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8udDha bl0od – L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3

8udDha bl0od’s Alt Folk single L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a far cry from what you can expect from the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith. But the same soulfully pensive tones are prepared to meet you with the same striking resonance.

With piano strings melancholically pulling over the organically woody acoustic instrumentals, there’s a mesmerising interplay of sadness and uplifting accordance. L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a light track, but the vocal and instrumental melodies are as tight as they come in Alt Folk.

L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 isn’t a testament of the Brighton-based artist’s talent. It’s just one facet of it, within their diverse back catalogue you’ll have all the proof you need that 8udDha bl0od’s creativity transcends the ideas of genres and constraints. If you appreciate pioneering artists, they’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single  L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blissful Red release low-key track ‘Catch’

As soon as I saw the cover artwork for “Catch Me” by Blissful Red, I know exactly that I was going to really enjoy this song. The album cover depicts some iconic records by some artists who happen to be among my all-time favourite acts: Iggy & The Stooges, Nirvana, Elliott Smith and more.

These influences can infect easily be traced by in this single. The whispered, soft-spoken vocals create a stunning mellow vibe that echoes the work of artists such as Nick Drake or Elliott Smith himself, but the sound production is a bit more upfront and upbeat, echoing the work of artists such as The Pixes, just to mention a few.

This song is based on stunning layers of beautiful vocal harmonies, strummed acoustic guitars, as well as a steady rhythm section that adds a nice edge to the music.

The song nears the 5-minutes mark, creating a low-key, yet rich sonic atmosphere. This track is actually a perfect example of how artists can actually create really far reaching works by using simple elements and seamless arrangements. In this particular case, Blissful Red managed to build a song based on some truly minimalistic elements, such as guitar, drums and vocals – you don’t need much else to make a good song if you have the right vision!