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UK sister duo Khalysis further establish their growing name with the fantastic ‘For One Night’

Khalysis are absolutely fantastic on their latest track with indie pop passion on ‘For One Night‘.

For One Night‘ is the 2nd single released in 2020 from the Hartlepool sister singer songwriter duo, Olivia and Georgia. Together, they are Khalysis (‘Kal’–‘ee’–‘Sis’).

This is about that feeling when you are looking at someone and you realize that everyone else is too. They take your breath away and you want to be with them so badly.

For One Night‘ from Khalysis is about just that, the yearning for the mystery, the challenge of the unknown and the need to be noticed. You can’t always get what you want, but damn it you’re going to do your best to get it. This is a powerful message that is so simple but so true.

A smorgasbord of genres, ‘For One Night‘ mixes pop, reggaeton and dance hall that mixes together in a tasty Hartlepool pot of wonderful goodness, this helps in creating a unique and chart-worthy sound. This is the goal. These young ladies what to reach the top and they are focused on this and trying to avoid all unnecessary distractions.

The girls have been catching the ears and eyes of a number of major and indie labels and have a number of collaboration releases in the works. All of their tracks are written, recorded and produced at their home studio.

Khalysis are excellent on ‘For One Night‘ and their teamwork shines so bright in a troubled year.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Alt Pop singer Bex blazes in with ”Secondhand Smoke”

Bex is a Boston-based writer & singer-songwriter with influences from pop-rock, blues and also some neo-soul. She is back with her new song called ”Secondhand Smoke” that was released today.

What ever you breath in you need to believe it. Bex is no quitter and she has the Bonny & Clyde kind of love with this fantastic new pop track. Her vocals are wonderfully pure on this new song and I love the catchy lyrics. The vibe is fab throughout and Bex shows her smooth style.

Secondhand Smoke” from the Massachusetts local is perfect for those long road trips or to get you excited for the day. Without having a sneaky ciggie of course.  This is a simple song that catches the ear and this is a musician to watch. Her voice is so natural and she is poised to fully breakout soon.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


‘It Wasn’t True’ is a tale of love that can’t be lost from Emilio Lanza

It Wasn’t True‘ is the fantastic new single from the laid-back soul of Italian singer-songwriter Emilio Lanza.

Emilio Lanza is a self-taught Italian indie-pop singer-songwriter who graduated with a university degree in engineering but music is what he loves. This passionate singer has used the skills he picked up before to transform his music into a worldly experience. He makes awesome music, filled with skill and beauty. He has experience with jazz and this shines though and adds a lovely element to the song. He is also a Certified Apple Pro with Logic Pro X and this has really helped him with the creative process in his music.

With an earthy feel and flouring with sonic and spectacular acoustic sounds, this is a love song with all the right ingredients. This is about a breakup that you don’t want to happen. All those rumors were untrue, the love must stay alive and you are confident that things will change. Your lover was avoiding and things seem rough right now. You refuse to give up and want this to work so much.

This is an experienced musician with lots of electronic beats to mix in with the finger-style acoustic music that Emilio excels at. This is a fine track and I love the sentiment and the whole sound that is projected through the whole experience here on ‘It Wasn’t True‘ from the wonderful Italian singer Emilio Lanza.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Nash brings us a tale of indie-pop pureness with ‘Every Time’

Nash brings us a tale of indie-pop pureness with ‘Every Time‘ that strides through into our ears.

After growing up in Moscow in a family of music lovers, music was Nash’s guide to life, helping him interpret, define and view the world. In a post-Soviet Russia, where rapid political and social changes produced a tense and aggressive atmosphere, Nash referred to music to cope with his emotional and sensitive nature. He listened to the likes of The Beatles and The White Stripes, and was massively influenced by their melodic sentiment and sound. He soon know what he had to do.

A move from Moscow to London followed and greatly inspired the talented singer-songwriter to do what he knows he came for. Play music and get a foot into the world of the legendary venues all over the City. This was the mission and he was ready now. His time to shine.

Every Time‘ is that road trip favorite, you like like play it on loud and get lost into the quality musicianship. This is an artist who has moved countries and found his home now. The way he sings is so pure and you just know he has amazing stories of playing live all over the lands. Nash brings us his story of being hard on himself but still has hope and this is sung so well. He has the seen the light and is now flourishing.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Mackenzie Shrieve has released her intimately absorbing Indie Folk Pop single “In the Before”

There are very few things in life more soothing than Mackenzie Shrieve’s compassionately inviting vocals. In her latest single “In the Before” which dropped on September 10th, her intimately comforting vocals perfectly match the Folk Pop instrumentals which are endearing and absorbing in equal measure.

I think the lyric “I don’t want you to slip away like every other moment in this Summer haze” legitimately broke my heart. The concepts which the track plays with will leave you awash with sun-kissed lovelorn nostalgia. It may be a rough ride, but the accordance, soul, and almost celestial level of ingenuity in the production will definitely soften the blow.

With plenty more in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond, Mackenzie Shrieve is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to In the Before via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sink into Maroney’s tenderly intimate Folk Pop single “Home”

Home” is just one of the tenderly intimate Folk Pop singles on the latest EP “Alur” from Sacramento-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Maroney.

The semi-orchestral, mellifluously magnetic single may draw you in gently, but before you know it, the accordant tones will be creeping beneath your skin and the lyrics will seriously test your capacity for compassion as you listen to the romantically resolving lyrics float around the stunning orchestration which could have only come from an artist with an affinity for Gospel, Bluegrass and Folk.

How celestial Home is, is no coincidence. The female vocals perfect the amorously evocative soundscape as they find reactive chemistry against Maroney’s soothing vocal timbre.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sebastian Akselberg offers lovelorn anguish around instrumental resolving bliss in “Wish You Were Lonely”

There’s no preparing you for the resolving bliss found in Norwegian and Russian trailblazing Pop artist Sebastian Akselberg’s single “Wish You Were Lonely”.

As you listen to the all too relatable lyrics which poignantly capture the lacerating feeling of watching someone move on while you’re still caught up in them, the light an invitingly textured feat of Alt-Pop will draw you deeper into the track until you reach a stunning synth solo with cavernous spaces around Sebastian Akselberg’s porously evocative vocals. But the track doesn’t end there, before the seamless fade out, there’s a final kick of momentum which affirms the level of passion which the artist projected into this mix.

I have a feeling it will be quite a while before I get those spacey airy indulgent tones out of my head.

You can check out Sebastian Akselberg’s latest single Wish You Were Here along with the rest of their 2020 album Amare via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Rya Park has released her compassionately candid single “The Lucky Ones”

Rya Park

From the first lyric in Rya Park’s latest Funk-soaked feat of stylistic Pop “The Lucky Ones,” you’re hooked. Her scathing wit perfectly pairs with her romantic air and the vibrance offered by this tonally stunning single.

The chorus is guaranteed to stick to your synapses like superglue. The concept which Rya Park plays around with in The Lucky Ones is enough to shift your own perspective when it comes to dissecting your romantic tragedies and successes.

It’s a flawless radio-ready Pop hit. If anyone has got what it takes to climb the Pop charts, it’s Rya Park. The Australian-born singer-songwriter and instrumentalist is never afraid to tackle issues which delve far beyond the surface. With her tracks touching upon mental health, toxic relationships and melancholy, she’s everything the airwaves need right now.

I wish there was someone so compassionate, candid and insightful releasing records when I was younger.

You can check out Rya Park’s single The Lucky Ones via this link

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Paola Rogue – This Picture: Soul-Soothingly-Sludgy Indie Shoegaze

Costa Rican singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paola Rogue may be better known for her work in her band, The Great Wilderness, but her recently released second solo album may be the best testament to her talent when it comes to crafting soul-soothing Lo-Fi Indie.

While each of the sludgy yet light and dextrous tracks has the capacity to leave you pleasantly catatonic, any fans of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine will definitely want to delve into the deftly weaved tones in This Picture as they mellifluously sweep through the reverb-drenched production.

Atop of the absorbing Shoegaze-style instrumentals which also ring with a touch of Post-Punk, you’ll hear Paola Rogue’s compelling vocals which are all too efficacious when it comes to drawing emotion out of you.

You can check out This Picture for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


UK singer Kane sings about being cheated on with debut single ‘Guilty’

UK singer Kane sings about being cheated on by the girl of his dreams on the debut track ‘Guilty‘.

Kane is a singer-songwriter from Leicester in England. He was enjoying himself in Australia and on the holiday of his dreams. Then of course, corona struck, and he had to go home. No worries however. This has lead to him making his debut song and this is a well-sung track that strikes deep inside the heart like a flaming shooter, the story is so real and the taste is bitter.

You are with someone that you care about so much. The love is real and you are happy. Then suddenly, something is different. You have a feeling that something is a bit off and you think that she might be seeing someone else. You ask about who she is chatting to on her phone and you get a vague answer. You know now that you were right. It’s not just some guy and she looks guilty. Things are now bleak and the love is over.

Guilty‘ from the new singer Kane is a fine debut effort. The lyrics are so well constructed and the energy matches what is going on. He got cheated on which is a horrible feeling. Luckily, he is a resistant young man who will learn from this and be stronger. This is a quality effort and we might be witnessing a new name to watch in the UK music scene.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen