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Louise Aubrie has released her soul-filling hook-laden indie rock earworm, ‘Last’.

If it has been a while since you encountered a truly authentic indie rock artist, hit play on the latest single from London and New York-residing artist Louise Aubrie.

The pop choruses make an earworm out of Last as the definitively jangle-pop guitars earn Last its indie rock stripes. It has all of the soul-filling appeal of Umberto Tozzi’s ‘Gloria’ track paired with the enliveningly energetic progressions found in the not-so-morose hits by the Smiths.

Blondie references are easy to make, but discernibly, Louise Aubrie has her own authentic voice; it just happens to exude the same ability to leave you utterly captivated by the imagery in the lyrics.

So far in her career, she’s pulled in acclaim from BBC 6 Music, recorded in Abbey Road Studios, played in multiple big-stage-venues in New York and London and worked with some of the biggest names in Indie Rock including Andy Woodward, Tom Edwards, James Knight, and Dave Collins. We’re fairly sure that the accolades won’t end there.

Whichever side of the pond you’re on, you’ll want Aubrie on your radar for her live performances. You can follow her via Facebook.

You can check out the official video to Last by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Srujanika shines a light on the darkest nights with her indie single, ‘Rise’.

For her latest single, ‘Rise’, which has now been accompanied by a music video shot by Guillaume, up and coming singer-songwriter Srujanika teamed up with producer MILIAH to orchestrate an intricate, intimate feat of indie-pop that doesn’t just lyrically scratch at the surface. It cuts right down to the marrow.

Sometimes, all that is needed is the reminder that no matter how alone you feel on the darkest nights, you’re not alone in your dark transition periods before the light starts to breakthrough. The deeply spiritual release pulls in nuances of shoegaze and dream pop to give the single a sense of fragility; through Srujanika’s vocals, you’ll find comfort along with the inspiration to find the same resilient strength.

Even if you listened to the radio all day, you wouldn’t hear a more compassionate and consoling voice.

You can check out the official video to Rise that premiered on May 15th by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Téa Texier traverses uncertainty in her striking indie debut single, ‘Garden Smiles’

With the same mesmerising appeal of Tom Odell, Grace Isaac, Warpaint and London Grammar combined with an even more intimate indie appeal and poetically meta lyrics, Téa Texier’s debut single Garden Smiles is absorbing from start to finish.

The indie track mixes art-rock with shoegaze to create a soundscape laden with dreamy and reverby textures, but with plenty of striking elements weaved into this melancholically compelling single that explores uncertainty, the fiery resonance doesn’t fail to take hold.

In the short time since the 16-year-old London-based singer-songwriter made her debut, she’s racked up over 6,000 streams on Spotify alone. Her ability to, quite literally, key into the contemporary mood to bring forth a mournfully relatable song for collective catharsis will see her go far in 2021 and beyond.

Garden Smiles is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Maybe I Need Help: Chicago pop singer Rowan Morgan is refreshingly honest on visuals for ‘Imposter Syndrome’

As she looks deep within her confidence to see if she can shake off this dreaded feeling away quickly, Rowan Morgan tells us the story of how she once didn’t know if she was good enough, on her relevantly precise new single named ‘Imposter Syndrome‘.

Rowan Morgan is a youthfully exuberant Chicago, Illinois-based indie pop singer-songwriter. She makes that reflective sound that is influenced by her love and appreciation for her heroes Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande.

This upbeat yet dark melody came to me at a time when I was doubting my skills in music. ‘Imposter Syndrome‘ is believing that you are not as competent or as good as people perceive you to be and they are going to find out that you are just a fraud. Everyone has been through that fear of being less than, and I was able to put that into words with a harmony heavy, energizing pop song.” – Rowan Morgan

She sings with such valid introspection, as the compare-culture of the world had her in so much doubt-filled sadness, as she had never felt this way before. Her talents are boundless and she is so good – but needs to always be able to switch on her positive energy – so that the darkness and nay-sayers, may be shown the door so that they never return.

Imposter Syndrome‘ from Chicago pop singer-songwriter Rowan Morgan, is a flashing bulb of doom from her incredibly skilled mind that stops her by the traffic lights. This is the warning that shows you into the depths of the sewers next to you, to remind you that you need to believe in yourself, to truly be free away from those toxic depths of gloom.

Having that inner determination to do what you truly believe in – is the only way to seeing that green light – that will let you across so you may carry on your path to your destiny, after the teaching-moment detour before.

Stream her new song via YouTube and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hold Tight: Accrington band Escapades reach for the galaxy beyond on freshly minted new single ‘Star Collisions’

Recorded at the cozy Electric Church in Blackburn, Escapades sparkle with the imaginative love story that has you feeling so alive on the superbly created ‘Star Collisions‘.

Escapades is an exciting Accrington, England-based five-piece indie pop/rock band. They have tweaked their sound recently and the results are for all to see – with a pacey drum machine – adding so much to an already superb music output.

Her stupendously crisp voice is so full of life and exudes such class- as each note is filled with harmonious brilliance – and is backed up by some seriously groovy and catchy vibes. This terrific band has a magnificent style and your head can’t help but nod in union – you feel toasty warm and lovingly enlightened by their superb energy – and this is such a tasty treat to our hungry souls.

Star Collisions‘ from the excellent Accrington-based act Escapades, is the story about being with someone who makes you feel like you are travelling to outer space when you kiss their lips, and feel such a welcome surge of shooting star attraction flood into your whole welcoming body. They get you and you feel like you are floating somewhere peaceful, far away from the mess of this currently confusion-filled world.

This is one of the best songs released in 2021 so far – as it fantastically leaves you in awe of this fast-rising – and criminally underrated UK band.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Finley Clark explores growing pains in her latest bitter-sweet alt-pop track, ‘Lessons from a Great Cult Leader’.

With her latest single, ‘Lessons from a Great Cult Leader’, Finley Clark paid ode to her greatest lyrical inspiration, Bob Dylan, in collaboration with guitarist Alex Bunghez and producer Stefan Paraschiv. The lyrics tell a coming-of-age story that explores rights of passages and paths to maturity; instrumentally, the bitter-sweet melodies capture the innocence and ecstasy of youth along with the growing pains that eventually kick in when we leave our naivety behind.

With the fiery rockabilly guitar solos, Lessons from a Great Cult Leader is blazoned with some serious rock stripes; with Finley’s effect-laden vocals and the dancey beats, you’ll be thrown right back to 90s Britpop. Any fans of Garbage, The Cardigans and the Cranberries will definitely want to experience this authentically infectious track for themselves.

Lessons from a Great Cult Leader released on May 24th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Miss Garbo avert archetypes in their latest love song, ‘Every Other Week’.

South London’s soul outfit, Miss Garbo, released their latest single, Every Other Week, on May 21st; the founding members, Louise O’Hara and Andy Chapman have exactly what it takes to become the Sonny & Cher of this generation.

The easy guitar melodies coalesce with the ardent harmonic ebbs and flow from O’Hara’s endlessly mesmerising vocals as they stay true to the storytelling style of folk while incorporating elements of soul-pop.

Every Other Week is dedicated to anyone who has been in a complex romantic situation. Given that Monogamy isn’t a one size fits all kind of affair anymore, it is incredibly refreshing to hear this social paradigm shift reflected honestly in one of the most relatable love songs that you’ll hear this year.

Every Other Week is available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Danny Ritz – Window: The Most Relatable Love Song You Will Ever Hear.

Alt indie artist Danny Ritz has followed on from his debut EP with his latest artfully lo-fi single, Window. If you’re irresistible to the charms of bedroom pop, you’ll quickly succumb to the enamouring tones of psych-pop, synthpop and art-rock.

While most lyricists do their best to maintain a pretence of sanity in their songs, Danny Ritz threw his sanity by the wayside to channel organically manic, relatable emotions into Window. Any fans of John Grant, Spector and the Lathums will want to experience it for themselves.

With the macabrely inventive lyrical lines such as ‘you left my heart circumcised’, you can’t help but engage with the single. The intrigue is all too intense as you listen to Window unfold through the playfully polyphonic, unapologetically authentic progressions.

Window is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I’ll Wait For You: Eydrey gracefully returns with the emotionally beautiful ‘Song For You’

After a two year hiatus from releasing original songs so she could focus fully on her debut album ‘Things We Cannot Change‘, that is due for release in late 2021, Eydrey flourishes brilliantly with such elegance on a true life story about holding on for that love you want the most on ‘Song For You‘.

Eydrey is a mesmerizing El Paso, Texas-born, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico-raised indie-pop singer-songwriter and music producer. She makes that self-discovery journey type of soundtrack, that is filled with love and stories of heartbreak in this harsh world for sweet souls.

Her stunning voice is so tender and caring, each note is expertly toned and sung with such carefully weighted deliberation. You feel her kind heart opening up slowly, as she warily looks around to make sure that no one is going let her down again. The story of loving someone you probably shouldn’t is real, as you start to wonder if it is actually worth it in the end.

Song For You‘ from the outstanding Texas-based indie-pop songwriter-songwriter/producer Eydrey, is a classy single that has us washed quickly into a love wave that is is so hard to explain. The person who you wish to be with isn’t ready so you have chosen to wait for them despite the possible consequences — no matter how much it hurts you to be alone — and to think of them with someone else, as the thought slowly crushes your tender heart.

Hear this wonderfully beautiful single on Spotify and see her IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bryten explores retrospective regret with her progressive electro-pop single, Where Would I Be.

Since releasing her debut single, Without Me, in 2019, up and coming pop singer-songwriter, Bryten has given pop fans plenty to get excited about with her compassionate and candid releases. After the release of her latest single, Where Would I Be, there has never been a better time to jump on Bryten’s high-vibe sound that is grounded in empowerment and sincere emotion.

Where Would I Be unravels through questioning introspection, regretful for time wasted on people that made that time living hell, but emboldening through the recognition that suffering leads to strength. It’s a powerful track that starts as a postcard to 90s pop before transgressing into a bass-riding visceral feat of future pop. If you can relate to the lyrics, you’ll find resilient euphoria in every crescendo in Where Would I Be.

Where Would I Be is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast