11 New Indie Songs that mark a turning point in 2021

Here are 11 new singles just released that tell a great tale.

Jacqueline Jax
7 min readJan 11, 2021


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2021 has brought us many things. I, for one, am especially thankful for surviving the year. As I was browsing through hundreds of new singles in my first week of January, I realized that our new music creators had a lot to say about their year.

Here are 11 new singles just released that tell a great tale.

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Reverie by Becoming Young Inspires us to Face the Storm with Love

Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Brandon Calano, writes and performs under the alias Becoming Young. A name he says represents the journey to let go of everything we are not, so we can become who we were meant to be all along.

Becoming Young deftly fuses, pop, folk, and narrative singer-songwriter genres with authenticity and swagger. The urban flavored, electro-pop artist recently released his debut pop album, Feeling Single. https://www.instagram.com/becomingyoung/

Sally Boy “Just friends now” is a bridge to what’s coming next

It’s been a quick ride up for Sally Boy since his debut Ep in 2020, featuring strong singles like “I wonder” and “Stormy”. His latest release, “Just friends now” is not only a sweet and dreamy indie-pop single but could be a peek at what’s coming next for this new comer.

The track “isn’t as much a breakup song as it is an acceptance speech — an understanding that no matter how bad you may fuck up, someone is always there to one up you. Feeling lonely during the holiday season is okay cause at least you can find solace in the mistakes you never made.”

His new project is due to roll out early this new year. https://www.instagram.com/sallyboy/

Quinton VanSlyke ‘Basement Daze’ Takes Listeners Drifting across a Musical Soundscape

This song is for those who listen to music to drift off once they hear the melodies work in harmony. The instrumentation of the song is quick but will engage a relaxing, spaced out emotion. Many of the songs that have influenced this style have taken me away solely on guitar progressions and basslines.

2020 was a symbolic year for me since it was truly the first year I have gotten my gears rolling and chose to pursue my music career entirely. I spent many hours of quarantine recording this song and learning how to improve daily. https://www.instagram.com/qvmusic

Black + White TV Song 60 Thinks about his last day on earth

The Single, Song 60, has been a long time project, constructed over the past 10 years and finally completed and recorded in the summer of 2020 at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. Song 60 attempts to visualize the self- perception I would have during my last day on earth. It explores the thought process of justifying or regretting decisions made throughout the course of a life time. Song 60 is the last song he writes, a ‘looking back on life’ story that everyone will some day experience and this was how I imagined my own self reflection on judgement day. https://www.instagram.com/bwtvmusic

EDM DJ Producer SLIPPY is creating rich atmospheres and eerie melodies

SLIPPY’s (aka Alex Swartwout) signature sound can best be described as a riveting hybrid of genres with dark, sinister, orchestral-influenced undertones. Many of Swartwout’s originals lure listeners in with rich atmospheres and eerie melodies, but quickly shift things into high gear with fiery, energetic bass drops.

Growing his fan base in Florida, Slippy began releasing music with Monstercat in 2015 and has quickly grown to become a widely-recognized figure in the bass music scene, known for his distinguished take on trap and dubstep, alongside other styles.

His latest single, “Free” does not disappoint. Creatively the single layers up with elements of dreamy synths and spacy reverb swirling together in a cosmic soup that only a laser light show could accurately portray. www.instagram.com/slippy_music

Daddy B is creating a Movement with sound on faith inspired single Redemption (Purple)

There are instrumentals and vocals representing all genres, Jazz (Latin, Contemporary), Blues, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, R&B, Blue Grass, Praise and Worship, Christian Contemporary. Over the last two years working on this project, this journey has taught me that I was created to worship, created to make music, to recognize how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to enjoy all the colors, all signs/wonders, all the sounds around me and to appreciate it all without judgment. https://www.instagram.com/b.daddyb7/

D.W ‘Ride’ tells a story about a dangerous relationship

“Ride” tells a story about a dangerous relationship; however, it’s the most exciting thing in their life. Love can be seen as the best thing about life; the bad thing about it is people can do anything to keep it. It’s definitely a ride that you won’t forget. https://www.instagram.com/colorsofdominique/

Rock Band The Refusers speak today’s spirit of rage and simmering revolution against the establishment on New Music Video

Rock band The Refusers​ has an interesting new rock music video out..

Blasting through the establishment’s twisted goals, The Refusers perform songs of musical defiance. The Refusers speak today’s spirit of rage and simmering revolution against the establishment.

The Refusers have opened for the Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Joan Jett, X, Jane’s Addiction, Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, and The Flaming Lips.

‘My Body My Choice’ is a rock anthem about freedom! Freedom from Big Government, freedom from Big Pharma, freedom from phony pseudoscience, freedom from lockdowns, freedom from masks, and freedom from political dictators of all stripes.

Sleuths New Autobiographical Single ‘Umbilicus’ Deals With Impending Loss

hopefully one of the biggest tracks on my new album — I think that even though it’s not necessarily a positive ‘pop’ vibe, a lot of listeners will relate to its sentiment, and appreciate its sound and feel. My influences for this track would have to be bands like Tool and A Perfect Circle, although I like to think that this track is a very original one for me. www.instagram.comleuthmusic11

The Song Tailors Last Release Of 2020 ‘Sting’ Features Toronto’s Liam Isaac

Australian Songwriter Ruth Picker has just released a new single to top of 2020 featuring Canadian artist Liam Isaac and it’s available to stream now. Ruth Picker is the songwriter (music and lyrics) of The Song Tailors. An Australian who collaborates with New budding talent from across the globe.

This past year, she turned Covid Quanrentines into a chance to expand her reach by offering new artists an opportunity to work on fresh globally shared music projects. www.instagram.com/thesongtailors

Will Los Angeles Pop Singer Lily Lewis have another streaming success with ‘Radio Silence’…

Lily Lewis is an artist poised to dominate the pop music world. The Santa Barbara-bred, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has already begun making a name for herself in spite of having only independently released two singles to date. Her debut, the infectious “VCR,” earned 150,000+ streams on Spotify in its first three months, and was followed up by the lush and equally catchy “Lonely Lovers.”

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Jacqueline Jax

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