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Hellwaffles has dropped their quaintly angsty Indie Punk Folk single “Audrey Hepburn”  

After hearing Hellwaffles’ resonantly candid debut single “Training Wheels”, there was little chance we’d forget the Indie Punk Folk artist’s instantly endearing style. Upon hearing of the release of their second single “Audrey Hepburn”, we couldn’t help but dive right in and embrace the angsty quaint alchemy one more. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

The short and bitter-sweet track is as uncomplicated as they come. The frill-free Garage Lo-Fi-style guitar give the lyrics and vocals plenty of room to leave you transfixed by them as they playfully allude to Hellwaffles’ complicated relationship with the ultimate on-screen icon. It’s pointed, it’s playful, and it’s utterly ingenious.

We’re already stoked to hear what Hellawaffles serves up next with their unpredictably refreshing style.

You can check out Hellwaffles’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gooseberry’s latest single “The Protagonist” becomes a new contender for the catchiest Alt Indie track of the year.

NYC Alt Rock artist Gooseberry has returned with their unique infusion of Rock, Blues and Indie with their latest single “The Protagonist”. You could listen to the radio all day and still not encounter a catchier track.

With Courtney Barnett included in Gooseberry’s lyrical influences and Foo Fighters lending instrumental inspiration, The Protagonist is a gritty deftly stylised anthemic hit. It’s rare that we can say that the melodic hooks are just as sharp as the lyrical wit.

You’ll find the whole tonal palette served up in The Protagonist. From hazy warm Psych Pop tones to overdriven grinding guitar licks. The only constant in the dynamic hit is the magnetic accordance from the vocals which verse the highly relatable lyrics. I think we can all get behind the sentiment “The TV is all that’s real” after 3 months in lockdown.

You can check out Gooseberry’s single The Protagonist by heading over to Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Petty Cassettes have cooked up a potent hit of angsty aural catharsis with their Indie Punk single “Lately”.

If it’s been a while since you found an Alt-Indie artist worth getting excited about, prepare to be elevated by Petty Cassettes’ feverishly exuberant fourth single “Lately”.

Lately kicks off with a humble Indie prelude before the soundscape takes a tremulous turn and evolves into a raucous feat of Punk. Admittedly, you won’t hear many other Punk tracks with solos as sweet as the ones you’ll find in this consistently exhilarating hit. That’s where the nuanced infusion of Rock worms its way into the anthemically-charged track and starts to dominate the soundscape.

What more could you possibly ask for from an Indie hit? As far as we’re considered, Petty Cassettes have offered it all with Lately. It’s the kind of track you hear once and make it a firm fixture on your playlists so you can get a repeat hit of the volatile aural catharsis and the captivating instrumental talent. I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget those Slash-style solos or the easily connectable jaded lyricism.

You can check out Petty Cassettes’ single Lately for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sukh pays ode to care workers in their empathy-invoking Alt Indie single “Nightingale”

Manchester-based Indie newcomer Sukh is due to drop their latest single “Nightingale” which pays a soulful ode to the care workers who have selflessly put their lives on the line during the pandemic.

If you didn’t have empathy for nurses before, you certainly will once you hear the semi-orchestral, slightly psychedelic feat of Indie. Sukh found inventive ways to allow you to imagine just what care workers endured and he was just as inventive with the piano-led soundscape. Lou Reed might not be around anymore to soothe our souls, but Sukh has proven with his latest release that he can offer the same level of resonant catharsis.

You can check out Nightingale for yourselves from the date of the official release on July 3rd via Soundcloud. In the meantime, you can check out Sukh’s other feats of mould-breaking Indie.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Phantom Engine has released their evocatively moody Indie Pop Rock single “Young and Free”

If it has been a while since a breaking artist has left you hooked on their sound, prepare for Phantom Engine’s evocatively melodic moody Pop Rock single “Young and Free”.

The atmospherically immersive progressive hit allows you to imagine what it would sound like if Celldweller experimented with the 90s Pop sound. With the artist’s tendency to infuse a dynamic array of genres into their sound, there’s no telling what aural curveballs will come your way next. There may be a myriad of evolutions made by the instrumentals as they seamlessly transgress from intricate Pop progressions to raunchy Rock licks, but the vocals remain enigmatic and sultry from start to finish.

Phantom Engine plan to drop 30 new tracks in the next 12 months. It’s definitely worth putting them on your radar.

You can check out Young and Free for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brother vs Brother has released their stunning feat of Indie Shoegaze “Con Arena en Mis Ojos”

Up and coming Alt Indie artist Brother vs Brother released their stunning Shoegaze EP Vol 1. containing the standout single “Con Arena en Mis Ojos” on May 14th. The evocatively atmospheric soundscape is sure to be a hit with any fans of Slowdive, the Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.

Even though my unilingual mind was unable to decipher the lyrics, you’d need to be tone-deaf not to register the resolving sweetness in Con Arena en Mis Ojos. The track may be melancholically-tinged, but ultimately the tonally effervescent track is as uplifting as you’re likely to hear from any breaking Indie artist. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Brother vs Brother’s single Con Arena en Mis Ojos for yourselves by heading over to YouTube. Or, you can listen to the full EP on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chatrooms release fantastic psychedelic video for ”Palm Reader”

San Fernando Valley’s Chatrooms might just be my new favorite band. They sparkle in unimaginable ways with their dazzlingly hot ”Palm Reader” single. This has all the right vibes from start to finish and 2020 is blessed with one of the best songs of the year.

Taking your life back from the rat race is the overriding sentiment here from California’s Chatrooms and the video is wonderfully choreographed with the vibrant visual colors in the background. With such a quality sound joined together, this is what a great music video looks like.

Chatrooms take us through a journey of self-belief in ”Palm Reader” and a reminder that you really do need to do what you love. A safe check each month might pay the bills but does it really warm your heart and set you free? Doing something about it is essential and the band urge us to take action before it’s too late. The bass lines and guitar riffs are outstandingly put together in a groovy waterfall of hair-flicking amazement. Combined with the incredible vocals & lyrical content, this is such a brilliant release that is absolutely timeless. 10 out of 10.

Find all the bands music on their YouTube channel before it’s too late.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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LA Alt Indie duo Tricks have made their debut with the genre-crumbling EP “The Epic Preview”

Up and coming LA Alt Indie Electronica duo Tricks have made their dreamily entrancing debut with the EP “The Epic Preview”. Given the title of the EP and the resonant magnetism which the release contains, we’re already excited to hear what will follow.

Each of the 7 tracks on the EP offers plenty of affable aural indulgence. Yet, the best introduction to Tricks’ urbanely nuanced production style is “2squares”. With the Mike Patton-levels of sublime experimental ingenuity, you’ll be transfixed to the ever-evolving progressions which flirt with downtempo Hip Hop, Indie and Soul. Each progression and shift in tone is as seamless as the last in this medley of grooving which follows just the right tempo for the track to be as cathartic as it is captivating.

You can check out 2squares along with the rest of Tricks’ debut EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vida Moxy – Nowhere to Go: The Indie Rock Track Your Lockdown Playlists Have Been Waiting For

With their latest single “Nowhere to Go”, up and coming LA Indie fourpiece Vida Moxy put their own authentically hypnotic spin on Indie.

With Jangle Pop and Post Punk nuances found in the exuberantly sweet soundscape, the melodies in Nowhere to Go are as absorbing as they come. And it’s safe to say that plenty of people will be able to relate to the lyrics which poetically allude to stagnation. Despite the melancholic inspiration behind the single, Vida Moxy kept the tone soulfully uplifting. Do I really need to tell you to add Nowhere to Go to your lockdown playlists?

You can check out Vida Moxy’s single Nowhere to Go for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Francisco Mejia – Saturday: Anthemically Charged Alt Indie Rock

Days of the week may not mean all too much anymore, yet, up and coming Alt artist Francisco Mejia’s standout single “Saturday” should be considered a playlist staple for any fans of anthemically bitey Alt Indie Rock.

Saturday unravels how I’d expect a collaboration between Interpol, My Chemical Romance, and the Arctic Monkeys would sound. Naturally, I love it.

The cutting angular lead guitar work interplays with the punchy chords creating the perfect platform for the dynamic unrestrained vocals which run through the ecstasy-fuelling lyrics which any like-minded miscreant will appreciate. There are also tantalising infusions of neo-classic keys to add yet another touch of distinction.

If you’re looking for an organic aural pick me up, Indie tracks don’t get much more high-vibe than Saturday.

You can check out Saturday for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast