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Tiffany Twisted – Sold My Soul: Refreshingly Phenomenal Alt Rock

Tiffany Twisted’s (Hetti Harper) latest single Sold My Soul has already been met with rapturous acclaim, and there’s little room to wonder why. Their unique amalgamation of Pop, technically melodic Indie, 70s Rock and Pop Punk is refreshingly phenomenal.

The quality of the production is unsurprisingly flawless, as you’d expect from any track recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Yet, the real distinction lies in Tiffany Twisted’s ability to create a soundscape which oozes magnetic connectable soul and simultaneously offer a side serving of sniping attitude.

The majority of new Rock acts may be assimilative, yet Sold My Soul is a testament to the Alt Rock artists ability to pour fresh, new ingenuity onto the airwaves. As debut singles go, they don’t get much more unforgettable than this. The UK-based 4-piece is definitely one to watch.

You can check out Sold My Soul for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prog Rock and Indie Jangle Pop combine in Paper Trails latest single “Inside Out”

Generic Indie Jangle Pop guitars may be all you hear if you turn on any Indie-inclined radio station in 2020, but up and coming artist Paper Trails found a way to bring the captivating alchemy of New Wave right into the 21st century with their progressive Indie single “Inside Out”.

Listening to the Smiths is a rather bitter-sweet experience these days. The only thing that will linger after you hear Inside Out is an earworm.

As soon as the punchy passion-soaked chord progressions start to carve the melodies, you’ll be hit with the excitement of ingesting the energetic ingenuity which was perceptibly poured into Inside Out.

Falling in perfect synergy with the instrumentals are the vocals which offer an evocative sting which is just as potent as Brian Molko’s along with the same accessible warmth as the likes of Paul Draper.

It isn’t every day we get to hear an artist with such a distinctively absorbing guitar style paired with soulfully connectable vocals. Paper Trails’ unique amalgamation of Prog Rock, Britpop and Indie definitely isn’t to be missed.

You can check out Paper Trails’ single Inside Out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – R.:.W7h3n7!ck 1303 (2) 007 UR h.:.!R W0n’7 .:RY 7ill .:.f73R UR higH; 80Y5 ii M!i!n; l37 17 83

8udDha bl0od kicked off the introduction track to their latest album with inventive effects which would give any guitarist pedalboard-envy. The chiming choral guitar progressions make for a trippy start, but from there on out, the epically-lengthed 11-minute instrumental track will take you through a myriad of evolutions.

From No Wave to Old School Punk to Alt Blues Rock, you’ll find plenty of indulgent nuances which will ensure that your attention never falters from the relentless gritty mesmerism which is on offer in R.:.W7h3n7!ck 1303 (2) 007 UR h.:.!R W0n’7 .:RY 7ill .:.f73R UR higH; 80Y5 ii M!i!n; l37 17 83.

The Brighton-based underground artist never disappoints with his tracks, but with R.:.W7h3n7!ck 1303 (2) 007 UR h.:.!R W0n’7 .:RY 7ill .:.f73R UR higH; 80Y5 ii M!i!n; l37 17 83 they provided over 10 minutes of fuzzy captivating catharsis which you’ll definitely want to make a part of your playlists.

You can immerse yourselves in R.:.W7h3n7!ck 1303 (2) 007 UR h.:.!R W0n’7 .:RY 7ill .:.f73R UR higH; 80Y5 ii M!i!n; l37 17 83 by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 21Rc0ni1: Archetype-Smashing Alt Rock

Fans of Radiohead, The Beatles, and Nirvana are likely to categorically agree that up and coming Alt Rock artist 8udDha bl0od’s upcoming single 21Rc0ni1 is a stunningly enrapturing soundscape.

With elements of Art Rock and Psych Pop with nuances of the Seattle Sound lingering in the accordant tones, 8udDha bl0od’s latest single offers the archetype smashing genre-transcendence we’ve come to expect from them. But what we definitely didn’t expect was the quantity of candid emotion which poured in through the lyrics and vocals in equal amounts.

The quiescent vocals pull you in deeper to the point you’d be able to hear a pin drop in the production while the melodies soothe you with their organic catharsis.

You’ll need to wait a little longer to check out 21Rc0ni1 for yourselves. In the meantime, head on over to SoundCloud and delve into 8udDha bl0od’s eclectically diverse back catalogue.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Winchester 7 & the Runners unleash their cut-throat alt-rock prowess with ‘The Saint Simon Killer’

Atlanta-based alt-rock project Winchester 7 & The Runners have released ‘The Saint Simon Killer’: a punchy and psychedelically powerful new track. 

If you could somehow charge a VOX AC30 into overdrive with a can of Red Bull and then ply it with gargantuan amounts of marijuana, ecstasy, and alcohol, you’d get something close to an audible analogy to representing Winchester 7 & The Runners new hit. It’s an eerily syncopated, spaced and fuzzed out musical assault on the proverbial eardrums and it’s one worth throwing on a playlist if you have appreciation for early era QOTSA-style rumblings put through a 2020 distortion filter. 

With volleys of kick-thumping grooves and enough overdriven harmonics to make it worth wearing ear-plugs for, ‘The Saint Simon Killer’ proves this Atlanta-based one-band-member-as-three has some strong rock chops to keep independent fans of the genre excited about – and you should definitely check it out.

You can listen to ‘The Saint Simon Killer’ on Winchester & the Runners Spotify account here.

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8udDha bl0od – 83 7H3R3 4 M3: Captivatingly Sweet Acoustic Alt Rock

83 7H3R3 4 M3 is the instantly endearing single from 8udDha bl0od which any fans of  The Smashing Pumpkins are going to want to check out.

The acoustic Alt Indie track may seem a little twee in comparison to 8udDha bl0od’s other releases, but the captivating tones offered an all too welcome view of the artists more amorous side.

The intricately quaint acoustically-carved reggae melodies created the perfect platform for 8udDha bl0od’s soft yet sonorous all the same vocals. My soul feels significantly fuller after listening to 83 7H3R3 4 M3, if yours still functions, it’s likely that you’ll feel exactly the same after listening to the aurally resolving track fade to a quiescent close.

You can check out 83 7H3R3 4 M3 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moody and introspective – Perry Ripley releases The Storm

Walking into a storm could be interpreted in a multitude of ways but most likely signifies how someone is still willing to leap through even though their universe may be falling apart. That storm is a whirlpool of experiences, challenges and above all, emotions, depicted by Perry Ripley in his new release The Storm.

Moody and introspective, a true lyricist more than just an artist, Perry Ripley distinguishes himself for a canny approach to songwriting and arrangements developed through a dynamic track segmentation that gradually grows in momentum.

You’re free to define it as alternative, but the electronic imprint pushes his style towards a compound of indietronica, indie pop and dream pop, to the likes of one of my favorite, and I believe extremely talented, artists, Eden. In this track, Perry Ripley achieves nothing less.

I seriously can’t wait to hear more from this guy, and you might want to check him out for yourself by heading over here.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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8udDha bl0od – !n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5: Cinematically Dystopian Scuzz-Laden Psych Rock

!n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5 is the recently released cinematically dystopian single by Brighton-based musician 8udDha bl0od. At least, that’s how it starts.

As the aural doom starts to clear, the ring of the distorted guitars gets sharper while the energy in the mix amplifies through the tribally percussive beats which start to manifest in the mix.

With !n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5, 8udDha bl0od proved that harsh discordant psychedelic scuzz has always had the capacity to be entrancing. Who knew?

No one does progressive tracks like 8udDha bl0od. No matter how many times we delve into his Machiavellian ingenuity, we’re always left psyched. Pun intended.

You can listen to !n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Western Automatic – Lemon Party: Explosively Infectious Melodic Alt Rock

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If you’re looking for your next fix of melodic aural filth, look no further than Western Automatic’s raucously electric Alt Rock EP “The Fugitive”.

While each of the tracks will make sure that your mind is suitably altered, the best introduction to Western Automatic’s gritty and raw, yet momentously anthemic sound is “Lemon Party”.

With the filthy basslines, heavily distorted guitars carving buzz saw riffs, punchy percussion and the swagger in the vocals Lemon Party has everything you’d hope to hear from a new Alt Rock track. Yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more infectious chorus in a new Alt Rock track if you turned on the radio today.

The Chicago-based artist has been one to watch since they made their debut in 2014. But after the release of The Fugitive EP, they’ve created the ultimate testament to their talent and proven that they’re an aural force to be reckoned with.

Their fine balance of consciousness-consuming chaotic experimentalism with their ability to write solid, connectable tracks isn’t something we get to hear every day. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Western Automatic’s track Lemon Party for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Duck – Noises from the Basement: Gritty Deadpan Alt Hip Hop

If Shaun of the Dead was a Hip Hop track, it would be Alt Rap artist Duck’s standout single Noises from the Basement. It drips paranoia, ingenuity, and lyrical wit which will leave you endeared before the first verse has run through.

There will always be space on the airwaves for Hip Hop artists who can infuse comedy into their mixes whilst allowing the tracks to stand as a testament to their inventive talent. With Duck’s slightly nerdy approach to Hip Hop, irrefutably, he’s up there with the best of them.

Noises From the Basement comes with a gritty deadpan spooky Sci-Fi vibe which you definitely won’t forget about in a hurry. Between the layers of Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, and Alt Rock, you’ll find plenty to fall in love with.

You can check out Noises from the Basement for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast