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Ask Carol swim in with the sunny ‘Do It in LA’

Ask Carol swim in with the sunny ‘Do It in LA‘  and this is a radical video from this fresh band who do things differently.

From beautiful Auma in Norway, alt-pop duo Ask Carol have toured the world and this is an act that are on a mission for their music to be everywhere. Covid has slowed them down a bit but perhaps its given them the extra time to get more music and awesome videos together for release.

Ask Carol is front woman Carol and also multi-instrumentalist Ask. This fine 2 piece act challenges the traditional conception of what a duo can be. With their powerfully portrayed guitars, drums and fuzz-synth, with Carol’s distinctive, dynamic range and bad-ass vocals, this two-piece creates a wall of sound that is truly great to listen to. They have so much energy, I like the sound of the band and the vocals wake up your heart right away. This is genuine music that is made with such caring precision.

Ask Carol rock in with the brilliant ‘Do It in LA‘ and this is a fine listen. The video is so great and viewers will enjoy the creative nature. They are pushing the boundaries and not trying to copy anyone else.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Neil Armstrong sends the world a great tribute to Western movies on ‘Falling Man’

Neil Armstrong is a singer-songwriter who works in creative partnerships to write and perform with a classy uniqueness of style and breath-taking sound. This is an excellent artist who is back with his new single called ‘Falling Man‘.

This is a tribute to great western movies and features the original song ‘Falling Man‘ from the 2020 Album ‘Nearly Life‘. The music was written and is performed by Neil Armstrong, featuring the legendary guitars of Jose Maria Sagrista.

The vocals are so crisp and the guitar style is quite legendary. Teaming up with David Will Mitchell was a good move with the lyrics and these two make a quality team.

Falling Man‘ from Neil Armstrong is a terrific track that is a fine tribute to a genre that he loves. The world was a different place but its still the Wild Wild West out there. This video is made so well and this is a true old school throwback to make us remember this genre that was massive back in the day.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Alex Frew and his band show growing maturity on their live version of ‘Get Out Alive’

Alex Frew and his band show growing maturity on their live version of ‘Get Out Alive‘ and this is a special listen.

This fantastic 4-piece have made such a stunning indie-rock track that impresses mightily here is 2020. The solo’s are amazing and the whole band really mesh well together. The Toronto band have so many intricate melodies and the sounds seep through into our hearts. This is a deep listen and you can see the passion here in his voice and the band backs him up perfectly.

Get Out Alive‘ from Alex Frew is all about getting out of bad situations as you need to be careful in life. Sometimes people lie and this can really affect you. They drag your clutch and really slow you down. You need to get out before it’s too late. This is a fantastic track that is of a high standard and a terrific listen. The Toronto band rock on this new single and this is a Canadian act that are set for huge things.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Get over It’ from Fendahlene is a relationship problem in a catchy song

Get over It‘ from Fendahlene is a relationship problem in a catchy song that has lots of awesome riffs to keep us wildly entertained.

Fendahlene were formed in Sydney back in late 1994 by Paul Whiteley (guitar and vocals) and Ashley Hurst (bass). After moving to Europe in 2006 from Australia, they decided to have a break to reboot. They soon returned to the studio in 2018 to record their new album, High and Low and Back Again at Urchin Studios in East London over a period of two years, the album featuring ‘Get Over It’ dropped in July 2020.

The bass line are tremendous here on Get over It and this is a top act. The vocals are smooth like a bald head, the catchy vibe has you pricking your ears up to hear more. This is the mark of a quality track.

This is the story about getting over a relationship that isn’t going well. Things were great and then life happened. You are tired or being in the firing line and have decided to move on as it isn’t worth it anymore. Or will you be able to chat about it and move on? Time will tell but things aren’t looking good so far.

Get over It‘ from Fendahlene is a fine indie-rock song and the catchy elements keep you hooked all the way through. This might be the new breakup anthem of 2020.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Richie Ravello feat. Ryan Spring Dooley bring the truth on ‘Summer Fast’

Richie Ravello feat. Ryan Spring Dooley bring the truth on ‘Summer Fast‘ as this video is so well made and sung with passion.

With a video featuring a baby and pictures from the youngster, this is a song that grabs you by the heart and makes you smile. Life is too short to waste and this is the message here. Sometimes, things happen for a reason. The world is so windy sometimes and the dusty streets can blur our eyesight sideways. Music and what matters to you deep inside, is all that really counts.

I like the message a lot on this indie-pop-rap track that is so far from wack. The message is real, the video is brilliant and the vocals are crispy and fresh. Just the way music should be. Life is too short for anything else and I’m very inspired by this track.

Summer Fast‘ from Richie Ravello feat. Ryan Spring Dooley is an awesome song and with a message that shines through. When you find that moment in your life of pure happiness, all other petty things fly away like a grumpy bird. Take charge and do what makes you happy.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Creeptones – Soul Fire: A College-Radio Rock Earworm

Uplifting and happy, the Creeptones ‘Soul Fire’ – the new single from the New Jersey fourpiece’s ‘Hell And Ice’ album – is a jangling, deliciously poppy 4’24” of vaguely sixties-inspired college radio-style rock with an earworm of a chorus and a beautifully hummable vocal melody line, in the vein of the Flaming Lips, Turin Brakes, or the Delgados.

Currently smashing Spotify ‘Indie’ playlists left, right, and centre, the Creeptones Hell And Ice should put them firmly on the musical map, a melodic catchy collection of 13 songs that worm their way into your brain and refuse to let go. ‘Soul Fire’ is the perfect lead single from that collection.

‘Soul Fire’ – and the full Hell and Ice album – are available from the Creeptones website.

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M. Hofmann sings with heartbreak on new single ‘You Don’t Have To Stay’

M. Hofmann sings with such heartbreak and passion on new single ‘You Don’t Have To Stay‘.

Raised in Australia’s southern most state of Tasmania, Mikhail Hofmann grew up on a simple musical diet; Elvis and 90s AM Radio. This quality artist is a true musician who loves the old school sound.

It wasn’t until his early teens, that Hofmann first picked up a guitar, which would become a daily ritual. He then tried his hand in various bands over the years, moving around before arriving in Sydney. Meanwhile, a private therapeutic songwriting habit helped keep a steady stream of creativity and experimentation throughout his teens and twenties, until the decision to strike out on his own became a clear one.

Now with three singles under his belt (You Don’t Have To Stay, Not There Yet, Dead and Gone), Hofmann’s sound blends Heartland Rock, Americana, and Indie Rock, with synthesisers, 12 string guitars and rhythmic acoustics laying the foundation for self reflecting lyrics. These songs give us a glimpse into what to expect from his debut album that he is currently working on.

With an 80’s feel, this is a top indie-rock song that saunters in and grabs you gently by the ears. The vocals are smooth, with heart and make you suddenly move into a reflective move. You think old old relationships and how they ended. Sometimes they end and the person you were madly in love with leaves, just like that. It’s over. You will move on and this is a lesson.

Australian singer-songwriter M. Hofmann does a fine job on ‘You Don’t Have To Stay‘ and this is a sad song that makes you think. A fine effort.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Facadessey rock in with the catchy ‘Silence’

Phoenix, Arizona is the home of the fantastic band called Facadessey as they return with ‘Silence‘.

Taken off the new album ‘Five Star Vacation‘, this track has an intriguing vibe to it and I find myself listening closer each time. This is a properly thought out track with meaning.

With a bouncy guitar style, the bass-lines certainly get you moving too. This is about not being silent anymore and going for what you want and desire in life. There are going to be haters about there and sometimes all is okay. You just have to go for it and do what you believe is right.

Silence‘ from Facadessey is a fab song with all the characteristics of a quality song. This would be perfect for a summer afternoon while with mates to get the BBQ going. The quality is there and this is a top act. This is a single you need to hear on full volume.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jakub Byzia is here with tremendous single ‘Beloved in the Fairground’

Polish singer-songwriter Jakub Byzia is here with a fantastic new song and it’s called ‘Beloved in the Fairground‘.

Jakub Byzia is a guitarist, composer, producer currently based in Warsaw, Poland. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Jakub pursues a career in the music industry as a solo artist. He is such a talent and the class shines through here.

Born in Warsaw, POLAND, Jakub started singing early on and later picked up the guitar when he turned 11. To further his music education, he studied jazz for two years in Dublin, Ireland and later completed his music studies in Boston. His performance history covers multiple music contests, various Warsaw music clubs, the Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity concert in Berlin, Polish National Television appearances and a number of regular shows at the Warsaw music theatre, Studio Buffo.

This is about remembering your youth and those days in the playground. With exquisite guitar riffs and that fine voice, this is a top song with lots of heart. With a long intro, you really get into this song as it builds up all the way. ‘Beloved in the Fairground‘ from Jakub Byzia is such a fine effort as this has class written all over it.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Portland band The Recognitions stride in with the epic ‘Silent Alarm’

Nervosism by The Recognitions

Portland, Oregon is the home of indie-rock band The Recognitions and they smash through the guitar strings with their new track called ‘Silent Alarm‘.

The Recognitions have taken many forms over the years from folks days, busking vagabonds, and now to indie rock groups and after a long break, they reunited with a pact: to examine and rewire all of their burgeoning tastes, from neo classical to krautrock; from proto punk to film scores, into their own musical language. This band is that pact and their debut is their first expression of that language. I love this energy and the fact that they know that it’s their time. I hope their music gets picked up for an epic movie soundtrack. This quality deserves that.

Taken off ‘Nervosism’, The Recognitions from Portland in the USA bring us such a deep gem with lots to think about on Silent Alarm‘. This is the sound of a quality band who’s pure vocals are perfectly intertwined to the winding riffs and tremendous drum-work on this dazzler.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen