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Jack Wakeman & The Dreamstriders have cosmically revived 80s pop with ‘Visions’.

Jack Wakeman & The Dreamstriders

Glasgow-based alt-rock artist Jack Wakeman & The Dreamstriders are set to release their 80s-inspired track, Visions, which starts with growling post-punk basslines around glassy synths before evolving into a sonic mash-up of psych, synth pop and indie.

The kooky, hooky choruses pull you into an atmospheric soundscape that practically imparts neon strip light synaesthesia as the up-vibe grooves bring the energy and Wakeman’s vocals spill Bowie-level magnetism.

On the basis of Visions, Wakeman was discernibly influenced by the iconic Manchester sound after he relocated from Doncaster and worked as a bassist for members of New Order and the Fall. In 2020, he relocated to Glasgow and started to assemble an outfit that allowed collaborative chemistry to spill to the tune of his signature ‘apocalyptic optimism’.

Visions will be available to stream from August 27th; you can check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Billy Sinclair has released his relatable retro rock track, ‘Gotta Get Away’.

Glasgow hailing solo artist Billy Sinclair shared a sentiment that we have all felt over the winter with his latest single Gotta Get Away. His retro rock vibes emanate the same rhythmic prowess as Springsteen, The Eagles and Generation Terrorists-era Manics; through the simplicity of his soulful sound, you will catch his folk influences that bleed through his intimate vocals and driving guitar riffs.

The clever repetition of the line ‘gotta get away’ increases the sense of desperation for escape, in the same way that the Doors’ single, People Are Strange, hammers home the sense of alienation.

Rarely do you encounter a single that is intimate and sonically powerful. But thanks to Billy Sinclair’s eclectic array of influence and non-assimilative approach to production and instrumentation, he’s offering something that no one else is; his unapologetic self.

Gotta Get Away is now available to stream via Spotify.

Follow Billy Sinclair via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Liquid mind: Victoria Sponge delight the taste buds with excellent party story ‘Talk About Tonight’

Making us all smile broadly with heartfelt advice on when not to have a sneaky shooter, Victoria Sponge enthusiastically funk up these dull days, with their exciting new single called ‘Talk About Tonight‘.

Victoria Sponge are a delicious five-piece indie-rock band from the thirsty hills of Glasgow in beautiful Scotland. They fuse together that busty bass riff greatness that your whole body sways to, as their cheeky charm has you at hello.

”This song is a loving tribute to the world’s unrequited lovers ending their nights out with an ill-advised sambuca shot.”- Victoria Sponge

They pick up your grumpy mood in a flashing instant, as the rumbustious rhythm here is a welcome vaccine bolt to your eager veins, the whole package delivered is incredibly catchy and you feel like this is a band you can’t get enough of. They have fire in their bones and slide behind to bar to take over the whole night with welcoming abandon.

The story about a fun night out rings true, as things are going well and then you stumble, rejection hits and things are not what they were a few moments before. Then, that fleeting moment arrives as you know that you should probably call a cab to call it a night. Great memories were had but now its time to head home, your emotions mixed but still smiling deep down as your head starts to fizzle and the sleepy eyes slowly close after the nights adventures.

Talk About Tonight‘ from Glasgow’s Victoria Sponge is a waterfall of wonder through your happy ears, as their honest take on an average night out makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you want to listen again and again.

Stream this gripping single here on Spotify and see their live show info on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Fall into Crawford Mack’s Hauntingly Poetic Chamber Pop Single ‘The Art of Losing You’

Following on from the success of their debut album, ‘Bread & Circuses’, Glasgow-hailing, London-residing alternative artist, Crawford Mack has lavished the airwaves with their chamber pop single, ‘The Art of Losing You’.

With hauntingly poetic lyrics falling into the smoothly sparse production which teases nuances of jazz and folk, Crawford Mack exhibits an inimitable style, but more importantly, he doesn’t fail to appeal to the softer and more sentimental side of the human condition. Any fans of Father John Misty, Benjamin Clementine and Gabriel Kahane will want to delve in.

The single marks a new chapter for Crawford Mack who has shared stages with the likes of The Paper Kites, Damien Dempsey and Tom Walker. It’s a page-turner. Get him on your radar.

The Art of Losing You is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Opening your eyes to the true path: “Nice To Hear You Smile’ from Hippy is a modern day story of going against the system

Glasgow based singer-songwriter Paul Hipson and guitarist Hugh Frizell join forces to combine into the creative outfit called Hippy. The Indie-Rock storytellers have blessed our ears with ‘Nice To Hear You Smile’ which is the 10th song off their debut album called ‘Behind Every Song Is A Story’. A powerfully presented song that strikes your conscious hot and this could be the perfect wake up track to remind us to live our own life each day.

His vocals are clear and concise, with lyrics about standing up for yourself and knowing your true value. Life is crazy with twists and turns tying you up like a scout knot so you need to good friends around to make you smile. The insidious pressures of modern day life are eloquently portrayed and the truth that is sung and spoken about are spot on.

Being your own person and thinking for yourself has never been more important with so much focus on the news and not on much more important topics like self-improvement and opportunities to do what you love. Being stuck in that rat race wheel of life is so unhealthy and ultimately will cause more harm than good; even if at first you think the opposite is true.

With their cutting edge honesty, gritty vocals and the kind of fiery guitar style that gives you those welcome shivers of excitement, Glasgow’s Hippy wake us up on “Nice To Hear You Smile‘. This sterling effort is a relevant anthem that has been created to open the blinkers off lost souls that have been so focused on themselves and have failed to look at the bigger picture. Being happy inside counts more than what is in your bank account as long term, your soul needs to be fulfilled with laughs and self-awareness.

Hear this new song on their Spotify and find out more about the duo via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The solo journey begins: Glasgow’s Laird goes solo and speaks the truth on ‘Rock & Roll Has Died’

Sometimes solo artists work out after being in bands half their lives. Sometimes however, they crash, burn and go back to the old band or form a new one. This time, we find an artist with an extra edge and a hunger that will clean out the buffet table.

Glasgow’s Laird has gone solo and speaks the truth on ‘Rock & Roll Has Died‘. He loves this genre of music and it’s inside his bones, his blood flows with kick ass tunes that rocks the house down.

After being in a few well-respected local bands in the Glasgow area that were blessed enough to share the stage with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Biffy Clyro and more, this artists career has come full circle.

New York legend Nas famously said that Hip Hop was dead. This has the same kind of energy and truth to it. That pure Rock & Roll vibe that was huge for many years has gone down in terms of mainstream appeal as electronic and other watered down music dominated the airwaves and radio.

Rock & Roll Has Died‘ from Scotland’s Laird has that old school feel to it as he expressed his love for this style of music. The energy is high, his vocals are so good and this is a track that takes you back to the good times. The genre will never fully die but it does feel that it could be much better. Hopefully Rock & Roll rises from the dead and returns to the top of the minds of music fans globally.

Click here for the Soundcloud link.

Head to the Facebook page to find out more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

EIN has made a sonically powerful Alt-Rock debut with “Shifter”

Blow the cobwebs off your speakers with the colossal debut single “Shifter” from Glaswegian Alt-Rock trio EIN.

Their stadium-filling sound nicely pairs with their stylistic energy which finds the perfect balance between abrasive and accessible.

With the atmospherically high-octane debut, EIN is already boasting that crucial maturity and synergy within their sound. If their sophomore release is equally as exhilarating, EIN won’t stay an up and coming act for long.

If someone asked me to point them in the direction of the best of 2020 Alt Rock, I’d point them in EIN’s direction. With the lacerating instrumental hooks, juicy ecstasy-dripping choruses and their own scuzzy stamp on the high-energy release, you really couldn’t ask for more from a Rock hit.

You can check out EIN’s single Shifter for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Zak Lyon speaks about a destructive relationship on indie-folk ‘Nothing Changes’

Nothing Changes’ from Zak Lyon is a sad indie-folk song about how relationships can get out of hand sometimes.

Zak Lyon from Glasgow is back and this is quite an interesting story. This is the story about how things can get physical even though you don’t want things to. You blame yourself in the end and things will never ever be the same again. The relationship will be scarred forever sadly.

Nothing Changes’ from Zak Lyon strums through with his passionate vocals and a guitar style that is very unique. The Glasgow singer-songwriter is a quality singer and speaks on a subject that is often taboo. He sings with such power and you can feel the pain in his voice. This is a soulful song that is very sad and I feel rather down after hearing this. Sometimes things never change and it’s up to us to deal with it and make changes where we can. In the end we are in control.

Stream this fab indie folk song here on Soundcloud.

Here is the Bandcamp link.

Click here for the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Scottish singer Alicia-Deanna is in incredible form on ‘Lessened By Love’

Alicia-Deanna is a talented 22 year old singer-songwriter, producer and creative based in Edinburgh. She breathes beauty into 2020 with the self-aware single ‘Lessened By Love‘.

You miss that special person in your life and you only have eyes for them. Right now, things are not as they should be and it consumes your mind. You wish you hadn’t let them go but that is what happened and now you need to heal. Or can you be together again after some time apart?

Alicia has already featured at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BBC and Glasgow Roots Review. With more big things on the way in 2021, we are witnessing an artist going places.

Lessened By Love‘ from indie folk singer Alicia-Deanna is a somber tale of not wanting to lose that special touch with that person you really feel you should be with. The Channel Islands native sings with such authenticity and she is in fine form here. Her voice makes you listen intently without being pushy, your mind takes you to a previous experience like this story and wonder what could of happened.

Alicia-Deanna shines brightly like a shooting star on Lessened By Love‘ and this is a pleasure to listen to. A big future awaits.

Stream here on Soundcloud.

Click here for the Facebook music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Album Review: ‘Cold Hands, Burn Slow’ from Fiskur

UK singer-songwriter Fiskur is here and he comes out with one of the more underrated albums of 2020 with ‘Cold Hands, Burn Slow‘.

Fiskur was formed by Glasgow songwriter Ross Clark, previously the front-man of Three Blind Wolves.
After Three Blind Wolves ended, Ross was left spinning in the wake of big changes, unsure what to do next. Returning to his roots and taking time for himself, Ross spent a lot of time fly fishing in the River Kelvin. During these lazy afternoons knee-keep in rushing water, he found some much-needed solace and inspiration. With fresh clarity and led by the desire to be challenged, the first songs for the record were created.

Ross then joined forces with longtime friends Andy Monaghan and Chris McGarry to complete the Fiskur sound. Focusing on more electronic sounds from Andy and the driving thump of Chris’ drums, Fiskur’s first record is an exploration into insecurity and the basic fears and hopes we all share in life. Ross’s songs take an honest look at how even at one’s lowest, we are still driven to change and grow.

The highlights on the new release in my ears are definitely ‘I Become Silver‘, ‘Servant‘ and ‘Emerger‘. The storytelling is particularly splendid here with the acoustic energy that fires through the speakers. The moody but vivid sounds put me in a reflective mood and is a welcome listen. This is a soulful artist who is such a talented artist.

Cold Hands, Burn Slow‘ from Fiskur is an excellent release from the experience singer-songwriter.

Stream the album here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen