Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 20 years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. My memoir, ChemBro, is out now!
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This week’s NYC Scene Report features the vintage sound of Fiona Silver, a dark electro-pop song from Bottler, a surf-psych-garage rock jam from Hot Curl, and some storytelling lyricism from hip-hop artist Gif the Griot.
* If you’re a frequent reader of this column, first off, THANKS, second, you know I have a predilection for artists who put a new twist on classic genres. This is why I was instantly enamored with Fiona Silver’s debut single, “Take Me Down.”
With “Take Me Down,” which is off of Silver’s upcoming album, Little Thunder, the NYC-based singer-songwriter mixes the sound, and feel, of classic girl groups, old school jazz, and vintage soul, with current indie rock.
Having recently completed a tour with The Bottom Dollars, this is one Silver that will quickly be promoted to gold.
* I have to admit I don’t know very much about electro-pop duo Bottler, but here’s what I can tell you – they’re based in NYC, they’re comprised of Pat Butler and Phil Shore, and they recently released a killer single titled “Weekend.”
“Weekend” is off of Bottler’s upcoming album, Keeper of the Bottles, which was recorded last year, and reportedly takes an introspective look at the difficulty of living with anxiety, depression, and the pain of distance and isolation.
With “Weekend” sounding like Nine Inch Nails meets electro-pop, Keeper of the Bottles is an album I’ll be on the lookout for. Check out the single. You don’t have to wait until the “Weekend” to click play.
* It’s springtime, folks, and what better way to celebrate the season than with an indie surf-psych-garage rock song from Hot Curl.
Based out of Brooklyn, Hot Curl’s latest is titled “Warped,” and it sports a laid back, beachy, vibe.
A perfect addition to your spring soundtrack, “Warped” is off of Hot Curl’s upcoming EP, Late Bloom, which finds the band moving away from dream-pop, and moving towards a psych-rock sound.
Give “Warped” a spin. You don’t want to be Late on this one.
* If you’re looking for vivid storytelling in hip-hop, it gets no better than Gif the Griot. The Brooklyn-based emcee has a long history of crafting songs that draw you in as he paints a picture with his words, eventually smearing that picture with a twist you don’t see coming, and creating a new masterpiece altogether.
Gif the Griot’s latest is “Always,” a free single that is sure to affect the listener when the story reaches its conclusion. Give it a spin, and hear what I mean.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.