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Hitlist – Urgency: Endearingly Raucous Post Punk

Alt Rock artist Hitlist is back with their latest ominously atmospheric single “Urgency”. I’ll give Post Punk fans until the first verse has run through to become enamoured with the biting soundscape.

There’s a satirical feel to Urgency, and in a feat of aural alchemy, Hitlist has created a track which doesn’t take itself all too seriously without allowing it to unfold as gimmicky or crass. Which may all fall down to just how catchy the cold yet punchy melodies are. In addition, Hitlist’s vocalist may just be in possession of the most distinctively magnetic vocals in Post Punk right now. While there’s the familiar dramatic drawl, there’s a uniquely sticky-sweet sensibility which weaves its way into the caustic versing.

For reasons of professionalism, I usually refrain from making declarations of love in reviews. But with Urgency, it is far too endearing to resist. Hit play, and you will soon see why.

You can check out the lyric video to Hitlist’s latest single Urgency for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Halcyon Fields – Black Maps of Light: Intricately Arrestive Alt Rock

“Black Maps of Light” is the intricately arrestive latest single from up and coming Columbia, US Alt Rock artist Halcyon Fields.

There are very few ways to aptly allude to how much catharsis spills as you listen to the technical guitar progressions as they weave their way through the snappy unpredictable time signatures. But my own rhythmic pulses felt the relief to being handed over to the command of Black Maps of Light.

The momentum deftly ebbs and flows, but the immersive exhilaration of listening to a powerhouse carve a brand-new sound by using a smorgasbord of heavy vintage elements remains a constant. And if that weren’t enough, the lack of restraint in the vocals and the way the passionate artistic expression bleeds through brings yet another captivating element to Black Maps of Light.

You can check out Halcyon Fields’ latest single Black Maps of Light for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Indie artist State of The Secretary makes their debut with the mesmerising single “Toxic”

Alt Indie artist State of The Secretary has recently made their debut with the genre-mashing aural treat “Toxic”.

Expect elements of Post Punk and Jangle Pop to sit side by side in this evocative soundscape which demonstrates State of The Secretary’s natural ability to draw you into aural captivation. Instead of creating a melancholic track or punchy anthem, you’ll be treated to a rollercoaster of emotion as you listen to the narrative of the lyrics unfold.

If you could imagine the sounds of the Smiths, the Kooks, and R.E.M. combined, you’d be able to get an idea of just how catchy and talent-steeped Toxic is. Their candid lyrical honesty and ability to spill visceral passion into their tracks puts them leagues above Indie artists looking to breakthrough with assimilated and soulless music.

Their authenticity has restored some of my ever-dwindling faith in guitar music. It’s safe to say that they’re firmly fixed on our radar from here on out after hearing Toxic.

You can check out State of The Secretary’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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All My Friends Hate Me – I Need a Life: Alt Rock Endearment for the Jaded

Given their artist title name, and the track title, I was in no way prepared for an infinitely endearing hit to reach my ears when I pressed play on up and coming artist All My Friends Hate Me’s latest single “I Need a Life”.

If you can imagine a complete modernisation of the sounds of the Kinks and the Kooks, you may be able to get an idea of All My Friends Hate Me’s unique and frankly refreshing approach to Emo Rock. There’s a similar tone to Stoner Garage Rock bands such as Fidlar, but there’s a magnetic concordance to I Need a Life which you aren’t likely to find elsewhere.

There will never be anything more essential than intellectual and sardonically-steeped music on the airwaves. After hearing I Need a Life, I’m fairly certain that All My Friends Hate Me is the artist best- equipped to dilute the nihilism of the jaded with their music.

You can check out the fourth single from All My Friends Hate Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 Claire Beverly – Trainwreck: Americana Country-Rooted Rock Pop

Within Claire Beverly’s standout single “Trainwreck” Pop, Country, and Hard Rock combine with a brand-new magnetism. The filthy guitar progressions create the perfect contrasting platform for Claire Beverly’s ethereal vocals to pour harmony from and the lyrics make it all too easy to find the soul in the soundscape.

With Slash-style atmospheric guitar riffs and Claire Beverly’s nuanced Rock Pop vocals which find a rare balance of poise and power, Trainwreck is an unforgettable hit.

Ultimately, Trainwreck a sign of aural evolution. It’s not all too often you get to hear Country-style rhythms played with the veracity of High-Octane Rock on electric guitar, but Claire Beverly executed Trainwreck with deft execution. If Taylor Swift was as alternative as she thinks she is, her music would offer the same raucous tone as you will find in this gem of a single.

You can check out Claire Beverly’s single Trainwreck for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Love Me Jeffrey – Wet Feathers: Progressively Turbulent Alt Rock

LA Alt Rock artist Love Me Jeffrey has recently made their unmissable debut with the evocatively powerful single “Wet Feathers”. The single kicks off with dreamy layers of reverb-laden guitars which almost allow you to become complacent in the sonorous melody. Then, you get a taste of the distinction in the vocals.

The vocals are reminiscent of artists such as Evanescence’s Amy Lee’s, but dare I say Love Me Jeffrey’s vocalist offers significantly more emotion through her pensively dynamic vocal stretches?

Fans of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine are sure to appreciate the hazy Shoegaze instrumental arrangement which seamlessly picks up intensity as Wet Feathers progresses until you reach the melodically turbulent outro.

Love Me Jeffrey perceptibly isn’t your average up and coming band. With their captivating authenticity and ability to spill plenty of soul into their sound, their debut oozes with contemporary appeal. The extended length of the track may mean that it’s not the most radio-ready track we’ve heard this year, but Love Me Jeffrey’s talent is indisputable.

You can check out the official music video to Love Me Jeffrey’s latest single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LUMER Release their bitingly caustic Post Punk Single “White Tear”

There was a rumour a few days ago that Michael Jackson had come back to life. After hearing the latest single “White Tear” from LUMER, I was almost convinced that Lux (The Cramps) had returned with his gloriously raucous larynx.

While there are plenty of similarities between the Cramps and LUMER, the up and coming artist still carries plenty of authenticity of their own. In White Tear, eerie psychedelic layers feed into gritty, grinding Alt Rock which finds the perfect balance between droning dark, cold Post Punk and No Wave.

If you’re looking for contemporary Post Punk which comes with plenty of biting angst, there are very few artists around on the airwaves with sharper teeth than LUMER.

White Tear was the third single to be released by the Hull, UK-based band. They’ve already amassed a fair enough hype around their caustically indulgent sound, it’s going to be ridiculously exciting to see what comes next from them.

You can check out LUMER’s single White Tear for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heavy Salad – Reverse Snake: The Most Cosmically Cathartic Protest Song You’ll Hear All Year

After Heavy Salad appeared on my radar with their effervescently hallucinogenic Alt Rock single “Battery Acid”, my soul felt a little lighter.

The Manchester-based trio’s latest single “Reverse Snake” may be eerier and more serpentine. But considering that Reverse Snake was written in the light (should that be crushing darkened despair?) of Brexit and the insidious nature of our capitalistically gluttonous government, they set the perfect tone in their cosmic feat of catharsis.

With Reverse Snake, crawling fuzzy basslines lead the way into a kaleidoscope of shimmering rhythm into choruses where danceable euphoria still splinters through the overdriven guitars. With Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, Drenge, The Vaccines) responsible for the recording, producing and mixing, Heavy Salad’s sound gives you no indication that they’re fresh from inception.

It’s one thing for a band to pull together a nuanced stylistic sound and a tight instrumental arrangement. But the key to Heavy Salad’s infectious edge is the sense that each artist throws their whole sticky-sweet souls into the music. It’s not all too often you get to hear vocalists who don’t strip away their personality and put forward a preening polished pretence. Head to one of their live shows and it will be palpable that they’re feeling the music just as much as you are.

You can check out Reverse Snake which was released on October 31st along with Heavy Salad’s earlier releases via Spotify.

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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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