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Frances Gein has released her infectiously antagonist proggy grunge-pop hit Lest for Stress

Frances Gein

The 90s-inspired LGBTQ+ singer-songwriter, Frances Gein, made her debut in 2021 after learning guitar during the pandemic – not that her latest single, Lest for Stress, will let you believe it.

The stellar grungy sad-pop hit will remind you of how sweet it was to discover your reigning rock icons as you lose yourself in the choral energy of the guitars and realise just how infectious The Scotland-based artist’s magnetic attitude is.

There are a few hints to hole in the lyricism, but sonically, Lest for Stress carries the same angsty soul as Blondie and The Pretenders while teasing hints of prog rock that lend themselves to the unpredictability of the earworm.

In her own words

“Lest for Stress is an angsty sarcastic social critique of being broke. It’s not a revolutionary song, but it’s a fuck you to everything, everyone, and even myself”.

She’s the icon we never knew we needed.

The single is due for official release on February 11th, 2022. You can check it out for yourself on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jangle Pop Meets Grungy Garage Rock in Juniper Avenue’s Latest Single ‘Disfunction’

With an intro that could rival the poppy jangly energy in This Charming Man, you’ll fall head-first into Juniper Avenue’s latest single, ‘Disfunction’.

It doesn’t take long before the feat of new wave indie quintessence slips into a darker, more despondent indie styling that takes hold of the same biting energy exuded by The Strokes.

Beyond reminiscence, Disfunction sits right on the contemporary trend of finding no shame in stating that you’re fairly close to losing the plot. With a touch of grungy garage rock to the vocals which still bleed soul despite their raucous nature, Disfunction offers everything you could ask for and more.

With vocals that will be a hit with any Chris Cornell fans, eclectically wild instrumentals and the raw lyrics which don’t just scratch at superficiality, Juniper Avenue is definitely worth putting on your radar.

Disfunction is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lounge Act Jam – Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be: Despondency Laced-Shoegaze

Any fans of Slowdive are definitely going to want to check out the standout single “Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be” from up and coming Portland, US-based artist Lounge Act Jam.

Their distinctive brand of ‘Underdog Pop’ offers all of the dreamy, gritty and despondency-laced effect-glazed guitar tones and the bleeding vocals which you’d expect to hear from Shoegaze pioneers.

Yet, with a stunning contribution of Psychedelic Rock on the outro and slight nuances of Jangle Pop, they’ve more than made their abstract mark on the genre.

You can check out Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ella Babicci – Twisted: Rhythmically Raw Throwback Grunge Pop

Hitting play for the first time on Ella Babicci’s debut track Twisted, I could have sworn I was listening to an Angel Olsen single. That’s not to say the Brisbane, Australia based Singer Songwriter doesn’t have her own iconic style. The guitar driven riffs to her latest track Twisted combined with the rhythmically on point drum rolls creates the perfect track instrumentally and vocally setting her apart from pretty much every other contemporary artist in the ever expanding genre. Ella Babicci’s iconic Grunge Pop style is something that is sure to resonate with anyone who gets a little nostalgic about the 90’s. Ella’s angelically raw yet domineering take you on a macabre meandering journey through her psyche, using her pensively penned lyrics to draw you in and the hooks make sure you stay. There’s a distinct Lo Fi reverb over her debut track Twisted that not every fan will appreciate, but for me, it creates a new wave of synergy that draw you even further into the track.

Ella Babicci’s 2018 debut track Twisted is now available to listen to over on Spotify, you’re not going to want to miss it.

Review by Amelia Vandergast