With Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra’s latest single “Waiting for Superman” you’re treated to a smorgasbord of influences from a heady mix of genres. From Rock to Folk, To Psychobilly to Ska, it’s all in there. And it’s a sound that any fans of Gogol Bordello are sure to appreciate. Yet, the up and coming artist’s sound is by no means a reincarnation of anything which has ever existed in the soundwaves before. There’s a hypnotic amount of chaos which makes their sound endearingly indulgent. Each progression is as immersive as last due to the eclectic instrumental arrangements, from the haunting waves of the organ, sporadically primal drum patterns, violin licks and ska rhythms, damn, they’ve pretty much got it all! And the vocals are absolutely the cherry on the cake. The vocalist possesses that rare alluring tonality which draws you into the imagery contained within the lyricism.
You can check out Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.
There’s controversial music and then there’s up and coming band SmileEatingJesus. Whilst their artist title is enough to potentially anger anyone who believes in Jesus, their latest album title “Anne Funk’s Diary”, will be enough to enrage plenty more people. With all disrespect to historical figures and religious icons aside, the soundscapes to the tracks on the album especially “Polar Vortex” were more than agreeable. With a sludgy garage rock style, their standout track Polar Vortex unfolds as a melodic indie arrangement, one not too dissimilar from what you’d expect from a more experimental Beatles track. Whilst there were no faults to be found within their approach to sound, it’s unlikely that’s what I will be remembering SmileEatingJesus for.
You can check out Polar Vortex along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Nix’s brand new fresh tune “Don’t Wake Me Up,” from her album “The Shift” is a one of a kind mixture of sonorities that you just can’t categorise under any one style. It is current, smooth, cinematic, etherial and also contains interesting elements of dub thrown in the mix as well. It is impossible to try to put this song in a box and this breaking of boundaries and mixture of elements is what makes it so authentic and one of a kind.
The artistic vision behind this song is clearly crafted with very convincing compositional and production techniques. Simultaneously the vocal part is smooth, luscious and etherial, adding to the hauntingly beautiful mixture of sonorities. With a wide use of sonic space, an interesting choice of ethnic sounding instruments to highlight specific moments and a brilliant underlying cinematic sense, the song is mesmerising, and not lacking of a catchy chorus either. Listen to “Don’t Wake Me Up” now on Spotify and I guarantee you will not be disappointed !
Ever been uplifted by a track titled ‘Haunted’ before? No? I wouldn’t wait another moment before you hit play on VAL’s single off their latest EP ‘Sincerely, Troubled You’. The rhythm-soaked composition brings with it the imagery of a dirty whisky-drenched dive bar, and isn’t that just what you want from a sultry American Blues Rock track?
With an intro not too dissimilar from something Joan Jett would use, it’s easy to predict what kind of track will unfold. Yet, VAL have a way of infusing deep soulful grooves into their music in a way I can honestly say I’ve never heard before. There really is no overselling the strength in the vocals as the female vocalists provides the perfect narrative through the lyrics to truly allow you to become immersed within the concept of the track. We’ve all been haunted by the living, but now, thanks to VAL we have the perfect soundtrack to whilst revelling in the bitter sweet emotion.
No review of Haunted will be complete without deserved praise for the artist’s choice to conclude with a “yeyah” after the instrumentals have faded out.
You can check out Haunted for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.
Interpol fans, you’re in for a treat with Wetzlar’s latest single Waiting which was released July 20th.
Usually, I’m not a fan of excessive vocal effects, but there is something about Wetzlar’s ingenious mix and production that made the reverb pouring from his melancholic vocal offering devastatingly beautiful. With Wetzlar’s earlier releases such as ‘City Life’ the tonality is purely neo-classical as you listen to the deep swells of the piano against the uplift of the tentatively stroked higher notes. The same instrumental momentum is carried through to Waiting as you listen to the acoustic instruments create an almost overwhelming sense of dread and trepidation.
The vocals to Waiting were allowed to bleed into the track, in a way not too dissimilar to Shoegaze bands such as Slowdive, and My Bloody Valentine. Yet, Wetzlar has his own deeply pensive style which comes to life through the Lo Fi production that allows Waiting to remain tentatively raw.
You can check out the haunting official music video to Wetzlar’s equally haunting latest single Waiting on YouTube now.
Head on over to Facebook to connect with Wetzlar and keep up to date with all of his latest releases (that I’m praying I won’t have to wait too long for).
Traditionally, female artists have been pretty coy about their sexuality, yet up and coming artist Wherestessah has recently released her latest single ‘I’m Still Trash, Ur Still Daddy’ to prove that women are more than capable of waxing lyrical about their sexuality.
Wherestessah’s vocals are absolutely on point in this punchy Pop hit, in fact, I’m struggling to compare her vocals to any of her contemporaries thanks to her sultry prowess as she verses the absolutely genius lyrics ‘safer on my knees than in my mind’… that’s just pure poetry RIGHT THERE. There’s not many artists who would get away with such an explicit track and still manage to keep the overall effect resonantly poignant and passionate. The beat which comes alive through both digital and acoustic instrument has an Indie tonality with all of the harsh resonance of an Urban Pop hit – the end result is overwhelmingly resounding.
You can check out Wherestessah’s latest single I’m Still Trash, Ur Still Daddy for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.
As a massive former Morrissey fan, the sentiment behind Ben Avison’s latest single ‘Steven, Please Can We Talk’ wasn’t lost on me. Morrissey was clearly looking for some form of reaction with his latest absurd statements, and Oxford, UK based performer Ben Avison didn’t fail to deliver. The beautifully tongue in cheek track with an equally antagonistic music video has to be my favourite retaliation to the former icon’s absurdity. All satire aside, Ben’s talent as a poignant and perceptive artist didn’t go unnoticed, his rich, yet soft vocals were the perfect way to express the reticent disdain which was riddled into the lyrics. Ironically, the jangly guitar riffs wouldn’t be out of place in a Smiths track. Under poised melody the track unfolds around Ben’s inventively genius lyrics that really do capture the embarrassment that ex-Morrissey fans are feeling right now. Steven, Please Can We Talk almost certainly deserves to go viral, just so we can watch Morrissey react to it!
You can check out Ben Avison’s spectacular video to Steven, Please Can We Talk on YouTube – it might just be the best thing that you see and hear all year. Or head on over to Bandcamp and buy the single, all profits will go to Love Music Hate Racism.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we may have discovered the hottest R&B Pop mash up of the summer.
With his latest drop ‘Exit at the Group Stage’ Nactus Kunan created an overwhelmingly hot track. Forget the tired old tap and trickle of the same old 808 drum beat sequences that seem to make up every urban inspired hit this year, because Nactus has quite literally created a monster. Each precious second of the track is filled with fuzzy reverb as you’d expect from any self-respecting Shoegaze band, but instead of spiralling into melancholy Nactus’ vocal offerings and high-vibe style allow the track to bleed pure euphoria.
Exit at the Group Stage is one of those tracks which I have no doubt could appeal to music fans regardless of their genre preferences. It’s fuelled with an infectious level of hype and produced to absolute perfection. Nactus’ vocals have that queissent charming quality to them which makes it all too hard not to be sucked into his captivating matured crooning. Yet despite the level of maturity in his vocals, there is still a pinch innocence.
You can check out Nactus Kunan’s latest single Exit at the Group Stage out on SoundCloud now.
When the prelude to a track has you expressing expletives, you know that you’re in for a hell of a track. As a massive fan of Bjork, Massive Attack and Lydia Lunch it was only natural that I’d fall so quickly for Martina Topley-Bird’s latest single. Solitude was released ahead of her upcoming 4-track EP ‘MTB Continued’. I’d struggle to tire of Martina’s sound, so it’s safe to say I’m more than excited for the release to drop.
I’m not even ashamed to say that even before the track reached its mid-way point I’d shed a tear after drinking the fragile ambience of her evocative vocal offerings. The fluid mastering over this track sets as the perfect platform for Martina to lay down her overwhelmingly sensual yet strong vocals down. To top it all off, the lyricism is absolutely flawless. ‘Feed me starvation’, I’m pretty sure most poets out there would struggle to come up with a more poignant soundbite.
You can check out Martina’s latest single Solitude which was released June 15th, 2018 by heading over to her official website.
There’s something just a little bit more beautiful about Intellessence’s new Single Whisper. The soundscapes created by the solo recording artist and producer have a way of reverberating through every cell in your body. The resonance and the breathing texture within the innovative sound which Intellessence cooked up can barely be depicted through words, it’s more than just rhythm and time, melodies and rhyme. It’s a transcendental offering of lucid musical synergy; if you could imagine a cross over between Prog Rock & Dream Pop you’d be able to get a pretty good idea of the rhythms of catharsis on offer from Intellessence.
Whisper was just one of the ethereally stunning singles from Intellessence’s 2017 album Mesmer in which he demonstrated his unique approach to sound. The trained audio engineer has always been keen to find new ways of unlocking new potential in music. With his control over melodic groove I’d say he’s cracked it.
You can check out my personal favourite track Whisper on Spotify along with his 2018 album Dynamo.
For more info head on over to the artists official website