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Brenden Owen – Surface Stripped-Back Acoustic with a Hauntedly Raw Alchemic Edge

“Surface” is just one of the potently resounding singles from Brenden Owen’s latest album “Giving Up or Giving In”. Whilst I’m never adverse to a cathartic stripped-back soundscape, generally they all carry the same chord progressions and lack of imagination. Yet, with Surface, there’s almost a Post-Punk, hauntedly raw alchemy over the track thanks to the seamlessly perfect production of the single and inventive use of winding reverb.

Within the 3:27-minute long track, you were treated to the same amount of progression which many artists would struggle to fit into a 10-minute track. You start off with the jazz undertones of the blues rhythm, before switching to a sporadically winding off beat melody and the quaint arrangement picks up momentum. Yet, one thing that did remain as a constant throughout the track was the pensive allure of Brenden Owen’s vocals and lyrics. It’s safe to say any fans of Elliot Smith or Radiohead would love the succinct soft vocal capacity of the arrestingly melancholic up and coming artist.

You can check out Brenden Owen’s single Surface along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mark Richard – Ophelia: Subtly Euphoric Acoustic EDM

Whilst you may not have previously thought that tracks in the Acoustic Dance genre were a necessity for your playlists, you may think twice when you sink your teeth into Mark Richard’s latest single Ophelia.  Ophelia is just one of the stunning singles to be found on the Irish Acoustic Dance artist’s latest EP ‘Like Poetry’ in which the up and coming artist puts his experimentally ingenuity to the test. It will soon become clear why ‘Like Poetry’ was an apt name for his three track EP.

You may not expect much from the build up’s and drops in an acoustically composed tracks but they’re deep enough to leave your stomach in knots, the build ups are subtle, yet intricately compelling all the same. The rhythm which bleeds from the acoustic percussion created an earthy, almost primal beat which was fused with quintessentially Folk delicacy.

You can check out Mark Richard’s latest single Ophelia out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joey Costello – Where I Long to Be: Ethereally Textured Acoustic Folk

With a soundscape as a sonorous as the one captively orchestrated by Joey Costello in his latest single Where I Long to Be; it’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with his pensive style.

I’ve always believed that the mark of a stunning singer songwriter is the ability to write melancholy into music and still have the end result of pure uplifting catharsis. Where I Long to Be is one of those tracks which bleeds pure resonance through the creeping acoustic and electronic progression. His vocals aren’t traditionally moulded (who needs another Gary Barlow on the scene anyway?), yet, they compliment his ethereal textured style in a way that is almost unparalleled amongst other American Alternative Acoustic artists. The production behind the track is simply stunning, rather than creating yet another typically lo-fi track the styling of the mix allows each note and chord progression to pierce through you.

Where I Long to Be was just one of the tracks from Joey Costello’s latest EP ‘the Wind Blows By’ which was released June 15th, 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Acoustic So Lucid You Have to Wonder If You’re Dreaming

If Shoegaze was played with acoustic guitars, you’d probably get a similar soundscape to what Dead Sullivan created with their latest sonorous and sweet single Kyle. I’m not sure who Kyle is, but he must be a champ if he had a track so frigging beautiful named after him.

The up and coming artist’s playful yet humble style allows the melodies to twist as they rise and fall under the deft command of the instrumentals, the build ups to the track allow the sound to venture into the progressive arena. Kyle isn’t a song you can really just listen to, it’s a song to consume as the ethereal rhythms bleed pure concordant bliss in a style which you will have heard from some of Sonic Youth’s more laid back tracks such as Superstar, it has the same piercing effect.

You can check out Dead Sullivan’s mesmerizingly transient track Kyle along with the official music video on YouTube now.

Head on over to Facebook where you can connect with the Texan one man wonder and keep up to date with all of his future releases and tell him he’s absolutely sensational.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Djo Life – Anytime, Every Time: Playfully Infectious Acoustic Americana Rock

The depth in Djo Life’s latest track Anytime, Every Time is a little bit surreal. In my not so humble opinion there’s a distinct lack of music on the radio waves as organic and ethereally strong as Djo Life’s soundscapes. The Lo Fi production quality of the track adds a wash of reverberation over the otherwise jangly, sublime, glowing Indie Acoustic Rock track to provide a sensation of pure bliss.

The arrangement of the lyrics around Djo Life’s instrumentals is almost Richey Edwards genius. They’re fractured, they’re chaotically sweet and they offer almost a stream of pure conscious from the artist which allows Anytime, Every Time to truly resonate.

If the up & coming artist continues to make playfully infectious melodies such as those contained within Anytime, Every Time I would say it wouldn’t be long before you hear his prodigally quaint style on the radio. Whilst a lot of acoustic acts go down the nasally whiney route with their vocals Djo Life offers some of the most serendipitously deep Americana blues with his vocals which are an absolute delight to get caught up within.

You can check out the lyric video to Djo Life’s latest single Anytime, Every Time on YouTube now

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Chris Baluyut – Different Days: Acoustically Ethereal Folk

Some may have conceived the intricately complex acoustic guitar intro as showing off, but God damn. If I had that much command over a fretboard I’d be screaming about it from rooftops. Chris Baluyut’s latest single Different Day’s is an acoustically ethereal offering of Folk, one which I won’t be forgetting about in a hurry, or that you hear every day. Given the limited chord progressions available on an acoustic guitar it’s pretty difficult for acoustic artists to summon prodigal sounds from their instruments, yet the New York based artist proved that it isn’t impossible. His Post-Punk background is almost palpable through his acoustic melodies through which he creates, then there’s his vocals. His succinctly uplifting vocals bleed pure organic, romantic expression allowing the track to fully resonate through you.

If you’re a fan of bands such as Paper Hawk & Jacko Hooper & other Folk guitar geniuses you can check out Chris Baluyut’s latest single Different Days on Spotify now. As first single’s go, Chris has knocked it out of the park. Make sure to give him a follow; Chris will be releasing his debut EP in Summer 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.


Brendan Morrison – Set Me Free: Lo Fi Acoustic Art Rock

With his latest album Fear Brendan Morrison created the perfect offering of Lo Fi Emo Acoustic. Whilst I don’t usually condone using the Emo label, in this case the glove definitely fits the hand of the poignantly pensive alternative singer-songwriter and guitarist. Set Me Free is just one of the seven resoundingly harrowing tracks on offer from the independent artist from Jacksonville Florida. The angst Brendan Morrison offers within his tracks through mainly comes curtesy from the lyrics which really don’t hold back allowing Set Me Free to become one of the rawest Alternative tracks I’ve checked out this year. The Lo Fi sound may not be for everyone, yet, in Brendan Morrison’s latest album the approach allows a more personable translation of the agony which went into the composition and it’s all a little overwhelming. Vocally & instrumentally Brendan’s talents share the same beautiful projection of anger which fans of Fidlar, American Disillusion & other Lo Fi artists revelling in the Emo revival are sure to love.

You can check out Brendan Morrison’s track Set Me Free from his 2018 7-track album Fear. on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Aayushi – Diamond Child: Ambiently Reflective Acoustic Folk

Aayushi’s Folk Acoustic sound is one that bleeds vibrant naivety through the complex chord progressions that lift her so far above the average singer songwriter. The up and coming UK artist takes influence from musicians such as Elliot Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel and Bright Eyes. The 21-year-old musician has a deft approach to creating her delicately composed songs that pay close attention to the emotion captured through her perfectly penned lyrics.

It’s no wonder why Aayushi’s latest debut single Diamond Child has received over 35k streams on SoundCloud alone. Her ambiently resonant tracks creates the perfect sound to lift you into a higher plateau of aural alchemy. Diamond Child is somewhat of a paradox, as it somehow manages to be minimalistic, yet huge through the bewitchingly resonant cacophony created through her electric guitar paired with her stunning vocal abilities which wouldn’t be out of place on a Radio 1 Live Lounge album. Aayushi has raised the bar for every girl with a guitar to rise above, you can check out Aayushi’s universally adored track Diamond Child on SoundCloud, her music is also available to purchase from Bandcamp. Your mates are probably already listening to it.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Machete – Trial: The Assassination of Acoustic

The Machete are self-proclaimed ‘supercharged instrumental acoustic’ band, that don’t fail to deliver. The last time I stumbled across a band this enthused was when I first heard Symphonic Death Metal and I felt as though I was trapped inside a pinball machine. Even compared to the most raucous of acts, Machete are just on another level.

There are so many undertones to the sound to their latest track Trial, you never where you truly are within the genre mix, but take your pick from the Ska rhythm, the strum of Spanish guitar, the Blues of the bass and the sheer relentlessness of Progressive Rock. With a sound so powerful, the instrumental track leaves little room for vocals. It’s clear that Machete have such a natural talent when it comes to entertainment, the four musicians leave the constraints and genre boundaries of music far behind in their display of vivacious energy that bleeds enthusiasm.

You can check out the official music video to Trial on YouTube now:

Head on over to their website and keep up to date with their new releases and tours:

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Half Lioness, Half Songbird ‘Yazzy’ Set to Release Her EP Illusion of Love

Yazzy Chamberlain is one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists coming out of the UK. Spearheaded by the BBC, this talented songstress is on the rise with a set of of exciting new tunes, as featured within her recent new EP, “Illusion of Love”.

This release is a particularly exciting project, featuring 5 previously unreleased songs. As the title of the EP might suggest, these tracks come from a very personal place. Yazzy sings of passion, love and heartbreak, and in her songs, lyrics are just as important as melodies, if not even more so! Her vocals are truly emotional, and each performance is filled with truthfulness and spontaneity. The production aesthetics of the EP are particularly special, because the organic feel of her music allows her songs to appear even more earnest.

“Illusion of Love” will be available starting from the 3rd of January pre-order here, and each of the five songs featured within the EP will actually be accompanied by a stunning matching music video, to offer a visual companion to each track in this her release.

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