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Funk and Jazz meet Folk Pop in Annabel Hailey’s latest single “Love is Like a Breeze”

Annabel Hailey

With her upcoming single “Love is Like a Breeze”, Annabel Hailey proves that Funk has a place in Acoustic Folk Pop. Their romantic, urgent, melodically intoxicating approach to songwriting incorporates elements of old school yet, it’s more than fitting for 21st-century airwaves. Love is Like a Breeze is enough to make Ed Sheeran’s back catalogue sound banal.

The slightly baroque and cabaret touch to the classic Pop vocals allowed Annabel Hailey to smother the track with her magnetic yet undemanding playfully sultry vocals. With nuances of Jazz and Neo-Soul weaved into the organically enrapturing soundscape, every second of the 3:40-duration will leave you gratified for finding this truly exceptional artist.

You can check out Annabel Hailey’s single from October 23rd on all major platforms including SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BEA BOX is set to release her rhythmically explorative, seductively Avant-Garde Pop single “Kiss Me”

We were lucky enough to get a taste of Canadian artist BEA BOX’s upcoming single “Kiss Me”, just one of the tracks which feature on her highly anticipated EP “Origami” which strives for originally and strikingly succeeds.

Her culturally dynamic style helped to orchestrate an authentically enigmatic single which is all too easy to sink into. As you fall, you’ll get pick out myriads of different artful textures, even the snobbiest of musos would struggle to best-place and pigeon-hole BEA BOX’s boundlessly expressive sound which plays around with tribally rhythmic electronica, seductive Pop and the Avant-Garde.

Kiss Me is due for release on October 30th, you’ll be able to hear it on BEA BOX’s official website and SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MICLEY has made a cuttingly catchy debut with their Dark Pop single “Inside My Head”

“Inside My Head” is the alluringly dark debut single from Alt Pop artist MICLEY who utilises the raw evocativeness of artists such as MCR and Muse and pours it into a Pop production which oozes with commercial appeal.

The tender vocals verse lyrics which convincingly tell you that change is inevitable, but despair doesn’t have to be. Embrace it, ride the waves of torrid emotions and appreciate that such melancholy, apathy and grief can inspire things as beautiful as Inside My Head.

It’s catchy and cutting at the same time. More pertinently, the piercing vulnerability in the soundscape has earned MICLEY more respect than we know what to do with. Naturally, we’re obsessed with their debut, and we’re all too eager to hear what follows.

You’ll be able to check out Inside My Head from October 15th. You can pre-save the single via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cat Mullins and ThemBoys are going to start a cult!

Dark, moody, and atmospheric, vaguely threatening and at once hellishly enticing, ‘Cult’ by Cat Mullins and ThemBoys is a perfect slice of sinister, country-tinged rock music for the weird, the strange, and freaks of all kinds.

Like Nick Cave, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Nick Marsh, or The Long Insiders, ‘Cult’ calls out to the disaffected and the disturbed, Mullins’ resonant baritone offsetting beautifully against the baleful tones of the track, the band’s nefarious aims set out in a clarion call to the wicked, the bad, and the dangerous to know.

Cat Mullins and ThemBoys debut album is out now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Blowing My Own Trumpet – Calling Me Home: Sun-Soaked Alt Folk

Alt Folk artist Blowing My Own Trumpet may just possess the most ingenious moniker we’ve ever heard. It cheekily alludes to the artist’s playfully expressive nature which also resonates within their rhythmic feat of folk “Calling Me Home” which breaks the monocultural mould by allowing African culture to effervesce within the organically high-vibe single.

Even if Calling Me Home doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I can guarantee that your soul will feel infinitely lighter once the sun-soaked soundscape has faded to a close. If your escapism playlists are in need of an update, you’ve struck gold with the image-laden track.

You can check out Calling Me Home for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sun Lite has dropped their Psychedelically Entrancing Cold Wave single “M.O.T.H.E.R.”

Belgian solo artist Sun Lite is here with their mesmeric era and genre-blending single “M.O.T.H.E.R.” Hit play and prepare to fall down the entrancing rabbit hole which was dug out with elements of Blues, 60’s Psych, Funk and EDM.

It transcends stunning. It’s an aural exhibition of harrow orchestrated with nothing more than a laptop, a keyboard, an acoustic guitar and Sun Lite’s intensely phantasmal vocals which are sure to be a hit with any fans of The Chameleons and Peter Murphy.

With hints of tribalism, your rhythmic pulses will be efficaciously arrested by the soundscape which leaves plenty of room for mind-warping experimentalism.

In short, M.O.T.H.E.R. is an obsession-worthy track for any staunch fans of psychedelia. Unlike so many Psychedelically-inspired artists, it’s more than just an ode to the past. The darkness which crawls through the single will stay with you for long after the psychedelic cold wave single has faded to a close.

You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ZORYA – Dreams: Ambiently Avant-Garde Dream Pop

https://open.spotify.com/track/66u3wwJhT0MXXQu4l6jEpK

“Dreams” is the recently released ambiently Avant-Garde single from London-based Alt Pop artist ZORYA. Hit play, and slip into the artfully bold, tonally cathartic layers of the devilishly progressive track which unravels with perception-shifting spiritual wisdom.

The ethereally enticing dreamscape pulls you in with baroque and gothic elements, but it is ZORYA’s vocals which will leave the tightest shackles around your synapses as they verse poetic lyrics which lead you through arcane metaphors for life.

You can check out ZORYA’s track on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sahara Line has paid a scuzzy ode to Prog Rock with “Plead”

Alt-Rock fourpiece Sahara Line has cooked up a progressively fierce storm with their single “Plead”. Any fans of Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars and Pink Floyd are going to want to pay it some serious attention.

Plead defies the Geographical constraints which constrict so Liverpool-based artists, Sahara Line will put the city back on the aural map with a completely new scuzzy Prog Rock sound. But if you immerse yourself deep enough in the track, you’ll get to pull out the psychedelically mind-warping nuances which the city is famous for.

The pulsating distorted rhythms may bring a sludgy amount of doom to the gothic soundscape, but the striking vocals cut right through it, with crystal-clear harmonies which will crawl under your ribs, it’s safe to say that Sahara Line is one of the most exciting acts around in the UK right now. Their completely authentic, soul-quakingly evocative sound is exactly what the airwaves need.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SESPOOL – lost waves crash: Tenderly Inviting Indie Synth Pop

Whether I was feeling aurally sensitive when I hit play on SESPOOL’s latest single or he packed a potent dose of bruising alchemy into it, I can’t be all too sure, but even the melancholically playful synth notes seemed to sting in the authentically enrapturing release.

The San Francisco artist, songwriter and producer has had plenty of success within Rock acts such as Rin Tin Tiger, but discernibly, he has plenty to offer while going solo. In lost waves crash, his tenderly inviting vocals perfectly complement the purposeful beats and synthlines which orchestrate a dreamy compelling soundscape.

We’re officially stoked to hear their upcoming album.

You can check out Lost Wave Crash on SoundCloud.

For more info, head over to SESPOOL’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Shining Tongues – Make Us Eat: Experimentally Phantasmal Alt Rock

London-based newcomers The Shining Tongues cooked up a darkly entrancing progressive Alt-Rock hit with their latest single “Make Us Eat”.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an indulgent shot of absinthe for any Peter Murphy fans. The reminiscences may be there, but there is no disputing that The Shining Tongues cooked up their own authentic gothic aural alchemy with Make Us Eat.

Make Us Eat kicks off with doom-laden melodicism before seamlessly meandering into an Avant-Garde feat of psychedelically beguiling Alt Rock.

After a cathartically serpentine start, choral tones start to creep in, allowing Make Us Eat to boast light and optimism-grappling allure before the soundscape descends into phantasmal experimentalism.

You can check out Make Us Eat which was released on September 24th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast