As fall is now officially in full swing, what better way to spend your added time indoors than discovering some new artists? Inspired by the changing leaf colors, and brisk fall air, we give you 6 artists who's craft is becoming too good to not take notice. Without further ado, we give you the Lineup – the best 6 artists of October 2023.
Hometown: Boston, MA
Recommended Tracks: "Helium," "Love Me Back," "Robbie"
Spotify Monthlies: 100,104
Boston’s born and bred, Bebe Stockwell, started writing songs and playing piano when she was a mere 6 years old. With influences from Regina Spektor and The Lumineers, Stockwell beautifully molds her own sound of indie folk pop. Stockwell has toured with artists like Claire Rosinkranz, and with acoustic ballads like “Love Me Back,” the singer shines with picturesque vocals and sweet lyrics “affection don’t come easy / even if I can’t hold you like that / would you love me back?”.
Stockwell’s music is an incredible blend of folk and pop that warms the heart. “Robbie” rings like a Remi Wolf track with its funky beat and a story of a secret relationship and the denial that comes with its fragility. “Frosty” is a cozy winter track, and her latest single “Helium” is an upbeat and catchy mix of folk and indie pop. If you aren't bought in yet, just give her latest a listen and thank us later. – Ben Wego
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Recommended Tracks: "there they go," "untitled," "ransom"
Spotify Monthlies: 323,594
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – zachy is special. He has been consistently releasing great music for a year now, and I truly feel like all of it has come to a head with his new single "there they go." Notably "untitled" has had a lot of streaming success, and it seems like "there they go" will be the next one to follow suit when you factor in all of the support from playlists on Spotify.
He’s yet another artist to benefit from the recent folk renaissance, and I can assure you he is one that is here to stay. – Riley Furey
Hometown: Galveston, TX
Recommended Tracks: “will this summer b the same?”
Spotify Monthlies: 4,061
Making her Sheesh (and musical) debut, Alessandra Salinas makes her claim for one of the best new artists of October. Transcending through English and Spanish – Salinas’ soulful vocal and emotional songwriting cuts through in “will this summer b the same?.” When you have a vocal range and dynamic tone like Alessandra Salinas’, it’s hard not to want to listen to what she has to say, even if you don’t understand the language.
At just 20 years old, currently based in Los Angeles, Salinas is still at the very start of her promising, promising musical career. With the bar already set pretty high with her first official song, Alessandra Salinas is a name you will want to familiarize yourself with sooner than later. – Perry Avgerinos
Hometown: Austin, TX
Recommended Tracks: "my friend’s toyota," "mi amor," "ATX"
Spotify Monthlies: 256,337
Blending pop with elements of folk and R&B, Virginia-based artist asiris is one of October’s biggest breakout acts. Much of asiris’s newfound success is from viral singles such as “my friend’s toyota'' and “mi amor,” both of which have done insane numbers on TikTok and Instagram. “my friend’s toyota” is a particularly standout track, featuring a warm, infinitely catchy chorus over acoustic guitar, almost like a more laid-back Noah Kahan track, mixed with a Post Malone-like vibrato. “mi amor” and “PEACH TEA” continue these folk pop elements, while other songs such as “RENT FREE” and “mission” showcase asiris’s variety over more upbeat tunes with more elements of pop and hip-hop. With over 300 thousand monthly listeners and counting, asiris is here to stay, and we’re all looking forward to what he has been teasing next. – Preston Breck
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Recommended Tracks: “act i: stickerz "99”
Spotify Monthlies: 65,163
You may not have heard about the Dallas, Texas native 4batz yet, but don’t worry – you’re still early. With a soothing midnight drive vocal tone, and an effortless flow, 4batz made his debut with the release of, “act i: stickerz ‘99’.” showing he has the tangibles to make some serious damage in the R&B scene.
Reminiscent of Brent Faiyaz and Destin Conrad, “act i: stickerz ‘99’” starts off pitched up, only to switch into a deeper pitch mid-way through. Both versions are equally appealing, and it seems others agree, given the song is already at over 500K streams since late June.
Since finding his debut release, I’ve been eagerly awaiting what’s next. According to his Instagram story, we should have new music in a couple of weeks. Officially on our radar, keep an eye out for 4batz to show back up on the Sheesh page soon. – Perry Avgerinos
Hometown: Springville, UT
Recommended Tracks: "26 and 24," "Stairway," "Earth"
Spotify Monthlies: 111,069
Upon first impression, it becomes apparent that music is centered in the life of 17-year-old Paige Fish. She first appeared on American Idol (albeit unaired) when she was only 15, and the Springville, Utah native has only been leveling up since. Earlier this month she performed at a Utah Jazz preseason game, ironically supporting a team full of young talent that she possesses herself.
Off the court, Fish has impressed with her two biggest releases having come this year in “26 and 24” and “Earth.” A careful songwriter with a faultlessly honest voice, her songs are instantly relatable while maintaining enough heartfelt personality as to not lose herself in the mix. With growth evident in each release, its abundantly clear that we have yet to hear the last - or best - from Paige Fish. – Kieran Kohorst