Now that I’m enjoying my journey through a new land called eMusic, they have a lot of added valueÂ features for your monthly fee — like free downloads of entire albums! Also, when you sign up, theyÂ give 25Â free downloadsÂ soÂ you canÂ sample song without feeling like “Jesus! I paid for that?”Â One album I wasÂ happy to stumble uponÂ was a samplerÂ entitledÂ Â Now Hear This! Independent Music Awards Winners 2007. It’s a pretty goodÂ collectionÂ of artists many of us have probably never heard of, and there are some good to great songs worth checking out. Case in point: “Passenger 24” by Canadian folk/pop/loungester, Melissa McClelland.
I don’t know about you, but the term “Indie” it would oftenÂ conjure up images of bands whose music never really pingsÂ beyond a small circle of critics andÂ music snobs whoÂ sing their praises in printÂ or while holding forthÂ inÂ someÂ quiet corner of a party.Â Â Nowadays, as I sample just a fraction of what’s out there under the aegis of independent labels, it’s clear that quite a lot “indie” music will appeal to those with more mainstream pop tastes, and McClelland certainly fits that bill.
McClelland’s style has just enough quirkiness to satisfy indie fans and pique the interest of those with more mainstream tastes.Â Â With “Passenger 24″Â it’s clear that she’sÂ well on her wayÂ toÂ becomeÂ a first-rate songwriter who can craft a memorable song with enough surprises that you’ll be curious to see what else she can come up with.
InÂ some ways, McClelland’s musical style has similarities to Fiona Apple, but lyrically (on this song, at least) she’s less introspective and theatrical than Apple has been the recent past – which I think is a good thing. And if I can be a music director for a moment, if “Passenger 24” made its way to U.S. radio, it would fit bestÂ on a “Triple A” format (Like KFOG in San Francisco) where songs with a more rootsy flavor get a chance to shine in the spotlight.
Give this one a few spins and let me know what you think.
Listen to “Passenger 24” HERE