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I Just Need You To Know: Brecon Guthrie sings with purpose on ‘How To Be Better’

With a smoothly transformed outlook and curiously catchy vocals to supremely brighten up our dull lives, Brecon Guthrie returns with a freshly sprinkled new single with his latest track ‘How To Be Better‘.

Founded and kept alive by Chris Adam, Brecon Guthrie is a Glasgow, Scotland-based indie pop solo artist.

Fusing in that sassy synthy soundscape and pounding the sensually shuddering speakers in almost reckless abandon, he expertly layers some deliciously memorable guitar work which is up there with the best in the game.

There is much to enjoy here from a terrific singer on the top of his game – with a sweetly produced soundtrack that you will find yourself dancing to – as the nosy neighbors open their curtains to take a pesky peek. The energy is alive like the feeling you get when you are swimming underwater in a clear blue ocean with colorful fish nibbling at your naked feet, as there is so much to feel healed by on this tremendously fluid effort.

How To Be Better‘ from the Glasgow, Scotland-based indie pop act, Brecon Guthrie, is a lovely single from an artist on a mission to move up to a new level in life and leave the past behind. He sings with a meaningful attitude and simmering a souful gaze, as he brightens up the airwaves with this highly enjoyable new single.

Check out this high tempo effort on Soundcloud and see more news via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Different Worlds: Glasgow’s The Too Late drop debut single ‘One Hit Love’

With a ravishing romantic energy and a smooth chorus so catchy you might feel the urge to sing along, The Too Late have us holding hands with those we truly care for on their hot debut single ‘One Hit Love‘.

The Too Late is a Glasgow, Scotland-based indie Electro-Pop duo. They are a fairly new music act and seem to have a real skill for causing hearts to flutter and bodies to groove to their epic vibrations.

Two eclectic music tastes combine to give you a style of music that will make you feel a whole spectrum of emotions.” ~ The Too Late

One Hit Love‘ from the Glasgow, Scotland-based indie Electro-Pop duo The Too Late, has our delighted minds buzzing with fascination at that silly romance we all crave. With the world so serious and love seemingly caught in a swipe-and-click bottle that is so fake at times, this is exactly the message we need to hear. Its okay to have fun as that what love is actually about, as you find the human you feel that real connection with. Its all about that precious laughter anyway.

Hear this mood booster on Spotify and find out more on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

KURO has dropped the antipathic industrial hit of the year with ‘Lividity’.

After a bass-dripping slam of an intro, KURO’s latest single, Lividity, asserts its volatility early in the mix before unravelling around poppy industrial hooks and serpentine antipathic vocals. If you’ve been mourning the downfall of Jimmy Urine recently, you’ll find just as much salacious charisma here.

It has been a while since I’ve had my finger on the pulse in the industrial scene, it took the incandescent talent of KURO to draw me back in with their monolithically fierce guitars and the earworm potential in the magnetically antagonistic vocals. Not only is it an instant hit at surface level, but Lividity also serves a deeper purpose. In their own words. here is how Lividity transpired:

“I wrote Lividity in an attempt to capture the discomfort, rage, and volatility felt by ethnic minorities during the tumultuous events of the BLM riots sparked in the wake of 2020’s events as well as the StopAsianHate movement- which was exacerbated by the racial division sadly spurred on by pandemic.
These traumatic happenings seemed to create a black hole of negativity and distrust in society that enabled many in positions of power to engage in horrific behaviour with little consequence at the expense of the vulnerable. The video highlights this. I and we, as a band, wanted to highlight this, raise awareness for it, and hopefully push to make a positive change that could contribute to the ending of these problems. However, to really do so, we all need to come together, and time will tell with that.”

Industrial music and gripping lyricism don’t often go hand in hand; instead of offering a series of thoughtless reprises with the aid of a rhyming dictionary, KURO digs deep into the macabre to exhibit the veracity of contempt behind this instantly infectious harsh electro-rock hit. Frankly, we’re obsessed.

Lividity is the first single to be released from their upcoming EP, Death by Aesthetic, due for release in October 2021. KURO are also set to join the industrial icon, Grendel, on tour. Tickets are available for purchase via Bandcamp.

Connect with Kuro on Facebook & Instagram.

Stream the official video on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Liquid mind: Victoria Sponge delight the taste buds with excellent party story ‘Talk About Tonight’

Making us all smile broadly with heartfelt advice on when not to have a sneaky shooter, Victoria Sponge enthusiastically funk up these dull days, with their exciting new single called ‘Talk About Tonight‘.

Victoria Sponge are a delicious five-piece indie-rock band from the thirsty hills of Glasgow in beautiful Scotland. They fuse together that busty bass riff greatness that your whole body sways to, as their cheeky charm has you at hello.

”This song is a loving tribute to the world’s unrequited lovers ending their nights out with an ill-advised sambuca shot.”- Victoria Sponge

They pick up your grumpy mood in a flashing instant, as the rumbustious rhythm here is a welcome vaccine bolt to your eager veins, the whole package delivered is incredibly catchy and you feel like this is a band you can’t get enough of. They have fire in their bones and slide behind to bar to take over the whole night with welcoming abandon.

The story about a fun night out rings true, as things are going well and then you stumble, rejection hits and things are not what they were a few moments before. Then, that fleeting moment arrives as you know that you should probably call a cab to call it a night. Great memories were had but now its time to head home, your emotions mixed but still smiling deep down as your head starts to fizzle and the sleepy eyes slowly close after the nights adventures.

Talk About Tonight‘ from Glasgow’s Victoria Sponge is a waterfall of wonder through your happy ears, as their honest take on an average night out makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you want to listen again and again.

Stream this gripping single here on Spotify and see their live show info on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Opening your eyes to the true path: “Nice To Hear You Smile’ from Hippy is a modern day story of going against the system

Glasgow based singer-songwriter Paul Hipson and guitarist Hugh Frizell join forces to combine into the creative outfit called Hippy. The Indie-Rock storytellers have blessed our ears with ‘Nice To Hear You Smile’ which is the 10th song off their debut album called ‘Behind Every Song Is A Story’. A powerfully presented song that strikes your conscious hot and this could be the perfect wake up track to remind us to live our own life each day.

His vocals are clear and concise, with lyrics about standing up for yourself and knowing your true value. Life is crazy with twists and turns tying you up like a scout knot so you need to good friends around to make you smile. The insidious pressures of modern day life are eloquently portrayed and the truth that is sung and spoken about are spot on.

Being your own person and thinking for yourself has never been more important with so much focus on the news and not on much more important topics like self-improvement and opportunities to do what you love. Being stuck in that rat race wheel of life is so unhealthy and ultimately will cause more harm than good; even if at first you think the opposite is true.

With their cutting edge honesty, gritty vocals and the kind of fiery guitar style that gives you those welcome shivers of excitement, Glasgow’s Hippy wake us up on “Nice To Hear You Smile‘. This sterling effort is a relevant anthem that has been created to open the blinkers off lost souls that have been so focused on themselves and have failed to look at the bigger picture. Being happy inside counts more than what is in your bank account as long term, your soul needs to be fulfilled with laughs and self-awareness.

Hear this new song on their Spotify and find out more about the duo via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Zak Lyon speaks about a destructive relationship on indie-folk ‘Nothing Changes’

Nothing Changes’ from Zak Lyon is a sad indie-folk song about how relationships can get out of hand sometimes.

Zak Lyon from Glasgow is back and this is quite an interesting story. This is the story about how things can get physical even though you don’t want things to. You blame yourself in the end and things will never ever be the same again. The relationship will be scarred forever sadly.

Nothing Changes’ from Zak Lyon strums through with his passionate vocals and a guitar style that is very unique. The Glasgow singer-songwriter is a quality singer and speaks on a subject that is often taboo. He sings with such power and you can feel the pain in his voice. This is a soulful song that is very sad and I feel rather down after hearing this. Sometimes things never change and it’s up to us to deal with it and make changes where we can. In the end we are in control.

Stream this fab indie folk song here on Soundcloud.

Here is the Bandcamp link.

Click here for the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Album Review: ‘Cold Hands, Burn Slow’ from Fiskur

UK singer-songwriter Fiskur is here and he comes out with one of the more underrated albums of 2020 with ‘Cold Hands, Burn Slow‘.

Fiskur was formed by Glasgow songwriter Ross Clark, previously the front-man of Three Blind Wolves.
After Three Blind Wolves ended, Ross was left spinning in the wake of big changes, unsure what to do next. Returning to his roots and taking time for himself, Ross spent a lot of time fly fishing in the River Kelvin. During these lazy afternoons knee-keep in rushing water, he found some much-needed solace and inspiration. With fresh clarity and led by the desire to be challenged, the first songs for the record were created.

Ross then joined forces with longtime friends Andy Monaghan and Chris McGarry to complete the Fiskur sound. Focusing on more electronic sounds from Andy and the driving thump of Chris’ drums, Fiskur’s first record is an exploration into insecurity and the basic fears and hopes we all share in life. Ross’s songs take an honest look at how even at one’s lowest, we are still driven to change and grow.

The highlights on the new release in my ears are definitely ‘I Become Silver‘, ‘Servant‘ and ‘Emerger‘. The storytelling is particularly splendid here with the acoustic energy that fires through the speakers. The moody but vivid sounds put me in a reflective mood and is a welcome listen. This is a soulful artist who is such a talented artist.

Cold Hands, Burn Slow‘ from Fiskur is an excellent release from the experience singer-songwriter.

Stream the album here on Spotify.

Click here for the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Scotland’s Constant Follower opens his heart and sends us valuable advice on ‘Set Aside Some Time’ (Official Video)

Constant Follower is a soaring ambient dream pop experimental folk group from Glasgow in Scotland. They are here with the new song called ‘Set Aside Some Time‘.

It’s always a good idea to set aside some time to get your mind right. You know that you need this as it will help you get over some feelings. Talking them out to dry and to move on with your life. Setting time to find yourself is absolutely vital and this is such an inspirational story of self-finding yourself from memories of youth, to now.

Constant Follower from Scotland are a chilled group who have brought us a little classic here. The journey of self-discovery is especially relevant during this traumatic time of upheaval. ‘Set Aside Some Time‘ is a terrific video and song that inspires us to fully find ourselves and not stop until we have done this.

Stream this new track here on YouTube.

Click here to stream via Spotify.

Head to Facebook to find out more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Glasgow’s Carla J. Easton wants us to ”Get Lost” in her dreamy beats

That rare moment has just happened. You listen to a new song and you get chills. You know that this is absolute quality and you smile like Goofy. A big silly grin emerges like a hungry sea crab that has smelt dinner from above. ”Get Lost” from Carla J. Easton has just wafted into my lonely room and I just want to dance any worries I have far away into the stars. This might be my new favorite song of 2020. Her voice has me mesmerized.

Released off Olive Grove Records, this a synth infused pop track with dreamy galaxy kisses floating merrily all over the dance floor. I’m actually lost in this song and I like it. This is a much better experience than getting lost at a festival and not finding your tent no matter how much you look.

Produced and Mixed by Stephen Watkins, this is such an intriguing track with a wild beat that keeps the stomp on. Radio play must be on the cards and if not then some cages need to be rattled.

Get Lost” from Carla J. Easton is a world class release that deserves lots of love and affection. I would hug this song if I could. This is an artist that I would travel hours to witness live. 2020 just got a lot better.

Head through to Soundcloud to witness this special soul as she impresses with this striking music.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Web-phonic and radiophonic: Glasgow based artist A Maxwell set to release his new single Dawn

Coming up as a solo project, Glasgow based songwriter and producer A Maxwell releases his new single Dawn that will be premiering on May 31.

Dawn gets into the scene as an upbeat pop-rock ballad that flows cheerfully on an ongoing tempo and sets hearty vibes for Maxwell’s lively vocals. As opposed to many pop-rock efforts out there that often lack a solid percussive feel, here the rhythmic section functions exquisitely and produces a substantial and uniform sequence of beats and loops you may easily want to dance along to. Mixing this with a steady guitar playing, that levels up only in the solo but perfectly staying on the melody, Dawn has a clean structure that makes it just so natural to appreciate.

Presenting catchy choruses that are so simple and engaging to sing along to, and coming in at only 2:30, Dawn marks itself as both web-phonic and radiophonic, so should you be driving by the seaside, you’ll certainly need to turn up the radio to set the proper mood for the day.

But for now, you’ll have to wait only a couple of days to listen to Dawn pre-save the track here.

Review by Jim Esposito.