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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

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Let soulful catharsis wash over you with Sister Echo’s latest single “Tokyo Konveni”

Tokyo Konveni is the artfully enticing latest release from breaking Alternative artist Sister Echo. If you could imagine what an Amy Winehouse/Kate Bush/Interpol mash-up would sound like, you’ll get a good idea what this utterly mesmeric single has to offer.

Everything about the soundscape is simply captivating. From the tentatively tender pace to the soul which is projected into the pitch-perfect extended Neo-Soul vocal notes to the imagery within the lyrics. You can expect your consciousness to be consumed and catharsis to wash over you from the moment you hit play.

With an EP due to drop later this year, Sister Echo is well worth putting on your radar.

Tokyo Konveni is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Freedom Shapes have given Synthpop an Avant-Garde Twist with “You and Me”

Synthpop doesn’t come much more off-the-cuff than Freedom’ Shapes latest endearingly Avant-Garde single You and Me which dropped on July 4th. The LA-based artist embarked on their solo career after they were awarded 700 loop pedals through a lawsuit with Guitar Center. If that isn’t enough to give you pedal envy, I don’t know what is. Freedom Shapes found the perfect use for all 700 pedals by connecting them to the flute and using it in the insanely electric track You and Me.

As for what You and Me means, Freedom Shapes left it open to interpretation and allows the listener to find their own meaning. It’s part love song, part psychological thriller, so let your mind run as wild.

Stylistically, their eccentric amalgamation of Surf Pop Rock and Synthpop gives the sound of Dick Dale and the Beach Boys a brand-new analog sound. With the vocals switching between deadpan ominous versing and Psych Pop harmonies, Freedom Shapes created a track that even the Residents would approve of. We can’t get enough of it either. Hit play and delve into the indulgent absurdity which awaits.

You can check out the official video to Freedom Shapes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Sky Changes – New Shoes: An Instantly Engorging Melting Pot of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Shoegaze

From the first angular notes in the latest track “New Shoes” from Chicago Alt-Rock outfit Sky Changes, we were hooked. Their unique amalgamation of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Indie Shoegaze will leave fans of Radiohead and Slowdive alike enamoured.

Not only did the dreamy soundscape allow Sky Changes to assert their distinction and ingenuity on the airwaves. New Shoes is also an instantly engorging melodic masterpiece where every evolution will leave you with an even more potent dose of awe.

With every progression, the tight yet chorally accordant instrumentals seem to gain intricacy and amass alchemy while the hazily-blissful vocals remain a beguilingly soft constant. The muted vocals magnetically draw you deeper into the track to extract the meaning behind the New Shoes metaphor.

It isn’t every day we hear such a fresh revival of Alt 90s sounds. We’d recommend getting Sky Changes on your radar sooner than later.

You can check out Sky Changes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stelahr – Hundred Thousand Miles: Piercingly Artful Alt Pop

Berlin-based Breaking Pop artist Stelahr’s latest single Hundred Thousand Miles quite literally left me lost for words. In my extended mentally-incapacitated state of awe, the adjectives for Stelahr’s unique artful style alluded me.

The soundscape was as instrumentally, atmospherically and lyrically complex as you’d expect from the likes of Elliott Smith. Believe me, that’s not a comparison I make lightly. Yet, Stelahr allowed the dreamy and blissful track to sting with piercing melancholic longing which emanated from the stabbing notes in the piano and her haunting semi-operatic vocal style.

The ethereally moody soundscape paired with the official video which was created with a little help from the Sims 4 made the evocative potency of Hundred Thousand Miles even stronger. Watching the Sims character idle in domesticity before springing to life around music, crowds and nature hit especially hard thanks to lockdown. But Hundred Thousand Miles is definitely worth getting aurally bruised by.

You can check out the transfixing official music video to Hundred Thousand Miles which premiered on June 26th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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May Roze is due to drop her game-changing moody Art Pop single “Drown Me”

Up and coming London-based Pop artist May Roze is due to drop her game-changing latest single “Drown Me”. The artful genre-crumbling soundscape encapsulates trending moody vibes whilst also incorporating timeless nuances of Baroque Pop.

Kate Bush’s sound may never venture into sultry Electronic Pop but Drown Me gives you a good idea of what it would sound like if she did. With a sound so ahead of the curve, it’s hard not to anticipate big things to come from May Roze in the future.

You can check out Drown Me for yourselves by heading over to May Roze’s SoundCloud page.

Keep up to date with the artist’ latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast