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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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The Ripping Rivers – Ripped Gratification: Concordantly Visceral Indie Rock

Ripped Gratification is the latest studio album by the Ripping Rivers. There’s a hell of a lot of tearing going on with their titles, yet, I’ve never heard a sound more holistically put together and concordantly visceral sound.

Their experimental alt rock sound mixes up your traditional acoustic offerings from the likes of Incubus and Deftones with some of the most inventive digital effects I’ve ever heard. It was a brave move, yet, it more than paid off which had a lot to do with the captivatingly piercing vocals which showed a diverse range across the thirteen tracks in the album. The word prodigal gets bounced around a lot these days, yet it’s safe to say it’s sitting right in the Ripping Rivers ballpark. Their ability to serve up paradoxically uplifting melancholy is unparalleled.

Post Punk, Shoegaze, Classic Rock, Indie Rock and Electro Indie fans alike will all be able to enjoy the absolute masterpiece the Ripping Rivers have released to prove guitar music still has some life in it yet.

You can check out the 13-track album Ripped Gratification by heading over to Spotify, or for more ways to listen click here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arcadia – Bend: Meet the Prodigal Sons of Indie Rock

It can be all too easy to assume that no new soundscapes can be born out of the Indie Rock genre, yet, Arcadia have blown that assumption right out of the water with their debut single Bend.

Bend comes to life through the composition of viscerally funk-addled guitar rhythms which dance lucidly above the reverberantly deep notes curtesy of the bass guitar and the tight smacks and rolls of the drums. The instrumentals by Scott Lubin are a work of pure synergy; the melody overwhelms the track and draws you in through the hooks and breakdowns which will leave your breath falling in line with the rhythm. Will Adler’s vocals are absolutely the cherry on the cake of Bend, with a playfully deep vocal style he carries some quaint reminiscence to Jack Johnson yet allows his inventive lyrics to come to life under his own individualistic style.

You can check out Arcadia’s funk driven single Bend for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. I’m sure you’ll join me in the expectant wonder of what’s to come from the up and coming artists if that is what they can achieve with their debut single.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Logan Taylor – White Wolf: Sultrily Beguiling Bluegrass Indie Rock

With one of the smoothest voices in the Indie Rock genre, it’s no surprise that the up and coming Bluegrass artist Logan Taylor created one of the sultriest concordant Folk tracks we’ve heard this summer. White Wolf is a prodigally poignant single which comes to live through intricate acoustic instrumental arrangements which carry a jangly, up-beat quintessence along with those low down and dirty guitar chord progressions which you’d expect from an archetypal Americana track.

At the age of just 19 the Bloomington, US based singer songwriter sings with maturity beyond her years. Her vocal offering in White Wolf carries no fragility or naivety just an expression of pure female strength which shouldn’t come as a surprise from a track named White Wolf.

You can check out Logan Taylor’s latest single White Wolf from her recently released EP ‘Light Me Up’ out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Canning – Shot to Pieces: Pensively Raw Indie Rock

You can probably hazard a guess that Shot to Pieces won’t be the happiest song that you’ve heard all year, but what you probably can’t anticipate from Paul Canning’s latest standout single is just how poignantly perfect it is.

The lyricism is on point, there’s an atmospheric edge that lucidly carries through from the prelude right up until the track draws to a quiescent close and the vocals are as arresting as they come from a melancholic Indie Soft Rock track. There’s raw music, and there’s Paul Canning who seems to have perfected the ability to create captivatingly haunting melodies. Put it this way Shot to Pieces may be one of the most grounding tracks since Lou Reed produced Perfect day in 1972. Whilst that may seem like very high praise; there’s a reason why the London based singer songwriter toured the world with his infectiously endearing vocals. Also, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few decades you may recognise the name of the infamous band 10cc that Paul will be lending his vocals to this year on a 2018 tour.

Shot to Pieces is just one of the stunning singles from Paul Canning’s latest album The Outside Looking In; head on over to Spotify where you can check it out for yourselves.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jim Audet – Sex & Money: An Indie Rock Attack on the Vapid Nature of the 21st Century

Jim Audet’s single Sex & Money from his latest EP the Lookout is one of the most agonisingly sonorous depictions of modern day disparity that I’ve ever heard. The Montreal based Indie Folk Rock artist created a blindingly conceptual EP that doesn’t just serve as a platform for him to lay down his instrumental, lyrical and vocal talent. No, with his soundscapes he created a grounding offering of conscious shifting melodies that wrapped around his lyrics which were a straight up attack on our cultures obsession with sex, money and violence in the media. The passion which he poured into each of his tracks is palpable beyond words, yet it was Sex & Money that truly took my breath away around the pensive piano keying and chaotic Indie Rock ensemble of sound. As someone who is already fairly anachronistic the resonance I found within Sex & Money made me want to escape our vapid culture more than ever.

You can stream and download Jim Audet’s latest track Sex & Money from his latest EP the Lookout which was released on June 1st, 2018 on BandCamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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