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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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May The Sneaky Fourth be with you!

Bands which play with the musical format of the modern pop song are always the most interesting. We have been making music using the same instruments for the last 60 years and with the exception of developments in synths and sampling, little has changed in the basic tools we use to do so. But there have been options available going back much further in time, why shouldn’t instruments more associated with the classical and the orchestral be brought into the pop picture.

The Sneaky Fourth have already worked this out and they use the standard, finger-picked acoustic guitar as well as the less expected cello and double bass to build subtle and supple folk meets classical meets pop music. Without You is a brilliant textural blend of gently sweeping cello and pulsing organic bass lines under pinning guitar lines which move from dexterous picking to vibrant strumming. The result is a glorious new direction for pop, if indeed we can even limit it with such a label.


J R Harbidge – Feel What I Feel: A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit of Heart & Soul

This song can reach down into the pit of your stomach and wrench it with the veracity of your fist kiss behind the bike sheds. J R Harbidge’s charismatic vocal ability is just everything you need to hear at this time of the year. We’re swamped with crass sentimentality throughout the festive season, which is exactly why you should listen to his debut track which was brought out on 10th December. J R Harbidge undoubtedly has the potential to see himself through to the number one spot with his melodic prowess and command of minimalistic style.

This folk singer songwriter, has the ability to weave through his pensive style to make some of the most down to earth sounds through his acoustic unchained guitar melodies that twinge with some old school rhythm and blues familiarity.

The production and styling is absolutely flawless, a well rounded track for anyone looking for a little bit of Acoustic Singer Song Writer Soul to add to their playlists.

This song is pretty tame compared to the tracks on his album teaser, either way, I can’t wait to hear what Harbridge has in store!

Check out J R Harbidge’s debut track on the SoundCloud link below:

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