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Play Center – 2020: The Ultimate Scuzzy Indie Punk Rock Sign of the Times

Atlanta GA-based Alt-Rock trailblazers Play Center released the official video to their latest single 2020 on June 29th, any fans of the Alt 90s sound will want the scuzzy and absorbingly vitriolic Indie Punk Rock hit in their ears.

There may be reminiscences to the likes of Sonic Youth and Mud Honey in 2020 but Play Center revived their distorted friction-soaked sound with brand-new all too relatable angst and raw energy which would have the capacity to lead the crowd into a frenzy. Gigs may not be happening right now, but when they are, you’ll want the misleadingly-titled powerhouse on your radar.

You can check out the official video to Play Center’s single 2020 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from Play Centre in 2020 and beyond. Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Erik Eimiller has released their seductively stylish Indie Synth Pop debut single “Cross the Ocean”

After amassing plenty of acclaim for his percussion skills, New York artist Erik Eimiller has made their solo debut with the seductively stylish Alt Pop single Cross the Ocean.

Along with the infectiously melodic synth-carved hooks, you’ll hear the rhythmic grit of the Indie instrumentals which add even more energy to the entrancing soundscape. Cross the Ocean may share a reminiscence or two with 80s Synth Pop. Yet, perceptibly, Erik Eimiller has made the sound his own through the expressively magnetic vocals and the discernibly solid structure of the mix which won’t fail to arrest your rhythmic pulses.

If you’re looking for an aural pick me up which drips organic feel-good vibes, look no further.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bäckar – Anything for You: Sonically Entrancing Indie Synth Pop

With their debut single “Anything for You”, LA-based artist and songwriter Bäckar created a new trajectory in the evolution of Pop.

Within the multi-layered single, you’ll find the cool tones of Indie Shoegaze guitars, the throbs of Post-Punk basslines, 80s synthpop and elements of ensnaring world music under the entrancing Dance Pop beats. Under a less masterful production, it would be utter chaos, yet, Bäckar pulled it together with synergetic and euphoric ease.

There’s nothing I could say to prepare you for the sonically enrapturing energy in Anything for You. It’s beyond anything you’ve ever heard.

You can check out Bäckar’s single Anything for You for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Pop Pioneer Colton has Dropped their Infectiously Ensnaring Single “I Shouldn’t Go Home with You”

Judging by the vapid nature of most Pop songs, you’d be forgiven for thinking that most artists were asked to check their personality at the recording booth. Colton’s single I Shouldn’t Go Home with You is an ensnaring breakaway from the quintessential standard.

With nuances of EDM and RnB popping up in the synth-led instrumentals, there’s a versatile feel to I Shouldn’t Go Home With You which keeps you hooked on the unpredictable progressions. Colton brings plenty more dynamism to the track with his vocals as they switch from fiercely deadpan to harmonically smooth. The danceable feat of EDM Pop practically demands repeat attention.

I Shouldn’t Go Home with You threw me right back to the Myspace days where Jeffree Star was Alt Pop king. You can expect the very same infectious energy from Colton’s releases.

You can check out Colton’s single I Shouldn’t Go Home with You by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tough on Fridays have returned with their resonantly visceral modernistic take on Alt 90s with the release of “Simplicity III”

Georgetown, TX Alt-Rock powerhouse Tough on Fridays blew us away when they appeared on our radar with their 2-track release “Simplicity II”.

On July 3rd they dropped “Simplicity III” in the style of 7” release with A side and B side singles. Yet, you’ll find that both tracks are equally as evocative and artfully intense. Tough on Fridays brought Alt 90s nuances right into the 21st century with their melodically resolving, lyrically lacerating style.

Track 1, “Lonely Eyes/Pines” may be a piercingly emotional aural experience, but you can’t hold it against Tough on Fridays for hitting you with undiluted apathetic resonance. Seeing as the whole globe has gone through extensive isolation prior to the release, I can only imagine how many people will find themselves in the candidly connectable track.

Track 2, “Out of the Blue (The Deep End)” perfectly follows on from Lonely/Eyes with a slightly amplified sound and an even more visceral angsty bite. There aren’t many tracks which could simultaneously appease fans of L7 and contemporary ennui-laden Pop Punk, but Tough on Fridays discernably succeeded.

You can check out Simplicity III for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with Tough on Fridays’ latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Alt Pop artist JOSH ON CAFFEINE has made a stunningly tender debut with the single “Forward”

JOSH ON CAFFEINE has made his heart-breakingly stunning debut with the genre-bending single “Forward”. The Alt-Pop Soundscape draws in Neo-Classic nuances to ensure that the striking notes sting with maximum potency while elements of Folk to give Forward a natural, authentic and expressive air.

There’s a rare humility found in JOSH ON CAFFEINE’s lyrics and vocals and their candid lyrical style is perfectly complemented by their approach to production which perceptibly pays no mind to archetypal constraints. I haven’t been this enamoured by an artist since I discovered Bill Ryder-Jones’ tenderly compelling style.

The hauntingly sweet earworm will stay with you for long after it has faded to a quiescent close. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear what comes next from JOSH ON CAFFEINE.

You can check out JOSH ON CAFFEINE’s debut single Forward for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Avery has released her absorbingly intimate Indie Alt Pop single “Indebted to the Gravity”

Up and coming Alternative artist Avery’s latest single “Indebted to the Gravity” proves that you don’t need a flashy pristinely polished production to make an impression on the airwaves. Simply offering a connectable raw soundscape is all it takes.

The lo-fi production in Indebted to the Gravity gives the release an absorbing intimacy which compels you to immerse yourself even deeper into the slightly morose yet powerfully compelling soundscape.

The quiescent almost whispered vocals run through the candid lyrics which come without pretence, just unbridled honesty. Creating the perfect platform for Avery’s vocals are the soft and accordant electronic beats which spill warmth into the ethereally magnetic mix. It’s hypnotic from start to finish. There truly is little room to wonder why so many Alt Pop fans return to her resolving sound.

You can check out Avery’s release Indebted to the Gravity for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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HARBOUR – All You Can Be: Cinematically Captivating Electronica

Las Vegas artist and producer HARBOUR has proven with their former releases that they know how to cook up a cinematically evocative electronic storm. With their new album “Mend”, they offered the ultimate testament to their talents when it comes to creating powerfully atmospheric music.

Each single was poignantly orchestrated to hit hard and tackle a different facet of what it means to be human. The perfect introduction to HARBOUR’s captivating sound is “All You Can Be”.

For anyone that’s feeling a little lost right now, All You Can Be offers as much guidance as it does resonance. The sentimental soul of the single is amplified by the colossal yet succinct and deftly crafted build-ups. It’s so much more than a soundscape which simply speaks to you. It mirrors the fluctuation of emotions which course through you as you battle against your own mental storms which tempt you to put aside ambition, hope and optimism.

You can check out All You Can Be for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sky Changes – New Shoes: An Instantly Engorging Melting Pot of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Shoegaze

From the first angular notes in the latest track “New Shoes” from Chicago Alt-Rock outfit Sky Changes, we were hooked. Their unique amalgamation of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Indie Shoegaze will leave fans of Radiohead and Slowdive alike enamoured.

Not only did the dreamy soundscape allow Sky Changes to assert their distinction and ingenuity on the airwaves. New Shoes is also an instantly engorging melodic masterpiece where every evolution will leave you with an even more potent dose of awe.

With every progression, the tight yet chorally accordant instrumentals seem to gain intricacy and amass alchemy while the hazily-blissful vocals remain a beguilingly soft constant. The muted vocals magnetically draw you deeper into the track to extract the meaning behind the New Shoes metaphor.

It isn’t every day we hear such a fresh revival of Alt 90s sounds. We’d recommend getting Sky Changes on your radar sooner than later.

You can check out Sky Changes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ohio-based Pop Rock Powerhouse The Scenic Route set the airwaves on fire with their latest release “I’m Giving You Up!”

Right from the first verse in Ohio-based Pop Rock powerhouse The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! the evocative urgency, conviction and unbridled emotion hit you. Despite the emotional weight behind the single, it definitely won’t leave you feeling bruised. It’s packed with unapologetic empowerment. If you’re in two minds about texting your ex, listen to this fiercely powerful hit first. It’s visceral enough to shift your perceptions and amplify the self-worth you had when you hit play on the fiery masterful soundscape.

The energy from the extremely nuanced instrumental arrangement matches the same high-octane punch delivered by the vocals. I’m Giving You Up! is so much more than your average Pop Rock track with the slight infusions of Garage Rock and the guitarist’s ability to tear tones from all over the tonal palette. Expect absorbing solos, intricately mind-blowing breakdowns and all kinds of other undefinable aural alchemy from the instrumentals. I think I’ve just discovered a new guitar hero.

You can check out The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast