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Lara Stevens – INDIFFERENT: Distinctively Striking Pop Rock

“INDIFFERENT” is the latest distinctively striking single to be released from US Alt Pop artist Lara Stevens. It may not be your archetypal merging of Pop and Rock, but the beguilingly haunted soundscape holds plenty of ominously artful appeal.

Expect no hint of assimilation in the vocals which layer INDIFFERENT with an almost baroque feel whilst the doom-laden heavy Rock instrumentals carve out atmospheric indulgence.

Lara Stevens’s aural style may not be in demand in the mainstream, but for anyone looking for raw creative expression unhindered by attempts to make their sound as accessible is sure to become enamoured by her bold ingenuity.

Lyrically, there are reminiscences to Radiohead’s iconic hit Creep. But dare I say that Lara Stevens owned her idiosyncrasies in a far more daring way with INDIFFERENT?

You can check out Lara Stevens’ single INDIFFERENT via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Rock Just Got Filthier with Life Like Fire’s Single “Inside Insanity”

“Inside Insanity” is just one of the standout singles from breaking Alberta-based Rock artist Life Like Fire’s latest EP “A Fire Walked into the Forest and Said”. Any fans of the Creepshow are sure to appreciate the gasoline-soaked offering of authentic riff-fuelled Rock, there’s also plenty of hints of Metallica’s influence bringing plenty of familiarity to a pioneering hit.

The perpetually driving instrumental arrangement which comes armed with an arsenal of progressive twists creates the perfect platform for Maddy Stellar’s dynamic vocals which also constantly evolve throughout the track. My jaw doesn’t drop for all too many instrumental breakdowns, but Inside Insanity’s thunderously alchemic breakdown had me wondering if I could ever bring myself to pick it back up again.

You can check out Life Like Fire’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music or Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Idkjack Has Taken Rock and Hip Hop Genre-Mashing to the Next Level with “Blow”

Idkjack is to Hip Hop what Sonic Youth are to Rock, and there’s a sentence I never thought I would have to write. In their latest melodically transfixing single “Blow” there’s the instant affirmation that they possess an illimitable reserve of experimentalism. Blow stands as a testament to their ability to pour expressive ingenuity into a soundscape to create distinctive serotonin-boosting Alt Hip Hop.

With Indie Rock melodies against solid Hip Hop beats and idkjack’s emotively compelling velvety vocals, you’ve never hit play on a track quite like Blow before. They’ve taken the genre-mashing of Rock and Hip Hop to the next level, and it’s going to be all too exciting to see what comes next from the up and coming artist.

You can check out idkjack’s latest single Blow for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast



Tsun Dog – I Don’t Mind: Psychedelic Reggae Blues

In Tsun Dog’s standout single “I Don’t Mind”, Reggae, Indie, Blues and Rock n Roll all come together in a sublimely rhythmic feat of sun-soaked euphoric alchemy. There’s even plenty of psychedelic touches around the riffs which may as well have been carved by Hendrix.

The six-piece powerhouse has set themselves as a pioneering act with I Don’t Mind. If you could imagine what the Strokes would sound like if they dabbled with Reggae, you’d get a good idea of what they’ve cooked up. It’s infectiously rapturous and instantaneously effective in sharing the mellow good vibes which have been conjured organically. That’s all without mentioning the effortlessly charismatic nuanced Indie Blues vocals.

You can check out Tsun Dog’s single I Don’t Mind for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Rock Meets Rap in Spray Bottle Fever’s Latest Earworm “Let Me Down”

“Let Me Down” is the latest genre-mashing hit from Alt Rock artist Spray Bottle Fever. We’ve heard plenty of Hip Hop/Alt Rock crossovers this year, but none have offered the same cutting visceral emotion as Let Me Down.

The track kicks off with a Synthwave prelude before evolving into a Post Rock instrumental arrangement creating the perfect platform for the evocative Rap bars. There’s no overstating just how much fraught emotion is packed into the experimental mix, but it’s safe to say that it’s on par with Linkin Park’s exceptionally raw singles.

It’s rare that a track which offers such perceptible distinction has the makings of a perennial earworm, but you’ll soon see that Spray Bottle Fever are as far from archetypal as you can get.

You can check out the official video to Let Me Down which premiered on October 31st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Similar – Just About to Lose: A Debut of Hook-Filled Anthemic Pop Rock

The Similar has recently made their debut with their self-titled EP featuring the standout single “Just About to Lose” which offers a brand-new way to ingest riff-laden euphoric Pop Rock.

Everything about the polished soundscape screams commercial potential. They’ve got ingenuity, hook-filled rhythms and anthemic appeal all covered in Just About to Lose which unravels like no other combination of Pop and Rock you’ve heard before. But thanks to the well-crafted melodicism, the single offers a magnetic amount of accessibility from the first hit.

The trio has stamped down their authenticity with the debut, it’s going to be all too exciting to hear what follows.

You can check out Just About to Lose along with the rest of the debut EP from the Similar for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hard Rock artist Evangelia has made her debut with the sobering stylistic single “Bitter Illness”

Up and coming Hard Rock artist Evangelia has made their debut with the emotively striking single “Bitter Illness”. We all experience it, whether that be personally or to someone we’ve come to feel that we can’t live without. Yet, so few artists are bold enough to confront the pain attached to death in their tracks – especially debut singles. But with Bitter Illness, Evangelia has set herself apart with her fearless lyrics versed through strong, nuanced vocals.

The instrumental arrangement may pack a punch, but there are plenty of melodic increments allowing us to soak up the contemplatively resounding sentiment which Bitter Illness delivers.

There’s a slight Country Pop Rock feel to Evangelia’s vocals, which gives her style plenty of authenticities. But more importantly, there’s the sense that Bitter Illness was born through true, raw passion and it shows.

Evangelia’s debut single Bitter Illness is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Pandoras Shadow Have Recently Dropped Their Latest Progressive Hit “7 hurts”

Hereford, UK Rock artist Pandoras shadow released their latest single “7 hurts” on October 29th adding to their collection of ominously immersive tracks which any fans of Prog Rock are sure to appreciate.

Kicking off with a droning doom-laden Sweet Dreams (Marilyn Manson) style prelude, the single evolves into a feat of tight, driving, eclectic Rock where each new evolution is unpredictable yet seamlessly executed. There was no preparing for the absorbingly epic guitar solo where the true instrumental talent in Pandoras came into crystal clear view.

When you think about Prog Rock, the first thing which comes to mind isn’t striking dynamic vocals, but that’s exactly how Pandoras shadow sets themselves apart. You’d be hard-pressed to find more nuanced vocals which soar just as high as the guitar notes. If anyone ever tells you that everything has been done with Rock, slap them in the face with this single.

You can stream and download Pandoras shadow’s latest single 7 hurts by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


VÉTRO – Heroina Love: Darkly Intellectual, Experimentally Captivating Hip Hop

Up and coming experimental Hip Hop artist VÉTRO has recently followed on from their debut single “Check Out Was at 11” with the darkly indulgent polyphonic aural delight “Heroina Love”.

Even though Heroina Love is a playful and artful soundscape, VÉTRO utilised their sardonic and intellectual wit to create a sobering track which addresses raw issues while simultaneously leaving you feeling uniquely uplifted.

Post Punk and Hip Hop have never been so intrinsically combined. If you could imagine what Bauhaus would sound like if they ventured into Trap, you’d get a good idea of the unique alchemy which VÉTRO has cooked up with Heroina Love. The duration may be on the shorter side, but within two minutes, there comes an affirmation that this level of nuanced ingenuity in Hip Hop is rarely seen. Especially from a breaking artist. If you appreciate Hip Hop pioneers, you’ll be as hooked on VÉTRO’s sound as we are.

You can check out VÉTRO’s single Heroina Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Jessamine Barham – The Silent One: Pensive Piano-Led Rock

Up and coming artist Jessamine Barham has recently made her debut with the album “Out of the Shadows” featuring the striking standout track “The Silent One”.

Through narrative lyrics, operatically dynamic vocals, and a melody which simultaneously offers melancholy and uplifting resonant vulnerability, it’s hard not to surrender your conscious to The Silent One entirely.

With the Silent One, you’re treated to an aurally compelling soundscape, a story which is sure to alleviate the crushing feelings of alienation to anyone who has felt that particularly odious weight of despair, and the affirmation that Jessamine Barham is definitely an artist to watch.

Her style of pensive piano melodies and dramatically captivating lyrics may not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no doubt she has plenty of potential behind her innovative sound.

You can check out Jessamine Barham’s single The Silent One for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast