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Doruk Doyran ambiently nods to celestial awe in his latest indie composition, Your Love Is Holy

Doruk Doyran’s latest ambient composition, Your Love is Holy, starts akin to a binaural masterpiece before eerie melodies bleed through the lush shimmering reverb that hums across the expanse of the soundscape.

At the 3-minute mark, desert rock, shoegaze, and fiery blues-rock start to artfully collide in the release through searing hot riffs and cavernous echoes before Doruk Doyran begins to build a hypnotic lead guitar rhythm that guides you through the spiritual outro.

I’ve heard my fair share of ambient soundscapes in recent years, none of which had the same gravitas-rich grip as Your Love is Holy. The title certainly isn’t the only nod to celestial awe.

Your Love is Holy is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Immerse yourselves in the radiant catharsis of Sound Animal’s ambient instrumental score, Dew of the Sea

“Dew of the Sea” is just one of the recently released instantly arresting ambient singles from the avant-garde US artist Sound Animal. Despite its quiescence, the panoramic release feels just as titanic as, well, Titanic.

Within the transient waves that pulsate with celestial timbre spilling from them, there are smoky jazz timbres that come up for air between the crescendos. Towards the outro, the intensity and urgency amplify – just don’t forget to breathe.

This stunning electro-acoustic score was orchestrated on an eclectic range of instruments, such as flutes, melodica, harmonica and a dulcimer played with a violin bow, giving the soundscape an organically meditative feel with just the slightest nuance of folk while being the epitome of radiant catharsis.

You can immerse yourselves in Dew of the Sea by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Poetry flows with the mellow vibes in Innocent Tata’s alt hip hop track, The End.

Alt rap artist, Innocent Tata, dropped his latest album, Kiwi (The Bird), on November 15th; with his poetic flows and ambient indie vibes, this is urban catharsis as you have never known it before.

The standout single, The End, is a mellow window into the artist’s candid soul. After a hazy intro that bleeds reverb, the beats start to rattle beneath his butter-smooth rap bars that work their way around the introspective gold in the lyricism. The End drifts through ethereal increments into crescendos of sheer ambient electro ingenuity; your vibe out playlists couldn’t ask for more.

The End is available to stream and purchase via the apple store with the rest of Innocent Tata’s album, Kiwi (The Bird).

Review by Amelia Vandergast

A Broken System orchestrated a vintage synth sanctum in his debut album, An Escape.

Amidst the swathes of ambient tones to hit the airwaves this year was the elevated nature-entwining work of the eclectically-inspired music producer, A Broken System. His music is a submersion into a sublime mix of synth-rock, hip hop, electronica and ambient, but his dreamy work is no ordinary sonic palette mashup. The Minnesota-hailing, Atlanta-based artist is fresh from the release of his debut album, An Escape, which was officially released on December 3rd, 2021.

The eight minimalist tracks take nuances of aural dystopia and transfuse them into downtempo, deep house tracks and smooth acid house soundscapes so sultry that they practically become an aphrodisiac. The standout concluding single, Liquid, is almost neo-classic in form. It traverses through haunting reverb and follows synth melodies that become the anchor in the otherwise gravity-defyingly transcendent release.

In short, an Escape is a synthesised sanctuary for anyone who feels at home in vintage electronic tones. The eight tracks pull together as an immersive, explorative sensory experience that you can’t help getting absorbed by. There’s an underlying darkness to An Escape, but the mix of light and dark tones created a multifaceted efficacious reflection of the world as we know it today.

In his own words, here is how A Broken System introduced his debut album:

“An Escape is an amalgamation of influence from many different films, film scores, and video games. It is escapism in the internet age; urban spaces, nature and the environments I have moved between.”

An Escape is now available to stream on Spotify.

The up and coming producer, A Broken System, created a vintage synth sanctum in his debut album, An Escape.

A Broken System

Amidst the swathes of ambient tones to hit the airwaves this year was the elevated nature-entwining work of the eclectically-inspired music producer, A Broken System. His music is a submersion into a sublime mix of synth-rock, hip hop, electronica and ambient, but his dreamy work is no ordinary sonic palette mashup. The Minnesota-hailing, Atlanta-based artist is fresh from the release of his debut album, An Escape, which was officially released on December 3rd, 2021.

The eight minimalist tracks take nuances of aural dystopia and transfuse them into downtempo, deep house tracks and smooth acid house soundscapes so sultry that they practically become an aphrodisiac. The standout concluding single, Liquid, is almost neo-classic in form. It traverses through haunting reverb and follows synth melodies that become the anchor in the otherwise gravity-defyingly transcendent release.

In short, an Escape is a synthesised sanctuary for anyone who feels at home in vintage electronic tones. The eight tracks pull together as an immersive, explorative sensory experience that you can’t help getting absorbed by. There’s an underlying darkness to An Escape, but the mix of light and dark tones created a multifaceted efficacious reflection of the world as we know it today.

In his own words, here is how A Broken System introduced his debut album:

“An Escape is an amalgamation of influence from many different films, film scores, and video games. It is escapism in the internet age; urban spaces, nature and the environments I have moved between.”

An Escape is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hopefully By Then: Justin Shalitis lets the stars above guide his path on ‘I’ll See You In A Million Years’

With a super mellow vibe that has you feeling his eloquent energy fields wrap all over your soul and featuring kind vocals that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, Justin Shalitis tells us the story of knowing where you need to be with his latest peacefully transfixing single named ‘I’ll See You In A Million Years‘.

Justin Shalitis is a thoughtful Canadian solo artist and music producer who proficiently blends in triphop, ambient, psychedelia and folk music into his tremendous soundscape, that is inspiringly clear from any social media distractions.

‘I’m inspired by the likes of Nick Cave, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, Can, Radiohead, The National, Massive Attack and Elliott Smith.” ~ Justin Shalitis

He sings with such a pacifying soul-healing style that takes you places you know are obstainable if you search hard enough. The beat is so gentle and sooths all previous worries away, as you start to imagine getting away from it all to find yourself again.

I’ll See You In A Million Years‘ from the Canadian indie solo artist and music producer Justin Shalitis, is a super chilled story about just letting everything you do be totally natural. In a world that is so full of that hustle and bustle which can quite easily burn out your precious soul into smithereens on the sun-drenched floor, this is a much-needed reminder to stay rooted where you belong in nature. As he deleted social media to regain his highly important mental health from the clutches of an endless pit which never stops, you might feel inspired to do the same too.

Hear this fresh new single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Mari takes Electronica in an ethereally new direction with “So Easy”

London-based artist and producer Mari dug up the roots of underground UK EDM and planted them within their hypnotic debut EP ‘Midheaven’.

Lush layers of reverb lace steady beats with ethereal glazing in the standout track ‘So Easy’, allowing the track to border on the celestial. With warm, yet phantasmal vocals, So Easy doesn’t solely offer instrumental entrancement. Mari’s sultry vocal timbre will leave you transfixed as she explores her evocatively wide vocal range.

There’s also an incredible intimacy to be found in So Easy. Tonally, the soundscape may share qualities with those cooked up by the likes of Warpaint, but Mari’s love for the underground resonates throughout the entire EP.

You can check out Mari’s single So Easy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Cardiff’s Blueyute takes us on a vivid road trip with ”Song 4”

A creative storyteller who takes you on a mellow journey that includes a love interest, is always welcome in this dark and unsure world. Blueyute is a young UK emcee/singer with a smooth flow and a bunch of trippy beats to keep our ears looped in the whole ride.

Blueyute’sSong 4” is all about just going on that journey with that special person in your life, keeping an eye out for each other while daydreaming about going to all those places you have always wanted to go and visit.

Music Student Blueyute has created a vivid trip of simple expectations to striking results with ‘‘Song 4’‘. His music is ambient chill, just enough to keep you alert but always relaxing enough to lay back on a beanbag, dreaming of travelling somewhere far away. The Welsh youngster from Cardiff is maturing before our eyes and it won’t be long until he strikes that match and the fumes are full of a success that he couldn’t imagine.

Stream this track right here on SoundCloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dan Rochester has released their most pensively captivating single yet with “Falling Leaves”

Ahead of the release of their latest album “A Graveyard of Stars” which is due for release on November 22nd, up and coming guitar virtuoso Dan Rochester has released their standout single “Falling Leaves”.

There was no forgetting Dan Rochester after they first appeared on our radar with their captivating debut single “Nightfall” earlier this year. But this time, they’ve adopted a darker, almost haunted tone – for the prelude at least, as the track progresses and the instrumental arrangement becomes more eclectic and you’ll find yourself immersed within a semi-orchestral soundscape which boasts both melancholy and fragility. I’m not even ashamed to say I didn’t get to the end of Falling Leaves dry-eyed, and that’s definitely a first from a guitar-led instrumental single.

You can check out Dan Rochester’s single Falling Leaves for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast