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Gypsy Lane – Misbehave: Riff-Carved Country Rhythm

Country music fans aren’t all too prolific in the UK. Sure, we’ll spin a Fleetwood Mac record or two, but rather criminally aural gems such as the standout single from Gypsy Lane “Misbehave” don’t get the airplay they deserve.

Which is fairly ludicrous if you think about it. Soundscapes which contain that amount of intensity, soul and riff-carved rhythm deserve domination on the airwaves. And Misbehave should be up there with the best of them, Gypsy Lane has made the Americana Country Folk more accessible than ever before with their polished concordant style which still allows you to feel the raw power of the artistic expression.

Gypsy Lane is an up and coming artist which is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out Gypsy Lane’s live-recorded self-titled EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Underwater Robots – Wasted Tuesday: A Captivating Alt Revival of Americana Blues

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“Wasted Tuesday” is just one of the captivating singles found on Underwater Robots’ 2019 album “Like Frank Sinatra”. While the soundscape doesn’t share all too many reminiscences with Frank Sinatra, it is a stylistic serving of Alt Americana Indie from the up and coming Philadelphia based artist.

Underwater Robots have a tangibly distinctive approach to Country Rock, which mainly comes from their inclination to mix up the usual guitar rhythms with irresistible Indie licks which amplify the evocative energy spilled into the mix from the harmonic vocals.

With Wasted Tuesday, you’ll be able to expect soul-piercing riffs, pensively magnetic whisky soaked vocals, and lyrics which aren’t shy about leaving you sobered by this wistfully enchanting track.

You can stream and download Wasted Tuesday along with the rest of the latest album from Underwater Robots for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Westernauts took Western Rock a Sonic New Plateau with their Standout Single “Gunfighter”

Hitting play on any track from The Westernauts is like stepping into a TARDIS and being ricocheted back in time. Well, it would be if the Austin Texas based artist left the synths out of their archaically inviting Rock sound – but let’s face it, the aural cocktail of futuristic elements with roots of the past is always going to be slightly intoxicating.

Their debut 2019 album “Enigmatic Future” features 10 sonorously striking singles, but Gunfighter serves as the perfect introduction to the style of The Westernauts. The single possesses the same galloping rhythms as you would expect from the Western Rock sound. While that would ordinarily be enough to lead you through a track archetypal to this genre, you’re also treated to lush sonic waves of synth. Someone might want to tell the Arctic Monkeys that this is how you fuse electronica into Rock.

You can check out Gunfighter along with the rest of the latest album from The Westernauts for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Eric Leyton Adds a Touch of Funk to Americana Country Blues with Latest Single “Perfect Path”

Bringing Country Blues well and truly into the 21st century is the up and coming recording artist Eric Leyton and his debut single “Perfect Path”.

While many Americana artists like to stay as true to the roots of the sound as possible, Eric Leyton demonstrates his experimentalism without any apology. Through the deeper than usual bends of the bass and the inclusion of trickling keyboard melodies which weave around the guitar-led instrumental arrangement you’re treated to a vibrantly fresh style. As the track progresses, you’ll discover the intricate infusions of Jazz within the mesmeric layers of sound. Yet, the vocals behind Perfect Path well and truly remain in the country, giving listeners the accessibility that they always look for when tuning into a new artist.

You can check out Eric Leyton’s single Perfect Path for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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El Gato Del Rio – ‘Cocaine, Whiskey, and You’: Filthily Archaic Americana

Yes! They’re back with a brand new video! There was no forgetting El Gato Del Rio after I had the pleasure of checking out their fabulously charismatic single ‘Honest Living’ back in January 2018.  It will always be an absolute pleasure to drink in that decadently filthy guitar-driven groove orchestrated by the quartet who know how to bring a solid harmony to their archaically-inspired sound.  With their single Cocaine, Whiskey, and You, you’re treated to grinding melodies, and reverberant alchemy which won’t fail to leave you wanting to don a pair of hot pants and head to your nearest dive bar. Yet, despite all of the sultry rhythm and suggestion of deviancy by the track title the lyricism is poignantly romantic, and dare I say it? A little sweet.

You can check out the video to El Gato Del Rio’s latest single ‘Cocaine, Whiskey, and You’ by heading over to YouTube now. Or why not head over to Bandcamp and treat yourself to a copy of their second album ‘Bellow the Bellows’. Nothing else will get you that intoxicated for $7.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Broken Bones Matilda – ‘Midnight Creeper’: Hauntingly Mesmeric Americana Folk

What do you get when you mix Balkan beats with Americana and Folk Rock? I suppose the easiest answer would be listening to Broken Bones Matilda’s latest mesmeric hit ‘Midnight Creeper’. The female vocals are just about as captivating as they come. Through the vocals and quaintly intricate instrumentals the duo managed to cook up a soundscape which is simultaneously haunting yet viscerally sweet. From Midnight Creeper you get the same jangly quintessence that you’d expect from more archetypal Folk bands, yet you’re also treated to the deep pensive allure as offered by bands such as Warpaint and London Grammar.

If you’re fan of strong raspy vocals, sticky-sweet harmonies and soul-splittingly beautiful melodies, you’re going to adore what the West Country, UK duo has cooked up with their latest single which was released in August 2018

You can check out Midnight Creeper for yourself by heading across to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Todd Barrow – Guadalupe River: Summer-Soaked Americana

It’s the simple things in life that can sometimes inspire the greatest projects of passion. Which is how I can imagine Todd Barrow’s latest single Guadalupe River came into fruition. There is just something so sweetly sincere and blissfully whole about the Americana Blues Rock single, you can’t help but get caught up in the narrative imagery which has been weaved into the lyrics.

The electric guitar-driven sound is packed full of soaring guitar riffs and intricately clever chord progressions which build up the same anthemic energy of tracks such as Summer of 69, you know the type I mean. The nostalgically iridescently bright energy that transports you from wherever you are to those summers that will never be forgotten.

In short, Guadalupe River is a track so raw that it becomes warming and I’d say it would be pretty criminal not to drink in the summer-soaked track before the dark nights come closing in.

You can check out Todd Barrow’s latest single Guadalupe River out for yourself by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Franklin Gotham – Bulletproof Silhouette: Melodically Rustic Americana

Franklin Gotham is back with a fresher sound than ever. His latest single ‘Bulletproof Silhouette’ will have you hooked before the first verse even runs through. If it’s been a while since a new aural discovery made you smile, then Franklin Gotham’s amiable approach to Alternative Americana spliced with Power Pop is sure to do the trick.

As the track playfully meanders through the melodically angular ecstasy served up by the acoustic arrangements, it is further amplified by the digital effects, suggesting that Franklin Gotham may just be one of the most prodigal contenders in an otherwise static genre.

The Virginia based artist’s radio ready Indie Pop single comes to life through the sweetly narrative lyrics which are unflinching and as resonant as they come. We all know that heart-wrenching feeling of lusting after someone that’s just a little too cool for you. Yet no one has versed it rapturously as Franklin Gotham.

You can check out Franklin Gotham’s latest single Bulletproof Silhouette for yourselves by heading over to BandCamp.

Keep up to date with all his new releases by giving him a follow on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Wildeyes – Tennessee is Alive: Unadulterated Americana Ambience

Tennessee is Alive is the latest track from the Americana inspired trio Wildeyes. I almost wish I got a word of warning before being treated to some of the most palpably pensive soundscapes I’ve ever heard unravel. Yet paradoxically, Tennessee is Alive is simultaneously uplifting, their melodies and narrative lyrics are a means of pure escapism, a soul-shatteringly stunning one at that.

The weight of emotion poured from Emily Kohavi’s vocals which take hold of your heartstrings before the first verse has even ran through. I could explain the arrangements of the instrumentals, the rhythm and the harmony that Tennessee is Alive progresses seamlessly through, but there are very few words to allude to the smorgasbord of emotion that is drawn from you as the viscerally ethereal single unfolds. So, you’re just going to have to check out Wildeyes’ latest track Tennessee is Alive along with their other singles by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs; Pure Americana-Folk Soul Tonic

Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs have recently released their latest Alt Country Folk EP ‘Half-Expected Heartbreak’; for such a jaded EP title, it’s surprisingly upbeat. The jangly rhythmic progression to the tracks lead you through rapturously hyped melodies and experimental instrumental arrangements. The Denver based Folk collective pour soul, passion and synergetic talent into the mix to make their soundscapes viscerally enveloping. Their Americana roots come gleaming through in tracks such as Bullets, yet my personal favourite may just be already yours which is a little down-tempo in comparison to the rest of the EP. The narrative lyrics paint a poignant picture around the acoustic instruments that fuse together so tightly, it’s almost impossible to deconstruct the sound. Yet it was the violin which captivated me the most which was playfully weaved around the soft drum rolls and relentlessly popping guitar riffs.

Any fans of Iron and Wine, The Decemberists, Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons are sure to adore the aural alchemy on offer from the 4-piece Alt-folk group.

You can check out Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs latest EP Half-Expected Heartbreak for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Connect with Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstarts by giving them a follow on Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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