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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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Artem Temp – Tip Toe: Experimentally Vibrant Southern Indie Rock

Shreveport Louisiana based artists Artem Temp have created a track that so deftly infused with their Southern roots yet so alive with contemporary synergy it was little bit overwhelming… Okay it’s sexy. I meant sexy. Tip Toe is one of those tracks that you can never anticipate hearing. The pioneering approach to the melodies riddled into the track run through with complete experimental progression. It’s all a little bit vexing.

I’m sure Artem Temp won’t mind me saying with their filthy grinding riffs which make the Cramps & the Stray Cats sound like piously innocent outfits and provided a sensation of pure auralism. The teasing lyrics combined with the succinctly concordant vocal offerings were enough to leave me a little bowled over. The length and the texture of the guitar riffs invoked a reminiscence of Iggy Pop’s the Passenger, yet then the two organically talented artists concluded their latest track Tip Toe with a Frank Zappa style offering of experimental funk & groove. In short, Tip Toe is unpredictably, raucously, beautifully electric.

You can stream & download Artem Temp’s latest single which was released June 1st, 2018 on BandCamp now.

Head on over to Facebook where you can connect with the radiantly talented duo & keep up to date with all their future releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Junior League – I Only Want to Begin Again: A Punchy Pop Approach to Indie Rock

New Orleans based Rock collective The Junior League released their latest album Eventually Is Nowin early 2018. I fell in love with the conceptual revivalist soundscapes contained in each track from the album, but it was their single I Only Want to Begin Again which really caught my attention. As a massive Beatles fan I was never not going to appreciate The Junior Leagues punchy rhythms and electric melodies as they pumped out their high-vibe charisma through angular guitar and eccentric vocal. When the energy and passion behind a track is that palpable it’s impossible to find a flaw within the texture of the sound. Whilst their style may be tinged by their New Orleans roots there’s no disputing that their style is one that could be so easily adored. Also, the fact that such a sound was orchestrated by a two-man band is a little bit astounding.

If you’re a fan of guitar driven polished Pop Rock you can check out The Junior League’s latest single I Only Want to Begin Again on BandCamp where you can stream and download album Eventually Is Now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bywater – Kookiness is next to godliness!

If geek is the new black, then one man band Bywater is the poster boy for the new movement. In a world of simple, easy and fashion-driven music he makes music which is wonderfully complex, or at least intricate and full of clever detailed, is hypnotic and brilliantly out of touch with all but the most discerning of record collections.

It’s artsy, oblique, precocious, volatile, mathletic and even a bit spiky round the edges. But it’s also sharp, intelligent and emotive and it is this balancing act of shade and light, of earnest indie moves and accessibility that forms the appeal of the band. It sounds exclusive enough to be picked up by  those who want their bands to have cult status but accessible enough to gain mainstream approval, not a bad trick if you can pull it off.

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Happy in Oblivion – Love and Understanding: Pensively Archaic Indie Rock

Has Richard Hawley started a new band and failed to tell us about it? I could be mistaken for thinking so after listening to Happy in Oblivion’s latest track Love and Understanding. The pensively steeped archaic single created an overwhelmingly nostalgic feel, whilst at the same time sounding as pioneering as guitar music possibly could thanks to the Post Punk undertones curtesy of the ever reverberating bass guitar that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Joy Division track. If you like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave I can guarantee you will adore the pacifying and chilling vocals behind Love and Understanding. It’s not all that often that I will rate a love song so highly, but Happy in Oblivion do it in a beautifully pensive way that doesn’t fail to leave you beguiled. The lyrics were even enough to move the cold heart of this nihilist.

You can check out Happy in Oblivions track Love and Understanding which was first released on May 4th, 2018 (the force was definitely with them for this release) and fall in love yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Mason District – An out of this world indie-rock future classic

You have to love a song which reminds you of so many songs and styles whilst simultaneously sounding new, fresh and exciting. That has to be the art to penning a great song, to offer something familiar but which also sounds totally new at the same time. This Cleveland trio run largely down an indie-rock sonic pathway, mixing infectious riffs and solid back beats, an almost pop addictiveness and some seriously funkiness to their melodies but they also echo with the hallmarks of alt-rock heroes, bluesy tastemakers and even retro-psychedelic warriors from across the ages.

That’s a lot to fit in to one song but such is the prowess of The Mason District and the wonderfully named Earth To Lucy not only sounds like a long forgotten gem but a recently found future classic. It is smart and spacious, allowing deft music blending and a knowledge that you don’t have to throw all of your musical eggs in one sonic basket to get people to take notice of you. You just have to try and be smarter than the competition and this is indie-rock with a PhD for sure.

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