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Bolin Jue – Friends: Sticky-Sweet Alt-Indie Pop

If you don’t find endearment within the latest single “Friends” from up and coming Alt Indie artist Bolin Jue, it’s safe to say that you don’t have a soul.

The synthy polyphonic Indie Pop delight carves out plenty of quintessential charm while carrying some reminiscences to bands such as Fidlar and Wavves. Yet, with the sticky-sweet Pop sensibility of Friends, it’s all too easy to find a sense of comfort within the gentle melodies.

It’s been a while since I heard a track which I didn’t know whether I should smile or shed a tear as it progressed. As despite the adorable nature of Friends, the track sugar-coats the fact that a lot of people find themselves in the same position where it seems all their friends are broken; it’s still a slightly bitter pill to swallow.

You can check out the frankly adorable music video to Friends for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shout Inferno – I Am Me: Sticky-Sweet Indie Pop

“I Am Me” is the latest Indie Jangle Pop single from up and coming artist Shout Inferno. Rather than sounding like yet another assimilation of the 1975, Shout Inferno went further back to find their influences which give tracks such as I Am Me that unmistakably sticky sweet 80s Pop sensibility.

Layers of Funk and groove also found their way into the mix through the playfully rhythmic bass. On top of that, you’re also treated to harmonies with the capacity to make you feel nostalgic – even from the first hit of Shout Inferno’s palpably effervescent sound.

There’s no denying that I Am Me is a punchy good-vibe Alt-Pop earworm. So, it comes as no surprise that the UK-based artist hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention since they made their debut earlier this year.

You can check out the official video to Shout Inferno’s latest track I Am Me via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bronwyn Silk – Nobody Likes You: Sensuously Emotive Chill Pop

Thankfully, Bronwyn Silk’s latest single “Nobody Likes You” wasn’t the ‘empowered’ mean girl Pop which I anticipated from the title.

Instead, the ambient chill Pop single offers an inventively emotive soundscape which is soaked with authentic soul. Many Pop artists will try to refrain from sounding human and vulnerable in their tracks, but Bronwyn Silk isn’t one to hide behind smoke and mirror melodies, instead, she lays herself bare through the deep introspective found in her lyricism.

There really is little room to wonder why Bronwyn Silk is amassing plenty of attention with her sensuously captivating approach to Pop. With over 1 million streams on her collaborative singles, it’s evident that this is just the beginning for Bronwyn Silk.

You can check out Bronwyn Silk’s single Nobody Likes You for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Amelia Martin – If My Eyes Weren’t Blue: Sweetly Succinct Alt Electronic Pop

It’s not all too often you get to hear Pop artists addressing the inevitability of looks fading instead of trying to uphold a supernatural aesthetic allure. Yet, that’s exactly what up and coming artist Amelia Martin did with her latest single “If My Eyes Weren’t Blue”.

The London-based Indie Pop artist and producer created a mix containing a myriad of varying EDM styles to create a succinct, and captivatingly unpredictable arrangement while the vocals sit neatly atop of the constantly evolving beat. It’s safe to say that any fans of Billie Eilish and her distinctive approach to production are going to become suitably enamoured by Amelia Martin.

You can check out Amelia Martin’s latest single If My Eyes Weren’t Blue for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leo Dolan Makes their Debut with the Radio-Ready Vintage Pop Hit “New Year’s Day”

Up and coming Indie Pop artist Leo Dolan has recently released their debut single with “New Year’s Day”. It may seem a little strange listening to a song about New Year’s Day in the midst of Summer, but the track isn’t just good for all seasons, it also has that timelessly classic accessible appeal.

In New Year’s Day, you’ll get to hear up-vibe Jangle Pop guitars weave around echoes of vintage tonality while the vocals can be put in the same emotive league as Paul Simon, yet the polished production shares more reminiscences with artists such as the 1975. The track may be more downtempo than your usual Indie Pop track, but New Year’s Day still remains a punchy, polished Pop earworm.

It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see what comes next from Leo Dolan.

You can check out Leo Dolan’s debut out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lara Snow – Butter Knife: Captivatingly Intense Art Pop

The prelude to Lara Snow’s latest single Butter Knife which was released on August 30th, 2019 may fool you into believing that you’re in store for just another EDM Pop hit, but the chorus will leave you inclined to feel that Lara Snow has never done an archetypal thing in her life.

The infectious and accessible danceable melodies are still present, but with Butter Knife, Lara Snow throws in plenty of high-octane eccentric artful flavour. Of all the Pop hits we’ve heard this year, we’d have to say that none of them has the same captivating intensity of Butter Knife.

With harsh beats, demure vocals, unpredictable progressive nature and energy so big the track veers into the Alt Rock arena, Lara Snow has created an unforgettable mix

You can check out the official music video to Lara Snow’s latest single Butter Knife for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andy Arno – Tomorrow: Sunny Side Up Pop

“Tomorrow” is the latest single to be released by up and coming Alt Pop artist Andy Arno. The feel-good melodic hit infuses a warmth and vibrancy which may not be all too common in archetypal Pop, yet, with Andy Arno’s instantly accessible approach to the genre you’re invited into the rich tonality of the mix right from the prelude

Acoustic instruments and electronic effect fuse in the light and textured track, creating the perfect platform for Andy Arno’s exotically distinctive vocals in the sun-soaked track. It may resonate as a slightly guilty Pop pleasure, but don’t all the best feel-good Pop hits?

You can check out the official music video to Andy Arno’s single Tomorrow which was released on July 12th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Pop Artist Tony Apolczer Makes Their Debut with the Single “Shadow”

“Shadow” is the debut single from Nashville-based Alt Pop artist Tony Apolczer who has taken inspiration for his first track from a diverse array of artists. Instead of striving to create an archetypal and easily ingestible track, Tony Apolczer looked to the likes of Billie Eilish, and Twenty One Pilots to create a striking and atmospherically moody track with Shadow.

The minor notes on the keys set a sombre mood in the prelude, yet in the verses which lead up to the chorus the momentum gently builds allowing the soundscape to feed you a subtle serving of melancholic euphoria. That’s the quite the juxtaposition to create in a track, it’s no wonder that so many people have already caught the hype of this release.

You can check out Tony Apolczer’s single Shadow for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. If you’re as won over with Shadow as we are, you won’t have long to wait before the release of their 5-track EP which is due for release later this year.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Baby Tap – True Love: Ominously Salacious Alt-Pop

Baby Tap’s latest single “True Love” is one of the most perplexing tracks I’ve potentially ever heard, and with a music video which is just as bizarre as the soundscape, putting the idiosyncratic sound into words really isn’t an enviable task.

Kicking off with some truly ominous reverb-soaked baritone throat reverberations, the track progresses into Alt EDM Trap Pop which would definitely go down well in Berlin. As you get to the chorus, it’s pretty evident that Baby Tap was keen to orchestrate a hit which would never allow you to feel comfortable, instead, you thrash through the various caustic EDM evolutions of the track. Expect plenty of eccentric, colourful, and salacious experimentalism to be thrown into True Love which may be the weirdest earworm which has been ever implanted in my mind.

For the full effect of True Love, you’re definitely going to catch the video which is up on YouTube for your pleasure and disconcertment.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Piazzi – Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time: A High Vibe Urban Alt-Pop Genre-Mash

“Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time” may be something that you will frequently read on Tinder profiles, but it’s also the title of the latest track from up and coming Alt-Pop artist Piazzi.

Rather than sticking to the safe confines of just one genre, Piazzi created his high vibe hit through an infusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Rap, Jazz, and Dance. And instead of offering aural predictability, the progressive soundscape sees a constant evolution throughout the mix, starting off with Neo Funk rhythms which introduce R&B vocals, the track seamlessly charges into midtempo energetic Hip Hop.

You can check out Piazzi’s latest single Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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