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Marquita Brown has defied genre-constraints once more with her mesmeric single “Jezebel”

With elements of Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk all wrapped up within up and coming artist Marquita Brown’s most creatively expressive track to date, prepare to experience a soundscape you’ve never quite heard the like of before.

Usually, whenever you press play on a track, there becomes an urgency in the demand to know just what kind of soundscape you’re being eased into. With Marquita Brown’s mesmeric experimental latest single “Jezebel” that need to know falls away. Instead, you’ll offer your consciousness and rhythmic pulses over to the uniquely compelling artist to do with them what she pleases. In short, Jezebel is utterly transfixing and it’s a pleasure to lose yourself in the gentle yet dark rhythms. After the curiosity-piquing prelude, it just gets better.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Jezebel for yourselves. In the meantime, you can listen to the artists funky fresh previous releases via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Adult Programming – YR FAULT: Riotously Exhilarating Post-Punk

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If you can imagine what Interpol would sound like if they had a riotous sense of humour, you’ll be able to hazard a guess what will greet your ears when you hit play on the upcoming track “YR FAULT” by Adult Programming.

The explosively energetic feat of Post-Punk carries frenzied momentum while simultaneously exuding the dark and despondent stylistic nature of the genre. In short, you’re treated to the atmospherics with none of the pretension. Just pure unbridled exhilarating aural chaos.

If you’ve ever used the expression ‘I don’t want to adult today’ you’re sure to find resonance in the relentlessly fast-paced lyricism penned by the Miami-based artist.

You’ll be able to check out YR FAULT for yourselves from February 14th. Even if you don’t have valentine’s day plans, you’ve got something to be excited about with YR FAULT

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soupcan and the Spaceman – Heartbreaker: Darkly Delectable Psych Blues

In recent years, I’ve heard Psychedelic tones revived under a plethora of different guises. But never have I encountered anything quite as darkly absorbing as the latest single to be released from Soupcan and the Spaceman.

The production may be lo-fi. Yet, considering that Heartbreaker resonates like they just pulled it from the deepest pungent depths of the Mississippi Delta, all will be forgiven as you ingest the raw unpolished caustic aural divination.

With some spacey cosmic Bowie vibes mixed into the viscerally ominous soundscape which should appease any fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the distinction isn’t hard to find in Heartbreaker.

The instrumental progressions aren’t left to swim in a sea of reverb. Instead, the swampy Blues retain their organic winding serpentine charm. And the constant evolutions in vocal style will make sure that you’re as invested in the first verse as you were in the last.

You can check out the latest single from Soupcan and the Spaceman for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Borg – Nonstop: Ethereally Progressive Alt Pop

Borg’s standout single “Nonstop” kicks off with a prelude which wouldn’t be out of place in a Neo-Noir soundtrack before the soundscape slowly infuses more contemporary stylistic appeal.

2019 saw an explosion of moody, evocative Pop. But Borg set themselves apart with plenty of distinction thanks to cinematic polished air to their soulful sound.

Nonstop is as nuanced as it is progressive. Expect plenty of captivatingly seamless evolutions in sound as the single slowly and tentatively builds in momentum and Borg’s vocal energy picks up plenty of unflinching arrestive conviction. The choral elements in the single are quite literally chilling. And Nonstop is as ethereal as modern Pop gets.

You can check out Borg’s single Nonstop along with the rest of their 2019 EP “Honest and Cool” via Spotify. It really is everything it says on the tin.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Naked Waste – Solitaria: Dark Choral Experimental Folk

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Naked Waste’s standout 2019 single “Solitaria” from the EP “Cursed Light” is jarring enough to give you the compulsion to cry from the very first vocal note.

The Melbourne, Australia-based experimental Folk artist has a perceptible ability to play with tone and textures within their music for maximum evocative effect – it’s a far cry from the two-dimensional music which you’ll commonly hear on the radio. The choral soundscape offers effervescence amongst the bleak sombreness which has been steeped into the melodies in Solitaria.

The wobbly vibrato on the vocals teams up with the bass and digital percussion to create a haunting single full of pensive emotion, which may not be poised. Instead, it’s vulnerable, raw, and definitely worth three minutes of your time.

You can checkout Solitaria for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mosa – Foaming at the Mouth: Pensively Poised Post-Rock

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“Foaming at the Mouth” is the third single to be released by alternative artist Mosa which comes with a jarring amount of pensive emotion. Whether it hits you through the melodically ambient instrumental progressions, Mosa’s reflectively poised vocals, or the lyrics, you’re going to feel bruised.

With inspiration for their sound coming everywhere from Tom Waits to Justin Vernon, there’s a real sense that the single was born through true expression rather than just going through the motions of production. With elements of Post-Rock, Darkwave, and Indie within the chilling soundscape, a contemporary stylistic sound was easily achieved. Yet, there are enough familiar elements to latch onto to transform listening to Foaming at the Mouth into a cathartically restorative experience.

From the first verse, I knew I wouldn’t get to the outro dry-eyed. Mosa definitely didn’t let me down.

You can listen to Foaming at the Mouth for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nasdrovia – Mora Azul: Euphorically Captivating Alt Indie Pop

“Mora Azul” is the instantaneously captivating single by Alt Indie Pop artist Nasdrovia. My unilingual mind may not have been able to decipher the Spanish lyrics, but it didn’t need to. The tonal warmth of the quaintly psychedelic single provided ample emotion to soak up.

Bluesy deep basslines create a solid rhythm as vibrant effects-soaked Jangle Pop progressions float effortlessly over the rest of the instrumental arrangement giving Mora Azul plenty of depth. Nasdrovia’s vocal distinction also brings an extra layer of magnetism to the track, it’s all but impossible to resist the sunny good vibes which come as a courtesy of Mora Azul.

Any fans of the Beach Boys are sure to appreciate what Nasdrovia shared with the airwaves when the single was released on November 5th.

You can check out the official music video to Nasdrovia’s latest single Mora Azul for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Apostola – 5 Minutes of Fame: Raw Alt Rock Aural Resonance

“5 Minutes of Fame” is just one of the bewitching singles from up and coming artist Apostola’s resoundingly powerful EP “5minsfame”. The expressive singer-songwriter may be fresh from her inception, but her ability to offer progressive, genre-crumbling soundscapes is nuanced enough to leave you hooked in the restraint-less aural treat from the first verse.

If you could imagination combination of the unflinching attitude Stevie Nicks, the instrumental intricacy Levellers, and the histrionic power of Bjork, you may be able to get an idea of what Apostola has to offer listener with 5 Minutes of Fame.

It’s artful, it’s visceral, and the sobering sentiment of the single is sure to appeal to anyone frustrated with society’s constant obsession with accolades and recognition.

You can check out 5 Minutes of Fame for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Halcyon Fields – Black Maps of Light: Intricately Arrestive Alt Rock

“Black Maps of Light” is the intricately arrestive latest single from up and coming Columbia, US Alt Rock artist Halcyon Fields.

There are very few ways to aptly allude to how much catharsis spills as you listen to the technical guitar progressions as they weave their way through the snappy unpredictable time signatures. But my own rhythmic pulses felt the relief to being handed over to the command of Black Maps of Light.

The momentum deftly ebbs and flows, but the immersive exhilaration of listening to a powerhouse carve a brand-new sound by using a smorgasbord of heavy vintage elements remains a constant. And if that weren’t enough, the lack of restraint in the vocals and the way the passionate artistic expression bleeds through brings yet another captivating element to Black Maps of Light.

You can check out Halcyon Fields’ latest single Black Maps of Light for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Carly Opacic – Farther: Resonantly Vibrant Future Pop

“Farther” is the latest single released by up and coming Indie Pop artist Carly Opacic which perfectly fuses vintage tones with a contemporary vibrant appeal. But more importantly, Carly Opacic has created her latest single through the motivation to make the world a less alienating place.

Many people presume that their life experiences are individualistic, but it is tracks such as Farther which remind us that we have more in common than we realise. Along with the compassionate sentiment the track was orchestrated with, you’ll also be able to find a myriad of music styles. From Trap to Funk, to Jangle Pop, to Electronica. It’s all weaved into the experimentally rhythmic single to create the perfect track to slip into and feel the evocative catharsis.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast