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Vache Garçon – Your Country Needs You (Part 2):

While my soul can sleep through most new Indie tracks, it was definitely stirred when I hit play on the standout hit “Your Country Needs You (Part 2)” from Vache Garçon’s debut album “Difficult”.

The album released on January 20th  was inspired by the dystopia we’re heading into… they may win points for psychic ability along with their talent to lay down soulfully sweet melodies.

The truly dystopic times landed on us sooner than any of us could have anticipated. Naturally, tracks which inspire working-class solidarity while reminding you how odious the government is are more essential than ever.

It’s safe to say that any fans of Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, and Stereophonics will be just as enamoured with the shimmering tones, tension-packed progressions, and nuanced political angst as I was.

You can check out Your Country Needs You (Part 2) via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rya Park – Bad Name: A Feisty Alt Indie Earworm

The latest single “Bad Name” from up and coming Indie artist Rya Park isn’t to be missed. Especially for fans of Amy Winehouse, Garbage, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, and The Black Keys.

The Australian artist mixes the soul of Winehouse, the magnetic attitude of Shirley Manson, and absorbing Blues Rock riffs similar to The Black Keys. All wrapped up in a polished, pulsing, visceral massive sound which Arctic Monkeys used to offer before Alex Turner tried to assimilate Bowie.

It’s quite a potent mix. And it leaves us with no question about how much potential lingers in Rya Park’s resounding approach to Indie. Another thing it leaves us with is an all too welcome Indie Pop earworm which means that Bad Name will require repeat attention.

If you’re ready for that much aural commitment, you can check out Bad Name for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Too Soon Jokes – Breathe: Accordingly Absorbing Indie Rock

For their latest track, Indie trailblazers Too Soon Jokes borrowed a few stylistic influences from the 90s Alt Rock and Pop Punk and created a punchy genre-mashing Indie Rock earworm which definitely won’t overstay its welcome.

Breathe” was released on March 6th, and the airwaves became infinitely sweeter for it. There may be some monster guitar solos in the deftly crafted track. But Breathe is all about the personable, connectable charm which spills from the accordant vocals.

Too Soon Jokes first appeared on our radars with their Christmas song “Santy Don’t Visit the Funeral Homes Little Buddy”. Naturally, we quickly found admiration for the band’s unapologetic daringness which seeps beyond their track titles and into their soundscapes.

If you’re always on the lookout for tracks which will make your heart feel full, it will be fully charged in 2:52 minutes after hitting play on Breathe.

You can check out the official video for Too Soon Jokes’ latest single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Snowflake Generation – Wake Me Up: Intricately Masterful Authentically Absorbing Indie

Indie newcomers Snowflake Generation have recently released their third single “Wake Me Up” if you want to restore your faith in Indie, look no further than this progressively blissful track.

The bitter-sweet melodies may leave your soul feeling a little sore, but it’s more than worth enduring the emotive weight which this single has to offer. If Incubus experimented with grungier tones and nuances of Pop Punk, the end result would undoubtedly share reminiscences with Wake Me Up.

It’s an intricately masterful testament to Snowflake Generations’ progress since their inception in Autumn 2019. There’s pretty much everything you could ask for from an Indie Rock track in Wake Me Up. Soaring guitar solos, undiluted emotion, and perhaps most importantly, the affirmation that Snowflake Generation are running with their own sound and their souls are the essence for it.

If I had a pound for every new Indie artist with as much authenticity as Snowflake Generation, I’d be pretty broke.

Get them on your radars. They won’t be up and coming for long.

You can check out Wake Me Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY

If you missed out on breaking Brighton artist 8udDha bl0od’s frenetically fiery feat of Alt Psych Rock, it’s our pleasure to introduce the sonically chaotic single “D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY”.

If you could imagine what would happen if the Strokes, Marilyn Manson, and Pavement collaborated on a record together, you may be able to have an idea of what awaits you when you hit play on D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY.

Even though there’s a sense of disorder in the punchy single which blends elements of Psych Pop, Indie, Grunge, Garage Rock, and Metal, 8udDha bl0od deftly pulled it together and made the track an aural whirlwind you don’t mind being at the mercy of. I can only imagine how high-octane a live rendition of this track would be.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moses Mikheyev – Somewhere in My Blood: Timelessly Mesmeric Indie Folk Rock

Any fans of Frightened Rabbit and the National will undoubtedly appreciate Moses Mikheyev’s modern stylistic approach to Indie Folk Rock in their latest single.

Their 5th single “Somewhere in My Blood” unapologetically bares their soul and invites you to get in touch with your own.

There’s the same timeless mesmerism as offered by pioneers such as Cohen, Waits, and Elliott Smith in Somewhere in My Blood. Yet, Moses Mikheyev endeavouring to pull the cathartically warm tones into the 21st century definitely paid off. As did the added tantalizing sensuous appeal.

The only thing uncomfortable about this track is the lump which will form in your throat as you drink in the humbly candid lyrics which sit synergistically against the porously reflective acoustic melodies.

You can listen to the romantically-rendered, resonantly captivating single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surf Rock Meets Indie in the Trailblazing Latest Single from BOOTlace

I’m no stranger to filthy basslines, but the growling licks in the latest single “Wonderland” from Alt Indie trailblazers BOOTlace were even enough to make someone as aurally-smut-jaded as me feel unclean.

Paired with the tonal evolutions of the guitars which seamlessly switch from soaring Surf Rock-inspired solos to accessibly rhythmic indie Post-Punk progressions, there’s plenty to grab you by the scruff of the neck as Wonderland unfolds. With the vocals being more accordant than your average Indie Rock vocals, distinction drips from Wonderland.

For you to understand how excited I am about this track, you’ll first have to understand how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at each up and coming artist who surfaces with the tried and tested Jangle Pop indie monotonous sound. Get them on your radar, they’re firmly fixed on ours. It’s only a matter of time before their ingenuity is as embraced as it deserves to be.

You can check out the latest single from BOOTlace for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Youth Antics Offer Punchy Indie Aural Alchemy with their Latest Single “With You Tonight”

If you like your finger to be on the pulse of fresh new Indie acts, we’ve definitely found a live one with Youth Antics who have recently released latest single With You Tonight.

In With You Tonight, growling grungy basslines lead the way for an effervescent burst of Indie Jangle Pop in guitars before the synergistic instrumental arrangement comes together to offer punchy aural alchemy.

The progressively momentous single pretty much covers the full tonal palette. From cutting driving guitar tones to the Marr-style riffs which will always remain timeless.

There’s also a magnetic amount of distinction to be found in the vocals which have a slightly darker drawl compared to most contemporary Indie acts. Any fans of Pale Waves will undoubtedly want to find the time to check it out.

You can check out With You Tonight along with Youth Antics’ previously released 3 singles by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Rock Just Got Darker with Blakk Mantra’s Single “Planet of Sungrown Dreams” On the Airwaves

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Distorted guitars, dreamy Indie Rock vocals, and soaring crescendos. Those are just a few of the things you can look forward to hearing when you press play on “Planet of Sungrown Dreams” by Blakk Mantra.

The filthy, fuzzy and sonic tones are sure to appease fans of the Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and Muse alike.

Blakk Mantra has made it all too easy for listeners to get obsessed with their slightly darker approach to Indie Rock. You’d struggle to find Alternative music as accessible as Planet of Sungrown Dreams. Yet, Blakk Mantra still carries that essential extra-juicy indulgent element in their sound which will leave you with the compulsion to play them on repeat.

You’ll also want to check out the second single “Donna Juanita” from their 2-track 2020 release “Where There’s Smoke There’s Dope“. It’s a grungy psych aural treat.

You can get your first taste of Blakk Mantra’s arrestive sound for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BattleFlagg – Glastonbury (Is Waiting): Nostalgically Captivating Alt Rock

BattleFlagg’s debut EP “Blood Meridians and the Black Law” instantly pulled us into their intellectually-inspired sound. With instrumentals which will soak you in 90s Indie nostalgia and captivatingly sensitive vocals, the NYC-based artist’s sound is full of quintessential Rock n Roll charm.

The track which really caught our attention was “Glastonbury (Is Waiting)”. The track shares the same stadium-filling energy as the Stone Roses, the melodic guitar intricacies which you’d expect from Johnny Marr and there’s a slight hint of 70s American Punk Rock to ensure that BattleFlagg well and truly made the sound their own.

The production may be slightly Lo-Fi, but the artist’s ability to orchestrate unforgettable melodies is more than perceptible in Glastonbury (Is Waiting). It will allow you to remember a time when Glastonbury wasn’t the sell-out festival it is today.

You can check out Glastonbury (Is Waiting) along with the rest of BattleFlagg’s 2020 album for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast