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Anzac Park – Lies: The Distinctive Debut the Alt Pop Genre Has Been Waiting For

While many Pop artists may put themselves in the Alt Pop category, they may want to rethink their branding after checking out the new captivating prodigal release from Anzac Park.

The distinction which reverberates around up and coming Alternative artist Anzac Park’s sound hits you before the prelude runs through. And by the time you reach the ominously orchestrated verses in their standout single “Lies” from their debut EP “Technicolor”, you’ll realise that it’s a soundscape which will linger in between your synapses for quite some time.

If there was ever a male equivalent of Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), that accolade would fall onto Anzac Park. That’s not a comparison which was easy for me to make. However, the strikingly pensive deep chords which spill intense energy into the mix along with the un-archetypal vocals come together as a work of aural alchemy.

You can check out Lies along with the rest of the EP from Anzac Park by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oscar Delaughter – You Don’t Know: A Sonically-Charged Alt Pop Rock Earworm

Future Pop has taken yet another step forward in its evolution with the insanely infectious standout single “You Don’t Know” from up and coming artist Oscar Delaughter.

From sonic synth riffs to absorbingly punchy guitar progressions, to magnetically euphoric vocals, You Don’t Know offers it all, and then some. It’s beyond a radio-ready single, it’s a single which will make no apologies as it consumes you through the bright high-octane genre-mashing energy.

There aren’t many Pop inclined singles which could come close to matching the technical and intricate textures in the instrumental arrangement in You Don’t Know.  Oscar Delaughter could even give Sonic Youth a run for their money with the slight infusion of No Wave guitars which glitch around the up-vibe melodies.

You can check out Oscar Delaughter’s single You Don’t Know for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Natasha Jane Julian releases her most phantasmically arrestive single yet with “Mechanical Heart”

“Mechanical Heart” is the latest single from the up and coming sultry dark Pop songstress Natasha Jane Julian. The moody soundscape delivers much, much more than just spiky unapologetic attitude.
There are pools of lascivious melodicism to immerse yourselves in as you listen to the aurally haunting single unravel.

With jarring melancholy weaved into the instrumental arrangement, Natasha Jane Julian’s vocals found the perfect platform to rest neatly above, allowing the arrestive pensive harmony to hit with maximum impact.

There was no forgetting the Californian artist after the release of their distinctively flawless single “Bathin’ in Your Garbage”. Mechanical Heart is just another reason why Natasha Jane Julian should definitely be on your radar.

You can check out Mechanical Heart for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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