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Painful Memories: Clouded Senses confidently let go of the gloom with debut single ‘Domination Untold’ (feat. Kevin Kawano)

With a terrific sound and swirling vocals which has you waking up again after being locked inside the house for too long, Clouded Senses remind us that we need to find that inner determination again after all the recent distractions with ‘Domination Untold‘ (feat. Kevin Kawano).

Clouded Senses is a newcomer indie-punk/rock band who have a sensationally exciting sound. They make that jump-up-and-take-charge type of vibe, that has your sleepy soul feeling so alive after a long slumber.

This is a riveting band who turn the heat up and take on the doubters who are still down in the dumps, as this speaker-shocking soundscape runs wildly through our veins, to inspire us to open the creaking door of our heartfelt dreams. The volume is on red the whole way through – as they take us for an exciting ride through the smokey hills of life – so we can find our lost bearings. to breathe properly like we all need to.

Domination Untold(feat. Kevin Kawano) from emerging indie-punk/rock act Clouded Senses, is the story about letting go of the self-doubt and the sticky stench of recent times, as you blaze through with your own desires to be who you want to be. After recent times that have been shocking to say the least, this is the message of going for it now, no matter what obstacles are in your way.

Achieving your goals and maintaining your self-love inside your heart, are the only two options to that true sense of purpose destination you seek, and that elusively often-hard-to-find contentment.

Stream this new single via on Spotify and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Floored By Flaws And Only Seeing Walls: Kulin Nation band DUEL NATIVE knows where the key is but can’t quite use it yet on ‘Sacrosanct’

With a sacred outlook that knows what needs to done when the time is right, DUEL NATIVE are here with a terrific debut release which will have you feeling rather introspective about your journey on ‘Sacrosanct‘.

DUEL NATIVE is a Kulin Nation, Australia-based alt-rock/folk act which was formed by of half-Trinidadian, half-Hong Kongese musician, architect, and activist, Stephen Choi. He forges together that deeply thoughtful music which is such a riveting listen, for those who have open ears.

Supported by guitarist Leong Chan, percussionist Jarrod Wolfe, and violinist Erin Tidswell, DUEL NATIVE’s original blend of alt-rock and indie-folk encourages introspection, contribution, and connection, through the multiple media of music, film, and theatre.” ~ DUEL NATIVE

You feel the passion in his vocals shining through the mic as he finds which road to move onto – with the support of his excellent band – that bring so much energy to each memorable moment here of that much-vital self-enlightenment search.

An activist through action and not just words, Stephen rode trains, buses, horses, tuk-tuks, campervans, and boats through fifteen countries, three continents, and eleven timezones, to get from London, to his new home, Melbourne. Here, DUEL NATIVE is grateful and privileged to live and work on the stolen lands of the Kulin Nation, in Australia.” ~ DUEL NATIVE

Sacrosanct‘ from the Australian folk/alt-rock outfit DUEL NATIVE, is such a philosophical single which brings many thoughts to the fore as you work out which way you wish to turn. This is the true story of wondering if your dreams are there to assist you or to take you away from what you are doing right now – and if that is indeed the correct path you need to take – in order to be free.

Sometimes life challenges you to truly embark on that map-planned journey you know you need to go on, but for it to be fully successful, you need to be ready in your heart for it all to spark together beautifully.

Stream this excellent debut video on YouTube and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hands in Shadow has released their avant-garde indie hit, Hater, Fighter…Lover?

Hands in Shadow’s latest single, Hater, Fighter…Lover? is an ingenious mash of indie post-punk, funk, grunge and avant-garde. The prelude delivers Nirvana-Esque sludgy tones before the playfully polyphonic keys allow you to imagine the aural result if the Residents and Kraftwerk produced together.

Hands in Shadow found the perfect balance between obscurity and melody, the eerie magnetic pull of the single makes you feel at a loss when the short and sweet psychedelic indie hit suddenly comes to a close. We will definitely be keeping the Yorkshire-based artist on our radar for future releases; we advise everyone with a penchant for avant-garde indie to do the same.

You can check out Hands in Shadow’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Elective Theatre served bitter-sweet fuzzed-up soul in their latest indie grunge single, ‘False Start’.

It seems hyperbolic to state that Elective Theatre’s latest single, False Start, contains the same level of bitter-sweet soul in Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees while sounding completely authentic, but that is exactly what they achieved with this cuttingly melancholic seminal single.

The spiralling, shoegazey guitars reel you further into the pensive heart of the single with every psych-tinged fuzzed-up note. Art rock, grunge, shoegaze, 90s Britpop and indie fans alike should be internationally scrambling to make Elective Theatre a staple on their playlists.

False Start is easily one of the most masterful singles we’ve heard this year. We can’t wait to hear more from the indie rock outfit.

You can check out Elective Theatre’s spacey indie grunge track for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The raconteurs of enigmatic garage rock Damn Jackals have released their proto-punk earworm, Lovely Nuthin’.

Outside of New York, garage rock and proto-punk seems to lack the same raucously charming bite; that wasn’t a concern of Brooklyn, NY-based 5-piece Damn Jackals; they eclipsed the frenetically vintage vibe with their latest single, Lovely Nuthin’.

The enigmatic raconteurs of rock n roll take influence from 60s Garage Rock, 70s Glam and CBGB-style-Punk to leave your soul as fuzzy as the lead vocals and guitars. When the chorus hits, the same hook-filled magnetism of modern indie-garage rock outfits such as the Strokes draws you even deeper into the single that every outlier will want on their playlists.

Check out Damn Jackals on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

She’s Not Yours To Keep: Prodigious Swedish act Mata Kopa urges us to move on with ‘Go Buy the Sun’

Formally known Tellus Children when they first formed a few years ago, Mata Kopa show us their growing maturity on the strikingly real story about swiftly moving on when you are in a stagnant relationship which needs to end, so you can both be truly happy on ‘Go Buy the Sun‘.

Mata Kopa is a Gothenburg-born, Stockholm-based, indie garage-rock quartet. This sensational Swedish band bring an immaculate experience to the table on a groovy song, that gives you some inner perspective of the highest order.

After releasing their debut album and touring Sweden as well as different parts of Europe in 15’ and 16’, the project’s composers Miranda Raeder and Boris Grubesic have changed base to Stockholm, gone back to school, started new jobs, traveled and focused on writing new material.” ~ Mata Kopa

You feel like you are floating on a peaceful cloud above all the pollution of the world – on this terrific track which shows you how you really need to let go – for the betterment of your partner and yourself. Hanging on isn’t going to help at all, in fact it will only lead you astray as you try and fight love, which is such a natural process.

Go Buy the Sun‘ from the Swedish indie garage-rock band Mata Kopa, is a really terrific song that is one of the most enjoyable releases of this year so far. Their musicianship is top drawer quality and the soundscape rather world class – as you miss that special soul who you thought was perfect for you – when actually they were in your life to lead you into a new direction entirely.

Hear this new track on their Spotify and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Finding Simplicity: Oxford’s Mosa looks beyond the norm on ‘Grey Areas’

Released from Oxford indie label BigWhoop! Records, Mosa returns with his trusty dog Snoop by his side on the wonderfully hair-lifting experience that is his new single ‘Grey Areas‘.

David Ashbourne aka Mosa, is an Oxford, England-based music writer, composer, sound designer, indie rock/electronic singer-songwriter, and music producer.

With his ten-track album ‘Ruminations and Adaptations’ out on the 30th July, we are witnessing a confident artistic mastermind on top of his game, as he expands your mind with a superb vocal and lyrical performance of the highest order.

Mosa’s songs are travelogues of what it is to be human, from experiences, feelings and observations. The album circles themes such as love, desire, despair, passion, embracing negativity, absence, time, arrivals, departures, hesitance, grey areas
and dualities.” ~ Mosa

On a peacefully charming beat, this is an electronic melody which has your mind so fascinated by this rare creation which is such a peaceful listen. Each lyric has been carefully thought of and sung with that true meaningful glance, to always staying true to oneself.

Grey Areas‘ from the outstandingly multi-talented Oxford, England-based artist Mosa, is a tremendous track that shows us his incredible skill set and reminds us that life can be so simple if you want it to be. In a complicated world, the exception should be the rule in a place where so many try and copy others. This is a terrifically unique artist we need to admire for his out-the-box thinking.

Stream this new single on Spotify and find out more via his IG channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wipe Those Tears: Zasxee shows us the way to relieve past pain on ‘Hemingway’

With a kind tone which certainly feels like she knows that something needs to end but doesn’t want it to, Zasxee shows us her incredible DIY talents on the latest single release that will put you into a thoughtful trance called ‘Hemingway‘.

Zasxee is a striking indie alt-rock multi-talented singer-songwriter, music producer, cat lover, bassist, and music engineer. She makes a blend of hypnotic music mixture of treats that has you moving into a new world – as you feel her dynamic skill-set right next to you- that has your curious ears feeling warm and healed from the blustery coldness outside your creaking door.

Her lyrics are smartly written and has you quickly wrapped into a rather strange mood, as you turn up the volume so you can fully immerse yourself into her mindset. This is a wondrous effort that has you so reflective – her vocals leads you away from the darkness and instead seated by the window – so that you may get that fresh air needed for your brain to function properly again.

Hemingway‘ from the youthfully promising Zasxee and her cute kitty cat Piper, is a lovely song that is packed full of intrigue. Her vocals are hard to hear at first as she mysteriously locks you into her stunning spellbinding spell of wonder. This is a track to play when you feel a a bit down after a break-up and need some further inspiration to brush off the pain – so you may confidently move forward with your life. To quickly find a new path that was meant for you and not one that was slippery like before, is the only way to avoid those temptation-filled pitfalls of doom.

Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more on her IG channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Sell Your Soul: Dylan Koski shows massive frustration with the selfish on ‘Mother Superior’

With a groovy vibe and some supremely catchy riffs, Dylan Koski takes us on a real reflective ride that has your ears perked up in anticipation of a deeply significant moment of art named ‘Mother Superior‘.

Dylan Koski is a self-aware indie-rock artist from Columbus, Ohio. He smartly makes that relevant music which has you mind alert and ready for knowledge, as he puts us in a thoughtful trance with his purposeful music soundscape.

His songwriting draws influence from Rory Gallaghers fiery guitar solos, the atmosphere of Pink Floyd and the Beatles fearless approach to songwriting. with a modern twist.” ~ Dylan Koski

You feel his old school soul shine through as he performs with so much fierce intensity, as he sings with a strong mindset which gives you so much hope. This is the story about showing those who bring others down will not be tolerated – as he stands up to be counted in the fight to teach others – that you can indeed make a difference through music.

Mother Superior‘ from the well-respected Columbus, Ohio-based indie-rock artist Dylan Koski, shows us a man who has a tremendous fire in his belly to always speak the truth, no matter what. He sings with so much meaningful intent on this riveting track – that shakes the speakers and has your mind thinking of those who have no shame – in webbing their claws around those who only seek to live a good life.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Birmingham’s most raucous indie punk rock luminaries Mild Headache have dropped their latest single, ‘Near Me.

Any fans of sticky-sweet vocal hooks and chaotic indie rock instrumentals will want to delve right into the latest release from the Birmingham-based raucous luminaries Mild Headache.

‘Near Me’ is a rhythmically fierce white-knuckle ride through ensnaring alt-indie elements, softened by the playful earworm potential of the anthem which is far reminiscent of the tones you’d hear from across the pond.

The last thing we needed was another indie-pop-rock assimilating act; Mild Headache put the unoriginal to shame. They have exactly what it takes to ascend in the ranks with Cabbage, SHAME, Gender Roles and Hot Milk and hit the same heights. If you get a chance to see them live, take it.

Near Me is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast