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Kian Russell Band – Bullet Through the Heart: Virtuosic Blues Rock

After getting a glimpse of Kian Russell Band playing live via one of Live Circuit’s videos on Facebook, I’ve been itching for an official release. That itch has definitely been scratched by the release of their first EP “Off the Ground”.

At the age of 16 years old, Kian Russell has already proven that they’re an aural force to be reckoned with. Especially through the first track on the EP “Bullet Through the Heart”. It’s Buckcherry style raucous rock, with a sublime difference. And it’s that sublime difference which saw Kian Russell becoming a Blackstar Amplification endorsed artist. His riffs in Bullet Through the Heart will have your heart in your throat as you listen to the virtuosic licks break into a colourful Psychedelic Blues which have a palpitatingly sweet effect.

So often when a guitarist can hit you with that kind of fretboard mesmerism, it’s easy to cut corners in other aspects of the track. Yet, it’s captivating from start to finish. Kian Russell’s effortlessly magnetic vocals carry the perfect amount of charisma and swagger without being abrasive. Combine that with an atmospherically unforgettable chorus, and you’ve got a hit.

Kian Russell is inarguably one of the most exciting up and coming musicians we’ve heard this year. It’s only a matter of time before major waves are made.

You can check out Bullet Through the Heart for yourselves along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Can you categorise SAWCE’S Latest Track ‘Years Ago’?

https://youtu.be/pw23kiHyOcg

Sawce is a music project with a sound and a set of aesthetics that are quite hard to really categorize. Their blend of electronic music is textural, haunting and highly atmospheric, with lush reverb tones, sparse beats and deep drones that add harmonies and depth to the mix.

“Years Ago” is a thought-provoking songs that combines the quirks of electronic instrumental music with the airy openness of instrumental rock. The electric guitars come in half-way through the music, at first introducing some gentle clean melodies, but later, allowing the lead guitar to shred away with some cool lead tones with an 80s feel – Think Steve Vai jamming with Explosions In The Sky, with Massive Attack providing a cool beat!

This song has a truly special vibe and an almost nostalgic feel. The main synth riffs are absolutely stunning, as well as the sweet, mellow overtones of the keys and guitars. It’s impressive how this song allows various genres to collide, including math, post-rock, chillwave and guitar-oriented rock!