Recent Indie Tracks That Need Your Ears: Emei, Etta Marcus, Mistine, and Lizzy McAlpine

While I tend to cover a lot of major label artists on the blog, I also love so many independent artists who are making music on their own terms. There have been a ton of amazing independent releases in the last week or so, and I wanted to offer a quick recap of some of my recent favorites in case you need new music for your playlists. 

I recently had a chance to chat with Emei on the heels of her success with "Late to the Party," and we discussed how her latest single "Better People to Leave on Read" came to be. As of last night, the song is now out on all streaming platforms. The detailed lyrics in this excellent new angry-pop song showcases all of Emei's talents as a lyricist who can write relatable yet fun songs even out of bad moments. 

I recently found out about Etta Marcus through her latest EP, View From the Bridge. The second I heard the first song, I was immediately reminded of the sound and style that Lana Del Rey has cornered for so long. With rich instrumentation, haunting harmonies, and Etta's deep, dark voice, she feels like a natural new progression in filling a gap in that style. She covers rocky relationships in an extremely imagistic way that allows you to completely melt into the world. I'm honestly not the biggest fan of Lana's current music myself, but I love how Etta reminds me of older Lana records reimagined in a super fresh way. 

Mistine "you need a friend" and YouTube covers 
I first found out about Mistine when she went on tour with Conan Gray as his bassist. She's toured with a number of artists since then but also releases her own music. While she hasn't released a song to streaming services in years, she has started to share newly written songs as well as covers on YouTube. She shared a great new original "you need a friend" the other week, and her cover of Phoebe Bridger's "Kyoto" is a real standout. 

I wrote a whole article about "All My Ghosts" when it came out last week, but I wanted to give Lizzy a shout out on the list again because this song has become a favorite part of my new walking playlist now that I'm back to campus. I really love Lizzy's dedication to lyricism, and I'm excited to hear her brand new album release in April.