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Brother vs Brother has released their stunning feat of Indie Shoegaze “Con Arena en Mis Ojos”

Up and coming Alt Indie artist Brother vs Brother released their stunning Shoegaze EP Vol 1. containing the standout single “Con Arena en Mis Ojos” on May 14th. The evocatively atmospheric soundscape is sure to be a hit with any fans of Slowdive, the Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.

Even though my unilingual mind was unable to decipher the lyrics, you’d need to be tone-deaf not to register the resolving sweetness in Con Arena en Mis Ojos. The track may be melancholically-tinged, but ultimately the tonally effervescent track is as uplifting as you’re likely to hear from any breaking Indie artist. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Brother vs Brother’s single Con Arena en Mis Ojos for yourselves by heading over to YouTube. Or, you can listen to the full EP on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bennett – Stimulation: Melodically Smooth New Wave Trap

https://music.apple.com/us/album/simulation/1502740983?i=1502741316

Las Vegas Hip Hop artist Bennett dropped their latest self-produced album Stimulation in March 2020, anyone who appreciates ahead of the curve ambient Pop Hip Hop are undoubtedly going to want to make time for this smooth melodic release.

The title-track is the perfect introduction to Bennett’s sentimental songwriting approach and talent when it comes to pulling together a light yet immersive soundscapes which will hook you in from the first verse.

Their New Wave Trap style borrows a few vocally harmonic elements from RnB Pop, but the futuristically fresh track firmly remains in the realms of contemporary Hip Hop.

You can check out Bennett’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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lily hughes – together: Delicately Lynchian Dreampop

Shoegaze and Pop seamlessly entwine in up and coming Alt Pop artist lily hughes’ standout single “together”.

The Lynchian and abstract soundscape may be a little lighter and softer than you’ll be accustomed to hearing. But the gentle nature of the minimalistic beats and the delicate mesmerism of the vocals will make sure that when you hit play on together, your attention has little chance of faltering.

The production style with together may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for anyone who likes to slip into comforting reverb-laced dreamscapes, you’re sure to appreciate the captivating distinction in together.

You can check out lily hughes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Calls – Fall Inside: An Indie Psych Playlist Essential

The Calls found the perfect balance of Indie, Psych, Shoegaze, and Post-Punk with their latest transfixingly reverb-soaked single “Fall Inside”.

The Leeds-based newcomers made sure the melodies are equipped to make your soul feel lighter while also bleeding a potent amount of 90s nostalgia which is sure to appeal to fans of the Stone Roses.

Their talent transcends assimilation through their signature tonal experimentalism. The progressions come with a captivating kaleidoscopic hypnotic appeal. There’s also a more cutting edge to Fall Inside which means fans of The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen will want to make room for Fall Inside on their playlists.

The Calls have well and truly broken the mould with Fall Inside. I can only imagine how unholy the walls of noise they conjure in their live performances are.

You can check out the official music video to Fall Inside which premiered on March 6th for yourselves via YouTube.

Keep up to date with the latest releases by The Calls via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Island Empire has created the ultimate aural paradox with their upliftingly sedative single “Air Sea Rescue”

Island Empire is an Indie Alternative Electronica duo who borrow elements of 80s Synthwave and Dreampop. But they definitely aren’t a band who can be defined by their influences.

Instead, their sound would be better understood if I alluded to their music by telling you that they created an aural paradox of uplifting sedative music. Especially with their recently released poised and polished single “Air Sea Rescue”.

The London-based artist has successfully dragged Dreampop into the realms of the accessible with” Air Sea Rescue”. The single may be warm and concordant, but there’s also an ample amount of moody gloom lingering between the notes giving the track an incredibly atmospheric feel.

You can check out Island Empire’s single Air Sea Rescue for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FMFL – Functional Music for Lovers: Electrifyingly Cathartic Dreampop

Functional Music for Lovers is the debut dreampop album from FMFL, if you’re looking for an electrifyingly cathartic mix, you’re in for an absolute treat, also a Theremin… who doesn’t love a Theremin?!

Each of the ten tracks on the album progress with blissfully nostalgic tonality, fluid progression and solid structuring, FMFL knows exactly where he wants his soundscapes to take you and leads you there with his deft command of the synthesiser. Some of the tracks run a little more playfully than the more pensive tracks to the debut album, which gives the album a great diversity and makes it the perfect soundtrack to kick back to. When you get to track number 5 ‘Labyrinth’ on the album, it’s hard for your ear drums not to stand to attention, after you’ve just been treated to ambient dream wave, things take a more industrial turn. Yet even with the heavier tracks the vocals remain to be as sweet as ever- they do one hell of a job drawing you into the transience of the melodies with pitch perfect harmony.

FMFL’s debut album Functional Music for Lovers is scheduled for release on August 8th, 2018, so save the date, and prepare for some of the most fragile, dreamy electronica soundscapes that you’ve checked out this summer.

Stay up to date with news on the drop by heading over to the artists Facebook page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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James Baley – Moonwave: Lucid Lullabies

James Baley is a Dreampop connoisseur, his debut track Moonwave has definitely caught our attention; the lucid and transcendental style is something that all music lovers are going to want to get behind. The Toronto based singer and songwriter is unambiguously blessed with musical talent, his work has been in the public arena since a very young age which has given him a plethora of time to perfect his sound and the ability to convey his emotion through the music.

As a song writer Baley encapsulates the sound behind his spirituality and devotion to his family to send a strong message of divine sensibility and passion behind his lyrics. He takes influence from other strong vocalists such as Bjork, Lauren Hill and Ella Fitzgerald. His latest hit Moonwave speaks of his raw playfulness which projects through his music to create a distinctively atmospheric sound.

Baley has a unique lyrical styling and interesting elemental production which uses complex jarring effects over the vocals, I’m not usually a fan of overly dubbed vocals, but there’s just something so charming about the lyrics when put against such a lucid sound.

Check out James Baleys captivating hit Moonwave on the SoundCloud link below

https://soundcloud.com/imjamesbaley/moonwave/s-RlE7L