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Amanda – Electric: The Sultriest Perennial Pop Earworm You’ll Hear This Year.

There’s little room to wonder why US Pop artist Amanda hasn’t struggled to amass plenty of hype with her indulgently smooth sound. Especially with sultry Pop earworms such as “Electric” in her arsenal of hits.

Electric was the third single to be released by the breaking artist. It’s safe to say Soul, Pop and Funk have never converged quite as sublimely as they did in the standout release.

The arrestive grooves are just one half of the aural alchemy. Amanda’s vocals set her sound leagues apart from other up and coming voices. Each vocal note is effortlessly inviting. Despite the raw stylish command of the soundscape, Amanda has a way of adding a magnetic warmth to her sound which is endlessly resolving.

You can check out Amanda’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cucurbitophobia has made a phantasmal return with their chillingly dark Avant-Garde release “Exordium”

https://cucurbitophobia.bandcamp.com/track/exordium

There was no forgetting Cucurbitophobia after being introduced to their 2019 single “Requiem”. How could we ever forget an Ambient Avant-Garde artist whose chosen title is also the name of pumpkin phobia?

After the release of their latest soundscape “Exordium”, we couldn’t resist delving into the Neo-Classically artful tones once more. The instrumental score sets up the most phantasmal Waltz-style piano score which has ever crept into your ears. With a significant lacing of ethereal effects, you’ll feel like you’ve just been dragged around a ballroom by a poltergeist. Given that that’s (probably) never happened to you in real life, you’ll have to hit play to know what I mean.

Exordium is the opening title from Cucurbitophobia’s release “Dies Ferialis (Awakening the Lemurs)”. It serves to set the tone for a dark tale of ancient evil spirits wreaking havoc in a modern world to be told. Rather efficaciously may I add. Bring on the apocalyptic festivals and the walking dead.

You can check out Cucurbitophobia’s single Exordium which was released on June 5th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indulge in the twilight tones of Star Gazer’s latest neo-classically ambient single “Only a Dream”

With the harsh caustic anger which is coursing through the world right now, tranquilly quiescent soundscapes such as up and coming artist Star Gazer’s single “Only a Dream” feel like a necessity.

The Neo-Classically keyed, futuristically produced instrumental ambient track is just one of the distinctively resolving singles found on Star Gazer’s EP “Within” which stands as a testament to both Star Gazer’s authenticity and ingenuity.

Any fans of Phillip Glass and Nils Frahm will definitely want Only a Dream in their ears and Star Gazer on their radars.

You can drink in the twilight tones of Only a Dream for yourselves via Spotify along with the rest of Star Gazer’s EP. COVID-19 dreams may not be pleasant, but the intoxicatingly ambient EP definitely is.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Take a Transcendent Aural Trip with Alt Electronica Artist Taūv’s Ambiently Atmospheric Debut Album

In 2019 Electronic artist and producer Taūv dropped their debut self-titled album. We’re incredibly glad that the intricately layered soundscapes which take you on a transcendental trip to a completely new aural plateau ended up in our ears.

The ambiently psychedelic tones make it all too easy to immerse yourself within the mixes and follow the unpredictable progressions as they seamlessly contort under Taūv’s deft command.

Each of the tracks was atmospherically arrestive, but within the album, you’ll find a dynamic array of sounds. Each mix unfolds as a snapshot of the artist’s psyche when he orchestrated them. In “A Stroll with Birds” you’ll be fed birdsong and tranquillity. In “Losing My Shit” you’ll get a taste of the artist’s shadow side through the phantasmal layers which are weaved into the futuristic mix.

You can check out Taūv’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. Prepare for 34 solid minutes of electronically crafted alchemy.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mercury Teardrop – Everlight: 80s Post Punk meets Sonically Absorbing Ambient Electronica

Fans of 80s Post Punk will definitely want to greet the chilling atmospheric synths and analogue guitars featured in Mercury Teardrop’s debut album Apparitions of a Dying Moon.

While each of the soundscapes is a finely orchestrated intricately textured feat of escapism, the best introduction to Mercury Teardrop’s sound is undoubtedly the fourth single, “Everlight”.

With tones which tear through you and the absorbingly unpredictable progressions in the extended-length track, listening to Everlight is a full-body experience. After hearing the album at home, I now have a visceral need for Mercury Teardrops’ walls of deftly crafted noise to hit me live.

Mercury didn’t just pay homage to bands such as Joy Division, the Cure, Depeche Mode and Talk Talk with their debut. He reinvented perpetually cutting energy of Post Punk whilst also weaving their love for Ambient Electronica into the sonically blissful mix.

All songs written, performed and produced by Bradley Roger Baum.

You can stream Everlight along with the rest of Mercury Teardrop’s debut album which was released on June 6th via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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dotCom – This is the Day featuring Jtuck: Transcendentally Sweet Ambient Trip Hop

https://fermanchu.bandcamp.com/track/this-is-the-day-ft-jtuck

For their seminal single This is the Day Atlanta-based up and coming Hip Hop artist dotCom teamed up with Jtuck to create a hypnotically cathartic feat of smooth Trip Hop which is all too easy to sink into.

The ambiently sweet production has an insanely strong magnetic pull which allows you to lock into the transfixing Rap bars and pay careful attention to the wit and wisdom which the lyrics were born from.

This is the Day is a track you hit play on and it allows you to instantly receive gratification. Tension is soon stripped by the ethereally light melodic beats while dotCom and Jtuck verse their succinctly metered poetry leaving you inspired by the insightful introspection.

You can stream and download This is the Day which dropped on May 26th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Romantic duo ‘Super Love’ are back with 5th single ‘’Ambient’’

‘Super Love’ is an American duo from New York, New York in the USA. Formed in 2019 by Constance Watkins (lead vocals) and Jared Watkins (multi-instrumentalist), they are back with their lovely ‘’Ambient’’ single, the 5th one from their exciting debut EP.

This is a soothing song and this sweet duo takes us through a journey, the song is very chilled and shows off Constance’s vocal abilities. You can see that these two love playing with each other and although they haven’t performed as a duo for long, they are totally comfortable while playing.

A brand new duo, they will go from strength to strength with more live gigs and events so they can see which songs work and some don’t. “Ambient” is a song about dealing with loss. It is melodically driven and the heartfelt vocals pair with a motown-groove jazz-fusion bass line, emphasizing that life continues even through grief. 

The band has been influenced by the local style of New York City, involving piano in their expressive sound and incorporating elements in their work from numerous subgenres, including punk and jazz. They live in an incredible city, one bursting with energy and the music scene is second to none. Let’s hope that this act plays as much as possible, so that they can light up more and get a chance to fully shine.

Here is the SoundCloud link to hear from ‘Super Love’.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Classical piano meets electronic in Joseph Strauss’s latest Einleitung

https://soundcloud.com/user-610480886/einleitung/s-rHlqTz3I9rY?in=user-610480886/sets/fruhling/s-f2QohunzMgq

Airy sounds and celestial melodies proliferate in Joseph Strauss latest release Einleitung.

Starting off with classical piano arpeggios surrounded by synth sounds, this instrumental piano-based tune evolves into a postclassical endeavour through the cunning use of electronic loops. A twist arrives halfway into the song when additional beats arise to accelerate the tempo and allow Joseph Strauss to play with more harmonies, enriching the atmosphere.

From classical to electronic, Joseph Strauss takes a brave leap that’s paid off by an original and inspiring outcome, that can be appreciated for its variety of effects and digital add-ons.

The way this song shifts from one genre to another is seriously impressive and you must not wait to check it out for yourself on Soundcloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Sunbeam42 – Mystery Universe: Ambiently Immersive Experimental Electronica

Mystery Universe is just one of the ambiently immersive feats of experimental electronica found on up and coming artist Sunbeam42’s latest EP Journey which was released on April 27th.

Through the US producer’s use of deftly soft tones, intricately unpredictable progressions, and spatial effects, they orchestrated a beguiling mix which is all too easy to slip into. Furthermore, there’s little chance that your consciousness will want to falter from the forbearing rhythms.

Mystery Universe may stray from the mainstream sound, but accessibility is the essence of the stunningly produced tension-stripping soundscape.

There’s a sense of depth and personality in Mystery Universe which is rarely found within instrumental Ambient Electronica. Sunbeam42 is definitely one to watch if you like to keep your downtempo electronica playlists topped up with breaking talent.

You can check out Mystery Universe for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘FURTHER AND FURTHER’: MICHAEL VIGNOLA FT. FRANCESCA DARDANI

When you are a multi-award-winning film composer, you have an innate knack for soundtracks. Michael Vignola performs a perfect blend of classical and ambient music in his latest release ‘Further and Further’, that feats violinist Francesca Dardani.

Gentle grand piano arpeggios are the main feature of the track, creating a genuine sound that emphasizes the overlaying violin melodies in an effort that combines classic with contemporary.

‘Further and Further’ is where your mind wanders when you listen to Michael Vignola, making it the perfect background music for the next big film release.

You can pre-save ‘Further and Further’ for yourself here.

Review by Jim Esposito.