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Alt Pop took a supersonic shift into the future with the release of Luan Seguim’s single “Terminator”

Chicago-based Alt Indie Pop artist Luan Seguim has crashed onto the airwaves with their unapologetically authentic track “Terminator” which still fizzes with commercial potential in spite of the arrestingly visceral distinction.

Remember when Imagine Dragons dropped Radioactive in 2012? Yeah, it’s as stylistic and fresh as that. With an eclectic array of influences behind their futuristically grooving sound, Luan Seguim was able to serve up a genre-defying hit which Indie, Rock, Dark Pop and Electronic Pop fans will all undoubtedly approve of.

You can check out Luan Seguim’s track Terminator by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Creeptones – Soul Fire: A College-Radio Rock Earworm

Uplifting and happy, the Creeptones ‘Soul Fire’ – the new single from the New Jersey fourpiece’s ‘Hell And Ice’ album – is a jangling, deliciously poppy 4’24” of vaguely sixties-inspired college radio-style rock with an earworm of a chorus and a beautifully hummable vocal melody line, in the vein of the Flaming Lips, Turin Brakes, or the Delgados.

Currently smashing Spotify ‘Indie’ playlists left, right, and centre, the Creeptones Hell And Ice should put them firmly on the musical map, a melodic catchy collection of 13 songs that worm their way into your brain and refuse to let go. ‘Soul Fire’ is the perfect lead single from that collection.

‘Soul Fire’ – and the full Hell and Ice album – are available from the Creeptones website.

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Doomsy – Where Have You Been: Delectably Morose Genre-Defiance

Boston MA artist Doomsy has served up a delectably morose aural crumble with their third single “Where Have You Been”. Even though they come from a Rock background, they’ve completely transcended the notion of genres with Where Have You Been.

You’ll pick up on nuances of Pop, Indie, Post Punk, RnB and Rock within the consistently progressive, melancholically captivating single, but you’ll quickly lose all motivation to label Doomsy’s all-consuming sound. Instead, your rhythmic pulses will become aligned with the steady and tentative notes which lead you through an evocative rollercoaster.

The sense of longing and regret echoes throughout Where Have You Been, it’s so much more than your average lovelorn single. You’re able to feel every ounce of the weight which was projected into the strikingly undefinable mix.

You can check out Where Have You Been via Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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All in the Nothing – Better This Way: A Debut Any Fans of the Cure Need to Listen To

Better This Way” is the mesmerising debut single from Indie artist All in the Nothing. Hit play and prepare for a flood of synthy 80s nostalgia complete with a smorgasbord of contemporary appeal.

You’ll find nuances of The Cure, Bowie and The Midnight, but in its essence, Better This Way is an organically expressive single which is all too easy to slip into and appreciate the ingenuity alongside the visceral undiluted romanticism. It’s laden with lovelorn melancholy, but it won’t fail to hit the evocative spot and leave your soul suitably appeased.

We’re already stoked to hear what’s in the pipeline from All in the Nothing, We’d suggest you get them on your radar too.

You can check out Better This Way via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sean Millea – Little Bit of Sunshine: Compassionately Emotive Indie

Up and coming Alt Indie artist Sean Millea dropped their seminal single “Little Bit of Sunshine” during lockdown. It may be a rough demo, but if you’ve got a soul, the tender evocative nature of the release won’t fail to resonate.

The track kicks off with delicately warm Neo-Classic keys before Sean Millea’s distinctive beyond definition vocals find a perfect place atop of the ever-evolving soundscape which slides into a feat of melodically explorative Alt Indie which pulls in faint yet masterful nuances of Hip Hop while Sean Millea offers an aural experience which isn’t all too different to what you can expect from the Verve.

Little Bit of Sunshine is as absolving as music comes. Do yourselves a favour and indulge in this compassionately emotive mix.

You can check out Little Bit of Sunshine for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mark Ramsey – January Rough Times: Tenderly Intimate Indie

https://ramsey.bandcamp.com/track/january-rough-times-2

Rhode Island Indie Alt Rock artist Mark Ramsey released their accordantly pensive single “January Rough Times” on August 21st and left us seriously bruised by the contrast of ethereally atmospheric instrumentals and their softly morose vocals gently finding synergy.

Is it blasphemy to say that Mark Ramsey’s semi-orchestral single may even be more viscerally captivating than Elliot Smith’s haunting singles? Probably, but I’d take the risk of a stoning to pay a fitting ode to the tender soundscape which becomes more intimate with every listen.

Every lyrical line draws you into the narrative deftly set up by Mark Ramsey. You’d have to entirely void of empathy not to be stung by poetic lyricism such as “You’re starting to sleep through the night, I’m starting to think that you missed the point and now there’s no telling what’s right but let’s not pretend it wasn’t your choice”.

January Rough Times is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beautifully created Alt Indie with Flat Feet’s ‘Renegades’

This is Alt Indie at it’s finest with Flat Feet’s terrific new single called ‘Renegades‘.

Flat Feet’sRenegades‘ is a wonderfully made song that echoes through the world’s barriers and worries.

With the sultry vocals of the wonderful Dayana and Max on drums, this is a true team effort. They team up to create a song with a catchy hook, the beat is low, the drums tap in with style and this is all-round goodness with a fish in the jar.

I get lost in the vocals so much on ‘Renegades‘. The Flat Feet team impresses on this fine track that gets you in the mood to go on a road-trip or go for a run. The beat is fantastic and I like everything about this. This is a group that just make quality music to make us smile.

Here is the link to the visuals on YouTube.

Click here for the Soundcloud page.

Head to the Insta page to see more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Piff Cherry has released her distinctively seductive genre-mashing track “Ride”

The first few pensive notes in Piff Cherry’s recently released single Ride set you up for a stylistic feat of Indie in the same vein as the likes of the National. Yet, the ever-evolving soundscape was given free rein without the constraints of genre boundaries.

With elements of Hip Hop, Indie, Pop and NeoSoul all weaved into the short and sweet mix, it’s dynamically captivating from start to finish. There’s little room to wonder why Piff Cherry has garnered plenty of hype with her distinctively seductive sound. The contrast between the plaintive keys and the sharp rattle of the Trap-style beats adds enough depth to Ride that it’s all too easy to sink into.

You can check out Piff Cherry’s single Ride for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stockholm band Marble Mammoth ride through the sky with ‘Have The Sun Lick Your Mind’

Have The Sun Lick Your Mind‘ is the fantastic new indie-rock psychedelia song from Sweden’s Marble Mammoth and this raises the standard in 2020.

Marble Mammoth are part of Sweden’s labyrinth psych scene. This Stockholm-based quartet, with members from bands such as garage rock act Dollhouse, wanders seamlessly and with style between classic genres in a dynamic mix of riff based rock and dreamy psychedelia.

Their progressive sound is characterized by swinging drums and bongos, fuzzy guitars, vintage organs and energetic vocals. I love the sound here and this a band that seems perfectly at sync.

Released off Klorofyll Records, ‘Have The Sun Lick Your Mind‘ from Marble Mammoth is a marvelous journey about going for your dreams. You want to reach so high that the sun can lick your mind so you feel free. With such a melodic rhythm that keeps you interested all the way through. This is such a gem.

Get it through the Spotify page.

Click here for the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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GRAZE – Ven a Volar: A Viscerally Chilling Shoegaze Revival

https://graze1.bandcamp.com/track/ven-a-volar-2

Shoegaze fans who are always scouting for brand-new evolutions in the genre will find a smorgasbord of reverb-soaked authenticity in Pennsylvania-based artist GRAZE’s latest single.

Ven a Volar was released on August 11th, hit play and prepare for the cutting cold tones to tear through you. The slight vibrato on the Indie vocals gives the sonic soundscape a potently evocative sting while the complexity in the melodies will leave you utterly captivated as you try and navigate the walls of masterfully-orchestrated noise.

GRAZE may not be able to tour with this release, but I can imagine that when they can, they’ll leave the audience with chills.

You can stream or download Ven a Volar via Bandcamp, or you can check it out on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast