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Alt Indie artist Felix Fontes has revisited the Alt 90s sound with their eccentric new single “Yikes”

Alt-Indie artist Felix Fontes may have taken a playful approach to the production of their latest single “Yikes”, but there’s a serious amount of infectious magnetism to the eccentrically quaint single.

Yikes is a track which will simultaneously leave you endeared and in awe at the off the cuff ingenuity which Felix Fontes will regularly throw your way. With nuances of Indie, Funk, Soul, Disco and Rock, there’s a dynamic and expressive feel behind the soundscape. And rest assured, you’ve never heard quite like this before.

With the sonic synth lines and soaring psychedelic blues riffs, Yikes is an insanely immersive track to delve into. I have a feeling that any fans of Pavement are definitely going to want this sticky sweet earworm on their playlists. Reminiscences of the Alt 90s sound may be present, but Alt-Indie doesn’t come much more stylistic than this.

You can check out Felix Fontes’ latest single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – Ophiuchus: Serafin: Transfixingly Avant-Garde Progressive Alt Rock

Ophiuchus: Serafin is the latest single to be released from the immeasurably ingenious aural alchemist 8udDha bl0od. If any artist could be described as the modern-day equivalent to The Residents, it’s 8udDha bl0od

The Brighton-based artist may constantly switch up their sound with their new releases, but you can usually rely on a transfixing level of avant-garde accessible chaos. The accordantly rhythmic disarray in Ophiuchus: Serafin certainly didn’t disappoint.

Within Ophiuchus: Serafin, you’ll find nuances of Psych Rock, Surf Rock, No Wave and plenty more. The ten-minute extended track may make some dramatic tonal shifts and throw some discord your way, but each progression is as indulgent as the last.

If there’s an artist we’re grateful to have discovered this year, it’s 8udDha bl0od with their infinitely wild imagination when it comes to orchestrating soundscapes.

You can check out Ophiuchus: Serafin which was released on July 20th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Get psyched with Axl Phnxx’s experimental Indie Ballad “FEEL THE NIGHT”

Up and coming artist Axl Phnxx has released their experimental Indie ballad FEEL THE NIGHT, any fans of BC Camplight are going to want to hear it.

Starting off with a prelude which offers reminiscences to The Verve, FEEL THE NIGHT quickly gains momentum and picks up euphoria as it progresses. With choppy piano notes and frenzied percussion alongside Axl Phnxx’s galvanizingly energetic vocals FEEL THE NIGHT is sure to leave you psyched.

It may be a full-throttle supersonic hit, but the talented nuances within the instrumental arrangement are all too easy to pick out. Axl Phnxx may just be this generation’s Elton John.

You can check out FEEL THE NIGHT for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Piperline – Before It’s Too Late: Synthy Sweet Alt Rock

UK Alt Rock trailblazers Piperline released the official video to their perspective-shifting latest single Before It’s Too Late on July 12th. The synthy sweet release is so much more than your average ‘feel-good’ hit. It offers a true sense of empathy for the apathy and frustration we’re all undoubtedly feeling right now before serving a sincere reminder that the sun will shine for you once again.

It’s more important now than ever that artists ensure that there’s comfort and connection to be found in their releases. Piperline perceptibly didn’t fail. While the euphoric melodies weave through their deftly executed progressions, the vocals and lyrics instil an organic optimism and give you an alternative perspective.

For the past four months, we’ve been force-fed an overwhelming amount of doom. With their video which was recorded in London during lockdown, Piperline proves that the seemingly inescapable gloom is just one facet of our reality.

You can check out the official video to Piperline’s single Before It’s Too Late via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Country Rock artist Siobhan Cotchin has released her nostalgically-inspired, stylistically-crafted Just the Way It Is

Once you get West Australian singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin on your radar, you’ll hit play on her tracks for the very same reasons you keep spinning iconic Alt Folk and Rock records.

Siobhan Cotchin may get her inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, but her ingenuity ensured that plenty of contemporary resonant appeal was instilled in her latest single Just the Way It Is.

With distorted crunching guitars behind her hauntingly visceral hard-hitting vocals, there’s a fresh intensity to the soundscape. It’s unpredictable, it’s evocatively seductive, and more importantly, it offers deeply connectable lyrics which will compel you to give the track repeat attention. Any fans of Angel Olsen definitely won’t hang around making Siobhan Cotchin a firm fixture to their playlists.

You can check out Just the Way It Is for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Her next single is due for release on September 12th. Follow the artist via Facebook to keep up to date with all new releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neo-Classic artist and composer Reid Wegrecki made orchestral strings accessible with their lo-fi ambient dreamscape “Curiosity”

Many contemporary music fans view classical music as anachronistic or inaccessible. Reid Wegrecki is on a mission to smash those misconceptions and accordantly welcome more people to the world of orchestrally-crafted ambience.

By finding the perfect balance between live orchestral instruments and lo-fi ambient electronic effect, Reid Wegrecki offers the striking nature of neo-classic strings, brass and keys while allowing her soundscapes to be commercially immersive.

For every composition, Reid Wegrecki collaborates with a rotating line up of exceptionally skilled artists. The end result is more than mesmeric. Quite honestly, it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. While I’m no stranger to Classical or Neo-Classic scores, their sound resonates as captivating and cathartic simultaneously. The ambience will soothe you while the nuancedly crafted melodies will leave you in awe of the talent behind the soundscape.

The perfect introduction to the artist and composer’s style is the instrumental single “Curiosity” which can be found on their tenderly absolving 4-track EP “Daydreams”.

You can listen to Reid Wegrecki’s transfixing single curiosity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or YouTube now.

Keep up to date with their latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Olivia Rees – Darker Night: Viscerally Compelling Alt Trap Pop

Pop singer-songwriter Olivia Rees has recently released her phenomenal Alt Pop hit Darker Night. Expect to be hit with full-frontal emotion, viscerally compelling lyrics and hypnotically atmospheric electronic instrumentals.

It’s strikingly meta lines such as “I lost myself when I looked for you” which puts Olivia Rees’ striking style leagues apart from any other up and coming Pop artist in 2020. With a nuanced infusion of Hip Hop in the rhythmically arrestive beats and plenty of bite behind her vocals, Darker Night is as distinctive as it is captivating.

It’s tangibly clear that Olivia Rees never set out to assimilate with this passion-soaked hit. It oozes with authentic creative ingenuity.

You can check out Darker Night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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The Asbury Park Love Contingent have released their upliftingly essential charity single “Lay Down”

All too often, uplifting music resonates as trite, but The Asbury Park Love Contingent’s charity single “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” which was recorded and produced during lockdown is served straight from the soul. It won’t fail to soothe your own either.

You can practically consider hitting play on Lay Down as an act of self-care for the tension and anxiety it will strip away with the choral accordance, sincerity, and absolving ingenuity.

Karen Mansfield, Emily Grove and Tara Dente’s vocals never fail to leave an impression, Karen has also been on our radar since 2018 with her uniquely compelling solo work. But with her new-formed band The Asbury Park Love Contingent, her sound is even more captivating before. With Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone) in charge of production, the powerful feat of celestial Pop Rock was never going to fall flat.

Lay Down wasn’t just originally written and originally performed by Melanie Safka with the intention of sharing positivity and love, it has also now been released as a charity record. All proceeds from the single will go to The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury Park, NJ, which provides food, clothing and shelter to the homeless.

You can check out the upliftingly essential single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Myricim official video is the perfect introduction to the obscurely sleazy ingenuity of Multimedia artist Adam Plant

Any fans of the American Avant-Garde collective The Residents will undoubtedly appreciate Australian multimedia artist Adam Plant’s film for Hardy Slerg Wamon’s obscurely mesmeric single Myricim.

For the first time in what seems to be forever, I got to experience the consciousness consuming sensation of being transfixed by a music video. The lines between aural and visual ingenuity blurred as reality faded and artful escapism took hold.

It may have been a short and sweet experience, but it left me with the compulsion to delve into the rest of Adam Plant’s artful work. Thankfully, there’s a smorgasbord of sleazy art to be found on their official website.

You can check out the film Myricism for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fendahlene – High and Low and Back Again: Alchemically Evocative Alt Indie Post Punk

With an intro which carries the same aural weight as a quiescently morose melody from Nils Frahm, Alt Indie trailblazers Fendahlene’s single kicks off “High and Low and Back Again” with a teasing start before settling into an intricately masterful feat of Indie Power Pop.

Any fans of the National, R.E.M., Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Interpol will definitely want to pay attention to the band’s latest release. There’s no replicating that Alt 90s sound, Fendahlene didn’t have to, the Australian-based artist has been crafting alchemically evocative tracks since their inception in 1994.

With the cuttingly angular Post Punk guitar tones weaving around the resolving vocals, High and Low and Back Again unfolded as an unforgettably soul-filling stylistic Indie hit. We’re already stoked to hear what is next.

You can check out High and Low and Back Again for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from the band in 2020 and beyond. Keep up to date with the artist’s latest news and releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast