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Payton Gin – He Saw Me Go Insane: Unfiltered Expression to the Sound of Alt Rock Alchemy

Any fans of Nadine Shah and Joy Division are sure to appreciate what up and coming Alt Rock outfit Payton Gin cooked up with their latest single “He Saw Me Go Insane”.

With their upcoming single you’ll get to hear Post Punk in all of its contemporarily fresh glory with soulfully haunting female vocals, moodily hypnotic instrumental arrangements and arrestive candid lyricism.

He Saw Me Go Insane isn’t a track that you’ll listen to once and appreciate the soundscape, it’s a track you’ll be immediately inclined to make a fixture of your playlists when you need a hit of dark passionate catharsis. And if you don’t have adoration reserved for artists who are willing to lay down their insanity in their verses, can you truly say that you appreciate music?

You can check out He Saw Me Go Insane for yourselves by heading over to their SoundCloud page. Make sure to give them a follow as the single was just one of the grungily magnetic singles from their upcoming EP due in March 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I G L O O – Had to be Said: Soberingly Poignant Alt Rock

Brighton has always been a breeding ground of discernible, distinguished talent in the UK.  I G L O O are yet another band to spawn from the city of eccentricity. Their latest single “Had to be Said” is a poignantly sobering work of Alt Rock. Even from the first notes of the guitar you get a sense your heart strings will contort in rhythm with the pensive notes.

When the ethereal vocals join the mix, it’s hard not to get reminiscent about bands such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Yet, there’s a slightly more Indie Post Punk edge to their sound through the intricate instrumental arrangements.

To encapsulate the dark imagery, the poised passion, and the teasing atmospherics of the sound in words is no easy feat. There are plenty of progressive elements to the tack, I G L O O use plenty of spatial effects to make sure the sentiment behind Had to be Said truly hits home.

You can check out the official video to the latest track from I G L O O for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shaun Kelley & the Returned Gifts Release their Most Momentous Alt Rock Track Yet With “Let Love Shine”

2018 saw Shaun Kelley & the Returned Gifts release their most momentous track yet with “Let Love Shine”. UK-based Singer Songwriter Shaun Kelly constructed the track with a little help from a collective of other musicians who all brought their individualistic styles to Let Love Shine.

From Folk, to Alt Rock, to Power Pop, to Indie, to Country, to New Wave, slight hints of a myriad of genres are perceptible throughout the prodigal mix which gives you plenty of time to fall enamoured by the distinctive arrangement. Let Love Shine is an incredibly powerful single, however it leaves you with the impression that so much went uncaptured in the recording due to the slightly lo fi feel of the single. Yet, the ingenuity in the synergy of the single is more than an indicator of the talent which is on display with Let Love Shine.

You can check out Shaun Kelley & the Returned Gifts’ latest single by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Darkest Moment – Reality Stalling: The Powerfully Poignant Alt Rock Track Your Playlists Deserve

The Darkest Moment set the expectation for their sound going by such a name, but it was instantly perceptible through the lyricism to their latest track “Reality Stalling” that they’d crawled through the dark to come out the other side and produce the track. The authenticity of the poignant lyricism which had been penned for the single hits you like a drop kick to the soul. Switching between clean and screamo vocals the sentiment hits heavy and the track won’t fade to a close without leaving you slightly bruised.

To hear screamo vocals not roaring through aggression, but compassion is a sound I will never get tired of hearing.

The Melodic Progressive Alt Rock artists saw their inception in 2017 and have blown us away with their debut EP which pulls influences from some of the greatest Alt Rock of the past few decades. The result is a seamless weave of visceral energy to the sound of angular guitar riffs which cut through the rhythm which has been perfectly set up by the relentless drum rolls.

You can check out the official video to the Darkest Moment’s latest single Reality Stalling for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Améli – Man the Float: A Debut of Electronically Anthemic Alt Rock

Remember the last time an Electronic Rock track gave you chills? No? Neither do I, but it would seem that Manchester is home to exceptionally prodigal rising talent once more.

Many bands new and old are increasingly veering in the more electronic direction. Yet in the process of doing so they are leaving it palpable within their soundscapes that they are out for little than commercial potential with unimaginative arrangements and little idea when it comes to electronic/acoustic synergy.

Thankfully, with their debut release of “Man the Float” which was released on January 3rd, 2019 Améli created a work of electronically fused raucous alchemy. The clever use of electronic effect within their single amplifies the potent energy of the guitars allowing the listener to be hooked by the drops and anthemic build ups of Man the Float.

Just before the outro you get a good sense of just what it would sound like if you were trapped in an aural whirlwind, the arresting elements of cataclysmic instrumentals trap you in one of the most indulgent chaotic soundscapes you could imagine from an Alt Rock outfit. The vocals behind Man the Float also do their fair share when it comes to building the anthemics of the track with plenty of switch ups in the vocal style ranging from urgency to angst for the ultimate emotive hit.

You can check out Améli’s promising debut with Man the Float for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Witchingseason – Melancholy Disco: Scuzzy Alt Rock Has Never Sounded Sweeter

I’ll be honest, it was hard to start off this review without any form of expletives.  However, I’m fairly sure any self-respecting Alt-Rock fan will appreciate the veracity behind the statement once they understand that the vocalist to Witchingseason has a striking vocal reminiscence to both Josh Homme and Trent Reznor. Melancholy Disco which is the title track from their upcoming album is the perfect introduction to the Alt Rock masterpiece which boasts scuzzy basslines against angular guitars in their tight instrumental arrangement which oozes the raucous filth that you’d expect from a track of this kind.

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

Head over to Facebook where you can keep up with all the band’s latest single releases and tour info as they kick off with their first 2019 tour dates.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Scottish Alt Rock Outfit Silvercoast Kick off 2019 With their Nostalgically Anthemic Hit “Dreamers”

The 5-piece Scottish powerhouse Silvercoast kicked off 2019 by dropping their anthemically energetic Alt Rock track “Dreamers (Young At Heart)”. Anyone with a penchant for the Pop Punk gems of the 00’s are sure to appreciate the sticky-sweet melodies contained within Dreamers which accompany the high-octane emotion which is poured into the single via the vocals from Aaron Murray. With Dreamers, you’re not only treated to colossal guitar riffs, but intricate progressions which wouldn’t sound out of place in an Interpol track. A comparison to Daniel Kessler isn’t an easy one for me to make, but with the alchemically powerful single Silvercoast cooked up, no amount of praise would be high enough.

You can check out Silvercoast’s single Dreamers for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Make sure to give them a follow as Dreamers is just the first of many singles which are due to drop in 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Static Dive – Built for Better Days: Sonically Psychedelic Indie Alt Rock

I’m sure the Static Dive will quickly tire of being told their sound has reminiscence to the work of artists such as David Bowie and E.L.O. But with their sonically psychedelic approach there’s no better way to allude to how magnetic their soundscapes are, which is especially the case for the up and coming Alt Rock band’s latest single “Built for Better Days”, which transports you back to a simpler time when there was plenty of Funk and Groove carved into tracks of a more raucous inclination.

Built for Better Days is the new project from New York-based artist R.P. Smith who is no stranger when it comes to creating eccentrically sweet offerings of aural expression. Anyone who appreciates a progressive style of Alt Rock are sure to be enamoured with the vibrant sound from the Static Dive.

You can check out the Static Dive’s latest single and the title-track to their latest EP Built for Better Days for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bray – The Aliens Are Here: Intergalactically Indulgent Alt Rock

There have been a fair few new artists who have sprung up in recent years with reminiscence to Bowie, the Arctic Monkeys even tried their hand at creating a sonically intergalactic soundscape, yet only a few manage to pull off the space oddity vibe whilst carrying their own distinctive edge.

San Francisco-based artist Bray happens to be one of those experimentally indulgent musicians who can make a sound which is so accessible come alive in a way like you’ve never heard before. The title track from his recently released album “The Aliens Are Here” kicks off with a prelude which would sound just as at home in an anthemic Pop Punk track. Yet, the reserve in the vocals, and atmospheric angular guitars which feed into the fusion of acoustic instruments and electronic effect are genre-defying. so, I’ll dub the Aliens are Here as a mesmeric work of aural ingenuity which Alt Rock never knew it needed.

You can check out the video to Bray’s latest single The Aliens Are Here for yourselves by heading over to YouTube or download the whole album via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Common View’s Atmospherically-Charged Latest Single “I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind

“I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind” is the latest track from up and coming Alt Rock artists The Common View which stands as a testament to their distinctive style, atmospheric allure and unique commercial potential.

With their latest single the Leeds, UK-based powerhouse paired Ska rhythms with relentless guitar progressions which wouldn’t sound of place on an Interpol or The National record. Yet, their pioneeringly organic style proved that there are plenty more directions to take guitar-driven music in without assimilating icons of the past. Although the Common View may be fresh from their inception, the maturity in their sound already speaks volumes. The tight instrumental arrangement provides the perfect platform for the endearingly smooth vocals to snare you even further into the flawless production. The Common View may be common in name, but they certainly aren’t common in their nature. For any fans of Contemporary Indie, Alt Rock and New Wave, you might want to think about putting them on your radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out The Common View’s latest single I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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