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Haley Graves – Sticks and Stones: Ethereal Indie Pop

“Sticks and Stones” is the second single released by the up and coming Indie-Pop artist Haley Graves. The Florida-based newcomer may be entering a crowded genre with her acoustic guitar-driven sound, but with the visceral passion which she packs into every note, every layer of vocal harmony is enough to set her apart from the rest.

Even though the melody behind Sticks and Stones isn’t the most technical or intricate, the rhythm of the guitar progressions possessed a magnetism which drew you further into to the humbly sweet soundscape which Haley had organically created. Even though there’s a delicacy to the sound, Sticks and Stones is still void of vulnerability, instead, Haley Graves has exuded an arrestive amount of unapologetic confidence through her crystal-clear vocals and introspective.

You can check out Sticks and Stones for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Took – Hollow: Playfully Expressive Indie Pop

“Hollow” is just one of the playfully expressive latest singles from up and coming Indie Pop artist Took’s latest album “Captain Says”. The flawlessly melodic single incorporates elements of Trap to put an urban twist on the ethereally sweet soundscape. There may be plenty of artists putting out similar sounds right now, but Took’s prodigal approach combined with the radio-ready production of his single sets him miles apart.

With the multi-layered beats behind Hollow, there’s plenty of harmony to stick your teeth into, when paired with Took’s ethereally raw and distinctive vocal style it’s hard not to fall under the aural allure of his stand out single Hollow. Whilst you never quite expect a song titled “Hollow” to be upbeat, it would seem that that’s only one of the ways the single will surprise you.

You can check out Took’s latest single Hollow out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moonroof – Honey Honey: Your New Sticky-Sweet Jangle Pop Indie Earworm

If you’re looking for some sticky-sweet Indie Jangle Pop melodies with a hint of Alt Rock, look no further than the latest single “Honey Honey” from the four-piece Philly-based outfit Moonroof. With their latest single, they’ve kept their single as tight as it is light. Yet, despite the ethereally light concordance of the instrumental arrangements combined with the soaring and indulgently inviting vocals, Honey Honey still packs quite the visceral punch. All things considered, it’s quite likely that Moonroof have composed your next Indie Pop earworm. With their ability to create snaringly sweet lyrics hooks as heard in Honey Honey, I can’t imagine that Moonroof will be a band that remains on the underground for much longer. The intricacy of the guitar melodies could even give Johnny Marr a run for his money.

You can check out Moonroof’s latest single Honey Honey for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Esther Van Leuven – Stone: Candidly Pensive Dark Indie Pop

It’s inevitable that throughout Esther Van Leuven’s career she’ll hear her vocals compared to the likes of Dark Indie Pop acts such as London Grammar, Lorde and Warpaint. Yet, the up and coming Nottingham-based performer has taken that pensively wounding style and created a soundscape infinitely more resonant with her latest single “Stone”.

Stone was written about the struggles of maintaining a brave face in a relationship even though it’s only a matter of time before façade starts to slip. Whilst not much is given away through the lyrics, there’s a lot to be said for the repetition of “I am stone” in the chorus. There aren’t too many artists who are brave enough to write about mental health as candidly as Esther, but with her humble, raw and honest style and classically compelling arrangements to Stone, it’s more than worth three minutes of your time.

You can check out Esther Van Leuven’s latest single which was released on November 29th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lauren Martinez – Blue and Grey: The Future of the Indie Pop Ballad

Lauren Martinez has switched up her signature Folk style with her latest single “Blue and Grey”. Whilst her previous tracks held an infinite amount of aural appeal, it’s with Blue and Grey that the up and coming Pasadena-based artist really came into her own. What starts off as a simple acoustic Pop ballad progresses into an immersive dark electro Pop hit with the beat moving between tentatively light piano progressions and a beat which wouldn’t sound out of place in a heavy Trap mix. Keeping it all together is the 20 year old singer songwriter’s dynamically arresting vocal capacity. Despite her age, she has already mastered multiple acoustic instruments and learned how to produce. Lauren Martinez may just be the prodigal daughter of Indie Pop.

You can check out Lauren Martinez’s latest single Blue and Grey for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fedor Janosik – Family: A Sticky-Sweet Prog House Slow Jam

Most of the time, you don’t need to be informed that a track was made with DIY production. The Lo Fi discord is usually a pretty big give away. Yet, with “Family”, Fedor Janosik’s latest home-production the sound was as clean as it comes. The humble Indie-Pop anthem carries an up-vibe eccentricity which let’s face it, there’s not enough of that around on the soundwaves right now. Given that Family is only two minutes long, it doesn’t seem likely that there will be a lot of progression in the track. Yet, the jangly soulful indie rhythm builds up to an immersive deconstructed Prog House mix which any fans of Chet Faker will need to check out.

You can check out the official video to Fedor Janosik’s short and sweet single Family for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sleep House – Dizzy: Nostalgically-Inspired Indie Pop

“Dizzy” is just one of the stunning singles from Sleep House’s sophomore EP “There is No Time for Romance”. The up and coming artist’s entrancing style carries unique waves of resonance thanks to their wide range of influences. Through their EP the South Jersey-based outfit pay ode to the now archaically nostalgic tonality of bands such as the Smiths with their jangly progressions as well as taking inspiration from the clean-cut style of bands such as the 1975. The instrumentals seamlessly come together to create a tonally warm alchemic synergy providing the perfect platform for the emotionally expressive lyrics to be laid upon. The vocals are kept subtle and smooth to make Dizzy as easy to listen to as breathing.

You can check out Sleep House’s single Dizzy alongside the EP which was released on October 19th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fields and Planes – Cry Wolf: Unpredictably Raw Indie Pop

Fields and Planes released their latest single “Cry Wolf” on October 18th and gave us one more reason to fall in love with their experimentally unpredictable approach to Indie Pop.

The progressive nature of the track allows you to think that you’re in store an archetypally sweet female-fronted Indie track. Yet the momentum which builds through the single adds an irresistible dynamic to Fields and Planes style.

The Ohio-based act has you hooked in the jangly guitar progressions in the prelude and first verses. Then the bass-heavy licks lead you up to a subtly cataclysmic breakdown which features a wall of screeching guitars and the complete loss of restraint from the stunningly talented vocalist Fran Litterski. Any fans of Metric, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s will definitely want Cry Wolf as a feature on their playlists.

To check out the single for yourselves head on over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raven Grey – Tension: Concordantly Consuming Indie Pop

Straight from the prelude the tantalisingly melancholic notes from Raven Grey’s latest single “Tension” hit you. His Indie approach to Electro Pop is amongst one of the pioneering sounds I’ve had the pleasure of checking out this year.

The warmth of the vocal harmony hits you at the same time as the overwhelming concordance of the instrumental arrangements. The strength in Raven Grey’s vocals is one thing, his soulful approach to sound is quite another. A haunted alchemy spills from the Post Punk guitar progressions which echo beneath the harsh drum snares to create an ethereally arresting soundscape.

Tension is just the first instalment from Raven Grey’s upcoming EP “Comfort” through which he will explore the dynamics of disconnection between people. Listening to the intellectual approach behind the lyrics which address negative emotion in a new light is infinitely cathartic. Some artists create “feel good” music, whilst Raven challenges perceptions and uses lyricism to guide you into a more positive outlook on loss. If there were more artists with the same agenda, it’s safe to say the world would be a better place.

You can check out Raven Grey’s single Tension by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SEPRONA: The Unflinchingly Captivating Self-Titled EP Alt Rock Fans Should Be Getting Excited About

There are very few acts who I will positively compare to the Manic Street Preachers. Yet as soon as I heard “Who Won the War” from SEPRONA’s self-titled EP the reminiscence hit me like a tonne of bricks. I realised that SEPRONA aren’t just your average ‘up and coming band’ they’re something else entirely. The Liverpool based powerhouse of melodically blessed musicians have that rare ability to instantaneously arrest you with the first few lines in the first verse. Instrumentally, their sound couldn’t get any tighter, there’s no use in pulling apart the individual instrumental offerings when they sit in such tight synergy with each other. There’s an overwhelming ethereal presence to their sound, especially with tracks such as “Fragile”. Then there’s “Heat in the Moment” and “You Know You’re Wrong” which really turns up the eccentricity of their alchemic style as they veer over to a Rock n Roll grinding vibe which is nothing short of anthemic.

Each of the five-tracks on the EP are flawless, and it takes quite a lot for me to get excitable about a band’s potential given that the industry serves to screw most independent artists. But if any Northern Indie band are going to make it, my money is on SEPRONA.

You can check out the SEPRONA EP via Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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