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44 – Circles: Cinematically Melodic Indie Pop

Up and coming Indie artist 44’s latest single “Circles” is one of those rare tracks you’ll hit play on for the first time get lost in a sweet mix of concordant euphoria. The simplistically immersive melodies allow you to sink into the single from the very first verse as you enjoy the folkish lyrical style which ensures the imagery doesn’t fail to resonate.

The Irish-based pop duo allow their velvety vocals and hypnotic hooks to create a melodic soundscape which carries the perfect balance of ambience and punchy energy. While it felt like the verses were slightly extended especially towards the end of the track, Circles is still a solid hit if you’re looking for unadulterated aural catharsis.

44’s latest single Circles will be available for you to check out on March 8th, 2018; head over to their official website to listen.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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91NIGHTS – Young Admiration – London-based Indie Pop

While many artists have autotune to thank for their success, the same can’t be said for the London-based Indie Pop trio 91NIGHTS. If you could imagine the vocal styles of Florence Welch and London Grammar’s Hannah Reid combining you’d get a good idea of how celestially atmospheric the vocal dynamics are.

You may have already heard the band’s debut single “Young Admiration” featured on Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea. If you haven’t, then you’re in store of a deeply soulful synth-led soundscape which creates the perfect platform for the vocals to rest perfectly above.

People are often put off listening to new music because no matter how downtempo it is, it always asks something of the listener. But with Young Admiration, you only have to get through the first verse to realise that there’s everything to gain from slipping into the indulgently accessible single. And there really is no higher praise than that. Despite how easy the soundscape was to sink into, that didn’t mean that they didn’t find intricate and compelling ways to surprise you with each progression.

You can check out 91NIGHTS single Young Admiration for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Roosevelts – Suit: Tantalisingly Rhythmic Indie Pop

The Roosevelts released their latest single on February 14th. And while there were plenty of romantically-steeped singles released on that date, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that none of them were as melodically ingenious as “Suit”. If anyone wanted to take a lesson in how to set up a tantalising tempo they’d only have to hit play on the smooth indie hit.

While the single seemed to be little slow to start, the Alt Pop single was able to unfold with distinction for the amount of cathartic ambience they poured into the single. Mid-way through the single you can really start to appreciate the clever use of spatial effects which leave you in anticipation for the next note. By the time that the track has faded out, you’ll be able to reflect on Suit as a progressive mix,

You can check out the latest track from the Roosevelts for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Flawed Hearts and the Waiting Room – House Fire: Harmonically Powerful Indie Pop

Fans of harmonically powerful Indie are sure to appreciate what up and coming artist Flawed Hearts and the Waiting Room have cooked up with their latest single “House Fire”.

The intricate progressions of the acoustic instrumentals around the atmospheric electronic effect create the perfect platform for the female and male vocals to perfectly synergise upon. To say that House Fire is a flawlessly pitch-perfect single would be no exaggeration.

The single was released as part of the four-track EP “Patchwork” released on February 14th, you’ll start to see why the Canadian Indie-Pop sibling duo chose that date for the release when you listen to the depth of the lyrics.  Even though there are plenty of classical elements to their soundscape the clever twists in the soundscape of House Fire make it inarguable that its fit for contemporary airwaves.

You can check out the latest single from Flawed Hearts and the Waiting Room for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Harry Drake – A Me Without You: Irresistibly Resonant Indie Pop

There is no better introduction to Harry Drake’s magnetic style of Indie Pop than his standout single “A Me Without You”. As you can expect from the title, the track offers a stark narrative on the process of loss. Yet, the uplifting track harnesses the power in freedom. With the lyricism resting against a backdrop of Jangle Pop guitars and infectious rhythm, there’s every chance Harry Drake created your next perennial earworm with this short and sweet aural offering through which charisma hits you through every progression.

There aren’t many artists prepared to lay down their emotions as candidly as Harry Drake did with A Me Without You, but that’s just one of the reasons you’ll want to make Harry Drake a firm fixture of your playlists amongst the likes of the 1975, The Neighbourhood, and Arctic Monkeys.

You can check out Harry Drake’s single A Me Without You for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BLOOD SUGAR – Do You Wanna Get Mine: A New Contender for Indie Pop Royalty Emerges

I don’t know about blood sugar, but my blood pressure definitely dropped listening to the smooth rhythms of BLOOD SUGAR’S new single “Do You Wanna Get Mine”.

Jack Saturn, the talent behind the project has reinvented 80s style Pop under the modern influences of bands such as the 1975. If you’re thinking that sounds like a sweet conjuring of aural alchemy, you’d be spot on. With the Indie infusion, Do You Wanna Get Mine was never at risk of resonating and sounding cheesy, just smooth, irresistible, and melodic.

With the Pop genre now firmly in the hands of BLOOD SUGAR, the future looks bright. His ability to seamlessly weave together elements of R&B through the rhythm, Indie for the raw sensibility, and Pop for the anthemic punch is nothing short of arresting.

You can check out BLOOD SUGAR’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Franklin Gotham – Selling You A Lie: Americana-Infused Indie Pop

Even though there was no question in my mind that I would be blown away by the work of Franklin Gotham’s new release after hearing his earlier single “Bulletproof Silhouette” his latest single “Selling You A Lie” stood as a testament to the evolution of his talent.

The lyrics to some tracks may be able to hook you into the melody, but with Selling You a Lie you’re in for a completely different aural experience. From the very first line you’re hooked into the story that is coming to life through his teasing lyrical style which almost makes you want to rush to the end of the track to see the lyrical resolution. I have no doubt that every time I listen to Selling You A Lie I will find a new reason to fall in love with the Indie Pop single; whether that’s for the jangly concordance of the Acoustic Rock progressions, the honeyed vocals or the humble accessibility of the sound.

You can be mesmerised by the Virginia-based artist’s Americana-infused soundscape by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Psychic Radio – Omenz: Witch Pop Which Combines Soul with Eccentricity

Indie Pop artist Psychic Radio dropped their latest single “Omenz” on December 26th, 2018. While there will never be a bigger shock to the system than hitting play on a track that kicks off with samples of screaming, it’s a pretty good job that the rest of the track was cathartic to listen to.

You may have your preconceptions of Electronica which dabbles in a little aural occultism, yet, no artist has quite pulled it off as well as Psychic Radio did with Omenz. The Synth Pop soundscape was constructed through layers of fluid rhythm, and it’s not all that often I can say that about a Pop track. However, Psychic Radio with her unapologetically eccentric lyrics combined with her hypnotic vocal talent, and it will be a while before I stumble across a track which leaves me quite this mesmerised again.

You can check out Psychic Radio’s latest single Omenz for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Allyson – The Man in Me: Nostalgically Magnetic Indie Pop

Californian artist Allyson dropped their latest single “the Man in Me” on December 27th, 2018, and if you’re looking for a nostalgically accessible Indie Pop single prepare to be mesmerised by the arrestive vintage soundscape.

While many artists try their hand at reviving music which was contemporary decades ago by assimilating the sound Allyson took the sound in a new rhythmic direction. The sticky-sweet melodies within the Man in Me combines with the artist’s effortless talent and ability to create a hypnotically smooth perennial earworm.

If you’re a fan of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, and Neil Young you’re sure to appreciate what Allyson has to offer with The Man in Me. The flawlessly fluid instrumentals sit in such tight synergy with his charismatically magnetic soft vocal style.

You can stream and download Allyson’s latest single the Man in Me for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NYC Indie Pop Artist Mela Returns with her Latest Single “I Tried”

With the radio waves being in no short supply of Indie Pop artists, it can be hard for some up and coming artists to set themselves apart, yet, the distinction in Mela’s style with her latest single “I Tried” is palpable from the very start of the single.

With her fourth single the New York-based artist used a dark and moody electronic arrangement to serve as the perfect platform for her candidly stripped-bare lyrics and vocals. To describe Mela’s vocal style as powerful would be an understatement. The pitch-perfects harmonics in every vocal note seamlessly fits with the progression of the beat which stands as a testament to the quality of the production.

You can check out Mela’s latest single I Tried for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. Make sure to follow Mela as there are plenty of new releases in the pipeline for 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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