll line up some special episodes for 2020 that give the spotlight to 10 artists within a single genre. We shall see…but again, that was “Anna” by Desingly, before that we heard “Creep” covered by Alicia Beale, and starting that set off was Sam Miller with “What You Can See Through Is See Through.”
In this next block of tunes, one of our very favorite teen Indie pop up-and-comers, Canadienne Mikalyn Hay takes us to the “Deep End,” Powerhouse vocalist and guitarist Cait Devin has just a touch of bitterness towards a certain someone who’s now “Gone.” But first, we take you to the Dominican Republic where Aaron Matthew ponders whether or not “Milosh Wants a Mango.” Enjoy.
I can NOT tell you how much I enjoy hearing artists like Mikalyn Hay develop their sound over time. At just 16 years old, she’s really had a chance to try out a lot of tools of the trade other musicians don’t get their hands on until a BIT later. And the same can be said for Cait Devin, now 18, and her tracks are just drenched with an attitude and a professionalism that are very likely going to open some important doors for her soon. Guess we should be getting interviews lined up soon, before they’re impossible to get a hold of, right?
So, this last song is really something special. As you know, the majority of the songs we play come on to our radar when artists get in touch with us via our e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, of course, we have truckloads of submissions coming in through ReverbNation, which is freaking awesome. But every once in a while, I’m in the mood for something that hasn’t quite found its way to me yet. Something different. And that’s when I go on an Indie music quest, which can range worldwide. Such was the case when I turned a corner in the far reaches of the interwebs and ran into the group Night Skies and Visions. Rockin’ the punk scene in and around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this four piece fronted by female vocalist Celyn Chow embodies the raw, driving savagery that keeps your host, the mongrel young. In fact, this thrasher, “Contempt” is a furious, frenetic musical fountain of youth. And you heard it hear first on INDIEcent Exposure.
Well, brothers and sisters. That wraps up this weeks show. Remember, musicians, to send me your music news and EPKs. Listeners, don’t think we’ve forgotten about you — leave a comment below the show notes, or send us an e-mail with band suggestions or artists you want us to interview.
Until next time, get INDIEcent with someone you’ve got a mutual thing with.