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Post Punk Meets Americana in Rob Howe’s Latest Single “Promised Glory”

If you could imagine an amalgamation of the atmospheric edge of the Chameleons and the anthemic appeal of Springsteen, you’d get a good idea of what is in store if you hit play on Rob Howe’s soulfully riff-driven Rock single “Promised Glory”.

The UK singer-songwriter and artist found the perfect balance between romanticism and high-octane Americana Rock energy in Promised Glory. Better yet, the distinction in the frill-free soundscape comes with no hindrance to the accessibility of the radio-ready track.

It’s safe to say you won’t hear a more infectiously rhythmic track produced this side of the 21st century if you turn on the radio today. We instantly warmed to Rob Howe, and we have no doubt that any fans of Americana Folk Rock will feel the same.

You can check out the lyric video to Promised Glory for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Melissa June Band has dropped Your Name

The Melissa June Band has dropped their latest single ‘Your Name’ combining their country sound into this uplifting and intriguing piece.

Starting off with the calming sound of the violin that illuminates the background and adding in the fast pace strum on the acoustic guitar as the vocals begin to seep through. The vocal ranges are incredible and the high notes are hit perfectly, nothing is out of the tune and it all combines together in such an impressive way.

Tending to reach more for the high-pitched vocal throughout, having that melodic sound to it with the soft texture that is added, flowing in and out of the classic country instrumentation to create this enjoyable and interesting to listen to piece.

Listen to The Melissa June Band’s Your Name by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Max Seidman – The Key: Ethereally Magnetic Americana Folk

Any fans of Kurt Vile will want to get acquainted with the pensively captivating latest single “The Key” from up and coming Americana Folk artist Max Seidman.

There’s a contemporary spin on the timeless genre through the ethereal polished production. Yet, the organically sentimental track shares the same beguiling magnetism as tracks by the likes of Cohen, Waits, and Elliot Smith.

The melancholic keys find perfect synergy with the stripped-back delicate fingerpicked acoustic guitar notes and create an immersive soundscape to lie under Max Seidman’s powerfully resounding vocals which will leave you hanging on every neatly-pitched vocal note in the Key.

Tracks don’t often come as narratively arrestive as the Key. Max Seidman is undoubtedly one to watch.

You can check out The Key along with Max Seidman’s earlier releases by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Benjamin Beiler – You And Me: Euphoria-Soaked Alt-Country Pop Rock

Lancaster, UK based artist Benjamin Beiler’s latest single You & Me mixes roots deep Country Rock with nuances of Indie Pop Rock to bring authentic Country rhythms well and truly into the 21st century.

Any fans of virtuosic guitar work are going to be easily enamoured by Benjamin Beiler’s versatile approach. You & Me kicks off with Indie chords before the melodies to break into winding accessible rhythms for the verses. You can also prepare to be captivated by the overdriven anthemic riffs and intricately arrestive Blues Rock solos.

You & Me stands as a testament that Americana can be just as sweet when crafted on this side of the pond. But there’s plenty more than instrumental talent on offer in the resounding single. The vocals affirm that You & Me was delivered straight from the soul.

You can check out Benjamin Beiler’s single You & Me which was released on March 23rd for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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1500 Pieces Are Set to Drop Their Soul-Filling Indie Pop Rock Debut EP

1500 Pieces made an amorously lasting impression on us with their 2019 debut single “Maybe”. The rhythmically-engorging soulfully-sweet single set the bar for their future releases, but the quartet has raised it once again with their upcoming EP.

The first single to be released from the 7-track EP is the sun-soaked melodic feat of Alt Indie Pop Rock “Voyage”. Rather than sticking to the same old tried and tested Indie Rock archetypal tones, 1500 Pieces crafted a euphoric smorgasbord of Jangle Pop, Synthpop, Indie, and Blues Rock.

The result was a kaleidoscopically mesmerising organic feel-good hit which compels you to lock into the absorbingly inventive soundscape. The melodies come with a nuanced kick of psychedelia and create the perfect platform for Gordon Vaughn to lay down his resonantly passion-soaked vocals.

We’ve been lucky enough to get a preview of the rest of the EP, and it’s safe to say you’re in for a beguilingly dynamic aural treat. The only constant between the tracks is the amount of personable pretence-less soul which they contain.

The synth-led tracks Don’t Ask Me and Understand Me offer effervescent servings of upraising Funk and Groove, while tracks such as Fly and NLF are cinematic feats of emotively virtuosic American Indie Rock.

You can listen to the first single to drop from the upcoming EP for yourselves via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from 1500 Pieces via Facebook, or head over to their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indulge in the Indie Blues Rock Escapism Offered by Bazile Mills’ Single “Flying at Night”

With lyrical wit which could rival Nick Cave’s and a timelessly hypnotic rhythmic allure, Bazile Mills’ standout Indie Blues Rock single Flying at Night is a masterful feat of aural escapism which you’re going to want to delve into.

There may be plenty of odes paid to the roots of Rock n’ Roll, yet within the extended length of the progressive single, you’ll find plenty of affirmations that Bazile Mills’ ingenuity deserves space on the airwaves in 2020.

While the vocals offer soul and connectable passion, the tonally warm winding Americana instrumentals will leave even staunchest of audiophiles enamoured. The Blues guitar solos really are something else.

You can check out Flying at Night for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Scott Hayley – Reno: A Fitting Tribute to Americana Country Icon Doug Supernaw

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For those unaware of Americana Country Pioneer Doug Supernaw, up and coming artist Scott Hayley offers the perfect introduction with his latest release “Reno”.

Doug Supernaw perceptibly isn’t the only one offering inspiring alchemic Americana Country mesmerism through their virtuosic talent. The guitar progressions in Reno are so soulful and sentimental they almost border on psychedelic. Either way, you’ll feel euphoric as it unravels.

The shimmering tones in the instrumentals find perfect synergy with Scott Hayley’s timelessly authentic Americana Country Folk vocals. You’ll be hooked in from the first verse of this deftly immersive track which depends on raw rhythmic talent and candid soul instead of frills and gimmicks.

There will always be space on the airwaves for tracks such as Reno which offer such welcoming catharsis.

You can check out Scott Hayley’s latest single which dropped on March 11th via Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Folk Rock artist Ragged Road have released their latest single “I’ve Been Travelling”

Ragged Road created the perfect escapism music with their latest Folk single “I’ve Been Travelling” which was released on February 28th.

The concordant mellifluous rhythms in I’ve Been Travelling are accompanied by instantly captivating warm vocals which pull you through the meandering soundscape which oozes wanderlust vibes. I’ve Been Travelling may be a traditionally orchestrated Americana Folk Blues track, but magnetism found in nostalgia-inducing soundscapes will remain timelessly appealing.

Ragged Road made their debut in 2018, but they’ve already proven that they’re at the forefront of Alt Folk innovation. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see where they take their uniquely Celtic sound next.

You can check out I’ve Been Travelling for yourselves by roaming over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Magnolia Red – Ancient River: A Glacial New Take on Americana Rock

Magnolia Red has created a brand-new trajectory for the timeless Americana Rock sound with their single “Ancient River”.

The Norweigan artist alchemically created a single which simultaneously exuded warmth and a hauntingly ethereal chill. The eclectic instrumental arrangement sits organ wails around guitar riffs which are so glacial they weave in elements of Post Punk.

While, for the most part, the full-bodied sound makes it hard to pinpoint where the mesmerism is pouring from, the distinctively virtuosic guitar solos take Magnolia Red’s sound to a pioneering new level. They demand repeat attention.

Blues riffs have never sounded colder or more phantasmic. In perfect contrast to the instrumentals are the inviting, nostalgically beguiling vocals which will instantly enamour any fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Naturally, we’re hooked.

You can check out Magnolia Red’s latest single Ancient River for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Star Prairie Project – Steady As She Goes: Americana for the masses

Steady As She Goes sounds like a laid-back track you’d play while driving with one hand on the wheel of a classic car as your right arm hangs loosely out of a freshly unwound window. There is no visible traffic, people or worldly distractions, just an air of peace and serenity that makes you feel present in past memories.

The Star Prairie Project are like comfort food. They write accessible songs using words that feel familiar even when you first hear them. No matter if you’re a fan of their genre, which is traditional Americana, listening to this piece of music will make you feel calm like you’re in touch with all your future and former selves.

If you can, take these four minutes, pour that perfect beverage into your chosen receptacle, and let yourself be transported away on an internal roadtrip. Nolan Chew JR & Rick J. Vogelpohl are responsible for crafting a single that can be played on repeat without ever outstaying its welcome.

This song is an aural delight for those seeking company on long, lonely nights or during days you’d rather be somewhere else. If you take a chance on this track, you can take temporary leave of this world and find an ally in its simple sincerity.

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Review By Lisa Knight