Serving up indie cuts from his firm position on the groovier side of the tracks, Los Angeles-based Michael Goldman has introduced his latest project NONA with a single that’s as melodically addictive as it is packed with heartfelt sentiment. “Otherways” is the first track from NONA’s forthcoming debut EP, featuring moody guitar strum in the style of heyday-era Strokes and high-energy, splashy choruses to keep the track catchy.
“Otherways,” which details the ever-relatable trials and tribulations of a failed pass at a relationship, feels intimate and honest without being overly simple. Goldman wisely never relies too heavily on the heart on his sleeve. A testament to his dual talents for earnest songwriting and diverse instrumentation, confessional lyrics and hooky, pop-sensible riffs both prevail throughout. “Otherways” is a slice of life song with all of the essential qualities of a radio-rock earworm.