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Find your spiritual side with Alchemy 3’s multiculturally ambient indie electronica single, Trust in the Process.

Alchemy 3

Sam Harris may have spun heads when he declared that no one has free will, but the spiritual alt indietronica outfit, Alchemy 3, is here to screw them firmly back on again with their stellar slice of multicultural ambient electronica, Trust in the Process.

2021 has shown us that everything and everyone is connected and every action has an equal and opposite reaction, but even the impious in denial of a higher power can find comfort in this psychedelically wrapped hit by the London-based trio whose sonic influence spans across decades, and their lyrical inspiration goes back even further. The poetically meta lyrics flow through the ethereally commanding vocals and resonate like mantras around the tonal bliss spilling from the instrumentals. It’s a stunning release from a collective with equally as stunning artistic motives. We can’t wait to hear what will be next from Alchemy 3.

Trust in the Process will be available to stream from December 4th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Alt-Indie solo artist Bent 290 has released his psychotropic sophomore single, Minds and Makers.

‘Minds and Makers’ is the psychotropic sophomore release from alt-indie solo artist Bent 290 (Dakota Schilling). With hints of Midwest Emo in the vocals, nuances of reggae in anthemic guitars and lashings of electronic psych euphoria, it’s impossible not to warm to the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter’s instantly enamouring expressionism.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Muse, All American Rejects, and Tame Impala aurally met in the middle, you’ll get an idea of the kind of bitter-sweet soul on offer here.

The project, Bent 290, was born during the 2020 lockdown when Dakota locked himself away in a cabin in North-Eastern Indiana. His debut release broke onto the airwaves to critical acclaim in 2020. After the release of his power-pop hit, we’re sure that only good things will follow.

Minds and Makers is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Yves Steady – Chamomile King: A Hazy Lo-Fi Indie Art-Rock Lullaby

Yves Steady - The Demos by YVES STEADY

For his latest release, East London-based solo artist Yves Steady curated his demos from the past four years and invited listeners on a journey of intimate aural exploration; the best introduction to his artfully psychedelic sound is Chamomile King. The semi-orchestral soundscape resonates like a garagey, drowsy take on Charlatans while feeding in the same stylish, evocative despondence of Dinosaur Jr.

The sweet and steady chords in the choral feat of new wave indie couldn’t possibly hold more catharsis when they are up against the vocals that sit perfectly in the mix without bleeding or dominating the track that will be a hit with indie, psych, art rock, and folk fans alike.

Chamomile King is now available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Meskimo extended the conversation around grief with his indie-psych track, ‘The Most Delightful Dirge’

The Meskimo comes to us from the shores of the Bering sea with his latest feat of indie psych, ‘The Most Delightful Dirge’. If you can imagine the Aurora Borealis in futuristically aural form, you’ll start to get an idea of what kind of astral journey The Meskimo will take you on with his psych-tinged art-rock.

Glassy synths, psych-rock percussion, fuzzed-up guitars and the occasional distorted orchestral swell act as your guide through the instrumental soundscape that remains compelling through The Meskimo’s accordant uninhibited exploration. Falling short of dropping DMT, there are few experiences to indulge in that will take you higher than The Most Delightful Dirge; even the title itself leaves your mind open. The mere suggestion that delight can be somehow synonymous with mourning is enough to leave you in a pleasant mind hole for a fair amount of time.

The Most Delightful Dirge is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ebben Phlö have released their bitter-sweet psychedelic stormer ‘Loose Ends’

Loose Ends by Ebben Phlö

Cork-based duo, Ebben Phlö have released their fuzzed-up storming feat of indie psych rock, ‘Loose Ends’;  if you could imagine what it would sound like if a little more kaleidoscopic colour was thrown into the Strokes’ tonal palette, you’ll get an idea of the intensity delivered.

It isn’t every day that you experience such a visceral mentally-modifying single which oozes mainstream appeal, but Ebben Phlö’s hooks which lure you into the scuzzy synth-laden soundscape are as sharp as you’re going to hear on the airwaves today.

If artists garnered hype on their creativity alone, Ebben Phlö would be sitting pretty right next to the likes of Black Keys and Muse right now.

Loose Ends is now available to stream via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Brave New Broken Hearts Club follow in the luminary footsteps of the Legendary Pink Dots with ‘Love Is On Its Way’

Brave New Broken Hearts Club

The musical vehicle for London-native singer-songwriter Neil Phillimore, Brave New Broken Hearts Club new single – released on the 29th January, and the first track from the forthcoming new album – is a delicate, melancholy semi-acoustic number; a tremolo-laden picked guitar part sits atop closed hi hats and Phillimore’s unapologetically character-filled vocals. Think of a ‘Country House’ era Damon Albarn, a North London wash delivering a evocative narrative of tainted love and shattered expectations.

It’s a great track, pretty and self-aware at the same time, downbeat without being downtrodden. Phillimore’s Suggs-like delivery perfectly suits the lyrical content, there’s some beautiful harmonies courtesy of Peckham folk singer Pearl Fish, and the repeating guitar motif adds weight throughout the track. Overall, ‘Love Is On Its Way’ is heartfelt, hopeful, and emotive, a perfect introduction to Brace New Broken Hearts Club – with two more singles scheduled before the release of the debut album later this year, it looks as though success, for sure, is on its way.

Love is On Its Way is available to stream from January 29th, you can pre-save the single on Spotify via this link.

Review by Alex Holmes

Voyce Memos’ forthcoming single ‘West Girl’ is dizzyingly eclectic indie electro rock at its most psychedelic

Voyce Memos

Texan electronic rock artist, Voyce Memos, is set to release their sophomore album ‘Chronology’. We’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the dizzyingly eclectic standout track, ‘West Girl’.

With popping Post-Punk & New Wave-tinged guitar melodies and Voyce Memos’ soulfully enrapturing vocal timbre, West Girl is a consciousness-consuming exhibition of how transfixing Indie Rock can be when orchestrated under dynamic vision.

The matured high-vibe Indie hit incorporates elements of Post Rock, Synth Rock and Psych. As it runs through, you’ll be hit by aural curveballs from every direction. Even more pertinently, you’ll be inclined to be taken on the rhythmically psychotropic journey time and time again. It isn’t your archetypal Indie Pop earworm, it’s something far more infectious which leaves you inclined to get repeat hits of the euphoria which you’ll easily squeeze out of the melodic hooks.

From funky syncopated guitars to mesmeric garage rock frenetic thrashing, West Girl doesn’t just paint across the tonal palette, it ravenously claws at influences spanning through the decades to create a timeless hit.

West Girl will be available to stream from February 5th along with the rest of Voyce Memos’ forthcoming album ‘Chronology’. In the meantime, you can head over to Spotify to check out their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Gentlemen’s Crow has released their psychologically thrilling experimental Indie single “You Were Never Really Here”

After a successful debut, Floridian Indie artist Gentlemen’s Crow released their romantically enrapturing single “You Were Never Really Here” on August 7th.

Gentlemen’s Crow seems to exude the level of cool which Alex Turner attempted with the latest Arctic Monkeys album. It’s effortless, it’s intellectual, it’s simply mesmerising. With infusions of Psych Blues nuances into the anthemically-charged soundscape, the choruses won’t fail to leave you adrenalized.

As for the lyrics and concept for the track, You Were Never Really Here is a testament to the talent, imagination and wit of the artist. It’s not every day that you encounter a single which offers both a psychological thriller and a fresh-new Indie sound. Gentlemen’s Crow is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out You Were Never Really Here for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. For more info, you can head over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5

8udDha bl0od

Brighton-based experimental artist 8udDha bl0od has a tendency to leave us transfixed by their constantly evolving sound. With their upcoming release “SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5” they’ve left us emotionally stung and aurally enamoured once more.

In their usual style, 8udDha bl0od ensured that the track carried an arsenal of curveballs which will throw you from the accordance you have settled into.

As the track kicks off, there’s something incredibly piercing about the artful tone and tempo despite the light textures and transcendent air which breathes around the slightly psychedelic progressions in the ethereally resolving soundscape.

Halfway through the 7-minute track, SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5 takes an unexpected turn and veers in the direction of Lo-Fi Brit Pop which any fans of Blur will appreciate. But the evolutions in 8udDha bl0od’s track doesn’t end there. To fade out, 8udDha bl0od uses a haunting cinematic neo-noir outro which dissipates into the sound of rolling waves.

We needed no more proof that 8udDha bl0od was one of the most talented underground artists around in 2020, but with their latest single, he delivered yet another undeniable affirmation of his pioneeringly astounding talent.

SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5 is due for release on July 5th. You’ll be able to check it out yourselves via SoundCloud from the date of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sukh pays ode to care workers in their empathy-invoking Alt Indie single “Nightingale”

Manchester-based Indie newcomer Sukh is due to drop their latest single “Nightingale” which pays a soulful ode to the care workers who have selflessly put their lives on the line during the pandemic.

If you didn’t have empathy for nurses before, you certainly will once you hear the semi-orchestral, slightly psychedelic feat of Indie. Sukh found inventive ways to allow you to imagine just what care workers endured and he was just as inventive with the piano-led soundscape. Lou Reed might not be around anymore to soothe our souls, but Sukh has proven with his latest release that he can offer the same level of resonant catharsis.

You can check out Nightingale for yourselves from the date of the official release on July 3rd via Soundcloud. In the meantime, you can check out Sukh’s other feats of mould-breaking Indie.

Review by Amelia Vandergast