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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

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Pop Meets R&B in Debrah Jade’s Latest Sensually Progressive Single “Voodoo”

Up and coming R&B Pop artist Debrah Jade dropped her debut single in 2018. Since then, she’s been working with award-winning producers to develop her slick and modern sound which she’s quickly becoming renowned for. Such as you will find in their latest single “Voodoo” which was released on October 25th.

The alchemy runs right through the delicate and intricate soundscape which deftly utilises spatial effects to put plenty of suspense behind the single.

Progressive tracks and R&B don’t often go hand in hand, but Debrah Jade has proved that when they do, R&B becomes more arrestive than ever. There was no way of anticipating a soulfully bluesy electric guitar riff to be thrown into the mix (I’ve kind of ruined the surprise there). But when the guitar solo hits, you’ll get a taste of Debrah Jade’s commitment to creating unpredictably immersive contemporary R&B Pop.

You can check out Debrah Jade’s latest single Voodoo for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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All My Friends Hate Me – I Need a Life: Alt Rock Endearment for the Jaded

Given their artist title name, and the track title, I was in no way prepared for an infinitely endearing hit to reach my ears when I pressed play on up and coming artist All My Friends Hate Me’s latest single “I Need a Life”.

If you can imagine a complete modernisation of the sounds of the Kinks and the Kooks, you may be able to get an idea of All My Friends Hate Me’s unique and frankly refreshing approach to Emo Rock. There’s a similar tone to Stoner Garage Rock bands such as Fidlar, but there’s a magnetic concordance to I Need a Life which you aren’t likely to find elsewhere.

There will never be anything more essential than intellectual and sardonically-steeped music on the airwaves. After hearing I Need a Life, I’m fairly certain that All My Friends Hate Me is the artist best- equipped to dilute the nihilism of the jaded with their music.

You can check out the fourth single from All My Friends Hate Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LUMER Release their bitingly caustic Post Punk Single “White Tear”

There was a rumour a few days ago that Michael Jackson had come back to life. After hearing the latest single “White Tear” from LUMER, I was almost convinced that Lux (The Cramps) had returned with his gloriously raucous larynx.

While there are plenty of similarities between the Cramps and LUMER, the up and coming artist still carries plenty of authenticity of their own. In White Tear, eerie psychedelic layers feed into gritty, grinding Alt Rock which finds the perfect balance between droning dark, cold Post Punk and No Wave.

If you’re looking for contemporary Post Punk which comes with plenty of biting angst, there are very few artists around on the airwaves with sharper teeth than LUMER.

White Tear was the third single to be released by the Hull, UK-based band. They’ve already amassed a fair enough hype around their caustically indulgent sound, it’s going to be ridiculously exciting to see what comes next from them.

You can check out LUMER’s single White Tear for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sisk & James – Right Between: A Sonically Fresh Hit of Alt Pop

Alt Pop duo Sisk & James has recently made their debut with the four-track EP “Outer Limits”. If you can imagine what it would sound like if Maroon 5 teamed up with Depeche Mode, you may just get an idea of how infectiously Funk-filled their take on Synth Pop is.

The best introduction to their genre-contorting sound is the upbeat jam “Right Between”. With elements of Synth Pop, Funk, Rock, and Contemporary Pop all fed into the mix, you’ll be able to throw yourself into familiar and accessible sounds while being in arrested in awe at Sisk & James’ pioneering aural flair.

As punchy and melodic as Right Between was, I wasn’t expecting a jaw-drop moment on the outro. But when it comes to keyboard riffs, I can quite honestly say that I’ve never heard anything so sonically alchemic in all my time ingesting electronica.

You can check out Sisk & James’ single Right Between along with the rest of their EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zoey The White Lioness – I Can: Endearingly Upbeat Rock

https://zoeythewhitelioness.bandcamp.com/track/i-can

Tennessee-based Hard Rock artist Zoey The White Lioness (Zoey Baker) released their latest endearingly upbeat track “I Can” on October 13th. With their playfully energetic approach to Rock, the euphoria infectious.

While the artist usually looks to the likes of Trent Reznor and Kurt Cobain for their sound, I Can has the punchy anthemic feel of contemporary Garage Rock artists such as Fidlar with a slight twist of Pop Punk. You’ll even be able to anticipate absorbing Surf Rock riffs in this snappy sticky-sweet hit.

‘Adorable’ may not be what every vocalist goes for, but it’s exactly what Zoey The White Lioness achieved in I Can. We were warned that the single was as loveable as the dog on the cover art. It’s safe to say that they delivered on that promise.

You can check out the latest single from Zoey The White Lioness for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Si Connelly – State of the Nation: Soberingly Danceable Alt Electronica

Electronically produced tracks and soulfully arrestive vocals don’t often go hand in hand. But you can prepare to be transfixed by Si Connelly’s emotively raw harmonics in their latest single “State of the Nation”.

As you can probably guess from the title, State of the Nation isn’t a track which deals in contrived archetypal euphoria-encouraging lyrics. Instead, you’ll be treated to poetically sobering lyricism which does much, much more than just scratch at the surface of superficiality.

It’s highly perceptible that State of the Nation was born through the visceral frustration felt by the disparity-breeding times we are living in. It’s almost worth the sufferance to be able to soak up the resonance of such a strikingly protestive dance mix.

You can check out Si Connelly’s latest single State of the Nation by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Newcomers LATE NIGHT LEGACY are set to release their latest single “Blame”

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LATE NIGHT LEGACY is set to release their latest single “Blame” on Oct 18th, and honestly, there’s no other Alt Rock artist around right now which I’d use the same amount of enthusiasm while recommending you check them out.

They’re fresh, they’re dynamic, and they’re making waves in the Indie scene which are just waiting to splash into the mainstream. How they managed to make Blame resonate as a sexy but sweet record is frankly beyond me, but Blame pulled together as a mesmeric enamouring treat all the same. And the lyrics had a big part to play in that.

Blame is a tricky concept to work with, people use blame so prolifically, but still, fail to consider the purpose of blame as a shift of guilt and reprimand. LATE NIGHT LEGACY’s single alludes to the Blame which we torture ourselves with, after hearing the record for yourselves, you may just find yourself less inclined to swallow the bitter guilt-riddled pill.

You can check out Blame for yourselves from October 18th via Spotify, and if you’re lucky enough to get down to The Key Club in Leeds for the launch on the same date, don’t miss out. You can grab tickets from their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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