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Sonorous vocals meet minimalist melodies in anisos’ latest Indie Folk single “treetops”

https://anisos.bandcamp.com/

Brisbane-based Indie Folk innovator anisos released their latest rapturously sweet single “treetops” on January 17th.  And my soul feels infinitely lighter for hearing it.

The quiescently quaint Folk soundscape leaves the instrumental arrangement minimal. Which leaves plenty of room for the resoundingly arrestive vocals to fill the soundscape full of personable passion which makes it all too easy to surrender yourself completely to the single. The ethereally light air to treetops along with the reflectively poetic lyricism makes for a sonorously unforgettable experience.

If you could imagine what Nick Cave’s music would sound like in an alternate universe where he didn’t aim to disconcert with his music. Instead, he aimed to captivate through pure indulgent rhythmic alchemy, you may be able to get an idea of what’s on offer in treetops. Of course, you’d get a much more accurate picture by hitting play for yourselves!

You can check out the latest track from anisos for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Them Damn Dogs – Memories: Hazily Oceanic Psych Indie Pop

https://open.spotify.com/track/5FxEzTEQNUCUi1SRDiBkzF

Oceanic Psych Pop waves sweep across the hazy sun-kissed Indie jam “Memories”  which is the latest track to be released from up and coming artist Them Damn Dogs.

You’ll have a smorgasbord of nostalgia to feast upon as the high-vibe track unravels to the tune of punchy Jangle Pop guitar melodies and chorally sweet vocals. But that’s not to say that Memories was an assimilative track in the slightest. With curve-ball retro synth riffs and distorted guitar licks thrown into the mix, Them Damn Dogs were able to create a track which offered accessibility with a significant serving of authenticity.

If you could imagine what the Beach Boys would have sounded like if they incorporated a nuanced Punk bite into their music, you’ll get an idea of what’s on offer from Memories.

You can check out the latest track from Them Damn Dogs for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has released their latest ethereally warming single “BUBBLE”

Up and coming Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has recently released their latest tonally hypnotic, sublimely sensuous single BUBBLE.

Kicking off with smooth popping Indie Blues guitar licks, BUBBLE quickly evolves into an ethereally atmospheric rendition of rhythmic ambient Soul Pop which boasts a palpable amount of mature ingenuity.

If you’re anything like me, sometimes, you’ll feel a little like you’re living in a bubble, shielded from the world and all its varying atrocities and you’ll know just how sweet acknowledging that feeling is. That’s exactly the sticky-sweet vibe Font Leroy offers through this magnetic lullaby of downtempo Pop which carries the perfect pinch of Psychedelia which amps up the power of the trippy transcendent tones.

In short, it’s a flawless track and your blood pressure will probably thank you for having it on your playlists.

You can check out BUBBLE for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bad Luv – Liquid Love: An Infectiously Raucous Feat of Scuzzy Indie Rock n Roll.

https://open.spotify.com/track/31sIL5IRV2V1u7S7OPF7Ng

Bad Luv found the perfect mix of raucous rhythms and anthemic energy with their latest single release “Liquid Love”. There’s also a nuanced infusion of Rock n’ Roll sleaze which resonates through the throbbing basslines and serpentine guitar licks while the Bad Luv vocalist throws plenty of abrasive swaggering charm into the single.

In short, Liquid Love contains the visceral ingenuity which you’d hope to hear when hitting play on an up and coming Alt Rock artist’s latest release. Even though all of the cornerstones of Rock n Roll can be found in the scuzzy frenetic hit, each new progression leaves you more assured that Bad Luv is a band which are worth putting on your radar. Especially if you already have a penchant for the likes of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Foals, and Nothing But Thieves.

You can check out Liquid Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyson Ray Borsboom – I Don’t Mind: Piercingly Emotive Alt Indie Folk

“I Don’t Mind” is the latest piercingly emotive Alt Indie Folk Rock single from up and coming Canadian artist Tyson Ray Borsboom. My soul may feel a little heavier for hearing it, but within the weight lies a comfort which reaches you through both the tonally diverse melodies and the harrowingly expressive vocals.

Even though the indulgently smooth Blues guitar tones gave us plenty to love, nothing else in the timeless record had the same enamouring effect as Tyson Ray Borsboom’s vocals. Instead of striving to assimilate every other Americana Country Folk artist who has come before him. He used the evocative distinction within his own voice to verse his lyrics which resonated liked passion-soaked poetry.

I Don’t Mind was a track orchestrated as a poignant reminder to be present for the people you love. I don’t need telling twice, but I’ll definitely be making I Don’t Mind a playlist essential after hearing the intrinsic empathy contained in the single which made the airwaves an infinitely better place since its release in January 2020.

You can check out Tyson Ray Borsboom’s single I Don’t Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant G Foster – Netflix and Chill: Nostalgically Striking New Wave Indie

“Netflix & Chill” invitations may not be the most romantic of proposals. But with their standout Alt Indie Pop single Grant G Foster was able to pull plenty of amorous passion out of the subject.

“Netflix & Chill is just one of the tracks you will find in the up and coming artist’s debut album “Everybody Hates Me”. The outstanding debut will throw you back to the era when The Smiths, Suede, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Cure were king.

With Johnny Marr-style sweet riffs which are tinged with nostalgia and leagues above the two-dimensional Jangle Pop commonly offered, each note was as transfixing as the last. Grant G Foster’s Indie Post-Punk style vocals also add plenty to the mix by infusing the soundscape with an enamouring amount of soul. And if you’re as aurally delicate as me, don’t be surprised if it feels like your heart has hit your throat.

I definitely never expected to say that about a song titled Netflix & Chill.

You can check out Netflix & Chill along with the rest of Grant G Foster’s debut album for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Columbia – Fall into The Sun: Raucously Volatile Indie Rock

If you’re always on the lookout for the most viscerally explosive Indie Rock, look no further than the latest single “Fall into the Sun” from up and coming artist Columbia.

With all of the unrestrained energy of bands such as Buckcherry and the fraught Indie tones of The Kooks, Fall into the Sun is an instantly captivating hit. Those James Dean Bradfield-style relentless riffs will stay stick to my synapses for quite some time.

Columbia makes enough of an impact you may very well get to the outro feeling slightly aurally bruised for the amount of volatility found in the tensile single. If they can bring that amount of energy to a recording, I’m not going to miss any opportunities to hear them live.

You can check out Fall into the Sun for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WD-HAN – Icarus: Sultry Rhythmic Blues Meets Anthemic Alt Indie

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Alchemy is bound to spill when a nuanced band set their mind to creating an aural earworm out of Indie, Blues, and Rock. WD-HAN definitely succeeded with their first single to be released in 2020 “Icarus”.

The single dropped on January 17th giving us yet another affirmation that the Tampa Bay-based artist is one to watch.

With a prelude offering reminiscences to Daughter, the sudden switch to anthemic Alt Rock in Icarus will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat. When in full swing, Icarus is a monster of a track full of rhythmic sultry Blues, yet those bluesy licks come with plenty of bite.

You can check out Icarus for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Parisian Psych Noise newcomers Foreigners Society have dropped their grittily despondent latest single

https://foreignerssociety.bandcamp.com/track/foreigners-society

Any fans of gritty despondent Psychedelic noise are going to want to check out the latest self-titled release from Parisian artist Foreigners Society.

If you could imagine the music of the Phobophobes, Sonic Youth, and Joy Division all merging in a cutting yet captivatingly melodic soundscape, you might be able to get an idea of what Foreigners Society has to offer.

The single constantly fluctuates between cold harsh Post Punk and dreamy tonally warm Psych Pop, and in part, offering both at the same time. If that isn’t a feat of aural alchemy, I don’t know what is. But what I do know, is that if I ever get the chance to witness that instrumental ingenuity live in the UK, I’m taking it.

You can check out Foreigners Society’s self-titled single which was released on January 2ndfor yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Solomon Rex – Idle: Concordantly Choral Alt Indie

https://open.spotify.com/track/2JgXP3GgDSeAzDiaqfh0YP

If you’re looking for an aural cuddle, look no further than the warm concordant embrace from offered by the recently released single “Idle” from up and coming Indie artist Solomon Rex.

Giving the track an Alt 90s Indie vibe is a sublime mix of Psych Pop, Power Pop, Indie, Folk, Blues, and Psych. Even though the soundscape offers an ample serving of warm tonal nostalgia, Solomon Rex was able to gently and melodically stamp his own distinction on the airwaves. Their meltingly choral vocals and ability to write an ethereally uplifting resonant single will undoubtedly see them going far in 2020. If there’s any justice left in the music industry that is.

You can check out Solomon Rex’s single Idle for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast