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Short Sharp Scratch – Shark Infested Waters: Eccentrically Experimental

If Otto Van Schirach ventured into Pop, I can imagine that it would sound a little like up and coming artist Short Sharp Scratch’s latest single “Shark Infested Waters”.

While it may take a little while for the melodic hooks to sink their teeth in, the experimental Synth Pop single grabs your attention right from the prelude through the power of the Funk alone. There aren’t many artists brave enough to go so bold with their sound, but perceptibly, Short Sharp Scratch isn’t your average artist.

Even though Shark Infested Waters contains plenty of progressions in sound, it was easy to feel that the four-minute duration was slightly overstretched. Aside from that Shark Infested Waters is a flawlessly eccentric hit. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but distinctive music never is.

You can check out Short Sharp Scratch’s latest single Shark Infested Waters for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. Just don’t be surprised if the choruses stick to your synapses like superglue.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Artist The Revel Drops Their Latest Track “Hit The Moon”

Any fans of Daft Punk and Funk-laced Pop are going to want to check out the latest single from up and coming artist The Revel. “Hit The Moon” is a danceable contemporary Pop mix packed with groove and effective instrumental hooks which draw you into the sticky-sweet choruses.

There’s plenty to love about Hit the Moon, but The Revel’s sound is one which you will find in countless tracks which are already on the airwaves. They’ve obviously got the talent; they’d be unstoppable if they poured in their unrestrained creative soul into the soundscapes instead of pandering to the contemporary Pop trends. Having said that, Hit the Moon is still an incredibly catchy earworm.

You can check out The Revel’s latest single which was released on September 20th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie artist Haven has made their debut with the transfixingly hazy single “Somewhere Brighter”

Up and coming Indie artist Haven has demonstrated their powers of aural transfixion with their debut single “Somewhere Brighter”.

With the Jangle Pop guitar progressions, a Post-Punk tone creeping in through the basslines, and Haven’s instantly magnetic vocals, debut singles don’t come much more exciting than this.

Around the Pop sensibilities of the soundscape, there is also layers of soft Alt 90s Grunge sound combined with melodies which aren’t too dissimilar from bands as Blink 182. There may be a slightly Lo-Fi feel to Somewhere Brighter, but this only amplifies the emotivity in the seamlessly progressive single.

The single kicks off with soft vocals around hazy, sunny layers of reverb spilling from the guitars before building into a captivating feat of pioneering Indie which is all too tempting to play on repeat.

You can check out Haven’s debut single Somewhere Brighter for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sisk & James – Right Between: A Sonically Fresh Hit of Alt Pop

Alt Pop duo Sisk & James has recently made their debut with the four-track EP “Outer Limits”. If you can imagine what it would sound like if Maroon 5 teamed up with Depeche Mode, you may just get an idea of how infectiously Funk-filled their take on Synth Pop is.

The best introduction to their genre-contorting sound is the upbeat jam “Right Between”. With elements of Synth Pop, Funk, Rock, and Contemporary Pop all fed into the mix, you’ll be able to throw yourself into familiar and accessible sounds while being in arrested in awe at Sisk & James’ pioneering aural flair.

As punchy and melodic as Right Between was, I wasn’t expecting a jaw-drop moment on the outro. But when it comes to keyboard riffs, I can quite honestly say that I’ve never heard anything so sonically alchemic in all my time ingesting electronica.

You can check out Sisk & James’ single Right Between along with the rest of their EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Artist Hugo Basclain Releases their Latest Pensive Alt Pop Ballad “Veins”

Australian singer-songwriter Hugo Basclain has recently released their evocatively intense Pop single “Veins”. By hitting play, you’ll throw yourself headfirst into the refreshing distinction of the uniquely compelling Ballad. With elements of Classic Pop combined with a contemporary Indie feel, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve heard someone spill their souls through a single. Veins is a soundscape which makes very little apology about getting under your skin.

By far the most striking aspect of the single is the way in which the narrative gradually unfolds against the semi-orchestral piano-led soundscape as the lyrics become increasingly candid with each verse. It’s the perfect track to test whether your soul is still functioning or not.

You can check out Hugo Basclain’s single Veins for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Faith No More Fans Might Want to Pay Attention to NevilleSounds Debut Single “Ending Scene”

London-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter NevilleSounds (Aaron Kieran Neville) has made their solo debut with their single “Ending Scene”. I can quite safely say that any fans of Mike Patton are going to want to hear it.

In parts, Ending Scene is reminiscent of Patton’s unfalteringly smooth crooning style which you’ll hear in the more sedate Faith No More tracks such as Evidence, Ashes to Ashes, and Easy. Yet, the single also throws in plenty of indulgently captivating Pop hooks, giving Ending Scene a massive amount of contemporary appeal – but it’s not without its melancholy.

It’s all but impossible not to make a visceral intrinsic connection with Ending Scene. So frequently moody Alt Pop is totally void of any soul – you may as well stand at a bus stop and listen to someone have a bit of a rant, thankfully, Ending Scene lies on the other end of the spectrum. With the light, vibrant and shimmering Pop elements sitting against the smooth and sonorous Rock, and the Motown soul tones, it’s enough to make your own soul feel exposed.

Ending Scene was inspired by the empathy and compassion found in trying to understand a friend’s terminal diagnosis with cancer. But Ending Scene encompasses a whole manner of other tribulations including our own personal apocalypses and the mental thrashing we take knowing our planet is on fire. Essentially the single serves as a roadmap through the artist’s journey through compassion and death – and it hits hard.

Ending Scene was released on November 1st, and you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gelax – Mr Square: The Most Fiercely Convictive Alt Rock Single You’ll Hear All Year

“Mr Square” is the latest single to be released by the experimentally pioneering, unfuckwithably fabulous up and coming artist Gelax.

Without any hint of hyperbole, I may have just stumbled across my favourite new artist in 2019. From the very first time of hearing Mr Square, the taunting, sardonic nature of the lyrics hits you along with the unique sense of satisfaction through listening to such convictive lyricism laying down an aural attack on misogyny.

The same instantaneously gripping effect is something that I have only ever experienced through hitting play on any of Amanda Palmer’s (Dresden Dolls) tracks. And that’s certainly not a comparison I make lightly.

Despite the angst behind the inspiration of the soundscape, the lyrics are versed through reflectively hazy vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the instrumentals which share the same lucid textures until the basslines come in to dominate the soundscape through blistering grooves.

You can check out Mr Square along with Gelax’s earlier released singles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rohas releases their latest powerful Indie Pop Rock single “Opening Up is Hard”

“Opening Up is Hard” is the powerfully honest latest single from up and coming Alt Pop artist Rohas which dropped on October fourth.

The instrumentals in the prelude almost have a funeral procession feel, yet, with Rohas’ softly captivating vocals sitting neatly atop of the arrangement, you’ll be inclined to sink right into the sombre soundscape. In the following verses, Opening Up is Hard evolves into an Indie Pop Rock track with a subtle hint of Trap thanks to the distinctive kicks of the drum pads. But the progressive nature of the single doesn’t end there. Opening Up is Hard contains a myriad of aural evolutions which coincide with the emotion which spills from the vocals.

As you’d expect from a track with a title such as Opening Up is Hard, the single is deeply personal. For so long musicians have glamorised drug addition, but Rohas has flipped the narrative and showed the negative despairing effects of substance abuse. It’s a hard-hitter, and it will be a miracle if you get to the end of this genre-mashing single dry-eyed.

You can check out the official music video to Rohas’ latest single Opening Up is Hard via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Djent releases their latest artfully evocative Alt Pop single “All Around is Love”

There are tracks from up and coming artists, and there are aural gems which contain a level of talent which make them worthy of ascending to the top of the charts. Such as Lil Djent’s latest single “All Around is Love”.

It’s artful, it’s provoking, it’s bordering on celestial, and it won’t fail to mesmerise through the insanely eclectic instrumental arrangement. With the succinct ebbs and flows in momentum, you’ll get plenty of reminders that your rhythmic pulses are well and truly connected to the experimental rhythms.

With harsh increments of electronic effect switching to delicate fingerpicked guitar progressions, to melodically pleasing keys carving out the melody, listening to All Around is Love allows you to feel like you’re at the mercy of a cyclone kicking up creative ingenuity as it goes.

It’s safe to say I’ve never heard anything like All Around is Love, the vocals were as striking as they come, and the entire track pulled together to create a cinematic masterpiece.

You can check out the official music video to Lil Djent’s latest single All Around is Love for yourselves by heading over to Vivo now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ailie MacK Releases Her Artful Alt Pop Hit “Anxiety”

Singer-songwriter Ailie MacK released her candidly resonant single “Anxiety” on October 25th. Even though the soundscape remains palpably upbeat and reflective throughout, it’s still a hard-hitter – especially for anyone who can appreciate how desperate, helpless, and fearful anxiety can leave you.

There’s a touch of Classic Pop artfulness within the accessibly poised vocals. But when it comes to the instrumentals, you’re immersed in an EDM Pop mix with subtle infusions of Hip Hop with the snappy beats and futuristic electronic effects.

Anxiety is just one of the singles which you’ll be able to find on the artist’s latest EP “LA Sessions” which you’ll feel compelled to delve into after experiencing the alchemic effect of Anxiety. And there’s a sentence I never thought I would write.

You can check out Ailie MacK’s haunting single Anxiety for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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