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Vince Villafan Releases their Melodiously Harmonic Latest Single “Don’t Remind Me”

“Don’t Remind Me” is the impossibly smooth offering of aural catharsis from the up and coming artist Vince Villafan who allows their vintage soundscapes to unfold through mesmeric layers of Soulful Jazz.

Even though Don’t Remind Me kicks right into verse without a prelude, it’s all too easy to get aligned with the rhythmic groove of the single. Don’t Remind Me may only be short and sweet, but the vintage sound composed with contemporary passion isn’t one which you’ll forget in a hurry. The ambient pace of Don’t Remind Me allows each and every warm and vibrant instrumental note to resonate as it sets the perfect platform for Vince Villafan’s melodiously harmonic vocals.

You can check out Vince Villafan’s latest single which was released on June 27th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fourth Born – Last Cigarette: Up-Vibe Funk Soaked Alt Rock Empowerment

Up and coming Ontario-based artist Fourth Born released their latest single “Last Cigarette” on June 8th and offered listeners a poignant metaphorical message wrapped up in a soulful up-vibe Funk-soaked Indie Blues Pop arrangement.

There are very few ‘good-vibe’ tracks which manage to shimmer with a vibrant tonal iridescence, but Last Cigarette achieved it with discernible ease in the short and sticky-sweet single Last Cigarette. The single alludes to the empowerment of letting go of what no longer serves you before embracing the excitement which lies in change and possibility, and the message definitely doesn’t fail to resonate.

The offbeat acoustic rhythms carve out the perfect platform for the soulful, stripped back Bluesy vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the intricate progressions of the instrumentals. In short, it’s one of the most captivatingly sincere tracks which we’ve checked out this year. So do your soul a favour and stick Fourth Born on your radar, he’s irrefutably one to watch.

You can stream and download the latest single from Fourth Born for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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90s Alt Rock Influenced Newcomers Tripper and the Wild Things Have Made their Debut with the Single “Caramel”

If you’re always on the lookout for raucously melodious revivals of 90s Alt Rock, you’re sure to find plenty of sticky-sweet aural nostalgia in the debut single “Caramel” from the up and coming artist Tripper and the Wild Things”.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, the Pixies, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth definitely shouldn’t hang around before tuning into the grunge-soaked soundscape which may borrow fuzzy elements from the past, but there’s no disputing that Caramel is a track which practically drips with contemporary appeal. Instead of attempting to create a perfectly polished soundscape with excessive effects, Caramel isn’t so much a diamond in the rough, but both of them combined giving the track that comfortingly vintage raw appeal.

You can check out Tripper and the Wild Things’ single Caramel for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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People Seen in Cars – Summer’s Thunder: Indulgently Euphoric 90s Inspired Alt Rock

Ever wished that Sonic Youth was a bit punchier and happier? If so the up and coming 90s inspired Alt Rock artist People Seen in Cars has the perfect aural solution with their album “Talking at Gunpoint”. While each of the tracks on the artist’s album has their own quintessential charm, there’s no better introduction to People Seen in Cars’ prismatic approach to Alt Rock than the concluding track on the album “Summer’s Thunder”.

I don’t make Thurston Moore guitar comparisons easily, but you’ll soon be able to hear for yourselves that in this case it was incredibly well justified. The vocals are incredibly energetic and authentically expressive; there’s no flexing of vocal dynamics, just a pure unadulterated offering of anthemically euphoric unmanicured Folk harmony.

You can check out Summer’s Thunder along with the rest of People Seen in Cars’ debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Duo MAKO DC offers a work of genre-mashing alchemy with their latest single “Timeless”

Just when I was starting to think there were no Alt Rock artists left who could justify calling themselves ‘alternative’ to anything, I get the pleasure of being enamoured by MAKO DC’s latest single “Timeless”.

Timeless carries a cutting caustic Pop Punk energy but that’s just one of the elements in the indulgent smorgasbord of alternative influence. The soundscape fuses with an artfully stylistic Indie tonality and the same atmospheric pull of iconic 80s Post Punk artists resulting in a single which has a sombre feel whilst at the same time offering a visceral vibrantly uplifting melodic connection.

I never thought I’d ever hear a soundscape which carried a reminiscence to both the vocals of Gerard Way and Brett Anderson, but here I am, and I will almost certainly never get tired of listening to the stunningly pioneering act of aural alchemy which is Timeless.

You can check out the single Timeless along with the rest of the album by heading over to the artist’s official website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FiXe – Golden Ratio: Melodically Mastered, Atmospherically Immersive Alt Rock

The golden ratio is a mathematical concept which is commonly adopted in design for an aesthetically pleasing effect, yet with their track “Golden Ratio” up and coming artist FiXe have just taken Math Rock one step further. Naturally, the single unfolds with an intellectual and artful sensibility whilst never being in danger of ostentatiousness.

The single which was written and performed by Mike Ruy and Phil Bennett allows you to appreciate Classic Rock tones in a melodically paced single which seamlessly progresses as the momentum gently ebbs and flows. The vocals and lyrics may be few and far between in Golden Ratio, but with their stripped-back instrumentals, the track still offers a strong intrinsic pull, complete with mesmeric riffs, and indulgent rhythm.

You can check out FiXe’s track Golden Ratio for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NATURAL MYSTERY MUSEUM – VOLUME 0 EP: London calling

Rough and aggressive sounds take over in this 4-track EP by Natural Mystery Museum and power up the entire project with fuzzy tones and obsessive riffs that bring back to life that Punk-Rock attitude Clash first laid back in the day. 

Through ‘Dead Friends’ and ‘Salt the hearth’ you’ll be headbanging to the rhythm, and while guitar and bass intertwine their parts to keep alive that traditional Rock n Roll feel, drums intensely grow louder throughout ‘Enter the void’ and ‘If I could lie’.

You can easily tell that this is a no-brainer and London is calling once again.

Review By Jim Esposito

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It’s Time to Get Excited About Something Leather’s Organ-Driven Alt Rock Single “Velvet”

The atmospherically blessed Alt-Rock outfit Something Leather released their latest single “Velvet” on June 28th, 2019 and provided a dark hypnotic soundscape which possesses an alchemic theatrical tonality.

Any fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster will appreciate the psychedelically carnivalesque feel behind the single orchestrated by the Brighton-based trio who let the organ take the lead in their music and allow their listeners to delve into the trippy layers.

Velvet resonates as an act of aural occultism, complete with snaking rhythms, clever melodic carving and vocals which whisper into the mix to create the ultimate mesmeric single.

You can check out Something Leather’s single Velvet for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Across the Dawn release their latest atmospheric alt-rock hit “Horizon”

“Horizon” is the latest cathartically indulgent single from up and coming Pittsburgh, US-based artist Across the Dawn. The track kicks off with an acoustic guitar-led soundscape which introduces the soft indie rock vocals which steadily gain power and throw away restraint as the single progresses. The track leads up to a captivatingly mellifluous sweet spot in which you can truly appreciate the synergy of each instrument as they gently carve out a melancholic melody with a touch of Post Punk atmospherics.

Despite the touches of pensive tonality in the instrumentals, Horizon remains to be an uplifting single thanks to Across the Dawn’s vocalist’s ability to lace compassion with harmony and make a visceral connection with the listener. Any fans of Incubus will undoubtedly want to put Across the Dawn on their radars after this emotively iron wrought single.

You can check out Across the Dawn’s single Horizon for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Powerhouse HIGHGARDEN Release Their Debut Single “Apex”

HIGHGARDEN have proven themselves to be Progressive Alt Rock royalty with their debut single “Apex” which was released on June 22nd, 2019. If you’re looking for ways to perceptibly raise your blood pressure the high-octane blasts of rhythmic frenzy contained within Apex will quite literally render you breathlessly adrenalized.

With vocals which share the same level of visceral magnetism as Eddie Vedder’s, big Pop choruses and intricately anthemic Alt Rock breakdowns, sharing in the hype and passion which Apex was created from is pretty much nonoptional.

The crisp production on the track allows you to truly appreciate the Math Rock outro on Apex, while the choruses will feed you plenty of momentum listening to the ingenious time signatures on the guitar as they bounce against the blistering thrashes of the drums are as gentle as a cattle prod.

If I had to pick the most promising debut of 2019 so far, the honour would undoubtedly be HIGHGARDEN’s.

You can check out HIGHGARDEN’s single Apex for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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