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Baby Jesus Paper Boy – Expensive Dance Music: A Sonically Eccentric Alt Rock Debut

By day, Chicago-based artist Baby Jesus Paper Boy is a public school music teacher, by night, he’s a multi-instrumentalist and Alt Rock alchemist.

Expensive Dance Music is their debut single which dropped in October 2020. It’s an incredible testament to their expressive, energetic style which allowed the track to resonate as playful. But that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of maturity in the sonically arrestive debut.

It’s jangly, it’s funky, it’s practically Post Punk on ecstasy and the sax solos will leave your mind feeling like microwave soup. There’s plenty going on in the quite literally electrifying soundscape, but Baby Jesus Paper Boy pulls it all together with all too efficacious structuring, and, of course, the serious amount of soul brought to the table with their vocals.

We definitely won’t be making him do lines for this debut.

You can check out Baby Jesus Paper Boy’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kevin Braun has released their all too relatable single “Dark Side of the Mind”

I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who will have been getting acquainted with the darker side of my mind in recent months, and I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who will find Kevin Braun’s piercingly resonant single Dark Side of the Mind a playlist-worthy hit.

The Alt-Rock single experimentally incorporates elements of both Industrial and Pop. Which may not seem like an aural match made in heaven, but under Kevin Braun’s alluringly deft production, they fit hand in glove.

Thanks to the grinding rhythms, it’s as sexy as Nine Inch Nails’ more sultry tracks and as visceral and electrifying as Static X’s noisy mechanical hits. The contrast between the ferocity of the instrumentals and the harmonic magnetism of Kevin Braun’s vocals ensures you’ve never heard anything quite like this before. Even if you’ve been struggling to get excited by new music lately, Dark Side of the Mind won’t fail to hit the spot.

You can check out Kevin Braun’s latest single for yourselves via Spotify or SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

jecht_0 – Signs: Viscerally Charged Industrial Electronic Rock

Sydney based artist and producer jecht_0 has recently dropped their masterpiece of an Electronic Rock album “Pt2”. With nice bitey infusions of Industrial in the tracks, any fans Celldweller, 3teeth, Orgy and Nine Inch Nails will definitely want the album in their ears.

While each of the tracks is a soul soother for the angsty and disillusioned, the perfect introduction to jecht_0’s viscerally atmospheric style is track 1 “Signs”. The viscerally charged aural storm may throw plenty of harsh discord your way. But atop of the sonically fierce fuzz are jecht_0’s evocative vocals which will allow you to feel every word in the raw arrestive lyricism.

Alternative artists whose tracks truly resonate as unique aren’t found every day. Yet, with jecht_0 the distinction practically slaps you in the face. Pair that with the flawless production of Signs and you’ve got another reason to start getting excited about the exceptionally promising breaking artist.

Signs is available to stream via SoundCloud with the rest of jecht_0’s album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Just Flare releases Dragonfly Hunters: A magical and calming piece of music

Three-piece Indie Rock band Just Flare have dropped their recent single ‘Dragonfly Hunters’ . It’s safe to say that this trio is exactly what 2020 needed, a revised and fresh take on the popular genre and they nailed it.

The style is so nostalgic, it’s calming and it’s so interesting to listen too. From the vocals, to the instrumentation to the overall sound, it truly is a brilliant piece of music. A light strum on the acoustic guitar,as Hannah Lawes comes in with her modulated vocals, using a wide range of light tones,

Halfway through the same guitar tune plays this time a hard-hitting drum beat is added as the pitch of the vocals gets higher and you get a little more insight into the Rock style this band offers. The instrumentation almost gives off this fantasy sound as in your running through the woods, it tells a story with the use of instruments, it’s such an intriguing song to listen too and the vocals are incredible.

Just Flare sure knows how many insane Indie Rock hits and it’s one that stands out in many ways, you must check out this band, we can’t wait to see what they do next!

Be sure to check out Just Flare’s new single Dragonfly Hunters by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

Tryst Has Released Her Baroquely Dark Feat of Alt Rock “Vulgar Virtue”

Someone may want to inform Lydia Lunch that she’s got competition after up and coming Alt Rock artist Tryst released her latest single “Vulgar Virtue”.

Vulgar Virtue is a baroquely dark feat of electronically-driven Rock with elements of Industrial, Synth-Pop, Post-Punk, and Metal weaved in for indulgently dramatic effect.

With unrestrainable vocals which bleed just as much adrenalizing appeal as the heavy caustic instrumental arrangement which comes complete with buzzsaw riffs, Vulgar Virtues has all the essential components of a successful goth anthem.

Any fans of Nine Inch Nails, My Ruin, Depeche Mode and Marilyn Manson are going to want to find the time to check out Vulgar Virtue. And thankfully, there’ll be plenty more to come from Tryst in 2020. As Vulgar Virtue is the title track to the NY-based artist’s upcoming album.

You’ll have to wait until March 21st for the album to drop. In the meantime, head over to YouTube and check out the stunningly fierce official video to the single.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Thrv – Deaths of Despair: Eclectically Progressive Rock-Infused EDM Synth Pop

As you’d expect from an electronica track titled “Deaths of Despair”, there’s quite the serving of immersive aural despondency within the instrumental mix from up and coming artist Thrv.

Yet, as the mix progresses, you’ll hear the full tonal palette explored as the six-minute soundscape takes you through a journey of happy Synth Pop, snappy Funk-driven Disco, and heavy riff-laden Rock riffs thrown in for good measure.

With the Synthpop and soaring riffs combined, Deaths of Despair feeds you all of the best parts of the 80s simultaneously. Which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we certainly appreciate the all too palpable ingenuity in Deaths of Despair.

You can check out Deaths of Despair for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Superterranea – Replicant: The Artist Who Created an Aural Flood with His Synthwave Hit

Describing any track as a masterpiece always feels a little exaggerative, yet, I’m lost for what else I would call an electrically arrestive hit which resonates like nothing that you’ve ever heard before.

While I’ve spent a fair amount of time listening to the synth pioneers create their own brands of EDM, the way that Superterranea lay down their synth lines in Replicant allows you to feel that you’ve just undergone your very own epic adventure.

Spacey sonic hits aren’t exactly rare but Superterrenea puts a distinctive twist on Replicant, so it doesn’t feel all too War of the Worlds. With the same amount of experimentalism as you would enjoy from a Bjork track, Superterranea brings Synth-driven soundscapes into an anthemic Rock arena. You’ll need very little persuasion to crank up the volume and envelop yourself in the visceral, slightly ominous soundscape as it reverberates through you.

Simply put, Replicant makes the Arctic Monkey’s synth dabbling with their latest album sound positively amateur. And while the vocals don’t get showcased all too much, they still bring a great dynamic to the sound, as no matter how many effects are laden on the vocals, the power doesn’t fail to captivate you. The vocals from Jessica Blaise Ward were fairly reminiscent from what you can expect from Shiny Toy Guns and Yeah Yeah Yeahs; and there definitely isn’t enough of that on the contemporary soundwaves.

You can check out Superterranea’s latest track Replicant for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Alchemy Live Up to Their Name with their Single “Intertwined”

Even from the first verse of the up and coming Rock band’s standout single “Intertwined” from their debut self-titled album it becomes immediately obvious just how they came up with the name ‘the Alchemy’.

With Intertwined the East Sussex, UK based 4-piece powerhouse created a potently powerful sound which carries a certain amount of reminiscence to bands such as Incubus with the plaintive lyrics resting over the melodic Rock track. Yet, the layers of electronic effect give the Alchemy’s sound a slight pop feel. Perhaps the most notable element in Intertwined was the fact that even though the emotive Rock single got the Pop style production, the raw and authentic Indie feel to the sound was never lost.

You can check out The Alchemy’s single Intertwined for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast