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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

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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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G. Lokko – Time 2 Play: Bringing a New Wave of Anthemic Contagion to the Alt Pop Genre

If any Alt Pop artists are looking for the most endearing way to kick off their new single, they might want to pay attention to what G. Lokko created with his latest single “Time 2 Play”.  There’s a smorgasbord of elements all contributing to the deep textures of the sound. From Synth Pop to Rock, to Folk. But the energy of the single combined with G. Lokko’s signature vocals leaves Time 2 Play firmly in the power Alt Pop camp.

After a string of successful singles, the up and coming German-born, NYC-based artist put together his most infectiously happy anthemic hit yet. But Time 2 Play is so much more than your average ‘feel-good’ hit. With the talent on display – especially in the instrumental arrangements which incorporate plenty of impressively chunky riffs, even the audiophiles couldn’t turn their nose up at this single.

You can check out G. Lokko’s latest release Time 2 Play out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RAGS AND RICHES Drop their Raucously Polished Alt Pop Rock Debut “SPEED OF SOUND”

“SPEED OF SOUND” is the debut single from RAGS AND RICHES; an American Alt Rock fourpiece who don’t fail to bring out the raucous side of Pop.

While Adam Levine may have tried his best to give Pop a Rock edge, clearly RAGS AND RICHES are a band blessed with the ability to create perfectly polished buzz saw riffs with raw vocals.

Combining vocal harmony with a complete lack of restraint was an ingenious move from RAGS AND RICHES who are sure to be of appeal to fans of bands such as the Black Keys. While all of the instruments sat in a tight arrangement in the debut, it was the deep reverberant throbs of the basslines which really took SPEED OF SOUND to the next level.

If this is what they’ve cooked up with their debut track, I can’t wait to hear what else they have in the pipelines.

You can check out SPEED OF SOUND for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Coco Valli – Seaside: Alt Pop Perfection

How a single can simultaneously devastate you at the same time as leaving you uplifted is the mark of a flawless masterpiece. While many may see the intricacy, quality, or level of talent on display as what makes a good track, what really matters is that ability to hit the sweet spot with your melody and leave the listener with no choice but to succumb to the allure and resonance of the soundscape.

That’s exactly what Coco Valli did with their latest single “Seaside” which is an unfiltered, sonorous work of Alt Pop Perfection, the duo evidently have a deft hand in conjuring a dreamy soundscape which keeps the instrumentals simple, and he vocal range diverse. From unrestrained screams to pitch-perfect Pop vocals versing romantically lyrics, you’re treated to it all with Seaside.

Coco Valli’s up and coming single which will be released today on February 14th – the perfect timing for an Indie Pop ballad to have you grabbing or the tissues on Valentines day.

You can check out the Seattle, US-based artist’s earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Holly Fallon Sent Waves Through the Alt Pop Genre with Her Latest Release “Blonde”.

When it comes to Pop, there aren’t usually too many distorted guitars in the soundscape, thankfully Holly Fallon has come along with the raucously styled single “Blonde”. In fact, Holly Fallon added a fair few prodigal elements to her single; and it definitely didn’t go unnoticed.

Her vocal style sits in between the typically impossible to toe line of unapologetic attitude and a sweet personality. Which makes it all too easy to want to lose yourself in the narrative which she is painting with her sensual, striking vocals.

Along with carrying some Rock sensibilities through the use of acoustic instrument arrangements, the electronic effects allowed Blonde to the flirt with Hip Hop, and that’s a mash up I can guarantee you’ll want to hear.

After making a name for herself in the Nottingham music scene, it won’t be long until Holly Fallon’s radio-ready earworms are being appreciated as they climb the charts.

You can check out Holly Fallon’s latest release by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Teena – Dear Junior: The Soulful Aural Gem You Never Knew You Needed on Your Playlists

In recent years generic Pop artists haven’t left a lot of room for expressively talented Alt Pop Rock artists, yet, one artist who will have no trouble establishing herself is Long Island, NY-based artist Teena.

With her recent release “Dear Junior,” it’s clear that she’s found her signature style through fusing elements of Indie and psychedelic melodies into her synth and piano-led sound accompanied by acoustic drums. Any fans of Big Thief are sure to appreciate what Teena has cooked up with her distinctively soulful vocals which rest against the light instrumental arrangement. Even with the Indie vibe to the track, the production is still pitch-perfect for you to drink in the smooth immersive sound.

You can check out Teena’s latest single Dear Junior for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marilyn Joy’s Experimental Alt Pop Spoken Word Single “Crisis”

Some may look to music for the instrumental melodies wrapped around layers of harmony, yet others, look for a connection, to hear the expression and poetry which comes to life through the lyricism. And the latter is exactly what Marilyn Joy has cooked up with her latest single “Crisis”.

In a spoken word style, the single unfolds in a way which would surely please fans of John Cooper Clarke, George the Poet and Kate the Tempest. The beat may be kept fairly simple to Crisis, yet, the same can’t be said for the lyrics which hook you in from the first verse and really draw you in through the imagery contained within the London-based artists introspection.

Head on over to Bandcamp to stream and download Marilyn Joy’s latest single Crisis which featured on her album “Crystal D’Arke”.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chima – Macie: The Snaring Hooks of Alt Pop R&B

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and overall aural enigma Chima has recently released his third single “Macie”.  In his latest perfectly-produced single Chima’s emotively soulful sound carries elements of contemporary R&B and Alt Pop which comes together more seamlessly than you would think. To ensure that his sound transcends the vibes from your average R&B track, lush layers of synth are placed down upon a tentatively paced beat to create a uniquely fresh yet commercially appealing sound. Whilst the downtempo rhythm to the track is slow and steady the hooks contained within Macie are enough to snare you into the evocatively poignant sentiment to Macie.

In the short time since his first release in May 2018, Chima hasn’t failed to gain well-deserved recognition for his overwhelmingly ethereal radio-ready sound. And it looks like this is only the beginning for the breaking artist.

To check out Chima’s latest single Macie for yourselves head over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leah Capelle – “Giants” EP: A Raucously Concordant Blend of Alt Pop and Rock

There are things you come to expect from singer-songwriters yet, the soundscapes contained within Leah Capelle’s 2018 EP certainly aren’t amongst them. Each of the five tracks received a perfect polish until they resounded with a sublimely raucous concordant kick.

Under the stylishly slick production lays Leah Capelle’s unflinchingly empowered soaring vocals, sludgy yet light instrumental progressions and some of the rawest lyrics you could ever care to hear. The LA-based artist’s unique style blends Alt Pop, with elements of Folk and Rock to compose a sound which bridges the gap between your contemporary Pop icons and Rock deities such as Hayley Williams with the first three tracks. Track four takes a slightly more archetypal tone as Leah uses an acoustic guitar as a platform for her resoundingly strong vocals. Track five, will crucify you with the power of Leah’s vocals against the wailing guitar riffs.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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