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Kiss You Softly: julian wants that proper romantic feeling with ‘What You Gotta Say?’

Orchestrated by the fast-rising music producer LCDWVES, julian cuddles close with his lover and feels their innocent hearts beating so much faster with his vocally-advanced new single all about wanting more but knowing that you should live in the moment with ‘What You Gotta Say?

Julian Tong aka julian is a 19-year-old Hong Kong-born, Leeds, UK-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, pianist, and photographer.

After graduation, he moved to Leeds to study photography and continued to pursue songwriting and storytelling, teaming up with talented producer and close friend  (Ambrose Yan). With a blended fresh production by LCDWVES, a new generation of sound was formed.” ~ julian

With his youthful exuberance soaked all over this sexy new single that has that glint sparked into your eye again, julian rises above all the bad role models out there to create a lane for himself that many will want to follow. His voice is so pure and seems to calm your whole body, as you look around and wonder who is going to be your next lover.

What You Gotta Say?‘ from the Hong-Kong-born indie-pop singer-songwriter/pianist, and photographer julian, asks that vital question that we all want to be answered. With so many people realizing that their fairytale might be all a lie, this is a return to that moment where everything is so simple and romantic as you hold each other close.

With the world so irritatingly confusing sometimes – this is a sweet track that will bring you back to hoping again – that not everyone out there is a vampire-like player and out to destroy your fragile soul with one fatal bite.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dancing To Your Journey: Jatayu x Harini Iyer helps us find that peaceful place on ‘Restless’ (feat. Praveen Sparsh)

With a loving beat that gets your whole soul ready for spiritual enlightenment away from the gloom of modern days, Jatayu x Harini Iyer urges us to be truly free on the stage of life that needs to be fulfilled beyond the normal on ‘Restless(feat. Praveen Sparsh).

Jatayu is a Chennai, India-based indie nu-jazz-rock quartet. Featuring Harini Iyer on vocals and the hypnotic mridangam expertise of Praveen Sparsh, this is an exceptional effort that has clearly been made with lots of skill attached.

Using sound and music to tell stories, the band weaves together traditional Carnatic music with Jazz, Funk, Rock, and a whole host of perpetually changing styles and influences to push the boundaries of fusion.” ~ Jatayu

Restless(feat. Praveen Sparsh) from the stylish Chennai, India-based indie nu-jazz-rock quartet Jatayu x Harini Iyer, is a wonderful song that is filled with an original rhythm that has you clicking your fingers and tapping your toes, as we gaze at the stars above and let such a sensational singer bless us with her glorious vocals. This is a soul-healing experience that features so many exquisite solos. that helps us see the fire that burns inside us.

Breaking through your past slumber into a productive world is the best way to feel like you are heading into the happy path that shall set you free forever.

Lather yourself into this terrific new single on Spotify and see more via their IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A New Era: SOARA are on top form with ‘Niram’ (feat. Hannes Grossmann)

With a spirited start that gets your heart racing like a Formula One car speeding into the first corner, SOARA brings us something that most of us have never heard before in our lives with ‘Niram(feat. Hannes Grossmann).

SOARA is a full-tempo San Francisco Bay Area-based, Mumbai and Chennai, India-born indie Indian metal duo who make that speaker-shaking music that is completely original.

Combining ethereal soundscapes with dense drumming and soulful Carnatic vocals, the music seeks to address deep systemic issues.” ~ SOARA

Cleansing away all our preconceptions of this legendary genre that needed a shake-up, SOARA brings us a rip-roaring single that will have you jumping up and down wherever you are. Featuring a robust soundscape that takes your intrigued soul for a leather-jacket zipped ride into a new world, this is a remarkable exertion that needs the volume on full for maximum enjoyment.

Niram(feat. Hannes Grossmann) from the raging San Francisco Bay Area-based, Mumbai and Chennai, India-born indie Indian metal duo SOARA, is a bass-busting experience that you will find problematic to forget. There are lots of catchy drums, calming vocals, all mixed with a full-paced guitar riff that might rattle the naked insides of your compelled earlobes. This is a track that will have you completely engrossed, as you close your eyes and imagine watching them playing live and giving the crowd a scintillating concert to truly remember forever.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Why Do I Feel: Mumbai’s Second Sight wonder why they are so ‘Helpless’ (feat. RANJ)

With the world swirling around into a wild undercurrent-packed whirlpool that never seems to slow down even for one moment, Second Sight return with a profoundly relevant single all about trying to conquer those demons as the path to overcoming everything holding you back has you feeling so ‘Helpless‘.

Second Sight is a highly-enjoyable Mumbai, India-based indie alt-soul, RnB/folk/jazz fusion act that skillfully combines in a warm blend of crisply-projected music that is so welcome during these challenging times.

Showing us their unbelievably skilful amalgamation of various styles and genres that is a sumptuously delicious listen, Second Sight kindly lather our senses and bring us a marvellous single here that is an ear-soother if there ever was one.

Helpless(feat. RANJ) from the wonderfully genuine Mumbai, India-based indie alt-soul, RnB/folk/jazz fusion group Second Sight, is such a sweetly presented track that you just want to play all night long. There is much to enjoy about an outfit that makes such soulful sounds that are real and authentically received – as they make our lives so much better – away from the carnage outside. Life can be up and down like a grumpy elevator sometimes but if you have the mindset to overcome anything then you shall succeed.

Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more news via their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Full On Conditions: Dora Donaldson feels those unwanted tight chains on ‘If This Is Your Love’

As she plots her cunning escape from someone who is keeping her away from the person who she wants to be, Dora Donaldson defies gravity and glides away as she needs to feel like herself again on the terrifically honest new single ‘If This Is Your Love‘.

Dora Donaldson is a Hungarian-American-Swiss indie-pop singer-songwriter and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based multi-talented artist.

”“If This Is Your Love” acts as step one — recognizing when control is disguised as love (whether romantic, platonic, familial or societal). ~ Dora Donaldson

Dora Donaldson presents such a courageous comprehension and sings with a real finesse that is highly extraordinary. She seems to keep you so captivated from the first moment onwards – as she flies up above and gets far away from this evil heart that has kept her away – from the true path for this inventive soul to flourish freely as she deserves.

If This Is Your Love‘ from the Hungarian-American-Swiss indie-pop singer-songwriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia named Dora Donaldson, indicates a true beauty in an often cold world due to her luscious vocals – and incredible lyrics made from the heart – that might have you shaking in disbelief. This is a brave woman who has decided that enough is enough, as she flaps her gorgeous angelic wings away from the blind love that she regrets getting involved with in the first place. Sung with real strength, this is an anthem for anything who needs some inspiration-  to get away from that horrible person – that is greedily keeping you for themselves until they are finished with your cherished soul.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Where Have You Been: Tokyo-based music producer Agito Maruyama lights up the dark on ‘In My Dreams’ (feat. Coco Valentine)

After reminding us that peaceful mermaids do actually exist on ‘Go With It‘, Agito Maruyama wants those sweet memories to last forever so that the heart may beat in that much-missed romantic fashion again with ‘In My Dreams(feat. Coco Valentine).

Agito Maruyama is an experienced Japan-based indie Pop music producer, guitarist, former band member and composer. After being awakened recently, there is a really edge in the new releases that you feel are only getting started.

There is a catchy cool beat here that is neatly mixed in with such sensual vocals, that seems to be meshed in just right – to bring us a story that grabs hold of your heartstrings – to pull them together and bring those smiles alive.

In My Dreams‘ (feat. Coco Valentine) from the multi-skilled Tokyo, Japan-based music producer and composer Agito Maruyama, brings us a dance journey into a moment that you cherish all night while your eyes are wide shut. This is that sweet story about wanting this to last longer, so you don’t have to wake up and deal with reality. Love can exist and manifest, if you believe it can.

Listen to this dreamy new release on Spotify and see more news on the IG channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Never Let You Be Alone: Monday Feeling wants that love forever on ‘Don’t Stop’

Featuring passionate vocals that has you whistling innocently along as this throwback tune gets into full rhythm, Monday Feeling wants to keep the night going as long as possible on their latest single ‘Don’t Stop‘.

Monday Feeling is a Korea-based indie four-piece Rock band. They make a fun blend of mostly happy music that is catchy and reminds you of music from the 90’s.

After touring the USA a few years ago and proving to be a big hit with fans all over during their travels, they went home to reorganize after many lineup changes that threatened to derail all the progress they had made before.

With a smooth energy and ravishing riffs which have you feeling so reflective, this is a terrific effort that has clearly been made with love from a band on a mission to become known.

Don’t Stop‘ from the Korean-based indie four-piece Rock band Monday Feeling, is a nostalgic single from a confident outfit who swarm the speakers and bring a fun groove to proceedings. This is the story of wanting that closeness as long possible, which is a feeling that so many of us can relate to during these lonely days.

Check out this new track on the YouTube channel and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

You Can Win: New Delhi’s Sanchit Agarwal leads the way on ‘Victory’

After winning the internal battle against his previous personal demons which threatened to seriously destroy everything he loved, Sanchit Agarwal sends the world an instrumental anthem to convey his positive energy to defeat all that isn’t helping your life on ‘Victory‘.

Sanchit Agarwal is a confident New Delhi, India-based indie Rock artist, music producer, pianist, composer and songwriter.

This song is about the realization, that the fight is over, the mirror is broken, you’re the victory.” ~ Sanchit Agarwal

This feels like a raising-the-hands-to-conquer-all-doubts message which fearlessly shows you the way forward, from a world that can consume you so easily if you don’t get out of the quick-sand of no return. The powerful rock ballad is a vocal-less experience to truly remember – as you blend into the healing waves and come out feeling refreshed – whilst asserting like you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Victory‘ from the mightily skilled New Delhi, India-based indie Rock instrumental artist Sanchit Agarwal, is a thunderbolt of a track from a musician who uses the past to define his future in an inspiring way for us to learn from. This is a cinematic entry that deserves so much love, to move us away from the negative overthinking which can cloud your mind forever if you let it.

Hear this euphoric new release on YouTube and see his story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Magical Place: Nav’s Hook admires the big city dreams on ‘Skyline’

After impressing on the wish-we-had-more-time gem called ‘Letters‘, Nav’s Hook is back with a deep track all about trying to avoid that ever-present loneliness on ‘Skyline‘.

Nav’s Hook is an ever-improving alt/pop/rock artist who is India-born and was raised in Cyprus. He mixes in elements of blues and other genres too, to bring forth a sterling blend of music creativity that sits so well with the soul.

An alt pop-rock tune with some space-rock elements, Skyline is sort of an imagining of a cityscape horizon that at first glance is fantasy like but underneath, carries an intriguing layer of a ‘romance-in-transit’. That amazingly lit up high-rise world where we live out our independence as individuals, and in the moment, with big city dreams. Though it’s changed in appearance over time, what’s never changed is the inert desire to conquer loneliness and hence, the short-lived ‘urban fling’. Sometimes special, and even beautiful, but at times a mindwarp escapade where we don’t let emotions get in the way, that is, until… they get in the way… (oh humanity!).” ~ Nav’s Hook

Featuring a studious beat which has you gazing outside the window wherever you are in the world, to see what is exactly around you as you pinch yourself and revert back into reality. With so many distractions around that can take you away from your true purpose, this is the perfect reminder that we all needed to hear.

Skyline‘ from the India-born, Cyprus-raised Nav’s Hook, swirls into your mind with a big light being brightly directed towards the big city. You can make your dreams inside but also be broken from all the break-ups, friendships lost, and lonely nights when you wonder deeply at the path you are headed down. Made with customary class and love from a soulful artist, this is a highly reflective track which will have you thinking deeply about your next move.

See this new music video on YouTube and see more news on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wishful Thinking: Manuka kindly brings us her beautiful self-reflection on ‘Tribal Man’

With a truly calming ambiance and a stunning voice that might give you absolute shivers of joy, Manuka allows the warm light to shine through again after the cold darkness to heal us all on ‘Tribal Man‘.

Manuka is an Indian classical music-trained Barking-born, Leeds, UK-raised indie folk singer-songwriter and mental health worker with Sikh heritage, who is currently living in India.

This was a song written to heal and to ease my anxious heart. I go to this song always to help detox the darker thoughts that cloud my judgement.” ~ Manuka 

This is a sweetly-sung song from an angelic forest Queen named Manuka – as she lovingly calls for the world to calm down again – whilst reminding herself to stay grounded through all the over-stimulation that is growing around our scarred planet. You feel that she is rather self-aware and knows that there is so much more to life than being glued to a tiny screen – as she takes a deep breath that is pollution-free- feeling so grateful to have the support around her to truly blossom like a fresh flower and be free.

Tribal Man‘ from the wonderfully inspiring Leeds-raised, Goa, India-based indie folk artist and mental health worker Manuka, shows us a clear path to your hearts much-needed glow again. She sings with rare and pure intentions, that allows us to get lathered willingly into this wish-I-could-be-human again message, with that sweet nature smell each day. Just like things should be, away from those unnecessary temptations that lead us astray from the ultimate goal. True peace inside your hungry soul forever.

Hear this fine new single on her Spotify page and find out more about this captivating artist on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen