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Soul Dolphin – What’s Right: Transiently Psychedelic Alt Rock

Ever heard a Psychedelic Alt Rock track so transient that it’s bordering on ethereal? Nirvana may have sung about reaching a higher plateau, yet, Soul Dolphin’s latest track “What’s Right” is the aurally magnetic track which will take you there. Just what kind of alchemy they weaved into the production of the single I will never know, yet, the lucid layers of the track are enough to induce you in a pure state of catharsis. Given that the track is just under two-minutes long, it doesn’t seem likely that Soul Dolphin would be able to immerse you into such an arrested state. Yet, sure enough the Philadelphia-based powerhouse of artists managed it with an archaic approach the vocals which seamlessly rested against the lush reverb which bled from the acoustic instrumentals of the single.

You can check out Soul Dophin’s single What’s Right from their latest album “Déjà vu All Over” by heading over to BandCamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Steve Buzzotta – Proof of Heaven: Lucidly Distorted Alt Rock

The sonically dreamy distorted guitars set the perfect tone for the pensively placed single which has been delicately arranged by the up and coming artist. The soundscapes which he created with Proof of Heaven and the rest of his latest album “Out of Order” is sure to go down a treat with fans of Shoegaze, Post Punk and Alt Rock. The instantly accessible tonality of the track allows you to slip into the reverb-soaked melodies from the first verse and follow the meanderingly reticent lyricism through to the concordant fade out. Whilst you don’t get to hear Steve Buzzotta’s full vocal strength on this track, you get plenty of opportunity to from other tracks on the album.

You can check out Proof of Heaven along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cosmic Order – the Snake Rides Again: Hypnotically Progressive Alt Rock

Fans of Post Punk, Alt Rock, and Classic Rock alike will all undoubtedly want to check out Cosmic Order’s latest single “the Snake Rides Again”. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, engineer and producer seemingly needed very little help to orchestrate one of the most accessibly immersive Rock sounds I’ve heard this year. His alchemic infusion of elements from each of the genres made for a progressive 5-minute masterpiece, each minute as captivatingly unpredictable as the last. The intricacy in the instrumental outro arrangement led up to a Jazz segment which I never would have anticipated. With the vocals at the end of the Snake Rides Again giving off Iggy Pop vibes, it’s safe to say I’ve found a new favourite experimental up and coming artist. With his instrumental ability combined with his darkly resonant vocal capacity, I’m infinitely excited to hear what is yet to come from Cosmic Order

You can check out Cosmic Order’s latest single from their latest album “Songs Of Love and Darkness” yourselves by heading over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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VAZUM – Eyes Out: Angularly Sludgy Alt Rock

When you stumble across a band who dedicate songs to women who gouge out their own eyes whilst on Crystal Meth it’s almost impossible not to get a little bit excited. Thankfully the sound is just as intriguing as the subject matter in VAZUM’s latest single “Eyes Out” from their upcoming debut album “Void”.

“Eyes Out” is a decadently sludgy mix which frankly defies every genre known to man thanks to the progressive nature of the track in which the guitars are kept angular whilst the drum rolls may be amongst the tightest I’ve heard this year. With elements of Post Punk and Grunge, Alt Rock fans will be in heaven listening to the prodigally mastered track spiralling through the chaos of the composition made by the deft command of the up and coming artist VAZUM which started out back in 2017 headed by Zach Pliska.

You can check out the official video to Eyes Out by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Axel Jansson – Everything I Crave: A Contemporary Kick for the Roots of Rock

London-based singer songwriter Axel Jansson has recently released his latest single “Everything I Crave” – prepare for it to floor you. Whilst the instrumentals may be soft and melodic, the weight behind the lyrics and vocals is something else entirely.

Vocalists with such veraciously expressive talent don’t tend to pop up all too often, yet with Axel Jansson it’s almost too easy to imagine a stadium crowd singing his lyrics back at him. His unique Alternative Rock progresses through rhythmic Americana Blues melodies which are enough to make you nostalgic about the first time you listened to Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams or Bruce Springsteen. Yet, let it never be said that Axel Jansson has revived an archaic sound. His latest single packs in plenty of contemporary appeal, inviting new generations to enjoy the unadulterated, unrestrained raw essence of Rock. And that’s without mentioning the jaw-droppingly resounding guitar riffs.

You can check out Everything I Crave for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dot Comet – Garden: The Melodically Sludgy Alt Rock You Need on Your Playlists

Whilst there is definitely no shortage of Alt Rock from up and coming artists, there are very few bands with the ability to attack the genre in such a melodically immersive style as Dot Comet.

Their latest single “Garden” carries all of the jangly guitar progressions that you’ve grown to love since first finding an affinity for the punchy notes back in the 90’s. Yet, the five-piece Seattle-based outfit have taken their Indie Alt Rock sound in a completely different direction with their use of sludgy reverb which gives their sound the haunting aura of Shoegaze. As potently concordant as the instrumentals were, what really stood out for me were the quaint vocals from Brannen Graves. His ethereally raw Indie style is incomparable to most.

You can check out Dot Comet’s single Garden yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hey Janelle – Vehicles: Infectious Alt Rock Attitude

“Vehicles” is the latest single released by the Alt Rock powerhouse Hey Janelle. With an instantly accessible crunchy instrumental style it’s hard not to get caught up in the momentum of their standout single from their 2018 album “Levels”.

Whilst for the most part the instrumentals weren’t anything out of the ordinary in the Alt Rock genre, it was the vocals in Vehicles which instantly captivated me. The unrestrained energy blended elements of Pop Punk and Post Hardcore in a way I can’t say I’ve happened across before. Having said that, the pure momentum behind the guitar outro is enough to make you want to devour the rest of their 11-track album. The album which was released September 12th features some poignantly plaintive Alt Rock ballads which any self-respecting audiophile shouldn’t hesitate to get reflective to!

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ray & the Fool – Alive in Me: Experimentally Quaint Alt Rock

With no use for a prelude Ray & the Fool’s latest single “Alive in Me” kicks in to start from the very first note. The Alt Rock artist combined elements of Stoner Garage Rock with jangly guitar progressions and a Trap style beat which served as the instrumental backbone to the track. So, it’s safe to say there aren’t too many artists putting out a similar sound which runs with a quaint amount of innocence and naivety. The melodies could have been a little softer in parts to help the sentiment behind the lyrics to resonate, yet, apart from that it’s hard to find a flaw in the up and coming artist’s recent single. If you could imagine a more sugared version of Fidlar or Wavves you’d get a pretty good idea of Ray & the Fool’s style.

Alive in Me was released as part of Ray & the Fool’s 5-track EP “Black Rabbit” on September 21st, and you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Resonant Complex – FairPlay: Anthemically Authentic Alt Rock

Whilst you’d struggle to find any act which is instantly comparable to the Resonant Complex their sound is instantly accessible for any self respecting Alt Rock fan. The warmth which exudes from their latest single FairPlay will hit you with the same burning veracity of bands such as Incubus, SoundGarden and Pearl Jam. Yet the vocalist’s authentically unique vocal style allows the Resonant Complex to stand in a completely different league of their own, there’s strength behind the vocals, yet there’s a slight Pop Punk twist which makes the lyrics that little bit more resonant. There’s a potent energy behind the instrumentals which glide with concordance through the progressive notes of the anthemic single. After you’ve listened to the track unfold it becomes easy to see how they got their name.

You can check out The Resonant Complex’s latest single FairPlay from the debut release of “North Ave” out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dave Cavalier – Talk is Cheap: Emotively Captivating Alt Rock

Talk may be cheap, but Dave Cavalier’s timeless talent is priceless. The Los Angeles, US-based up and coming artist has proven with his latest single that he is more than worthy of a spot on the radio waves.

Generally, when it comes to Alt Rock, the vocals tend to be a little brash so, to hear Dave Cavalier’s resonantly inviting vocals over the subtle and light piano melodies was an almost tear-jerking experience. When the violin was thrown into the mix, Talk is Cheap almost became an attack on the emotions. By the time the track fades out, you’re more than invested within the lyricism. Bringing the Alt Rock edge is the primal rhythm which comes curtesy of the drums which provide a backbone to the lucid instrumental arrangements.

Head on over to the artist’s official website to check out Talk is Cheap along with the rest of his latest EP ‘Rumours’. Each track is as emotively captivating as the last.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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