Features | March 2023 (2)

Mariele Jankowski

Mariele Jankowski
Photo credit: Lea May

Cologne-based Mariele Jankowski is a singer-songwriter who mixes indie folk with folk-pop music. Since she was little, she was always interested in music and storytelling. She studied drama and musical theater in Mainz, Germany, and uses her skills to create her music. Some of her songs have been broadcasted via Sam Lee’s Nest Collective’s Singing With Nightingales in April 2021 and 2022.

On March 3rd, she released her debut single, The Long Song of Mary Green. The song tells about the human nature of wanting to reach the end goal of eternal happiness, after which the search for it will finally end. However, ultimately the world keeps turning, and the art of letting go and enjoying life’s journey.

I enjoyed the ambiance in this song, and it reminded me of traveling through Europe. Mariele’s storytelling is excellent and very compelling. I am looking forward to hearing more in the future. I would love to hear what you think about this song, so please leave a like and comment below with your thoughts on this single.

I recommend Mariele’s to The Cranberries fans and other indie folk pop musicians. If you enjoyed what you heard, then please leave a like and follow the links below. Any support for Mariele’s music is greatly appreciated.

The Wren

The Wren
Photo credit: Ursula Bowling

Los Angeles-based musician The Wren is a singer-songwriter who mixes indie pop and alternative pop music. She draws her name from the bird of Arizona, her home state. The Wren pairs contemplative lyrics with intimate vocals and guitar. Singing has always been part of her life, but when she was 12, she began to do songwriting and seriously play the guitar.

On March 1st, The Wren came out with the newest single, December. The song is about removing the rose-colored glasses of infatuation to see a heartbreaker for who they’ve been all along. It is about accepting the truth, seeing the good in not getting what you want, and realizing that you’re better off being single.

This is a standout song in this week’s Features; the Wren’s production overall is the pinnacle of this track. Breath-taking vocals and clear acoustics bring me speechless, and it is a beautiful track that belongs on a Sofar stage—well done. I would love to hear your thoughts on this track, so please leave a like and comment below with your thoughts.

I compare The Wren to musicians like Amy Shark and other influential female singer-songwriters in the music industry. If you like what you hear, then please like and follow the links below.

Tom b

Tom b

London-based Tom b is a bedroom pop musician with lofi-pop and electronic pop elements. Tom is heavily inspired by US acts like The Books and The Microphones. Tom has been producing and engineering for other bands since 2018, but now has turned his attention inward and create the music he wants to hear.

On March 15th, Tom released his newest release featuring vocals by Lucy Wroe; She’s Like A Dream. The song began as a phone recording of some piano chords, and then the voice note transformed into the noisy, trippy, sexy groove it is now. In Lucy’s words, she wrote the song when imagining watching somebody, being in a room that person you’re obsessing over, and watching them glow. Tom b states that he was incredibly and uncomfortably familiar with the song, so the idea directly fed the continued production of the track.

I love this song, but the vocals are too soft. I understand that this song is influenced by Lofi pop, but the lyrics are an essential part of the song. Other than that, the production was well done, and I enjoyed the track. However, I want your thoughts on this track, so please like and comment below.

I recommend fans of Lucky Iris, Sylvan Esso, and other bedroom pop musicians to check this song out. If you like what you hear, then please like and follow the links below. Any support for Tom b is greatly appreciated.


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