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The Early Years – Pitcher Plant: Indie Emo Post-Rock

You don’t need eyeliner in order to craft some solid emo songs. You don’t even need that silly notion that your modern-day problems are so much bigger than everyone else’s. The ability to write some artistic, catchy riffs on the guitar as The Early Years do is a great place to start.

Don’t get me wrong, the Portland, OR-based indie/emo one-man-band The Early Years sound anything like My Chemical Romance. On this song called “Pitcher Plant”, one thing is apparent above anything else; the guitar chords are doing some magic. This acoustic guitar riff is like your emo music Houdini. I’m not kidding; the guitar work on this is excellent.

The vocals are pretty likable too. I dig both the tone and the vocal line as well, it serves the song right. Really, there’s nothing bad that I can say about this song. Even the artwork, which I find pretty 2005-MySpace-era I take into consideration as something entirely positive.

Let me ask you this: Are you keen on flannels? If the answer is yes then this is emo alternative indie acoustic track will be up your alley. Check it out here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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KHart – Radios & TV Shows: Soulfully Warm Indie Pop

After the success of their debut EP “Reach Out” earlier this year, KHart has proven that he’s got plenty more mesmerism up his sleeve with their latest single “Radios & TV Shows”. Everything about the single wills you to submit your consciousness to the warmth, personability, and resonance.

Even though there’s a slight cool Indie vibe to Radio & TV Shows, in its essence, it’s an open connection from the artist to listener. The arsenal of inviting catharsis which the single offers is practically unparalleled. And with guitars which are just as cutting and absorbing as you will find in any of Interpol’s or the Editors’ tracks, it’s safe to say that Radios & TV Shows is a soulful hit which deserves four minutes of your time.

You can check out KHart’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Skeleton Krew – Shine: Indie Blues Rock

The Skeleton Krew is blessing us with their brand new indie/blues song called ‘Shine’.

The harmonica sounds great, the acoustic guitar section serves the song greatly and the short electric guitar solo after the second chorus makes the song whole; but what really elevates the track from being just ok to being great, is the main guitar riff. It’s colorful, it’s joyful it’s the key ingredient that allows this song to reach its final elegance.

If I was to throw my only stingy nitpick, I would go ahead and say that the song is missing a more exciting chorus. However, it seems that the Jackson, TN-based duo has delivered one of the most enthralling guitar riffs that I’ve heard this month. I didn’t see that coming and it is the brightest element one could extract from this song.

Overall while there’s a tiny southern rock flavor throughout the song, I would definitely recommend this to a Black Keys fan.

You can listen to ‘Shine’ on Soundcloud

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Folk Singer Songwriter Joy Becker Has Released Her Most Striking Release Yet with “Victory”

Manchester-based singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Joy Becker has recently released her latest striking single “Victory”.

Right from the first verse, Joy Becker sets herself apart with the boldness and bluntness in her lyrics “have you ever been so tired”, “this life is full of pain”, “but I choose to love anyway”. By navigating the usual airy metaphor-cloaked method of expression, the candid feel of Victory leaves you arrested with little inclination to tear yourself away from the resonance.

Alongside Joy Becker’s stunning beyond all definition vocals, you’ll hear frantic breaths choked out in the background amplifying the light pensive sting of the electric guitar and cello. It’s a potent mix of melancholic alchemy, but one which is no doubt essential for the airwaves right now.

You can discover the mesmerism which lingers between the notes of Joy Becker’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Panoram – Betty White: A Shimmering Surf Psych Pop Revival  

If you’re looking for shimmering guitars, kaleidoscopically colourful melodies and vintage Rock n Roll vocals, look no further. Panoram’s 2019 single “Betty White” is a strikingly unique reinvention of the tones of 60s artists such as The Beatles and the Beach Boys, yet they’ve found a way to assert their own distinction and eccentric personality amongst the authenticity.

While the guitar effects were a little too much in parts and dampened the progressions – especially in the prelude, Panoram has still proven themselves to be an exciting up and coming artist with the ability to offer sticky-sweet aural nostalgia with their Psychedelically flavoured  Indie Surf Rock.

You can check out Panoram’s single Betty White for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Black Bordello – Backache: Artful Aural Escapism

Black Bordello

Up and coming South East London artist Black Bordello has given us a taste of what’s to come from their upcoming debut album with their mesmeric single “Backache”. If you’re looking for aural escapism, you’ll find plenty within this indulgently Lynchian track.

Given that the inspiration behind creating their artful, intellectual singles is to provide catharsis in an anxious modern world, that’s all the more reason to surrender your consciousness to the archaically restorative soundscapes.

Backache could have been the downtempo jazzy score from a film noir film, with the sultry evocative spatial effects before the single steadily picks up momentum to offer reminiscences to artists such as Kate Bush. Then the progressive single slams into a dramatic offering of dramatic Pop which you would have never seen coming, but it turns out, it’s everything you needed to hear.

Black Bordello is easily one of the most inventive up and coming bands in the UK right now. Get them on your radar.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can checkout Backache for yourselves. In the meantime, head over to Spotify where you can listen to their debut single Spectre Man.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Evan Koteles has released a timeless Acoustic Indie Folk Pop classic with “Postin’ Hopin’”

Whether it was the slow rhythmic melody or the narratively compelling lyrics in Evan Koteles’ latest single “Postin’ Hopin’” the lovelorn melancholy devoured us.

Not many people – let alone lyricists are brave enough to own up to those moments before we post content to social media with the hope of indirectly catching someone’s attention. But it is that very candid nature which makes the sentiment behind Postin’ Hopin’ potently resonant. Even though Evan Koteles created a love song which perfectly encapsulated the frustrations of 21st-century modern relationships, by keeping the sound quintessential for the acoustic Folk Pop genre, the soundscape is timelessly accessible.

You can check out Evan Koteles’ latest single Postin’ Hopin’ which was released on November 1st by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dustin Dale Gaspard – Porcelain Dreams: Nuancedly Serene Indie Folk

If you’re looking for a new serene acoustic guitar-led soundscape to surrender your consciousness to, up and coming artist Dustin Dale Gaspard’s latest single “Porcelain Dreams” comes highly recommended.

Porcelain Dreams finds the perfect balance between Indie, Folk, and Shoegaze to offer a bluesy, soulful and intrinsically melodic soundscape. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call the US-based 6-piece’s latest offering of Ambient Americana one of the most mesmeric soundscapes we’ve heard this year. Many similar downtempo singles all too easily fall flat and into the realms of pedestrianism, but there’s an alchemy to Dustin Dale Gaspard’s sound which will become more than perceptible once you hit play on their latest release.

You can check out Dustin Dale Gaspard’s latest single Porcelain Dreams which was released on November 5th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Small Planets – Breathe: The Most Visceral Reinvention of Post Punk You’ll Hear This Year

With Daniel Kessler (Interpol) style angular guitar progressions under layers of effects, hauntingly sweet vocals with reminiscences to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, fuzzy basslines, and punchy percussion Small Planets’ single “Breathe” won’t fail to win over any Alt Indie or Post Punk fans.

Small Planets took inspiration from the likes of Slowdive and poured it into their recently released self-titled debut album. But you can expect much, much more than an assimilated sound. There’s a rarely found vitality, openness, and boldness to Breathe which gives you the compulsion to adopt the hookish empowering lyrics as mantras. It’s been a while since an up and coming artist appeared on our radars with a sleek modernised take on Post Punk, but it was certainly worth the wait.

You can check out Small Planets’ single Breathe along with their debut self-titled album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jack Greenwood – Set Me Free: Bluesy Indie Pop

Indie Pop doesn’t come much smoother than the rhythmic popping tones which you’ll get to soak up through up and coming artist Jack Greenwood’s single “Set Me Free” which was released on October 29th.

Through a subtle infusion of Jazz and Blues, Jack Greenwood was able to spill plenty of soul onto the airwaves. Soul and absorbingly indulgent riffs don’t always go hand in hand, but through Set Me Free, the Texas-based artist proved that when they do, they pull together as an alchemically restorative aural delight. What more could you possibly ask for from a soundscape?

Their polished and expressive sound definitely isn’t something that you get to hear every day. Jack Greenwood is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out Jack Greenwood’s single Set Me Free along with the rest of their album “Flying Softly” for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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