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Big Soda – Open Wound: Soul-Fizzingly Sweet Psych Jazz Pop

We found it all too easy to become enamoured by Big Soda’s latest Psych Jazz Pop single Open Wound. It wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch soundtrack. But abstract ingenuity isn’t the only incentive to hit play. Big Soda makes it impossible not to be endeared by the effervescent charm which has been instilled into the mix.

The dreamy, melodic, genre-mashing progressions in Open Wound paired with Big Soda’s playfully soulful crooning allowed the track to unfold with a sublime soul-fizzing adorable appeal.

The track may not have been orchestrated with adorability in mind. Yet, that’s just what gives Open Wound its organic adorable magnetism. Expect a sure enough serving of improvised aural catharsis when you hit play.

You can check out Open Wound along with earlier releases from Big Soda for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Christopher Alexander Has Made Their Debut with the Tonally Transfixing EP “Eavesdropper at the Delphi”

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If music grips me based on tonality alone, I know I’ve just stumbled across an aural gem which will be impossible to forget. Which is exactly what happened when I hit play on the debut Psychedelic Americana Folk EP from Christopher Alexander.

“Eavesdropper at the Delphi” is much more than your assimilative ode to the past. While each single is a hazily indulgent trip, the first track “Midnight Mountain Climber” throws you right into Christopher Alexander’s devilishly hypnotic sound.

Expect teasing progressions, sublime serpentine rhythms and alchemy conjured through the playful shimmering tones of the organ and the deep Blues guitar licks which allow you to taste the friction.

I’m quite glad that the first time I dove into the arcane magic of the EP no one was witness to the multiple jaw-drop moments. Discovering Christopher Alexander’s sound left little room for decorum. The vocals add yet another incredible dynamic. There’s a slightly ominous air to them which amplifies the magnetic pull of the soundscapes in a way which leaves you endeared to the artist. But also, you’ll be left wondering if they do voodoo in their spare time.

You can check out Christopher Alexander’s EP for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Mellifluous Alt Blues Rock Powerhouse Cowboy Diplomacy Are Back with Their Latest Single “Bad Man”

There was no forgetting Cowboy Diplomacy after they explosively burst onto our radars with their raucous Blues Rock single “The Get Down” this summer.

And we’re more than happy to see that they’ve poured more of their authentic Alt Southern Blues Rock sound onto the airwaves with “Bad Man”. There may be plenty of gritty, grimy imagery contained within the single, but the instrumental arrangement carves out a succinctly fluid soundscape.

The music industry suffers from a collective apathy when it comes to hitting play on new artists. Which is totally understandable, frequently, music asks for your attention and gives little in return. But that most definitely isn’t the case with Bad Man, through the perfectly polished layers of Blues you’ll be treated to a potent dose of cathartic aural escapism.

The Austin-based mellifluous powerhouse seems to be in the habit of creating smooth, jazzy, soulful tonalities through energetically rhythmic tracks, it’s going to be incredibly exciting to hear what comes next.

You can check out Cowboy Diplomacy’s latest single Bad Man for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast