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DRCY preserved the timelessness of old school soul in ‘Small Talk’

Pairing old school Olivia Dean soul vocals with contemporary and conversational lyrics, the Liverpool/London-residing singer-songwriter DRCY brought a resonant air of modernity to the timeless style in her latest RnB pop single, Small Talk.

The sophomore single is a natural continuation of the artist’s debut single, Butterflies, which also mused on the honeymoon phase of new relationships. This time, there is a particular focus on the addictiveness of small talk during the early stages of a relationship, where every trivial fact feels like a new beguiling piece of the puzzle.

Her radiant vocals paired with the bass-carved grooves and jazzy instrumentals don’t make for the average 2022 love song; DRCY could never be that unauthentically pedestrian.

In her own words

“For so long I have cared about what other people think of me. Insecurities held me back for so long, I just need to own it now. I want my music to inspire people to feel good in their own skin, to feel sexy in their own skin. And I hope that everyone who listens to my music knows that life is not as serious as you’ve been told.”

Small Talk is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Liverpool rockers Detroit Run speeds away from that haunting reflection that is ‘Chasing Shadows’

With a weighty gallop that is thundering at full pace, Detroit Run are at its electric best with a fearsome display on their 3rd release, ‘Chasing Shadows‘.

Detroit Run is an exhilarating and newly formed 4-piece alt-rock band from Liverpool, UK, that summons the energy from within to make those anthems that are stuck in your head for days on end.

Displaying great poise and refilling our ears with something rather encouraging to ultimately support with much vigour and belief, Detroit Run sprints splendidly with a deft touch and Salah’s sharpness, impressively showing that rock music is certainly alive and well with so much on offer in 2022.

After dropping ‘Drowning‘ and ‘Mercy‘ recently, this is the final release from their gleefully-awaited debut EP, that has local underground fans licking their lips in anticipation.

Chasing Shadows‘ from Liverpool, UK-based indie alternative rock act Detroit Run is a fully charged thunderbolt of emotions with spooky lyrics that will have many shivering to their deepest core. This is the striking story of knowing that there is a power greater than what you can comprehend right next to you, that is holding you back from ever being free to true contentment. Sung with fierce determination, this is UK rock at its pulsating best.

Listen up to their new creation on Spotify and see more news via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

COW understands that together is best and what nature intended with, ‘On and On’

With an unassuming vibe that has you turning up the volume to witness their sociable soundscape that reminds you of those happy days in the past, COW reminds us that we need to join hands and avoid staying indoors so much even if it feels safer these days with, ‘On and On’.

COW is a Liverpool/North Wales-born indie alternative 4-piece rock band that makes riff-filled music that has you feeling rather nostalgic.

Taking us on a genuine journey of contemplation that so many will wholeheartedly relate to, COW is one of those bands that keeps things nonchalant throughout and show us that ostentatious moves aren’t necessary when you keep the music vibes completely legit.

On and On‘ from Liverpool/North Wales-born indie alternative rock act COW is one of those songs that has you pondering what exactly happens to that valuable free time that we seem to waste, instead of seeing those who we truly care about. Sung with a calming air that gets you into a reflective mood, this is a track that shall have you humming along to the chorus for hours. Catchy music just grabs you sometimes, and this is a perfect example of a song made with true love.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Mike Blue and The Ghosts of Santa Monica help us find that mending genuine love on ‘Battles We Have Won’

With a full album on the way and an unassuming style that has earnt them authentic respect from the UK underground, Mike Blue and The Ghosts of Santa Monica have made 6 minutes and 19 seconds of pristine excellence on ‘Battles We Have Won‘.

Mike Blue is a Liverpool, UK-based indie folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is joined by The Ghosts of Santa Monica on this soul-healing effort.

He started playing professionally at 16 years of age in various bands and has since toured his own music around the U.K, completing his debut solo tour in late 2021.” ~ Mike Blue

With stunning vocals, intricately performed guitar brilliance, that sweet violin sound and well-made lyrics that might have you stop whatever you were up to before, Mike Blue and The Ghosts of Santa Monica join together as one to show unity when there is so much butchery brewing all over the planet. With a peaceful single that seems to glow so beautifully and take your tired heart into a better place, this is that rare track that will change your mood and bring a ray of sunshine to make everything okay again.

He is currently embarking on his next full-length studio album with the help of his backing and touring band ‘The Ghosts of Santa Monica” which should be completed in early 2023.” ~ Mike Blue

Battles We Have Won‘ from Liverpool, UK-based indie-folk singer-songwriter Mike Blue and The Ghosts of Santa Monica, drops one of the most peacefully intelligent singles you might ever hear. There is nothing flashy here, no tricks and no big egos, only a single assembled by a tight-knit group who are clearly in sync with what the intentions are. The message here? To remind us that finding your tribe is absolutely vital, as you wish for a day when you can feel that true peace in your heart when you meet that special human who somehow takes all your worries away.

You’ll only know when you feel it deep inside your bones.

See this superb track come to life on YouTube and follow Mike’s voyage on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Classy Wirral-based artist SBR bone and star wishes that one more day was possible on ‘Light up the sky’

Taken off her spark-filled 5-track EP called ‘Arrival‘, SBR bone and star has our imaginations brimming with soul-sapping sadness and ever-lasting love all at once with her scintillating release called ‘Light up the sky‘.

Samantha Leigh aka SBR bone and star is a Wirral, UK-based indie electronic artist who isn’t afraid to use her vivid creativity to make music that is experimentally powerful and filled with life.

I would have lit up the sky for you, all I needed you to do was stay.” ~ SBR bone and star

With a story that holds onto those moments where you would give your whole soul to this special human you looked as immortal, SBR bone and star shows us that signature self-awareness and beautifully elegant vocals to bring the world something rather excellently timeless.

Light up the sky‘ from Wirral, UK-based indie  SBR bone and star, is an honest release about feeling like you have perhaps taken for granted some of those treasured moments that you wish you had more of. With a look back at the past here that might have you shedding a small tear, this is a track that wishes that one more day was possible.

Sung with stunning honesty and with a lyrically-excellent track that contains an assortment of breathtaking beats, this is a sizzling single that will make you gaze outside and realize what is important in life. It’s all about those life-healing memories, that you will cherish forever as the universe has the ultimate power over us all.

Hear this stunning new single on Spotify and see more from this incredibly motivated artist on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Liverpool’s The Shipbuilders howl rather terrifically at ‘The Moon’ with impressive vigour you can’t possibly forget

With a splendid song that has you thinking that you are in the middle of a movie that is about to show you the twist, The Shipbuilders are possibly at their absolute best on their new single that will have you looking far into something that fascinates the whole world called ‘The Moon‘.

The Shipbuilders is a Liverpool, UK-based rock band who make that type of cowboy-like sing-a-long wonder that will have you feeling so much better about life.

Since releasing their first EP, ‘Something in the Water’ in 2016, the band have continuously expanded their sound and scope of influences to create a world where sparkling pop wonders are nestled between Spanish Civil War laments, gypsy arias, and chaotic, shambolic odes to drinking, death and everything in between.” ~ The Shipbuilders

Giving you the sense that they would love to share a cold one after the gig and have a laugh with, The Shipbuilders confidently assemble a riveting track that is right up there with one of the most passionately enthralling efforts of 2022 so far.

The Moon‘ from the original Liverpool-based rock act The Shipbuilders, is a party-loving, mood-swinging, drink-chugging gem that will have you feeling that you have just witnessed something rather special. This is a band to play loud when you are in the mood to let loose – and just take your heart and soul into a happier place – to launch your vocals into the sky until you feel the urge to close your eyes with a huge grin on your face.

Listen in to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Louie Miles ponders the past on his latest reflective single, ‘This Rain Is Just a Passing Note’

As he wonders why he is sinking deeper and so confused about why his situation is so strange as he gazes through the window for comfort, Louie Miles looks up into the sky and hopes for calmer days ahead with ‘This Rain Is Just a Passing Note‘.

Louie Miles is a Liverpool, UK-based indie alternative solo singer-songwriter and music producer who is inspired by legends such as Radiohead, as well as genres such as Jazz, Funk and Soul while making a mixture of music that is too varied to ever truly pinpoint.

There is something rather special about this young artist who seems to have an old soul, as Louie Miles leads us into a song that feels like it is from another generation altogether. His tone is soft but revealing, as he sends us a reevaluation of ourselves as we stand outside in the rain – to hopefully wash away those self-doubts – so that calmness and understanding may be more prevalent moving forward.

This Rain Is Just a Passing Note‘ from the West Midlands-born, Liverpool-based indie alternative solo artist/producer Louie Miles, sends our minds into a reflective state of pondering why everything flipped over upside down to have you in a bad place. With an eerie style that has you turning the volume up as you put yourself in his damp shoes, this is a cinematic-like track that sends you into a whole new galaxy-travelling world to find your true place that feels just right.

Listen to this new single on YouTube and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Liverpool rock act Murmurs are at their finest with the latest catchy rock-filled gem, ‘Wrong or Right’

Gliding sweetly into our awaiting playlists with a melodious track of substance that heats your soul into action, Murmurs wonder if that former lover will ever be theirs again on their fine new single, ‘Wrong or Right‘.

Murmurs is a newly signed Liverpool, UK-based 4-piece indie-rock band who make that catchy blend of music that is such an ear-soother that you just turn up all day.

Taking influence from their favourite bands such as The Beatles, The Strokes and Talking Heads Murmurs have developed their own unique scouse sound.” ~ Murmurs

You feel a real connection when you put on Murmurs as they take you for a dreamy ride into a path that has you considering whether it’s all over in this once-strong love story, or if it is actually time to move on to happier waters.

Wrong or Right‘ from Liverpool, UK-based 4-piece indie-rock band Murmurs, is a speaker-happy single from a band on a mission to reach the top. You feel the hunger in these stunning vocals that are integrated with likeable lyrics, on a tasty soundscape that just sounds perfect for those summer festivals. On a story that will have you gazing at those old pictures when the love was at its peak, this is a foot-stompin’ track that will surely have you telling your mates about.

Wondering if things will ever be the same again, is a question that can bring you down if you let it consume you.

Lather into their new track on Spotify and see more vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Everyone Leaves You In Fairer Weather: Guy is frustrated by their high and proud attitude on ‘You Know You’re Right’

With his much-anticipated 3rd album set for release soon, Guy shows his utter vexation with someone close who he wishes wasn’t so stubborn and too far into themselves, with his lively new single called ‘You Know You’re Right‘.

Liverpool, UK-based singer-songwriter Guy is an indie alt-rock/pop-fusion artist and software engineer who started performing in local bands when he was just 14 years old.

Showing us that hard-fought edge that is needed to have success in this ever-changing world, Guy displays the best version of himself with a rip-roaring performance on this dynamic single that will have you nodding your head in agreement.

You Know You’re Right‘ from the Liverpool-based alt-rocker Guy, is that honest jam of speaker-hugging proportions that we all needed to hear as it will certainly remind us of at least one person in our lives. Sung with splendid animation by a passionate singer with strong vocal ability, the lyrics here are so relatable for us in this often-selfish world. This is a single to play loud and proud when you need to get some frustration out over an individual who clearly only cares about themselves and will never ever change.

Check out his new video on YouTube and see more music career news via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Liverpool’s latest luminary, Louie Miles, has released his latest single, Show the World

If Elliott Smith, Dinosaur Jr and the Beatles met in the middle, the sonic result would be starkly reminiscent of Louie Miles’ latest psychedelically warm and hazy single, Show the World. Instead of following the same old tropes with his tracks, he creates songs born entirely of his imagination. Based on Show the World, I would pay hand over fist to take a vacation in his mind. The sweetly psychotropic instrumentals paired with Miles’ magnetic melancholy-tinged vocals is practically an invitation to nirvana.

The Liverpool-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer made his solo debut in April this year; before that, he contributed to the Birmingham-based band, Sugarthief and Liverpool’s renowned outfit, Astles. At 21-years-old, Louie Miles already boasts the songwriting maturity that other artists have to wait decades for. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Show the World is available to stream on all major platforms, including YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast