Indie music video fans around the world no doubt know that season 11 of the Bongo Boy TV Series is well underway. This underground show supports rising stars from countless countries, airing their music videos on Channel 29 in Portland, OR, and then on more than 72 other channels across the country (see the TVGuide at bongoboytv.com for your local listing). We’re already at Episode 7 of this season, and fittingly we have seven brand new indie videos to dive into.
Lyia Meta introduces us to this episode with her single Slumber. Powerful vocals from Lyia all but define this track, soaring effortlessly over delicate piano as well as booming percussion as the track progresses. It’s an emotional, heartfelt, genuinely soulful track accompanied by stunning visual imagery, and it’s a true stand out on this week’s episode.
This is followed by a favorite of ours- artist STUDEO. In The Nick Of Time has both modern rock and soft alt-pop notes, with a smoky female vocal and driving beat keeping things moving underneath a futuristic set of visual accompaniments. We’re then treated to the singer-songwriter sounds of Annemarie Picerno and Bob McGilpin and their song Money Pain. Taking an acoustic classic rock angle, the video highlights the back-and-forth structure of the song, and the arrangement highlights superbly blended vocal harmonies and tasty guitar licks throughout.
Jimmy McNicholas‘ track I’ve Got It All is instantly attention grabbing with the James-Taylor-esque cadence of McNicholas’ voice sitting front and center. The track is easy going but still has plenty of energy, and the band that has been assembled for this track clearly has a high level of cohesion and skill – the group feels both seasoned and naturally skilled (the saxophone solo is a particularly noteworthy moment). This is followed by another familiar artist, Rev. Yolanda with the track We Are Angels. Living up to the name, this song has an ethereal feel that embraces simplicity, with vocals and acoustic guitar serving as its foundation, even as the bass, keys, and choir-like vocal harmonies join in.
We’re given another dose of the rock and roll sounds of STUDEO with their hard hitting track Silence as the episode comes to a close. Wrapping things up is pop artist Baker Grace and her single Be Ok. A stunning vocal, a catchy hook, and truly high level production – this track has all the components of a top 40 hit. Mix that with the truly cinematic storytelling happening in the accompanying music video, and we’d be willing to bet that Baker Grace is a name we’ll all be familiar with soon.
It truly feels like Bongo Boy TV is carrying on the likes of the MTV legacy with this production. The endless support Bongo Boy continues to offer indie artists is truly astounding and always a wonderful, entertaining way to get your weekly dose of top-tier indie music. Episode 7 is full of high notes, and all indie artists would do well to get their work included in an upcoming production! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to be featured.
BELOW: Watch Bongo Boy TV Season 11 Episode 7, and connect with their website and social media platforms. As always, thank you for supporting real music!