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Dark Indie


Cafe Ena is determined to love again with ”Make Room”

Getting into that mental space to love again can be a very difficult and traumatic time. Feeling love is a rejuvenating experience and one that we all need to have. On the other hand, you have been let down before so are understandably nervous to take that plunge again.

Austrian born singer-songwriter Cafe Ena has just released a dark indie blue song called ”Make Room” and takes us through her journey to her current place, so that she can find her deserved peace and happiness.

Verena Bachinger aka Cafe Ena, is currently based in stunning Lisbon in Portugal. She has traveled around the world and has incredible stories to tell us all. Her new EP, the aptly named, “Locked Spaces“, is set for release so it’s been a productive time in quarantine for the tremendously talented singer-songwriter.

”Make Room” is a self reflective & haunting memory from the fantastically honest Cafe Ena. She draws us into her bleak picture with dark and moody melodies, never letting us go. She is striving to love again and breakout of her locked up room and heart, flirting with the idea and we wonder if she succeeds or not.

Stream this excellent song on SoundCloud.

Review by Llewelyn Screen


Blondmodel – WEIGHT: Emotively Warm, Tonally Glacial Alt Indie


Shoegaze, Post Punk and contemporary Indie converge in the hauntingly sublime standout single WEIGHT from Alt Indie trailblazers Blondmodel.

The experimental mix even finds room to lay down sonically caustic blasting synth notes into the soundscape which offered nothing but accessible accordance up until the track neared the outro.

Despite the palpable authentic creativity which went into the single, there are familiar hooks to ensure that it’s not just an easy track to slip into, it’s a track which wholly consumes your consciousness as you listen to the sheer emotion which doesn’t just come from the absorbingly soft vocals. The pensive yet soft instrumental melodies also possess the ability to crawl under your ribs.

Any fans of the National, Editors, Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild will undoubtedly want to check out WEIGHT for themselves.

WEIGHT is just one of the singles which features on Blondmodel’s 2020 EP “Neon Lights, Lonely Nights” which was released on March 27th. You can check it out by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


All the Machines Release their Anthemically Dark Indie Self-Titled Single

There aren’t many Indie artists who have the ability to successfully weave together a track with anthemic energy and darkly poignant lyricism. Yet, London-based breaking talent All the Machines managed to do so with stylistic ease with their self-titled single which dropped in February 2019.

It’s so much more than your archetypal Indie track which you would hear drop on a sticky student dancefloor following Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys, so much more.

If you could imagine the angst of the Manic Street Preachers’ Holy Bible album weaved into a more concordant soundscape, you’d get a good idea of how viscerally arrestive the guitar-driven track is. Combining the light and textured tonality of the acoustic guitar with the buzz saw riffs of the electric was nothing short of a genius move from All the Machines. There’s also plenty of use of atmospheric spatial effects – which you may be more accustomed to hearing from Bauhaus or the Cure.

All the Machines may be one of the most exciting up and coming Indie acts on the underground right now; get them on your radar whilst you can still witness them in intimate venues.

You can check out the latest track from All the Machines by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast