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Montrael became the voice of her heartbroken generation with ‘Project Twenty1’

Montrael

Rochester, New York-based singer-songwriter Montrael released her highly anticipated EP, Project Twenty1, as 2020 drew to a close; if you missed it, you missed a soulful soiree of style, sultry panache and urban poetry.

Montrael made her debut in 2018; since the debut, she has built a loyal fan following around her effortlessly resounding music where emotion always takes the reins and drives the tracks through moody trappy melodies and self-aware introspection. The young artist takes influence from Usher, Beyonce and Selena, while her inspiration lies in her commitment to being a youthful voice for this generation of RnB fans in need of soulfully empowering music.

Project Twenty1 is now available to stream and purchase in full via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I Was Terrified: Lovable Portland folk singer-songwriter Tirlyn Sky tells us about the familar romantic dream on ‘I’m Okay With It’

As she ponders a time and place that felt so eerily similar and deja-vu like, Tirlyn Sky sings with growing confidence on a sweet story that will probably give you butterflies in your stomach with ‘I’m Okay With It‘.

Tirlyn Sky is a youthful 17-years-old Portland, Oregon-based indie-folk/pop singer-songwriter who sings with a likably shy nature and sings about love, life and finding your destined path in this overly-complicated world.

Music from other artists has helped me so so so much and it really does heal. Like, when you find that one song it’s literally therapy. You play it on repeat, you get to sing, yell, cry, and just express yourself. I hope I can bring that to people, and that would mean the world and so much more.” ~ Tirlyn Sky

There is much to love about a soulful artist like Tirlyn Sky, who performs with a natural smile and writes lyrics of real-life experiences. With a blossoming technique that seems to flow smoothly through your whole curious consciousness. this is a pure musician – who makes music to help herself and others get through any heartbreak or sadness – with the end goal being that ultimate recovery.

I’m Okay With It‘ from the Portland, Oregon-based indie-folk/pop solo artist Tirlyn Sky, is a journey through her late-night dreams as she sees the girl she likes right in front of her and forgets to breathe. Sung with a loving and heartfelt attitude and an authentic nature, you feel like she is only going to improve after each track. With more experience and the support of those who she respects, there is no reason why we won’t be hearing more gems from this lovely young musician who sings from the heart. Expressing yourself through music is a great way to fulfil all your creative urges after all.

Hear this delightful new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Endless Oceans: Breathlessly talented Slovakian duo Dennyiah are quite brilliant on ‘Sense of the Rain’

After soothing our heartbroken ears on the excellent ‘Autumn 2015‘ from September 2021, Dennyiah shows us a natural way to live on the beautifully-projected new single ‘Sense of the Rain‘.

Dennyiah is a world-class Slovakian indie-pop/country/soul and blues-fusion duo who make an important blend of musical soundscapes that actually matters, with eloquently-written lyrics that shall bring you much hope in times of apparent hopelessness.

Dennyiah is at its brilliant best with a supremely stunning earth-hugging experience that will have your whole sensitive body in euphoric raptures. They seem to make the type of rare stimulating sound that is so genuinely made – and filled with only positive energy – that wraps gently all of your fragile heart to help it feel better again after all the unnecessary destruction recently.

Sense of the Rain‘ from the brilliant soulfully-enlightened Slovakian indie-pop/country/soul and blues-fusion duo Dennyiah, is such a pure track that might send day-changing shivers all over your naked soul. The superb drum-filled beat is rather compelling and the stunning vocals of a glorious singer who is clearly in tune with the world’s core, takes you to a much better mindset than before. Music has the power to heal after all.

Hear this stunning single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Seasons Change: South Carolina-based RnB singer-songwriter Teddy Bryant feels the cool breeze on ‘Autumn Love’

In The Beginning by Teddy Bryant

Released from his label NBN (Nothing But Net) Records, Teddy Bryant feels like things are only going to get better as he holds his lover really tight to provide warmth on ‘Autumn Love‘.

Teddy Bryant is a well-known South Carolina, USA-based RnB/soul singer-songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Following dynamic musical years playing local shows with his Contemporary Jazz band Urbyne (since 1998), and releasing a Neo-Soul album in 2012 as Moonlight Ora, Bryant now presents his first solo album. The son of a Jazz musician, Bryant began learning the piano from an early age, his natural talent for melodic and harmonic compositions didn’t go unnoticed for long.” ~ Teddy Bryant

Teddy Bryant is on top form with a stupendously quality performance that will have you telling your friends about this truly magnetic artist who sings with such joy from his lungs. There is much to love about such a real talent who seems to have the world at his feet, as he brings so much class into a genre that needs as many role models as possible.

Autumn Love‘ from the soulfully aware South Carolina, USA-based RnB/soul singer-songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist Teddy Bryant, is a loving song about showing your lover that you are there for them no matter what the storms around. Performed with wonderful energy and packed with smoothly-tipped vocals that will have you turning up the volume to hear so much clearer, this is a track that is carefully wrapped with that rare true beauty and romance.

Hear this hand-clapping new single on Bandcamp and follow his journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bad Ideas: Outstanding Philly indie-pop artist Samryebread is at her honest best with ‘Softie’

After learning new skills behind the boards for the past 5 years assisting others to master their sound, Samryebread returns to much-awaited acclaim via her extremely courageous self-acceptance gem called ‘Softie‘.

Samryebread aka Sam Rosen is a well-respected and much-loved Philly, USA-based indie-pop/folk artist, cat lover, and sound engineer, who is based at the multi-Grammy award-winning MilkBoy the Studio.

You feel like you are witnessing a strong woman that is reborn musically who is an ever-evolving creative with music flowing in her inventive veins at every turn. Her highly imaginative mind is on top form here – with an inspiring release – that is so relevant in a society that cages so many inside and discourages us from truly stretching for our goals.

Samryebread is brilliantly dreamy with her gorgeous vocals that just seem to trigger so many emotions in your glowing soul. This beautiful song is all about learning to accept yourself no matter your faults, as you just want someone close to love you and be there for you, helping you make better decisions and not judging you as so many small-minded folks do.

Softie‘ from the Philly-based indie-pop/folk artist and sound engineer Samryebread, is one of those tracks you just can’t help but love. The production is world-class, the lyrics so inspiringly honest and with her lusciously honey-tipped voice, this is a real treasure that you just want to listen to all day long.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Italian singer-songwriter, Flame set souls alight with her soulfully-composed, orchestrally-scored single, Anyway.

‘Anyway’ is the latest orchestrally scored single from the Italian singer-songwriter, Flame. With a vocal timbre that more than justifies Flame being put in the same league as Amy Winehouse and the stunning instrumentals that bring a cinematic edge to the release, you’re left with little option when it comes to surrendering to the artistic intensity. It is enough to make Adele sound pedestrian.

Anyway unravels as a candid open letter to the sorrow imparted through torrid passion; it runs through relatable and witty notions that are rarely voiced, but Flame’s boldness lends itself to her sonic style as much as her lyricism.

The official video for Anyway premiered on November 26th; you can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I Miss You: Arlando Mba sends incredibly beautiful tribute on ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’

On a timeless reminder that might have you stretching for the tissues to soak up those sad tears of loss, Arlando Mba sings with such stunning class on a beautifully-written single made for her loving mother who tragically passed away called ‘Sweet Child Of Mine‘.

Arlando Mba is a well-loved Los Angeles, California-based indie solo singer-songwriter with Cameroonian heritage who expertly blends in rock, soul, RnB, and pop, which makes you feel like you are listening to a vintage artist who could hold her own in any era.

When her mom passed away in 2019, Arlando wrote Sweet Child of Mine. She wrote the song to help her privately cope with her mom’s death. Little did she know that she would be singing her song at her mom’s funeral.” ~ Arlando Mba

Arlando Mba is quite incredible on this exquisitely sung single which is filled with heart, laced with soul, and sung with an everlasting affection for that special soul who is truly missed each minute. You feel her emotion intertwining through this magnificently projected piano-filled experience, with such gloriously delicate vocals taking you to a place you can’t help but admire.

Sweet Child Of Mine‘ from LA indie singer-songwriter Arlando Mba, shows us the love between a mother and a daughter, who cared for each other so much and miss each other terribly. Performed with so much classy elegance from a sincerely astonishing musician who is only just getting started – this is a loving track that is will have you feeling rather reflective – about those who you truly care about. It is okay to cry sometimes after all.

Hear this heartfelt tribute on her Soundcloud page and find out more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Eastern rhythms meet blackened ethereal trip-hop in Arula’s latest single, Alive Now.

Alt singer-songwriter, Arula’s latest single, Alive Now, is powerful enough alone, but considering it followed on from the imploring, ethereal remix of her single, How Long, the defiance in the statement made in the dark, trippy soundscape is made so much more strident.

With Eastern influences feeding into the artfully blackened trip-hop track, Alive Now became one of the most invigoratingly experimental tracks that we’ve heard this year. It borders on ambient industrial while keeping hold of celestial textures that you’ll want to tune into time and time again.

Alive Now is available to stream and purchase on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Francis Botcherby brought the Seattle sound to morally bankrupt British shores with ‘Parliament of Wolves’

Francis Botcherby

Cambridge, UK-based alt solo artist, Francis Botcherby, has been honing in on his sound for over a decade; his music has featured on BBC Cambridgeshire amongst many stations. His most popular music video to date has racked up over 100,000 streams, and he has counted plenty of other successes in between.

His latest single, Parliament of Wolves, carries the same protestive lyrical edge as Billy Bragg, but stylistically, Botcherby brought the sound of Seattle to UK shores. With bassline growls that will evoke nostalgia for Soundgarden’s grungy licks and enigmatic vocals that carry a touch of the Mike Patton magic, there’s a fair amount of nostalgia but there is something incredibly refreshing about his shimmering guitars and grooving rhythms that throw further back to the days when Hendrix reigned supreme.

Francis Botcherby’s single Parliament of Wolves was officially released on December 3rd. You can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Poetry flows with the mellow vibes in Innocent Tata’s alt hip hop track, The End.

Alt rap artist, Innocent Tata, dropped his latest album, Kiwi (The Bird), on November 15th; with his poetic flows and ambient indie vibes, this is urban catharsis as you have never known it before.

The standout single, The End, is a mellow window into the artist’s candid soul. After a hazy intro that bleeds reverb, the beats start to rattle beneath his butter-smooth rap bars that work their way around the introspective gold in the lyricism. The End drifts through ethereal increments into crescendos of sheer ambient electro ingenuity; your vibe out playlists couldn’t ask for more.

The End is available to stream and purchase via the apple store with the rest of Innocent Tata’s album, Kiwi (The Bird).

Review by Amelia Vandergast