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Black Bordello – Backache: Artful Aural Escapism

Black Bordello

Up and coming South East London artist Black Bordello has given us a taste of what’s to come from their upcoming debut album with their mesmeric single “Backache”. If you’re looking for aural escapism, you’ll find plenty within this indulgently Lynchian track.

Given that the inspiration behind creating their artful, intellectual singles is to provide catharsis in an anxious modern world, that’s all the more reason to surrender your consciousness to the archaically restorative soundscapes.

Backache could have been the downtempo jazzy score from a film noir film, with the sultry evocative spatial effects before the single steadily picks up momentum to offer reminiscences to artists such as Kate Bush. Then the progressive single slams into a dramatic offering of dramatic Pop which you would have never seen coming, but it turns out, it’s everything you needed to hear.

Black Bordello is easily one of the most inventive up and coming bands in the UK right now. Get them on your radar.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can checkout Backache for yourselves. In the meantime, head over to Spotify where you can listen to their debut single Spectre Man.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hitlist – Urgency: Endearingly Raucous Post Punk

Alt Rock artist Hitlist is back with their latest ominously atmospheric single “Urgency”. I’ll give Post Punk fans until the first verse has run through to become enamoured with the biting soundscape.

There’s a satirical feel to Urgency, and in a feat of aural alchemy, Hitlist has created a track which doesn’t take itself all too seriously without allowing it to unfold as gimmicky or crass. Which may all fall down to just how catchy the cold yet punchy melodies are. In addition, Hitlist’s vocalist may just be in possession of the most distinctively magnetic vocals in Post Punk right now. While there’s the familiar dramatic drawl, there’s a uniquely sticky-sweet sensibility which weaves its way into the caustic versing.

For reasons of professionalism, I usually refrain from making declarations of love in reviews. But with Urgency, it is far too endearing to resist. Hit play, and you will soon see why.

You can check out the lyric video to Hitlist’s latest single Urgency for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Indie artist State of The Secretary makes their debut with the mesmerising single “Toxic”

Alt Indie artist State of The Secretary has recently made their debut with the genre-mashing aural treat “Toxic”.

Expect elements of Post Punk and Jangle Pop to sit side by side in this evocative soundscape which demonstrates State of The Secretary’s natural ability to draw you into aural captivation. Instead of creating a melancholic track or punchy anthem, you’ll be treated to a rollercoaster of emotion as you listen to the narrative of the lyrics unfold.

If you could imagine the sounds of the Smiths, the Kooks, and R.E.M. combined, you’d be able to get an idea of just how catchy and talent-steeped Toxic is. Their candid lyrical honesty and ability to spill visceral passion into their tracks puts them leagues above Indie artists looking to breakthrough with assimilated and soulless music.

Their authenticity has restored some of my ever-dwindling faith in guitar music. It’s safe to say that they’re firmly fixed on our radar from here on out after hearing Toxic.

You can check out State of The Secretary’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Project Vela has released their latest progressively powerful Alt Rock single “Watch You Leave”

There’s little room to wonder why so many people have jumped on the pioneering work of Colorado-based up and coming Alt Rock duo Project Vela.

If you haven’t already been introduced to their sound, their latest single “Watch You Leave” is the perfect introduction. The single kicks off with a contemporary yet cinematic Synth Pop prelude before introducing arrestive layers of stylistic Alt Rock complete with semi-orchestral swells.

Project Vela made the momentum of Watch You Leave constantly in flux, so you’ll get plenty of rhythmic reminders of just how immersive the soundscape is.  The instrumental melodicism and vocal harmonies switch to high-octane riffs in a chaotically concordant style which you definitely won’t be accustomed to.

Fans of Linkin Park, Bring Me the Horizon, Enter Shikari, and Incubus will all find plenty to love about Watch You Leave.

You can check out Project Vela’s single Watch You Leave for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Dolche – Supernova: Strikingly Cinematic Art Pop

“Supernova” is the cinematically alchemic latest single from Italian/French Art Pop artist Dolche which throws in more than one jaw-to-the-floor moment.

The sheer visceral energy which was created between the intensity in the instrumental arrangement and Dolche’s vocals is one of the most awe-inspiring aural experiences I’ve been treated to this year.

In Supernova you can expect striking orchestral strings to cut across a bed of exotic vibrant rhythm in the stunning offering of 70s-inspired Pop. There isn’t an ounce of predictability within Supernova, the bold baroque experimentalism renders you captivated while never letting you get comfortable in the soundscape. Each new progression will have you on pins, which is largely due to Dolche’s subtly archaic, succinctly dynamic vocals. And there are just no words to aptly allude to how ethereal Supernova sounds as it works its way to a close.

You can check out the official music video to Dolche’s single Supernova for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mandi Crimmins – Something’s Missing: Powerfully Progressive Alt Rock

After discovering Mandi Crimmins through her single “Ashes” which was released in August, there was little chance that we’d forget her striking approach to Rock which made the genre more accessible than ever.

Ashes was a melancholic masterpiece, but “Something’s Missing” is an intensely powerful single full of potent biting emotion. Given the progressive nature of this single, expect tension to seamlessly build until it feels like you’re caught in a cyclone of visceral angst and pain.

But ultimately, Something’s Missing is an invitation to realise that things are missing from all of our lives. That admittance can force us to stare at our harsh realities, but instead of that leaving you categorically depressed, it allows you to see that if you do go through that journey, you’ll be better off for it. Told you it was powerful.

And once again, notable mention has to go to Mandi Crimmins for her vocals. The pit of your stomach will acknowledge the dynamism in Mandi Crimmins’ flawlessly nuanced vocals when she hits the high notes.

You can check out Mandi Crimmins’ latest single Something’s Missing along with the rest of her EP Metanoia for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Brayden Ghose – Scary Goodbyes: Lucidly Immersive Indie Rap

I’m calling it, “Scary Goodbyes” from Brayden Ghose’s album “Colourwheel” is the most resonantly enamouring Indie Rap you’ll hear this year.

While each of the singles is as comfortingly arrestive as the last, the best introduction to the up and coming artist’s sound is undoubtedly “Scary Goodbyes” which was created in collaboration with Mark Bloodworth.

The dynamic between the Rap and melodiously soft harmonic vocals put a palpable synergy behind the single. With each new progression being a new evolution in sound and style, Scary Goodbyes won’t fail to hook you into the hazy, dreamy mix.

Brayden Ghose’s sound may not be the most commercial, but for anyone who likes refreshing amounts of authenticity in their soundscapes, look no further. There’s a lucidity to Scary Goodbyes, but instead of relying on the usual wavy reverb-laden 808 trap beats, Brayden Ghose has utilised a punchy Jangle Pop Indie instrumental arrangement which is irresistibly cathartic.

You can check out Brayden Ghose’s latest single Scary Goodbyes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


C’nergi releases their latest feat of Alt Rock alchemy with the single “Hope and Paradise”

It’s not all too often that an Alt Rock artist comes along who truly leaves me transfixed by the authenticity of their sound. But up and coming artist C’nergi didn’t fail to bowl me over with their single “Hope and Paradise”.

While you may be able to grasp at faint reminiscences in the soundscape, their strained, unfiltered, passion-driven vocals sitting against such a stylistic mellifluous instrumental arrangement isn’t a sound which you’ll hear on the airwaves frequently.

For their progressively rich sound, the Reading, UK based artist looks outside of Western culture. C’nergi infuses their sound with a subtle hint of Afro-rhythm whilst making sure that the complexities are still infinitely accessible to anyone who favours four bar chords.

Just imagine a meeting of the styles of Faith No More and Amanda Palmer, and you may be able to get an idea of what C’nergi has to offer.

You can check out the official video to Hope and Paradise for yourselves which was released on October 10th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Indigo State Release Their Latest Single “By the Rays Beaming Down from the Sun”

Up and coming Indie artist Indigo State released their latest single “By the Rays Beaming Down from the Sun” on September 27th. By the time the intro runs through, you already have the affirmation that Indigo State is a band with a sound synergetic enough to be break into the mainstream.

While there may be familiarity in their sound to bands such as The Kooks and The Kinks, there’s also an overpowering sense of accessibility. Which means that it’s all too easy to throw yourself into the eccentrically sweet soundscape which finds the perfect balance between Indie Rock and Indie Pop.

Expect arrestive Jangle Pop guitar progressions, irresistibly magnetic vocals, and inventively dynamic percussion which brings the instrumental arrangement together to offer authentically ingestible euphoria.

You can check out the official music video to Indigo State’s latest single for yourselves by YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Kin Leyon – It’s My Fault: Boundary-Pushing Alt Hip Hop

If you’re always on the hunt for inventive genre-mashing melodies, your need for experimentalism will definitely be sated by California-based artist Kin Leyon’s latest single “It’s My Fault”.

Kin Leyon may be relatively fresh from their inception, but they’re already becoming increasingly renowned for their ability to offer un-archetypal anthemic hits. While I’m no stranger to carnivalesque music, it’s safe to say I’ve never heard the chaos of the furling progressions within Alt Hip Hop before.

I don’t like to throw around the term genius a lot, but this indulgent mix which merges together elements of Indie, Hip Hop, Alt Rock, Electronica and Jazz, definitely makes Kin Leyon worthy of the accolade. Because despite the experimental approach to It’s My Fault, it’s infectiously immersive, and it won’t fail to leave a persistent earworm lingering.

You can check out Kin Leyon’s single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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