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Feeling lonely in this distant world: Ireland’s Dubh Lee evolves her sound on ‘Carousel’

Set for audio release on the 20th November 2020 and with the music video dropping in December, this has an honest Bluesy-Rock feel that means you are hooked tight, with the intimate feel presented. The start is full of rhythmical melodies that you feel are so pure and fresh, just the way you like it. Soon we are thrown into a story of loneliness that is so way too normal this year, with the exquisite voice of Irish singer Dubh Lee’s new song called ‘Carousel‘.

Her voice grabs you and feel her pain, the year has been a whirlwind of emotions that has tested the patience of even the most chilled person in the world. The story of being by yourself, trying to be smart and keeping safe, soon you just can’t take it anymore, and you desire that human touch again from friends and your future lover.

With a Blues-Rock Garage style that has so much appeal, the bass-lines are so hot you might need to have a cold shower to cool off. You can’t help but feel the sadness attached, the frustration paramount, in this wild year of 2020. Her voice echoes through your soul, this is a musician that has evolved from Indie-Folk, to a more edgy and gritty sound.

Carousel‘ has that extra bit of quality attached and that fat bass is a blessing to our lonely hearts, the cries are heard loud and clear as Dubh Lee is so honest as so many of us can relate to her current predicament.

Life has been turned upside down so we need to find good habits to hold onto, and keep them close when the world resembles some sense of normality in 2021.

Hear this tremendous talent on her Soundcloud and follow her Facebook for more releases.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The Kid and I tackled the sufferance in grief with their Indie Garage Rock hit “White Feather”

The Kid and I’s latest Indie Garage Rock track, “White Feather”, is a tender extension of compassion orchestrated to reach out to anyone who knows how hard the grief hits while validating the struggles of anyone coming of age and attempting not to slip through the cracks.

Their exuberantly raucous Garage sound which is laden with scuzzy hooks amps up the energy while the imploringly empathetic vocals offer a grabbable olive branch of connection. I can imagine it will be a fair while befor the infectiously charismatic chorus stops reverberating around my mind, but the earworm to the epic infusion of Pop Punk, Alt Rock and indie will always be welcome.

You can check out White Feather which dropped on November 13th via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Take a cruise with J. Moriarty’s reflectively smooth Indie single ‘Ride Side’

J. Morarty has, in recent years, lived in Morocco, the Maghrib, the West Bank, and Appalachia and now resides in Ohio. ‘Ride Side’ takes in this rootlessness and lack of stability, mixing it all up in a Covid Quarantine-induced haze into a transpositional, transportive piece which puts the listener into the time and place Moriarty occupied when composing.

Gently acoustic, beautiful strummed guitar chords pushing the melody along behind a vocal from Moriarty steeped in sixties or seventies Gram Parsons Americana mixed with Evan Dando’s ‘ All My Life’ or the quieter, chilled moments of the ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ album – think ‘Hanna & Gabi’ or ‘My Drug Buddy’ and you’re pretty close – before the suddenly off-tempo slapped-percussive ‘ooh ooh ooh’ bridge catches you unaware, bringing in the full psychedelic Leslie-cabinet instrumentation and reminds you that this is a modern, thoroughly grown-up track that twists and turns stylistically through handclaps and bass-line led pop, but all held together masterfully by Moriarty’s soulful vocal delivery.

Hear ‘Ride Side’ on Spotify, and follow J. Moriarty on Instagram and Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Celebrate your insanity with Bones Shake’s psychiatrically scuzzy latest single ‘Unwell’

Manchester’s most volatile purveyors of super-charged Garage Rock, Bones Shake, dropped their latest single ‘Unwell’ on November 13th. If you’ve been involved in a clandestine relationship with your insanity during lockdown, cast the shame away with this psychiatrically scuzzy aptly timed release.

You can practically smell the aseptic stench of institutionalised sickness behind the raucously electric production which tugs at the undying roots of Rock n Roll while sonically shifting the raucous tones into the 21st century.

I almost feel pity for neurotypicals who won’t get to gorge on the catharsis offered by the most electrifying release, to date, from the lauded Rock n Roll provocateurs.

It’s the perfect scuzzy Garage Rock playlist staple for those long and cold disquiet nights. It’s a far safer option than listening to The Smiths.

Unwell is available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SHAW is set to drop their euphorically sonic Alt Pop track “Tired”

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Up and coming Pop artist SHAW is set to drop their most dynamic track yet with “Tired”. While the title sets you up for a sedate soundscape, SHAW subverts expectations and slams you right into a high-octane hit.

The energy practically pulsates through the euphoric track which pulls in elements of Garage Rock, Jazz, Rap and Indie Electro Pop to create a viscerally electrifying hit which contains one of the most hypnotising synth solos I’ve ever heard. It’s like Mozart himself laid down the progressions.

After all of the high-vibe sonic momentum, Tired fades out to the quaintly quiescent strumming of a ukulele in one of the most endearing outros we’ve heard. Tired is a rollercoaster, one that you’ll repeatedly want to ride.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out SHAW’s provocatively poetic single for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out their 2 earlier releases via Spotify.

Keep up to date with SHAW’s latest releases by heading over to Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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C. Moore Music mashes up the Alt 90s sound with “Knockin’ Around”

https://cmooremusic.bandcamp.com/track/knockin-around

NYC Folk Punk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist C. Moore Music left us instantly enamoured with their genre-mashing single ‘Knockin’ Around’ which featured on their 11th solo record ‘Unruly’.

He may be a prolific artist, but Knockin Around proves that quantity never comes before quality by boasting transfixingly arrestive hooks right from the intro. The dynamic soundscape may see many of evolutions as it progresses, but your attention will never be in danger of faltering from the grungy almost tribalistic momentum which ebbs and flows in this stunningly crafted single.

With a vocal vibrato which would give Eddie Vedder a run for his money and a freshly sonic smorgasbord of Psych, Blues and Folk on offer instrumentally, Knockin’ Around doesn’t just revive what previous artists allowed us to fall in love with. He brings nostalgic aural elements into a contemporary realm with his own signature sound which will be a hit with any fans of Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

You can check out C. Moore Music’s single Knockin’ Around via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hook into the grooves of Favor’s latest Psyche-infused Garage Rock track “Wishing at the Well”

Austin, TX Alt-Indie trio Favor’s recently released single “Wishing at the Well” is the taste-breaker that your Alt Indie playlists have been crying out for. The rhythmically captivating track simultaneously oozes sex appeal and commercial appeal. There really is no room to wonder why so many have been drawn to their massive yet intimate sound.

There’s a slight nod to 60s Psych and there are some elements of old-school Garage Rock thrown in for good measure. But with the dynamically-sonic appeal and the freshly alluring vernacular in the lyrics, Wishing at the Well offers all the distinction you need to confirm that Favor is one of the most authentic newcomers to the airwaves.

With their rhythmically raucous energy and their ability to make a strong connection with the listener – in spite of the DIY-style production, you don’t really need any more indicators that Favor is an Indie Rock trio well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out Wishing at the Well by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Breaking artist DiLisio blooms in their latest Alt Rock Hit “Flower Bed”

Pittsburgh-based artist DiLisio (Mark Jeffries) may be renowned for his ability to cook up rock n roll earworms, but that barely alludes to what is on offer in their standout single “Flower Bed”.

Yes, you’ll want to listen to it again. Yes, it has all the infectious appeal which will leave you itching to hit repeat, but there’s so much more to the mind-melting feat of Alt-Indie Rock. The guitar tones in Flower Bed will tear right through you. DiLisio’s approach to Garage Rock which incorporates nuances of Blues, Pop and RnB is one of the most cutting sounds we’ve had the pleasure of being lacerated by in 2020.

While you try to keep up with the sonically seismic changes in momentum, you’ll become aware of just how intrinsically arrested you are by the artist’s rhythmic prowess. Then there’s the vocals, the unpredictable volatility of them and the sheer level of emotion which will crawl under your ribs as you listen to the candidly introspective lyrics. I have an overwhelming amount of awe for any artist willing to bleed their soul into a soundscape. Naturally, I’m awe-struck with DiLisio.

There are some aural nods to The Black Keys and Jack White, but the visceral full-throttle nature of the track affirms that assimilation had very little to do with the orchestration of this unforgettably eruptive release.

You can check out DiLisio’s track Flower Bed via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Odd Ones Out made a defiantly grungy debut with their sludgy Alt Rock hit “I’ll Be Fine”

Many artists can only dream of amassing the same amount of hype around their debut release as Odd Ones Out did with their angsty, immersive Lo-Fi Alt-Rock debut single “I’ll Be Fine”.

The defiantly-titled sludgy track has the potential to leave Trap kids and fans of noisy, sludgy Garage Rock alike enamoured. The candid, sourly soulful vibe of the inventively textured track is bang on trend.

The jangly indie guitar notes find just enough room to ring out in the high-energy production which unravels with an intensely emotive sting, especially thanks to the despondently magnetic vocals which will throw you right back to the Alt-90s.

You can check out I’ll Be Fine by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Garage Rockers AlterModerns impress on debut track ‘Day Off’

This is a strong debut outing from AlterModerns on their brand new rock track Day Off’.

Released off This Could Prove Fatal, this is a psychedelic rock bouncer with powerful energy. They have a terrific vibe and rip through on this 1 minute firestorm. The vocals are fantastic and the guitar smash in, you listen closely and just want to dance around on this one.

For a debut, this is all about doing fun things on your day off. You want to play as work has been hectic. This is that fun song to turn up real loud to wake up the neighbors. The garage rock style is for all to see and this new Brazilian act really strut their stuff on this rocking single.

AlterModerns from Brazil might just be your new alarm call with Day Off’. Putting this on your phone will certainly get you up and that is the beauty here. This is a new band that have just teased us on what they are capable of. Bring it on.

Click here for the Soundcloud link.

Head through to the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen