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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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Kale Dumas – Fantastic Passion: A Seamless Convergence of Indie Pop

I’ll address the elephant in the room first; ‘Fantastic Passion’ as a title for Kale Dumas’ latest single really doesn’t do it justice. I’m not sure what I expected when I hit play, but what I definitely didn’t expect an experimentally vibrant Urban Indie Pop track.

There are few words to capture the aural alchemy of a drum machine matching the flow of a jangly, up-beat guitar progression with the smooth and light vocals of Kale Dumas resting comfortably above the resonance from the instrumentals. If you could imagine Mumford & Sons with a more polished Pop production and digital effect, you’d get close to having an idea of Kale Dumas’ inventive style as an artist. But, it’s probably best if you make your own mind up, you can check out Kale Dumas’ latest single for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marco Tamimi – Different Eyes: Indie Pop with a Pensive Punch

I will always have time for tortured artists on my playlists. Which is exactly why after I checked out Marco Tamimi’s debut track Different Eyes, there wasn’t a moments hesitation in adding him amongst the other poignantly posed artists such as Jacko Hooper, Paper Hawk, Tom Waits and Elliot Smith.

Even before the first verse runs though, you become consumed by the melancholy which is being projected into the mic. The instrumentals to the track are stripped back to allow Marco’s resonant, piercing vocals to really take the lead in Different Eyes.

As first singles go, you really couldn’t ask for any more. Marco Tamimi has brought something delectably fresh to the table, and now I’ve got quite the appetite for his quaint Pop-polished Acoustic Indie soundscapes. The narrative of Different Eyes is almost heart breaking, it’s evident that the track contains a piece of the emerging artists soul. Hopefully he’s got a lot more to give, because I’m already eagerly awaiting an album.

You can check out Different Eyes for yourself by heading over to Spotify now,

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Love, Abbey – Slow Love; Infectiously Sweet Indie Pop

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview to Love, Abbey’s latest single Slow Love; I’m happy to confirm that Indie Pop fans are in for an absolute treat with the conceptually fresh soundscapes which the up and coming artist has cooked up. The verses are solid, the hooks are catchy, and the melodies have an almost irritating way of sticking with you and refusing to be forgotten.

With the same punchy melodies as bands such as M83, Haim and Tame Impala, the 21 year old vocalist and multi-instrumentalist created an anthemic summer-soaked rhythm with radio ready quality. There’s a maturity within Abbey’s vocal style, yet, the digital and acoustic instruments playfully bring the track to life in a slightly 80’s inspired anthemic, sun-soaked style.

Love, Abbey’s latest EP drops late July 2018, you’re not going to want to miss it. To check out her earlier releases head on over to her official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nick McWilliams – Deprive: Viscerally Textured Indie Pop

Nick McWilliams is an emerging Pop artist who proved his ability to create an inspired, high-vibe Pop hit with his latest single Deprive.

Deprive may sound like a strange choice for a feel-good Pop hit, but the concept behind the single was complex, evocative and passionate which is not usually a feeling which registers when listening to music which loosely falls into the Pop arena. Yet Nick is an independent artist with the ability to create a textured soundscape which carries a flood of emotion thanks to his poignantly penned lyricism. Straight from the prelude it’s evident that Nick McWilliams is a Pop artist whose talent isn’t dependent on extensive polishing, his enigmatic passion flows through his vocals; which may not carry much range but with emotion so viscerally tangible that’s hardly an issue. I’d love to hear a track from Nick which really allows his own style to break through and show us what he can bring to the scene to set himself apart from the rest of the Pop scene producing digitally produced beats.

You can check out Nick McWilliams’ latest single Deprive which was brought out on July 3rd, 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay – Luv Tape: Lo Fi High-Vibe Indie Pop

Jay is an up and coming Indie Pop artist that has no need for a polished production or the high glossing which strips most Pop artists of their autonomy. Instead, Jay stuck to his roots and created a sensationally organic mix tape dubbed ‘Luv Tape’. Each track flows with its own flavour, mixing up the pitch and sentiment to provide the ultimate rollercoaster effect. Yet, each of the 8 tracks on the album which was brought out July 2018 follows a melodic down-tempo Trip Hop pacing. In tracks such as Chocolate, he allows his lyrics to flow like spoken word poetry as he dusts off the window to his soul with evocative offerings of un-candied emotion.

There’s no wonder why track 3 on the album ‘Showers’ has already fallen under critical acclaim with streams already in the thousands for this emerging artist. There is no restraint within his lyricism, instead he projects it onto a digitally rendered funk-soaked mix which didn’t fail to leave me in awe of his prodigally pioneering sound.

You can check out Jay’s latest album Luv Tape for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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