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WD-HAN – Icarus: Sultry Rhythmic Blues Meets Anthemic Alt Indie

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Alchemy is bound to spill when a nuanced band set their mind to creating an aural earworm out of Indie, Blues, and Rock. WD-HAN definitely succeeded with their first single to be released in 2020 “Icarus”.

The single dropped on January 17th giving us yet another affirmation that the Tampa Bay-based artist is one to watch.

With a prelude offering reminiscences to Daughter, the sudden switch to anthemic Alt Rock in Icarus will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat. When in full swing, Icarus is a monster of a track full of rhythmic sultry Blues, yet those bluesy licks come with plenty of bite.

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

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant Nesmith – Every Night: Celestial Shoegaze-Infused Alt Country

https://grantnesmith.bandcamp.com/track/every-night

If you’re always craving potent hits of archaic aural bliss, you’ll be able to scratch the itch by pressing play on Grant Nesmith’s single “Every Night” from their debut solo album “Between Tides”.

With inspiration from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Shoegaze pioneers, Grant Nesmith was able to pull quintessential elements from a myriad of genres and tie them together to create a feat of uplifting alchemy.

Every Night filled me with the same fuzzy euphoric feeling as I get when I delve into one of Cheap Trick’s indulgently sentimental, nostalgically blissful singles. But as the track progressed, the instrumentals became transcendentally celestial. Allowing Every Night to become an intensely emotional experience comprised of sonic layers of hypnotic choral sound.

You can check out Every Night along with the rest of the debut album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Takeaway Sessions – Funky Lemon: Funk-Driven Alt Rock

Mr Bungle fans will definitely want to turn their attention to the eccentrically Funk-driven feat of Alt Rock which is the latest release from up and coming artist Takeaway Sessions.

With “Funky Lemon” also carrying reminiscences to artists such as Frank Zappa, it’s an aural treat for anyone who appreciates nuanced music which doesn’t take itself all too seriously. With layers of upbeat Psych infused into the guitar-led groove-deep euphoric mix, Funky Lemon is an instantly uplifting hit. And Takeaway Sessions perceptibly didn’t hold back with how much soul they injected into the highly polished mix.

Funky Lemon may offer an array of aural nostalgias, but you’ve never quite heard a Funk revival like this one before.

You can check out the latest release from Takeaway Sessions by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lautz – Dead and Gone: Jarringly Haunting Alt Indie Rock

“Dead and Gone” is just one of the jarringly evocative singles which you’ll find on the latest EP “We Remain” to be released from up and coming artist Lautz.

There’s a piercingly haunting air to each element in Dead and Gone, but it hits the hardest through the vocals. The space which lingers around the simple lines such as “She’s all that I cared for” amplifies the emotive potency to a level which you won’t be accustomed to hearing on the radio. The single doesn’t boast the smoothest polish. But raw feel to Dead and Gone actually allows you to believe that you’re listening to a soul being exposed through experimental melodies and candid lyrics.

With subtle elements of Surf Rock and Blues weaved into the Indie Rock mix you get a branch of familiarity to grasp to while the cold slightly dystopian soundscape compels you to surrender your entire consciousness.

You can check out Dead and Gone for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Kian Russell Band – Bullet Through the Heart: Virtuosic Blues Rock

After getting a glimpse of Kian Russell Band playing live via one of Live Circuit’s videos on Facebook, I’ve been itching for an official release. That itch has definitely been scratched by the release of their first EP “Off the Ground”.

At the age of 16 years old, Kian Russell has already proven that they’re an aural force to be reckoned with. Especially through the first track on the EP “Bullet Through the Heart”. It’s Buckcherry style raucous rock, with a sublime difference. And it’s that sublime difference which saw Kian Russell becoming a Blackstar Amplification endorsed artist. His riffs in Bullet Through the Heart will have your heart in your throat as you listen to the virtuosic licks break into a colourful Psychedelic Blues which have a palpitatingly sweet effect.

So often when a guitarist can hit you with that kind of fretboard mesmerism, it’s easy to cut corners in other aspects of the track. Yet, it’s captivating from start to finish. Kian Russell’s effortlessly magnetic vocals carry the perfect amount of charisma and swagger without being abrasive. Combine that with an atmospherically unforgettable chorus, and you’ve got a hit.

Kian Russell is inarguably one of the most exciting up and coming musicians we’ve heard this year. It’s only a matter of time before major waves are made.

You can check out Bullet Through the Heart for yourselves along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyler Hutton – Try Your Luck: Whiskey Blues Rock

This song with its rusty yet mighty rock n’ roll guitar riff is staring right into my rocker soul. Tyler Hutton is preaching good-written blues-rock music in his song “Try Your Luck”.

Tyler Hutton is a singer-songwriter and original rocker from the City of Angels. During 2019 he released his album called “Invictus” filled with rock n’ roll songs for the old-school listener, one of which is “Try Your Luck”. The production is not as polished as a band like The Black Keys for instance, but the songwriting quality stands mighty and proud. The riff is peachy and easy-listening without losing its rock edge. His voice is very pleasing and as you proceed listening to him performing and singing, the more it gets better; by the end of the song, you will be compelled to refill your glass with the finest scotch you keep in your cupboard. Lest I forget, the short guitar solo near the end of the song is one that makes you close your eyes and just feel the sound coming off those strings.

In “Try Your Luck” Tyler Hutton revisits the oldest lyrical theme in rock music; love. He encourages us to approach our love interest. I’ll encourage you to give this song a good listen. Do so here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Mark Millar – December Again: Captivatingly Soulful Indie Blues Folk

“December Again” is the effervescently arrestive fourth single from Indie Blues Folk artist Mark Millar. Whether it was the reflectively comforting lyrics or the tinge of melancholy amongst the warmth in the single which meant that I failed in getting to the end of the track dry-eyed, I can’t be sure.

But what I can be sure of is that it’s so incredibly rare to hear a track which doesn’t oversimplify what it is to be human. Usually, at this time of year, we’re bombarded with Christmas music which for the most part makes your soul want to leave your body for the garish plasticised sentiment it contains. But December Again is as captivatingly soulful as Elliot Smith’s, Nick Drake’s or Leonard Cohen’s tracks.

You can check out Mark Millar’s single December Again via Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Newschool Vintage – Come Back to Me: Chillingly Experimental RnB

“Come Back to Me” is the fourth single to be released by the up and coming artist Newschool Vintage. Their artist title gives you plenty of hints of how they approach the R&B genre, but it does little to prepare you for how ethereally sweet the soundscape is.

The tender delicacy of Come Back to Me is nothing short of arrestive. Through a combination of teasingly downtempo beats and endearingly lucid effects, distinction is at the core of Come Back to Me, while the essence lies in absorbing amounts of soul.

If the smooth experimental RnB beats weren’t enough, you’re also treated to an unexpected – but incredibly welcome deep bluesy guitar riff which is the cherry on the cake in Come Back to Me.

You can check out Come Back to Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jessta James has dropped his sultriest single yet with “Inferno”

Jessta James’ latest single “Inferno” merges the rhythmic immersivity of Country with infectious melodic Pop hooks creating one of the sultriest tracks we’ve heard this year.

If the winding Bluesy guitars or the vibrantly tribal percussion doesn’t do it for you, the velvety vocal notes from Jessta James definitely will.

With each new release, the US-based breaking artist has a new brand of aural alchemy to offer. But it’s safe to say that with Inferno they’ve found a sound which comes with a massive amount of commercial appeal which the mainstream will find hard to ignore. Everything about the single is tantalisingly sweet while being simultaneously salacious.

You can check out the official music video to Jessta James’ single Inferno which premiered on November 5th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns tackles the issue of domestic abuse in “A Song for Jimmy”

Swedish Duo Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns released their latest single “A Song for Jimmy” on November 14th. After hearing the first few pensive notes of the Country track, there was little doubt that the soundscape would leave me sharing the same melancholy which the tonality offered.

Nothing could quite prepare me for how morose A Song for Jimmy would be. Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns tackled the raw issue of domestic abuse and narratively explored the deep wounding impact of domestic abuse on both women and children.

A Song for Jimmy deserves to go viral. Partly due to the stunning feel of the delicate single. But mainly because millions of women who have experienced domestic abuse will find plenty of comfort in this deeply empathetic single which feels like an ode to the strength of femininity.

You can check out the official video to Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns’ latest single A Song for Jimmy via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast