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Annabel Hailey – Fallen: Majestically Baroque Indie Art Pop

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“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

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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)”

“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

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Art Pop artist Livietta is set to release her magnetically phantasmal self-titled EP  

We may have seen an explosion in moody Pop since Billie Eilish found international attention, but nothing quite compares to the graciously morbid tones which you will find on the upcoming EP from Livietta.

The Brazi-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer instantly left us mesmerised with the first track on the EP “Amateur”. It’s ethereal, it’s driving, it’s phantasmal, and from the first verse, you’re arrested by the dramatism courtesy of the spatial effects and downtempo winding rhythms. There may be a dark lucidity to the instrumentals, yet Livietta’s vocals are so personably raw you can’t help but find a cathartic intrinsic human connection.

As I listened to the poetically exposing and intellectual lyrics unravel, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Dada expressionists who were inspired to show the true odious nature of mortality.

You’ll have a little while longer to wait to check out the EP for yourselves, in the meantime, you can check out the official music video to Amateur via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A1ASKA – Always with You: Synthy Sweet Pop with Lashings of Futuristic Funk

While no two tracks from the up and coming Electronic artist A1ASKA are the same, it’s safe to say that he hit the sweet spot with his latest single.

A1ASKA’s latest single “Always with You” featuring vocals from Alex the OK is a resonantly sweet reminder that good things really do come to an end. But rather than the soundscape solely offering melancholy, there’s an endearing air behind Always with You which seeps from the analogue experimentalism and offers plenty of catharses.

From Always with You, you can expect lashings of futuristic funk, lucid vocals which synergistically gel with the fuzzy synth lines, and reminiscences to other artfully-inclined artists such as Radiohead.

You can check out A1ASKA’s latest single Always with You by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Black Bordello – Backache: Artful Aural Escapism

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Up and coming South East London artist Black Bordello has given us a taste of what’s to come from their upcoming debut album with their mesmeric single “Backache”. If you’re looking for aural escapism, you’ll find plenty within this indulgently Lynchian track.

Given that the inspiration behind creating their artful, intellectual singles is to provide catharsis in an anxious modern world, that’s all the more reason to surrender your consciousness to the archaically restorative soundscapes.

Backache could have been the downtempo jazzy score from a film noir film, with the sultry evocative spatial effects before the single steadily picks up momentum to offer reminiscences to artists such as Kate Bush. Then the progressive single slams into a dramatic offering of dramatic Pop which you would have never seen coming, but it turns out, it’s everything you needed to hear.

Black Bordello is easily one of the most inventive up and coming bands in the UK right now. Get them on your radar.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can checkout Backache for yourselves. In the meantime, head over to Spotify where you can listen to their debut single Spectre Man.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dolche – Supernova: Strikingly Cinematic Art Pop

“Supernova” is the cinematically alchemic latest single from Italian/French Art Pop artist Dolche which throws in more than one jaw-to-the-floor moment.

The sheer visceral energy which was created between the intensity in the instrumental arrangement and Dolche’s vocals is one of the most awe-inspiring aural experiences I’ve been treated to this year.

In Supernova you can expect striking orchestral strings to cut across a bed of exotic vibrant rhythm in the stunning offering of 70s-inspired Pop. There isn’t an ounce of predictability within Supernova, the bold baroque experimentalism renders you captivated while never letting you get comfortable in the soundscape. Each new progression will have you on pins, which is largely due to Dolche’s subtly archaic, succinctly dynamic vocals. And there are just no words to aptly allude to how ethereal Supernova sounds as it works its way to a close.

You can check out the official music video to Dolche’s single Supernova for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Melanie Joy – Screaming into Pillows: A Stormy, Artful Pop Ballad

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Before I even pressed play on Melanie Joy’s single “Screaming into Pillows” I knew that it would be a powerful, compelling soundscape.

There aren’t all too many singer-songwriters bold enough to use such striking imagery in their releases. But thankfully, not every artist feels the inclination to portray themselves as a plasticised vacuous deity. Melanie Joy has created a captivatingly candid single with Screaming into Pillows; a soundscape defined by its melancholic frustration, and cinematic instrumental arrangement.

The raw honesty and dramatically intense classic pop single hooks you in right from the prelude. From there on out, you’re treated to Melanie Joy’s nuanced, perfectly poised vocals which contain plenty of distinction in the stormy, artful pop ballad.

You can check out Screaming into Pillows along with the rest of Melanie Joy’s album “Out of the Wreckage” for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Djent releases their latest artfully evocative Alt Pop single “All Around is Love”

There are tracks from up and coming artists, and there are aural gems which contain a level of talent which make them worthy of ascending to the top of the charts. Such as Lil Djent’s latest single “All Around is Love”.

It’s artful, it’s provoking, it’s bordering on celestial, and it won’t fail to mesmerise through the insanely eclectic instrumental arrangement. With the succinct ebbs and flows in momentum, you’ll get plenty of reminders that your rhythmic pulses are well and truly connected to the experimental rhythms.

With harsh increments of electronic effect switching to delicate fingerpicked guitar progressions, to melodically pleasing keys carving out the melody, listening to All Around is Love allows you to feel like you’re at the mercy of a cyclone kicking up creative ingenuity as it goes.

It’s safe to say I’ve never heard anything like All Around is Love, the vocals were as striking as they come, and the entire track pulled together to create a cinematic masterpiece.

You can check out the official music video to Lil Djent’s latest single All Around is Love for yourselves by heading over to Vivo now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast