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Bethany Ferrie – Under: Soulfully Resounding, Passionately Fierce Americana Pop Rock

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Under” is the latest soulfully resounding Indie Pop Rock single to be released by up and coming Glaswegian singer-songwriter Bethany Ferrie. If the weight of the emotion in this poignantly transfixing single doesn’t floor you, it’s safe to assume that your soul is dysfunctional.

With Bluesy guitar licks leading the way through a modernistic production and Bethany Ferrie’s powerfully arrestive vocal range, Under is a uniquely compelling soundscape with plenty of commercial appeal. Under is the kind of track you give repeat attention to so that the lyrics become even more meaningful with every listen. We definitely can’t say that about most new artist’s soundscapes.

You can check out Bethany Ferrie’s single Under for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from July 10th. In the meantime, you can listen to their equally as visceral previous releases.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country Pop Singer-Songwriter Madelyn Jones Has Made Her Unmissable Debut with “For You”

Singer-songwriter Madelyn Jones has made her unmissable debut with the evocatively arrestive Country Pop single For You.

The simple frill-free soundscape puts raw emotion at the forefront while the gentle guitar melodies lead the rich, full instrumental arrangement.

For You is much more than your average lovelorn Pop single. The unapologetically empowering radio-ready single draws you right into the narrative which runs through the all too relatable experience of being in a relationship where you give far more than you take but still can’t bring yourself to walk away.

Given that For You was such a strong debut, we can’t wait to hear Madelyn Jones sophomore release.

You can check out For You on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country Pop artist Elliot Wren has made her debut with the single “RIP My Diary”

Up and coming singer-songwriter Elliot Wren has made their debut with the polished Country Pop single “RIP My Diary”.

Any fans of Taylor Swift’s sticky-sweet bubblegum Pop style will definitely want to consider the single for their playlists. It’s instantly accessible and the melodies aren’t shy about sticking to your synapses for a long while after you’ve heard them.

It really wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Elliot Wren’s future soundscapes in the OST’s for feel-good films. It’s got that boundless emotively captive appeal which debut singles very infrequently offer.

You can check out Elliot Wren’s debut single by heading over to Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sammy Listoe – Crazy: An Alt Country Pop Rock Earworm

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Sammy Listoe created an Alt-Country earworm with their latest single “Crazy”. The lyrics and vocals may be authentically Country, but their instrumental style brings their sound well and truly into the 21st century.

The soaring Blues Rock riffs borrow a few nuanced elements from Hard Rock. Yet you’ll be able to expect the usual captivating quintessential melodic progressions in the verses and chorus. There may be plenty of artistic distinction to be found in Crazy, but the accessibility definitely hasn’t been compromised.

While plenty of artists of all inclinations attempt love-inspired tracks, it’s Country artists such as Sammy Listoe who succeed in allowing their tales of romantic woe to truly come to life in spectacular colour. If you don’t get caught up in the sticky-sweet sentiment in Crazy, I have some bad news about your soul.

You can check out Sammy Listoe’s latest single Crazy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jesse Slack – Rust: A Country Blues Pop Playlist Essential

Jesse Slack has perceptibly found the answer to keeping Country music commercially accessible with his latest single “Rust”. The genre-defying track may borrow plenty of elements from different genres, but the roots of Country Americana Blues are well and truly blossoming in Rust.

The cuttingly angular guitar tones sit alongside the winding rhythms which are more typical from the genre providing a refreshing added dynamic to the instrumentals. While the lyrics and vocals allow Rust to share reminiscences with Pop and Bluesy Pop Punk artists.

If there’s any justice in the music industry, Jesse Slack will share the same success as the likes of Taylor Swift. Because evidently, he shares the same talent when it comes to crafting sticky-sweet melodies which will stick in your throat during the build-ups.

You can listen to Jesse Slack’s latest single Rust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country, Rock and Pop Converge in Kylee Stone’s Hit Single “Homegrown”

Up and coming Country Pop Rock artist Kylee Stone released her latest single “Homegrown” on January 31st and made Country music more accessible than ever.

It’s easy to see that Kylee Stone could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus after the release of Homegrown. There’s plenty of familiarities to be found in the timeless style of the track. But the distinction lies in the talent offered by Kylee Stone and her band.

No review of Homegrown would be complete without mentioning the insanely mesmeric lead guitar work. With riffs which would rival Slash’s, this emotive and soul-inspired single is taken to the next level. If any track could simultaneously appease Rock, Pop, and Country fans, it’s Homegrown.

You can check out the official music video to Kylee Stone’s latest single Homegrown for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Unshackle Yourselves from Gender Stereotypes with Stacy Gabel’s latest Country Pop Single

Stacy Gabel

Femininity is hard. I’m still not entirely sure how to do it properly. But I do know that there’s plenty of resonance to be found in Stacy Gabel’s empowering upcoming single “High Heeled Shoes”. Especially for anyone who doesn’t particularly feel like bowing to gender normativity.

With Abba-style chorus vocals and Stacy Gabel’s accessible personality injected into the conversational verses, High Heeled Shoes is a work of unforgettable Indie Pop musical theatre. The instrumental arrangement is equally as eccentric with strings and the mandolin alongside the acoustic guitar in the Cabaret-Esque soundscape.

High Heeled Shoes basically offers the same mood-boost as watching your favourite musical – just without the time commitment. Make it a playlist essential.

You’ll be able to check out Stacy Gabel’s single High Heeled Shoes from February 21st, 2020. In the meantime, you can get a taste of her uplifting approach to Country Pop by heading over to Soundcloud and checking out her earlier releases.

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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Campbell Station – Pray for Rain: Cinematically Soulful Semi-Orchestral Country Pop

Campbell Station’s latest single “Pray for Rain” was cinematic enough to feature in the original motion picture soundtrack for “Five Women in the End”. It is also cinematic enough to make the perfect addition to your playlists if you’re always on the lookout for deeply evocative semi-orchestral Country ballads.

While Pray for Rain may be as quintessential as Pop Country ballads get, there’s also striking modernity to Campbell Station’s sound which suggests they are a powerhouse well worth putting on your radar.

The vocals didn’t just hit the dynamic notes in an aurally pleasing manner, they poured potent amounts of soul into the succinctly concordant mix which exuded plenty of emotion itself through the lamentable pulls of the violin strings and the relentlessly pensive finger-picked guitar notes.

You can check out Campbell Station’s single Pray for Rain for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Carly and Martina – 10 Years Later: Stylistically Smooth Sun-Soaked Pop

People can change a lot in ten years unless we allow our pasts to define us. Which is aptly alluded to in Carly and Martina’s latest stylistically smooth Pop single “10 Years Later”.

Expect Californian sun-soaked melodies and a chorus so catchy that it might need some persuading to leave your synapses alone. But the Chicago-based duo did much more than create just another easily ingestible earworm. They used their introspective and experience to how far you can come by not letting rejection and regret shape the future. With resonant lyrics in the verses leading up to the insanely infectious countdown in the chorus “8 crazy exes, 7 big mistakes…” 10 Years Later is a track which bleeds radio-ready resonance.

The power of the Country Pop harmonies combined with the authenticity of the sentiment behind Carly and Martina’s latest release definitely isn’t something you hear every day. Especially from 17-year-old songwriters.

You can check out Carly and Martina’s latest single 10 Years Later for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast