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Britt Marie – Mind Games: A Pensively Optimistic Indie Pop Playlist Essential

Whether it was the pensively optimistic Indie Folk Pop melody, Britt Marie’s evocatively piercing vocals or the stark lyrical resonance which meant every note in her latest single “Mind Games” was arrestive as the last, I can’t be sure.

But what I can be sure of, is that her personable approach to her sound resounds in the succinctly sweet tonality of the single enabling her to set herself leagues apart from other up and coming artists experimenting with the trending Jangle Indie Pop sound.

Fans of Florence and the Machine, The Wombats, Vaccines, and Marina and the Diamonds, the 1975, and Bad Suns will definitely want to check out the punchily melodic hit. Her music is much more than simply radio-ready. It boasts a rarely found high-energy anthemic vibe which will make you wish it was festival season already.

You can check out Mind Games along with Britt Marie’s previously released four singles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Echoes Of Her – Grey Sunshine: Hauntingly Raw Alt Grunge

Iconic Grunge bands such as Alice in Chains hog pretty much all of the aural acclaim. But there are still plenty of gritty haunting soundscapes orchestrated by up and coming artists such as Echoes of Her whose work has the exact same effect.

With their standout track “Grey Sunshine” you’ll be immersed in a single which doesn’t hold back with the pensive angst. Both the cutting instrumentals and the magnetically gravely vocals will leave you doused in cathartically resonant melancholy.  The transfixingly dark meandering rhythms aren’t something we’re going to forget about in a hurry.

You can check out Grey Sunshine along with the rest of Echoes of Her’s evocatively raw tracks for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Love Ghost – Dead Brother: Atmospherically Phantasmal Dark Rock

Love Ghost

I’m used to psychological terror on-screen but listening to Love Ghost’s latest single “Dead Bother” was my first time of taking it in aurally.

That all sounds frightfully macabre. But what you’ll actually get when you hit play is an atmospheric, groove-filled feat of Dark Rock complete with lyrics which share reminiscences with Horror Punk pioneers the Misfits. Yet the serpentine dark 80s-inspired rhythms combined with the phantasmally bewitching vocals create a hazy mellow soundscape which allows you to soak up the disconcerting lyricism all too easily. Any fans of Deftones, Type O Negative, Incubus and A Perfect Circle are sure to appreciate Dead Brother as much as we did.

Dead Brother is due to drop on January 24th, 2020. You can pre-save the single and check out the earlier releases from Love Ghost with this Spotify link.

You can keep up to date with the latest release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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District 13 – Soma: Transfixingly Dark Evocatively Visceral Heavy Alt Rock

We’re always on the lookout for breaking bands who bring brand-new energy to Rock. And District 13 certainly didn’t disappoint with their transfixingly dark, evocatively visceral offering of Alt Rock “Soma”.

The instrumentals may be heavy, but there’s a striking amount of melodicism to ingest as the progressive hit unravels. Each new evolution in sound leaves you with yet another affirmation of District 13’s talent when it comes to fusing elements of Punk and Heavy Metal. You get the snappy riotous energy of Punk, orgasmically sweet guitar riffs, and harsh heavy tones all wrapped up in one sublime aural package.

That’s all without mentioning the vocals. If Jesus himself wept, it wouldn’t be as emotive as what guitarist and vocalist Jon Hartz Wild brought to Soma. The guttural drawn-out jagged whiskey-soaked screams will stay with me quite some time. But despite all of the raw emotion forcibly thrown into Soma, there was still plenty of upbeat energy to ensure that the track comes to a close without leaving you feeling like you’ve been put into an existential hole.

I’d be willing to put money on the London-based trio’s taking the scene by storm in 2020.

You can check out the official music video to District 13’s latest single Soma via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Slow Day Have Breathed New Riotous Life Back into The Manchester Music Scene with I “Can’t Sleep”

The Slow Day’s 2019 debut single “The Poet” became a playlist staple after the first time I hit play and it resulted in instantaneous infatuation.

There was something incredibly visceral about the amplified emotion poured into their ridiculously accessible feat of Indie Rock. It came without frills, but who needs frills when you’ve got sheer polished instrumental power and arrestingly expressive vocals? Supposedly, the eyes are the window to the soul, but for The Slow Day vocalist  Adam Moss, I’m inclined to believe his lies in their larynx.

They’ve followed on from their debut with the equally as resounding single “I Can’t Sleep” released on January 20th. It’s raunchy, it’s smoky, it’s psychedelic and it’s a sublime feat of Americana-inspired Alt Rock which proves that it can be done just as well on this side of the pond.

I Can’t Sleep is a gorgeous mash of reminiscences of bands such as The Black Keys with much heavier, grinding instrumental friction offered by the likes of Mudhoney and Velvet Revolver.

It’s probably the most serpentine Alt Rock earworm which you’ll hear this year. If you find a way of unsticking the tensile rhythms from your synapses, don’t tell me about it, I’m quite fond of my new neural companion.

If there’s any Manchester band worth getting excited about in 2020, it’s the Slow Day with their anthemically-charged sound. Their artist title is criminally deceptive.

You can check out I Can’t Sleep for yourselves via SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTubeApple Music

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Carla Stark – Wallpaper: A Moodily Immersive Alt Pop Playlist Essential

Magnetic artistic personalities aren’t to be underestimated. Which is exactly what up and coming Pop artist Carla Stark has proven with her single Wallpaper.

With an EP in the works for 2020, Carla Stark is giving us plenty to get excited about. But for now, Wallpaper serves as the perfect introduction to her sleek, and sultry stylistic edge. Wallpaper is one of the most moodily immersive Alt Pop earworms we’ve heard… possibly ever.

With a voice which borders on hypnotic and beats orchestrated with the intention of feeding you sensual rhythm, Wallpaper is a track which naturally drips refined sex appeal. From the first verse, it was perceptible that Carla Stark made a radio-ready hit with Wallpaper. But are the radiowaves ready for an artist so fearlessly distinctive?

You can check out the official music video to Wallpaper for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nashville Rock Newcomer Chase Tremaine is Set to Release Their Debut Album “Unfall”  

Chase Tremaine

Rock artist Chase Tremaine has given us a sneak preview of what’s to come in their rhythmically raw upcoming debut album “Unfall” which is due for release on January 24th.

Resonant lyrics are an essential component in Emo Rock. But in their standout single “Honest Tree” you may as well be having a direct conversation with the artist. But conversations are a little boring, aren’t they? Unlike Honest Tree, they don’t come with jarringly angular guitar riffs which prove that Chase Tremaine’s 13+ years spent honing on in their craft was definitely well spent.

Honest Tree is a sticky-sweet evocative gem which offers momentous energy from the instrumentals which sit neatly in the polished soundscape, but the vocals bring accessibility which we rarely get to hear – especially in Rock. There’s no abrasive swagger, just open and honest expression.

You’ll be able to check out Chase Tremaine’s debut album for yourselves via their website.

Keep up to date with their music antics via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers – Fyre: An Alt Indie Rock Essential

Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ latest single “Fyre” comes with that rare chest-swelling electrifying feeling you as you listen to the alchemic-beyond-definition dynamic instrumental progressions.

The seriously nuanced instrumentals carve a sublime mix of Indie, Blues, Rock, and Psych. While the dreamy synergetic Indie Rock vocals lace the soundscape with plenty of personable appeal. If you can imagine what it would sound like if Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, (when they were good), Interpol, and Angel Olsen produced a record together. You’d get an idea of just how distinctively innovative Fyre is.

The anthemically-charged single affirms that this up and coming artist definitely won’t be classed as up and coming for long. Their talent is only matched by their ingenuity when it comes to their tonally-diverse hits which carry the perfect amount of nostalgic appeal without trying to revive a sound which has had its time.

You can check out Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ single Fyre by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NYC Alt Electronica Artist Cami-Oh Has Created an Aural Storm with Their Latest Release “OP”

If you’re as sick of the constant stream of laboriously assimilative Electronica music being produced as we are, prepare to be as delighted as we were upon hearing the fiercely artful aural storm which is Cami-Oh’s latest single “OP”.

With elements of Hip Hop and Pop weaved into the authoritatively arrestive single, not only do you get a danceable hit, but you also get to appreciate Cami-Oh’s daring experimentalism which is sure to go down well with any fans of Bjork and PJ Harvey. There’s also a hint of Peaches’ iconic unfuckwithable attitude laced into the mix. Needless to say, the NYC-based artist is now firmly fixed on our radar. We can’t wait to hear how they follow on from OP.

You can check out Cami-Oh’s latest single from January 23rd 2020 by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WD-HAN – Icarus: Sultry Rhythmic Blues Meets Anthemic Alt Indie

WD-HAN

Alchemy is bound to spill when a nuanced band set their mind to creating an aural earworm out of Indie, Blues, and Rock. WD-HAN definitely succeeded with their first single to be released in 2020 “Icarus”.

The single dropped on January 17th giving us yet another affirmation that the Tampa Bay-based artist is one to watch.

With a prelude offering reminiscences to Daughter, the sudden switch to anthemic Alt Rock in Icarus will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat. When in full swing, Icarus is a monster of a track full of rhythmic sultry Blues, yet those bluesy licks come with plenty of bite.

You can check out Icarus for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast