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Hourigan has released their optimism-invoking Indie RnB Folk Single “Fly Your Kite”

The word ‘arrestive’ may get thrown around a lot in reviews, but in the case of Hourigan’s Indie RnB Folk single “Fly Your Kite”, it’s more than justified.

The unfiltered soul which Hourigan projected into the Indie RnB mix has a way of crawling under your ribs as you drink in the organic accordant ecstasy in the sublimely serene soundscape.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Jack Johnson, Hozier and Cosmo Sheldrake all collaborated on a single, you’d get an idea of how mesmerizingly transcendent Fly Your Kite is.

Lyrically, Fly Your Kite is a poignant message to the younger generations facing overwhelming levels of uncertainty. It’s a gentle optimism-invoking invitation to keep on going and to see past the crushing illusion society attempts to sell us.

You can check out Hourigan’s single Fly Your Kite for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Tessa Devine has released her pensively resolving single “Wild 2020”

With her recently released single “Wild 2020”, up and coming singer-songwriter Tessa Devine shared a stripped-back soulful soundscape with the airwaves which is guaranteed to sting.

From the first note in Wild 2020 the mesmeric pensive tone is set. From there on out, you follow the ambient, intricate guitar notes as they find perfect synergy with Tessa’s expressively imploring vocals.

With the lyricism poetically guiding you through the experience of a mind running wild and yearning for an anchor in a chaotic world, it’s all too easy to connect with the soundscape.

Wild 2020 has all the makings of an iconic hit given. It shares the same pensive yet resolving power as Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car. That’s not a comparison I make lightly.

There was no forgetting Tessa Devine’s Soulful Indie Pop single “Run”. After hearing Wild 2020, we have yet another testament to her simple yet striking songwriting style.

Tessa will be releasing plenty more singles in 2020. Get her on your radar.

You can check out Tessa Devine’s single via all major streaming platforms via this link.

To keep up to date with Tessa’s latest releases connect with her via Facebook or Instagram. For more information head over to her official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Grant Maloy Smith has shared their all too relatable Alt Country Folk single “Waiting for the Good Old Days Again” with the airwaves

We may not have heard any lockdown songs from Cat Stevens, but US artist Grant Maloy Smith has achieved the very same evocative effect as Wild World with his latest single “Waiting for the Good Old Days Again”.

The Alt Country Folk single shares the all too relatable emotion which has transpired from being left in stasis with the days bleeding into one another because there is nothing to set them apart. The soundscape certainly isn’t without its melancholy, but the stunning semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement makes it hard to slip into a morose state as your listening to the ethereal pull of the strings.

It really comes as no surprise that Grant Maloy Smith entered the Billboard charts with their previous releases. There is an incredibly nuanced and matured air to their latest single which can only come from an artist who has dedicated their life to their art.

You can check out the official music video for Waiting for the Good Old Days Again via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Milena Estelle has given the evolution of Indie Pop a brand-new direction with “Free” featuring Lef Germenlis

After hearing Milena Estelle’s latest single “Free” featuring Lef Germenlis, it’s evident that Indie Pop has a new pioneer at the vanguard. You’re unlikely to hear anyone else offering the same alchemy which spills from her infusion of Indie Jangle Pop, Future Pop and Alt Folk.

The track kicks off with cavernous drums and angularly cutting guitar notes before the momentum builds until Free becomes a supercharged feat of Electronic Pop. The one thing which remains a constant is the resounding power of Milena Estelle’s vocals which will appease any fans of Lorde and Florence and the Machine.

It’s impossible not to be excited when anticipating what will come next from Milena Estelle. Get her on your radar. With her colossally distinctive sound, she’ll end up in your ears one way or another.

You can check out Milena Estelle’s latest single Free for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Leo Howse – A (nother F*cking) Heartfelt Love Song Featuring Suzi Jodie.

When love songs are as inventively titled as Leo Howse’s latest single “A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song” featuring Suzi Jodie, we were always going to pay attention.

From the first hint of sardonic wit in Leo Howse’s playfully bitter-sweet Indie Folk Pop single we instantly warmed to their sarcastic style which was perfectly complemented by Suzi Jodie’s ardently accordant vocals.

Anyone who appreciated the Fratellis’  off the cuff songwriting style will definitely want this melodic psychedelically-infused feat of Pop in their ears.

We can’t wait to hear what comes from the up and coming eccentric artist. Maybe, by the date of the next release, the earworm which this single left us with may have wriggled out.

You can check out A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


New Canadian Indie-Folk singer Rachel Gleddie releases stunningly beautiful debut ”Catacomb”

There are rare moments when you hear a song and it completely changes your day. This just happened when I turned this soulfully sweet song on full volume. It shows how music can heal you up and get you in the right mindset.

We can be our own biggest obstacle sometimes and it can really hold you back. When you break though the feeling is immense and you unlock so much that you have been missing. The pure-voiced Rachel Gleddie from Edmonton in Canada has just released her first ever song and it’s of such quality you would think she has been doing this for years. ”Catacomb” takes us through the fear of being burned and just keeping things simple. This is such a true message and so relevant right now during these wild times on planet earth. I’m so glad that Rachel found a way to unlock herself out and is now flying, free as a bird with the wind at her back. She sings with such beauty and the guitar sounds make me feel happy and warm inside. This is stunning indie-folk up there with the best. Peaceful music with a true message. Rachel Gleddie is a name to watch and I hope she tours soon so we can watch her live.

Stream more from this upcoming talent with so much soul right here on her Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Laura Elizabeth Hughes – Pandemonium: Atmospherically Raw Neo-Classic Folk

With her latest release “Pandemonium”, Irish Folk singer-songwriter Laura Elizabeth Hughes orchestrated a tenderly pensive soundscape which will soothe your soul while simultaneously sending piercing aural daggers through your skin.

The soft vocals resoundingly fall into the atmosphere of the stripped-back single which utilises gentle piano melodies to complement Laura Elizabeth Hughes’s equally as ethereal vocals. From start to finish, you’re gifted with soft evocatively-charged alchemy.

I’d assume that anyone with the ability to listen to Pandemonium without feeling any discernible visceral emotion was categorically dead inside. It captures the chaos of our dystopic times while serving as a delicate reminder that we can still thrive within it.

Pandemonium is simply stunning. You wouldn’t find a more resonant single from an up and coming artist if you turned on the radio today.

Pandemonium is available to stream via Spotify.

You can keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Black Hours new track ‘Saccharine’ is a beautifully sweet folk ensemble number

London-based 7-piece alt-folk ensemble – led by vocalist Dave Malkin – Black Hours has released new track ‘Saccharine’ from their latest ‘Saccharine EP’.

‘Saccharine’ is a wonderfully moving dreamy, folky number dominated by some poetically weathered vocals from frontman Malkin . It powerfully sweeps up from syncopated, sad plucks like a mournful breeze as Black Hours’ femininely cavernous backing vocals help up the stakes to their intensely symphonic peak. Swimming in pools full of Damien Rice’s golden era appeal, ‘Saccharine’ sweetly delivers on moving mountains of the ensemble’s sonic quality through should-be high-end living room speakers. 

The perfect production helps stretch every inch of harmonic plucking and rubbing from the 7-piece’s strings – with each replay proving that Black Hours have delivered a beautiful release with ‘Saccharine’. Every indie, folk – and any respecting independent music – lover should give this bitterly sweet track a taste. 

You can listen to ‘Saccharine’ on Black Hours Spotify page here.


8udDha bl0od is set to release their tenderly sedative single “Time’s Warps: ii.iii Days Go By”

King Crimson fans will definitely want to nestle into 8udDha bl0od’s engrossingly melodious Alt Folk Rock single Time’s Warps: ii.iii Days Go By.

The tenderly sedative soundscape incorporates a kick of psychedelia into the practically celestial progressions which will gently pull you through the ingenuity which we’ve come to expect from 8udDha bl0od.  Yet, Time’s Warps: ii.iii Days Go By is by far one of the purest unalloyed tracks we’ve heard from the Brighton-based artist so far. Stunning feels like an understatement when it comes to this almost neo-classic composition.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Time’s Warps: ii.iii Days Go By for yourselves. In the meantime, you can head over to the artist’s SoundCloud page and check out 8udDha bl0od’s earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


8udDha bl0od – Pushing You Under: A Vivaciously Sonic New Trajectory in the Evolution of Folk Rock

8udDha bl0od created a brand-new super-charged trajectory in the evolution of Folk Rock with their recently released single “Pushing You Under”.

The Brighton-based artist’s vivaciously sonic approach to Folk-Rock is absorbing from the first verse in Pushing You Under which kicks off as an energetically electric feat of melodic Alt Folk before amping up the intensity of the chaos in the soundscape. The unpredictable progressions lead you through walls of heavily distorted guitar until the whole track fades into static with plenty more inventive distinction in between.

Pushing You Under serves as the perfect introduction to 8udDha bl0od’s constantly evolving sound. It’s impossible to predict what will come next, yet, one thing which remains as a constant is the palpable sense that the artist has thrown themselves entirely into the soundscape with no thought to stylistic constraints. It’s certainly not every day you will hear a track which allows you to share the artist’s pure creative catharsis.

You’ll be able to check out Pushing You Under along with the rest of 8udDha bl0od’s Folk Rock EP from May 3rd via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast