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Grunge Meets Accordant Folk in Lee Sama’s Latest Single “Luana”

Stockholm-based Garage Folk artist Lee Sama’s latest single Luana is just one of the disarming reasons why you’ll want to make room for this artist on your radar.

With the raw and gritty appeal of Grunge but arranged under the accordance of Psych-laced Folk, paradoxically, Luana is a hard-hitting blissful soundscape.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Nirvana, and Pixies will find it all too easy to melt into the emotion-driven hazy track which serves as the perfect introduction to Lee Sama’s indulgently cathartic sound.

Luana may not be the most over-complicated soundscape. Yet, there’s still an artfully beguiling air to the production which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You’ll be able to check out Luana for yourselves from March 13th via SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyrone Sanborn Webster – Gallows: Transfixingly Blissful Art Rock

“Gallows” is just one of the transfixing blissful Art Rock singles which features on up and coming artist Tyrone Sanborn Webster’s latest album INTENTION.

The roots of Indie Folk have perceptibly blossomed into a captivating new sound which is defined by the transience the soundscapes such as Gallows can offer when orchestrated through acoustic instrumentals and electronic effect.

If you could imagine what Radiohead would sound like if they got more in touch with their folk side and experimented more with tribal rhythms, you’ll be able to get an idea of just how arrestive the melodies are in Gallows. Combine that with the fact the vocals are as stunning as Elliot Smith’s and you’ll soon see that it’s time to get excited about this Austin, US-based artist’s celestial sound.

You can check out Tyrone Sanborn Webster’s single Gallows for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. You’ll also be able to check out the rest of their album INTENTION which was released on March 3rd.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Bow have made their Indie Rock Debut with “Walk with Me”

https://open.spotify.com/track/2kxtCCD5wn0xlQTaxsSdwi

Anyone who appreciates the artful melancholia of Radiohead and moody Post Punk tones will want to check out the latest single “Walk with Me” from up and coming Indie artist The Bow.

The single may ebb and flow in momentum. But one thing which remains as a constant is the striking emotion which can be found in the melodies, lyrics, and vocals. That’s quite the aural hattrick. And it is something we’re not all too used to hearing from new artists. Especially with their debut single.

It’s polished, it’s atmospheric, and it stands as a testament to their ability to create tracks which offer escapism whilst simultaneously pouring in candid, humble honesty.

You can check out Walk with Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moths in the Attic – Forward: Semi-Orchestral Indie Folk Rock  

https://mothsintheattic.bandcamp.com/track/forward

Ohio Alt Indie artist Months in the Attic released their single “Forward” on October 25th. With an incredibly primal feel to the succinctly melodic single, the up and coming artist perceptibly worked hard to surpass the expectations of Alt Rock artists.

While there’s no shortage of semi-orchestral Rock, no artist offers the same artful concordance through the merging of the stylings. In between the fierce experimental progressions is a gentle evocative catharsis which is extremely efficacious in subduing you into an arrestive state of awe.

Moths in the Attic are so much more than an instrumentally talented outfit, their ingenuity registers as unlimitable. Usually, I’d suggest other artists who offer a similar sound, but in Forward, reminiscences are incredibly fleeting. It’s a smorgasbord of complementary elements which gently smashes through genre constraints.

Forward is available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Snowdonia – Ways Of The World: Jazzy Sunny Art Rock

Snowdonia are broadcasting a call that is not exclusive to people that listen to alternative rock or art rock or jazz or enjoy the sound of wind instruments; they are addressing all listeners that are after sunny, beautiful, organically played music.

The only thing about them that is more smiley than their music, is the band members’ actual smiles! In all seriousness though, aside from the positive, instantly uplifting vibe that their song “Ways Of The World” will give you, this is a solid composition. The flute is blessing us with an outstanding phrase on the verses. The drumming is serving the song in a funky yet discreet way. Their singing, especially on the chorus is like listening to a choir of angels. I’m not sure if Jethro Tull would be among the artists that the band would go ahead and cite as an influence, regardless the band’s sound would fairly remind of Tull to some listeners.

There is nothing that I don’t love about this song. There’s an excellent balance between artfulness and laid back catchiness here.

Treat yourself to a sonic smile here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Luis Mojica – Queen Song: Gothic Indie Baroque Aural Alchemy

https://luismojica.bandcamp.com/track/queen-song

“Queen Song” is the latest tribally artful Chamber Pop single from New York artist Luis Mojica which finds the perfect balance of optimism and dark ominous allure.

Their avant-garde style introduces classical elements to a new era of gothic indie baroque aural alchemy to which you’re guaranteed to have never heard the like of before. While there’s plenty of disconcertment lingering in between the notes of Queen Song, the accessibility definitely wasn’t compromised.

Queen song is uniquely captivating and it is sure to appeal to anyone looking for artfully dark tonality, deep reverberant vocals, and imaginatively inventive lyrics. With their piano-led experimentalism, reminiscences can easily be found between Luis Mojica’s style and that of Amanda Palmer. Yet, with the darker elements, there are plenty of  increments to appease fans of Apocalyptica

Queen Song is now available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Down In Splendour – Alice Underground: Kaleidoscopically Carnivalesque Psych Rock

There may be plenty of Alice in Wonderland-inspired tracks, but you’ve never heard anything like Down In Splendour’s take with “Alice Underground”. The UK-based international collective of musicians merged elements of Post Punk and Psych Rock together in a pioneeringly eccentric soundscape which will stick to your synapses like superglue.

If you could imagine what Queens of the Stone Age Would sound like with a more carnivalesque and kaleidoscopic tone, you’d get a good idea at the psychedelic alchemy contained in this uniquely beguiling single. You’re hooked in right from the prelude in Alice Underground, with each progression, you receive the artfully immersive aural payoff for surrendering your conscious to the inventive track.

You can check out Alice Underground which was released on November 29th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Black Bordello – Backache: Artful Aural Escapism

Black Bordello

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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Weimar have added Funk to Post Punk with their latest single “Marvel to the State” ft Rose Niland

Post Punk artists may be fairly prolific in Manchester, but there are none quite like Weimar. Their latest single “Marvel to the State” featuring Rose Niland is set to appease anyone who appreciates their soundscapes to come with tangible warmth, personable charisma, and empowering socio-political focus.

Marvel to the State was written as an ode to the women who have fought against the oppression of political regimes throughout history, but despite the dark topic of oppression, you can’t help but be uplifted by the soulful track. Soul and Post Punk don’t often go hand in hand, but Weimar’s sound is an eclectic smorgasbord of elements weaved together in an un-assimilative refreshing feat of ingenuity.

If you could imagine a mash-up between Mr Bungle and Squeeze, you’d get a good idea of the infectiously playful Jazz Funk which is weaved into the single. It takes a discernible amount of technical skill to rip out the riffs you’ll get to soak up in Marvel to the State; giving you one more reason to become enamoured by their inventively expressive approach their sound.

You can check out the official music video to Marvel to the State for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Their debut album is due to drop in Spring 2020, so, give them a follow on Facebook to keep up with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Project Pronin – Release Me: Evocatively Raw, Artfully Striking Alt Rock

Electronic Alt Rock artist Project Pronin has recently released their latest single “Release Me” featuring vocals from Nicole Carino. If you’re looking for the steepest emotional rollercoaster on the airwaves right now, we’d say that Release Me is up there with the best of them.

With cavernous drum rolls and effervescent guitar string pulls, the prelude leads you into the hypnotizingly evocative soundscape which will need a fair amount of convincing to leave your synapses alone after it has faded out.

There may be plenty of Radiohead reminiscences to be found in Release Me, but perceptibly, the up and coming Los Angeles-based artist has plenty of their own authenticity into the single. Fans of bands such as Interpol and Editors are also sure to be captivated by the cuttingly angular guitar progressions and transfixing emotive vocals found in Release Me.

You can check out Project Pronin’s single Release Me for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast