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8udDha bl0od – L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3

8udDha bl0od’s Alt Folk single L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a far cry from what you can expect from the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith. But the same soulfully pensive tones are prepared to meet you with the same striking resonance.

With piano strings melancholically pulling over the organically woody acoustic instrumentals, there’s a mesmerising interplay of sadness and uplifting accordance. L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a light track, but the vocal and instrumental melodies are as tight as they come in Alt Folk.

L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 isn’t a testament of the Brighton-based artist’s talent. It’s just one facet of it, within their diverse back catalogue you’ll have all the proof you need that 8udDha bl0od’s creativity transcends the ideas of genres and constraints. If you appreciate pioneering artists, they’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single  L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Duelling Piano Rock Pioneer Jerry Impini Has Released Their Latest Single “Been Bad for Me”

http://jerryimpini.bandcamp.com/track/been-bad-for-me-a-dueling-piano-rock-original-pre-order

Not content with the already-established genres, Dallas, Texas-based artist Jerry Impini has created their very own. If the prospect of Duelling Piano Rock doesn’t get you excited, I feel a little sorry for you.

Alternatively, if your attention has been piqued by the pioneering take on Rock, it will definitely be stated by Jerry Impini’s raucously energetic hit “Been Bad for Me”.

In traditional Rock, keys tend to take a backseat (with the exception of sporadic solos). But in Been Bad for Me, the piano progressions which exude Jim Jones-style frenzy dominate the soundscape. The level of energy which will hit you when you hit play on Been Bad for Me is unparalleled.

It may be a niche sound, but we will always champion the artists who stretch their imaginations before orchestrating their music.

You can check out Jerry Impini’s single Been Bad for Me by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surf Rock Meets Indie in the Trailblazing Latest Single from BOOTlace

I’m no stranger to filthy basslines, but the growling licks in the latest single “Wonderland” from Alt Indie trailblazers BOOTlace were even enough to make someone as aurally-smut-jaded as me feel unclean.

Paired with the tonal evolutions of the guitars which seamlessly switch from soaring Surf Rock-inspired solos to accessibly rhythmic indie Post-Punk progressions, there’s plenty to grab you by the scruff of the neck as Wonderland unfolds. With the vocals being more accordant than your average Indie Rock vocals, distinction drips from Wonderland.

For you to understand how excited I am about this track, you’ll first have to understand how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at each up and coming artist who surfaces with the tried and tested Jangle Pop indie monotonous sound. Get them on your radar, they’re firmly fixed on ours. It’s only a matter of time before their ingenuity is as embraced as it deserves to be.

You can check out the latest single from BOOTlace for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 7h3 RA<3 A7 7h3 3nD 0f 7h3 W0rlD

Up and coming Brighton-based Alt Rock artist 8udDha bl0od are being incredibly prolific with their releases in 2020.  And their experimental culturally-rich sounds couldn’t have hit the airwaves at any better time.

As the fabric of our society becomes even more confusing, we can at least take great comfort in the fact that tracks such as 7h3 RA<3 A7 7h3 3nD 0f 7h3 W0rlD exist which can take you on kaleidoscopically colourful aural trips

There may be ambient and light melodicism in 7h3 RA<3 A7 7h3 3nD 0f 7h3 W0rlD but the depth of the sound and the extent of the ingenuity ensures you’re hooked into the transcendentally electric arrangements which come with a fiery psychedelic kick.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s absorbingly track out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD

“57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD” is just one of the most recent releases from Brighton-based Alt Rock 5-piece 8udDha bl0od. You won’t hear another more intensely immersive track on the radio today.

The production has an ambient, light, and dreamy melodic feel, yet, 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD isn’t a track which you mindlessly slip into. The striking tones of the ethereal electronic effects and overdriven guitars will make sure every seamlessly unpredictable guitar progression has your full attention.

We often speak of tracks being magnetic, but this time, you almost feel as though you’re being pulled into a Lynchian dystopic aural black hole. Their ability to blend melancholy with transcendental energy is unparalleled.

Naturally, we can’t wait to hear the psychotropic wonders 8udDha bl0od have in the pipeline ready to drop in 2020.

You can check out 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pandoras shadow – Solo: Powerfully Pioneering Rock

https://pandorasshadow1.bandcamp.com/track/solo

After garnering plenty of acclaim with their previous releases, Hereford, UK-based artist Pandoras shadow has dropped yet another striking Alt Rock single with “Solo”. If BBC Introducing pays attention to an up and coming rock act, that’s an irrefutable affirmation that they’re worth pricking up your ears for.

In the epically lengthed single Solo, the arrestive vocals rest against the sludgy heavily-distorted guitars in the verses which lead up to all-consuming choruses where you’ll get to hear the true power of Kelly G’s dynamically soaring vocals.

The vocals may make your soul feel a little sore, but the experimental instrumental virtuosity will leave you in awe as you listen to the progressive single unfold. Pandoras shadow has covered the full raucous tonal palette with Solo, they may not move too far away from the traditional rock sound, but you’ll find plenty in Solo which you’d be hard-pressed to find from any other artist.

If you’re not already excited about this band, now is the time.

You can check out Pandoras shadow’s latest single Solo for yourselves via Bandcamp.

Keep up to date with their latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tryst Has Released Her Baroquely Dark Feat of Alt Rock “Vulgar Virtue”

Someone may want to inform Lydia Lunch that she’s got competition after up and coming Alt Rock artist Tryst released her latest single “Vulgar Virtue”.

Vulgar Virtue is a baroquely dark feat of electronically-driven Rock with elements of Industrial, Synth-Pop, Post-Punk, and Metal weaved in for indulgently dramatic effect.

With unrestrainable vocals which bleed just as much adrenalizing appeal as the heavy caustic instrumental arrangement which comes complete with buzzsaw riffs, Vulgar Virtues has all the essential components of a successful goth anthem.

Any fans of Nine Inch Nails, My Ruin, Depeche Mode and Marilyn Manson are going to want to find the time to check out Vulgar Virtue. And thankfully, there’ll be plenty more to come from Tryst in 2020. As Vulgar Virtue is the title track to the NY-based artist’s upcoming album.

You’ll have to wait until March 21st for the album to drop. In the meantime, head over to YouTube and check out the stunningly fierce official video to the single.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Two Neighbors – Do It for the Photos: The Pop Rock Earworm We Never Knew We Needed

Two Neighbors latest single “Do It for the Photos” is so fresh it almost gives you a chill. The attitude-driven Pop Rock hit unapologetically annihilates those odiously vain people which we’ve all undoubtedly encountered as we scroll through our newsfeeds.

The fact that we probably all know of someone like that perfectly demonstrates the even more painful fact that so many people spend their life imitating what they see on social media in a desperate bid to be ‘impressive’. We’ve gone beyond life imitating art and moved into an era where we all try to be one homogenised followable assimilative figure. If you get as angry about that as me, you’re going to be just as enamoured by Two Neighbors’ single as I was.

The catharsis found in Do It For the Photos is insanely potent. Equally as potent is the talent exuded in this insanely infectious, perfectly polished radio-ready hit.

You can check out the official lyric video to Do It for the Photos which premiered on January 9th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8 Evolutions – Spirit Guides: A Joyful Journey Into Existentialism

Tackling a difficult subject matter takes a lot of bravery but doing it in a lighthearted way, through music, takes a level of artistry and courage that 8 Evolutions prove they have in spades! Their latest release, ‘Spirit Guides’, tackles questions about the afterlife head on, in a positively uplifting and fun way, through youthful but classic rock, layered guitar riffs, and a strong lead vocal.  The harmonies are tight and on point so, all the singers out there, no need to edit your ears or suspend musical reality in order to enjoy the track! It’s all good.

8 Evolutions are the real deal. The fact that they are gifted musicians is irrefutable. Their workmanship is crystal clear and their authenticity sets them apart from their peers. With that said, ‘Spirit Guides’ is a perfect example of song writing gold. The seamless flow from the verses to the chorus and then the bridge, is genuinely epic. Its original while being satisfyingly familiar and it’s the type of track that is sure to put these guys indelibly on the map.

Don’t take our word for it! Have a listen to ‘Spirit Guides’ here at Soundcloud and let us know what you think, Have fun!

Review by Susan Harriott

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Indie Rock Just Got Darker with Blakk Mantra’s Single “Planet of Sungrown Dreams” On the Airwaves

https://open.spotify.com/track/1u2knyypRoEYh9bNITYZOX

Distorted guitars, dreamy Indie Rock vocals, and soaring crescendos. Those are just a few of the things you can look forward to hearing when you press play on “Planet of Sungrown Dreams” by Blakk Mantra.

The filthy, fuzzy and sonic tones are sure to appease fans of the Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and Muse alike.

Blakk Mantra has made it all too easy for listeners to get obsessed with their slightly darker approach to Indie Rock. You’d struggle to find Alternative music as accessible as Planet of Sungrown Dreams. Yet, Blakk Mantra still carries that essential extra-juicy indulgent element in their sound which will leave you with the compulsion to play them on repeat.

You’ll also want to check out the second single “Donna Juanita” from their 2-track 2020 release “Where There’s Smoke There’s Dope“. It’s a grungy psych aural treat.

You can get your first taste of Blakk Mantra’s arrestive sound for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Show them some much-deserved love via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast