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Adequate Fur – The World is Waking Up: A Powerful Genre-Mashing Existentialism-Crushing Offering of Alt Rock

Judging an artist by their title is just as bad as judging a book by its cover, but with a title such as Adequate Fur, I couldn’t help but be intensely intrigued.

Sure enough, an artful, intellectually minded single did unfold through the Alt Rock powerhouse’s latest single “The World is Waking Up”. Considering that I was blown away by the progressive nature of the single before it had run halfway through, that’s an incredible indicator for just how powerfully entrancing this single is.

From the very first verse, you’re locked into the narrative of the single, you can probably hazard a guess to what a track named The World is Waking Up is all about. Yet, the energy behind the performance hits harder than you could possibly anticipate. There’s a lot of existentialism felt by a lot of people these days, yet, The World is Waking Up takes that negativity and forces you to flip your perspective. That may just be the ultimate definition of what a powerful single is.

You can check out The World is Waking Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Our Secret Little Underground brings back the Blues with latest single “Our Ways”

While many Alt Rock artists have forgotten how to embed the Blues in their music, Our Secret Little Underground’s latest single “Our Ways” serves as the perfect reminder. The Wild Berry’s may have composed the single originally, however Our Secret Little Underground didn’t fail to reinvent the single with their own brand of mesmerism.

Our Ways may not be the most polished Indie Rock soundscape we’ve heard recently, yet the artful progressive nature of the single still offers plenty of unique resonance. The single offers plenty more than just rhythm through playing with textures and tonalities. Our Ways unfold as a track which captivates through the depth of the muddy basslines alongside the jangly guitar progressions. Even though the vocals may not be the strongest, the lucidity of them provides a psychedelic dynamic inviting you to sink even deeper into the single.

You can check out Our Ways for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Love Ghost – Quiet Voices: Progressive Alt Rock Experimentalism at its Finest

Remember the first time you heard Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, or My Bloody Valentine and you felt your heart drop? The latest single from Love Ghost “Quiet Voices” will leave your biology feeling as equally confused.

As the vocals shift between softly versed Indie and unrestrained Alt Rock vocals the instrumentals also make plenty of transgressions of their own. And if you’ve never heard a soaring violin licks around a bassline which practically growls – now is the perfect time.

With the progressive nature of the single, you never know which direction the soundscape is going to violently thrash into. You’re bounced between piercing wails of the violin to concordant guitar melodies, and that’s just one of the reasons why you will be wondering it’s so hard to pick up your jaw.

If Love Ghost had left any more of an impression, I’m sure I’d be sporting bruises at this point. So, if you’re in the mood for some aural assault, you can check out Love Ghost’s music via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kjell – G.M.A: Ominously Exposing Dark Alt Rock

Mash up Iggy Pop and the Black Keys, and you might get a soundscape as transfixing as Alt Rock artist Kjell’s single G.M.A. It’s ominous, it’s indulgent, and the instrumental arrangements alone will provide you with a striking amount of imagery.

The dark and murky layers of reverb-soaked guitars set the perfect tone for Kjell’s vocals which are tasked with versing lyrics that are as exposing and sobering as Richey wrote for the Manic Street Preacher’s album Holy Bible. And that’s definitely not a comparison I make likely. All reminiscence aside, it is the raw, organic nature of G.M.A. which will leave a long-lasting impression.

Within the extended 5-minute duration of the single Kjell ensures there’s plenty of progression to keep you arrested in the constantly evolving yet perpetually gritty single.

You can check out G.M.A along with the rest of the single from Kjell’s prodigally compelling second album Bag of Bones for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ZPEXTRE – Laidback Air: Prepare for the Most Enamouring Experimental Alt Rock Single of the Year

“Laidback Air” is the latest single by up and coming California-based Alt Rock artist ZPEXTRE. As you listen to the short, sweet, and incredibly authentic track unfold, you can appreciate the eccentricity and the pure hit of charisma which comes with every funk-filled progression of Laidback Air.

ZPEXTRE’s incredibly unique brand of Alt Rock mixes elements of Hip Hop, Funk, Electronica, Disco and Pop; If you think that sounds like quite the melting pot of genres to infuse into one track, you’d be spot on. Yet, ingeniously, ZPEXTRE pulls it all together into an endearingly quirky mix. You can practically taste the enthusiasm and energy which was poured into Laidback Air. With ZPEXTRE’s tracks on the airwaves, the music industry has just become a much happier place.

At this point, it’s obvious he’s no stranger to putting out infectious hits which make you immediately form a connection. With that ability, there isn’t much of a chance that he’ll be left on the underground.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie artist Tough on Fridays inches their way further to ascension with upcoming single Little Italy

“Little Italy” is the upcoming track from Alt Rock duo Tough on Fridays, and with a riff-style reminiscent to what we came to perpetually adore from Iggy’s iconic track “the Passenger” you can be sure that you’ll find the same infectious rhythm. Yet, vocally and lyrically Tough on Fridays set themselves apart with their infectious take on Pop Rock.

Their ability to orchestrate sticky-sweet choruses definitely shouldn’t be underestimated. They may borrow inspiration from artists such as Paramore and Green Day, but the Georgetown Texas duo has managed to fuse a contemporary resonance within their style.  It’s been a while since we’ve been this excited by a Pop Rock artist, but Little Italy is all the proof that you need that Tough on Fridays isn’t your average up and coming duo. Their sense of passion is palpable in their sound, and there’s nothing more refreshing than that.

You can check out Little Italy for yourselves, and their earlier released singles via Spotify.

Keep up to date with all the latest releases from Tough on Fridays via Facebook or the duo’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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R E A P E R Z – The Living Dead: A Debut of Poignantly Accurate Alt Rock

Through a mix of lyrical depth containing clever metaphors, potently arrestive Alt Rock energy and vocal pitch perfection, R E A P E R Z debut single “The Living Dead” was born.

Between the Aberdeen, Scotland-based duo they created a magnetically reverberant single which offers visceral resonance and plenty of powerful imagery. The single is essentially the aural equivalent of Romero’s Dawn of Dead. We’re amongst brainless sheeple, but as long as there are poignant yet sludgy hits such as The Living Dead, I’m sure we can find a way of feeling a little better about it.

R E A P E R Z definitely went beyond the expectation of a duo this fresh from inception. With their contemporary edge, yet accessible allure, this record certainly won’t be the end of the newcomers.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you get the pleasure of streaming R E A P E R Z’s single for yourselves.

In the meantime, head on over to Facebook where you can keep up to date with news of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mark Lawes – Moving On: A Debut of Riff-Laden Alt Rock Dreampop

Moving on is always a bitter-sweet emotion, but London/Norwich based artist Mark Lawes’ debut single “Moving On” packs in plenty of honeyed dreampop rhythm without any hint of a bitter sting.

Rather than just laying down a transcendentally concordant soundscape, the up and coming artist also incorporated plenty of intricate Alt Rock riffs into the mix to make sure that the ebbs and flows of the momentum hit you exactly where Mark Lawes intended them to.

Being a little longer than your average track gave Mark Lawes the opportunity to create a progressive single which remains arrestive right up until the final mellifluous note. With a distinctive, radio-ready track already behind Mark Lawes with his debut single, you can definitely just regard this as the beginning.

You can check out Moving On for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Axel Jansson – Wanna Know You: Candidly Organic Alt Rock

What have the National, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Axel Jansson got in common? For a start, their commitment to ensuring their soundscapes are as emotively compelling as possible. Yet, Axel Jansson’s instrumental style is far more reminiscent of the undiluted raw Rock energy from the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

With Axel Jansson’s latest single “Wanna Know You”, from the very first verse you’re hooked into the organically raw and candid narrative of the Alt Rock single. Of course, there was no forgetting Axel Jansson from his 2018 single “Everything I Crave”, creating compellingly striking singles is something that the up and coming independent artist seems to be in a habit of doing. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world wakes up to the distinction in Axel Jansson’s soulful sound.

You can check out Axel Jansson’s latest single Wanna Know You for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Milo Hunter – Las Playas En Mexico: Alt Aural Expression at it’s Most Endearing

From the moment I hit play on up and coming Indie artist’s latest single “Las Playas En Mexico” it was perceptible that the hypnotically experimental track was never created for commercial mass ingestion. Instead, you could feel the catharsis of the artistic expression with each progression within the short but sweet single which exudes plenty of imagery; affirming that art and music aren’t all that inseparable after all. The mix of fuzzy guitars and friendly synth lines create the perfect platform for Milo Hunter’s harmonically mellifluous vocals.

If Las Playas En Mexico’s Alt Rock soundscape wasn’t so sugared it would almost resonate as Lynchian. So, what I’m trying to say is that it has all of the ingenuity and none of the ominous tonality. And I’m sure we can hope for all that and more from the rest of the singles contained within the artist’s upcoming EP “Zam-Zammah” which will be released April 13th.

You can check out Milo Hunter’s latest single Las Playas En Mexico for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

To stay up to date with details of the release follow Milo Hunter on Facebook and watch the ascension of one of the most endearing artists we’ve heard in 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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