We’re already a full week into August, so it almost feels silly to still be talking about great music that either released or that I discovered (or in the case of Dead Silence, both) in July, yet here I am. Keep an eye out for the Hoosier State this month though, as there are quite a few great things happening in Indiana later on in the month.
THE WLDLFE – “Headache”: July was a busy month for THE WLDLFE. The quintet released (yet another) killer new single, opened up for Halsey on the Indianapolis date of her world tour, and announced their long-awaited, full-length debut, I’m Not Worried Anymore, slated for release at the end of this month. This latest one is a bouncy bop with emphatic electronics that particularly punctuate the song’s chorus. Stay tuned for my review of the full LP, and if you’re anywhere near the Circle City, make sure you pull up to its release show at Old National Centre on September 7.
Dead Silence – “Cruise Control, Pt. 2” (featuring Eddie J): I can always count on my friend Mickey Young to turn me on to quality Indy-based music, and this emcee is no exception. On “Cruise Control, Pt. 2,” Dead Silence channels his inner Snoop Dogg over top of a booming West Coast-style beat that calls back some familiar 2000s-esque sounds. Apart from that, this track just feels good, perfect for “riding through [the] city slow[ly].”
Liah B – “I Got It”: Speaking of the 2000s, there’s a smidge of turn-of-the-century girl pop—think Stacie Orrico or yes, even Destiny’s Child—on Liah B’s hit single. Her voice (both in her singing and her lyrics) is one of confidence and poise, while musically “I Got It” is an interesting phenomenon, finessing the listener into thinking the song to be simpler than it actually is. “I Got It” first dropped last year and is taken from Liah’s Blank Sheets EP, which itself released back in April. Until last month, I hadn’t heard any of her music; I’m glad that’s no longer the case.
Zachery Le’on – “Ion-6”: I discovered Indy native Zachery Le’on not long after connecting with Ash Matthews, a Dayton, Ohio producer who has worked with quite a few talented up-and-comers from both here and our immediate neighbor to the east, Le’on included. His latest LP, Ion-6 the Beginning, which released back in June, is a fascinating concept album that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The strongest cut from the record, though, is probably the soft title track, which is held in place by a soothing saxophone line.
You can find all of my Hoosier picks in one place, whether you use SoundCloud or Spotify, each with its own set of exclusives.