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Acoustic Indie

Stu Daniels – Enemies: Achingly Soulful Acoustic Indie-Rock

Enemies by Stu Daniels

With all of the evocative gravitas of Eddie Vedder’s aching soul, Stu Daniels’ latest single, Enemies, compels you to surrender to the acoustic indie rock plaintiveness, which is all too easy to relate to from the first immersion. Beyond the sobering overtones of the emotionally crafted and reverbed guitars is a lyrical extension of salvation with the poignant and powerful reminder that enmities will always do their best to strip your power and use it for their gain.

The singer-songwriter and guitarist fronts the Adelaide band, Already Gone, but notably, standing alone, his sound is equally as sonorous. Watch this space for more compellingly tenacious expositions of the human condition.

Enemies was officially released on September 16th. Check it out for yourselves on Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kyle Jaymes is a Perennial Millennial in his latest intricately melodious indie rock hit

Kyle Jaymes

New Hampshire indie singer-songwriter, Kyle Jaymes, brought a pioneering sense of melodicism to 00s emo with his latest single, Perennial Millennial. For anyone that grew up with Death Cab for Cutie and is looking for a matured take on sonic nihilism, Perennial Millennial is the finest wine in the metaphorical cellar.

Since breaking away from his indie rock band, Call Her Alaska, he’s become a one-man powerhouse, fuelled by his emotionally charged lyricism, intricate acoustic guitar hooks and euphonic production style, which gives all the angst of pop punk and none of the brash overtones.

Perennial Millennial will officially release on August 30th. Check it out here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Alex Young has released his lovesick acoustic indie-rock ballad, Might Just Catch Your Eye.

Out into the Light by Alex Young

Singer-songwriter Alex Young is here to remind us that romance isn’t dead with his emotionally iron-wrought acoustic indie-rock ballad, Might Just Catch Your Eye.

The Barnsley-based solo artist’s affectionately ambient single captures lovesick agony while keeping the minimalist yet resounding instrumental melodies ring free of the disquiet conflict. If Glen Hansard leaves you floored with his contemporary spin on folk songwriting, you might want to sit down before hitting play on Might Just Catch Your Eye.

Might Just Catch Your Eye is now available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp along with Young’s debut album Out Into the Light.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Snir Yamin: maybe your new favourite singer-songwriter with new single ‘Taking’

Snir Yamin might just be the best male singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of; his previous singles, ‘Down The Line’ and ‘Twenty Three’, both made it to number one on the iTunes Top 200 Alternative Tracks chart, but new single ‘Taking’ is simply stunning, a painfully wistful melancholic nostalgia to Yamin’s guitars and plaintive vocals.

It’s a great track, evocative and emotive, gentle yet powerful all at once, some intricate, melodic guitar picking underneath the poignancy. It’s reminiscent, a little, of The Calling, but also classic singer-songwriters like Elliot Smith and guitar-led artists like Snow Patrol and John Mayer, there’s also classic songwriting with elements of older influences such as the Stones, Dylan, or the Police in the mix too.

‘Taking’ is available on Spotify right now; check out Snir Yamin on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Slow Capital take us ‘Underground’ with this beautifully alluring acoustic story.

Slow Capital is Andrew Dailey, a filmmaker from Kansas City, MO, who is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY; a precursor to a six-track EP planned for early 2021, Slow Capital’s second single ‘Underground’ is a beautifully mature fingerpicked acoustic guitar track, mellow and delicate, alluring in its simplicity, and carried along by Dailey’s poetic, storytelling lyrical content and up-front vocal delivery.

At just over three minutes long, ‘Underground’ is a perfect piece of alt-folk, confessional, poetic, a narrative tale to music with a harmonious, melodic guitar line and a gentle, tender vocal. You can hear ‘Underground’ on Spotify, and follow Slow Capital on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Destroying those painful memories: Eric Dash sings with such gusto on ‘Killin’ Your Lies’

Eric Friedman aka Eric Dash is a well-traveled singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, who has just dropped the excellent ‘Killin’ Your Lies‘.

After learning so many skills from Jack Joseph Puig (American audio engineer, A&R executive, and record producer), he has since gone on do things DIY to further grow his expertise.

‘’ I’ve been writing songs since I was 8. Now I produce too. I should’ve just gotten my degree in finance.’’- Eric Dash

The immensely intricate start gives us a look inside the soul of the track and you just know this is going to be something spectacularly deep, like a clean swimming pool in summer that has a few cracks at the bottom. You like the experience for a while but something isn’t right.

His voice is so smooth and gets you singing along at the top of your lungs. He straps his boots on and tries to hold his heart close as it has been hurt by her selfishness. The pain is thrown against the wall and he puts his heart and soul into every second of this terrific Indie-Pop track.

This story about how the lies built up and you are trying to move on but it’s so hard. You get lost sometimes and get wrapped up tight into your thoughts for way too long. You need to stop obsessing as now you are alone as you have other-thought each moment, blaming yourself. You weren’t the one at fault so need to move on for your own mental state. These words are easier said than done, but the truth.

Eric Dash is quite brilliant on ‘Killin’ Your Lies’ and is a multi-skilled musician and has worked hard on his skills in the studio and seems to be sounding better and better vocally too. The world has been crazy in 2020 and this is a man to support and back his music. True quality is hard to find but here is a perfect example of a self-motivated artist that is constantly evolving to be the best version of himself he can be, each day.

Stream and support via Spotify and find out more on his IG and FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Australian rapper Billy Reeves rips in with quick hitter single ‘Murder’

Australian rapper Billy Reeves rips in with quick hitter single ‘Murder‘. Previously under the moniker Whit3 Boy, this is a fab track with lots of sauce.

Despite his New Zealand roots, this young artist now stays in Melbourne and is loving life in this creative city. With a busy schedule, this humble musician aims to release a song every month. Keeping accountable is so vital and this is a great way to stay alive and passionate in life.

Melbourne emcee Billy Reeves impresses on ‘Murder‘, the artist steams in with purpose and focus, now ready for the world. He raps with vengeful energy, he slices the bars down like a hungry bear, so much vigor and flair. This has a cinematic style to it and you can feel the passion. This is an emcee is finally ready for the bright lights as his music is catchy and seamless. This fits 2020 just nicely.

Click here for the Soundcloud page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The incomparable UK band 8udDha bl0od are imperious on ‘Herb Albert Arturo & The 5UPer Silver Haze’

The incomparable UK band 8udDha bl0od are imperious on ‘Herb Albert Arturo & The 5UPer Silver Haze‘ and this is a ride that will have you gasping for air through the journey of life.

The tingled start shines early on with the guitar and harmonica trading turns to wake us up inside. This is that type of music to turn on when you just wake up, when you still need to brush your teeth and take a shower. The quality resonates with the track as we are transported into a magnificent world.

The Brighton band with a style like no other, 8udDha bl0od continue to stun on this new release. Their style changes each song, single are dropped like a life-awakening moment. You look forward to each song as this is creative music. This is authentic, real and feels good in the ears. ‘Herb Albert Arturo & The 5UPer Silver Haze‘ is a blaze in the sky, the smokey story gives you a buzz like no other.

Click here for the Soundcloud link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Sarah Reynolds sings beautifully about her strong faith on ‘Covers Me’

Sometimes, a certain singer just strikes your soul. Sarah Reynolds sings so beautifully about her strong faith on ‘Covers Me‘ and this is a stunningly projected song.

You can feel the love, it covers you and you feel happy. You feel pure and that trust is there and can’t ever be broken. You feel enlightened by all the energies that consume your mind and filter through your body. This is what peaceful love should be like. Things need to be real with no fakeness.

Singer-songwriter, composer and upcoming producer Sarah Reynolds is excellent on ‘Covers Me‘ and her voice takes your mind to another place. You remember when you last thought about your faith and what it means to you. The world moves so fast and sometimes things get lost. This is a performer with an abundance of real faith and she sings so beautifully. The words strike through your heart and you get it. Self-reflection is so important, if only just to take a minute to relax.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hank Quillen sings with stories about her on ‘Still Love You’

Hank Quillen is an actor, singer-songwriter-producer who writes and records his own songs and has appeared in hit TV Shows and feature films. He is back on the music side this time with the groovy 70’s inspired jam called ‘Still Love You‘.

His latest release contains a lot of songs and this is due to lock down. Suddenly time was there to make all those songs he really wanted. Extra time was taken here to make this right and the class is so clear to see from this multi-talented performer.

This has that old school feel to it. It is 3am in the morning and you can just think of her. She consumes your mind even though she treated you so badly. You just tried to be there but it wasn’t enough, Your love is so strong still however and you can’t get her out of your mind.

Still Love You‘ from Hank Quillen is an honest song about love. You feel the passion here from the well-traveled singer and actor. This is a fine effort and the indie-folk honest drop-lings, are exactly what we need in 2020.

Click here for the YouTube page.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen