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The Allegations – Bedside Manners: Disconcertingly Playful Indie

“Bedside Manners” is the first track to be released from the new record “Non-Neutered 1%” by the NYC-based artist The Allegations. The track serves as the perfect introduction to their playful and incredibly experimental sound, which lets their creative expression flow with very little regard to structure or genre.

The track skips the prelude and throws you right into the murky Indie mix which also incorporates plenty of funk and groove, you also may just find the friendliest keys you’ve ever heard in an Indie track. While usually I make no bones about a Lo-Fi or raw production, in this instance each note was entirely dampened which made it slightly difficult to hook into exactly what was happening with the melody. But when’s the last time you felt slightly disconcerted by an Indie track?

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to have your empathy tested by Tyson Ray Borsboom’s latest single “Her”

The gentle muted notes in the prelude to Tyson Ray Borsboom’s latest single “Her” do little to prepare you for the pensive vibrato vocals from the up and coming artist – the emotion behind the performance is about as subtle as a punch in the throat. Any fans of Eddie Vedder, Frightened Rabbit, or Glenn Hansard are sure to appreciate the unbridled evocative energy which has been poured into the single which was released on May 5th, 2019.

Even though the Indie instrumental arrangement behind Her picks up a lot of momentum – especially towards the end Tyson Ray Borsboom’s vocals never fail to dominate the track. Tyson Ray Borsboom’s track is one which comes with no frills, no perfume, or plasticity, just a raw aural attack which will leave you as endeared by the artist as we are.

You can check out Tyson Ray Borsboom’s single Her for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie artist Tough on Fridays inches their way further to ascension with upcoming single Little Italy

“Little Italy” is the upcoming track from Alt Rock duo Tough on Fridays, and with a riff-style reminiscent to what we came to perpetually adore from Iggy’s iconic track “the Passenger” you can be sure that you’ll find the same infectious rhythm. Yet, vocally and lyrically Tough on Fridays set themselves apart with their infectious take on Pop Rock.

Their ability to orchestrate sticky-sweet choruses definitely shouldn’t be underestimated. They may borrow inspiration from artists such as Paramore and Green Day, but the Georgetown Texas duo has managed to fuse a contemporary resonance within their style.  It’s been a while since we’ve been this excited by a Pop Rock artist, but Little Italy is all the proof that you need that Tough on Fridays isn’t your average up and coming duo. Their sense of passion is palpable in their sound, and there’s nothing more refreshing than that.

You can check out Little Italy for yourselves, and their earlier released singles via Spotify.

Keep up to date with all the latest releases from Tough on Fridays via Facebook or the duo’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ELVAR – One of a Kind: A Debut of Viscerally Mesmeric Indie

Considering that up and coming artist ELVAR created an entire album of viscerally mesmeric dreamscapes with his album “Daydreaming”, finding a standout track wasn’t an enviable task.

Yet “One of a Kind” proved to be exactly what it says on the tin. Unlike with most artists who are comparable to ELVAR’s style, the sense of melancholy isn’t all consuming in the gentle acoustic soundscape. Instead, there’s a sense of life, vibrancy, and bite.

Encapsulating the energy which flows from the natural melodies and softly sonorous vocal harmonies is no easy feat either. The Icelandic singer-songwriter finds the perfect balance between contemporary Indie, 90s Alt Indie, and 60s Pop. Not just by borrowing a few different elements but by constructing the entire arrangement around the atmospherics of the 90s, the infectious hype of the 60s along with brand-new intricacies and effect.

You can check out ELVAR’s single One of a Kind for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brooke Lanziner – Fox Eyes: Ethereally Expressive Indie

Brooke Lanziner is the up and coming singer-songwriter who takes the art right back to its roots and paints a poignant lyrical picture which is made even more visceral through the striking melodies and ethereally expressive vocal dynamics.

“Fox Eyes” is the latest 2019 single from Brooke Lanziner, the bittersweet allure of the song is amplified by the fact that it was recorded post-breakup. But don’t expect your average moving on track, instead Fox Eyes looks back and cherishes the joy and vulnerability of being in love. There’s a reason why people say beauty lies in tragedy, and a perfect example will be the way Brooke Lanziner throws every ounce of passion into this authentic arrestive ballad. The orchestral layers fit perfectly between the pensive melody laid out by the keys and acoustic guitar and while the production is slightly Lo-Fi, the only effect this has on the single is making it feel infinitely more powerful and raw.

You can check out Brooke Lanziner’s latest single Fox Eyes for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare the Aural Infatuation of Your Lifetime with Michael A’s Latest Single “AI Bunny Boiler”

There have been plenty of Sci-Fi cartoons and films telling the chilling narrative of AI turning on us. So, it was about time that we had a single that allows us to revel in the same levels of anxiety. If you’ve paid attention to Bill Burr, you’d know that the time is almost nigh.

Lancashire, UK-based artist Michael A released the most charismatic, adorable, playful… and I’m going to run out of adjectives before I come right out and say that I fell in love with “AI Bunny Boiler”. With all professionalism now out of the window, I can now allude to just how infatuating the single is.

Listening to the voice synths threaten Michael as he lay down his sweet wavy Pop lyrics was potentially the most endearing thing I’ve ever heard. As I tried to wipe the grin off my face listening to the ingenuity, the command not to smirk was absolute aural perfection. Tracks don’t get much more inspired, intellectual and creative as AI Bunny Boiler.

You can check out Michael A’s latest single AI Bunny Boiler for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kris Kelly Releases an Act of Concordantly Rhythmic Genre-Defiance with “Birthplace”

“Birthplace” is the latest atmospherically soulful single from up and coming recording artist Kris Kelly. His quaintly distinctive brand of rhythmic entrancement serves as a concordant act of genre defiance. You will be able to pick up on elements of Blues, Country, Folk, Soul, Classical, and Pop; and the end result of the resonant cocktail is an instantly immersive single which will keep you captivated right through the extended duration.

While not every listener will be endeared by a 6 minutes track, those who appreciate progressive melodies are highly encouraged to delve into the soundscape laced with transcendental effects and contrastingly arrestive orchestral swells.

You can check out the official video to Kris Kelly’s latest single Birthplace which was released on April 3rd, 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. Make sure to subscribe to his channel as his upcoming album “Runways” will be released Summer 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Artist Tom Goss Shares Hard Hitting New Release ‘Wake Alive’

Rising Indie Singer-Songwriter Tom Goss has shared his latest offering ‘Wake Alive’. The Wisconsin native delivers a smooth alternative, energetic indie ballads and takes major influence from the likes Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile and Andy Grammer. These influences are readily evident in new track ‘Wake Alive’.
The souring single is a hard hitting but still  vulnerable indie rock infused song with lyrics that focus on the way in which we all aim to please one another, rather than looking to please ourselves. It showcases Goss’ gravel-like, rich vocal tones while its luscious guitar driven beat drives the through-provoking single into new and exciting avenues.
It also has a haunting edge thanks to the way Tom Goss underplays the verses which then lead to an anthemic, rock chorus that is made for festival sing-a-longs. ‘Wake Alive’ is a song that will have you belting out the words along with Goss and then stay with you after its finished thanks to its deep, meaningful lyrics that will have listeners thinking about the ways in which they always focus on looking to appease their fellow man rather than making sure they are making themselves proud in the first place.
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Jakob Leventhal – Gold and Glass: Melancholy Mused Aural Magnetism

Many artists may have taken the sounds of Elliot Smith, the Beach Boys, and the Beatles and used them to influence their own sound. Yet, very few artists can match the poignant style to the same degree to the point where the striking concordance resonates with every cell of your body. With “Gold and Glass” from his debut album “Oh, So Bittersweet!”, the breaking artist was somehow able to orchestrate a single which was striking at the same time as soothing. I’m painfully aware of how much a contradiction that should be, but anyone with a penchant for melancholically mused aural alchemy is sure to feel their soul rearranged to the tune of Jakob Leventhal’s single Gold and Glass”.

But let’s face it, each of the eight tracks from the NYC-based artist is as piercing as the last. With lyrics which run through like beat poetry, intricately beautiful multi-layered melodies and Jakob’s Leventhal’s vocals I’m not even ashamed to say I shed a tear listening to the progression of “This Love is Sarcastic”.

You can check out Jakob Leventhal’s latest album out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Revolvers – True Love: A Contagiously Concordant Indie Hit

Through a unique blend of Indie, Pop, Post Punk and a slight hint of Soft Grunge the debut single “True Love” from the Revolvers was born. The fourpiece band hailing from London managed to weave sonorous amounts of distinction into their sound with their mellifluous vocals and atmospheric energy. Given that the production was put into the deft hands of George Apsion (White Lies) it’s no surprise that with their first single they were able to conjure melodic contagion through their instrumental progressions. But as immersive as the mix of Jangle Pop and Classic Rock guitars are, it’s the clever soundbites contained within the lyrics which will make this energetic hit stick in your mind like superglue long after it has faded out. Expect inviting layers of harmony to entwine with the punchy energy of True Love.

You can check out True Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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