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Denim Dan has released his blissfully bitter-sweet folky pop-rock serenade, 3AM (I Call You Up)

Denim Dan is fresh from the release of his fourth studio LP, 3AM; the 70s folky pop-rock album is one you will want to while away the small hours with to keep at bay the nefarious thoughts your mind summons when it hits the pillow.

The dreamy, spacey sincerity of the title single, which proves die-hard romanticism will never go out of trend, takes a break from the trippy colourful psych tones to serenade with an ardent rock riff that stands as a testament to the creative power and talent poured into the blissfully bitter-sweet serenade.

For any Bob Dylan fans, Denim Dan has also recently debuted his cover album, Denim Dan Meets Dylan… A Tribute. No matter how much you think you know Dylan, you’ve never met him quite like this before. Denim Dan’s quintessentially affable vocal command and his swanky yet innocently sweet instrumental style are cutely visionary.

Hear both albums via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Answer My Prayers: Solemn Pledge shall love until the end of days on Precious Juliet

Navigating us through the feeling of true love which so many humans strive for each day, Solemn Pledge drops an ear-piercing single which will please many alternative music heads on Precious Juliet.

Solemn Pledge is a rock music duo who have been fantastically merged together by Maria Elia and Michael Justin Lee who met through mutual musician friends.

Solemn Pledge’s first album, “Romeo and Juliet: The Rock Opera (Concept Recording),” is a modernization of the Shakespearean classic told via rock opera, à la “The Who’s Tommy.” Singing all the roles is Maria Elia, a heavy metal vocalist with a very distinctive timbre and a vocal range of three and a half octaves who has performed on rock and symphonic rock projects with artists around the world. Michael Just Lee, a member of the Songwriters Guild of America and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, wrote and produced all songs and will be the director of the hopeful movie. Just released, this album is already on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer and on over 150 other streaming sites around the world.” ~ Solemn Pledge

Skyrocketing high with so much listenable vehemence to pack into a backpack, Solemn Pledge zip up our moods and shall entertain even the most trained ears. There is so much to be impressed by in this humming anthem which will help us all get over the stormy days which have changed the global landscape forever.

Precious Juliet from the remarkable rock duo Solemn Pledge is a hugely entertaining single which is different to most releases the galaxy will hear this year. Whizzing with so much intensity and thriving beyond previous levels of cognition, we find a rather thunderous track to turn up loud and proud.

Hear this fine single on YouTube. View more on their website.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chris Cosmo sings the ‘Oblivion Blues’ in his kaleidoscopically melodic alt-indie debut single

Asbury Park, NJ-hailing solo artist Chris Cosmo set the bar for 2023 debut singles transcendentally high with his single, Oblivion Blues. In contrast to the titular melancholy, the alt-indie pop earworm unravels with dreamy, colourful accord spilling from the jangle pop guitars and vocal harmonies reminiscent of his main influence, the Beatles. Don’t worry; you’ve never walked down the yellow brick road in quite the same way as Oblivion Blues pushes you through. Lyrically, the single takes the opportunity to ponder the mechanics of doubt and its tendency to lead us away from our true paths.

Staying true to his motivation to drive infectious melodies and thoughtful lyrics into his music, Cosmo leaves stardust in the soul when he’s had his melodic way with you. With just enough of a contemporary kick behind the 60s psych-pop tones, you’ll be on a sonic plateau before the kaleidoscopic chorus runs through.

After falling head over heels for music at a young age, which left him inseparable from his guitar, he formed bands through his teenage years before his passion became an obsession following the disillusionment that ensued after graduating college. We can wholly relate, which goes a fair way in explaining the sticky-sweet resonance in Oblivion Blues.

Oblivion Blues will be available to stream from January 13th. Catch it on Soundcloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

SOHLER philosophise their vexation in their cerebral alt-indie hit, More Blood Than Sweat or Tears

UK-based,  internationally-comprised indie alt-rock powerhouse SOHLER sparked an instantaneous obsession with their scathingly seminal single, More Blood Than Sweat or Tears. With one taste of those high-octane riffs, their superlative devil-may-care swagger and anthemic instrumental hooks, we knew we were onto a winner. They will never fall into the arena of indie filler.

What is a priest without a whore, are we just circumstantial?” is one of the most philosophically-sharp lyrical expositions of the current state of our society that decides who is sacrificed depending on our proximity to the breadline.

Line after line, the A-side on the single, SOHLER I, allows you to sapiosexually fall for the four-piece who direct their anger with pinpoint precision through this sludgy melodic indie alt-rock masterpiece. It is easily the filthiest earworm you will accommodate all year. With their faint reminiscence of Biffy Clyro, Hundred Reasons, and Arcane Roots with a touch of post-punk in the monumental rancour, it’s only a matter of time before the underground can’t contain their ingenuity.

SOHLER I was officially released on January 6th. Check it out on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sam Scherdel narrated the descent of the ‘BOY WHO FELL TO EARTH’ in his artful indie-folk piano ballad

Sam Scherdel

2022 saw a cascade of hit singles from the superlatively talented indie singer-songwriter Sam Scherdel; to round off a perfect year, he eked new melancholy from Fairytale of New York with Harri Larkin. If there was any cultural justice in the UK, it would have made it to number one.

Now he’s starting 2023 with a bitter-sweet bang with the release of his live recorded single, BOY WHO FELL TO EARTH. It shares a few of the sombre tones of his Christmas release, but this emotionally layered piano ballad, complete with orchestral strings, stemmed from his own compassion-gifted mind.

As much as we adored the indie anthems, this folky turn that gives a more intimate view into a mindset that resonates with the contemporary atmosphere of collective ennui is just as seminal.

The live recording efficaciously captures every ounce of vulnerability pouring from the vocals that inhibit nothing to deliver a sincerely profound experience. Between the artfulness of Radiohead’s High and Dry and the hammering keys of Elton John’s Rocket Man rests this tender sonic narration of the boy who fell to earth. Prepare to be viscerally disarmed.

BOY WHO FELL TO EARTH will be available to stream and download on all platforms from January 6th via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Surfs Up in DM Street’s 60s Pop Rock Sonic Serotonin Supply, Taxi Ride

Providing a soundtrack you will want to twist and jive to, the first single, Taxi Ride, from the forthcoming LP Summer Songs for the Mustard Ear, from the 60s-inspired indie artist DM Street is a surf-rock-meets-psych-pop dream.

No fans of the Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Monkees and The Beatles will be immune to the disarming charm of Taxi Ride, which comes with an optimal pinch of roguish tongue-in-cheek swagger around the serious talent that contorted the colourful sun-soaked melodies.

If you’ve had your fill of ego and pretence-driven rock, Taki Ride will all too gladly transport you to a more altruistic aural destination; with this hit on your playlists, your uber trips will never be the same again.

Taxi Ride is available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Two cultures collide in Rob Carey’s consoling amalgam of Americana and proto-rock NEW YORK STATE OF PLAY

Any fans of Violent Femmes and the Psychedelic Furs will easily find a place on their playlists for the jangly proto power-pop guitars against bluesy twangs of Americana in Rob Carey’s latest era-spanning alt-indie single, NEW YORK STATE OF PLAY.

The blissful harmonies entwined with the enrapturing warmth of his nostalgic tones pushed into overdrive, bypassing innovation, around the Billy Bragg-Esque edge of everyman blues, are a melodiously amalgamated remedy for the soul.

By day, Rob Carey is a mental health nurse and counsellor. By night, he uses his understanding of the complexities of the human psyche in his compassion-driven singles, which efficaciously envelop you in their consoling melodicism.

NEW YORK STATE OF PLAY officially released on December 14th. Hear it on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Figured Out: Charlotte rockers The Phantom Friends urges us to let it out on Can’t You See

Sung with an exceedingly vigorous intensity which shall tremble through the windows like a fresh breeze of vibrance, The Phantom Friends return with a wall-breaking experience for many to learn from on Can’t You See.

The Phantom Friends is a Charlotte, USA-based indie synth rock band who formulates those stadium-like soundtracks to jump around with.

Is about getting through to the people you love or getting through to yourself when you know there are frivolous things in the way of your happiness. It’s about clearing out the negativity in your life and saying the things that are not always easy to say.” ~ The Phantom Friends

Laden with a bone-shaking edge and brimming with a confident aura to surpass all expectations, The Phantom Friends slide in our ears with excellent aplomb and shall help all lost hearts heal up again.

Can’t You See from Charlotte, USA-based indie synth rock band The Phantom Friends is a flourishingly energetic single to wash those self-doubts away with. Performed with a rather incredible velocity and belted out like a classic 90s track, this is a gem to play on repeat when a new door needs to open.

When you realize what you need to do in order to be happy, everything changes.

Tune in on Spotify. See more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

True Master: Detroit rock saviours The New Old swim through the Dark River

Carrying that glorious sound back from the underground with incredible aplomb, The New Old drop an astonishing single to play rather vehemently on the magnificent new release Dark River.

The New Old is a Detroit, USA-based indie rock band who is bringing back that classic sound which has been missing from the airwaves for years.

The New Old is about the groove. The New Old is about the roll. The New Old is brand new, old school rock n roll with funk in the trunk. Dig if you will the groove and swagger that is The New Old.” ~ The New Old

Summoning so much intensity and excellence from within while never backing down, The New Old is that genre-elevating outfit to save the day for many fans who miss authentic inventiveness to turn up loud.

Dark River from Detroit, USA-based indie rock band The New Old is a rollicking single to hitch up to tightly when that old school feeling is needed again. Scintillating the core and reminding hardcore fans of that previously missing vibrance, we find a truly top-notch song to get thrilled about.

Hear this top new song on YouTube. View more on Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

dogbeach stuck it to the facade-preferring masses in his progressive melting pot of genre, Fake It

Traversing people’s proclivity to convince others to plaster a fake smile over valid emotions, the solo artist dogbeach (Bob Maschio) created a sardonically protestive hit out of his latest single, Fake It.

To stick it to the façade-preferring masses who wouldn’t know what hit them if a drop of empathy crawled between their synapses, dogbeach released a sun-soaked progressive alt-rock lament to their selfish ineptitude with compassion.

Switching between post-hardcore vocals and melodic pop choruses and playing with punk and alt-90s pop tones, he efficaciously encompassed the bemused rage that comes to fruition in the face of the audacity that adds to the stigma around mental health.

It is a sure-fire hit of vindication for anyone that knows the frustration of other people’s expectations. The playful reprise of “why would I do anything for you” hits the nail on the head with satisfying precision.

Stream Fake It on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast