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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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Her Brothers – Human: Radio-Ready Alt Pop Rhythm

‘Human’ is the latest single from the Vancouver-based familial trio Her Brothers, their unique take on Alt Pop is perfect for anyone wanting to shake up their playlists and add a little vibrant nostalgia into the mix.

The up and coming artist’s diverse array of influences allow them to take elements from each genre to curate a fresh sound that no one can deny has mainstream potential. There’s almost a primal, world music feel behind the prelude of the beat, yet when the chorus hits, you find yourself in the midst of a more archetypal EDM Pop hit. But one thing’s for sure, the three bothers have infinitely more soul behind their sound compared to other boyband’s who are currently dominating the charts. The arrestingly unflinching vocals soar through the harmonies and grip you through the lyrical hooks to create pretty much the perfect Pop anthem.

You can check out Her Brothers’ single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lipstick Jodi – Anymore: High-Octane Bass-Heavy Alt Pop

Anymore is the cataclysmically anthemic Alternative Pop hit from Lipstick Jodi; the Michigan based trio is led by Karli Morehouse who has one of the sweetest antagonistic vocal bites I’ve heard this side of 1995. To create the perfect platform for her empowerment-soaked vocal offering is the orchestration of angular, high-octane guitar riffs which have quite the punch when paired with the tight drum rolls and deep bassline. With Anymore you can expect the polish of power pop paired with the dirty, rolling, grinding rhythms and lack of pure vocal restraint from Karli which gives the track an overall Alternative feel.

You can check out Lipstick Jodi’s single Anymore out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud, any fans of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Tegan and Sera and Metric are going to want out the bands decadently nostalgic bass-heavy Pop soundscapes which will remind you of the days when Garbage reigned supreme and everything was just a little better.

Anymore was just one of the tracks from Lipstick Jodi’s 2017 EP, here’s to hoping they get back in the studio and treat us to some more aural delights soon, because frankly, keeping that kind of talent to themselves would be criminal.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LILURA – Feel Love: Nihilistic Electro Witch Pop

A Pop artist singing about not wanting to be in love? Has it ever happened before? I don’t believe it has. LILURA’s nihilistic approach to romantic Electro Indie Pop was creates one of the most ethereally compelling soundscapes I’ve heard from the Pop arena to date. It should come as no surprise that the up and coming Electro Pop artist takes inspiration from iconic acts such as David Bowie, Radiohead & Kate Bush to create her pensive offerings of poignant, euphoric synergy. Whilst the lyrics may be a little pensive her vocals are anything but, she gives Pop acts such as Taylor Swift a run for her money. Dare I say she has a touch of the Riot Grrrl empowerment within her vocal range? The passion which she pours into her vocals is perceptible right from the first verse, but the track only gains momentum from there on out. The Scottish singer songwriter may be new to the scene under the name of LILURA, but she’s no stranger to the stage lights after she’s toured the UK festival circuit with her acoustic projects.

You can check out LILURA’s latest track Feel Love on SoundCloud now, head on over to her Facebook page to stay up to date with all her latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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G. Lokko – Getaway: A High Vibe Alt-Pop Ride Curtesy of One of The Most Dazzling Emerging Recording Artists in NY

Lokko AKA Gregory Lopez’s 2018 debut Getaway is a track that has you itching to turn up the volume and let the melodic cacophonies just pour through you. The emerging German born artist has knocked it out of the park with this poignantly orchestrated medley of upbeat guitars and majestic synthy harmonies.

The Alternative Pop recording artist is currently residing in New York, where he’s taking the Indie Electronica scene by storm, his serene style isn’t something that’s easily ignored, he’s already been snapped up by Infinity records for his enigmatic style. If you’re a fan of acts such as Jaws, Peace & Mumford & Sons you’re going to need to check out Getaway with its irresistibly tantalising upbeat vibes, raw lyrics and anthemic chorus that you can’t help getting caught up in.

Head on over to Spotify where you can check out G. Lokko’s debut single:

https://open.spotify.com/track/6rxi5i15zPof23WKdD6A7G?si=i7_C7hibTWKq7r3qqbzfIg

You can also connect with G. Lokko on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/G-Lokko-363358680471284/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryker Sear – Don’t Know Me: Punch Drunk Pop

Ryker Sear’s defined sound makes for some truly palpable Alt Pop EDM beats. The Milton Keynes, UK based artists use their Alt Rock edge to create enthused sounds which flow in a similar style to Paramore, just with a little extra bite of Pop to sink your teeth into.

The punchy attitude from Regan the female vocalist mixed with the 90’s Grunge sound makes their latest track ‘Don’t Know Me’ pretty reminiscent of the more iconic 90’s female artists. Unlike many millennials, Regan hasn’t grown out of the era that she grew up in, still celebrating the revolutionary sounds of the 90’s which is something that really rings through her music. Their debut track was the product of the band finally perfecting their rhythm and style.

Now that Ryker Sear are celebrated as a well-crafted Pop project fans can expect a lot more blindingly honest tracks from the band infused with Regan’s contemptuous over flow of lyrics that shine light through the disparity in her world. Their earlier sounds have already entered the commercial UK Pop chart at number 6.

You can check out Don’t Know Me on SoundCloud now:

https://soundcloud.com/rykersear/dont-know-me

Amelia Vandergast

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Violitt blend cult and commerciality with the ghostlike Casper

Listening to Violitt’s majestic and haunting brand of dreamy alt-pop you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a long lost gem from another time, probably from that much maligned era, the eighties, which despite modern rebranding was paved with such beautiful and exploratory music. Its dark intensity suggests a Concrete Blonde track deemed too haunting for release as a single or a Cocteau Twins work in progress before they drenched everything in reverb and stardust, it mines deep emotions and pursues heartache and wanders along the very brink of despair.

But Violitt are too clever to just play the misery card or wallow in self pity and if old-school dream-pop seems a nostalgic and cultish notion which has long ago had its day in the post-punk sun and pop proper is a form too concerned with playing to the gallery and making music with the widest appeal, the more switched on modern artists have realised that you can take the integrity of the former and the commerciality of the latter to make music which is the best of both worlds. It is a sound which Violitt does better than most and it is exactly why this futurist pop revival is producing some of the most rewarding music of the moment without having to compromise cult appeal for commercial potential.

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The Smooth New Sound Of Tampa

It comes as no surprise that Grand Lotus come from Tampa, there is a sun drenched vibe which runs through their chiming alt-pop, surf-rock what could only come from such a warm climate. There is also a sophistication which belies their young age. Whilst most guys their age content to be heavy handed copyists of the likes of the Foo Fighters, it is fantastic to find a band who revel in more intricate and more interesting music, heading more into a more Doobie Brothers or better still,  Steely Dan direction and that in itself is both an indication of their skills as well as their bravery.

Australia is at once frictionless and luxuriant but with just enough grit in the oyster to keep things from heading off towards the middle of the road and their sound might wear rocks outer garments but you catch glimpses of jazz, R&B and pop undergarments underneath. Now they have proven that they can infuse rock with more interesting elements, we can all wait with bated breath for them to flip the concept and really get creative.

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