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Kevin Jones – Seventeen: Charismatically Mesmeric Indie Rock

If you’re looking for an artist with the ability to write and produce indulgently smooth Indie tracks, look no further than Kevin Jones. At the age of 18-years old, he’s got creating succinctly sweet melodies down to a fine art. With his latest single “Seventeen” there’s a slight kick of 70s Psychedelia wrapped around the Jangle Pop guitars, combined with his charismatically mesmeric vocal capacity, you’re in for a treat from the Indianapolis-based Indie Rock artist.

With influences from a wide variety of artists such as the Beatles, Tom Odell, the Smiths and the 1975 all being perceptible in his latest single it runs through with a contemporary feel, yet, never losing the accessibility of the sound. With elements from the past mixed with his contemporary style the future of Indie Rock is in safe hands with the exceptionally prodigal artist.

You can check out Kevin Jones single Seventeen for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Latebloomers – Mid Chameleon: Feverishly Fierce Indie Rock

It’s jangly, it’s chaotic, it’s feverish, and that’s just how The Latebloomer’s single “Mid Chameleon” snuck onto our radar. Even the staunchest fans of New Wave, Post Punk and Indie Rock would be hard pressed to find a single which pumps as much viscerally electrifying energy into the guitar progressions.

The stunning single is just one of the 6 tracks to feature on the US-based up and coming artist’s latest EP “Frames” while each track stands as a testament to their diversity to their expressively pioneering Alt Rock sound there is no better introduction to Mid Chameleon. Fans of bands such as the Smiths, Modest Mouse, the Kooks, and the Strokes are sure to be enamoured by the sticky-sweet vocals paired with the palpably charismatic edge to the Latebloomers.

You can check out Mid Chameleon along with the rest of the tracks from the EP by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soapbox Marathon – Big Sad Through the Window: Concordantly Cathartic Indie Rock

Don’t let the title to Soapbox Marathon’s latest single “Big Sad Through the Window” fool you, whilst it may seem particularly twee, the Sheffield-based band possess a synergetic energy which feeds plenty of ethereal, mature, sonorous emotion into their sound.

Even though the single may be short and sweet at 2:23-minutes long, I only needed the first verse to tell me that Soapbox Marathon possess the pioneering vision, concordant rhythm and the ability to arrange a song that you’ll want to listen to time and time again.

With haunting elements of Shoegaze, Britpop and Indie mixed with Jazzy undertones, the ethereal power of the Big Sad Through the Window won’t fail to leave you enamoured, and that’s all without mentioning the harmonious dynamics of the vocals which feed into the hypnotic melody.

You can check out Soapbox Marathon’s adorably titled latest single via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hey Jester – Pepper Spray: Prodigally Progressive Indie Rock

It’s not all too often you’ll come across an indie prog rock single that could be described as ethereal. Yet, Birmingham-based emerging act Hey Jester certainly managed it with their latest single “Pepper Spray”. The energy behind the soundscape is almost indescribable thanks to the smorgasbord of influences audible within their eclectic sound which is sure to enamour fans of hair metal and pop rock ballads alike.

There certainly aren’t many bands who have the ability to work a synth with the same indulgently anthemic approach which amplifies the raucous energy built up by the acoustic instrumentals. If you can imagine a more upbeat version of Muse, you’ll get a good idea of the infectiously immersive magnetism of Pepper Spray which is just one of the singles from their latest release Sickly Sweet.

You can stream and download Hey Jester’s latest single Pepper Spray by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Versonic – A Second in Time: Indie Rock Aural Dynamite

If a band can captivate you within the first five seconds of a track, you know you’ve just stumbled across aural dynamite. Versonic’s explosively potent latest single “A Second in Time” will flood you with nostalgia sweeping you back to all of your favourite 90s Britpop bands, yet it’s safe to say that even compared to the most iconic of Indie outfits, not many compare to the ethereal offering from the vocals. With the same fuzzy reverb as used by bands such as the Verve, the distortion hits and introduces the stunningly resonant vocals which rest neatly against the electrifying instrumental arrangements.

If you’re looking for an emotively-charged Indie anthem that’s going to hit you like an absolute tonne of bricks you can check out Versonic’s single A Second in Time for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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IMMIGRATION UNIT – Sofa Heroes: Indie Rock Meets Futurism

Not all heroes wear capes. Some create engagingly experimental hits such as “Sofa Heroes”.

IMMIGRATION UNIT are a four-piece ensemble who have made it pretty damn impossible to place a genre on their pioneeringly hypnotic sound. With elements of Rock, Electro, Pop and Folk their sound unfolds in a way I can guarantee you won’t have heard the like of before. However, if Mike Patton took a more melodic approach to his soundscapes I can imagine the end result would have some reminiscence to the dynamic style of IMMIGRATION UNIT. With elements of futurism weaved into the mix combined with sporadic crunching guitar riffs the progression of the track is entirely unpredictable. Just how they fused together the sounds so tightly is nothing short of aural alchemy.

You can check out the latest track from IMMIGRATION UNIT by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mac Murray – Civil War EP: Melodically Raw Jangle Pop

Every now and again an artist will pop up with a unique command over melody and anthemic ecstasy. The Kings of Leon, the 1975, and the Killers all smashed it and so did up and coming artist Mac Murray.

It was almost hard to believe that the “Civil War” EP was the first official release by the Indie Rock artist thanks to the seamless, radio-ready resonant sound. If you’re a fan of jangly guitar progressions which pop over tonnes of fuzzy reverb through infectiously catchy choruses then it’s safe to say that Mac Murray’s tracks would be a perfect addition to your playlists.

Each track contained on the Civil War EP is an Indie dance floor anthem. The Arctic Monkeys may have sold out with their sound but the Barrow-In-Furness, UK-based former-front man and solo artist has stuck true to the roots of the genre whilst adding his own unique raw and unrestrained charisma. Finding an Indie artist more lyrically and vocally expressively soulful would be like finding a needle in a haystack.

You can check out the Civil War EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vasey Hall – Saint Mary’s Spaceship: Futuristically Evocative Indie Rock

Saint Mary’s Spaceship is one of the singles from up and coming recording artist Vasey Hall’s first studio album Desert Sun. I’m almost a little annoyed that he has kept his overwhelmingly melodic, futuristically evocative Indie Rock talent to himself up until now. There’s a palpable range of influences riddled into the artist’s progressive ambient guitar-led soundscapes. Each note is timed to perfection, to allow the spaces around the sound to pack in as much essence as the chord progressions and intricate breakdowns which stand as the cornerstone to his sound. If you could imagine what kind of music you’d be left with if you entwined the pensivity of Radiohead, the playfulness of Bowie and the viscerally stunning guitar momentum from Muse, you can get an idea of what Vasey Hall is capable of with his mesmerising instrumental and vocal talent.

You can check out Vasey Hall’s single Saint Mary’s Spaceship out for yourself by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kid, You’re No Fighter – To the Saints: Sonically Charged Indie Rock

There’s little to prepare you for the tentatively sweet, stylised track ‘To the Saints’ which was one of the standout singles from Kid, You’re No Fighter’s latest EP ‘Bullfight’. With such an epic break in releasing new material I can only live in hope that something just as rapturously intoxicating is currently in the pipeline.

To the Saints is a sonically charged orchestration of ambient Indie which packs in plenty of progression into the 5 minute track. Any fans of the Verve are sure to be in heaven of the dulcet Indie tonality to the track that I can scarcely believe came from outside the UK, yet it was the Vegas band Kid, You’re No Fighter who produced the spectacular single.

The track starts off by teasing you into the belief that you’re in for a folk acoustic track, yet as you reach the midway point the reverb picks up and To the Saints almost veers into a Post-Grunge arena. Yet the sweet Jangle Pop sensibility around the traditionally soft Indie vocals still keep the mix viscerally clean.

You can check out To the Saints for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ALEXIS KINGS – Velvet: Meet the Band Keeping the Indie Rock Sound Alive

Velvet is a track which sits ever so neatly between Indie Jangle Pop and rhythmic Rock. It’s still got the grind and roll of a decadently filthy guitar riff, yet the synergy created by rest of the instrumentals collides and creates an effervescent hype you’d expect from an Electro Pop outfit. It’s safe to say the band’s ingenuity brings ALEXIS KING’s latest single Velvet to a whole new level.

The tonality to the track is sultry, yet in a complete contrast there’s a hint of unadultered innocence thrown into the mix. The Indie vocalist may have a long way to come before matching the drawling prowess of Mick Jagger, but ALEX KINGS are well on their way with their raucously-infectious radio ready sound. Their earlier singles ‘Squire’ and ‘Strawberry Blonde’ have already gained national radio coverage and it’s safe to say, they’ve exceeded themselves with Velvet with their archaic inclinations and contemporary inspirations.

The official video for Velvet is now available for pre-order here.

In the meantime, head on over to Facebook where you can connect with the five-piece powerhouse of artists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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