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Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski take us on a Soul Pilgrimage with their latest guitar-infused electronica album.

Long-time collaborators Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski have teamed up once more for their guitar & synth duet album, Soul Pilgrimage. The standout symphonic piece, Freighter Hop, carries the dark and ominous textures of post-punk in the ambiently arranged synth lines while the warm bluesy guitar notes transform it into an invigoratingly optimistic soundscape.

If anyone has what it takes to prove that the future of music will be synthesised, it is Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski. Their album was released on August 25th, 2021; it is available to stream on all major platforms; the vinyl release is due on October 31st, 2021.

Stream Freighter Hop for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ralph Pezzullo sings the ‘Lockdown Blues’ in his latest single

Plenty of artists have released lockdown-inspired singles, but no one can sing the lockdown blues quite like a blues artist, case in point, Ralph Pezzullo’s latest sonically swampy bluegrass single, ‘Lockdown Blues’.

The up-vibe funk-bridled single comes complete with frenetic keys, quite simply virtuosic guitar work and Pezzullo’s expressively honest lyrics that come alive through his country pop-rock vocal timbre. If you could bottle what Lockdown Blues has to offer, we’d finally have bottled Serotonin.

The anthem is all too efficacious when it comes to reminding you that everyone can pull light out of the dark, even if we don’t have the multi-faceted talent that was exhibited in Lockdown Blues. If you could imagine what it would sound like if the Stray Cats merged styles with Wild Cherry, you’ll get an idea of the aural euphoria that laces the soundscape.

Lockdown Blues is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Life Is Mysterious: Men From Venus emerge with a fascinating planetary snapshot of current life with ‘Nights of Memories’

Taken off their latest spacey five-track EP called ‘Midnight Ruse‘, Men From Venus return from another world beyond, with the new single about processing the current state of mind on ‘Nights of Memories’.

Men From Venus are a two-piece duo from England who fuse wonderful guitar, bass, keys and synthesizer soundscapes, into a washing wave that takes you up high above all, so you can see yourself a bit clearer than before, as your toxins are cleaned out to make way for the future.

They morph a mysterious sound together that has you so intrigued, your senses look up above and wonder when it will all make sense, if at all.

Their creativity has you struck in your mind, as the underground experience somehow lifts you into thinking deeper, their mixture of music has you wondering intently and pondering your next move, in this strange but fascinating galaxy.

Nights of Memories‘ from England’s Men From Venus, is a stunning experience that captures how strange the world is and how you have to stay awake longer sometimes, to build up your strength so you can face the darkness and all its scary unpredictability.

Stream this new track on Spotify and see more on the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Abandon the Fall – Compass Rose: Relentlessly Mesmerising Instrumental Alt Rock

‘Compass Rose’ is just one of the interstellar instrumental tracks to feature on Abandon the Fall’s latest alt-rock EP ‘Infinite Seasons’.

With the morosity of the National resonating in the quiescent interludes, when the track builds up to the breaks, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as Abandon the Fall plays havoc with your emotions and takes control of rhythmic pulses.

Compass Rose is a relentlessly mesmerising single that never leaves you feeling over-faced by the layers of viscerally-charged instrumentals. Instead, it leaves you leaning deeper into the soul of the single which is easy to find in the distinctive guitar notes which linger over atmospheric electronic effect.

Compass Rose is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Moose Wrench – an ‘Oasis Of Calm’

Moose Wrench

Opening up with a solo guitar before the vocal kicks in, ‘Oasis Of Calm’ is a flamenco-y, Spanish guitar-y, neo-classical-y acoustic-based guitar track with gravelly vocals courtesy of Moose Wrench – a.k.a. Leeds-based producer Craig Robertson – interjecting occasionally into the predominantly acoustic track.

The guitar rotates around a number of themes, ultimately returning to the same melodic motif, following the vocal line, interspersed with electronic sampled parts throughout the 8’38” of the track. Taken from Moose Wrench’s new five track EP ‘Dead Stars’, you can hear ‘Oasis Of Calm’ – and pre-order the EP – on BandCamp.

Review by Alex Holmes

Baneful Town tells an indie-folk tale of love, loss and hedonism with their latest single, ‘You and No One Else’.

Thanks to artists such as Baneful Town, folk will never become an archaic and outdated genre; as you pick bits of bluegrass out of the raw yet harmonically timbered single, you’ll also feel the sting of the contemporary resonance in the candid lyrics. If you’ve ever attempted to fill a hole with hedonism only to find yourself even more hollow, you’re sure to find plenty of yourself reflected at you in their latest single ‘You and No One Else’.

‘You and No One Else’ is the lead single from the Montreal-based three-piece’s debut self-titled album that comes with a promise of lyrically delivering nothing but soul-projected sincerity. After hearing the all-baring lead single that takes none of the torment of pining after something you’ll never have or replace while providing a harmonically uplifting track, it’s safe to say we’re excited. Fans of everyone from Jayhawks to Dinosaur Jr to the Dandy Warhols will find plenty to love about You and No One Else.

You and No One Else is now available to stream via Spotify. Their debut album is due for official release on March 12th, 2021.

You can keep up to date with Baneful Town’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Neal Gray invites you to drift into ‘A Beautiful Slumber’ with their ambient shoegaze single

Whatever your views on guitar music are, cast them aside before you hit play on the latest cinematically lush instrumental release ‘A Beautiful Slumber’ from US singer-songwriter Neal Gray.

With the same spacious soul-twistingly sweet tones as found in Slowdive’s most sedately compelling singles, the soundscape is absorbing from the first hit. The influence of Neil Halstead’s reticent yet ardently evocative quiescent guitar-style is more than palpable, but A Beautiful Slumber is so much more than just a feat of assimilation.

Neal Gray held back on the distortion and abrasive sonic effects to create a transcendent soundscape which is beguiling and cathartic in equal measure.

In a time where tranquillity is hard to come by, I sincerely recommend Neal Gray’s tracks as a staple for your playlists.

You can drift into A Beautiful Slumber yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

DigB uses their Malaysian roots to rhythmically revitalise Rock in “Vortex”

It was a pleasure to get acquainted with Indian Alt Rock virtuoso DigB through the official music video to their standout single Vortex.

By fusing elements of Rock with the rhythmic roots of their hometown of Malaysia, you can expect the guitar licks to ensnare you with their blissfully paced canter. After signing with Bentley Records, USA, that’s a sure sign of even bigger things to come from the solo artist who has enough dextrous flair to transfix fans of Ritchie Blackmore.

Artists create music for a wide range of reasons, for some, it’s fame, for some, it’s expression, but for Dig8, you palpably get the sense that his soaring dynamically sonic soundscapes are born through nothing but passion and dedication to the art form.

You can check out the official music video to DigB’s single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bay Area singer Phil Q is so dreamy on ‘City Lights’

Phil Q is a Filipino artist from the Bay Area and he is in High School right now. He shows growing maturity on his new single called ‘City Lights’.

After learning to play the piano at 6 years old, Phil Q’s music style has evolved to now be inspired by the date night scene in the Bay Area. He loves exploring The City, reveling and speeding down I-880 with nothing but chill-hop music, deep conversation and an empty highway in front on him. He loves the adventure, the roar of the vibrant city.

Phil Q, is born out of his love for different themes of R&B; ranging from soul and jazz, to electronic and alternative. Lots of music fuses that have injected themselves into his veins, this is a man who loves to create new music that is different. He is a creator, he watches and listens, learn new skills and becomes the best he can be at them. Right now its the guitar that he is attempting to master.

City Lights’ from Phil Q is about that fun cruise, your enjoyment of the moment and this is a quality new single here in 2020.

Head through to the Spotify link.

Click here for the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Truitt’s Demos returns with a sad story about suicide on ”Shining Over You”

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada is the home for singer-songwriter Brent Truitt. He performs under the name of Truitt’s Demos and the new song is the very sad track called ”Shining Over You”.

This new release is all about a close person in Brent’s life that unfortunately passed away due to suicide which is so tragic. ”Shining Over You” is an indie-folk track that speaks about the feeling that Brent has about this and how hard it is. He understands that the mind was made up but that it is so hard to cope with.

The Canadian singer-songwriter Truitt’s Demos sings with heart and lots of soul. He has a signature style and speaks so well on such an important topic. The guitar riffs are electric and played with intricate skills on such a sad topic.

Shining Over You” is the new song by Truitt’s Demos and this is a well-done track that gives a fond farewell to the close family member in such sad circumstances.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen