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Alt Indie artist Felix Fontes has revisited the Alt 90s sound with their eccentric new single “Yikes”

Alt-Indie artist Felix Fontes may have taken a playful approach to the production of their latest single “Yikes”, but there’s a serious amount of infectious magnetism to the eccentrically quaint single.

Yikes is a track which will simultaneously leave you endeared and in awe at the off the cuff ingenuity which Felix Fontes will regularly throw your way. With nuances of Indie, Funk, Soul, Disco and Rock, there’s a dynamic and expressive feel behind the soundscape. And rest assured, you’ve never heard quite like this before.

With the sonic synth lines and soaring psychedelic blues riffs, Yikes is an insanely immersive track to delve into. I have a feeling that any fans of Pavement are definitely going to want this sticky sweet earworm on their playlists. Reminiscences of the Alt 90s sound may be present, but Alt-Indie doesn’t come much more stylistic than this.

You can check out Felix Fontes’ latest single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Canadian indie-pop act Cardboard Cop shows his skills on the mic with ”Why Can’t You See Me Now?”

Cardboard Cop is the recording project of Leonardo Barragan who is an experimental indie-pop from Victoria in Canada. This is such a unique release and his new song is called ”Why Can’t You See Me Now?”.

Why Can’t You See Me Now?” is all about how some people find you invisible after sharing a special moment together. This is such a horrible feeling and one that can cause you to feel really down about it. Cardboard Cop expresses his pain with his signature style that is like no other. He sings with heart and the beat is very laid-back with a summer kind of feel to it.

Cardboard Cop’s Why Can’t You See Me Now?” is the most intriguing song of 2020 and a good vibe for those afternoons while chilling out after a long day. The experimental Canadian artist continues to build up his name and will be a name to watch moving forward.

Stream this unique track here on Spotify.

Check out more about this artist on his Facebook music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The Myricim official video is the perfect introduction to the obscurely sleazy ingenuity of Multimedia artist Adam Plant

Any fans of the American Avant-Garde collective The Residents will undoubtedly appreciate Australian multimedia artist Adam Plant’s film for Hardy Slerg Wamon’s obscurely mesmeric single Myricim.

For the first time in what seems to be forever, I got to experience the consciousness consuming sensation of being transfixed by a music video. The lines between aural and visual ingenuity blurred as reality faded and artful escapism took hold.

It may have been a short and sweet experience, but it left me with the compulsion to delve into the rest of Adam Plant’s artful work. Thankfully, there’s a smorgasbord of sleazy art to be found on their official website.

You can check out the film Myricism for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cucurbitophobia has made a phantasmal return with their chillingly dark Avant-Garde release “Exordium”

https://cucurbitophobia.bandcamp.com/track/exordium

There was no forgetting Cucurbitophobia after being introduced to their 2019 single “Requiem”. How could we ever forget an Ambient Avant-Garde artist whose chosen title is also the name of pumpkin phobia?

After the release of their latest soundscape “Exordium”, we couldn’t resist delving into the Neo-Classically artful tones once more. The instrumental score sets up the most phantasmal Waltz-style piano score which has ever crept into your ears. With a significant lacing of ethereal effects, you’ll feel like you’ve just been dragged around a ballroom by a poltergeist. Given that that’s (probably) never happened to you in real life, you’ll have to hit play to know what I mean.

Exordium is the opening title from Cucurbitophobia’s release “Dies Ferialis (Awakening the Lemurs)”. It serves to set the tone for a dark tale of ancient evil spirits wreaking havoc in a modern world to be told. Rather efficaciously may I add. Bring on the apocalyptic festivals and the walking dead.

You can check out Cucurbitophobia’s single Exordium which was released on June 5th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5

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Brighton-based experimental artist 8udDha bl0od has a tendency to leave us transfixed by their constantly evolving sound. With their upcoming release “SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5” they’ve left us emotionally stung and aurally enamoured once more.

In their usual style, 8udDha bl0od ensured that the track carried an arsenal of curveballs which will throw you from the accordance you have settled into.

As the track kicks off, there’s something incredibly piercing about the artful tone and tempo despite the light textures and transcendent air which breathes around the slightly psychedelic progressions in the ethereally resolving soundscape.

Halfway through the 7-minute track, SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5 takes an unexpected turn and veers in the direction of Lo-Fi Brit Pop which any fans of Blur will appreciate. But the evolutions in 8udDha bl0od’s track doesn’t end there. To fade out, 8udDha bl0od uses a haunting cinematic neo-noir outro which dissipates into the sound of rolling waves.

We needed no more proof that 8udDha bl0od was one of the most talented underground artists around in 2020, but with their latest single, he delivered yet another undeniable affirmation of his pioneeringly astounding talent.

SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5 is due for release on July 5th. You’ll be able to check it out yourselves via SoundCloud from the date of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Immerse yourselves in Enlightenment Saloon’s latest ambient synthwave single “Driving on Instinct”

Immerse yourselves in Enlightenment Saloon’s latest single “Driving on Instinct” and prepare for the nuancedly crafted catharsis.

Ambient Synthwave with absorbing guitar licks in a futuristically captivating soundscape was always going to be a potently transfixing combination. But the stylistic maturity in Driving on Instinct surpasses expectation and leads to transcendence.

Enlightenment Saloon may send you a few 80s postcards while Driving on Instinct progresses. Yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic and captivating drive-home track if you turned on the radio.

After being introduced to the artist’s mesmerising approach to production, I will definitely be returning to their music for repeat doses of synth-led ambience. The blazing guitar solos are practically addictive.

You can check out Enlightenment Saloon’s new Synthwave soundscape for yourselves via Soundcloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Night Auras – No-go to FOMO: Orchestrally-Layered Sonically-Charged Alt Ambient Electronica

https://nightauras.bandcamp.com/track/no-go-to-fomo

UK artist and producer Night Auras dropped their unmissably hypnotically sonic mix No-go to FOMO on May 22nd, 2020.

With basslines, drums and bass trombone weaved into the electrically-orchestrated stylistically prodigal mix, there’s almost a cinematic feel to the soundscape. Yet, thanks to Night Auras throwing in a fair amount of viscerally-charged experimentalism, we can ensure that you’ve never heard anything like this intergalactically-entrancing mix.

If you like to have your finger on the pulse of the freshest new names in Alt Ambient Electronica, you’ll want Night Auras on your radar.

You can stream and download No-go to FOMO via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od shows a (slightly) soffer side with new release iN3x7 2 M3

Experimental and alternative rock artist 8udDha bl0od has released another (this time, shorter named) single ‘iN3x7 2 M3.’ 

While being known for sonically brash and overpowering soundscapes, this number is a relatively softer one. It’s more reminiscent of early Britpop meets grunge and ‘iN3x7 2 M3’ proves that 8udDha bl0od is able to retain a notable portion of his usual artistic presence on the track. 

For those wanting an experimental rock sound made in a Britpop-voiced manner, 8udDha bl0od’s new track could very well be up to your music taste – just don’t expect to be able to remember any songs by name if you dive into his rather rapidly expanding discography. 

Listen to 8udDha bl0od’s new track iN3x7 2 M3 on his Soundcloud account here.

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8udDha bl0od – !n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5: Cinematically Dystopian Scuzz-Laden Psych Rock

!n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5 is the recently released cinematically dystopian single by Brighton-based musician 8udDha bl0od. At least, that’s how it starts.

As the aural doom starts to clear, the ring of the distorted guitars gets sharper while the energy in the mix amplifies through the tribally percussive beats which start to manifest in the mix.

With !n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5, 8udDha bl0od proved that harsh discordant psychedelic scuzz has always had the capacity to be entrancing. Who knew?

No one does progressive tracks like 8udDha bl0od. No matter how many times we delve into his Machiavellian ingenuity, we’re always left psyched. Pun intended.

You can listen to !n57.:.j.:.M: Di0nY5U5 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 8udDha bl0od has taken his sound to celestial new heights with his recently released single

“8!ll&73D580gU5j0Urn3Y;JAckDAn13lj0hn570n:3Arn3s7h0m1ngrAy0n7h38UllD0g5mA5h1ngDjAng05l3m0nPUmpk1n5” is the absurdly titled symphonically celestial soundscape from easily one of the most beguiling artists we’ve discovered in 2020.

Perceptibly, there’s no limit to 8udDha bl0od’s talent, we’ve heard them alchemically attack everything from Psych Rock to Alt Electronica. But this time, they’ve crafted a cinematically arrestive instrumental single. And it’s definitely one of the most progressively epic tracks we’ve heard from 8udDha bl0od so far. Be prepared to fall down a Rabbit Hole. The track kicks off with a Wagner-style orchestral electronic composition which you’ll easily be able to tie your rhythmic pulses to before an unexpected Psych Rock crescendo featuring heavily-distorted scuzzy over-driven guitar following on from the flurried orchestral notes.

We’ll never know what to expect from 8udDha bl0od next, but one thing which remains as a constant is their ability pique our interest with the preludes and leave us well and truly consumed by the outro.

You can check out 8!ll&73D580gU5j0Urn3Y;JAckDAn13lj0hn570n:3Arn3s7h0m1ngrAy0n7h38UllD0g5mA5h1ngDjAng05l3m0nPUmpk1n5 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast