Spotify is the lazy music-lover’s best friend. Curated playlists, countless moods and genres to choose from, easy to use… but for Spotify artists, it’s not quite as straightforward. These endless recommendations and pre-designed collections ensure that the hard work is done for users, so they don’t have to spend hours scouring through dusty corners of the catalogue to discover new stuff. As a result, it’s pretty difficult to rack up listeners, particularly if you’re unsigned – and particularly, too, if you’re a student with very little dispensable time to spend submitting song links to the hundreds of playlist creators promising to promote new artists. On that note, let’s dive straight into an article celebrating a bunch of very talented St Andreans whose ace creations are available for you to Add To Queue.
Think chill, slow, synthy, and you’re pretty much thinking sohayl ryder. He has four gorgeous singles on Spotify at the moment, all of which capture an ethereal sound. Similar to artists like Two Feet, NomBe and Phantogram, sohayl ryder keeps his songs stripped back, bass-heavy and lyrically poetic. As a time and place, it’s 11 o’clock at night in your bedroom with some candles lit and a bottle of red, winding down after a hectic day and getting a little out of your head before you go to sleep.
Asher the Townhound
So you’ve fallen asleep to sohayl ryder and now your alarm is going off and it’s time to stick on an energising morning playlist. Enter Asher the Townhound: a St Andrews Spotifier boasting a full album. Take Noah and the Whale’s guitar strums and catchy melodies, and add a little bit of Still Woozy’s floating-in-the-sky vibes, and blast it through your speaker with a cup of coffee in your hand as you choose your outfit for the day. What’s not to love?!
Liana has an EP and an album filled to the brim with raw, gentle sounds. If you’re into simple, stunning, lyric-focused artists like Dodie – or if your favourite rom-com scene is that iconic daydream from ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’, accompanied by the Maccabees’ ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ – then this is the St Andrean Spotify artist for you. Liana’s songs belong with a brewing cup of tea, your favourite well-read book, a window seat on a rainy day and trips to old bookstores.
Messed Up Youth
Take everything I just said about Liana Flores and turn it on its head, and you’ll get close to the sounds of Messed Up Youth. Transport yourself back to angsty teenage school nights, blasting quality modern rock music in your room just to get a rise out of your parents. Messed Up Youth, whose name speaks for their sound pretty perfectly, boast four albums which hark back to the classic days when music was drums, bass, guitar and vocals, all working together in gorgeous chaos. Think Royal Blood, The Vaccines and refusing to do your maths homework.
If you think Billie Eilish is a little too scary, or Massive Attack is a little too epic, then Inigo is for you. Combining the electronic, bass-heavy, mysterious sounds of these two powerhouse artists but with an added grace and delicacy, Inigo’s sound is totally inspired but also unique. This St Andrean artist has two singles on Spotify, both of which are eerie, cinematic and very sexy – songs to play while you get wine drunk on your own, maybe. In ‘you hold the honey’, you can barely hear the lyrics but it doesn’t seem to matter. It’s sort of like watching a foreign film with the subtitles turned off: you realise that there are some art forms where the words aren’t really the main storytellers.
Remember when James Bay suddenly brought out his ‘Electric Light’ album, and everyone realised that electropop compliments some voices just as much as the faithful acoustic guitar? Yeah, Finn Melrose has that all figured out. He’s got the sort of voice you’d typically expect to hear accompanied by strums and drums, but he’s gone in a whole other direction, creating electronic-based tracks and layering vocal line upon vocal line to create an ethereal and individual sound. If you’re into Michl and Frank Ocean – or if you wish Ed Sheeran would be a bit more experimental from time to time – then this is the Spotify page for you.
So, now that we’ve done the hard work for you, it’s over to you to rack up the monthly listeners of these crazy St Andrews talents. And while we know that getting your stuff on Spotify isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of musical success, it’s pretty exciting to think about how many future Glasto headliners or in-demand producers are currently wandering up and down these three little streets, making music in their bedrooms, writing songs on Castle Sands, singing at Aikmans or DJing in the Vic. St Andrews is only as small as you make it…