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Jack Lyon has released their heartbreakingly bitter-sweet Indie Trap Pop single “100 Calls”

Breaking artist Jack Lyon has recently released their third single “100 Calls”. Prepare to fall in love with the heartbreakingly bitter-sweet Indie Trap Pop hit.

Along with the familiar sound of the solid 808s, there are intricately absorbing guitar notes adding to the depth and the emotion of the soundscape which is already intensely evocative thanks to Jack Lyon’s vocals and the humility-soaked lyrics.

100 Calls may be tonally light, but the stark, poignant and all too relatable regret which was projected into the mix hits hard. Perceptibly, Jack Lyon held nothing back in any aspect of the orchestration in 100 Calls. He’s exactly the kind of connectable and expressive artist we need on the airwaves right now. We’re already stoked to hear what comes next.

You can check out Jack Lyon’s latest single 100 Calls for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Punk and Post Punk Converge in Jack Kendrick’s Latest Single “This Is A Call”

As soon as the vocals in Jack Kendrick’s Indie Alt Rock single “This Is A Call” kicked in, my soul immediately knew about it. This Is A Call may be the only track on the airwaves with the ability to simultaneously appease Post Punk aficionados and Pop Punk kids alike.

If Papa Roach and Interpol collaborated, I can imagine it would sound a lot like This Is A Call.

The evocative vocal approach along with the intensely stylistic instrumentals prove to be an incredibly alchemic pairing. As the track progresses, your mind becomes caught between the intricate nuances in the soundscape and the sheer amount of soul, passion and pain which was projected into the awakening single.

You can check out Jack Kendrick’s single This Is A Call along with their earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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The Hazel Effect has dropped their game-changing Emo Trap track White Gold Trim

American Emo Trap pioneer the Hazel Effect dropped their indulgently dark and stormy latest release White Gold Trim on June 14th. We’re already obsessed with it.

The infectiously visceral earworm kicks off with a teasing start before sliding into an anthemically fierce infusion of Emo and Trap. If there’s any track with the capacity to unite Pop Punk kids and New Wave Trap fans, it’s White Gold Trim.

As much as I enjoyed White Gold Trim hitting my ears at home through my headphones, it instantly made me wish that the angsty banger had first introduced itself on a sticky dancefloor with like-minded nihilists.

You can find the resonance in White Gold Trim for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Homecoming has released their punchiest Indie Pop Punk single to date with the release of “Prime”

Pop Punk, Post Hardcore and Indie Rock all entwine in the explosively adrenalizing recently released single “Prime” from breaking San Antonio-based artist Homecoming.

They’ve gone right back to the roots of Emo and Pop-Punk with the bouncing anthemic choruses which stand as a testament to the production standard of Prime. Yet Homecoming played a bit of Machiavellian trick as they allowed the harmonically magnetic vocals to be interrupted by the raw screamo lyrics. The seismic shift in energy definitely wasn’t expected. Yet, it made the sticky-sweet choruses which followed even more absorbing.

No review of Prime would be complete without mentioning the guitar which borrows Indie Rock nuances to ensure that the track isn’t just a heavy-hitter. There’s also a smorgasbord of deftly intricate distinction within their playing style to gorge upon.

You can check out Homecoming’s single Prime for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Early Years – Pitcher Plant: Indie Emo Post-Rock

You don’t need eyeliner in order to craft some solid emo songs. You don’t even need that silly notion that your modern-day problems are so much bigger than everyone else’s. The ability to write some artistic, catchy riffs on the guitar as The Early Years do is a great place to start.

Don’t get me wrong, the Portland, OR-based indie/emo one-man-band The Early Years sound anything like My Chemical Romance. On this song called “Pitcher Plant”, one thing is apparent above anything else; the guitar chords are doing some magic. This acoustic guitar riff is like your emo music Houdini. I’m not kidding; the guitar work on this is excellent.

The vocals are pretty likable too. I dig both the tone and the vocal line as well, it serves the song right. Really, there’s nothing bad that I can say about this song. Even the artwork, which I find pretty 2005-MySpace-era I take into consideration as something entirely positive.

Let me ask you this: Are you keen on flannels? If the answer is yes then this is emo alternative indie acoustic track will be up your alley. Check it out here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Solitary Set – Asking for a Friend: Melodically Visceral Post-Rock

“Asking for a Friend” is just one of the inventively evocative singles which you will find on the latest album “The Series Parallel” from up and coming Alt Rock artist Solitary Set.

The Baltimore-based artist weaved together a potent mix of Emo, Post-Rock, and Hardcore to create a cutting, visceral aural treat which will allow you to appreciate the melodicism which can be pulled out of harsher and more caustic genres.

Asking for a Friend is bordering on cinematic, and I’m sure that this won’t be the last we hear from Solitary Set. With the driving energy behind their sound, it’s impossible not to get caught up amongst the angsty momentum. Expect ample catharsis when you hit play on Asking for a Friend.

You can check out Asking for a Friend for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Daisy – ‘My Baby’s Blood’ Mind-twisting Lyrics

This song is the first standalone EP from Daisy; it’s also mastered and mixed by Luke Allmond and Daisy. When you first get to listen to this song you’re definitely going to have a lot of thoughts in your mind. You’d sincerely have many reasons as to why you should stay put and wait till you hear the last lyrics that comes off from this song.

While this might be a very slow song, it’s actually at the same time the type of song that will make you think too deep in a bid to unravel the factual meaning in what the singer is trying to say in the song.

There is to some reasonable extent an infusion of the artist’s personal sex, love and relationship tale which he’s had or probably still having with his lover. It’s more like a roleplay kind of relationship, perhaps, because you’ll get to a point where the artist mentioned in one of his music lines that “He is her baby’s baby girl and her baby also is his baby boy at least when she’s bored of her other toys”. It’s even really more of a mind twister when you read just the lyrics.

Yeah, the lyrics are somewhat intricately placed and also it’s also skillfully written. So I challenge you to check out the song and be the judge here.

The soothing vocals, and the melody that emanates from the steady percussion string and other set of musical instruments that strums each moment to keep the slow tempo of this song in unison till the very last minute its play time is also not very hard to be noticed.

Other than the part in the middle of the song where there are a lot of pitfalls in the sound/vocal range of the artist, I think this song is a very nice one. I’d be willing to see other works from this artist so I can understand if he’s intentionally good at writing very deep and mystical lyrics just like he so perfectly did in this song.

-LILIAN-DEBRAH

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Brazilian rock band Ego Kill Talent release new single ‘My Own Deceiver’

Many believe that the flame of Rock music has long since smoldered under the vastness and accessibility of modern pop, indie, etc. Ego Kill Talent are here to show us that the flame still burns bright if you know where to look. Turn your ears toward Brazil if you’re yearning for immense drum sounds, heavy guitars and powerful vocals.

Despite the influences from harder rock genres, My Own Deceiver is a versatile single that blends pop sensibility with edgier style. Verses are arranged for easy singing along, even if you only know one word. This is definitely a single that will raise attentiveness at a live show. There’s a respect for classic rock in there as well. You can hear it in the way the song builds dynamically to its climaxes. While modern hardcore enthusiasts will go for full speed and peak volume right out the gate, My Own Deceiver is a track that takes its time and packs a bigger punch for it.

Even if you’re not ready to abandon your posh life of dream pop and folk ballads, there’s a timeless quality to rock music and Ego Kill Talent can dial your mind to a time when you were ready for more energy out of your music. This could be just the gateway you need to break out those guilty pleasure Motley Crue tracks that we both know you love.

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-Paul Weyer

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Carry The Crown release new single ‘Desire’

Rock has always been about dynamic and impact, but it can also be about melody and infectiousness, something that Lincolnshire’s Carry The Crown are more than aware of. They are very much a modern day rock band but it is that small weave of pop awareness that runs through the heart of their songs which makes them much more than just a foot on the monitor rock band trading in past glories.

Desire is that perfect storm of widescreen grandeur, full force deliveries, perfectly executed dynamics and anthemic choruses and at the eye, the hub around which this all revolves, is a melodic heart, one that provides the hooks and addictive melodies. It is this magic ingredient, that pushes their appeal beyond the run of the mill rock fan and into more commercial waters; it crosses old rock demarcations and appeals to a much wider audience. But the clever thing is that it still ticks more than enough of the right boxes for the old school diehards and the younger rock underground to approve. Rock music with mass appeal, how cool is that?

www.carrythecrown.co.uk

Words: Dave Franklin