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Reject your nihilism with Etoile Marley’s alchemically eclectic track ‘LockItDown’

I would probably sell my soul to be able to exude as much confidence and positivity as Etoile Marley did in her latest release ‘LockItDown’ which throws back to 70s Funk Rock, weaves in elements of Neo Soul and finds its structure around Old School Hip Hop.

The jazzy-soul driven hit is practically an intervention, you’ll feel any lingering apathy or pessimism evading you as soon as you hit play. LockItDown is an accordantly high-vibe hit, but it makes no bones about confronting you with the very real fact that you’re in charge of your mentality.

Only an artist with an insurmountable amount of talent and vision could blend elements of Hip Hop, Blues Rock and Dark Pop to such an alchemic effect. It’s safe to say that you’re going to want her on your radar.

You can check out LockItDown via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Pleaseprettylea – Yack!: Conceptually Avant-Garde Dark Pop

Pleaseprettylea

West Midlands, UK artist Pleaseprettylea is due to hit the airwaves with her artfully enticing Dark Pop single “Yack!” on November 25th. With elements of Hip Hop within the darkly hypnotic production, the single transcends genre as it unravels as a powerfully conceptual single which deals with the concept of sickness in relation to vulnerability, trauma and vices.

Pleaseprettylea is never afraid to tackle taboo or difficult concepts in her tracks, Yack! is definitely no exception. It unravels as a theatrical breath of fresh air in a time when baseless information around mental health and self-care seems to be found in every corner of the internet. But with Pleaseprettylea’s Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in counselling, you can fall into the soundscape and find trust in the artist’s wisdom and alluring sound which shares the same immense level of expression as artists such as Bjork, PJ Harvey, Amanda Palmer and Kate Bush.

Yack! is due for release from November 25th, pre-save the track on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I Passed Away serves a smorgasbord of 80’s Goth, 90’s Emo and Electro Alt Pop with ‘Brainwave’

I Passed Away

Starting off as a modern hyperpop dance/rock banger, ‘Brainwave’ showcases I Passed Away’s versatility, moving through 80’s goth, 90’s emo, and electro alt-pop disco crossover at the swelling instrumental middle eight breakdown.

There are elements of early 90’s alternative rock around the vocal production, coming across at times like a slightly more mellow Layne Stayley, but overall I Passed Away has a unique and instantly recognisable vocal sound. ‘Brainwave’ is a well-crafted piece, marrying solid, gripping melodies with catchy keyboard hooks, a driving bassline, and clean, crisp production. There are clearly influences of hip hop and ambient artists in ‘Brainwave’ too, along with the more obvious indie and emo tropes, but primarily I Passed Away has crafted a novel, individual, and mature piece of modern dance/pop crossover that bodes well for future releases.

Check out I Passed Away on Soundcloud and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mivedrix shows us her ‘Alien Soul’ with this slice of deep, dark electropop.

Dark, brooding electropop from the effortlessly cool and rebelliously anonymous Mivedrix, ‘Alien Soul’ builds synthesisers, electronic samples, percussion, and acoustic instrumentation with Mivedrix’s multi-layered, prominent harmonised vocals to paint a glowering, ominous tale of alienation, loneliness, and the ever-present struggle to ‘fit in’.

Singer, songwriter, performer, and producer Mivedrix sells a story of the fears of self-expression in a world where the negative impact of ‘difference’ can be catastrophic, yet ‘Alien Soul’ is ultimately empowering, uplifting, and inspirational. Inspired herself by artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, and classical composers such as Debussy, Mivedrix’s debut single will be released across all platforms on the 11th November.

You can check it out via SoundCloud.

Review by Alex Holmes.

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UK Alt Pop artist Parkerxx gets dark and Avant-Garde with her latest release ‘Lights Out’

Horsham, UK-based artist Parkerxx proved with her latest single ‘Lights Out’ that she is blessed with the ability to offer a mainstream sound without ever having to compromise on the distinction you can find within it.

With her tendency to take inspiration from a myriad of sources such as fashion, art and literature, her sound boasts a transfixing Avant-Garde air. Paired with her striking vocal range, Lights Out is a commanding mix which will allow you to feel like a moth to a flame right from the first verse in this intoxicating Dark Pop track.

All artists create music for different reasons. Parkerxx’s reason to endeavour with aural expression makes investing in her sound even more worthwhile. In her own words, here’s what she had to say:

“I create music because it is impossible for me not to. It has always been an outlet for me and has allowed me to process emotions and experiences. I find the human experience fascinating and I hope that when people listen to my music they feel less alone and connect with the messages.”

You can check out Parkerxx’s single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The XO have dropped their dark pop ripper of a track ‘What A Waste’

Starting out with a traditional trappy hip hop sound, “What A Waste” soon reveals its true colours – a dark pop ripper of a track, guitars, heavy drum and bass kicks, vocal samples, and a chorus so hooky you could hang your coat on it. “What A Waste” sounds as much like early 2000’s alt-rock stormers “A” as it does pop or rap, a true radio-classic pop-rock-hip-hip crossover track that defies easy pigeonholing, and is all the better for it.

Comprised of Jake Harris, Andre Cesares, and Tanner Vaughn Stephen – all previously members of the band Cobo – the Dallas, Texas-based trio made waves in the alt-rock scene with their debut single “November”. “What A Waste” combines those same underground punk and alt-rock stylings crossed with modern pop and hip hop, mixing dark driving rock with ear-wormy pop that will stay in your head for days.

Hear “What A Waste” on Spotify from November 1st, and make sure to follow The XO on Facebook and Instagram.

 Review by Alex Holmes

 

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Through betrayal breathes Electro Pop Poetry in Denae’s single “last night”

Electronica artist Denae has never been one to hold back in her tracks, yet her latest track, last night takes piercingly provocativeness to another level. You won’t just find compassion as she runs through the galvanizingly spite-fuelled verses, but you’ll get to share that lacerating feeling which often comes hand in hand with betrayal.

last night is a flood of visceral urgency and desperation to lyrically suck out the poison. The catharsis through the expression resonates right from the intro.

The track will lead you into darkness, causing you to run through any scornful moments that leave you a little less willing to trust again, to love again, all the while leaving you in adoration for Denae’s honesty and ability to convey striking emotion through her tantalising dark electro-pop track.

You can check out Denae’s single last night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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December Fades pays a stunning tribute to the fallen with “Say Their Names”

December Fades

We all need to slip into a little minor-key melancholy from time to time when we want to be torn away from our own pensive narratives and tune into new ones to find less-odious ways of viewing the world.

December Fades’ latest single Say Their Names does exactly that. It poignantly, poetically and powerfully commemorates the lives of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd while softly, scathingly attacking the injustice which brought about their deaths. It may be a sorrowful single, but it affirms that beauty can bloom from tragedy. December Fades and their darkly soulful approach to Pop is exactly what 2020 needs, a reminder that vengeance doesn’t need to be violent or ugly. Kill them with kindness. Kill them with poetry entwined in melody.

Say Their Names was released on October 23rd, you’ll be able to check it out for yourselves by heading over to the artist’s Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Xeren Lia – Swipe Right to Drown: A Sultry Dark Pop Earworm Which Pays Ode to 90s Industrial Rock

https://music.apple.com/us/album/swipe-right-to-drown-single/1534283646

Swipe Right to Drown is the third single to be released from Texan Alt-Pop artist and producer Xeren Lia. It threw me right back to the 90s while greeting me with galvanizingly fresh energy.

Not many artists manage to replicate the sex appeal of Nine Inch Nails while simultaneously offering authenticity, but Xeren Lia manages it with ease. The soundscape may be slightly more turbulent than Trent Reznor’s sultry rhythms, but that perfectly ties in with the theme of Swipe Right to Drown which was penned after a bad breakup and a serial-dating experience. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Desperately aching for connection, for something visceral, only to get wrapped up in superficial affection we want to scrub away the next day. I really hope I’m not alone there. But what I suppose I’m trying to say, is that Swipe Right to Drown is one of those tracks which stir up a smorgasbord of unexpected emotion and will set every one of your senses alight.

That definitely doesn’t happen every day. You won’t want to let this release slip you by if you’re a fan of the darker side of Pop.

You can check out Swipe Right to Drown for yourselves by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘Out of My Head’ from St. Louis singer Alibra is a passionate soul-saving call to find herself again

Out of My Head‘ from St. Louis singer Alibra is a passionate soul-saving call to find herself again, deep in the foggy midst of the wild jungles underneath us currently in 2020.

Alibra is a Los Angeles native and an Alt-Dark Pop artist with a flair of a seasoned creative, deep into her art-form and expression of her world right now. She is a whirlwind of a talent and this is all about making sure your ego doesn’t rule your head. You need to be clear in mind, body and soul to be truly happy inside. There are no quick fixes.

Your vision is blurry and something weird happens. You find your perspective know what you need to do.

St. Louis singer Alibra puts on quite the show with her electric style, she is authentic and not trying to be like another else. Quite the opposite in fact. This is a strong, intelligent and gifted artist who is putting her many talents to spell-binding results on ‘Out of My Head‘.

Click here to the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen