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Pleaseprettylea – Yack!: Conceptually Avant-Garde Dark Pop

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West Midlands, UK artist Pleaseprettylea is due to hit the airwaves with her artfully enticing Dark Pop single “Yack!” on November 25th. With elements of Hip Hop within the darkly hypnotic production, the single transcends genre as it unravels as a powerfully conceptual single which deals with the concept of sickness in relation to vulnerability, trauma and vices.

Pleaseprettylea is never afraid to tackle taboo or difficult concepts in her tracks, Yack! is definitely no exception. It unravels as a theatrical breath of fresh air in a time when baseless information around mental health and self-care seems to be found in every corner of the internet. But with Pleaseprettylea’s Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in counselling, you can fall into the soundscape and find trust in the artist’s wisdom and alluring sound which shares the same immense level of expression as artists such as Bjork, PJ Harvey, Amanda Palmer and Kate Bush.

Yack! is due for release from November 25th, pre-save the track on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sorry Little Sharky – Beauty in Futility: Cavernously Absorbing Alt Pop

Beauty in Futility” is the latest vocally-led Art Pop single from singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Sorry Little Sharky, it’s also one of the most arcane singles which have fallen into our ears in 2020.

Not everyone’s larynx is capable of exuding haunting mesmerism, but perceptibly, Stef Schultz’s is. Even if Beauty in Futility was an acapella track, you’d still be absorbed by the cavernous feel to her vocal stretches. But alas, it is not, the deft instrumentals and effects find the perfect way to compliment her vocals in the playfully compelling composition which her vocals consistently dominate.

You can check out the official lyric video to Beauty in Futility by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Belle Scar is set to release her most transfixingly arcane Dark Art Pop single yet  

The Eeriness is the arcanely transfixing forthcoming single from Montreal-born, London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Belle Scar.

It’s almost a paradox how the soundscape unfolds as raw and cinematic simultaneously, but Belle Scar achieves it with her vocal timbre which is enough to make your soul quiver. The resounding vocals don’t just project power, but plenty of striking emotion which won’t fail to resonate as you listen to the artful instrumentals set up tribalistic intensity behind some of the best vocals we’ve heard this year. Belle Scar would seriously give Miley Cyrus’ larynx a run for its money.

You’ll be able to watch the surrealist official music video to The Eeriness for yourselves from November 11th. In the meantime, you can head over to Bandcamp and check out her equally as mesmerising releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BEA BOX is set to release her rhythmically explorative, seductively Avant-Garde Pop single “Kiss Me”

We were lucky enough to get a taste of Canadian artist BEA BOX’s upcoming single “Kiss Me”, just one of the tracks which feature on her highly anticipated EP “Origami” which strives for originally and strikingly succeeds.

Her culturally dynamic style helped to orchestrate an authentically enigmatic single which is all too easy to sink into. As you fall, you’ll get pick out myriads of different artful textures, even the snobbiest of musos would struggle to best-place and pigeon-hole BEA BOX’s boundlessly expressive sound which plays around with tribally rhythmic electronica, seductive Pop and the Avant-Garde.

Kiss Me is due for release on October 30th, you’ll be able to hear it on BEA BOX’s official website and SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ZORYA – Dreams: Ambiently Avant-Garde Dream Pop

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“Dreams” is the recently released ambiently Avant-Garde single from London-based Alt Pop artist ZORYA. Hit play, and slip into the artfully bold, tonally cathartic layers of the devilishly progressive track which unravels with perception-shifting spiritual wisdom.

The ethereally enticing dreamscape pulls you in with baroque and gothic elements, but it is ZORYA’s vocals which will leave the tightest shackles around your synapses as they verse poetic lyrics which lead you through arcane metaphors for life.

You can check out ZORYA’s track on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rebecca Downes has released her artfully enticing aural storm “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”

I love nothing more than when artists tear the stigma from insanity. Naturally, I’m infatuated with Alt artist Rebecca Downes’ fiercely unapologetic latest single “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”.

The artfully atmospheric release is enticing from the first striking note. To start, there’s tender turbulence behind her plaintively evocative vocals which steadily runs through her wisdom-spilling lyricism. As the track progresses, the intensity builds, and any true audiophiles are sure to have a few jaw-drop moments.

It would be no stretch to say that Mama Weer All Crazee Now is the most stylistically entrancing single we have heard in 2020. From now on, if Rebecca Downes is pouring her introspective into any soundscape, I want to hear it. I want to drink in the intoxicating cocktail of aural ingenuity and sheer passionate determination to deliver a track drenched in sincerity and perception-shifting wordplay.

You can check out Rebecca Downes latest single by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaia Black – Really: A Piano-Led Ode to Pain

Starting with a simple, four-note repeating piano phrase, ‘Really’ by Kaia Black is the simplest of songs, a one minute eleven seconds ode to pain and a lack of understanding, the final refrain a plaintive ‘I don’t think you’re sorry’.

The piano part carries the track, and, admittedly, the vocal leaves a little to be desired, the attempt at nonchalance coming across instead as perhaps lacklustre and unsettled. That said, there’s an interesting concept, the simplicity of the track itself a challenge and a change from the over-instrumented, over-produced mainstream that often counts for ‘alternative’ music.

Kaia Black is on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mariposa Extension Number has made an evocatively fierce Alt Pop debut with their EP “Guru”

If all debut releases impressed us as much as 17-year-old artist Mariposa Extension Number’s, he’d have some serious competition. But as it happens, the amount of intense aural alchemy in their debut EP “Guru” was practically unparalleled.

For me, the marks of a great artist will always be how much passion they project into their soundscapes and how unapologetically bold they were when offering a brand-new sound. There are stamps of approval all over the artists unique and artful infusion of Electronica, Pop and RnB.

It evocatively stings, but stylistically, you couldn’t ask for a more ahead of the curve debut. Don’t just watch this space, jump on this incredible release and get Mariposa Extension Number on your radar as I’m sure it won’t be the last experimentally mesmeric record from them. They’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out Mariposa Extension Number’s captivating debut via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Meta4 Revue – Maltese: An Entrancingly Stylistic Infusion of Blues, Art Pop and Electronica

NYC has spawned an innumerable number of sensational artists, another act which can be added to that list is the smoother than smooth up and coming Electronic Blues Pop act The Meta4 Revue.

May 2020 saw the virtuosos of stylistic soul drop their debut album “Magnum Opera”, the perfect introduction to their ambiently entrancing funk-soaked style is undoubtedly “Maltese”. It doesn’t take long for the magnetic grooves to pull you into the Bluesy feat of Electronically crafted Art Pop which you’ll undoubtedly want to give repeat attention.

I never thought I’d see the day where I’d get to hear an artist offering more sensual evocativeness than Cigarettes After Sex, but here we are.

You can check out the debut album from The Meta4 Revue by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aimee Saturne has made a salaciously daring Pop debut with “Don’t Tell My Boyfriend”

Don’t Tell My Boyfriend” is the salaciously daring debut Dark Pop single from LA artist Aimee Saturne. If it was any more debauched Christian fundamentalists would be on a mission to cancel her.

Her sultry vocal timbre perfectly matches the lyrics which go further than pretty much any other Pop single I’ve ever heard. There may be plenty of tracks about romantic indiscretion on the airwaves, but Aimee Saturne’s is definitely the hottest. Even the atmospherically tantalizing stylistic beats drip with sex appeal.

To say that she’s earned a spot on our radar feels like an understatement. We’re practically infatuated.

You can check out Aimee Saturne’s provocatively ensnaring single Don’t Tell My Boyfriend for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast