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Curtis Culley Releases their Debut Indie Pop Single “Isolated”

Up and coming Indie Pop artist Curtis Culley has made their Indie Pop debut with the sticky-sweet up-vibe hit “Isolated” which is filled with vibrant exotic rhythm and a sincerity which is scarcely seen in the Pop genre. For such honest, human, and raw lyrics to sit in a bed of vibrant soft Pop euphoria is quite a juxtaposition, yet, the ingenuity behind the distinctive soundscape definitely wasn’t lost on us.

The lyricism in Isolated contained plenty of poetic introspection on the not so cheery topic of being isolated no matter who you find yourself in the company of, yet the upbeat Indie-Pop instrumental arrangement transformed into a track into a feel-good hit complete with impossibly catchy choruses.

You can check out Curtis Culley’s single Isolated for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Birch returns with their emphatically raw Indie Pop ballad “Truth”

After the release of their debut single “I’ll Be Fine”, up and coming artist Indie Pop artist Birch has once again graced the airwaves his second single “Truth”; and his evocatively striking vocals seem to have an even more potent effect this time around. Right from the first sombre guitar note, you prepare yourself for a melancholic soundscape to grip you, but within Truth, there’s a smorgasbord of emotions served as they coil and contrast in the narrative of the lyrics.

Each layer in the full-bodied, vivacious single acts to impart a brand-new wave of emotive resonance which you’ll eventually swallow, but first, the passion poured into the performance will reverberate around in your chest for a little while.

You can check out Birch’s second single Truth for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Salina Soto releases her latest hypnotically mellifluous Indie Pop single “Blackout”

Of all the Indie Pop tracks which I’ve checked out this year, Salina Soto’s single “Blackout” is the one which beguiled me from the first hit the most.

The soft and subtle soundscape almost registers as hypnotic for the way in which the transfixing experimental instrumentals create the perfect Bed for Salina Soto’s unfalteringly magnetic vocals.

Any fans of Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen will quickly come to appreciate the slightly vintage tonality behind the single which is brought right into the contemporary arena through Salina Soto’s offerings of vocal harmony. The vocals flow in complete synergy with the downtempo soundscape carved out by the instrumentals which utilise plenty of inventive effects but leave the accessibility of the single completely uncompromised.

You can check out the stunning official music video to Salina Soto’s latest single Blackout for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dark Indie Pop artist Pawla has made her debut the indulgently raw EP “Heartless”

Up and coming Indie Pop artist Pawla released her debut EP “Heartless” on June 8th, 2019 and invited listeners into her indulgently moody soundscapes which aren’t just accessible, they’ll feel like an inviting nest of mesmeric melancholy from the first hit.

Any fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten will quickly come to appreciate Pawla’s matured and stylistic approach to the Pop genre, in which she isn’t afraid to play with dark textures and tonalities with the instrumental arrangement. The EDM elements carry an ominously enveloping potency while Pawla’s vocals resonate with a deftness and lightness which makes it all too easy to fall into the lyrical narratives of each of the 5 tracks on the EP. The standout track on the EP for us is undoubtedly “Ice Cold” which exudes attitude, reverberant drum rhythms, and candid lyricism which is versed in perfect meter and rhyme almost giving the track a Hip Hop edge.

You can check out the Heartless EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ckeelay brings in the future of guitar-driven Alt Indie Pop with latest single “Outside”

Californian experimental Pop artist Ckeelay has taken R&B Pop to the next level with his latest single “Outside” featuring Enzo Langston. I can say in all honesty that I’ve never heard such mesmeric guitar effects layered into an R&B Pop track in my life.

Considering that Outside was self-produced, mixed and mastered by Ckeelay themselves, I can’t help but find myself in absolute awe of the sheer amount of talent which is contained within this mix. The reverb-soaked Jangle Pop rhythms sit against the drum pads as though it’s the most natural thing in the world, and under Ckeelay’s deft command, it absolutely is. Then, there’s the addition of Ckeelay’s powerfully magnetic vocals which perfectly rest above the aural alchemy.

The experimentalism is one thing, the seamless ingenuity of the completely prodigal soundscape was something else entirely; and you’re definitely going to have to check it out for yourselves.

Ckeelay’s single Outside is available on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jacob Mondry – Color Me Blue: Artfully Quaint Acoustic Indie Pop

You can consider us well and truly enamoured by up and coming artist Jacob Mondry’s latest single Acoustic Indie Pop single “Color Me Blue”

There’s plenty of spatial effect in Colour Me Blue which leaves you hanging in the bitter-sweet anticipation for the next lyrical line to be delivered. The track slightly picks up the pace and builds up more atmospherics in the melody as the track progresses. Each new evolution in the soundscape feels impossibly natural. It may be a short track, but even after the track has faded out, the understated simplicity of the single stays with you – which has a lot to do with the revelatory feel to the lyrics. The last line of Color Me Blue feels like you’ve just slotted in the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle, and if that doesn’t class as aural alchemy, I’m not entirely sure what does.

You can check out Jacob Mondry’s single Color Me Blue for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oscill8te – Transformation: A Restoratively Powerful New Age Indie Debut

“Transformation” is the soulfully indulgent debut single from breaking recording artist Oscill8te. The single has already pricked up plenty of ears belonging to fans who appreciate a veraciously resonant vocal presence in celestially reflective soundscapes. And it really is no wonder, debuts really don’t come much more promising than what Oscill8te has composed with Transformation.

With a New Age, World Music sensibility behind the track, Oscill8te was able to conjure plenty of mesmeric energy with the instrumentals which ring with pure catharsis in her debut single. Yet, the vocals make sure that Transformation is a track which is more than deserving of a spot on the contemporary airwaves. While the vibe of the track is not all too unreminiscent of what you would be able to expect from Enya, Oscill8te has revived the sound with subtle twists, which should enamour any fans of powerful Indie tracks.

You can checkout Oscill8te’s single Transformation for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Witches – Surrender: Alchemically Melodic Indie Pop

“Surrender” was the 2018 debut single from the up and coming band Witches which proves they’re already well overdue to release another single. Many artists may have forgotten that the point of music was to convey emotion and create a connection. Yet, that didn’t slip Witches’ mind as they creatively and expressively composed Surrender.

With the airwaves swimming in the 1975 assimilations, Surrender is your aural lifejacket. The Chicago-based act allowed their latest single to contort genre boundaries through the organic experimentalism of sound, pulling in elements of Shoegaze, Pop, and Indie.

The lyrics flow like spoken word poetry, the melodies are sweet enough to resonate as almost haunted and atmospherics found in Surrender is sure to make a fair few Post Punk artists envious. In short, Surrender is so stunning that it almost feels melancholic.

You can check out the debut single from Witches for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Pop artist Birch makes their debut with their single “I’ll Be Fine”

“I’ll Be Fine” is the lyrically driven debut from up and coming Indie Pop artist Birch which will take you right back to an era of Pop when the lyricism offered something poised, passionate, and meaningful.

The candid nature of the lyricism pulls you in straight from the first verse, hooking you into a compelling narrative which offers the perfect balance of melancholy and upbeat inspiration. While most Pop artists fail to make their lyricism feel raw and human, that’s exactly where Birch succeeds with his debut single I’ll Be Fine. Of course, how hard the lyrics hit you has a lot to do with the pitch-perfect power of Birch’s vocals.  The way the Indie Pop instrumentals ebb and flow sporadically picking up the momentum and taking you right back down to simple arrestive melodies also plays a pretty heavy hand in how hard this track will hit.

You can check out Birch’s single I’ll Be Fine for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Pop quartet Rooftop Heroes release their latest powerful single HEROES

If you’re looking for a new purveyor of punchy Pop, the Power Pop powerhouse Rooftop Heroes has just released their latest single “HEROES” and in the process of doing so created one of the most euphorically hard-hitting singles of 2019.

The Indie Pop quartet approach the genre with stylistic maturity, there will always be space on the airwaves for young up and coming talent with naïve love songs, but it’s incredibly refreshing to hear a Pop act who pour their life experience into their soundscapes. More than that, Rooftop Heroes aim to make a real connection and impact with their music – and it shows.

HEROES is an upbeat aural ode to the ordinary people who are constantly struggling to get by in a world built on corporate greed. It’s a recognition of the sufferance of everyday heroes, but ultimately, it’s an up-vibe anthem which also happens to be a sticky-sweet earworm.

You can check out Rooftop Heroes’ latest single HEROES for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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