Friday Releases - October 22, 2021


October 22, 2021

Hello, lovely music fans! How are you doing? We are so excited, this Friday is literally insane! With 4 returning artists and 3 discoveries, we're pretty sure you'll find some great gems to add to your playlists this week!

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Genesis Ritchot - If You Cared

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I believe it was thanks to Ben Greenberg that we came to discover Canadian Genesis Ritchot. And I sincerely believe that it's one of our most beautiful discoveries of this year. His unique voice, very comfortable even in the highest notes, always manages to give us goosebumps. But his voice is not the only one responsible. We have to admit that Genesis has a knack for creating wonderful melodies, and each time the result is even more impressive than the last time. That's a very relatable song, as the artists told us: "it's an indie-folk song about an old friend taking you for granted. We can all relate to that and I needed to express my feelings through these lyrics." The artist also evokes an 80s side, which is not unpleasant. What impressed me the most is the turning point the song takes during the bridge. As we often say on IMC, the bridge is the most delicate part of a song, and it is often very challenging for artists. Here, the exercise is perfectly successful. Genesis superimposes the vocals with disconcerting ease, until producing the effect of a powerful chorus. So many elements mastered to perfection, which makes that Genesis Ritchot is a musician on whom you can count to make you vibrate with each release.

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Francis Moon - Let You Go

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It's been almost a year since we introduced you to Francis Moon, with "Here We Are Now", in November 2020. Here he is back, with a new single a little more folky but still delicious to listen to! The Swedish artist never ceases to amaze us with the enormous quality of his productions. He is a DIY artist who touches everything. We particularly appreciate these travel vlogs on YouTube. But music remains his favorite field, and he proves it once again with this new track. Very airy and luminous, "Let You Go", released today by our friends at alexrainbirdrecords, was born after a radical change: "The song came to life after moving to a new country, and talks about expectations, miscommunication, and disappointment that forces you to let something go and start over from scratch." Like a stick of dynamite, this song is a real motivator and can only trigger in you the desire to enjoy life. Travel. Love. Share. This song will accompany all your dreams, which may come true more easily than you think.

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Sonny Casey - A Thousand Setting Suns

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We introduced you to Sonny Casey, when she released her previous single "A Saving Grace" on August 20th. And already, at that time, we had fallen in love with this Irish artist. And especially with his unique voice. Because in 2021, at a time when all the female voices sound the same when you turn on the radio, Sonny is an exception. It's like Adele, for example. When you hear Adele on the radio, even though it's a new song you've never heard before, you are able to identify her easily: “Oh, it's Adele!”. Because Adele's voice is unique. When it comes to Sonny Casey, it's exactly the same. Her voice is recognizable among thousands. Even if her voice alone would be enough to give me goosebumps, I must admit that I was totally spellbound by her incredible lyrics. Each line gives chills. "Does she make you happy? It's all I want you to be. Does she make you feel like a child again? Does she make you feel free?". You got it, her new single "A Thousand Setting Suns", released today, explores the contradictory feelings that we can have when our ex is with someone else. With all the necessary distance, but also a lot of lucidity and maturity, Sonny Casey raised our arm hair vertically from the first listen. The song ends with an acapella part, which will allow you to realize how the unique voice of this little piece of woman can convey immense emotions. Yes, we are not afraid to say it: Sonny Casey is our best discovery this year. And there is no doubt that we will talk about her again in our recap of the year in January.

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Rachel Gleddie - Not Always Enough

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Let's go to Edmonton (Canada), to meet Rachel Gleddie. When Rachel came to us, she wrote "my motivation is to create music that has an emotional impact on the listener". And we can say that it's a perfect match since our concept is essentially based on strong emotions and goosebumps. These emotions, we felt them from the start of "Not Always Enough", his new single released today. As soon as she starts singing, you feel a comfortable warmth flooding your whole body. This voice is absolutely fabulous, like coming from beyond. It envelops you and does not let go of you. Accompanied by powerful backing vocals and cleverly dosed reverb, Rachel distills words like a seed sower. She sows the words on her score and the magic of flawless production does the rest. We really liked the contrast between the darkness of the lyrics, which are a little sad, since they evoke a breakup and the almost divine light of the last chorus. Rachel takes us on an almost heavenly journey, where everything becomes light. There you have it! We feel as light as a feather after listening to this little gem, and we tell ourselves that after all, sadness is a feeling like any other: it doesn't last forever.

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Fort Gorgeous - Wolf

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Billy Libby is an incredible, multi-talented musician who has delighted us the last few days and honored us to be able to listen to his new EP "Retirement Part One" before it comes out. A collection of five songs, each with its own musical and poetic universe, and which give consistency to the whole. We recently lost one of our dearest fans, Lyca, and she loved wolves. Our fellow writer and singer-songwriter Luna also organized a raid train on Twitch to raise funds for a Wolf Sanctuary, and to honor Lyca's memory. Suffice to say that wolves have been part of my daily life for a few days and that they bring me back to good memories with our missing friend. It is under the name of Fort Gorgeous, which is only one of his many musical projects (he's also a member of the band The Weird Years), that Billy Libby delivers to the world today a real gem. You know that at IMC we like strong emotions, and "Wolf" is exactly the track that reflects this passion for goosebumps. We feel wrapped in cotton when listening to this little wonder. And the good news is that the entire EP exudes that magic, both through the poetry of the lyrics and the incredible production work. Please, don't just use your phone speaker, don't hesitate to use real headphones to feel all the emotions of this incredible EP, and above all, to perceive all the details of each track. You will then realize that Fort Gorgeous has done a silversmith's job. Indeed, multiple elements give this EP an almost surreal side, whose magic is revealed little by little, second after second.

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Aaron James - Beautiful

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What we love most about IMC are human relationships. And Aaron James is one of those accessible artists with who you can honestly discuss music with. His EP "Golden Haze" is out today, and notably contains "Beautiful", a song with the appropriate title. Very delicate, you could say that this song alone sums up the concept of the EP. Poetry, gentleness, and beauty. Feel free to listen to the entire EP, so you can appreciate the brightness of Aaron's songs. A coherent set of 5 little gems, which can be listened to without any weariness. His writing is passionate and he has this extraordinary power to create light melodies that stay in mind. Coming from Australia, Aaron tried his hand at several musical genres but it seems that with this EP, he has finally found his musical identity and the genre in which he is most comfortable. We know you come to IMC for the quality, and he's one of those artists who give a lot. Quality is the keyword of this magical EP, where "Beautiful" meets the sumptuous "Feel Good" and "Change In Me" (over 45K streams in total), and the two unreleased songs "Once In A Lifetime" and " Heavens Playground ". It was impossible for us to choose a favorite because the five songs form an inseparable? and perfectly coherent and logical whole. Follow this bearded artist closely, he will take you to sumptuous landscapes, both through his social media and his songs. To conclude, we would say that "Golden Haze" is gold.

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The Graes - Figure It Out

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Lots of artists making their comeback on IMC after a long time without appearing here. We met The Graes in December 2020 when they released the fabulous “Reagan's Song”. Completely different, and much more pop, their new single "Figure It Out" has that kind of super catchy chorus that makes you want to take the song everywhere with you to put you in a good mood. Coming from Wilmington, NC, CJ, and Cassie are some of the cutest bands we've come across on our musical journey. Their music is a cure for gloom and we all need a boost of energy after everything we've been through. This new single is a nod to the crushes you can have when you are young. But I think we can extend the concept to all ages. About the song, the band said: "Remember high school when you'd go to the roller skating rink with your friends and your crush would be there? Imagine this song playing as you found the confidence to go and talk to them and tell them how you feel. " "Figure It Out" is their most upbeat single so far, and could open many more doors for them. There is in this song all the potential to make it a hit. We promise you'll have it in your head for the whole weekend. The addictive power of this song with delicious vocal harmonies is quite strong. We will have warned you!

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This column has been made with love by Niko. All songs added to our "Fresh Indie" playlist on Spotify.

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