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Spooky Edge: Sydney’s Joel Sammut is terrifyingly brilliant on ‘Home Ghost’

Returning back to where it all started after many years away, Joel Sammut opens up our curious minds with his latest striking single called ‘Home Ghost‘.

Joel Sammut is a supremely gifted solo indie psychedelic/alt/electronic multi-instrumentalist, who creates that haunted type of music that bridges the gap between total carnage and hope, all somehow at the same time.

After living and working in London, New York and Berlin, he’s now back in his hometown of sunny Sydney, Australia, working hard on his debut album set for a 30th April 2021 release.

The tremendously fascinating track strikes a wondrous mix of illusion and mystique, as his smoothly poured voice enters your veins so vividly. This feels like a headline song out of a new Guy Ritchie movie, its dark and edgy, each part feels like you are inside the haunted house with him, you feel his power and intent as the beat blusters into your mind with conflicting abandon.

Home Ghost‘ from Sydney, Australian psychedelic/alt/electronic artist Joel Sammut, is that excellent piece of original music that you don’t get to savor too often in this copy and paste kind of world but when you do, it certainly satisfies the hungry palate.

Stream this track on Spotify and see his IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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DOLLSDONTCRY – ‘Manticore’: A harsh, dystopian future writ purely in sound

Leaving aside the obvious mentioning that dolls sometimes DO cry – Tiny Tears, anyone? – DOLLSDONTCRY, from Lucedale, Mississippi, via Alaska, has created a nightmarish soundscape of grinding, driving instrumentalism in the vein of early Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, or Revco music. Think a little ‘Pretty Hate Machine’, ‘Psalm 69’, or ‘Linger Ficken Good’, without vocals, and you’ve a pretty good idea of what’s on offer here. Opening with some heavily distorted bass riffing, it’s a landscape of bleeps, machine-press crashes, sampled roars, and rising sequenced keyboard parts.

It’s always difficult for young artists to make their voices heard effectively with instrumental work, but this is an excellent track, a harsh, metallic, post-Terminator world of sound, evocative and stimulating, with a definite voice.

You can hear ‘Manticore’ on Soundcloud. Follow DOLLSDONTCRY on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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IGGYC shares their introspection in the darkly theatrical post rock hit ‘Thoughts’

Moscow-hailing Bay-Area-residing artist, IGGYC, has recently released their latest darkly theatrical progressive post-rock single ‘Thoughts’ which allows sonic symphonic rock to meld with 00s emo and cataclysmic increments of hard rock.

Starting with a piano-led prelude, Thoughts gently eases you into the raw embittered soundscape which quickly amasses momentum until you’re in the midst of a fervent whirlwind that carries frenetic reminiscences to the likes of Dir En Grey. IGGYC delivered so much more than a senselessly momentous release, expect your heartstrings to get caught in the wrenching choruses which carry the same weight as the entirety of MCR’s Black Parade album – all in the space of 4:29-minutes.

Thoughts is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Make room for GelaX’s Avant-Garde Electronic Rock earworm ‘Voodoo’ to creep in.  

GelaX

There was no forgetting Toronto-based artist GelaX after getting acquainted with the Alt-Rock outfit through their single, Mr. Square, now, they’re set to drop their debut EP ‘Dreamsonic’, any fans of alluringly scathing Dark Electro-Rock are going to want to hear it.

The standout track ‘Voodoo’ exhibits the best of GelaX’s signature empowering sound, this time, they’re making no bones about humiliating and eviscerating gas lighters and people who need to crush the sanity of others to feel like they’ve won. I’m sure we all know PLENTY of those.

While GelaX exude all of the commercial potential and accessibility of artists such as Massive Attack and Garbage, there is a darker Avant Garde edge to their tracks in the same vein of Industrial artists such as Angelspit and Emilie Autumn. Yet, Voodoo retains its rhythmic melodicism with the indulgent bends of the bass notes sitting alongside bluesy rock textures which come with a kick of kaleidoscopic Psych.

Voodoo is due for release along with the rest of GelaX’s debut EP on January 8th, 2021. In the meantime, you can check out their earlier releases via Bandcamp.

Keep up to date with their latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Tyler Cohen – How I Feel: Confessionally Captivating Dark Americana Folk Pop

Tyler Cohen’s latest single ‘How I Feel’ is a confessional Americana Folk Pop masterpiece. Winding bluesy notes coalesce with cold, choppy, jarring chord progressions to create a deeply ardent instrumental arrangement which Tyler Cohen’s vocals eventually join.

If you could imagine Jack Johnson on his darkest day, you’d be close to the mark getting an idea of the alluring magnetism in Tyler Cohen’s melancholy. There’s a slight gothic tinge to the wistfully lovelorn track, but the soul which emanates from the vocals harmoniously cuts right through giving How I Feel a dreamy Southern Americana air.

You can check out Tyler Cohen’s single How I Feel via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KAIS has illuminated the airwaves with their sonically ensnaring Alt Rock track ‘Dark Side of the Light’

‘Dark Side of the Light’ is the latest single to be released from award-winning Middle Eastern Alt-Rock artist KAIS, who hasn’t just put his own name on the map, he was in the vanguard of pioneering artists who kickstarted the Indie Rock scene in Jordan.

Their latest single which dropped on November 11th, 2020 is a soul-laden intricate tonal tapestry, gently weaved together with elements of Indie Rock, Alt Rock and Psychedelic Soul.

With a conceptually meta approach to the lyricism, Dark Side of the Light hits just as hard lyrically as it does sonically. Without any overbearing literalism, Dark Side of the Light speaks of lost love and the longing which can cast us into the dark, making us all too aware of how love serves as the light while we’re left scorned in hindsight.

Lines such as “You know it’s a battle with sin” is a reminder that all relationships involve a battle against temptation. While “One side’s here to stay, one side’s gotta win” emphasizes the inescapable reality of romantic parallels.

The vulnerability in the lyrical admissions is lost to the volatility of the reverb-wrapped instrumentals which allow the sentiments to relay with resounding conviction.

You can listen to Dark Side of the Light which was recorded at KAIS’ recording studio, Hot Soap Studios, in Cyprus via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Temperature Falls revived the Alt 90s sound with their Trip Hop track “Cut the Wire”

Temperature Falls’ 2020 single “Cut the Wire” is an Alt 90s dream wrapped up in an Urban Pop earworm.

If the tantalising tones as used by the likes of the Deftones send your synapses into overdrive, you’ll find the very same spark in Cut the Wire which oozes with feminine sensuality. There may be reminiscences to the likes of Portishead, but the modernity, the hunger, and the sheer level of contemporarily-contorted emotion will ensure that Cut the Wire sticks with you long after it has faded out.

The Oslo-based Alt Trip Hop duo offers more than just ingenuity or a fresh new sound. They achieve what so few bands do, they reignite rhythmic nostalgia while leaving you transfixed by their own signature sound.

You can check out Cut the Wire for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘Out of My Head’ from St. Louis singer Alibra is a passionate soul-saving call to find herself again

Out of My Head‘ from St. Louis singer Alibra is a passionate soul-saving call to find herself again, deep in the foggy midst of the wild jungles underneath us currently in 2020.

Alibra is a Los Angeles native and an Alt-Dark Pop artist with a flair of a seasoned creative, deep into her art-form and expression of her world right now. She is a whirlwind of a talent and this is all about making sure your ego doesn’t rule your head. You need to be clear in mind, body and soul to be truly happy inside. There are no quick fixes.

Your vision is blurry and something weird happens. You find your perspective know what you need to do.

St. Louis singer Alibra puts on quite the show with her electric style, she is authentic and not trying to be like another else. Quite the opposite in fact. This is a strong, intelligent and gifted artist who is putting her many talents to spell-binding results on ‘Out of My Head‘.

Click here to the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Sorry Little Sharky – Beauty in Futility: Cavernously Absorbing Alt Pop

Beauty in Futility” is the latest vocally-led Art Pop single from singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Sorry Little Sharky, it’s also one of the most arcane singles which have fallen into our ears in 2020.

Not everyone’s larynx is capable of exuding haunting mesmerism, but perceptibly, Stef Schultz’s is. Even if Beauty in Futility was an acapella track, you’d still be absorbed by the cavernous feel to her vocal stretches. But alas, it is not, the deft instrumentals and effects find the perfect way to compliment her vocals in the playfully compelling composition which her vocals consistently dominate.

You can check out the official lyric video to Beauty in Futility by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jake George cooked up kaleidoscopically-sweet Funk in their Psych Rock single “In the Rain”

Australian singer-songwriter Jake George has cooked up a Funk-soaked psychedelic storm with their latest bass-led autumnally-apt single “In the Rain”.

Melt into the smooth sultry grooves and fall a little bit in love with Jake George’s equally as provocative vocals which project into the kaleidoscopically effect-laden soundscape.

In the Rain sweeps across the full tonal palette, giving the instrumental arrangement plenty of depth, but you won’t be able to tear your consciousness away from the warm, steady reverberation which comes in the form of a throbbing bassline.

You can check out In the Rain for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast