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DSD October 9, 2017: "The Pioneers" - Nicholas Roberts


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DSD October 9, 2017: "The Pioneers" - Nicholas Roberts

Shaun Cordingley

Welcome to the "Daily Song Drop":'s song of the day feature where our resident indie music writer and former DJ Shaun Cordingley features a song every weekday that he feels you need to hear.

The Pioneers - Nicholas Roberts

I was trying to decide which Nicholas Roberts track to talk about today for the Daily Song Drop, but in the end, I just could not pass up the wonderful, 1980s infused "The Pioneers" (which you can check out below).

Roberts' take on indie pop music is incredibly thoughtful: "The Pioneers" is beautifully layered, balancing his smooth vocals with a depth of sound (including a DSD favourite, a very well used piano) to create a track with a cinematic dynamism that is really, really hard to pull off as well as he does here. I also think that it was an excellent idea to ground the songs' structure in a very 1980s, Genesis/Phil Collins vibe, as not only does Roberts have the perfect voice for a style like that, but gives you (dear reader) a perfect anchor point to leap off into some of his other work. 

If you dig "The Pioneers", but are looking for more of a modern indie pop vibe, then I suggest checking out his last two singles "Let Me Down" and "Think About It", but I'm just a sucker for era-blending....

...and a well used piano...

The September 2017 Apple Music Playlist and September 2017 Spotify Playlist are ready! As is tradition, the lists are missing a track ("To Do" (Be Yourself) by LEMZI), but I suppose that's just something that you're going to be used to be now considering the way this always seems to go. 

If you're looking for any of our past playlists, be sure to check out a Friday DSD feature, or serach for TGF on either Apple Music or Spotify!

See you tomorrow for our next Daily Song Drop!

-S (@Shauncord

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