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One-Man Alt Rock Powerhouse Andrew Masseurs Returns with Latest Single “Set Me Free”

“Set Me Free” is the 2019 release from Andrew Masseurs; a one-man powerhouse of talent who uses his multi-instrumental abilities, chillingly compelling vocals, poignant lyrics and ability to write a mean hook to create Alt Rock which is more than worthy of a space on contemporary airwaves.

With irrefutable reminiscence to the stylistic tonality of bands such as U2, Coldplay, Stereophonics and Sting, there’s no denying that the commercial potential is there with Set Me Free; just as there was with Andrew Masseurs’ former album release “Origins”. With Origins, he proved his versatility as an artist, but with Set Me Free, he proved the heights of his talent. Given that his latest release concludes on a guitar outro which would give Daniel Kessler’s (Interpol) a run for his money, any fans of Post Punk are definitely going to want to put Andrew Masseurs on their radars.

You can check out the official music video to Andrew Masseurs’ latest single Set Me Free by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaviani – Don’t Let the Bombs Drop Daddy: An Alt Rock Attack on Societal Collapse

“Don’t Let the Bombs Drop Daddy” is one of the most concordantly piercing signs of the time I’ve potentially ever heard. Up and coming London-based Alt Indie Rock artist Kaviani took the political uncertainty and the collective anxiety which we are all suffocating in and fed it into a high-octane sobering hit.

I’m always absolutely baffled that there aren’t more up and coming artists compelled to shine a light through the political disparity with their creativity. But thankfully, Kaviani’s talent is effervescent enough to compensate for the majority of artists apathy.

Around the ominous weight of the lyrics, you’ll hear the palpable stylistic maturity found within the tight, intricate instrumental arrangements led by the inexplicably talented frontman responsible for the frankly sexy guitar riffs along with his resonantly rich vocals.

You can check out the official video to Don’t Let the Bombs Drop Daddy for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Keep up to date with new releases by following Kaviani on Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Indie Rock Sees a New Reinvention with The Double Fours Latest Single “Come On”

Alt Indie Rock newcomers the Double Fours released their latest single “Come On” on April 1st, 2019, and I will make no reservations with saying that fans of The Smiths, Joy Division, Wedding Present, Kinesis, and the Strokes are going to find plenty of reasons to add the single to their playlists.

The North East-based outfit combine the sticky-sweet melodicism of the 1960s with the contemporary indulgent raucous vocal allure of 90s Britpop ensuring Come On unravelled as a guitar-led hit which isn’t just an assimilation of former sounds. For a start, there are few Indie artists who can parallel the perceptible intricacies of the Jangle Pop guitars which feed into a tight anthemically strident instrumental arrangement.

You can check out Come On for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now, follow the band to stay up to date with new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brit-Rock Meets Power Pop in Inklinks Debut single “A Rush to the Stars”

It is easy to see why up and coming Boston-based Alt Rock outfit Inklinks saw “A Rush to the Stars” as the perfect to make their debut with.  It’s inviting, vibrant, and most of all infinitely accessible. The single finds the perfect balance between sticky-sweet Pop melodies and stylised Brit Rock. And let’s be honest, that’s’ a cocktail of harmony and punchy energy that not many audiophiles will be able to resist. Having the ability to appeal to fans of the Beatles and Ed Sheeran is definitely going to work in Inklinks favour as the four Berklee College Music students ascend from the underground.

You can check out Inklinks latest single A Rush to the Stars for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. There’s also more to look forward to from Inlinks in April 2019 as they release their debut EP “Ordinary Heroes”.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leeds-based Alt Rock act Lords of Power leave us endeared with latest single “The Devil Wears Shoes”

With a name such as Lords of Power, the expectation is pretty much already set for what you can expect from the artist’s sound. But it is safe to say that they didn’t fail to deliver with their single “The Devil Wears Shoes”; – although it doesn’t hit quite in the same way as you would expect.

The single which featured on Lords of Power’s self-tired EP shows the friendlier, more charismatic side of Alt Rock. I’m sure we can all agree that there are already plenty of self-aggrandised vanity project artists around. Which is what makes Lords of Power so infinitely refreshing. I’m not entirely certain why I found lyrics such as “the devil wears shoes and he plays in a band but he only plays in minor chords” so endearing, but I can imagine that is just part of the unfathomable appeal of the up and coming artist.

You can check out the Lords of Power EP including The Devil Wears Shoes for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blue Mesa Return with their Latest Single “Blindside”

Blue Mesa are the Denver, Colorado-based Alt Rock band who haven’t failed to make waves with their unapologetically visceral style which pairs female Pop Rock vocals with an anthemic guitar-led instrumental arrangement.

Around the crunching textures carved out by the rhythm guitars you will appreciate the light tonality of the lead guitarist’s ability to bring a vibrancy and infinite amount of energy to the soundscape. The commercial potential which is surrounding this powerhouse of artists was palpable from the very first verse. They may be relatively fresh from their inception, but their ability to write stellar tracks has already matured past the point most artists could only hope to achieve.

Make sure you never miss another release by following the band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Final Stair – End of Love: Alt Rock Has A New Iconic Act

Ahead of their debut album which will be dropped later in 2019 (you should probably start getting excited about that right about now) Final Stair have released their ethereally powerful single “End of Love”.

From the first melancholic notes of the guitar, the single immerses you in the sticky-sweet pensive resonance of this single which is amplified by the classical strings and devastatingly visceral vocals. Of course, the dark imagery written within the lyricism has a lot to do with how hard this single hits. Because that’s exactly what it is, the up and coming artists have created the ultimate Alt Rock hit with the same level of emotivity as you could expect from Incubus, Placebo and Muse. But I’d have to argue that the vocals from Final Stair transcend the arrestive capacity of any of the aforementioned artists.

You can check out Final Stair’s latest single End of Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kilnsey Green Put the Soul Back in Alt Rock with Latest Single “Indigo”

“Indigo” is the upcoming single from Kilnsey Green, which may just be one of the most soulfully evoking singles which will drop in 2019. Through the progressive nature of the slightly extended single, you’re treated to a prelude of soft acoustic indie which steadily builds in momentum until Indigo is well and truly within the Alt Rock arena. The soft, neo-soul ambience which is poured into the start of the single could never prepare you for the veracity of the riff-driven outro where vocalist Oliver James completely loses mellifluous restraint and treats you to raw, unbridled passion.

The Bradford, UK-based quartet set out with the intention of creating a sound which fresh and unique. But that barely even captures the ingenuity which has gone into this deftly stylised single which proves that whether they’re creating soft Folk or cataclysmic Alt Rock they’re a force to be reckoned with.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Indigo for yourselves, in the meantime, you can check out their debut single Anxious via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Them Fantasies – Nothing But the Screen: The Energetic Alt Rock Evolution of Shoegaze

With their single “Nothing But the Screen” the Alt Rock trio Them Fantasies didn’t fail to create a track which resonated with melancholic poignancy. We can’t be sure if they had the intention of creating a tear-jerker, but if you’re having a delicate day, you better grab the tissues before you hit play.

Straight from the haunting atmospherics of the prelude you are captivated in the compelling layers of gentle guitar progressions which introduce the morosely indulgent vocals which pull you further into the soundscape.

With the progressive single they steadily amplified the energy which is being poured into Nothing But the Screen, you’re led up to cutting guitars, primal drum beats and reverberant effects which will enamour any fans of Shoegaze. Yet, the vocals never bleed into the instrumental layers, they maintain their power throughout the mix with the same striking energy as you would hear from Radiohead with the vocal power of bands such as Incubus and Blue October.

You can check out Nothing But the Screen for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kjell feat. Orion´s Shadow – Bag of Bones: Ominously, Devastatingly Arrestive Alt Rock

Whether Kjell designed the prelude to their single “Bag of Bones” to make the listener’s stomach lining reel like it has been replaced with rocks it’s hard to say. But what is perceptibly evident is the fact that Kjell has an alchemic approach when it comes to creating eerie Alt Rock.

The soundscape was never built to sit comfortably in any genre, instead it was created to disturb. But let’s face it, the current societal structure is abhorrent -no matter where you happen to be in the world right now. We should be disturbed – and Bag of Bones is the perfect reminder of the fact that we’d rather be apathetic to.

Kjell teamed up with Orion’s Shadow to create the single which any fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are sure to appreciate. If you don’t get chills by the time this track fades out, you might want to check if you have a pulse.

You can check out Bag of Bones for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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