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Garrett Clark Bell – Rolling On: Alt Folk for the Outliers

On the heels of a successful debut single, Alabama-born artist and ex-vet Garrett Clark Bell has released their mellifluously hypnotic sophomore single “Rolling On”.

Any fans of War on Drugs and American Football will no doubt appreciate his modernistic take on Country which comes with a blissfully winding infusion of Alt Folk. If you pull your attention away from the consciousness-consuming accordance of the inventively effect-laden instrumentals, anyone who finds resonance in Bob Dylan’s lyrics will find plenty of relatable sentiments in Rolling On. It speaks to the outliers of society, the ones that navigate through the alienation looking for direction. It’s a powerful affirmation of the fact that even if you feel alone, you’re not alone in that feeling.

You can check out Rolling On for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Check Out Refractions Swirly Guitar Acrobatics On ‘Anna’

Refractions are an indie rock band with a very special approach to melody. Their swirly guitar acrobatics, floaty rhythm sections and understated vocals make me think of bands such as Transit, American Football or This Town Needs Guns, but with a more upbeat attitude.

“Anna” is a song that showcases the band’s approach at its most eclectic, combining intimate indie atmospheres with energetic grooves and guitar chops that almost blink an eye to funk. In terms of guitar arrangement, these guys certainly learned a few valuable lessons from bands such as Maps & Atlases or Minus The Bear, going for a catchy, yet sophisticated approach.

The song is not just edgy drums and cool guitar: the vocal harmonies also play a really important mix in this particular arrangements – adding air and width to the lead vocals, which has a mellow and direct vibe.