Hailing from the USA’s East Coast, Chris Baxley is all about quirky, old-school sixties-inspired melodies and catchy, hooky choruses. ‘Hunny Pot’ is a fun, irreverent love song, full of tongue-in-cheek humour and playfulness. Opening with joyously strummed guitar chords behind Baxley’s off the wall vocals before a bouncy bass and full-electric arrangement kicks in, ‘Hunny Pot’ worms its way into your head by way of its trebly picked guitar line and distorted lead part.
There’s hints of early Orange Juice in that – or think, perhaps, Edwin Collins’ solo ‘Girl Like You’ – mixed with maybe They Might Be Giants in its cheeky, impudent lyrics and delivery, before – at 2’24” it’s over all too quickly, leaving you humming its hook for hours to come.
Hear ‘Hunny Pot’ here; follow Chris Baxley on Instagram.
Review by Alex Holmes
NEEKOH return with their brand new top song with ‘Falling‘.
Made in Finland, revamped in New Zealand. A divorce from a relationship of 12 years urged NEEKOH to take a break of his celebrity status in Finland to re-create himself. The conclusion of the hiatus was that only way going forward is being brutally honest and personal in his songwriting. Meanwhile, falling in love encouraged him to move to the other side of the world. It was time for a change. After moving to New Zealand, the Finnish artist NEEKOH, one-name performance moniker of Niko Helenius, decided to write about the break-up and a new-found love.
The upcoming EP ‘Dark Light’ about love, sex and heartache is set to be released early 2021. He has come a long way musically as well as geographically since Finland’s Pop Idol finalist 2014.
This is a love song for the ages. The pain in the voice is for all to see and melodies are of heartbreak. You love someone so much and will they love you back is the question. NEEKOH brings us a lovely track here with ‘Falling‘.
Stream here on Soundcloud.
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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
Los Angeles, California is the home of supremely talented 22 year old singer-songwriter JiLLi who returns with her new stunner called ‘In Another Life‘.
She tells the story of loving someone in another life. You care for this person that are you are with but know that it can’t work. Perhaps in another life it would of worked, the timing was off this time but who knows in another time. This can be a tough feeling as you want it but know that it just won’t happen. There is no perfect journey and you know that this was written in the starts, you just know that you loved each other.
JiLLi is a fantastic talent that raises the bar in 2020 with ‘In Another Life‘. Her voice is tremendous and fills through the air like a good wine. She is a real talent.
Stream this incredible track here on Soundcloud.
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Find out more here on her Facebook.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
The soulful singer-songwriter from Westborough in Massachusetts, Steve Schuster, returns with his new song called ”One Lonely Voice”. This is a united message of speaking up if you have something positive to say and how we should all support this notion. One lonely voice can indeed change the world and its great that Steve has brought out this song during the highly challenging and stressful COVID-19 time.
I like this song for a variety of reasons and the main one is that it is so simple. You could teleport back to the 60’s and it wouldn’t be out of place in that era of game-changing music. This is ear-food for consumption that won’t make you sad but instead do the opposite and inspire you.
With a happy-soaked base, Seattle-born Steve Schuster’s strong lyrical content coupled with a rhythmic guitar riff & his vibrant voice, ensures that ”One Lonely Voice” should be treasured as one of 2020’s most uplifting theme tunes.
Stream more from Steve Schuster on his SoundCloud page and look inside for more fantastic music.
Review by Llewelyn Screen
If your playlists could use an injection of catharsis, look no further than the sublimely mellifluous single R3D0 from breaking Alternative artist 8udDha bl0od.
Fans of the Beatles and other 60s Psych Pop Rock pioneers will definitely appreciate the gently enticing rhythms which aid transcendental escapism while simultaneously leaving you enamoured by the artist’s ability to create such a transfixing soulful single.
It’s lyrically light, but perceptibly, R3D0 was stripped-back to the essential components to offer nothing but sheer psychedelic good vibes.
Not all of 8udDha bl0od’s tracks are as captivatingly serene as R3D0. But this just affirms that the Brighton-based artist has no trouble when it comes to orchestrating more traditional, accessible and radio-friendly tracks despite their inclination to explore slightly less archetypal sounds.
You can check out R3D0 which was released in February 2020 along with 8udDha bl0od’s tracks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
If you felt a slight tremor on their airwaves on January 30th, that will have been thanks to Kent-based Alt Psych Indie Pop trailblazers The Gallerys and their latest single “You’re a Dreamer”.
You’re a Dreamer kicks off with an explosive start before the melodicism weaves its way into the punchy, animated, and meticulously rhythmic track. Vocals certainly don’t make or break a track. But in You’re a Dreamer, there’s no denying that they take the Gallerys sound to another level. You’ll be able to feel the sticky sweet choral vocals wrap around your soul as you drink in the dynamically colourful mix of 60s Rock, Indie and Britpop. It’s a monstrous track, but with the mellow tonality, those massive riffs and percussion fills almost feel transcendent.
The Gallerys are undoubtedly a band who are going to tear up the UK music scene in 2020. They’ve already made their riotous mark by capturing the attention of BBC introducing, and getting over 300 live shows under their belt. If you’ve lost any faith in the music industry, The Gallerys will be more than happy to restore it for you.
You can check out You’re a Dreamer for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast