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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.

To keep up to date with new releases, follow Tricks via Facebook.

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

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Sheepishwolf – New Life: Soulfully Immersive Lo-Fi Indie Hip Hop

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Matt Berninger started producing Lo-Fi Indie Hip Hop, you’ll get a good idea of the immersive mellifluous magnetism found in up and coming artist Sheepishwolf’s single “New Life”.

New Life is just one of the singles on the London-based artist’s 2020 EP To Die For. While each track is as transfixing as the last, New Life serves as the perfect introduction to Sheepishwolf’s talent when it comes to infusing the best elements of Indie and Hip Hop. You’ll get the driving electronic basslines paired with the raw and intimate nature of the tenderly evocative vocals. What more could you possibly ask for?

Expect plenty more intoxicatingly cathartic singles from Sheepishwolf in 2020. You’ll want to put them on your radar right about now.

You can check out Sheepishwolf’s single New Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prog Rock and Indie Jangle Pop combine in Paper Trails latest single “Inside Out”

Generic Indie Jangle Pop guitars may be all you hear if you turn on any Indie-inclined radio station in 2020, but up and coming artist Paper Trails found a way to bring the captivating alchemy of New Wave right into the 21st century with their progressive Indie single “Inside Out”.

Listening to the Smiths is a rather bitter-sweet experience these days. The only thing that will linger after you hear Inside Out is an earworm.

As soon as the punchy passion-soaked chord progressions start to carve the melodies, you’ll be hit with the excitement of ingesting the energetic ingenuity which was perceptibly poured into Inside Out.

Falling in perfect synergy with the instrumentals are the vocals which offer an evocative sting which is just as potent as Brian Molko’s along with the same accessible warmth as the likes of Paul Draper.

It isn’t every day we get to hear an artist with such a distinctively absorbing guitar style paired with soulfully connectable vocals. Paper Trails’ unique amalgamation of Prog Rock, Britpop and Indie definitely isn’t to be missed.

You can check out Paper Trails’ single Inside Out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Irish Indie Rock Duo Mute The TV have made their debut with their unique Brit Pop revival track “With You”

Up and coming Indie Duo Mute The TV’s debut single “With You” invites you to delve back into the nostalgia of Brit Pop whilst putting a brand-new sticky-sweet psychedelic spin on the iconic 90s sound.

With the increments of symphonic melodicism, the Irish duo’s dynamic approach to production and their tongue-in-cheek romantically enamouring lyrics, it’s impossible not to warm to this accordant tonally cathartic track. Any fans of Blur will definitely want Mute The TV on their radar.

We’re already stoked to hear what comes next. It’s not all too often that we get to hear debut tracks which are expressive as they are infectious.

You can check out Mute The TV’s debut single With You which was released on April 17th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Calboa’s latest release ‘Same S**t’: a newly found motivation in music

With a tumultuous past behind him and a newly found motivation in music, English artist Calboa has released his new single ‘Same S**h’, an ode to living through the same everyday problems and being able to atone for the mistakes we make, changing our way of life.

Indie to the bone and melancholic in his lyrics, Calboa inherits precious knowledge from acts such as The Doors, Nick Cave and The Libertines, demonstrated through a creative and straightforward approach to his music. He covers both personal and universal themes such as the loss of friends and loved ones and the dangerously easy descent into the world of drugs.

In this light, ‘Same S**h’ represents a relatable anthem for us all. Starting with a syncopated organ to set the tone for the first verse, crunch guitar lines quickly kick in to expand the rocky sound of this ballad, while his vocals reverb passion and honesty.

Calboa can classify as a poet – a multi-instrumentalist who finds in music his greatest expression and a way out of the “s**t” he’s had to deal with by using his experience as a means to inspire listeners.

Though the song is titled ‘Same S**h’, it’s definitely not the “same shit” you’re used to hearing, so go check it out on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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8udDha bl0od – The Man on the Corner: Soulfully Adrenalizing Alt Indie Blues Folk

From his earlier releases, we’ve already affirmed that 8udDha bl0od’s aural ingenuity is boundless. Yet, their accordantly passion-soaked soundscape The Man on the Corner hit the sweet spot in a way we’ve never previously heard from the Brighton-based artist.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Johnny Marr, the Levellers, and Mansun all collaborated on an Indie Blues Folk record, you’ll get an idea of what is in store when you hit play on The Man on the Corner.

From sleek soaring arrestive guitar solos to punchy exuberant rhythms, the instrumentals move through a myriad of evolutions while 8udDha bl0od’s high-energy vocals act as the icing on the feel-good cake.

The Man on the Corner is just one of the singles from 8udDha bl0od’s album Barren Skies. You’ll be able to check out 8udDha bl0od’s music for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BL Bex – There’s the Way: A Hypnotic Infusion of Psych, Soul, Electronic Art Pop and Blues

Up and coming duo BL Bex’s latest single “There’s the Way” is utterly hypnotic. With elements of Art Pop, Psych Rock, Neo-Soul and Alt Blues Folk weaved into the indulgently immersive single it may not fit into any aural pigeon holes, but you’ll definitely find a home for the soundscape on your playlists.

Lexie Green’s smoothly accordant, sensually quiescent Americana Blues vocals rise above the beats deftly orchestrated by producer Ben Cozens which offer beguilingly distinctive ambient layers to get lost within. For extra added alchemy, BL Bex enlisted the virtuosic prowess of guitarist Chris Hooks.

It’s not all too often we can so assuredly say that you’ve never heard anything quite like this before. If you regularly find yourself on the hunt for truly authentic artists, look no further.

You can check out There’s The Way for yourselves by heading over to BL Bex’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast