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move.by.u – Red Light Fever: Infectiously Melodic Alt Indie

move.by.u dropped their melodically flawless, momentously veracious latest single “Red Light Fever” on December 13th. It’s a smorgasbord of alternative influence all pulled together under a deft mastery.

With so much noise being made by up and coming artists on the Alt Rock scene, it can be hard for some artists to stand out. You just need to hear how sharp the melodic hooks are to recognise that they set themselves apart with plenty of distinction.

Their alternative take on Indie Rock may offer some striking authenticity within the constantly evolving instrumentals. But those intrinsic key components of Rock are still there to make Red Light Fever an impossibly easy track to fall into. We’ve definitely caught move.by.u’s hype.

You can check out the official music video to Red Light Fever by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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By Devices – Glad You Called: Is It Too Early to Call the Indie Earworm of the Year?  

By Devices

By Devices’ polished angsty single “Police the Police” left us with plenty of anticipation for future releases. With their latest single “Glad You Called” we have the affirmation that the Birmingham-based band is an Indie Rock force to be reckoned with.

They may not be mainstream manufactured and put on the same pedestals as the Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire. But make no mistake, they share just as much – if not more veracious talent. People often talk about ‘big’ sounding music, if you could actually measure the ‘size’ of sound, Glad You Called would be off the scale.

The frantically angular guitar carves a momentum-driven platform for the energetic vocals which hold your attention through harmonic highs and the swaggering charismatic versing.

Finding truly striking soul and emotion from up and coming Indie Rock artists, is a fairly arduous mission. With Glad You Called, you strike gold. It’s a honeycomb of intense passion and expression which will leave your lungs feeling like they’ve been laced with euphoria.

Glad You Called is due for release on January 15th, you can check it out for yourselves via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abandon The Fall – Running From Myself: Pensively Resonant Alt Rock Meets Rap

Up and coming Alt Rock artist Abandon The Fall delivered their third single “Running From Myself” as 2019 came to a close. In doing so, they gave us yet another reason to get excited about their melancholic aural mastery in 2020.

Maybe no artist will ever be as revered as Linkin Park for merging pensive Rock and Rap together. Yet, Abandon The Fall has proven that the alchemic fire which they started is well and truly alive. Switching between steady Rap vocals and bruising Alt Rock vocals ensured the track was as progressive as it was resounding.

The instrumentals offered shimmering melodicism amongst the intricacy and driving momentum. They spilt a myriad of reminiscences to an eclectic array of bands. From Interpol to NIN, it’s all there in a dizzying aural cocktail. Running From Myself is a beguiling track which demands repeat attention.

You can check out Abandon The Fall’s latest single Abandon The Fall by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mosa – Foaming at the Mouth: Pensively Poised Post-Rock

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“Foaming at the Mouth” is the third single to be released by alternative artist Mosa which comes with a jarring amount of pensive emotion. Whether it hits you through the melodically ambient instrumental progressions, Mosa’s reflectively poised vocals, or the lyrics, you’re going to feel bruised.

With inspiration for their sound coming everywhere from Tom Waits to Justin Vernon, there’s a real sense that the single was born through true expression rather than just going through the motions of production. With elements of Post-Rock, Darkwave, and Indie within the chilling soundscape, a contemporary stylistic sound was easily achieved. Yet, there are enough familiar elements to latch onto to transform listening to Foaming at the Mouth into a cathartically restorative experience.

From the first verse, I knew I wouldn’t get to the outro dry-eyed. Mosa definitely didn’t let me down.

You can listen to Foaming at the Mouth for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lautz – Dead and Gone: Jarringly Haunting Alt Indie Rock

“Dead and Gone” is just one of the jarringly evocative singles which you’ll find on the latest EP “We Remain” to be released from up and coming artist Lautz.

There’s a piercingly haunting air to each element in Dead and Gone, but it hits the hardest through the vocals. The space which lingers around the simple lines such as “She’s all that I cared for” amplifies the emotive potency to a level which you won’t be accustomed to hearing on the radio. The single doesn’t boast the smoothest polish. But raw feel to Dead and Gone actually allows you to believe that you’re listening to a soul being exposed through experimental melodies and candid lyrics.

With subtle elements of Surf Rock and Blues weaved into the Indie Rock mix you get a branch of familiarity to grasp to while the cold slightly dystopian soundscape compels you to surrender your entire consciousness.

You can check out Dead and Gone for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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KomRon – Peter Pan: A Sticky-Sweet Hip Hop Pop EDM Earworm

“Peter Pan” is just one of the progressively unpredictable Alt Pop singles which you’ll find on up and coming artist KomRon’s latest EP.

While each of the tracks practically drips with viral potential. The standout track has to be the sticky-sweet anthemic earworm “Peter Pan” which was created in collaboration with JP Thornewell. The two artists brought incredibly dynamic chemistry to the Pop Hip Hop EDM mash-up.

It’s easy to see why we’re not the only one hyped by what KomRon is bringing to the airwaves. The aspiring rapper and Orthopedic Surgeon already have plenty of international acclaim. Given the energy and connectable persona poured into each of their tracks, it’s pretty easy to get hooked.

You can check out KomRon’s single Peter Pan along with the rest of their EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Akwareal – Paint This Town: Soulful Street Pop

Akwareal describe their music as ‘street pop’ and I find this quite accurate. They create musical pieces that are candy for the soul and they’re doing so without losing their sound’s delicate urban veil, as magnificently showcased on their new song called “Paint This Town”.

The brain behind the collective of Akwareal is Mr. Art Wnorowski. Wes Restkess & Pugs Atoms are doing such a courteous job on painting the canvas of “Paint This Town” by offering their vocals to it. Seriously, a tremendous job by both. There’s a calmly uplifting vibe all over the production, perhaps something that Flume would produce on a slacking day. Lyric wise it’s about lifting and empowering and making it; overall this is a to-go tune to start your day. You hit play and conceivable colors are splashing all over the place.

Don’t over think it, this isn’t a song to over think but to over feel; head over to Akwareal’s Spotify page and have this song blasting on your speakers when you will ride the subway to work tomorrow morning. Listen to this urban sonic wonder here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Super Love has made their endearingly sweet Indie Rock debut with “Vortex”

With reminiscences to Amanda Palmer’s upbeat cabaret style, we were always going to find Super Love’s Alt Indie Rock debut single “Vortex” endearing.

Every time I encounter an up and coming artist as boldly distinctive as Super Love, my faith is restored in the music industry. Yet, music fans looking for familiarity will be pleased to hear there’s also plenty of familiar Rock elements – ensuring that you’re not entering a completely alien soundscape.

The eccentrically shrill vocals may be playful but paying close attention to them will reveal that Vortex is a highly sobering track. I’m fairly sure we’ve all felt the pressure of having to share our personal lives on Social Media. If that’s you, you’ll find plenty of resonance in Vortex.

You can check out Super Love’s debut single Vortex for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Made Of Stone – ‘Never Again’

L.A. – based ambient rockers Made Of Stone open their self-titled EP with the cosmic ‘Never Again’.

Comprised of Sophia Médina (vocals), Chris Lewis (bass), Alin Glogovicean (guitar), Sammy Velick (drums) and Lucian Lee (guitar/synth), Made Of Stone are firing on all cylinders. The band’s influences shine through on this track, but at no point do they overshadow their own sound that is laden with originality and verve.

‘Never Again’ is a song that displays the paranoia of entering into a relationship with someone who you fear is not 100 per cent committed. The ethereal guitars introduce us to the listen, and almost mirror the sorrow within Medina’s vocal. They echo out endlessly, creating an eerily beautiful, numinous timbre. Velick’s sturdy drumming forms the foundational rock that ‘Never Again’ rests on. Medina somehow creates a broad, vast expanse of space with her vocal alone. It flows over you, blanketing the metaphorical plateau that is painted by the instrumental ambience.

We are being taken on a journey that is personal and emotional, that is shrouded in the celestial aura of the earthly elements created through the music. The bridge just before the final chorus seems to pull this all together, as Lewis’ bass comes into its own. ‘Never Again’ transports you through time and space, leaving you orbiting in the atmosphere.

I’ve not been moved by a song in a long time, but Made Of Stone just changed that.

Review By Alicia Carpenter

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TVSEXDEATH – Missy Hagen Hates You: Caustically Arrestive No Wave

Fans of early Sonic Youth, Swans, and Daughters are going to want to check out the caustic tones in TXSEXDEATH’s single “Missy Hagen Hates You”.

Through a genre-mashing mix of Post Punk, Grunge, Noise, Punk, and No Wave, they created an indulgently rabid soundscape which provides an unparalleled amount of aural antagonism. While the chaotic anger which has been thrown into the single won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Anyone looking for the rawest biting Punk energy will be transfixed by the stylistic frenzied single.

You’d be hard-pressed to find more gutturally cathartic screams alongside such inventively distorted guitars elsewhere. The sleazy rhythms are just about audible under the distortion and fuzz which create a grungy instrumental swamp full of snaring hooks.

You can check out Missy Hagen Hates You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.