Every now and again an up and coming artist leaves you speechless when it comes to defining their sound. Which usually happens when encountering truly authentic soundscapes such as Fat Stallion’s single “Ask”.
The celestially soulful feel of Motown and Northern Soul was infused into an instrumental arrangement which gave off nostalgic Soundgarden vibes. The slightly haunting vocals succinctly layer over the soft progressions of the guitar, and intricate fills from the drums creating an artful air over Ask. Ask is about as mesmeric as music gets. Your attention never falters away from the synergy, funk, and catharsis found in the single as it continues to evolve throughout the duration of the single.
But that despite how many reminiscences I allude to, there’s little I can do to prepare you for Fat Stallion’s creative ingenuity, or just how strikingly distinctive the vocals are.
You can check out Fat Stallion’s single Ask by heading over to Spotify.
New York-based Art Rock artist Ghost x Gardens has recently released their latest single “Hittin’ the Bricks”, as soon as you hit play on the track, you know that you’re listening to a pioneering piece of music unfold. The Psychedelic Jazz Blues notes from the brass wraps around the rolling, steady Rock rhythm from the crunchy reverb-soaked guitars which is accompanied by a soulful glam vocal offering.
The spoken word piece which follows the anthemic melody of Hittin’ the Bricks may not be of appeal to everyone, but music such as this isn’t intended for mass appeal. It’s expressive, it’s unrestrained, it’s boundaryless and it allows the raucously decadent sound which has previously unfolded to resonate that little bit harder. If you don’t applaud Ghost X Gardens for his aural ingenuity, you have to hand it to him for the ballsy experimentalism. I definitely won’t be forgetting about his chaotically gritty sound in a hurry.
You can check out Hittin’ the Bricks for yourself by heading over to Bandcamp.
Frank Zappa fans, you’re going to want to pay attention to Twig’s latest album Sunrise Addiction. The up and coming band have packed in the same amount (if not more) of eccentrically experimental energy into their latest release. Especially when it comes to the title track Sunshine Addiction, while there are elements of Psychedelic Rock in the track there’s also a pinch of the contemporary Art Garage Rock sound which you’ve heard from the likes of Fidlar and Wavves. In the heavily synthesised parts it was easy to start to think the experimentalism have been taken a little too far, but they pull it right back with their intricately deft guitar riffs which help draw the track to a close. As a debut album goes, I’d definitely say that Twig are a band with potential, and I’d love to hear them rely a little less on parody and gimmick with their future releases.
You can check out Twig’s title track along with the rest of the 11 tracks on their latest album by heading over to Spotify now.
A//lara is back, and if the music buying/streaming population have any sense at all, they will be as excited as me about their return.
The prelude track to the EP is a blindingly chaotic mix of synergistically fused instrumentals which set the tone for the rest of the EP. With the second track your led into an intricately paced acoustic guitar track which proves that A//lara doesn’t just hold command over chaos, instead, they’re more than capable of creative a sweetly pensive, romantic acoustic track which is packed full of melody. The slightly extended track is an absolute pleasure to get lost within, especially when you get to the concluding chorus and really start to share in the melancholy with the sickeningly talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. With track 3, the acoustic is once against matched with digital resonance to create an overwhelmingly reverberant Shoegaze style track which is laced with layers of synth. Then we have my standout favourite track on the EP ‘Molly’ where A//lara’s experimental style really starts to prove itself in all it’s polyphonic glory, until the acoustic guitars kick in that is. The narratively melancholic lyrics in this track hit me the hardest whilst I found reminiscence to bands such as Fidlar, Wavves, and Neutral Milk Hotel.
You can check out A//lara’s latest 4-track EP ‘Ruiner’ over on Spotify now.
With his latest single ‘My Room’ Logan Noah Brookes shows us the true meaning of what it is to be a bedroom musician. As creative expression goes, there is no need for a self-aggrandized persona or demand to occupy a stage. The Alt Rock Singer Songwriter created a poignant piece which once it kicks into the chorus you really start to feel the burning resonance behind the track. The ingenious lyricism starts to become evident, as My Room unravels to be as melancholic as any track put out by the Verve or Radiohead. Jammed into the 2:36 minute long track Logan squeezes in a tidy yet discordantly instrumental section in which you are treated to the full strength of his rhythmic acoustic talents. Whilst I normally have no complaints when it comes to the Lo Fi Art Rock sound, I found it quite hard to see the concept behind the composition despite the piercing lyricism and perceptibly pained delivery.
You can check out Logan Noah Brookes’ latest single My Room for yourselves on SoundCloud now
My initial reaction when I first saw the track title was ‘dear God don’t let this be an angsty offering of national pride’, thankfully it’s anything but the sort and I was absolutely blown away by Ember Rev’s (AKA Dan Ecclestone) stunning Alternative Rock single England’s Finest Hour. Bowie may not be with us anymore, but thankfully, tracks such as England’s Finest Hour help to plug the aural vacuum we’ve been left in after the recent musical rapture took away our finest conceptual artists. It’s clear that England’s Finest Hour isn’t just another assimilation of sound, it’s a project born out of passion, pure ingenious Art Rock passion, which is riddled with so much complexity it should be any self-respecting audiophiles absolute dream. Ember Rev’s multi-lingual offering contained within the extended duration track was undoubtedly one of my favourite elements as I soaked up the Cambride, London based artists fabulous drawling vocals.
You can check Ember Rev’s latest track out for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now
You weren’t expecting anything ordinary from an act titled Five Points Kinky, were you? Good. Their latest single Obstacle braves new aural frontiers in their almost twee Art Rock Pop sound; it’s quite rare that you will stumble across a track as melodic yet eclectic as Obstacle. The Californian based outfit is comprised of bassist & singer Van Michael who decided to keep his musical ventures and team up with his younger brother who turned out to be the perfect vocalist for the project with his succinctly mellow vocal approach that you just can’t help falling a little bit in love with.
In terms of pinpointing genre, well, who knows, their prodigal approach to sound incorporates elements of Jazz Pop & Rock to create a blissfully soulful composition which is brought to life by the third member of the collective; guitarist Zack Oritz. With such a palpable synergy between the band, I have no doubt that they will gain the notoriety they deserve in no time at all.
You can check out Obstacle by Five Points Kinky on Spotify now
If you mixed the instrumentals of Queens of the Stone Age with the vocals of Wavves you’d get pretty close to the raucously electric Rock edge of the Wild Americans. The band have recently released their debut track Stunner and it’s an absolute Lo Fi masterpiece. The energy that comes through the soundwaves through this track is bordering on surreal.
The New York based trio have a unique approach to their sugar coated rhythmic sound, which has put them up there with some of my favourite Art Rock artists such as Radiohead and Talking Heads. There’s a tangible amount of melancholy infused with playful angst in their debut track Stunner which is a sound that I’m definitely not going to forget any time soon.
Check out the rhythmically got new single Stunner by Wild Americans now on SoundCloud or be a good egg and head over to their website and buy some merch.
BARK’s latest track Cold and Silent Featuring Krystal Hawes is simply a monumental masterpiece, its artistic sound is just as resounding as iconic acts such as Bjork and PJ Harvey and that’s not a comparison I make lightly.
Everything about the track is sublime from the bassline that drives you through the synthy chaos that has been orchestrated to the icy, yet palpable vocals from Krystal Hawes. There’s almost a macabre ambience to the track with its experimental sound that translates into an explosion of electrifying Alt Dark Wave EDM. The lyrics to Cold and Silent are driven by a dark introspective and an undertone of Art Rock sorrow, yet the club beat lifts the track from the grips of melancholy. I can’t recommend you check out this track by the NY based collective enough, if the sound wasn’t enough to motivate you, the Lynchian music video just might!
Check out the official music video to Cold and Silent on YouTube now: