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Clock in with BrooksOfYork’s latest intimate indie single, Work.

BrooksOfYork has returned with the phenomenally seminal single, Work, each of his tracks is an intricately artful and intimate affair, yet, Work captures the artist at his most profound and consoling.

Nuances of RnB pull through in the electronic indie-pop release that was constructed with accordantly clean guitars and reverb-swathed synth lines; despite its quiescence, inspires profound introspection.

Under the influence of Bon Iver, Boyz II Men, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley and any artist with the capacity to concoct evocative aural vignettes. Work doesn’t solely reflect on the 9-5 grind, but the labours of love that seem to work our knuckles to the bone.

You can check out BrooksOfYork’s latest single, Work, that officially released on March 22th via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

Atlanta indie artist Sarah Rae explores the multifaceted nature of love with her new single, ‘Poison Ivy’.

Sarah Rae

With her latest alt-indie single, ‘Poison Ivy’, Sarah Rae explores the contrasting layers of love, melodically shifting between light and dark transitions in the Shoegaze single that will undoubtedly be a hit with fans of Hooverphonic, Portishead and Slowdive.

It is singles like Poison Ivy that remind you that there’s no such thing as a realistic ‘happy’ love song. They’re about as true to life as superficially stretched smiles in social media posts that are aimed to deceive people into believing that your life is a 24/7 soirée of aesthetic euphoria.

Poison Ivy starts with chilling angular notes that feed into the stylish trip hop-style soundscape that allows the vox to find perfect synergy with the reverb-swathed instrumentals as they bleed into them, still allowing the poignancy of the lyrics to haunt the progressively enthralling track that gets better with every listen.

Poison Ivy is due for official release on June 9th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

DAAY makes the disillusionment of adulthood relatable with his alt-indie single, ‘Little Foot’.

DAAY

Take a walk through relatable growing pains with the third alt-indie single from South London-residing artist DAAY that emanates the same chaos as Oh Sees alongside a James Brown-Esque serving of soul. Little Foot is an intoxicating mash of ingenuity that proves there’s plenty more to art-rock than Radiohead.

With sax solos that scream with the same visceral furore as Pete Wareham’s strident howls, nostalgic bluesy licks, and a general state of inhibition and instability running right through the release, Little Foot is for every music fan who thrives on finding authenticity alongside relatable insanity.

Little Foot conceptually shares the frustration of needing to answer endless questions as we navigate our dark and often fetid landscapes as adults while it imparts the nostalgia of childhood simplicity and ignorance. In the process, DAAY paints the process of disillusion with the world as a universal one. If the world ever needed a reminder that no one’s life – regardless of social media statuses – is a bed of roses, it’s right now. DAAY discernibly delivered with this consistently volatile aural exploration of style.

The release of Little Foot was an efficacious way of creating an appetite for the solo artist’s forthcoming singles, due for release in 2021. Save space on your radar.

Little Foot will be available to stream and purchase on all major platforms from May 28th.

Check out DAAY on Spotify, Bandcamp and SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Send Me Giants has made their debut with the driving, despondent alt-rock single, ‘Figure Something Out.

Nashville-born, Chicago-based Musician and producer, Send Me Giants (John Remp) has made his debut with the evocative alt-rock track, ‘Figure Something Out’ which paints a poignant picture of despondence and confusion. If you can’t relate to that, are you even human?

As someone who has invested plenty of their time sinking into reverb-swathed choral indie shoegaze, I can assuredly say that few new artists manage to pull something new out of that tonal ilk, but Figure Something Out, with its math-rock Midwest emo elements, delivers a brand-new angular aural experience as the cutting notes ring across the discordance.

After such a promising and authentic debut, we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for his sophomore single.

Figure Something Out is now available to stream via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

Azure Wolf depict internal conflict in their alt-indie single, ‘Chateau’.

Winchester, VA-based ethereal indie rock artist Azure Wolf brought their haunting tones to the airwaves once more with their double a-side release, Chateau / Honey Rush.

Emotion and the potential for honest human connection run at the forefront of Chateau; the delicately angular shoegaze guitars bring an air of fragility and vulnerability to the release while the lyrics find powerful meta ways to relay the complexities of pain. With lyrics such as, “I’d drink that poison just to swallow that pill”, Azure Wolf artfully illustrate how much internal conflict lies in each of us.

Founding member and vocalist Victoria Backle’s vocal timbre effortlessly establishes Azure Wolf as a distinctive artist that wouldn’t be out of place on a lineup with Slowdive, The National, Interpol or Editors. Yet, she leaves you in awe of far more than her vocal range. With every release from Azure Wolf, you get a sense of the bravery it took for each of the members to throw themselves in completely.

Azure Wolf’s latest release is now available to stream via Spotify and Bandcamp.

Connect with Azure Wolf via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Azure Wolf orchestrated the ultimate alt-indie pop-rock anthem with their single, ‘Honey Rush’.

On May 21st, 2021, Azure Wolf released their most visceral work to date with their double a-side single, Chateau / Honey Rush. Both of the singles are fervent exhibitions of the Winchester, VA-based alt-indie artist’s authentically accessible experimentalism. Yet, with Honey Rush, Azure Wolf orchestrated a dark pop-rock anthem that unequivocally affirms that they need to be on your gig bucket list.

With pop elements creating an all-consuming chorus constructed with sweeping sonic progressions, anthemic production and catchy lyrics that you’ll probably need a serious concussion to forget, Honey Rush is the ultimate anthem for anyone whose mentality errs on the side of melancholy.

The breaks that follow the tension-fraught build-ups offer a serious amount of catharsis as you get caught up in the tumultuous momentum of the radio-ready single. It is one of those tragically rare singles that becomes more impactful and meaningful the more you listen to it.

Azure Wolf’s latest release is now available to stream via Spotify and Bandcamp.

Connect with Azure Wolf via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sleep Walking Animals have released their post-punk infused folk single, ‘Dance Laura Dance’

Folk and indie post-punk collide in the latest single released by the alt-rock luminaries, Sleep Walking Animals. Refreshingly, reminiscence to contemporary folk chart-topping artists are there, but Sleep Walking Animals didn’t allow them to dominate their organically progressive single.

In the same way that Frightened Rabbit’s music was darkened by an inexplicable despondence, Sleep Walking Animals’ latest single gives that multi-faceted sense of emotion, making the euphoria-bleeding choruses so much sweeter.

With cutting post-punk tones spilling from the basslines behind the steady, momentum-building, choral guitars, Sleep Walking Animals created the perfect platform for the richly harmonic imploring vocals that reach out with enough finesse to reassure you that Sleep Walking Animals have exactly what it takes to be the next big name in indie.

The Manchester/London residing artists may be relatively fresh from their inception, but they’re already proving they’re one to watch.

Dance Laura Dance released on May 21st; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Redlands serve a slick slice of indie synth-pop in their latest single, ‘Shades Down’.

Redlands

Indie pop-rock artists brave enough to run with their own sound may be few and far between, but the latest funk-riddled single from Redlands, ‘Shades Down’, more than makes up for the shortfall.

Their slick synth-pop style comes with distinctively swaggering vocals, tribal percussion and guitars that wouldn’t be out of place in a Nile Rogers single. Since forming in 2014, Redlands haven’t failed to make an impression with their constraint less sound. After the release of their first EP, Lonewolf, they found themselves playing the Ernie Ball Stage at the Vans Warped Tour.

After the release of their second EP, Adventurer, they earned a spot on the roster at South by South What? Music Festival. In the following years, they were dubbed as Denver’s most promising up and coming artist, and they opened for Imagine Dragons. Indie accolades don’t get much sweeter than that. If any artist has what it takes to be the next big thing in indie pop, it is Redlands.

Shades Down will officially release on June 4th; you can check it out for yourselves via YouTube from the date of release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Alt indie newcomers 20-LD have unleashed their foreboding dark earworm, ‘Feel It Now’.

Alt-indie newcomers 20-LD have released yet another transfixing track onto the airwaves with the release of their latest single, ‘Feel It Now’. It comes with the same atmospheric chill as Joy Division, Covenant-style darkwave beats and static choppy guitar progressions that cut through the reverb that bleeds from the synth notes.

With a few psychotropic tones laced into the dark earworm under forebodingly magnetic vocals that will be a hit with any fans of the Editors, it’s safe to say that 20-LD’s sound holds as much distinction as it does commercial potential.

The optimism that rings through in the higher notes feels like the ultimate feat of defiance in this timely melancholic release that pulls sheer ingenuity out of the dark. We can’t wait to see where this lockdown-born artist takes their sound next.

Feel It Now is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

KAIS sends us back to the alt 90s with his psych-tinged indie track, ‘Spirit City Kiss’.

‘Spirit City Kiss’ is the latest single released by alt-indie-rock artist KAIS, the suitably sweet grungy tones are tinted with the nuances of psych-pop and swathes of alt 90s nostalgia. If Dinosaur Jr’s 2021 album didn’t hit the spot, the hazily over-driven tones in Spirit City Kiss definitely will.

Fans of Blur, The Charlatans, The Beatles and Dinosaur Jr alike will want to delve into the psychotropic soundscape inspired by the cities that make us feel home, even if our home is on the other side of the ocean. The dreamy reverb wraps around the subversive lyrics that may sound like your usual amorous tropes at first but if you read between the lines, you’ll find that KAIS has, once again, explored ubiquitous social dynamics and tapped into a relatively unexplored part of our consciousness that yearns for our spiritual homes.

Being no stranger to international travel, the Canadian, Jordan-born singer-songwriter and instrumentalist now finds himself residing in Cyprus, where he works out of his recording studio, Hot Soap Studios.

KAIS has been travelling the globe and gracing stages since the early 00s. In 2014, he took part in the Mayor of London Big Busk. In 2014, he graduated with a diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering (Point Blank Music College). With a full band, he performed throughout Vancouver, Toronto, and Seattle in 2016 and 2017.

With an EP in the works and due for release later in 2021, you’ll want to save a spot on your radar.

Spirit City Kiss released on May 14th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast