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Emily Cole – Dead Feelings: Resonantly Quirky Alt Pop

In a sea of manufactured Pop artists, NYC Alt Pop recording artist Emily Cole doesn’t fail to stand out with her quaint and quirky aural approach. Her latest single “Dead Feelings” carries the attitude and tempo of a playful Hip Hop track, while Emily Cole’s Indie Pop vocals lay out the lyrics which will need a fair amount of persuading to get out of your head.

The soundscape doesn’t leave you with the expectation of lyrical depth, but Emily Cole provides candid introspective which is bound to resonate with plenty of listeners. The Pop genre is oversaturated with artists over romanticising pretty much everything, but Dead Feelings takes the opposite direction and narrates what most artists deem un-sharable. There really is no surprise that fans have no trouble connecting with Emily Cole.

You can check out Emily Cole’s latest single Dead Feelings for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Fool in Utopia – Sleep: Alchemically Experimental Alt Pop

As if the artist title Fool in Utopia isn’t endearing enough, the standout single “Sleep” from their debut self-titled album will be more than enough to leave you enamoured.

The Alt Pop Rock single acts as a raw work of genre-defiance, and I feel incredibly confident to confirm that you’ve never heard the like of Fool in Utopia’s quintessence of aural command. Hearing this level of experimentalism come together as though it is the most natural soundscape in the world is nothing short of exceptional.

While each of the tracks from Fool in Utopia’s album are irresistibly infectious, there truly is no work of alchemy better suited as an introduction to his pioneering vision and ability to combine layers of sound which really shouldn’t fuse together as well. Around dreamy concordance expect to hear visceral buzz saw reverberation. Maybe that was Fool in Utopia’s way of making sure that you were paying attention.

You can check out Fool in Utopia’s latest single Sleep which was released on March 29th for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ireland’s Freshest Talent Con Murphy is Due to Release His Latest Single “Heavens Table”

“Heavens Table” is the upcoming single from one of Ireland’s most magnetically talented Alt Pop artists Con Murphy. With his latest single, the breaking artist created an 80s-style ballad complete with classic strings, a light piano melody, big drums, and last but not least his sonorously captivating vocals. It’s safe to say that Con Murphy found his signature style with this single, from the very first verse you’re hooked into the emotive narrative of the single and there’s also plenty of moody atmospherics brought to the soundscape which amplifies the undiluted emotion which is being poured into the microphone.

You can check out Con Murphy’s latest single Heavens Table for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from the 19th. But in the meantime, you can check out some of Con Murphy’s earlier releases which are sure to leave you enamoured by his arrestive approach to production.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joshua – ICON: Attitude-Driven Infectiously Brash Alt Pop

Anyone checking out up and coming Pop artist Joshua’s latest single “ICON” are sure to quickly envy his levels of self-confidence. And that may be the only positive example Joshua sets throughout the single. But isn’t it nice to hear Pop music which hasn’t been manufactured to appeal to 14-year-olds?

It was a fairly brave move for a breaking artist to declare himself an icon at this stage in his career, but as you watch the official music video unravel the charismatic artist succeeded in convincing you that in actual fact, he already has all the makings of an icon.

His slightly antagonistic yet palpably salacious lyricism definitely puts Joshua with the more expressive Pop artists such as Lady Gaga, but he didn’t have to hang around waiting to win a Grammy before he developed such a magnetic ego. And let’s face it, we all have one.

You can check out the official music video to Joshua’s latest single ICON for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Scott Cruz – Surrender My Devil: Funk-Soaked Alt Pop

“Surrender My Devil” is the Funk-soaked latest Alt Pop hit from up and coming artist Scott Cruz who has a deft ability when it comes to injecting Soul back into the fairly sterile Pop genre. The beats may be big, but after checking out Surrender My Devil, I’m certain that there’s no soundscape known to man that Scott Cruz’s vocals couldn’t dominate.

If accolades fell in the music industry on vocal talent alone, this singer-songwriter, and composer would be dominating the charts. While you will get a striking enough impression of Scott Cruz’s charisma through his vocals and sweetly euphoric lyricism, you will also hear plenty of Scott’s energy within the seamless groove-filled instrumentals which act as the perfect aural reflection of the artist’s euphoric vibe.

You can check out Scott Cruz’s latest single Surrender My Devil for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Prepare to Be Enamoured by Joe Banks’ Perfect Alt Pop Hit “Chase the Daylight Away”

With euphoria at his captivatingly deft command, Newcastle Upon Tyne-based Alt Pop artist Joe Banks created an instant hit with his latest single “Chase the Daylight Away”.

While everyone will undoubtedly have a different definition of the ‘perfect Pop track’, for me, it will always be a track which acts as a magnet to the personality of the lyricist and vocalist which makes the melodies even more arrestive.

But don’t expect your average Pop beats from Chase the Daylight Away, Joe Banks mixed his distinctively quaint vocals with a smorgasbord of Pop, Dance, Disco & R&B. It’s the layers of club influences which takes the single to the next level and brings the formidable amounts of rapture. While the lyrics have plenty of depth, but they are left open enough that they could easily become the soundtrack to your own hedonism.

You can check out Joe Banks’ latest single Chase the Daylight Away for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Poetra Asantewa – Mother: Quaintly Captivating Alt Pop

Up and coming artist Poetra Asantewa has recently released her debut album “the Anatomy of a Paradox”, and whilst each of the singles on the track stands as a testament to Poetra Asantewa’s quaintly captivating style there is no better introduction to her sound than the concluding track “Mother”.

The Alt Pop single may be a little slow to start, but once the single allows you to feel the strength of the rhythm you can truly start to appreciate how refreshing Poetra Asantewa’s stripped back style of production is. While you couldn’t exactly describe the single as ambient, there’s a generous enough serving of ambient catharsis found within the clean notes and diverse instrumental arrangement which serves as the perfect platform for Poetra Asantewa to lay down her celestially soft vocals.

You can check out Poetra Asantewa’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nat and the Noise Brigade Release Funky ‘Boyfriend’

Nat and the Noise Brigade are currently gearing up for the release of their eagerly anticipated debut EP ‘March March’ which is due for release later this year. And to get fans in the mood for the forthcoming record the  fast rising band have shared their jazz infused new single ‘Boyfriend’. The track is an upbeat, dance-inducing song that showcases their many instrumentalists and also offers listeners a glimpse of what to expect from their debut EP.
‘Boyfriend’ is upbeat, but also has deep and witty lyrics that speak out about the range of frustrations we all face within modern society. It has a wonderfully intoxicating funky vibe that overlays the lyrics which lament a boyfriend with a jealous edge. It has a fantastic toe-tapping beat that mixes perfectly with the tongue-in-cheek lyrics about wishing someones boyfriend wasn’t quite so perfect.
Overall it has a jazzy quality that makes it standout from the crowd and thanks to its quirky lyrics  it has a fun edge while also remaining real and honest. It has a relatable quality and also includes a dance infused hook that makes you want to get up and move.
There’s no denying that Nat and the noise brigade offer listeners something fresh and exciting and with ‘Boyfriend’ they have delivered a new style that will get you hooked from the very first opening line.

Preston Disney – Hypnotize: Melancholically Anthemic EDM-Driven Alt Pop

“Hypnotize” is the latest EDM Alt Pop single from up and coming artist Preston Disney, if you haven’t had the pleasure of discovering his uniquely prodigal sound for yourself, there is absolutely no better introduction.

Hypnotize is a single which unfolds through equal amounts of romanticism and pioneering experimentalism; it has every potential of becoming your new Indie Pop earworm.

After a string of four successful singles Preston Disney has used Hypnotize as a testament to how far in front of the curve he is. The atmospheric multi-layered beat sets the perfect tonality for the melancholy of the lyrics and vocals to truly resonate. But you can expect much more than your average moody Pop hit, there’s also plenty of energy which has been fed into the momentum of Hypnotize. I’d struggle to name another artist who can successfully feed euphoria, pensive lyricism and such infectious melody into one single.

You can check out Preston Disney’s single Hypnotize for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Lýkoh – Happy Without You: The Prodigal Son of Smooth R&B Alt Pop Returns

“Happy Without You” is the third single released by one of the smoothest voices in R&B Alt Pop right now. With the breaking artist’s perceptibly high levels of vocal talent, it really is no wonder why so many listeners are inclined to tune into his radio-ready beats.

The American artist’s track attacks an issue which is commonly versed about in the Pop genre, but with his unique style Lýkoh doesn’t fail to set himself apart. Yet, the 28-year old’s talent doesn’t stop with the vocals, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer has used Happy Without You along with his two earlier releases to prove that he’s got what it takes, and he needs little help along the way. Even if you find yourselves with no particular penchant for the R&B Pop genre, Happy Without You is a sound so accessible that it’s impossible not to get swept up in the seamless, synergised tide!

You can check out Happy Without You for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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