I spend so much time deep in the rabbit-hole of indie music, I thought I'd share a few relatively unknown songwriters who I reckon deserve much larger audiences on a Spotify playlist. They'll give you a nice break from Twenty One Pilots and Dawes. ;)
Spotify Playlist: Songwriters You Didn't Know You Didn't Know
Simon's work in Steep Ravine first got my attention, and only more recently did I get on to his solo work. His new one, The Fool, has been my soundtrack lately, largely due to his immense gifts as a player, and his delicately layered but massively emotive production.
He's the primary force behind The Souljazz Orchestra. It's hard to think of a modern songwriter with a better ability to generate a sense of space or atmosphere. I'd start with Rising Sun. Just press play and you'll be transported.
Canadian songstress Megan Nash has had a special place in my heart since I first heard her wonderfully passionate and raspy voice belting from a hotel room in Kansas City. Especially good if you're feeling relationship-y type vibes. Probably start with Song Harvest Volume One.
Something special, warm. It'll find its way straight to you. She manages to remind me at times of Leonard Cohen, with her dry delivery, but her voice is significantly more on the angelic side. Try Natural Blue
The Cactus Blossoms
Minnesota comrades, awesome songwriters and performers. Get your alt-country fix from these lads.