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ZEU releases most recent track Death Song: Gothic Alternative Rock at it’s finest

Hailing from the United States, Alternative Rock Zeu have released ‘Death Song’. A true reminiscing essence of Gothic, it’s strange, dark and mysterious but that’s why you just have to love it.

Starting off with this insane instrumentation that gives it this distorted sound, really embracing them Gothic overtones, pulling inspiration away from bands such as The Cure. ZEU has many talents when it comes to creating music, the way in which they intertwine their specific sound and make every second stand out.

They apply their uniqueness to a variety of popular genres of music, but yet they embrace adding their sound, personality and of course a little bit of edginess.

ZEU has a lot to offer to the music world and I’m sure it’ll be very welcoming to them, with such an incredible sound and a whole load of darkness, you must check this out.

Check out ZEU Death Song by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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White Rose releases Sunshine: A rather compelling piece of music

White Rose has released their latest single ‘Sunshine’ and it’s safe to say it was released at the perfect time, giving hope through the powerful use of words.

The slow strums on the guitar, with the adenoidal vocals sung in such a beautiful way, as the instrumentation flows alongside increasing the volume as the chorus begins to hit. Adding in that gentle tap on the drum, it’s a piece that has such an appealing lyrical approach, that really grips the listeners in, something that is easy to relate too.

It’s one of them songs that gives off this range of emotions, speaks about important topics that are so relevant and it truly does bring a bit of light to your day as you listen.

Check out White Rose Sunshine by heading over to YouTube, you can’t miss this one!

Review by Karley Myall

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The Suicide Notes – The Pleasures of Despair: Deviously Trashy Rock n Roll

The Suicide Notes

Rock n’ Roll swagger is hardly uncommon. Yet, all too infrequently is it as bona fide as what The Suicide Notes effortlessly exude with their deviously trashy take on Sleaze Rock.

Each of the four tracks on their debut EP The Pleasures of Despair offer an instantaneous hit of catharsis for the nefarious. Or, just anyone who appreciates their music as filthy as Post Malone’s bathwater.

If you thought that New York Dolls’ tracks were scuzzy, wait until you hit play on Black Dog Howlin. It’s a frenzied feat of unadulterated virtuosic insanity. The blazing solos and rhythmic wrath are quite literally palpitatingly intense.

Track two, Smoke It Like A Cigarette may dial down the momentum slightly. But you’ll still be caught up in the dynamically anthemic energy in the suspense-filled nostalgically arrestive track.

If you weren’t already in awe of Billy Tee’s saw-edged larynx, you will be when you get to track three On The Rocks. The vitriolic feral howls almost allow the Trashy Rock n Roll raconteurs to share reminiscences with Pantera while the tight instrumentals take you right back to the golden era of Sleaze.

The roguishly romantic concluding track Ragdoll is a perfect testament to The Suicide Notes’ experimentalism and talent. With basslines which would get Mr Bungle’s approval and a myriad of progressions for your consciousness to be consumed by, it’s by far the most captivating track on the record for anyone who appreciates genre-defying improv instrumental breakdowns.

To Supplement the release The Pleasures of Despair- Electric which is due for release on June 1st, The Suicide Notes also released The Pleasures of Despair – The Acoustic Demos (Volume 1) on March 16th 2020.

It’s easy to feel like The Suicide Notes played a pretty Machiavellian trick by releasing the acoustic EP first before dropping the super-charged over-driven monster Electric EP.

Instead of fevered high-octane Rock, the acoustic four-track EP allows the accordantly warm instrumentals soak up the jagged angst projected through the pensively weighted lyrics and Billy Tee’s vocals which may be gruff, but they’re far from abrasive.

Pleasures of DespairElectric is now available for pre-order via this link, where you’ll also be able to order the acoustic EP.

Keep up to date with new releases, announcements, and general raucously endearing antics from The Suicide Notes via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Family Dog – EASY: Smooth Jazz-Infused Indie Blues Rock

The Family Dog

EASY is the smooth Jazz-infused debut release from up and coming Indie Blues Rock artist The Family Dog. If you could imagine a mellifluous merging of the styles of Jack White, Kurt Vile, and modern Indie Rock artists such as Arctic Monkeys, you’ll get an idea of what’s in store when you hit play.

As someone who has always appreciated virtuosic prowess popping from rhythmically appeasing guitar progressions, it was all too easy to fall into the groove of EASY. It may even provide more tonally warm catharsis than Faith No More’s track Easy. It’s a bold statement, but once you get wrapped up in the sweetly resonant track, I’m sure you’ll be inclined to agree.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the debut single from The Family Dog which will be available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vache Garçon – Your Country Needs You (Part 2):

While my soul can sleep through most new Indie tracks, it was definitely stirred when I hit play on the standout hit “Your Country Needs You (Part 2)” from Vache Garçon’s debut album “Difficult”.

The album released on January 20th  was inspired by the dystopia we’re heading into… they may win points for psychic ability along with their talent to lay down soulfully sweet melodies.

The truly dystopic times landed on us sooner than any of us could have anticipated. Naturally, tracks which inspire working-class solidarity while reminding you how odious the government is are more essential than ever.

It’s safe to say that any fans of Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, and Stereophonics will be just as enamoured with the shimmering tones, tension-packed progressions, and nuanced political angst as I was.

You can check out Your Country Needs You (Part 2) via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stefan – The Surface (Radio Edit): Obscurely Progressive Electronica

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The feat of aural insanity which breaking Alt Electronica artist Stefan offers through their standout track “The Surface” is not to be missed. Especially for fans of darkly obscure progressive Electronica.

What starts off as a laid-back Instrumental EDM Hip Hop soundscape seamlessly morphs into a high-octane Trance hit complete with plenty of pulsating energy.

I’ve listened to my fair share of experimental electronica. And it’s safe to say that Stefan is offering peerlessly distinctive mixes. Their devilish ability to hook you into a mix which will never allow you to guess what’s coming is all too refreshing. And it’s all the more reason to place The Surface on your playlists so you can give it the repeat attention it will demand once you’ve heard it.

You can check out the radio edit of Stefan’s latest track for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Pop Trailblazer Daniel Light Has Released Yet Another Melodically Relatable Track with “Sunset”

South Carolina Singer-Songwriter Daniel Light has amassed plenty of hype around their melodic fusions of Pop, RnB and Hip Hop since making their 2018 debut.

Since then, they’ve mastered the art of putting infectiously uplifting fresh beats alongside humility-soaked introspection. Lyrics in Pop tracks which reflect reality may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack. Yet, Daniel Light’s 2020 single “Sunset” is a vibrant minefield of stark resonant emotion.

Sunset is a stylistic groove-filled interplay of optimism and raw introspection which will undoubtedly see Daniel Light garner plenty of acclaim in 2020 and beyond.

You can check out Daniel Light’s latest single Sunset for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jasleen – Never B Ur Girl: A Debut of Magnetically Empowering Alt RnB

Up and coming Alt Indie RnB artist Jasleen has made her debut with the seamlessly smooth, beguilingly immersive single “Never B Ur Girl”.

The empowering mix may be slightly moody in tone, but listening to the unquestioning conviction in the Lyrics which verse Jasleen’s self-respecting introspection acts as an inspiration to garner more self-esteem for yourselves.

It’s a far cry from the archetypal lovelorn RnB tracks which we’ve been ingesting ever since someone decided crying “I Want You Back” is a good idea. Never B Ur Girl boasts an incredible amount of resonance, making the single an exceptionally promising indicator of what is to come from Jasleen.

With a debut EP due to drop in 2020, she is worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the debut single Never B Ur Girl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rya Park – Bad Name: A Feisty Alt Indie Earworm

The latest single “Bad Name” from up and coming Indie artist Rya Park isn’t to be missed. Especially for fans of Amy Winehouse, Garbage, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, and The Black Keys.

The Australian artist mixes the soul of Winehouse, the magnetic attitude of Shirley Manson, and absorbing Blues Rock riffs similar to The Black Keys. All wrapped up in a polished, pulsing, visceral massive sound which Arctic Monkeys used to offer before Alex Turner tried to assimilate Bowie.

It’s quite a potent mix. And it leaves us with no question about how much potential lingers in Rya Park’s resounding approach to Indie. Another thing it leaves us with is an all too welcome Indie Pop earworm which means that Bad Name will require repeat attention.

If you’re ready for that much aural commitment, you can check out Bad Name for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electronica and Neo-Classical Converge in Ben Alexander’s Strikingly Arrestive Single “Daybreak”

If you’re looking for aural escapism (and let’s face it, in these insane times you probably are), look no further than the latest release “Daybreak” from composer, producer and artist Ben Alexander.

The stunning contemporary take on neo-classical piano soundscapes is peerlessly efficacious at arresting your own rhythmic pulses and making sure that each striking note hits with masterful accuracy.

I would give you spoilers and tell you what to expect from the momentous crescendo, but I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise of what’s in store once Daybreak reaches its climax. And quite honestly, I’m in awe. While it doesn’t bode well for this review that I’m fairly speechless, it definitely bodes well for Ben Alexander’s captivating composition.

You can check out Ben Alexander’s single Daybreak which was released alongside the other single “Upeo” on a 2-track release via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast