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Billy Wild – Way It Is: Nine Inch Nails on Acid

It takes a bold artist to release a track named Way It Is, I’m sure we’ll never forget 2Pac’s track. Yet Billy Wild’s latest release which dropped April 2018 is an unfathomably brilliant single is nothing but bold.

The beat is like nothing I’ve ever heard before, it may even be on steroids, with his approach to his sound he puts to shame every Alternative artist that has ever tried their hand at creating a massive beat. Way It Is mixes in elements of Industrial synth driven EDM with hookish soaring guitars to throw in a Metal influence on the sound, but to be quite honest, it’s impossible to put a pin in Billy Wild’s style. It’s raucously unfathomable, yet Wild’s vocals are for the most part sensually harmonious with a slight reminiscence to vocalists such as Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).

You can check out the frankly sublime official music video to Way It Is on YouTube where Wild clearly demonstrated his abilities as video director and editor, or give the up & coming artist a follow on Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cael – Lost: Lo Fi Hip Hop Art Rock

With Cael’s latest track Lost, which was released April 2018, he gelled together the perfect infusion of all my favourite sounds. Cael made Hip Hop and Grunge sit hand in hand through his 808 beats alongside his poignant, yet beautifully harrowing vocals. The overall effect is overwhelming, as the beat progresses, you get sucked further into the melancholy of the sound which is entrenched in grungey reverb. Cael’s vocals have the same haunting iridescence of vocalists such as Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell and J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr). His guitar-driven approach to Hip Hop is without doubt one of the sweetest sounds I’ve heard this year, the fact that Cleveland based artist Cael is only 18 years old with the ability to write, produce and record such resonant Lo Fi beats is nothing other than awe inspiring. His vocals contain such ethereal maturity, it’s almost impossible to believe they were recorded by a teenager.

You can check out Cael’s latest Alt Rock track on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blending the past and the present for a Happy Life

There is something of the old-school jazz-lounge crooner about Roland Faunte, just a touch, that same balladic poise, the same clean-limbed musical lines, the same deft approach. But as the song builds it seems to come more and more into the present era, an indie-pop number building in intensity and drive as it heads towards the finish line before cooling off and returning to that timeless musical grace.

It is a song confident enough in its own skin to take its time, which revels in restraint and underplay,. It is a song built around space, carefully crafted sounds creating a sonic wake as it builds ambient landscapes of  indie-pop between its more frantic moments. It is also a song you could describe as unique, and beautiful, haunting, restrained and occasionally otherworldly, built through seamless and graceful musical lines and leaving the listener to join dots. This is music as suggestion rather than direction, neither leading nor following but happier to pursue its own changable instincts.

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ea Collective – We have Liftoff!

We all know that music is cyclical so the fact that Lift Off is infused with as much old-school kraut-rock past as it is post-rock modernity, should not come as a great surprise. But there is more going on than an endless loop of torch bearing progginess, this trippy instrumental also brings slight psyched tones, ambient and atmospheric space, jazz trippiness and electronic cinematics.

Thats a lot to fit in to one track, a track which takes its time, which revels in space, atmosphere and gentle anticipation, slowly adding layers and sonic textures as it meanders towards its final musical destination. It is a song that balances restlessness and restraint, carefully crafted sounds creating a sonic wake as it builds ambient landscapes of meditative post-rock but drives on the most confident of beats. It is also a piece of music that you could describe as unique, and beautiful, haunting, ambient and otherworldly, built through seamless and graceful musical lines and leaves the listener to join dots.

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Zack Kirkorian – Exercise in Stupidity: Stupid Has Never Sounded So Sexy

Sometimes, you’ve just got to embrace the silliness, and yes, that also applies to music. With so many self-aggrandized artists on the scene, it can get a little monotonous. Thankfully there are experimental Alternative artists such as Zack Kirkorian brave enough to create music that is guaranteed to get you out of a funk. Just been through a break up? Lost your job? Going bald? Turn off Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and soak up the screeching hair metal anthemic riffs and dirty vocals that are injected around the comedy elements of this track. If you’re a fan of Beastie Boys, or even Kunt and the Gang or Mr Bungle you’ll be in your element with Zack Kirkorian’s album Exercise in Stupidity. There are so many variations to Zack Kirkorian’s sound in the album, each of the 21 tracks ring with a new influence, I swear I heard a bit of Frank Zappa in there around the earth shattering instrumentals.

Head on over to Zack Kirkorian’s website to check out his debut album Exercise in Stupidity. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Review by Amelia Vadergast

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Emma Houston – the Ghost of the East Wing: The Insanity is Catching

I’m no stranger to pensively keyed Alternative music, growing up on the sounds of Emilie Autumn and the Dresden Dolls, yet Emma Houston’s latest track ‘the Ghost of the East Wing’ simply blew me away. Her haunting acoustic style, which the delightfully macabre recording artist describes as ‘AsylumWave’, is made all the more pensive by the drastic poetry contained in her lyrics such as “he died cause no one bothered to tell him he was alive”. Is there anything than that? Probably not. Well, maybe the other 9 tracks that make up her debut album ‘Patient #104’ which is now available to stream across all major platforms. The insanity behind Emma’s sound is most definitely catching, I absolutely adore the way she’s embraced the strange and not tried to squeeze into the suffocating constraints of society and it’s straight jacket to appear normal for the best chance of selling the most plastic records.

Check out the Ghost of the East Wing on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/emmahouston/the-ghost-of-the-east-wing

Keep up to date with all Emma’s new releases by following her criminally intriguing self on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/__emmahouston

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dr Nick – Consolations of Philosophy: The Genius of Socrates Mixed with the Rhythmic Prowess of The Doors

Dr Nick’s latest track Consolations of Philosophy is just what the doctor ordered. A Neo-Psychedelic Rock ensemble that sounds just as sweet as when Jim Morrison defined the scene. There’s no shortage of 60’s Psychedelic revival musicians, but none of them seem to take you on the same trip as this track. Dr Nick doesn’t just scratch the surface with his angelically orchestrated lyrics he plunges deep into the human condition to explore… you guessed it consolations of philosophy. There aren’t many lyricists that could so poignantly capture modern day apathy through such rhythmic prowess. Who knew disdain towards the rest of humanity could sound so sweet wrapped around soaring guitar riffs?

The Newcastle, UK based singer songwriter has been performing for over 5 years in intimate live shows, however it’s definitely time to tell the rest of the world just how sonorously spectacular his sound is! Consolations of Philosophy is just one of the mind blowing, creatively edgy tracks off his debut album ‘Slave to The Beast’.

You can check out the track yourself on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vC3AFvRk_1A&app=desktop

Or purchase Nick’s album here:

http://intuitive.productions/web-store/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vikta Bravo Oz – Pay No Heed: A Hauntingly Ambient Snare of Serenity

Vikta Bravo Oz’s latest track which debuted in January 2018 is an ambiently enthralling mix of dulcet electronica sounds that right from the intro you can’t help being drawn in by.

Perhaps it’s the perfect orchestration or Vikta’s resounding voice that makes his latest track Pay No Heed a haunting mix that comes with its own delectable ability to entice you into the melancholy. With a striking resonance to some of my favourite artists including The Editors and Interpol mixed in with a little Nils Frahm & Sigur Ros it’s no wonder I was so compelled with the stunning artists latest cinematic track.

Like most decent tracks around today, Vikta composed his sound by using elements from a myriad of different genres to create the perfect cacophony. From Ambient to Psychedelic, Electronica to Folk, Blues to Alt Pop. This synergetic mix from the Sydney based singer songwriter will take you on a harrowingly beautiful journey that as cleverly composed with his trusty time piece guitar and an amplifier that’s twice his age.

Check out Pay No Heed for yourselves on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/viktabravooz/pay-no-heed

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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American Disillusion – Misery Album Review: Altered States of Alternative Art Rock

If you’re anything like me, finding an album that you can sit back and enjoy all the way through isn’t an everyday occurrence. Yet American Disillusion’s debut album which was released in March 2016 ‘Misery’ provides one of the most satisfying ambiently melancholic soundtracks that any fan of stoner art rock will simply adore. From a spoken word poetry introduction to some of the most dulcet Art Rock sounds that have been released this side of the 1990’s, each of the 12 tracks have an ethereal power of their own. Although Homemade Clouds is one of my stand out favourites, the discord that the bass carries through the introduction almost puts Sonic Youth to shame. The fuzzy instrumentals are sweetened by reverb and drenched in morose flair are subtly pacifying under the vocals which pensively expel the pensive apathy behind American Disillusions sound.

The band take their influence from a range or artists from Modest Mouse to Weezer, Blink 182 to Green Day to contribute to their Alternative Punk Rock eclectic sound. If you’re a fan of Nada Surf, Dinosaur Jr, Nicky Wire, or Fidlar, you’re going to love this album. The remastered version of Misery is available to download via iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pity-party-me/1240988884?i=1240989076

Or you can check out American Disillusion on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/66kI5IHln4nP2AP23O3olH?si=eBCBkTHNSB6VTIXqLcjZYg

Head on over to the American Disillusion Facebook page & keep up to date with the bands new releases:

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDisillusion/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lovan – Come on Back: If Jim Jones Made Music, It Would Sound Like This

When’s the last time you listened to a track that blew you away within the first ten seconds of the song unfolding? I don’t even think that’s happened to me before, but hearing that raucous drum roll, quite literally made my jaw hit the floor, the bass sweeps in with smooth jazzy punches to introduce Lovan’s sensually enigmatic Alt Rock vocals, that lie somewhere in between Kings of Leon, The Lone Bellow and Frank Zappa.

His pioneering sound clamours with a furious fever, like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Come on Back is just one of the sensual audiophile delights to be found on his latest self-titled album ‘Lovan’

I can’t recommend this 5-star track enough. Head on over to Lovan’s spotify where you can check out his entire album. Hallelujah.

Why not add Come on Back to your Spotify playlists?

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6CSS2KLqI9CGmIbaf2J9xR/about

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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