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This week’s NYC Scene Report features an alt-pop gem from Vérité, something soulful from Elsie and The Vibe, a mature indie rock tune from Softspot, and Brooklyn's NO ICE rockin’ out at their home base.
* NYC indie alt-pop favorite Vérité – who was first featured here back in 2014 – will be releasing her highly anticipated debut album, Somewhere in Between, on June 23rd. In anticipation of this she’s hitting listeners with her latest single, “When You’re Gone.”
"'When You're Gone' was written on a train ride to upstate New York,” Vérité remembers, “the first verse of lyrics developed from mumbles as I repeated the verse melody in my head for an hour,”
Vérité continued, adding, ”Lyrically, I made the decision to be blunt and more transparent. The song is about being depressed, wanting to erase the feeling with external (means), and realizing that it doesn't work. I wanted the production to be a hard exterior shell to that vulnerability."
Check out “When You’re Gone." I guarantee after listening to it you'll want Vérité to stay.
* Australia-born, Brooklyn-based, indie soul/R&B artist Elsie and The Vibe are going to take you to the “Riverside.” “Riverside” being their latest song that will knock your socks off.
Off of Elsie and The Vibe’s upcoming self-titled debut EP, due out this summer, “Riverside” recounts and reflects Elsie’s battle with cancer at the age of 18. It's a powerful song, from a powerful vocalist.
You’ll be able to catch Elsie and The Vibe at this year's Jersey Shore Festival, which runs from May 19th through the 21st, and you can check out “Riverside” right here.
* Comprised of members of a number of high profile NYC indie bands, including Bambara, and Pill, Brooklyn-based Softspot has put a creative twist on traditional indie rock with their latest release, Clearing.
A perfect example of this is the single “Heat Seeker.” With soft vocals, and a mature sound, “Heat Seeker” is the perfect soundtrack for the indie music fan who’s past the whole “out until dawn” phase of their life, but still loves to have a good time.
I'm not saying you know a writer who can definitely relate to that vibe, but I am saying I hit up a lot of live shows, and I always find a way to be on my home well before the last train leaves. With age comes wisdom … and great tunes. Give “Heat Seeker” a spin. You just might find you have a soft spot for Softspot.
* Brooklyn indie rock band NO ICE doubled down on repping NYC's indie music scene with the video for their latest single, “I Want You.” The performance clip was filmed at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen, the Brooklyn studio/artist collective run by producer Oliver Ignatius, which happens to be where NO ICE recorded their most recent album, Come On Feel The NO ICE.
This is a fantastic representation of NYC’s indie music scene, and with NO ICE having recently completed a co-headlining tour with The Regrets, it’s nice to see them rep their home base so fervently.
Check out “I Want You," and rock out with NO ICE.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.