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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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Snir Yamin – Down the Line: An Instrumentally Light, Emotionally Weighted Reinvention of Alt Rock

Snir Yamin’s latest single ‘Down the Line’ may take a little time to pick up the momentum, but once the sentiment behind the track hits you it’s hard not to revel in the jangly indie pop anthem which is fused with plenty emotive resonance. The New York based singer-songwriters vocals are arrestingly accessible which draw you into the narrative of melancholic introspection of Down the Line. The notes from the instrumentals may be subtle and light, yet he emotional weight behind Down the Line is enough to ground you. I always get a little nervous when I see a band labelled as ‘Alt Rock’, I prepare to hear a reinvention of a sound that has been done to death, but with Snir Yamin’s personably sweet approach it’s pretty impossible to find his style comparable to any other artist.

You can check out Down the Line for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with all Snir Yamin’s latest releases by following him on Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Digital Array – Take A Pill: Anthemically Accessible Alt Rock

When you hit play on a track such as Digital Array’s recent release ‘Take a Pill’ and you’re greeted by such an accessibly familiar sound it’s hard for an Alt Rock fan not to feel at home. The 00s and 90s were a pivotal time for the genre, yet emerging artists in this decade have an unenviable task of grabbing attention amongst the other artists who sound staggeringly familiar to Muse and Placebo. Yet Digital Array still managed to stand out from the rest of their contemporaries thank to their experimentalism when it comes to infusing even more energy into their hits. The melodies flow at a chaotic pace, allowing the bassline hooks to pierce through you as the progression rolls through the sludgy high-octane emotive track before winding it right back, with a genius use of spatial effect before the cataclysmic drop of reverb-heavy guitars.

You can check out the raucous delight which is Take A Pill for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Microcosms – Omnipotence: An Astral Amalgamation of Post Punk and Grunge

On September 5th, the up and coming Chicago Alt Rock band Microcosms treated us to four whole minutes of rhythmically unadulterated reverberant energy with their latest single Omnipotence. It’s rare that I’ll find myself find myself so encompassed by a track the first time I hit play, yet, considering Omnipotence takes influence from sludgy, spectacular modern icons of Alternative such as Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice and Cage the Elephant, it leaves little room to wonder why.

Just how they managed to project such astral energy into the soundscape is nothing short of aural alchemy. The way the bass drives the beat over the sporadic blaring of the electric guitar builds the atmospheric tension of the track before the hooks start to sink their teeth in shows that Microcosms aren’t just your average garage band.

You can check out Microcosms’ latest single Omnipotence for yourself now by heading over to YouTube, because sometimes, words really don’t do the sound justice.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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