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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

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Zhero – Late Night Ride: Artfully Ethereal Electronic Pop

“Late Night Ride” is the latest artfully ethereal single from up and coming from Alt Pop artist Zhero. Their moody evocative hit doesn’t hang around in pulling you into a sombre yet striking soundscape which will compel you to align your own rhythmic pulses to the teasingly tentative melodic progressions.

Late Night Ride is so much more than just a well-crafted pensive Electronic Alt Pop hit. The amount of soul, passion and pain which has been projected into the inventively orchestrated single is enough to give you chills. There’s no room to wonder how Zhero has been able to garner so much acclaim with their release.

You can check out Zhero’s single Late Night Ride along with their earlier releases via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fade – Cinderella’s Fancy Eyes: Romantically Bitter-Sweet Neo-Classic Indie Pop

From the first vocal note in the standout single “Cinderella’s Fancy Eyes” from Fade’s debut EP “After Midnight” the arrestive pull of the soundscape takes its firm grip. From there on out, the bitter-sweet Neo-Classic Indie Pop melodies kick up an evocative storm whilst keeping the progressions poised and piercing.

The lyrics in Cinderella’s Fancy Eyes poignantly and deftly capture the darker side of romanticism – the side which any fans of William Blake and Jack Kerouac will appreciate. While the playfully dark tones will easily enamour anyone who finds themselves drawn to Nick Cave’s artfully bleak approach to songwriting.

Cinderella’s Fancy Eyes is a tender masterpiece which we certainly won’t forget about in a hurry.

You can check out Cinderella’s Fancy Eyes along with the rest of Fade’s debut EP which dropped on May 8th for yourselves via Spotify.

Keep up to date with new releases from Fade via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hitlist – Sincerely yours, Mary: An Avant-Garde Approach to Summer Pop

Hitlist never fails to win us over with their Avant-Garde approach to Pop. Their latest single “Sincerely yours, Mary” is a sun-soaked eccentric twist on the archetypal Summer club hits which I’m sure you’re as tired of hearing as we are.

The theatrically exotic earworm is a minefield of entrancing melodic hooks which invites you to imagine how the Mama Mia soundtrack would have turned out if it was orchestrated by PSY in collaboration with the Venga Boys. If you have one, your soul will feel suitably fuzzy upon recognising this feat of playfully infectious aural alchemy.

If the mainstream preferred creatively unabashed tracks instead of mindlessly accessible assimilative music, Sincerely yours, Mary would hold a chart position.

You can check out Hitlist’s latest single Sincerely yours, Mary for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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CiiVE – Stationised: Artfully Glacial Alt Electro Pop

CiiVE’s latest single “Stationised” is a glacially crafted indulgent feat of Alt Electronic Pop which any fans of Post-Punk-laced soundscapes are going to want to check out.

Stationised also weaves elements of Ambient Electro Jazz into the mix which introduces tonal warmth into the otherwise cold and haunting yet ethereally mesmerising single. Needless to say, Stationised offers a striking amount of distinction. The authenticity within the electronic instrumentals and samples is only matched by the vocals. It’s moody, it’s artful, and it will undoubtedly freshen up your Electronic Pop playlists.

You can check out CiiVE’s single via YouTube.

You can find out more about the artist and hear more of her music via her website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Annabel Hailey – Fallen: Majestically Baroque Indie Art Pop

“Fallen” was just one of the majestically baroque Indie Art Pop singles to be released by singer-songwriter Annabel Hailey in 2019.

The cabaret teasing rhythms feed archaic alchemy into the mix alongside winding tensile guitar progressions which almost allow the soundscape to veer into the realms of Post Punk. Whichever way you define it, there’s no denying that Fallen is an enchanting single which has plenty to do with Annabel Hailey’s timelessly classic approach to vocals.

Any fans of Kate Bush and Tori Amos will definitely want to checkout Fallen along with the up and coming artist’s other releases. If Nick Cave heard Fallen, I’m sure it wouldn’t be all too long before he proposed a collaboration.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Borg – Nonstop: Ethereally Progressive Alt Pop

Borg’s standout single “Nonstop” kicks off with a prelude which wouldn’t be out of place in a Neo-Noir soundtrack before the soundscape slowly infuses more contemporary stylistic appeal.

2019 saw an explosion of moody, evocative Pop. But Borg set themselves apart with plenty of distinction thanks to cinematic polished air to their soulful sound.

Nonstop is as nuanced as it is progressive. Expect plenty of captivatingly seamless evolutions in sound as the single slowly and tentatively builds in momentum and Borg’s vocal energy picks up plenty of unflinching arrestive conviction. The choral elements in the single are quite literally chilling. And Nonstop is as ethereal as modern Pop gets.

You can check out Borg’s single Nonstop along with the rest of their 2019 EP “Honest and Cool” via Spotify. It really is everything it says on the tin.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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EmoTripPop Pioneer ANGELLIKEFIRE has Released Their Latest Single “HaLLoWWHoLE (Beautiful Bone Deep)”

https://soundcloud.com/angellikefire/hallowwhole

“HaLLoWWHoLE (Beautiful Bone Deep)” is the latest bass-driven caustic treat from the aural pioneer ANGELLIKEFIRE.

As the creator of the EmoTripPop genre, ANGELLIKEFIRE made plenty of waves with their reverberant riptides of bass. The chilling tonality of the symphonic single is artfully captivating while the EDM beats are synapse rearrangingly frenzied. It’s ominous, it’s fierce, and it allows you to appreciate the full extent of ANGELLIKEFIRE’s ingenuity.

If you could imagine what Bjork would have sounded like if they experimented with Dubstep, you’d get a fairly good idea of what HaLLoWWHoLE has to offer. Although you’ve really never heard anything quite like this before.

You can check out HaLLoWWHoLE for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Rotary Fifth – Take Your Aim: Artfully Ethereal Dream Pop

It may not be all too often that we get the pleasure of describing Pop as stunning, but with the artful mesmerism contained in The Rotary Fifth’s single “Take Your Aim” we were left with few other ways to allude to the striking serenity contained in the soundscape.

The wavy lucidity behind Take Your Aim will be of plenty of appeal to fans of Shoegaze artists such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Yet, the effervescent tone of the single moves Take Your Aim away from the usual dreary tones of Shoegaze to orchestrate a sound which doesn’t just border on ethereal, it’s gone to the other side and sent a postcard.

You can check out The Rotary Fifth’s latest single Take Your Aim for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast