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Sammy Listoe – Crazy: An Alt Country Pop Rock Earworm

https://open.spotify.com/album/2VSMMbMNWM49y9kJ2RLzp9

Sammy Listoe created an Alt-Country earworm with their latest single “Crazy”. The lyrics and vocals may be authentically Country, but their instrumental style brings their sound well and truly into the 21st century.

The soaring Blues Rock riffs borrow a few nuanced elements from Hard Rock. Yet you’ll be able to expect the usual captivating quintessential melodic progressions in the verses and chorus. There may be plenty of artistic distinction to be found in Crazy, but the accessibility definitely hasn’t been compromised.

While plenty of artists of all inclinations attempt love-inspired tracks, it’s Country artists such as Sammy Listoe who succeed in allowing their tales of romantic woe to truly come to life in spectacular colour. If you don’t get caught up in the sticky-sweet sentiment in Crazy, I have some bad news about your soul.

You can check out Sammy Listoe’s latest single Crazy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jerry Impini – Good Time Woman: A Feel-Good Alt Country Playlist Essential

Alt-Country artist Jerry Impini released their latest single Good Time Woman on February 3rd, 2020 and placed a rhythmically accordant Jazz-infused earworm on the airwaves.

The single fuses a myriad of tonally-warm, timelessly-accessible genres together allowing Good Time Woman to resonate like nothing you’ve ever heard before. You’ll find everything from Soul, to Motown, to Folk Blues, to Jazz and Funk in Good Time Woman. Naturally, it’s an organic feel-good hit which won’t fail to leave you enamoured.

The vibrant popping melodies work in perfect synergy with Jerry Impini’s harmonically resonant vocals, making Good Time Woman the perfect aural pick me up to have on your playlists!

You can check out Jerry Impini’s latest single via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jen Myzel Has Released Her Spiritually Reflective Alt Country Pop Single “Be Longing”

https://jenmyzel.bandcamp.com/track/be-longing

With the poetic lyrics and the beguiling ease of the melodies, it’s impossible not to find yourself in a contemplative state while listening to Jen Myzel’s latest Alt Folk Country Pop single “Be Longing”.

With lyrical lines which feel like an introspective sucker punch and serenely stripped-back instrumentals, “Be Longing” is the perfect track to add to your ruminative playlists.

While there are many artists out there making a lot of noise without much to say, you’ll be able to find Jen Myzel’s distinctive sound on the other side of the coin. The Californian artist is perceptibly gifted when it comes to orchestrating uplifting and empowering soundscapes. Not by utilising abrasively ‘happy’ tones, but meditatively easing you into a better mind space with compellingly conscious lyrical wisdom.

You can check out Jen Myzel’s quiescently striking single for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jesse Slack – Rust: A Country Blues Pop Playlist Essential

Jesse Slack has perceptibly found the answer to keeping Country music commercially accessible with his latest single “Rust”. The genre-defying track may borrow plenty of elements from different genres, but the roots of Country Americana Blues are well and truly blossoming in Rust.

The cuttingly angular guitar tones sit alongside the winding rhythms which are more typical from the genre providing a refreshing added dynamic to the instrumentals. While the lyrics and vocals allow Rust to share reminiscences with Pop and Bluesy Pop Punk artists.

If there’s any justice in the music industry, Jesse Slack will share the same success as the likes of Taylor Swift. Because evidently, he shares the same talent when it comes to crafting sticky-sweet melodies which will stick in your throat during the build-ups.

You can listen to Jesse Slack’s latest single Rust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country, Rock and Pop Converge in Kylee Stone’s Hit Single “Homegrown”

Up and coming Country Pop Rock artist Kylee Stone released her latest single “Homegrown” on January 31st and made Country music more accessible than ever.

It’s easy to see that Kylee Stone could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus after the release of Homegrown. There’s plenty of familiarities to be found in the timeless style of the track. But the distinction lies in the talent offered by Kylee Stone and her band.

No review of Homegrown would be complete without mentioning the insanely mesmeric lead guitar work. With riffs which would rival Slash’s, this emotive and soul-inspired single is taken to the next level. If any track could simultaneously appease Rock, Pop, and Country fans, it’s Homegrown.

You can check out the official music video to Kylee Stone’s latest single Homegrown for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant Nesmith – Every Night: Celestial Shoegaze-Infused Alt Country

https://grantnesmith.bandcamp.com/track/every-night

If you’re always craving potent hits of archaic aural bliss, you’ll be able to scratch the itch by pressing play on Grant Nesmith’s single “Every Night” from their debut solo album “Between Tides”.

With inspiration from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Shoegaze pioneers, Grant Nesmith was able to pull quintessential elements from a myriad of genres and tie them together to create a feat of uplifting alchemy.

Every Night filled me with the same fuzzy euphoric feeling as I get when I delve into one of Cheap Trick’s indulgently sentimental, nostalgically blissful singles. But as the track progressed, the instrumentals became transcendentally celestial. Allowing Every Night to become an intensely emotional experience comprised of sonic layers of hypnotic choral sound.

You can check out Every Night along with the rest of the debut album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Naked Waste – Solitaria: Dark Choral Experimental Folk

https://nakedwaste.bandcamp.com/track/solitaria

Naked Waste’s standout 2019 single “Solitaria” from the EP “Cursed Light” is jarring enough to give you the compulsion to cry from the very first vocal note.

The Melbourne, Australia-based experimental Folk artist has a perceptible ability to play with tone and textures within their music for maximum evocative effect – it’s a far cry from the two-dimensional music which you’ll commonly hear on the radio. The choral soundscape offers effervescence amongst the bleak sombreness which has been steeped into the melodies in Solitaria.

The wobbly vibrato on the vocals teams up with the bass and digital percussion to create a haunting single full of pensive emotion, which may not be poised. Instead, it’s vulnerable, raw, and definitely worth three minutes of your time.

You can checkout Solitaria for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Death Knell – Boom, Click: Dark Country Folk for Dark Times.

https://deathknellofficial.bandcamp.com/track/boom-click

As their band name not so subtly indicates, Death Knell definitely aren’t your average Country band.

Any fans of Amigo the Devil’s Murder Folkstyle are sure to appreciate the angsty lyrical ingenuity found in their single “Boom, Click”. Especially anyone who is sharing contempt for the 1% whose odious nature is leaving us non-billionaire folk rightfully enraged.

Lyrics such as “And they don’t realize they’re doomed, with their bleached white teeth, fake tits, and exceptional veneers. Their thousand dollar suits will be nothing but ash when I’m through”. Imaginatively narrate the injustice we’re all subjected to so the upper-classes can have their Eyes Wide Shut style soirées.

Death Knell are an essential band to have around right now. Their satrical approach to Country is sorely needed on both sides of the pond. I for one am extremely grateful for their resonantly cathartic yet riotously energised track which immediately found a home on my playlist.

You can consider Boom, Click to be an invitation to fuck the establishment while simultaneously being treated to some intricately mesmerising frenzied instrumental alchemy.

You can check out their single Boom, Click for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe Buchanan – Lighthouses: Blissfully Serene, Pensively Ethereal Country

If you’ve never listened to Judaism-inspired Country music (don’t worry, we hadn’t either!), prepare to delve into the blissfully serene rhythmic tones found in Joe Buchanan’s latest album “Back from Babylon”.

While each of the singles is as evocatively captivating as the last, the best introduction to Joe Buchanan’s stunning beyond all definition style is the single “Lighthouses”.

I can quite honestly say that no track has hit me as hard from the first time of listening since I first discovered Cat Stevens’ “Wild World”. There’s overwhelming energy behind Lighthouses which won’t fail to leave you transfixed in the dreamy, hazy soundscape. Lighthouse may come with lashings of melancholy, but simultaneously it’s the perfect potently cathartic soundscape to surrender your consciousness to.

You can check out Joe Buchanan’s single Lighthouses for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Patrick Jordan – A Woman Like You: Emotively Resounding Alt Blues Rock

https://patrickjordanmusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-woman-like-you

Not many songwriters are armed with the gift being able to instantly hook you into a lyrical narrative. But from the first verse of Patrick Jordan’s single “A Woman Like You” we were transfixed by the undiluted soul poured into the soundscape.

The most striking aspect of A Woman Like You was the humble nature of the Alt Blues Rock single. There was no attempt to throw us into a realm of unfamiliarity or be excessively ostentatious with their style. Instead, the minimalistic yet resounding instrumentals were as bare as their soul.

The Stockton On Tees, UK-based artist may offer a slightly nostalgic sound, but through their arrestive mix of Country, Rock, Soul, and Blues, there’s plenty of contemporary appeal lingering between the emotively compelling notes.

You can check out the title track to Patrick Jordan’s latest album which is due for release on November 29th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast