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Get Hyped for Summer with Cars on Mars’ Latest Indie Pop Single

Cars on Mars’ latest single “Summer” kicks off with quite possibly the most distinctive Indie Rock bassline you’ve ever heard.

The fuzzily striking licks introduce a soundscape which finds the perfect balance between the dark tones of Post Punk and the jangly quintessence of Indie Jangle Pop.

Any fans of the Wombats, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, and the Vaccines are sure to appreciate Cars on Mars’ summer hit dropped in January.

After hearing the effervescently sun-kissed mix, I’m now under the firm impression that there is no better time to be listening to tracks which capture the warm nostalgia of summer’s past and instil you with anticipation for the ones to come.

In short, Summer is a vibrant hit and you’ll be doing yourselves a favour if you add it to your playlists.

You can check out the official video to Summer for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blue Envy – Tell Me Why: Pensively Soulful Alt Pop

“Tell Me Why” is the latest pensively soulful Pop single from up and coming Nevada-based Pop duo Blue Envy.

With Blue Envy’s captivating mix of 80s Synthwave, Pop, Neo-Soul, and moody bluesy Rock which almost veers into Post Punk Tell Me Why offers a dizzying amount of distinction.

Whether it was the pure ingenuity found in their sound, the evocative amount of emotion which comes as a courtesy from vocalist Keva Tanyi, or the unexpected atmospheric guitar work, Tell Me Why isn’t a track which asks for your attention. It steals it anyway. It may give it back at the end, or you may be left with the lingering affirmation that you’ve just stumbled upon an artist who deserves to be on your radar.

You can check out the lyric video which dropped on January 3rd for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indigo Blue has released their latest genre-defying feat of Alt Pop with “Shape Me”

Alt Pop artist Indigo Blue has proven with their latest single “Shape Me.” that Pop can be just as progressive as Rock and Metal.

Their standout single will aurally crawl under your ribs from the minute you press play. Within it, you’ll find subtle elements of RnB, Hip Hop and Rock all sat alongside Indigo Blue’s eccentric soulful daringness to sound completely distinctive.

There’s so much personability to be found in the vocals that you’d have to be without a soul not to feel the weight of the deftly penned lyrics which inject just as much atmosphere into the single as the pensive keys.

Their bold songwriting approach definitely paid off if the hype around their tracks is anything to go by.

You can check out Shape Me along with Indigo Blue’s earlier released singles by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soul Natural Remedy – Don’t You Know: Kaleidoscopically Distinctive Psych Pop

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Under the influence of the Beach Boys and Frank Ocean, California-based artist Soul Natural Remedy released their own sun-soaked melodically kaleidoscopic soundscapes.

Their standout single “Don’t You Know” from their self-titled EP, is slightly more eccentric than the tracks offered by the aforementioned artists. But that’s all the more reason to fall in love with their effervescent tonally diverse sound.

Their approach to Psychedelic Pop is something which we definitely won’t be forgetting in a hurry. The vibrato on the vocals, the consistent tonal fluctuations, the sweet sentimentality in the lyrics, the archaic magnetism, they all play their part in making Don’t You Know the perfect track to turn to if you’re looking for a little sunny catharsis.

You can stream and download Soul Natural Remedy’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Charlie Moss – Scared to Be Lonely: The Future of Evocative Indie

Given the title, I knew Charlie Moss’ latest single “Scared to Be Lonely” was going to hit hard. But the up and coming Indie artist surpassed my expectations with their sticky-sweet evocative aural assault.

As much as I love Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and all of the other pensively iconic greats. I love nothing more than hearing a new Indie artist offering the same lovelorn magnetism under a completely new guise. And that is exactly what Charlie Moss achieved with Scared to Be Lonely. It’s contemporary, it’s authentic, and its beguiling progressions will have you hooked from the prelude.

With elements of Post Punk, Indie, and Pop in Scared to Be Lonely it’s as cutting as it is mellifluous. That should be paradox. Instead, it’s proof that Charlie Moss can summon plenty of alchemy through their deftly constructed tracks.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can feel the weight of the single for yourselves. In the meantime, head on over to Spotify where you can check out earlier singles from Charlie Moss & follow them to make sure you don’t miss out on the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan Flores has released their first sticky-sweet Indie RnB Pop Single of 2020 with “Lovesick”

Up and coming Toronto-based artist Ryan Flores kicked off 2020 by releasing his most sublime single to date. “Lovesick” is a sticky-sweet Indie RnB Pop single filled with grounding sentiment and uplifting melodies.

While the artist always tends to render the inexpressible expressible through their ballad-style soulful singles, they’ve excelled with Lovesick. The single will offer plenty of resonance to anyone who has ever known what it truly means to be lovesick. The timelessly captivating melodies allow you to explore themes of unfulfilled romantic obsession. Plenty of catharsis will greet you as you meet the affirmation that you’re not the only one to have experienced such paralysing emotion.

You can check out Ryan Flores’ latest single Lovesick for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FELICITY GROOM – Burj Khalifa: Mind-Meltingly Arrestive House Groove Indie Pop  

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Is there any better feeling than hitting play on a single and feeling a jolt of awe, curiosity and beguilement? It may not happen often, but you’ll get a potent amount of mesmerism from FELICITY GROOM’s single Burj Khalifa.

The genre-defying soundscape can loosely be defined as House Groove Pop. Yet the soundscape resonates as illimitable from the first verse. And that’s before you’ve been treated to the varying evolutions in the consistently captivating single. Despite its lucidity and easily ingestible ambience, it packs a punch.

You’ll have to wait a little longer to listen to Burj Khalifa for yourselves. It is due to be released in early 2020 along with the rest of FELICITY GROOM’s third studio album. You can check out their earlier releases via their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Williamson – Internet Girl: Explosively Euphoric Indie Pop Rock

There aren’t many up and coming Indie Pop artists who can put out tracks which match the veracity found in Paul Williamson’s latest single “Internet Girl”. The track makes the 1975 sound like a melancholic Post Punk band. Yes, it packs that much of a euphoric punch.

As a result, the chances are pretty slim that you’ll be getting Internet Girl out of your head once you hear the high-octane instrumental hooks. Not only is Paul Williamson discernibly talented when it comes to cooking up infectiously riotous Pop tracks, but the energy which they bring to the performance is unparalleled.

Their instrumental ability also becomes strikingly clear through the jangly guitar progressions which feed into a synergetic, polished arrangement. Internet Girl stands as a testament to Paul Williamson’s talent. And you’ll hear far less talent in many mainstream hits on the radio.

You can check out Internet Girl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ayaz Ismail – Cuddle: An Evocatively Sweet Contemporary Ballad

Up and coming Pop artist Ayaz Ismail has dropped their most ardently captivating single yet with “Cuddle”. The soundscape is just as humbly endearing as the title.

The level of emotion which pours from Ayaz Ismail’s vocals is one which you may not be accustomed to. If you’re prone to being stung by evocative love ballads, prepare for a potent hit from Cuddle. The intricate and masterful guitar work gives Cuddle additional sentimental depth to make sure that the single doesn’t fade out without offering resonance.

What really sets Cuddle apart from every other Pop love song on the radio is the nostalgic magnetism which seeps from the Tom Waits-style guitar progressions which are joined by semi-orchestral swells to give the track an overwhelming visceral feel. Be prepared to feel a little bit tingly.

You can check out the official music video to Ayaz Ismail’s single which was released on December 24th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Masøn & Braden Mason – Jennifer Street: Pensively Progressive Neo-Classical Pop

The pensive piano notes found in Masøn & Braden Mason’s single “Jennifer Street” should be of plenty of appeal to fans of evocatively open artists such as Bill Ryder-Jones who aren’t afraid to lay their souls down over beguilingly melancholic melodies.

Even though the single has a slightly Pop Ballad feel, there’s a captivating tenderness to the single which pushes the soundscape into the realms of Neo-Classical.  There was no way of anticipating the amount of momentum which would build in Jennifer Street. Yet, the most overwhelming aspect of the aural alchemy has to be the deftness in the execution of each of the nuanced evolutions.

The single practically drips in commercial appeal. It’s going to be interesting to have Masøn & Braden Mason on our radar for 2020.

You can check out Masøn & Braden Mason’s single Jennifer Street via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.