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Franklin Gotham has released their stoically stellar single, Without Being Alone.

Franklin Gotham’s latest single, Without Being Alone, is a tender power-pop embrace that you’ll want to fall into time and time again for the comforting vintage tones, dreamy doo-wop vibes and compassionate lyricism. If you can imagine what Pavement would sound like if they picked up the same romanticism as Syd Barrett, you will be able to get an idea of the sticky-sweet euphoria delivered.

Without Being Alone stoically explores the kind of love that leaves you on the sidelines exploring the infinite possibilities with impassioned impatience. If it’s been a while since you looked at love with rose-tinted glasses, the sweet succinct melodies in this synaesthesia-inducing single will efficaciously remind you.

Without Being Alone is now available to stream and purchase on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

And Let Us Flee: Castle KYD needs to escape into the wild forever on ‘Menagerie’

As he carefully holds his tender hand out and wonders who will hold it too, Castle KYD looks for the escape route out of this meaningless sewage-filled planet that drowns away our authentic energy if we aren’t too careful on his latest single called ‘Menagerie‘.

Castle KYD is a professional escapist and solo indie alt-rock/pop musician. He makes that real music all about issues that face us everyday, and sings with a real meaning in all of his songs.

Created as an Alter-Ego for an adult who never knows how to be outspoken about his inner enigmas—realizing that behind the walls he put up, he could still speak.” ~ Castle KYD

This is the message of moving on as you aren’t happy about what you have built up here anyway – and seek that true adventure which shall break you away – from the monotonous cycle that wheels you away from your correct path of self-enlightenment. The lyrics are deep and cleverly written, his vocals slowly gaining steam like a classic train, as he finds that inner confidence that is brewing delightfully and almost ready to explode with his true emotions.

Behind the castle, there is a kid.” ~ Castle KYD

Menagerie‘ from the promising Castle KYD, is the honest story about feeling so caged up that you just need to get out quick before your precious soul burns a slow death. He sings with a real meaning and insight into the current world and how so many of us feel – after many months of being locked inside – we lust for the wild nature to set us free again.

Feeling alive, is the best way to keep that soul fresh with excitement anyway.

Stream this new track on Spotify and see more on the IG music.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Nostalgic Vibes: Brazil act The Daily Spreadsheets drop ‘Call It A Day’

After taking us on a trip through the 90’s with the previous single from July 2021 called ‘I Walk Alone‘, The Daily Spreadsheets are back with more exciting adventures on the new track named ‘Call It A Day‘.

The Daily Spreadsheets is the musical alias of 40-something Brazilian indie solo rock singer-songwriter Henrique Neves.

With smoothly toned vocals with that real grit and a funky riff to get you off your cozy seat, this is a tasty release that takes you back to a time which was far more simpler than current days. He has a vibrant style, the energy is high and there is a air of nostalgia here with an honest singer-songwriter who it feels like is at the peak of his powers.

Call It A Day‘ from the Brazilian solo indie rock artist Henrique Neves aka The Daily Spreadsheets, is a feel-good-track made with a glittering edge, filled with that Brit-Rock style from yesteryear and mixed with a modern twist to satisfy our hungry palate. This is a new single to fully immerse into, as he sings with a flourishing style that has you thinking about the oceans of life. A perfect weekend song to play loud after a long week, this is a thoroughly riveting listen.

Hear this new track on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

No Kiss And Tell: Wavesy is numb to the current world on ‘Elevated’

As he avoids the current state of the world as he sees it unfolding before his very eyes, Wavesy is in the zone he wants to be in right now with his latest single named ‘Elevated‘.

Cameron Poe aka Wavesy, is an wildly creative singer, guitarist, bassist and pianist, who somehow fuses indie rock, RnB and rap together.

Wavesy is a personified dream that Cameron created to help convey the old school rock and roll sound with a modern, darker R&B/rap sound that he is producing and in every song you can hear the roots while he tries to blend new genres together acoustically.” ~ Wavesy

He possesses a quality about him that is so rare – from his memorable vocals to his deeply rooted lyrics – as we learn about an artist who is carefree and doing what he thinks is necessary, to survive this extremely odd planet we currently reside in. He will certainly not tell everyone exactly how he is doing things, but is confident that it will catch on if everyone opens up their eyes enough.

Elevated‘ from the indie rock/RnB and rap artist Wavesy, is a hauntingly immense track packed full of so much intrigue from a hugely talented soul who is floating calmly at the moment. He has made his own bubble during this horrible pandemic and is cruising around in it no matter what, as he waits for the world to return to a kind of normal again.

Made with a furiously bass-filled beat, this is a track that will have you feeling rather introspective about your current journey.

Hear this stunning new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

We Can Talk It Out: Texas singer-songwriter Ryan Hamilton is ready for the hold-up adventure on ‘Banditos’

After keeping his soul alive while releasing a song a month in 2021 which has kept him sane with all the carnage brewing around, Ryan Hamilton returns with his latest single about showing the pistol to those who don’t think you are serious called ‘Banditos‘.

Ryan Hamilton is an experienced Fort Worth, Texas-based indie rock solo singer-songwriter, Wicked Cool Records recording artist, who was formally in local band Smile Smile.

Ryan has been releasing a new track a month via Wicked Cool for his project ‘1221’, collaborating with such artists as Bob Schneider and Chuck Prophet.” ~ Ryan Hamilton

This is the story of taking your opportunity when you have the chance and not giving it away to anyone, as you sense the moment is now to be in the control of the situation. With a true storyteller like this – you can feel his burning energy to enlighten us – with his terrific soundscape that is a pleasure to lather intricately into.

With a summer of festivals in 2020 postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan recorded his ‘Incommunicado’ covers EP on lockdown in Texas. Upon release it went straight to Number 1 on the UK iTunes Country chart.” ~ Ryan Hamilton

Banditos‘ from Fort Worth, Texas-based indie singer-songwriter Ryan Hamilton, is a that-seems-fair soundtrack all about taking what you believe you deserve. With a motivated mindset and a flourishing voice which seems to sweep you off your feet, this is a grab your treasures track that is a feet-tapping gem. Made with a tremendous edge and a hungry attitude, this is a catchy song to turn up loud and with your cowboy hat on proudly.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Are You Happy: Café Society wonder how the new life is going ‘On the Bright Side of Rosa’

Recorded in The Hague and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, Café Society commemorate founder Richard’s impressive 45 years in music, that is one year ahead of the 40th anniversary of him forming the band in 1982 with ‘On the Bright Side of Rosa‘.

Café Society is a four-piece indie alternative new wave band that started up in Los Angeles, who are now based in The Netherlands. The band features his eleven-years-old daughter Bella, and make that intricately-made music vibration to calm our tired heads from this over-stimulated world.

Founded by American musician, singer and songwriter Richard Morris in Los Angeles in 1982, Café Society became one of L.A.’s most beloved unsigned local bands, opening for acts such as Los Lobos, Steve Vai, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cock Robin, The Minutemen, T.S.O.L., and X.” ~ Café Society

With a thoughtful ambiance, this is a stunning single which is all about explaining why it took so long to visit. Made with a reflection-filled energy and a band who seem to mesh perfectly together, this is a memorable single packed with a foot-tapping vibe which takes you a happy world away from current harsh times.

The greatest opening band in L.A.” ~ Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

On the Bright Side of Rosa‘ from The Netherlands-based indie new wave act Café Society, is a peaceful single which is full of classy soundscapes, whistles and good energy from a lovely band full of terrific vocals and lyricism. This is the type of song to chill with on the weekend as you let your imagination wonder, to marvel at such a catchy underground gem.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on his IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Orchestral rock alchemist Kaby Burton has released her sophomore single, The Dance.

It is probably safe to assume that most millennial alt girls, myself included, found themselves fantasising about cultivating the same grippingly gracious talent as the likes of Nightwish; Kaby Burton made it a reality.

‘The Dance’ is the sophomore single from the solo artist who made her debut with her single, Hymn of the Sea, in 2020. Her debut set the bar high, but the atmosphere and intensity of emotion in her orchestral rock track, The Dance, is enough to leave the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. ‘Immersive’ almost feels like an understatement when it comes to the theatrically sublime ballad.

The Dance is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

It Feels Like Years Now: Oxford rock band Dirty Money feel like they are sinking with ‘If’ (Dirty Mix)

If (Dirty Mix) by Dirty Money

Recorded at SAE Oxford in July this year, Dirty Money reminisce about that past life as things haven’t been the same since your former lover left abruptly on ‘If(Dirty Mix).

Dirty Money is an experienced high-octane Oxfordshire, UK-based indie rock band with a tremendous dynamic force flowing in the veins of their easy-on-the-ear soundscape.

Dirty Money completed its line up formation in February 2021. Born out of the demise of their previous band Chemical Pulse, guitarist Mark Walker and bassist Ross Hutton set about creating a new band with the purpose of creating original songs.” ~ Dirty Money

He sings with such a lighter-fueled spark that lights up this potent track which will have you thinking about that special person you thought you would be with forever. This lively UK band back him up with a punchy vibe that has you nodding your happy head the whole way through. Their strength-filled energy is highly noticeable and there is so much to like here, as their compelling sound is rather transfixing and full of that rare flair we all love to submerge heartily into.

Anchored by their deep influences from rock, metal, punk, and so many other genres, what comes out is a powerful rock quintet that delivers high energy performances with an emphasis on engaging audiences.” ~ Dirty Money

If(Dirty Mix) from the Oxfordshire, UK-based indie rock band Dirty Money, is the story about wishing that they would come back to you. You have been sinking like slippery quick-sand lately and wonder if the ex is happy in their new life, as you can’t help daydreaming about their sweet lips right next to yours.

Made with a consistently edgy energy which flows terrifically in your mind, this is a real underground gem all about wanting that special person back in your life again.

Turn up this rocking track on Bandcamp and see more on their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Story of Haunting Guilt and Remorse: Boston’s Shotgun Waltz begs for forgiveness on the blood-on-my-hands ‘Ghost Train’

Shifting Gears by Shotgun Waltz

Taken off their July release all about living in the here and now called ‘Shifting Gears‘, Shotgun Waltz ride in with a reflective mood to that fateful day which took away a soul who should still be here on ‘Ghost Train‘.

Shotgun Waltz is a Boston, Massachusetts-based indie alt-rock roots four-piece band. They are a group that have a world class sound that has been fine tuned from many years perfecting their craft, as they combine like classic wine to make that specially flavored type of energy.

The fresh, energetic nature of Jim DeTore’s songs is reinforced by a highly capable veteran lineup featuring the arrangements of former Leonard Cohen touring guitarist Bob Metzger, as well as two veteran Boston musicians: former Lines drummer Rick Weden and Pete Abajoli from Penny Outlaw, The Melatonins and formerly Superlow.” ~ Shotgun Waltz

With a startling message which strikes right in your knotted stomach as you imagine the emotional toll this has taken after all these years of guilt – we are placed into a message of redemption – that is splendidly sung with such determination. There is much to admire here, as the band are on top form and show us their world class ability.

Ghost Train‘ from the Boston-based indie alt-rock roots four-piece act Shotgun Waltz, is the story of wishing that you could have that moment back which changed everything. Your mind goes back to the time the accident happened, as you beg for forgiveness and try to make amends in any way possible.

Performed with a real edge and a terrific soundscape, this is one of the most honest tracks you will hear all year.

Check out the Bandcamp link for this new single and see more news on his IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The People Love Me: Gianluca John Attanasio takes us on a worldwide journey on ‘King Money’

Released off 2020’s thirteen-track album called ‘Beyond2Doors‘, Gianluca John Attanasio is at his best with a vividly descriptive video that has captured footage from his wildly exciting performances all over the world with ‘King Money‘.

Gianluca John Attanasio is a multi-skilled, award-winning and critically acclaimed British-Italian indie rock singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, screenwriter, film director, photographer and journalist.

This video was made with a series of footage from 2014 to 2020.” ~ Gianluca John Attanasio

This is a top quality track that has you thinking deeply about your own travels – and what money actually means to you –  to ponder if it can truly control you, or actually set you free in your valuable mind. With so much to see and do, its up to us to make that decision after all and to never look back.

Shots was taken in London, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Lecce and Manduria.” ~ Gianluca John Attanasio

King Money‘ from the classy London-based Italian indie rock singer-songwriter and composer Gianluca John Attanasio, is that intimate story about travelling the world and seeking out the truth in what you see. Sung with a real grit and honest introspection, we are wrapped inside the mind of a true underrated legend. He sings with a real honesty and is clearly in tune with the inner workings of the world, wherever he goes.

This is the type of well-received track to have you dusting off that lonely passport – waiting for those formally busy roads and flights to open up freely again – so you can experience all these wonderfully unique countries, with their own unique personality inside for us to learn from.

See his new video on YouTube and find out more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen