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Bolin Jue – Friends: Sticky-Sweet Alt-Indie Pop

If you don’t find endearment within the latest single “Friends” from up and coming Alt Indie artist Bolin Jue, it’s safe to say that you don’t have a soul.

The synthy polyphonic Indie Pop delight carves out plenty of quintessential charm while carrying some reminiscences to bands such as Fidlar and Wavves. Yet, with the sticky-sweet Pop sensibility of Friends, it’s all too easy to find a sense of comfort within the gentle melodies.

It’s been a while since I heard a track which I didn’t know whether I should smile or shed a tear as it progressed. As despite the adorable nature of Friends, the track sugar-coats the fact that a lot of people find themselves in the same position where it seems all their friends are broken; it’s still a slightly bitter pill to swallow.

You can check out the frankly adorable music video to Friends for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Singer-Songwriter Roxie Jane is Set to Drop an Anthemic Masterpiece with “Gold”

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Up and coming Pop artist Roxie Jane is set to release her hardest-hitting contemporary ballad yet. “Gold” is a single which makes no apology for the evocative meaning it shares, or the clever use of anthemic effect it uses to really drive that undiluted pensively empowering message home.

After only hearing a short teaser of Gold, it’s all too impossible not to be convinced of the massive commercial potential behind the singer-songwriter. Her sound boasts a rare authenticity and conviction which remains palpable through the powerful delivery of her lyrics. Roxie Jane also easily sets herself apart through how much she dares to express through her lyricism to create a massive hit.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Gold for yourselves. So in the meantime, head on over to the artist’s Spotify page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shout Inferno – I Am Me: Sticky-Sweet Indie Pop

“I Am Me” is the latest Indie Jangle Pop single from up and coming artist Shout Inferno. Rather than sounding like yet another assimilation of the 1975, Shout Inferno went further back to find their influences which give tracks such as I Am Me that unmistakably sticky sweet 80s Pop sensibility.

Layers of Funk and groove also found their way into the mix through the playfully rhythmic bass. On top of that, you’re also treated to harmonies with the capacity to make you feel nostalgic – even from the first hit of Shout Inferno’s palpably effervescent sound.

There’s no denying that I Am Me is a punchy good-vibe Alt-Pop earworm. So, it comes as no surprise that the UK-based artist hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention since they made their debut earlier this year.

You can check out the official video to Shout Inferno’s latest track I Am Me via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sam McIntire spills viscerally caustic Funk-driven Blues onto the airwaves with their debut “Lately”

Up and coming artist Sam McIntire has made their bass-driven Indie Blues Pop debut with the melodiously smooth track “Lately”.

Instead of assimilating what’s on the airwaves a thousand times over, Sam McIntire layered his debut single with enough funk and groove to give the track a nostalgic 70s vibe. That 70s sound may have been borrowed plenty of times before, but it’s safe to say that Sam McIntire has made a distinctive contribution to contemporary Blues with Lately.

While most artists try and aim for the most poised and demure performances possible, Sam McIntire’s vocals are haunting enough to make Jack White’s music sound positively restrained. The way Lately unfolds lets the filter slip away from the vocals and allows the true artistic expression to bite through the soundscape.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aaron B. Thompson – Santa Monica: Delicately Powerful Indie Pop

Straight from the prelude of Aaron B. Thompson’s single “Santa Monica” you get a taste of the concordant evocative mesmerism which is about to unfold, yet there’s no predicting how the ebbs and flows of momentum will leave you intrinsically captivated in the single.

What starts off as a gentle rhythmic offering of Indie Pop Rock builds up into an intricate and technical feat of Alt-Rock which shares plenty of reminiscences with the National; especially through the angular guitar riffs, while Aaron B. Thompson’s are easily comparable to the likes of Elliot Smith.

There are very few tracks which share the same ability of Santa Monica to leave your stomach in knots, but Aaron B. Thompson’s delicate yet powerful approach to Indie is an emotive pill to swallow. It’s incredibly perceptible that this track was born from the desire of establishing a connection of resonance with the listener, and Aaron B. Thompson hit the nail on the melodic head.

I’m not crying, you are, well, you will be on the release of the single. Santa Monica is due for official release from August 30th, 2019. Head over to Aaron B. Thompson’s SoundCloud page to take a listen.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moonroof – Trojans

Indie pop features as a fresh breeze with the 4-piece Philadelphia-based Moonroof who released their single Tojans on 18th August 2019.

Clean guitar parts, vocal twists and upbeat tempo, connote the tune and the band themselves achieving a pleasant pop and funky atmosphere that stands out for its simplicity and catchiness.

Originally performing acoustically at open mics under a different name and getting inspiration from acts such as The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club, Moonroof evolved to a proper “big boys” (in their words) band in 2016, sharing the stage with The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, The Phantogram, and slowly working their way to soon become headliners.

Review By Jim Esposito

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Kerin Maguire – Holy: Celestially Restorative Indie Pop

Rather than assimilating what already exists on the airwaves a thousand times over, Kerin Maguire has created a mesmeric feat of aural alchemy with her debut album “Places”. Whilst each of the tracks on the album is melodious enough to leave you in a catatonic state of transfixion, the best introduction to Kerin Maguire’s style is the single “Holy”.

If you could imagine a merging of styles of Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, and Big Thief, you’d get a good idea of how Holy unfolds. But with Kerin Maguire’s sweetly demure vocals paired with the notes of the organ there’s an extra ethereal feel to Holy, making it a track which is impossible to forget about after it has faded out.

The melodies may be gentle, but the comforting resonance contained within Holy isn’t something you hear every day, there’s an overwhelming amount of sincerity to be found in the endearing performance and poignantly penned lyricism.

You can check out Kerin Maguire’s soulfully arrestive single Holy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J.Marco Johnson Releases their Latest Indie Soul Pop Single “Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel”

Acoustic Indie Pop doesn’t come much more delicate than J.Marco Johnson’s latest single “Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel”.

Any fans of Bill Ryder-Jones are sure to appreciate how J.Marco Johnson has orchestrated his deftly gentle soundscape with cathartically ambient vocals and fingerpicked acoustic guitar.

While we could definitely appreciate the honestly, lightness and candidness of Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel, in parts, it felt as though the track was slightly overly extended due to the pace the minimalistic melodies moved at. But if you’re looking for soothing concordance, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel which still stands as a testament to J.Marco Johnson’s mastery on a fretboard.

You can check out J.Marco Johnson’s latest single Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kyra – Forever Down: Artfully Reflective Ambient Indie Pop

Up and coming Ambient Electro Pop artist Kyra described her latest single “Forever Down” as ‘turning heartbreak into art’, and it’s safe to say that she’s been successful with the stylistically artful single which explores pensive existentialism through a moodily immersive beat.

The atmospheric electronic track unravels through slow, soft, steady rhythms which create the perfect platform for Kyra’s mesmeric vocals; allowing Forever Down to resonate as Dream Pop single whilst still offering the attitude of Trap.

Every aspect of the track finds the perfect pitch to let the ambience and catharsis simply drip from the soundscape while the lyrics will make sure you’re captivated with each and every verse.

However you choose to define Forever Down, there’s no denying that the track is right on the contemporary curve and Kyra is an artist with plenty of radio-ready potential.

You can check out Kyra’s single Forever Down for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Izzy Spint tackles the problematic concept of the ‘friend zone’ with their latest poignant Indie Pop single “Is It Ok?”

“Is It Ok” is the expressively artful latest single from up and coming UK-based artist Izzy Spint who has tackled the fairly difficult and baffling to most issue of the ‘friend zone’. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to listen to lyrics from artists reeling about finding themselves in the ‘friend zone’ and felt my blood boil at the expectation and entitlement. So, to say that Izzy Spint’s masterful offering of ambient electronic Indie Pop complete with soulfully commanding vocals was refreshing seems like a drastic understatement. Rather than fuelling Is It OK? with lovelorn sadness, Izzy Spint alludes to seeing the beauty in still cherishing the value of friendships, even in the presence of unrequited love.

The compelling single is just one of the tracks which feature in Izzy Spint’s latest EP “Vessel”. The EP explores a myriad of emotions and personal conflicts in incredibly poised soundscapes which stand as testaments to Izzy Sprint’s magnetic talent when it comes to offering resonant introspection.

You can check out Izzy Spint’s latest single Is It Ok? for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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