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Clementine Java 84 feels his sad heart burning into pieces on emotion-packed track ‘Never’

Sensing that he has been let down rather badly by a former lover that shattered his heart so viciously, Clementine Java 84 shows us exactly what it feels like when you try to return to normal on ‘Never‘.

Clementine Java 84, aka Theo, is a London, UK-based indie alternative singer-songwriter and music producer who makes that deep music to reminisce with.

Guiding us through the fire and the tremendously devastating trauma, Clementine Java 84 shows us what crushing disappointment sounds like with a crushing display that will open your eyes to what the actual emotions translate to.

It is about heartbreak and I wrote it from the place of someone paralysed by grief, staring into the distance trying to come to terms with it.” ~ Clementine Java 84

Never‘ from London, UK-based indie alternative singer-songwriter and music producer Clementine Java 84 is a song that so many will certainly relate to. Feeling like he has just been thrown over into toxic waters after feeling so happy before is the feeling presented – that is sung in a rather deep tone – that will definitely catch your attention.

Love can be so harsh when it’s over, especially when you least expected it to end.

Listen up to this new single on SoundCloud and see his IG for more info.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Spotlight Feature: KAIS is artfully transcendent in his new EP, Hot Air Balloon

The alt-90s are definitively alive in the latest EP from the multifacetedly talented artist and songwriter KAIS. From his studio in Cyprus, the award-winning and BBC-favourite artist delivered three melodic singles that toe the line between artful ingenuity and meditative transcendence.

The opening single, Horizon, carries reminiscences of BETA BAND, but via a 25-year wormhole with its languid guitar licks, groovy trip-hoppy drums and blissful boyband-style vocals.

Track two, Turning to Gold, is enough to throw you right back to the not-too-distant nostalgia of Doves’ There Goes the Fear with its lush, laid-back, bluesy laments and heartbreaking swoonsome melodies.

The final and eponymous track, Hot Air Balloon, boasts a more dynamic, choppy funk, which echoes The Bends era Radiohead via Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ more melodic syncopations.

Putting the context behind his singles, KAIS said

“Horizon is a Citizen Cope / David Gilmor-esque inspired ode to tapping into one’s inherent free spirit, which commonly unearths in the lovers’ bond. It paints an image of a man that once swam with his beloved in the magic of a summer night’s sea and attempts to reconnect with the ubiquitous “baby how’s your day?”

Turning to Gold is a hymn of lovers as they traverse life’s highs and lows. It reaches into metaphysical spheres while weighing on the fact that bliss cannot be found when one is merely dreaming.

Hot Air Balloon is a metaphor for pregnancy. As the process unfolds, whereby a spirit permeates and rises into the boundless world, a Hot Air Balloon rises into the ether (where our thoughts drift and amalgamate).”

If any contemporary can unwrite all the false premises of capitalist romanticism and affirm that the beauty of love and life lies in the simplest of moments, it is KAIS. He knows just how to bring his epiphanous concepts to life so that the sonic end result is just as mind-bending as his laureate-like revelations.

The Hot Air Balloon EP is now available to stream on Spotify, Bandcamp and YouTube.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

Pennsylvania alternative artist Brem drops raw single to ponder life with on ‘Your Stare’ (EP ver.)

Taken from his recent 5-track EP called ‘4 Days‘, Brem feels like he’s the only one around but also knows that he is really isn’t on the deep track to gaze into with ‘Your Stare(EP ver.).

Brem is an 18-year-old Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania-based indie alternative singer-songwriter and music producer who makes that heartfelt connection vibration you can’t help but play loud.

For years before attempting to make contemporary music, he made music for small indie games in game jams.” ~ Brem

Showing us the world that has taken many away and instead just brought so much trauma, Brem shows us deep inside the darkly lit room that needs a smiling face to light up the ambience again to where it should be.

Because of this background, he developed a unique style in his production, with dark melodies, weird synths, and quirky vocals.” ~ Brem

Your Stare(EP ver.) from Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania-based indie alternative singer-songwriter and music producer Brem is a fascinating song that will have you thinking back to all the friends in life that you have lost. Sensing that invisible vibe that has wrapped a glow all over you, despite wanting to reach out, is the message here that will relate to many.

Sung with a true insight into the feelings that so many of us have felt lately, this is an underground track that will have you staring outside the window in deep thought.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Spectoral wonders if the intentions are pure on ‘LOVESICK’ (ft. Megadead and Tusanxmi)

After two years of building up his debut album that will feature 15 unique artists, Spectoral shows us what quality music sounds like in 2022 with ‘LOVESICK(ft. Megadead and Tusanxmi).

Spectoral is a Melbourne, Australia-based SlideUp Records-signed music producer and singer who has released 3 EPs and is now taking the next step in his career.

”The plants thrive off the music, and my creativity thrives off the plants, so we have somewhat of a symbiotic relationship.” ~ Spectoral

With soothing vocals, relatable lyrics, and a busting beat that you will inevitably find hard to forget, Spectoral might be one of the most lively artists to come out of Australia for ages. There is so much to like here as our minds are taken to the moment that will determine if we let our heart out of its safe box, or let it fly free like a curious bird looking for a permanent nest.

‘I also consider myself a collaborator at heart, which is why I’ve got so many underground names featuring alongside me on the album.” ~ Spectoral

LOVESICK(ft. Megadead and Tusanxmi) from Australian-Mauritian-Slovakian producer and singer Spectoral is a superb track that will pulse the very core of your veins. A story for all those who have slight trust issues after being let down before is on offer here and shall thud your whole soul awake. Sung with a heightened velocity and filled with excellent features throughout, this is a reminder that we need to be extra careful who we let into our lives.

Sometimes, people want us for their own selfish reasons after all.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Enjoy the high life with Emil’s dreamy synthpop sonic story ‘Up in the Hills’

Escape reality with Emil’s latest feat of fusionist alchemy, Up in the Hills. At just 18 years old, the Sydney, Australia-hailing artist has already perfected the art of crafting soundscapes that scarcely seem of this world.

With the artful originality, which pairs dream pop with nuances of jazz and RnB, on par with the likes of Brian Eno and Kate Bush, Emil set himself apart from the rest with his hazy, smoky, summer serenade. The best part? The complete lack of pretence while the narrative lyrics are soulfully being run through. Up in the Hills is pure sonic expressive bliss.

Up in the Hills was officially released on June 26th, 2022. Check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

esperr tries to figure out how to keep this flame burning bright on ‘It Feels OK’

Taken from his brand new 8-track release called ‘Foxes‘, esperr unlocks the door and shows us deeply into what he is sensing right now in a world that has been rather cruel lately on ‘It Feels OK‘.

esperr aka Benjamin Roberti is a 19-year-old rural Pennsylvania-born indie singer-songwriter, music producer and sound engineer.

Benjamin’s music focuses on deeply personal yet ambiguous songwriting mixed with digital and somewhat ethereal feeling soundscapes with texturized vocal manipulation.” ~ esperr

Loaded with analog synthesizers and a distorted output, esperr delights with a storming track that rains down with some aplomb, taking us into a studious place of ponder inside all of our relationships. With a searing sound that is truly his own, this is a welcome addition to our playlists when we feel like taking time out to meditate our worries away into the distance.

A lot of the subject matter in Benjamin’s music is focused on discussing feelings of isolation, and loneliness.” ~ esperr

It Feels OK‘ from Pennsylvania-born indie singer-songwriter/music producer esperr is an experimental release of epic proportions. Performed with a highly introspective style, this is a single that will shake your spine and make you unwind as you look inside your life and work out if everything will actually be okay.

Working out all the angles is so important, so that you can cut out anything that makes you unhappy.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Caragold wants that peaceful equanimity for us all on their beautiful new single arranged with healing ‘Sunshine’

With their debut album set for release in July 2022, Caragold is in truly inspiring form with an enlightening single that compels us to look further than that meaningless material item that won’t make you happy on ‘Sunshine‘.

Caragold is a Glenwood, Washington-based indie rock 4-piece band who has such a divinely mellow style that might have you sliding those sunglasses on and getting back into nature.

The founding member, Ross Charland, would retreat to the cabin every couple of months to write in solitude. Enough trips to the wilderness laid the foundation for the band. Yes, you may say that this stereotypical mecca to the cabin in the woods proved fruitful.” ~ Caragold

Sending us into a water-filled world that is such a delight in all of our senses as you look to get in touch with our magnificent world again, Caragold shows us that peace and love that is such a welcome ear-hugger. Smooth vocals are on offer here with a band who seem perfectly in tune to what humanity needs right now.

Sunshine‘ from Glenwood, Washington-based indie rock 4-piece band Caragold is one of the harmonious singles on offer in 2022. They sing in unison and urge us to get out of those dusty boxes – that will never make your heart joyful – unless you break out and swim free. The calming energy is rather tremendous and will take you into a better place that only has good intentions.

The unpretentious message from Caragold is one of deep meaning and exactly what we all needed to hear today.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors delivered a prodigal prog-rock evocative firestorm through their single, MU-TH-UR

I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting a band under the moniker The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors to sound like, but as sexy as Deftones & Kyuss wasn’t high on the list.

Fresh from the release of their MU-TH-UR EP, they sucked us into the atmosphere of the title single, which catapulted us across the spectrum of human emotion with the tightly tumultuous post-rock gravitas.

There is something endlessly sweet about the melancholy-tinged harmonies, which run in the same vein as Incubus, creating a bridge over the proggy furore that can’t be pinned down with any discernable accuracy. MU-TH-ER was the result of pure unbridled experimentation. Yet, with the stellar songwriting talent, The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors makes it easy to enjoy going along with the ride that hits you with crescendo after curveball after breakdown. Considering that gas prices are at an all-time high, you may as well expand your horizons with the hypnotic propensities in the progressions in MU-TH-ER. We know we will. Repeatedly.

MU-TH-ER is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Australia’s Arlo Boe returns with her endearingly enchanting 2nd single ‘Lovers On The Run’

Returning after her exquisite and well-received debut single ‘80s Movie’, Arlo Boe is at her enticing best with her new release that will have you feeling so enthralled all over your body with ‘Lovers On The Run‘.

Arlo Boe is a South Australia-born indie alt-RnB/pop solo singer-songwriter who has the kind of sensual vocal ability that might give you mind-blowing shivers.

With a reimagined story of the great Romeo and Juliet, Arlo Boe is quite spectacular with a striking song about being on the run with your lover, as she drives us deep inside this exciting cinematic marvel. With twists and turns abound, we are taken in by this remarkable storyteller, as this is a specially created soundtrack that is truly remarkable from all angles imaginable.

Lovers On The Run‘ from Australia-born indie alt-RnB/pop solo singer-songwriter Arlo Boe is a superb effort from an artist who wants to avoid being a meaningless TikTok fad. Her music feels timeless and classic, each note pure, and you can feel that this is a single that has taken time to mature like fine wine.

Seducing us into this captivating effort with her splendidly alluring ways, you will find yourself compelled to listen repeatedly to this outstanding musician who is only just getting started.

Listen up to this lovely release on Spotify and see more via her growing IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Crimson REd put us on ‘Red Alert’ in his harbingering hip hop debut 

If it has been a while since you got some truly experimental hip hop in your ears, meet the future of melodic trap in Crimson REd’s debut single Red Alert.

With chiptune synthetics blaring under solid, rhythmic hits of the 808s, you can get an idea of what it would sound like if J. Cole put their bars over DJ Scotch Egg’s scorching 8-bit beats. Reminiscences aside, the Reading PA-born and raised artist came into his own right from the outset.

Everyone has their idea of charisma, but Crimson REd will be in-line with the definition for most hip hop fans that vibe with his kaleidoscopically psychedelic sonic signature. We sincerely hope that there is already a sophomore single locked, loaded and ready to drop.

Red Alert is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast