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Relying solely on the support of his guitar and his voice, September is the latest release by Irish singer-songwriter Daniel Jackson

With his debut EP coming out soon, September is the latest release by Irish singer-songwriter Daniel Jackson.

Relying solely on the support of his guitar and his voice, just like many other Irish acts are widely known for, September is an upbeat, cheerful in sound, pop ballad that brings forward a pinch of folk roots.

Daniel’s powerful and thick vocals possess such spirit and passion they make you deeply plunge into the music, and completely immerse yourself into the sweet portrait he describes in his lyrics when singing of a breath-taking something that eventually identifies itself as love – that something he’s been looking for. The love dedication is utterly pure and genuine, as pure as his approach to song-writing.

‘Great tone mate!’, somebody comments on his Soundcloud profile page, and I totally second that!

You can listen to September for yourself on Soundcloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Richard Petch – A New Conspiracy: The Most Accurate Sign of the Times You’ll Hear

Richard Petch

Reading the word ‘conspiracy’ is usually enough to irritate me these days. Yet it’s safe to say that Richard Petch’s new single “A New Conspiracy” had the exact opposite effect.

The idiocrasy of the population’s behaviour has been immortalised in Richard Petch’s stunning Alt Indie Folk Pop single which will leave you instantaneously enamoured. Fans of David Icke, anti-vaxxers and racists may not approve of the absorbingly melodic number, but anyone who knows that the Dunning-Kruger effect is a very real thing will love it as much as we did.

The artist’s playful yet razor-sharp wit and ability to craft something so sweetly cathartic from such odious inspiration is inspiring in itself.

You can check out the official video to A New Conspiracy which was released on May 8th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Francisco Mejia – Saturday: Anthemically Charged Alt Indie Rock

Days of the week may not mean all too much anymore, yet, up and coming Alt artist Francisco Mejia’s standout single “Saturday” should be considered a playlist staple for any fans of anthemically bitey Alt Indie Rock.

Saturday unravels how I’d expect a collaboration between Interpol, My Chemical Romance, and the Arctic Monkeys would sound. Naturally, I love it.

The cutting angular lead guitar work interplays with the punchy chords creating the perfect platform for the dynamic unrestrained vocals which run through the ecstasy-fuelling lyrics which any like-minded miscreant will appreciate. There are also tantalising infusions of neo-classic keys to add yet another touch of distinction.

If you’re looking for an organic aural pick me up, Indie tracks don’t get much more high-vibe than Saturday.

You can check out Saturday for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ring Finger No Pinky has made their abrasively infectious debut with their EP Chlorine Bomb:

Ring Finger No Pinky made their debut EP Chlorine Bomb on May 22nd. Rest assured it is just as explosive as the EP title would suggest.

Each of the 5 tracks on the EP allows Ring Finger No Pinky to exhibit their boundless genre-crumbling dynamism. Our top tracks have to be Napalm Sticks to Kids and Rat Soup.

From Napalm Sticks to Kids, you’ll get a volatile infusion of Grunge and Anarcho-Punk, complete with a chorus which is as infectious as COVID-19. Somehow, the Phoenix-based artist managed to make the lyrics even more abrasive than the frenzied alchemy which spills from the instrumentals.

Rat Soup offers you an indulgent feat of snarling despondent Indie Punk vocals over windingly hypnotic guitars with all of the fuzz and future you could possibly ask for. Yet, Rat Soup allows the fierce rhythmic mayhem to quieten for long enough that you’ll get a taste of the ingenuity when the insanity is dialled back.

Ring Finger No Pinky is definitely a band you will want on your radar.

You can check out Chlorine Bomb for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Post-punk Nottingham band Hurtsfall release dark and moody ‘’12 Long Years’’

“Batnip for Goths” is how the band describes themselves and I couldn’t have put it any better myself. ‘’12 Long Years’’ is the new release from ‘Hurtsfall’ and it’s a solid release from the 3 year old act.

A post-punk band, with gothic overtones and synth-pop influences, this is a band that is rising through the UK ranks and shows lots of potential for greater things. 

I’d like to witness the band live myself to get a better feel for them as the word on the street is that they put on quite a show. That’s the point really, recordings are great, music videos even better but where a band really earns their stripes is what happens live. 

‘Hurtsfall’ might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I doubt they care much. They have a loyal fan base and that is what matters. Look out for their progress and let’s hope to see them at a live show soon and many festivals in 2021.

Stream more of the UK band right here on any platform you wish.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Newcastle Upon Tyne’s CMP explores failed relationships is touching electronic debut ‘’Depths of Us’’

“I think you want this more than me. A sentence that haunts me in my sleep’’.

Being rejected by someone that you care about deeply is a very tough experience and not one we want to endure. This can cause long-lasting scars and deep bitterness. Newcastle’s ‘CMP’ explores this sunken feeling and expresses himself perfectly in this hauntingly real release.

‘’Depths of Us’’ is the debut song from this promising artist and this song shows us his potential and possibilities. It is a dark and sad song, a natural way to get rid of those negative feelings and move on. This is of course what music is for and ‘CMP’ will find many a sympathetic ear, mine included. 

I’m excited about the future for this UK Electronic artist and can’t wait to hear what is released next. Hopefully the music is of this quality, as this is a fine debut.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Acoustic artist Solly spreads hope with peaceful single ‘’Shelter’’

Shelter from the storm is the paradox you are choking on. It’s so encouraging to be exposed to such positive vibrations from a very talented, upcoming artist like Film Editor/ Musician, ‘Solly’. He mixes these two passions together like an old pro.

Solomon Margo aka ‘Solly’ , released ‘Love & Harm’ on YouTube on the 1st May 2020 and this is the follow up single, the peaceful ‘’Shelter’’. It’s about sheltering your soul from all the fakeness in the world & to just be yourself, the best version of you. This is a perfect message. 

‘Solly’ is a young artist who alternates between NYC and LA in the USA. He is still finding his feet in this wild music game and I see a very promising future here. His music has a positive style and is so jazzy with touches of soul. A bigger stage awaits for this fine musician. 

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Scottish duo MarionvilleModels drop their new track Reminds Me

With a long-lasting collaboration in the works, Scottish duo MarionvilleModels drop their new track Reminds Me, a dive into electro-pop meeting indie pop.

To the likes of bands like The 1975, Reminds Me rolls out an array of synth and guitar sounds creating a widely reverberated harmony in new wave style. Dance-y drums and groovy bass lines do the rest, creating an engaging indie pop vibe that many UK acts have fostered in the last decade.

Due to their plenitude of sounds, MarionvilleModels pass as a 5-man band, when in reality the project solely relies on the stupendous proficiency of vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jake Berry, and producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Davis – a quality that fellow peers and musicians know how to appreciate. As well as their fans, hopefully.

You can listen to Reminds Me for yourself on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Parker Sounds drop a weighty acoustic-led hit with ‘Something Heavy’

Alternative pop and rock band Parker Sounds have dropped something heavy with ‘Something Heavy’. 

With clear influences from genre kings of pop rock, Parker Sounds have crafted themselves a discernable niche since their formation – and that sound has been epitomized by ‘Something Heavy’. With a lushly chorded acoustic intro driving the majority of the track, Parker Sounds drop an anvil of distorted, screaming lead guitar as the track ascends into its peak. 

It’s powerful, emotional and extremely well envisioned – and ‘Something Heavy’ showcases Parker Sounds’ signature sonics while remaining an incredibly accessible and well produced pop rock track. Check it out.

You can listen to ‘Something Heavy’ on Parker Sounds’ Spotify page here.

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Claytonisokay – Planet Prison: Resonantly Magnetic Grunge-Laden Hip Hop

Claytonisokay

Any Nirvana fans will undoubtedly be drawn in by the prelude of Manhattan-based Alternative artist Claytonisokay’s recently released second single “Planet Prison”.

The grungy ennui-laden air still lingers within the instrumentals from the first verse, but to create a distinctively cutting track, Claytonisokay pulled in elements of Pop, Trap, and RnB before fading out on a distorted sample of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box.

He may have borrowed a few stylistic nuances from Cobain, yet, with the RnB Hip Hop lyrics, Claytonisokay perceptibly didn’t fail to put their own stamp on the airwaves.

We’re all feeling fairly trapped right now, and the poetic flex in the lyrics which allude to self-inflicted mental constraints perfectly captures the strange emotions that we’re all undoubtedly feeling right now.

If the resonance in the soundscape alone wasn’t a good enough reason to hit play, Claytonisokay will be donating all of the streaming proceeds to charity.

You can check out Claytonisokay’s single Planet Prison for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast