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Lo-Fi Sludgy Shoegaze and Post Punk, converge in Nikolai Parker’s latest despondently sweet single “June”

https://nikolaiparker.bandcamp.com/track/june

Boston, Massachusetts-based Alternative artist Nikolai Parker dropped their latest single “June” on June 16th, we’re already hooked on the sludgy immersive aural despondency.

The progressive soundscape starts with chorally absorbing guitar notes floating high above the steady rattle of the drumbeats, but as June progresses, the momentum picks up and discord starts to bleed through.

In true Shoegaze style, Nikolai Parker’ vocals bleed slightly into the mix. Yet not so much so that the lyrics are lost in the melancholically-tinged soundscape.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Nirvana and Slowdive collaborated on a record, you’d be able to get a good idea of what is in store when you hit play on June. Aptly. the track is as dark and stormy as the month of June in 2020. Admittedly, after hearing Nikolai Parker’s release, it felt increasingly harder to feel morose.

You’d be hard-pressed finding a more indulgent infusion Shoegaze, Post Punk, Grunge and Lo-Fi Rock from a contemporary artist.

You can stream and download June for yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dream Pop Meets Neo-Soul in DaveJavu’s Blissfully Transcendent Debut Single “Summer Sun”

Dream Pop meets Neo-Soul in up and coming artist DaveJavu’s debut single Summer Sun. The sun-kissed oceanic single oozes authenticity and good vibes in equal measure. Not only do you get a taste of the Copenhagen-based artist’s creative ingenuity, but you also get to immerse yourself in hypnotically transcendent waves of gentle euphoria.

The track was inspired by the feelings of happiness when something goes right in the world. Even if you haven’t felt that way in a while, Summer Sun invites you to feel those very same warm fuzzy feelings.

Expect a Mike Patton level of aural invention from Summer Sun. I never thought I’d see the day where I’d get to say that about the debut single from an up and coming artist. Naturally, we’re all too stoked to hear that Summer Sun is just the first track to drop from DaveJavu’s upcoming album Beach Groove Odyssey.

You can check out Summer Sun for yourselves from June 19th via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vvolla – Never Untrue: Blissfully Resolving Neo-Soul Pop Served with a Twist of Psych

Irish fourpiece Vvolla has made their debut with the blissfully resolving Neo-Soul Pop single “Never Untrue”. Within it, you’ll find layers of beguilingly nostalgic tonal warmth paired with Emily Lannin’s distinctively alluring vocal dynamic.  Vvolla makes it all too easy to feel right at home in the Jazz-soaked melodies in Never Untrue. Even from the first hit.

I especially appreciated the Blues Rock guitar solos which take the soundscape to the next level thanks to the nuances of psychedelia which were definitely unexpected after ingesting the chorally sweet accordance which led up to the kaleidoscopic solo.

You can check out Vvolla’s single Never Untrue for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mhic poignantly captures 21st-century anxiety in her resoundingly tender debut release “Fear”

Up and coming Indie Pop artist Mhic recently made her debut with the resoundingly tender single “Fear”.

Mhic didn’t just capture her own fear in the downtempo minor-key melodic soundscape. She encapsulated the anxiety and guilt which is drilled into our psyche daily. With striking lines such as “I can’t raise a kid in a world that’s burning” and acknowledging how easy it is to feel problematic for simply existing, Fear hits hard. Yet, there will always be a priceless amount of comfort in tracks such as Fear. It’s so easy to feel isolated by your own fear, Mhic proves just how universally bruising fear really is.

Fear is available to stream via all major streaming platforms including Spotify via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 83 7H3R3 4 M3: Captivatingly Sweet Acoustic Alt Rock

83 7H3R3 4 M3 is the instantly endearing single from 8udDha bl0od which any fans of  The Smashing Pumpkins are going to want to check out.

The acoustic Alt Indie track may seem a little twee in comparison to 8udDha bl0od’s other releases, but the captivating tones offered an all too welcome view of the artists more amorous side.

The intricately quaint acoustically-carved reggae melodies created the perfect platform for 8udDha bl0od’s soft yet sonorous all the same vocals. My soul feels significantly fuller after listening to 83 7H3R3 4 M3, if yours still functions, it’s likely that you’ll feel exactly the same after listening to the aurally resolving track fade to a quiescent close.

You can check out 83 7H3R3 4 M3 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brat Pitt Has Released Their Unmissable Indie Dream Pop Debut Single “Wallow”

Singer-songwriter Brat Pitt has made their debut with their unforgettably stunning Lo-Fi Indie single “Wallow”. If you could imagine what it would sound like if you put the Beatles, Elliott Smith and The Smiths in an aural blender, you’ll get an idea of just how distinctively mesmeric Wallow is.

The intimate bedroom Pop feel amplifies the accessibility of the candidly connectable single which has plenty of earworm potential. While the nuances of Surf Rock, Psych Pop, and Indie Jangle Pop ensure that you’ve never ingested dreamy melodic alchemy quite like this before. With an upcoming EP in the works, Brat Pitt is definitely one to watch.

You can check out Brat Pitt’s debut single Wallow for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rose Haze – Edge of Something: A Modern Artistic Take on 90s Indie Shoegaze

Fans of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive definitely won’t want to miss out on the latest release from Indie artist Rose Haze. “Edge of Something” evokes 90s nostalgia whilst simultaneously giving you that all too rare sense of aural euphoria which can only come from hitting play on a brand-new artist offering pioneering vision, and deft artistic execution through their sound.

There may be more nuances of Pop than you would find in a 90s Shoegaze hit with the clear vocal diction which sits neatly above the instrumentals. Yet, you’ll be able to expect the same sludgy mesmerism from the guitars which still resonate as cuttingly angular despite the layers of Reverb.

Edge of Something is so much more than your ordinary revival track, and Rose Haze’s arrestive approach to production is definitely anything other than assimilative. The up and coming artist achieved a moody yet ethereal track with Edge of Something, and it’s not all too often that we can say that.

You can check out the latest single from Rose Haze for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fern has dropped Fast Forever

Fern has dropped their latest single ‘For Forever’ this combination of Soft Rock intertwine to create this compelling and unique piece.

Starting off with that low and slow-paced instrumental that light riff on the guitar and the tap on the bass drum, having that Rock essence flow through the instrumentation but keeping it mellow throughout. It’s more on the quiet side, embracing the smooth style that Fern has to offer.

The vocal ranges are insane, the way his voice adapts perfectly to the rhythm that collides in the background is what makes this song stand out. Having that same slow pace as he sings and keeping everything at a certain volume, which makes you hear the gravelly tone in the vocals.

Every element that has been added into this piece, is what makes Fern so unique. He adds his own twist onto the ever-growing sound of music and really modernises it in an incredible way.

Be sure to listen to this one by Fern, you won’t regret it. We can’t wait to see what he does next!

Listen to Fern, For Forever by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Moises drops newest track terrible mood: A modern twist on Synth Pop

Artist Moises has dropped their latest single ‘terrible mood’ giving you a modern take on Synth Pop and Indie.

A very minimum amount of vocals through this piece, mainly based on the variety of sounds to create that upbeat flow and high energy throughout. Using that synthesizer to give it that more fast-paced techno rhythm, as the riff on the guitar begins to creep up and then escape into the background.

When the vocals do begin to approach, they’re very much synthesized giving it that more eerie techno approach as they drift in and out of the instrumentation, keeping the volume to a low, but making sure that they still stand out.

This one combines a wide range of genres, using the style of Synth-Pop to its advantage to create something spectacular. Be sure to check this one out.

You can listen to Moise’s terrible mood by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Kurudj – Lose My featuring Alan Chuan and Alyssa Mendelowitz

Up and coming Pop artist Kurudj has recently released their stunningly sedative fourth album ME 2. A Conformist. While each of the hazy Lo-Fi tracks is as tranquilly sweet as the last, the perfect introduction to Kurudj’s lofty Alt Dream Pop style is Lose My.

Lose My features vocals from Alan Chuan and Alyssa Mendelowitz and incorporates elements of Folk and Melodic Indie Hip Hop to create an unpredictably amorous soundscape which stays lucid while offering a significant serving of hypnotic catharsis.

The accordance is stripped away as the track moves towards the outro as discordant tones are thrown into the mix along with fervent synth melodies and cavernous blasts of distorted bass. It was a bold stylistic move, but any fans of Mr Bungle would undoubtedly approve.

You can check out Lose My along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast