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R E A P E R Z – The Living Dead: A Debut of Poignantly Accurate Alt Rock

Through a mix of lyrical depth containing clever metaphors, potently arrestive Alt Rock energy and vocal pitch perfection, R E A P E R Z debut single “The Living Dead” was born.

Between the Aberdeen, Scotland-based duo they created a magnetically reverberant single which offers visceral resonance and plenty of powerful imagery. The single is essentially the aural equivalent of Romero’s Dawn of Dead. We’re amongst brainless sheeple, but as long as there are poignant yet sludgy hits such as The Living Dead, I’m sure we can find a way of feeling a little better about it.

R E A P E R Z definitely went beyond the expectation of a duo this fresh from inception. With their contemporary edge, yet accessible allure, this record certainly won’t be the end of the newcomers.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you get the pleasure of streaming R E A P E R Z’s single for yourselves.

In the meantime, head on over to Facebook where you can keep up to date with news of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mark Lawes – Moving On: A Debut of Riff-Laden Alt Rock Dreampop

Moving on is always a bitter-sweet emotion, but London/Norwich based artist Mark Lawes’ debut single “Moving On” packs in plenty of honeyed dreampop rhythm without any hint of a bitter sting.

Rather than just laying down a transcendentally concordant soundscape, the up and coming artist also incorporated plenty of intricate Alt Rock riffs into the mix to make sure that the ebbs and flows of the momentum hit you exactly where Mark Lawes intended them to.

Being a little longer than your average track gave Mark Lawes the opportunity to create a progressive single which remains arrestive right up until the final mellifluous note. With a distinctive, radio-ready track already behind Mark Lawes with his debut single, you can definitely just regard this as the beginning.

You can check out Moving On for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Axel Jansson – Wanna Know You: Candidly Organic Alt Rock

What have the National, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Axel Jansson got in common? For a start, their commitment to ensuring their soundscapes are as emotively compelling as possible. Yet, Axel Jansson’s instrumental style is far more reminiscent of the undiluted raw Rock energy from the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

With Axel Jansson’s latest single “Wanna Know You”, from the very first verse you’re hooked into the organically raw and candid narrative of the Alt Rock single. Of course, there was no forgetting Axel Jansson from his 2018 single “Everything I Crave”, creating compellingly striking singles is something that the up and coming independent artist seems to be in a habit of doing. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world wakes up to the distinction in Axel Jansson’s soulful sound.

You can check out Axel Jansson’s latest single Wanna Know You for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Milo Hunter – Las Playas En Mexico: Alt Aural Expression at it’s Most Endearing

From the moment I hit play on up and coming Indie artist’s latest single “Las Playas En Mexico” it was perceptible that the hypnotically experimental track was never created for commercial mass ingestion. Instead, you could feel the catharsis of the artistic expression with each progression within the short but sweet single which exudes plenty of imagery; affirming that art and music aren’t all that inseparable after all. The mix of fuzzy guitars and friendly synth lines create the perfect platform for Milo Hunter’s harmonically mellifluous vocals.

If Las Playas En Mexico’s Alt Rock soundscape wasn’t so sugared it would almost resonate as Lynchian. So, what I’m trying to say is that it has all of the ingenuity and none of the ominous tonality. And I’m sure we can hope for all that and more from the rest of the singles contained within the artist’s upcoming EP “Zam-Zammah” which will be released April 13th.

You can check out Milo Hunter’s latest single Las Playas En Mexico for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

To stay up to date with details of the release follow Milo Hunter on Facebook and watch the ascension of one of the most endearing artists we’ve heard in 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


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


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


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


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


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


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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