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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

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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

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Tekla Waterfield – Original Lies: 90’s Nostalgic Pop

I grew up on the iconic sounds of 90’s female Pop acts; Texas, Garbage, Catatonia and The Cranberries to name a few. So, when I checked out the fresh new track Original Lies by the sensational Pop act Tekla Waterfield I was blown away by the nostalgia that is entrenched in the sound. She has a unique sensibility to her vocal style, however her vocal range is somewhat reminiscent to one of my favourite current artists Courtney Barnett. Yet it’s clear, that Tekla Waterfield is more than any sound that has been orchestrated before. The singer songwriter found her own essence within her poignantly palpable harmonies which she’s infused with the roots of her Seattle sound. Her sounds tend to bounce between Folk, Jazz, Indie and Blues through her discography proving that she’s one of the most eclectically talented underground artists around today.

With Original Lies, Tekla has created an anthemically catchy Pop hit, complete with an irresistibly catchy chorus that even Kim Gordon would give 5 stars.

Check out the sensational Pop hit Original Lies on SoundCloud:

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Isaac Watters Releases dusty folk single ‘Past Hope Now’

There is a beauty in the broken and John Isaac Watters fragile and vulnerable delivery is for that reason beautiful, unconventionally so but compelling none the less. He explores alt-country, dusty folk, carnival sideshow crooning, David Lynch soundtracks, Waitsian unconformity and much more besides.

Past Hope Now is timeless in that it can’t be pinned down to any era, it is evocative and nostalgic without tugging unnecessarily at too many heartstrings, it is fresh without trying to be fashionable and it is effortlessly experimental without seeming to try too hard to be clever, though a wonderfully clever musical creation it certainly is. But more than that, the fact that the music comes attached to an expansive and beautifully realised music video cum short film which explores the physical, mental and natural struggles of a couple with their desert surroundings only proves how brilliant music is at carrying an important message when in the right hands.

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