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Harbor Gents – Twisted: Funk-Fuelled Alt Synth Pop

There are very few breaking Pop artists who can match the instantly magnetic ingenuity in Harbor Gents’ latest single Twisted.

Through soul-spilling lyrics, evocatively resonant vocals and the layers of Funk, Hip Hop, and Avant-Garde added to the Synth lines, you’ve never quite heard a Pop track like Twisted before.

Despite the striking distinction which drips from Twisted, Harbor Gents ensured that the accessibility wasn’t diminished, the deftly crafted melodies will stick to your synapses like superglue.

Any fans of Gary Numan, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode will undoubtedly want to give this perennial Pop earworm plenty of attention. The Latvian artist is definitely one to watch. It isn’t every day that we discover an artist who creates a brand-new trajectory in the evolution of Pop.

You can check out Harbor Gents’ single Twisted for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Singer Songwriter KISA has made a sedately moody Indie debut with the single “Hurting”

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Up and coming Singer-Songwriter KISA has made an evocative debut with her sedately moody Indie Pop single “Hurting”.

If you could imagine the perfect balance between Amy Winehouse’s Neo-Soul style and the stylistic contemporary appeal from tracks such as Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish, you’ll get a good idea of what is in store if you hit play on Hurting.

The connectable resonant lyrics, the accessibility and warmth despite the melancholy and the gentle instrumental deftness of Hurting makes it a debut that you definitely won’t want to miss out on. If you can get to the outro after the downtempo soundscape has pulled in nuanced ethereally haunting guitar notes with dry eyes, your soul has probably seen better days

You can check out KISA’s single Hurting for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35

8udDha bl0od is one of the most versatile artists we’ve encountered in 2020, with each new release they blow our minds a little more, and their recently released romantically nostalgic single “HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35” was no exception.

HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 felt like an aural cuddle. Just why the blend of Progressive Synth Pop and 60s Psych was consoling I’m not all too sure, but the consciousness-devouring soundscape is extremely efficacious all the same. I have a feeling that any fans of ELO will definitely want to make HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 a staple track on their playlists.

HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 will be available for release along with the rest of the album from May 17th via SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out the artists myriad of dynamic releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neo-Soul and Indie Pop Seamlessly Entwine in Haley Fishberger’s Latest Single “Un Known”

Un Known” is the latest soul-baring single from up and coming Pop artist Haley Fishberger which could enamour fans of Daughter and Amy Winehouse alike.

The track kicks off with tenderly beguiling prelude before the momentum builds and slight nuances of Neo-soul, Jazz, and Rock are infused into the soulfully striking Pop ballad which oozes with artistic authenticity.

The seamless progressions may have been unpredictable, but they were executed with stunningly deft mastery, leaving plenty of affirmations in the celestially full-bodied sound that Haley Fishberger is an artist who deserves a spot on your radar.

You can check out Haley Fishberger’s single Un Known for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YayRaven – Norma Jeane: A fittingly decadent Alt Dance Pop ode Marilyn Monroe

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London-based artist and songwriter YayRaven has dropped her electrically fresh feat of Alt Indie RnB Dance Pop “Norma Jeane”.

While many songs have been written as odes to Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe), they’ve mostly been done by creepy old dudes. YayRaven created a fittingly decadent Alt Dance Hit which exudes all the attitude you could imagine Marilyn Monroe possessing.

Norma Jeane is one of the finest testaments to YayRaven’s songwriting talent we’ve heard so far. There’s a tangible sense that YayRaven locked into the icon’s psyche, style, and harrow while penning the lyrics. And that’s all without mentioning the adrenalizing 162 bpm beats which make Norma Jeane as danceable as it is connectable, soulful and irrefutably ingenious.

You’ll be able to check out Norma Jeane for yourselves via YayRaven’s Bandcamp page from May 1st.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Filled To The Brim – Turn Back the Time: Soul-Driven Piano Pop Rock

https://filledtothebrim.bandcamp.com/track/turn-back-the-time

NYC Piano Pop Rock artist Filled To The Brim injected euphoria onto the airwaves with their latest soul-driven single “Turn Back the Time” which was officially released in on May 1st 2020.

Fans of emotive Power Pop definitely won’t want to miss out on the up-tempo, danceable feat of piano-led Rock. With the harmonically poised Pop vocals and the energetic instrumentals, Turn Back the Time is the perfect addition to any feel-good Pop Rock playlists.

The lyrics may revolve around regret yet Turn Back the Time unfolds as an anthemically visceral optimistic track. It provides an olive branch of connection as it offers aural consolation that everyone feels remorse. But ultimately, it proves that regrets don’t always need to be synonymous with lament.

You can download and stream Filled To The Brim’s latest single Turn Back the Time for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Psychedelicacy – Fairground: A Uniquely Indulgent Jazz Infusion Playlist Essential

It’s no great surprise that Glaswegian Neo-Soul artist Psychedelicacy’s recently released single “Fairground” hasn’t failed to garner plenty of attention.

The uniquely indulgent Jazz Infusion track offers a beguiling mix of Cabaret, Pop, RnB, Jazz and Soul which is as cathartic as it is endearing. And it’s not every day we can say that about a track. But perceptibly, Psychedelicacy’s prodigally improvisational style permits their soundscapes to ooze distinction.

The smooth Jazz instrumentals create the perfect platform for Anna Wood’s expressively accordant vocals which add plenty of personality to the track around the guitar and sax solos.

Fairground may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it would be fairly insulting to the ingenuity of the track to insinuate that it could ever be comparable to something so commonplace.

You can check out Psychedelicacy’s track Fairground for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nxion Fosh – The Way I’m Crying on the Floor: Artfully Soul-Soaked Alt Pop

Uptempo Pop hits which tackle real raw human emotion may be harder to find than toilet paper right now but up and coming Alt Pop artist Nxion Fosh has created a magnetic track with “The Way I’m Crying on the Floor”  which is dedicated to anyone who has ever experienced toxic relationships.

Naturally, a good proportion of the population will enjoy the soul-baring lyrics which work in perfect synergy with the unapologetically artful distinctively ingenious piano chord progressions.

You may have a hard time convincing the melody to leave you alone once you’ve heard it. But of all the Alt Pop earworms you can expose yourself to, The Way I’m Crying on the Floor is definitely up there with one of the most stylistic.

The Russian-born, New York-based artist is well worth having on your radars for their expressively authentic style and their perceptible ability to bring lyrical intimacy to the airwaves.

You can check out The Way I’m Crying on the Floor for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jake Gino – A Song: Viscerally Weighted Candidly Arrestive Pop

The evocatively visceral weight in Jake Gino’s recently released single “A Song” dropped on me right from the prelude. Minor piano keys may often play havoc with my emotions, but in A Song there was plenty more than just striking tones in absorbing melodies.

The title may seem uninspired, but once you hit play, you’ll realise that Jake Gino has a tendency not to complicate his sound. Instead, they put sentiment and soul the centrepiece of the soundscape and allow the instrumentals to become aural manifestations of connectable emotion.

If you’ve ever battled with feelings of self-doubt or feeling like nothing you ever do is quite good enough, you’re sure to find resonance within A Song.

You can check out Jake Gino’s single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DC singer-songwriter Z has released her soul-filling genre-transcending debut single “Goodbye”

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Whatever your playlists usually consist of, I can guarantee there’s room on your radar for breaking DC Singer-Songwriter Z. Her music doesn’t just merge different genres together, with her debut single “Goodbye”, she’s transcended them entirely and offered a track born of poetry, ingenuity and soul instead.

From the reverb-laden pensively picked notes in the prelude to the viscerally-charged all-consuming choruses, the progressive single makes a myriad of evolutions in terms of sound. But the emotion remains as a constant.

With nuances of Soul, Hip Hop, Indie, Gospel, Funk and Pop all weaved into Goodbye, Z has achieved a universally enamouring essential hit. If that doesn’t count as a promising debut, then I’m not sure what does.

It’s almost criminal that Z has kept her aural talent off the airwaves up until now. Yet, arguably, there was no better time to discover this soul-filler of a record.

You can check out Z’s soulfully melodic debut in Goodbye for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast