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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

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June Low – The Letter: Hauntingly Ethereal Country

Alt Country singer-songwriter June Low’s latest single “The Letter” was released on October 21st and comes highly recommended to any fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten.

Just like the aforementioned artists, June Low’s haunting sound instantly draws you into the atmosphere of the single. As the momentum of the prelude and verses grows, you can feel the presence of the melancholy take a stronger hold. And that’s quite a rare alchemic feat.

With the single sitting on the more melodious and ambient side of Country, The Letter gives you all of the narrative and imagery of a typical Country track while the mesmerizingly delicate instrumental arrangement carves plenty of catharsis. With the extended length of The Letter, June Low had plenty of time to play with spatial effect to make sure the single resonates with maximum effect.

You can check out the official music video to June Low’s latest single The Letter via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colby Dean – Will I Go: Nostalgically Sweet Americana Indie Folk

https://colbydeanmusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Montana-based Indie artist Colby Dean released their debut self-titled EP on October 10th, 2019. Each of the singles unfolds as a nostalgically sweet offering of Americana Indie Folk. The best introduction to their sound is undoubtedly “Will I Go” which simultaneously unravels as an ethereally haunting and cathartically comforting single.

The Indie Folk single is sure to be of appeal to any fans of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and Leonard Cohen, as there is a touch of vintage tonality entwined with Colby Dean’s contemporary approach to the Alt-Country sound. Their naturally magnetic vocals and ability to spill plenty of imagery with their lyrics ensures that Will I Go is not a soundscape which is easily forgotten.

You can check out Will I Go along with Colby Dean’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bree Taylor – Drive: Uniquely Infectious Country Pop

While there may be plenty of contemporary artists blending Country and Pop in their soundscapes, no one does it quite like up and coming singer-songwriter Bree Taylor. Instead of just incorporating the usual Country twang in a contemporary Pop mix, the eclectic instrumental arrangements allow the captivating Folk charm to run right through her recently released single “Drive”.

By far the most striking aspect to Drive is Bree Taylor’s unwillingness to bend to genre limitations. Bree Taylor has a striking tendency to run with her own authenticity instead of the authenticity of a music genre.  In the punchy Pop hit, you’ll hear jangly ukulele notes and winding tensile guitar progressions which are not all too dissimilar from what you would hear from bands such as the Levellers.

You can check out Bree Taylor’s latest single Drive by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Weather Wild – Oh My God: Irresistibly Euphoric Alt Country

If you’re looking for charismatic whisky-soaked vocals paired with authentic Americana Country upbeat euphoria, look no further than the debut single “Oh My God” by The Weather Wild.

Even Nashville purists will have trouble resisting the foot-stomping rhythms which can be found in the soundscape which was deftly mastered by the 6-piece powerhouse. With elements of Indie to give Oh My God an irresistible contemporary appeal, it’s hard not to imagine The Weather Wild amassing plenty of attention following on from the release. If you don’t fall in love with the serpentine Rock n’ Roll guitar rhythms, the addition of the violin strings is sure to sway you into adoration.

Oh My God definitely isn’t a single which we’ll be forgetting about in a hurry, it’s no easy feat to bring that level of vibrancy and warmth to a soundscape.

You can check out the debut single from The Weather Wild for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Underwater Robots – Wasted Tuesday: A Captivating Alt Revival of Americana Blues

https://underwaterrobots.bandcamp.com/track/wasted-tuesday-3

“Wasted Tuesday” is just one of the captivating singles found on Underwater Robots’ 2019 album “Like Frank Sinatra”. While the soundscape doesn’t share all too many reminiscences with Frank Sinatra, it is a stylistic serving of Alt Americana Indie from the up and coming Philadelphia based artist.

Underwater Robots have a tangibly distinctive approach to Country Rock, which mainly comes from their inclination to mix up the usual guitar rhythms with irresistible Indie licks which amplify the evocative energy spilled into the mix from the harmonic vocals.

With Wasted Tuesday, you’ll be able to expect soul-piercing riffs, pensively magnetic whisky soaked vocals, and lyrics which aren’t shy about leaving you sobered by this wistfully enchanting track.

You can stream and download Wasted Tuesday along with the rest of the latest album from Underwater Robots for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast