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Kaprica Make their Prog Rock Debut with “Play with Fire”

There’s melodicism, and there’s the mellifluous synth-infused alchemy which up and coming Alt Rock artist Kaprica have poured into their debut single “Play with Fire”.

The track allows the tentative progressions in the prelude and subsequent verses amp up the immersivity as the instrumental arrangement prepares to leave you arrested by the sheer momentum poured into the poised single.

Instead of allowing the soundscape to seamlessly evolve, with Play with Fire you’ll get a sudden shock of high-octane Rock and you’ll get to hear the raw power of Alex Tower’s vocals which forcibly shift into Thrash Metal style wails. Then there’s the riffs, my god the riffs, if Tool played like Kaprica, I could understand what all the hype was about.

You can check out Kaprica’s single Play with Fire for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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CASE – Time Out: A Feat of Progressive Alt Rock Catharsis

Chicago-based Alt Rock artist CASE has recently released their debut album “A Place We Belong”; and it’s not one which we’ll be forgetting in a hurry. While each of the tracks is a feat of progressive catharsis, there’s no better introduction to the up and coming artist’s emotive style than the soul-piercingly pensive single “Time Out”.

Any fans of Radiohead and the National are sure to appreciate the palpable pain which has been poured into this poised and polished track where the production ensures that the concordance will resonate with maximum potency.

Straight from the prelude, the restorative nature of Time Out washes over you as the soundscape throws in plenty of surprises including Jazz arrangements which offer plenty of nostalgic comfort and soul. It’s not often we can say that an Alt Rock artist has Soul, but we’re definitely here for it.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LAKE ACACIA – Any Day Now: A Punchy Aural Alt Rock Juggernaut

“Any Day Now” is just one of the hook-filled Alt Rock hits which you’ll find on LAKE ACACIA’s latest EP “Broken Circuits”. If you could imagine a hybrid soundscape formed from elements from Incubus and Billy Talent, you’d be able to get an idea of what kind of punchy progressive energy lies in Any Day Now. But despite Any Day Now being such a powerful track, the UK-based artist still found plenty of space in the track to infuse intricately immersive melodies.

There is definitely no shortage of up and coming Alt Rock artists around right now, but there are very few whose music resonates with such distinction. Maybe it’s the rawness of the honest vocals, maybe it’s the fact that LAKE ACACIA is a powerhouse of talent with the ability to weave together indulgent aural volatility. Who knows, you might be able to figure it out for yourselves by hitting play on the arrestive radio-ready hit.

You can check out the official music video to LAKE ACACIA’S latest single Any Day Now for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ALESTI Makes Alt Rock More accessible than Ever with the single “Fooled by a Dream”

ALESTI made Alt Rock more accessible than ever with their latest single “Fooled by a Dream”.
To create the standout hit, they teamed up with Andy Cizek to create a sticky-sweet, riff-heavy hit which won’t fail to leave you wrapped up the epic soundscape.

“Epic” has never been one of my favourite words, but there are very few other ways to allude to just how momentous Fooled by a Dream is and do it justice.  With orchestral elements joining Pop Punk, Future Pop, and Rock all in his stylistic aural smorgasbord, ALESTI have created a track with mainstream appeal which also offers the unrestrainable energy of Alt music.

Thanks to the massive choruses, biting lyrics, and polished soundscape, Fooled by a Dream possesses a tangible amount of commercial potential – and it will be incredibly exciting watching this up and coming artist ascend the charts.

You can check out ALESTI’s single featuring Andy Cizek for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bleach the Sky – Burn Up: Emotively Magnetic Alt Rock

Alt Rock newcomers Bleach the Sky dropped their latest track “Burn Up” on August 10th and shared a raw reflection of our collective societal anxiety. But rather than feeding the fear, Bleach the Sky invited you to utilise the dread; just as you have with every obstacle you’ve overcome and oppression you’ve overpowered so far.

With such a stark aural mirror in a poised melodic track which allows the lyrics to really resonate, Burn Up isn’t your average Alt Rock hit. Instead of caustic chaos, they’ve created an emotively magnetic single which won’t be easily forgotten. The track kicks off with scuzzy reverb-laden bassline before shifting into a punchy progression of smooth rhythmic Rock which is sure to be of appeal to any fans of Velvet Revolver, and Buckcherry.

Bleach the Sky has proven with Burn Up that they’re not just a powerhouse of talent, but they’re exactly the kind of artists we should be listening to right now. You don’t want to listen to another song about someone getting their heart broken again, do you?

You can check out Bleach the Sky’s single Burn Up for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Mighty Avon Jnr – Cobra, Dear Heart: An End of Days Darkly Danceable Playlist Essential

We’ve practically entered a dystopian age of chaos, war, and doom, so, isn’t it only right that music reflects the times? If you’re putting together your end of days playlists, you may want to consider including the latest single from The Mighty Avon Jnr “Cobra, Dear Heart”.

“Cobra, Dear Heart” is an indulgently filthy Industrial Alt Rock hit filled with commandingly danceable rhythms which will make you glad the mix is over 10 minutes long. It may not be a lyrically driven track, but the slightly antagonistic, infinitely charismatic lyrics and Synth-Pop style vocals bring plenty to the vibrant and expressive mix.

If you’re feeling daunted about hitting play on a track of such a long duration, don’t, you’ll be hooked from the first few notes in Cobra, Dear Heart; and the biggest most caustic drops are waiting for you just before the outro.

You can check out The Mighty Avon Jnr’s single Cobra, Dear Heart for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lara Snow – Butter Knife: Captivatingly Intense Art Pop

The prelude to Lara Snow’s latest single Butter Knife which was released on August 30th, 2019 may fool you into believing that you’re in store for just another EDM Pop hit, but the chorus will leave you inclined to feel that Lara Snow has never done an archetypal thing in her life.

The infectious and accessible danceable melodies are still present, but with Butter Knife, Lara Snow throws in plenty of high-octane eccentric artful flavour. Of all the Pop hits we’ve heard this year, we’d have to say that none of them has the same captivating intensity of Butter Knife.

With harsh beats, demure vocals, unpredictable progressive nature and energy so big the track veers into the Alt Rock arena, Lara Snow has created an unforgettable mix

You can check out the official music video to Lara Snow’s latest single Butter Knife for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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1500 Pieces put the sex appeal back into Indie Pop Rock with the latest single “Maybe”

1500 Pieces have recently released their latest single “Maybe”; and it’s a little bit sexy. Maybe it’s the dexterously absorbing bass, maybe it’s the magnetic drawl in the vocals in the verses. But It’s safe to say that the sentiment of confusion which inspired the track is infectious.

Maybe comes to life through an indulgently rhythmic mix of Indie, Classic Rock, and Synth Pop with each of the elements coming together to create a resounding Alt Rock ballad. If the choruses don’t leave you feeling slightly fuzzy, it’s safe to assume that you’re a little bit dead inside.

If you could imagine the sounds of Gary Numan, the Arctic Monkeys, and Velvet Revolver all sitting together tightly in a soundscape, you’d get a good idea of what is waiting for you when you hit play on Maybe.

You can check out the latest track from 1500 Pieces for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Good Dudes – Ready for It: An Alchemic Blend of Pop-Rock & Motown

US-based breaking artist The Good Dudes made their Alt-Rock debut with the groove-infused rhythmically arrestive single “Ready for It”. With choir harmonies, up-vibe Jangle Pop guitar, and the whiskey-soaked Bluesy vocals, it’s all but impossible not to get hooked into this sticky-sweet serving of stylised Pop-Rock.

There’s no denying that with their first single the Good Dudes’ unique fusion of Pop-Rock and Motown made for a radio-ready hit. Ready for It boasts plenty of contemporary appeal along with that indulgently warm vintage nostalgia that always makes you feel right at home in a track.

The ability to carve out hooks which share plenty of reminiscences with B.B. King isn’t something you expect from an emerging artist in 2019, but we’re more than here for it.

You can check out Ready for It for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Edith Lane Reinvents 90s No Wave Alt-Rock with Latest Single “Polaroid”

https://edithlane.bandcamp.com/track/polaroid

No Wave fans will definitely want to turn their attention to the latest release “Polaroid” from up and coming Alt Rock artist Edith Lane.

Sharing the same alluringly antagonistic energy as the likes of the Pixies and Jane’s Addiction with the same sonic riffs and bity vocals it’s hard not to fall into the caustic track from the first verse and be pulled along by the volatility of the instrumental tide.

You may find more chaos than concordance in Polaroid, but if you look for that malevolence in music, you’ll find a new aural home in the Melbourne-based 5 piece powerhouse’s latest single.

Even at 7 minutes long, Polaroid still doesn’t feel like an endurance test, the constant and unpredictable progressions in the soundscape will ensure that you don’t get a moment of complacency.

You can check out Edith Lane’s single Polaroid for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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