Filip’s Quick Single Picks: Foyer Red, dart trees, Noele Flowers, Rootiger, iffin

Foyer Red – Etc.

There are two reasons to share this track with you. The first one is the funny video with horses (my wife is a huge horse lover) and the second is the indie art rock vibe of this song. I love how quirky the song is sounding and I am enjoying its jazzy atmosphere. A really interesting song from a band that has just signed with Carpark Records. You can find more music on Spotify.

dart trees – jim watson you’ve had it too good for too long

From Bandcamp page: “college drunk rock for good times and bad times”. Kinda a funny statement. This song is a catchy indie rock track from Ottawa-based band. The melody is pretty simple, but it has still a really nice kick I can easily vibe to. I can imagine this played live in a rusty dusty club and it would work great. Maybe the recorded version does not have as much energy, but I am still enjoying it. You can find more music on Bandcamp.

Noele Flowers – Portland

Noele Flowers is a relentlessly optimistic, anxiety-ridden, and friendship-obsessed songwriter. She was raised in Massachusetts, and lived in Brooklyn for ~10 years, but now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. She taught high school choir for a while, and has sung in choirs for her whole life. Most of her music is about how much she loves her friends. She writes and records most of her music at her home in the Hudson Valley with her friends and her dog Cheez.

I wrote “Portland” about a friend breakup. It’s about the hope and importance we put into close friendships, putting them at the center of our lives, and the pain we can feel when we lose friendships in such nebulous ways.”

I am always obsessed with nicely written and interesting bios. I like how they can introduce the artist and the music well. I am terrible at writing them, so I appreciate them even more. But this is not the reason why I am sharing this song. The music is beautiful indie folk pop with really powerful vocals. So enjoyable. You can find more music on Spotify.

Rootiger – Remedial Training

“Hailing from the paper production capitol of the world, Scranton Pennsylvania, Mark Dunford writes, records, and performs under Rootiger /rue.ti.gger/. While enlisted in the Air Force, Dunford was mostly stationed at Holloman AFB in rural New Mexico. He lived in a cabin in Cloudcroft, NM working on his voice as a songwriter, making crude home recordings and self-releasing them onto the internet. After leaving the military in 2018 he relocated to Boston, MA to attend the Berklee College of Music. Rootiger’s sound touches on indie rock, early emo, lo-fi, and Americana.”

Another great introduction to the artist and an interesting story. A submission I received through Instagram DMs. It is proof that doing submissions via that channel was not a bad idea. I like the various genres combined in this song, which makes it more interesting. You can find more music on Spotify.

iffin – SHOUTING

“home-recorded functional punk/brittle-pop from Seattle, WA”

Let’s wrap up today’s recommendations with a song by an artist I have been familiar with for a while. This was sent to me via DMs as well. I would call this art lo-fi bedroom pop. A made-up genre but it fits the style of the song. Really interesting melody of the song; a little bit chaotic, and a little bit melodic. Definitely worth checking out. You can find more music on Bandcamp.