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Flat Feet – Any Other Way: Pensively Bruising, Concordantly Pleasing Alt Indie

“Any Other Way” is just one of the captivatingly emotive singles found on up and coming artist Flat Feet’s debut album “Awry” which takes Indie music in an irrefutably progressive new direction.

If Elliott Smith dabbled in concordantly-inclined Trip Hop, I’m fairly sure it wouldn’t sound all too dissimilar to the poignantly raw soundscape which Flat Feet was able to create in the organic performance.

While the single is incredibly experimental throughout, towards the outro it almost feels as though all structure has slipped away as you listen to the mellifluous layers of sound unravel after sitting so tightly in the arrangement, yet, the ethereal resonance remains.

There’s a perfect synergy between the softly whispered lyrics and the light tonality of the instrumentals which ebb and flow in momentum keeping you transfixed by each and every transgression of sound. And there’s plenty of transgressions to appreciate within Any Other Way which is complete with orchestral swells, and the full-bodied, all consuming arrangements.

You can check out Flat Feet’s single Any Other Way which was released on May 1st, 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hands – Confusion: Viscerally Ominous Alt Indie

“Confusion” is just one of the atmospherically potent singles on Hands’ latest album “The Life & Death of Grief”. The track acts as the perfect introduction to their viscerally ominous take on Alt Indie. It’s not all too often that I get to say that you’ve never heard anything reminiscent of what an up and coming artist has created. This time, it’s my absolute pleasure to introduce the prodigally intellectual creativity of Hands.

Even given the amount of experimentalism contained within Confusion, there’s a magnetic amount of accessibility behind the dark and gritty single which unravels around sonic layers of electronic doom, bendy basslines, and incredibly distinctive drum fills. Imagine Nick Cave and Queen of the Stone Age having an aural lovechild, and you may just get an idea of what you’re in store for with Hands’ standout 2018 single.

You can check out the ground-breaking album from Hands for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andy Marlow – Understudy: Entrancingly Fresh Alt Indie

If you could imagine a perfectly synergetic mash-up of the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age, you’d get a pretty good idea of the instantly entrancing single “Understudy” from Andy Marlow.

The Alt Indie Rock hit is just one of the emotively invoking singles from his 2019 album Better Future. Expect big choruses, sticky sweet melodies, and some archaically inviting effects which are sure to enamour any fans of Beach Boys, Beatles, and the Rolling Stones.

Marlow’s vocals switch between quaint and mellifluous to the unrestrained raw dynamics which you wouldn’t be surprised if you heard them in a track from the Strokes. Yet, with his other influences including Jazz, Folk, Dance, and Blues there are plenty of deft experimental touches to Understudy which I can guarantee you won’t have heard the like of before. There aren’t many Indie Alt artists who choose to kick off their guitar-led soundscapes with a sonic blast of synth, but his inventively experimental approach is just one of the reasons you won’t hesitate in adding his hits to your playlists.

You can check out Understudy along with the rest of Andy Marlow’s album Better Future for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Scholesy – Washed: Prodigally Arresting Alt Indie

Scholesy blew us away with his debut Indie Hip Hop single “Nights” earlier this year, yet, it’s clear in the short time between the releases the up and coming artist has taken his sound to a whole new level. With his latest track “Washed” off his up-coming EP “Chrome Alone” Scholesy has kept the same raw, melancholic vocal approach. Washed stands as a testament to the diversity of Scholesy’s vocal talent, Within the short and sweet three-minute progression there’s still plenty of room for resounding vocal harmonies alongside his softly, yet relentlessly delivered rap vocals to create an immersive soundscape. The beat may take a while to kick in but listening to the intricately enthralling breakbeats alongside the almost primal rhythms slowly gain momentum only adds to the track’s ability to arrest you through the prodigally mastered mix.

You’ll have to wait a little longer for the video of Washed to be released, in the meantime you’ll be able to check out his earlier single via YouTube now. Make sure to give him a follow to stay up to date with all of his latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nights Out – Would You Lie: Hauntedly Alchemic Alt-Indie

“Would You Lie” is the first single to be released from Nights Out after the release of their debut EP “Fossil”. It’s easy to see that in the time between the releases they’ve found a maturity in their sound and allowed their approach to Alt Indie to resonate with the same emotive weight which hits you when you listen to a Joy Division track.

There’s a haunted alchemic aura behind the Indie Electro beats, and when they break you’re treated to soaring, concordant jangly guitar riffs. And that’s without mentioning the soul-twistingly arresting vocals which are kept low-key yet the power behind the Indie-inclined vocals isn’t to be underestimated. The slightly extended track duration allows you to slip into Would You Lie until you’re fully entrenched in the unique arrangements which progress with a captivating fluidity.

You can check out Would You Lie for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JEPH – Hey Baby: Attitudinally Sweet Alt Indie

https://youtu.be/v4y91z6Nstg

“Hey Baby” is the latest single to be released from the Alt Indie outfit JEPH, the Isle of Wight-based band may describe themselves as beige, yet, it’s not all too often that we encounter a sound as viscerally alive and quintessentially attitudinal as their Punk-infused genre-defying aural alchemy.

As I listened to Hey Baby unfold I was simultaneously captivated by the jangling progressions of the electric guitar which went beyond what you’d come to expect from an up and coming artist combined with the sweet yet expressive vocal style. The instrumental arrangements may carry a slight soft Grunge vibe, yet JEPH replaced angst with a twinge of romantic melody and the results speak for themselves. Wolf Alice may have just grabbed themselves the Mercury Prize for their colossal sound, yet, JEPH provided a stripped back sugared alternative which is just as palatable.

You can check out the official music video to Hey Baby from JEPH for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Follow JEPH and keep up to date with their latest single by following them via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Playfio ‘Arcadian Rhythm’ Album Review

Rob Playford’s album Arcadian Rhythm kicks off with a cinematically resounding wave of instantly accessible Alt Indie. The wavy synths of the mix lead you through the concordant rhythm in one of the most prodigally fresh manners I’ve heard in a long time. Track 1 ‘Hanging On’ possesses all of the sultry grind that you would expect from any self-respecting Rock track, yet thanks to the digital effects, you’re treated to a soundscape which seamlessly blends the progressions of the guitar with the transcendent vibrancy of the synth.

Make no mistake, Rob Playford’s album is not just another poor experimentation in entwining the futurism of Electro Pop with the archaic sound of Rock (I wasn’t going to mention any names, but Arctic Monkeys, I’m looking at you). Each track on the album stands as a testament to the instrumentalist and vocalists progressive style, whilst the beats are kept tight, they are also kept at a steady pacing which is all too easy to slip into. With tracks such as Enigma, you’re treated to an instrumental only progression with a few ingeniously placed vocal samples around the harmonious drive of the music. Whilst it may be lacking in vocals, it’s definitely not lacking in momentous, pulsating emotion.

Your Name is yet another stellar track, it is with this track Rob Playford displays his lyrical prowess, each line of every verse is a punchline, by the time the track fades out you’re almost left feeling bruised. With the poignant lyricism wrapped around the impounding notes of the piano, it’s one hell of an evocative composition. Playford’s smooth passion-steeped vocals take a little retro turn with this track, and it’s almost a little bit impossible not to compare the vocals to the late and great George Michael – and that’s definitely not a criticism. There aren’t many that can match the decadent crooning style which such a charismatic accessibility.

With so much diversity on the album, it’s impossible to see how anyone wouldn’t be able to find a track which blows them away. I definitely found an aural home in track number 6 ‘Elizium’ the jangly reverb which bled through the soft grunge mix didn’t fail to draw me in.

Whilst the diversity contained within Arcadian Rhythm didn’t fail to astound, it would have been nice to really hear Playfio stamp down their style with a signature sound. My vote goes towards the pioneering twists of soft Rock and Grunge as the soundscapes underwent a digital revival. Yet, Rob Playford’s experimental approach is admirable regardless.

Arcadian Rhythm will be available to stream and download across all main platforms from September 14thth, 2018.

You can connect with Playfio and keep up to date with all of their latest releases by heading over to Facebook.

Some music videos featured on this album can be found at Playfio Youtube Channel

Other links:
Website:              http://www.playfio.com/
Soundcloud:       https://soundcloud.com/playfio
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/playfio

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ben Stitt – Fade: Ambiently-Cathartic, Intricately-Genius Alt Indie

Ben Stitt’s latest single Fade may just be the chill out track that you never knew you needed. Through his prodigally genius styling he’s created a soundscape which as intricate as it is cathartic, you’re given no choice but hang on every heavily reverbed vocal offering from the up and coming Alt Indie artist. Whilst not every word was entirely audible, that didn’t seem to matter after Ben Stitt poured so much emotion into the melody that even without the vocals this was one of the most emotive tracks I’ve checked out in a long time. The Los Angeles, US based artist has poured the heat from the LA skyline to create a rhythmic offering steeped in pensive emotion, yet which pertains to be ethereally uplifting at the same time.

If you’re a fan of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Warpaint or London Grammar I absolutely insist that you check out Ben Stitt’s track Fade from his 2018 album ‘In the Dawn of My Days’. So, head on over to Soundcloud and drink in the fluid soundscapes from the deftly talented ambient artist.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sly Antics Live Review – A Soulfully Dirty Experience That’s Not to be Missed by Alt Indie Fans

Sly Antics / The Bread Shed Manchester / 03/03/2018

Even the disgustingly bitter grips of winter didn’t stop Sly Antics’ loyal crowd from flocking to The Bread Shed on a truly dismal Saturday evening in Manchester. In fact, in all my years attending gigs, I can’t recollect a time when there was so much hyped up energy bouncing round the audience. There were no dreary faces in sight, just the expression from awestruck fans of the Manchester based Alternative Indie trio that exuded their instantly iconic pioneering sound with such ethereal energy, the atmosphere could only be defined as electric.

The charisma of vocalist and guitarist is something I massively underestimated before getting treated to live renditions of some of the most raucous sounds around on the scene today. It really is no wonder Radio 1 have dubbed Sly Antics as ones to watch. With their angular guitars, deep and soulfully-edgy Indie vocals and insanely tight drumming that gives your rib cage a run for its money, there really is no fault to be found within this absolute powerhouse of talent.

Sly Antics first formed back in 2016 with their unforgettable EP Captive City which is home to the sensational anthem Lights Go Down which may have been the dirtiest Pop-Rock sound I’ve ever tantalised my ear drums with, the soaring riffs in that track are surely enough to get the guitarist recognised as a blindingly talented contemporary guitar hero.

I had the pleasure of seeing Sly Antics as they introduced their brand new single Sunday Fear which is now available to listen to via Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/track/7gF4PgDO4mZoeQkb44ETaP?si=Z6mM-e_0TiihhnJ_woKZCA

Head on over to Sly Antics website for details of their tour & to buy some pretty kick ass merch:

http://slyantics.com/

Follow Sly Antics on Twitter @SlyAntics

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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