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Alt 90s Britpop & Folk Rock Converge in 8udDha bl0od’s Latest Single “Wasn’t Enough”

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Wasn’t Enough is just one of the singles which feature on Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od’s latest EP which will appease fans of Folk-Rock and Alt 90s Brit Pop alike.

Wasn’t Enough may be one of the more stripped-back tracks on the EP, yet, despite the slower pace, the track possesses the same intensity that you’d find in one of 8udDha bl0od’s more experimental Alt Rock tracks.

As Wasn’t Enough progresses, the tone moves away from organic absorbing warmth as the acoustic instrumentals are replaced by distorted guitars and plenty of sonic aural curveballs are thrown in for good measure.

No matter what kind of guise 8udDha bl0od’s creativity falls under, it’s always a pleasure to lose yourself within it.

You’ll be able to check out Wasn’t Enough along with the rest of 8udDha bl0od’s Folk-Rock EP from May 3rd via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – Pushing You Under: A Vivaciously Sonic New Trajectory in the Evolution of Folk Rock

8udDha bl0od created a brand-new super-charged trajectory in the evolution of Folk Rock with their recently released single “Pushing You Under”.

The Brighton-based artist’s vivaciously sonic approach to Folk-Rock is absorbing from the first verse in Pushing You Under which kicks off as an energetically electric feat of melodic Alt Folk before amping up the intensity of the chaos in the soundscape. The unpredictable progressions lead you through walls of heavily distorted guitar until the whole track fades into static with plenty more inventive distinction in between.

Pushing You Under serves as the perfect introduction to 8udDha bl0od’s constantly evolving sound. It’s impossible to predict what will come next, yet, one thing which remains as a constant is the palpable sense that the artist has thrown themselves entirely into the soundscape with no thought to stylistic constraints. It’s certainly not every day you will hear a track which allows you to share the artist’s pure creative catharsis.

You’ll be able to check out Pushing You Under along with the rest of 8udDha bl0od’s Folk Rock EP from May 3rd via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Melissa June Band has dropped Your Name

The Melissa June Band has dropped their latest single ‘Your Name’ combining their country sound into this uplifting and intriguing piece.

Starting off with the calming sound of the violin that illuminates the background and adding in the fast pace strum on the acoustic guitar as the vocals begin to seep through. The vocal ranges are incredible and the high notes are hit perfectly, nothing is out of the tune and it all combines together in such an impressive way.

Tending to reach more for the high-pitched vocal throughout, having that melodic sound to it with the soft texture that is added, flowing in and out of the classic country instrumentation to create this enjoyable and interesting to listen to piece.

Listen to The Melissa June Band’s Your Name by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

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8udDha bl0od – HAUn71ng: D3M0n5: Candidly Cathartic Alt Folk Blues

Any fans of Alt Folk which comes with an ethereal chill will undoubtedly want to check out the smoking gun of a single “HAUn71ng: D3M0n5” from the experimentally dynamic Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od.

8udDha bl0od put his distinctive mark on a timeless sound with HAUn71ng: D3M0n5. It was more downtempo, accordant, and organic than their recent releases. Yet, it was engorging to hear the artist put their soul at the centre of the vocally-led track. 8udDha bl0od’s Indie Blues vocals float synergistically above the stripped-back acoustic soundscape which is candid as it is cathartic.

HAUn71ng: D3M0n5 shares the same accordant arrestive allure as tracks by the like of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Elliott Smith, but 8udDha bl0od definitely didn’t fail to make the soundscape his own. It feels like that should go without saying when it comes to 8udDha bl0od’s music.

You can check out HAUn71ng: D3M0n5 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Escape the Social Media Static with Bluebyrd’s Cathartically Stunning Indie Folk Single “Find Your Way”

If there’s any voice I’m gratified to hear in our confusingly dystopic times, it’s Bluebyrd’s. Their latest single “Find Your Way” is a melodically uplifting feat of Indie Folk Rock which will dissolve the antagonism, fear, noise and vanity which you’ve swallowed online.

It serves as a poignant reminder to step away from the dopamine-sucking static which you’ll find as you’re scrolling through your newsfeed. The single also serves as an accordantly immersive soundscape which offers plenty of escapism through the timeless tones.

This is exactly the kind of music I hoped would come into fruition during lockdown. The UK-based singer-songwriter offered everything I never knew I needed to hear in this stunningly warm track. My soul feels suitably full, and not for the first time through listening to one of Bluebyrd’s singles. Their previous release “Not The Only Show in This Town” was unforgettably resonant.

You can check out Find Your Way for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alli Millstein – Psychic Distance

Alli Millstein provides well crafted folk rock at its most vulnerable with her new single, “Psychic Distance”. Rising indie-folk artist, Alli Millstein released her new EP, “Psychic Distance” on February 7th.

The title track from her latest EP, “Psychic Distance” will have you reminiscing about past relationships and the evidential changes that follow. Similar to fellow indie icons like Sheryll Crow and Courtney Barnett, Millstein clevely crafts her songs to remain in the minds of those who listen. Her “haunting melodies” and longing lyrics really compliment the mellow folk rhythms, sending listeners to a well designed sentimental soundscape. Touching on relatable themes throughout “Psychic Distance”, Millstein taps directly into the core of indie rock while creating a dreamy atmosphere that’s easy to drift into.

It won’t be long before she finds her own ground in the Brooklyn scene, following the likes of other female fronted NY acts like Crumb and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Feel free to check out the single “Psychic Distance” by heading to Alli Millstein’s Spotify.

Review By Spenser Judd

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The Lone Canary – Leave the Gray: Hypnotically Suspenseful Americana Folk

https://thelonecanary.bandcamp.com/track/leave-the-gray

The deep bending acoustic melodies in the prelude prepare you for a sombre soundscape in the Lone Canary’s latest single “Leave the Gray”. Yet, you’ll find a smorgasbord of emotion offered by the Rockford Illinois-based Folk Americana artist in their unpredictably explosive single. It’s a fitting ode to the Folk artists who lay down the roots of the genre. Leave the Gray is positively arcane.

With the vocals carrying slight reminiscences to Stevie Nicks while the instrumentals meander through their intricate rhythms, Leave the Grey is an ethereal soundscape full of suspense and emotion. When the instrumentals reach peak momentum, you’ll be locked within a gorgeously wild array of high-octane alchemic folk. The transition is so seamless, you’ll need to hit repeat to appreciate just how the progression was made. Smokey Blues to searing riffs is no easy evolution.

You can stream and download The Lone Canary’s single Leave the Gray via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dean Angelo Lazzara – Generation Dreamer: Expressive Riff-Laden Up-Vibe Alt Garage Rock

If you can let Dean Angelo Lazzara’s single “Generation Dreamer” crash to a close without being warmed by the expressive riff-led endearing defiance it contains, you might want to check if your soul is still functioning.

Any fans of Eagles of Death Metal are sure to instantaneously appreciate Dean Angelo Lazzara’s sunny approach to Rock which strips away the tough exterior and offers an anthem to unite the ‘dreamer generation’.

You can see Generation Dreamer as Dean Angelo Lazzara’s deftly mastered way of saying ‘Okay Boomer’. There’s already enough hate lingering in the atmosphere. So, instead of adding to it, the upbeat hit unifies through resonance instead of anger. If there’s anything that the world needs more of right now, it’s artists like Dean Angelo Lazzara who are ready to spill their vibrant optimism and serve reminders to not let existentialism consume you.

The sticky-sweet choruses carry the perfect amount of Psych colour. And the James Dean Bradfield-style chomping guitar riffs ensured that no matter how playful the single is, it’s still an aural force to be reckoned with.

You can check out Generation Dreamer for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant Nesmith – Every Night: Celestial Shoegaze-Infused Alt Country

https://grantnesmith.bandcamp.com/track/every-night

If you’re always craving potent hits of archaic aural bliss, you’ll be able to scratch the itch by pressing play on Grant Nesmith’s single “Every Night” from their debut solo album “Between Tides”.

With inspiration from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Shoegaze pioneers, Grant Nesmith was able to pull quintessential elements from a myriad of genres and tie them together to create a feat of uplifting alchemy.

Every Night filled me with the same fuzzy euphoric feeling as I get when I delve into one of Cheap Trick’s indulgently sentimental, nostalgically blissful singles. But as the track progressed, the instrumentals became transcendentally celestial. Allowing Every Night to become an intensely emotional experience comprised of sonic layers of hypnotic choral sound.

You can check out Every Night along with the rest of the debut album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matthew Burhans – Words: A Debut of Soulfully Resonant Indie Folk Pop

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Matthew Burhans is set to make their debut in January 2020 with the candidly captivating Indie Pop Rock single “Words”.

If done well, music can allow us to feel like we’re having open conversations with total strangers. The same warming, affirming sensation can flow through you as you listen to lyrics which are made all the sweeter by catchy melodies which can leave you feeling as though a connection has been made. Matthew Burhans more than achieved this with their debut single.

The guitar work is just as sweetly magnetic as the humble honesty as you will find in the lyrics. Well, you wouldn’t expect anything less than nuancedly evocative guitar work from a Nashville musician, would you?

You’ll be able to check out Words for yourselves from January 10th, 2020 via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast