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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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Maximilian – Surrender: Another Sensational Brighton Indie Artist Has Their Inception

There are plenty of hubs for talent in the UK, but the artists born out of Brighton always have an arrestive distinction to their sound. With his recent single “Surrender” Maximilian contributed to Brighton’s Indie scene in a similar way as Paper Hawk, Jacko Hooper and Josh Mac Have.

Even though there are a few artists who you will be able to compare Maximilian’s sound to, his signature style is found in the clever effects and the atmospherics of this single.

The crystal-clear concordance of Surrender makes it all too tempting to crank up the single and let the pensive masterpiece consume you. Fans of Radiohead, Jaws, and Elliot Smith are sure to appreciate the intricately mastered single. Surrender unfolds as a multi-layer mix where different elements of acoustic instrumental collide creating the smoothest visceral synergy you will have heard from an up and coming in a long time.

And if the ambiently pensive soundscape deserves accolades for being ethereally sweet, the same has to be said about the Brighton-based artist’s vocals. Even with such deep amounts of melancholy, the delivery is unflinching and soulfully mesmeric.

You can check out Maximilian’s latest single Surrender out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tall Boys – The David Byrne Song: The Ultimate Indie Ode to the Talking Heads

With guitar progressions which would give Interpol a run for their money, accessibly smooth charm, and plenty of reference to contemporary culture the Tall Boys’ latest single is magnetically stunning. The quaintly titled track “The David Byrne Song” paints a dreamily melodic soundscape which you have little choice about getting lost within. Each aspect of the delicate instrumental arrangement sits in perfect synergy to create the perfect platform for the vocalist to verse about the Talking Heads with absolute concordance. There really is no overexaggerating how ingeniously sweet the David Byrne Song is.

If the production quality on the single was a little more polished, there’s no disputing the track would make for a radio-ready hit. Yet, despite the Lo Fi feel of the single it still has every potential to become your new perennial earworm, and in many ways, it adds to the charm the single oozes.

You can check out The David Byrne Song by the Tall Boys for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Psilosapiens – We Are: A Mesmerizingly Progressive Offering of Genre Defiance

To make their debut Psilosapiens cooked up a mesmerizingly smooth single which stands as a testament to their emotively intellectual style.

While the intro to “We Are” may leave you with the impression that you’re about to sink into a psychedelically smooth Indie soundscape the bridge is waiting to show you just how wrong you were.

Once the track kicks into verse, the melodic Jangle Pop guitar-driven instrumental arrangement is accompanied by relentless Rap versing before mixing it up once more with sonorously soulful female vocals which carry unapologetic attitude.

There’s plenty of progression in the extended track which seamlessly switches between different soundscapes. Yet, one thing that remains as a constant is the lucidity of the compelling arrangements which will leave you on pins wondering how We Are will evolve next. Spoiler; you’ll never be disappointed.

You can check out the debut track by Psilosapiens by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nashville’s Rising Star Sun Queen Ascends Even Further With Her Latest Single “The Landing”

There are only a handful of female vocalists with the vocal magnetism contained within Sun Queen’s latest single “the Landing”. Think along the lines of the Cranberries – and that will never be a comparison I make lightly. But the resounding dynamics of the vocals bring an ethereal edge to the Indie soundscape where reverb is allowed to bleed from the soaring guitars in true Post Punk attitude. Sun Queen AKA Mary Kathryn Nevins is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who seeks out instrumentalists to bring the maximum amount of concordance to her sound.

Yet, there is a slight Folk vibe to the Landing which becomes more perceptible towards the end of the track thanks to the eclectic acoustic instrumental arrangement.

You can check out the stunning latest single from Sun Queen which was released in November 2018 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cucamaras – Glass Jaw: An Antagonistically Sweet Indie Anthem

In the early 00s we were inundated with gritty, raw, antagonistically sweet Indie anthems. Yet, finding a current up and coming artist with that same visceral bite, is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s easy to claim Rock n’ Roll is dead without hearing explosive tracks such as “Glass Jaw” by Cucamaras.

The fourpiece band have recently released their debut 3-track EP “Until the Meter Runs Out”, and Glass Jaw is the perfect introduction to their progressively immersive sound. With their throbbing basslines, soaring riffs and vocals sitting in such a tight energetic arrangement its impossible to see how Cucamaras could stay on the underground.

While there is some reminiscence in the sound to The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Black Keys, there is plenty of distinction in their Indie style which mainly falls down to the snipingly arrestive lyricism.

You can check out Cucamaras’ single Glass Jaw for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Relive your Bitter-Sweet Youth with the Clause’s Single “Sixteen”

The Arctic Monkeys may have told us years ago that you’re not 19 forever, but now it’s time for The Clause to give us another reminder of our youth which has slipped away with their single “Sixteen”. The Clause managed to perfectly capture the naivety and awkwardness which felt like home as a 16-year-old in their offering of anthemic Indie. Sixteen is also effective when it come to inciting nostalgia for the time when Indie artists still had a little swagger behind their sound.

Despite how much swagger was poured into Sixteen, the track is accessible as Indie tracks come thanks to the big choruses which are made to move a dancefloor. Any fans of Strokes, Libertines, Pigeon Detective, and the Blinders are sure to appreciate what the Birmingham-based fourpiece have cooked up with Sixteen.

You can check out Sixteen by The Clause for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Feyesal – Days Away: Proving Pop Doesn’t Have to Come with a ‘Perfect’ Polish.

Dubai-based artist and producer Feyesal kept the world waiting long enough to hear him lay down his vocals on a mix. The day finally came when his single “Days Away” dropped in 2018, and I’m fairly certain that I can speak for everyone who has had the pleasure of listening to the raw Pop track in saying that it was well overdue.

There’s a clear command of pitch and harmony in his vocals. Not only were the vocals flawless, but they also sat in perfect synergy with the melodic Pop beat he created. The lo fi feel of Days Away added to the pure unrestrained passion which was poured into the soundscape. With most lo fi tracks, its not always too easy to crank up the volume and let the melodies of the track breeze by, but with Days Away riding the waves of the beats is all too easy.

You can check out Feyesal’s single Days Away for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jahan – E Blues: Writhing Layers of Sonically-Charged Electronica, Sniping Lyricism, & Genre-Defiance

Lyrical ingenuity, magnetically textured grooves and beguiling spoken word vocals are just three of the reasons why everyone needs to put up and coming artist Jahan on their radar.

His 2018 album “E Blues” may contain ten aurally alchemic tracks, but there is no better introduction to his sound than the title track E Blues. With a prelude which kicks of in a way which will make you reminisce about Crazy Town’s 1999 hit Butterfly which progresses into an experimental weave of sonically-charged electronica accompanied by the pulls of acoustic strings E Blues is an act of genre-defiance.

The beat constantly evolves throughout the single alongside mesmeric drawl of the vocals which any fans of John Grant are sure to appreciate. Yet, Jahan’s style allows him to flirt with Hip Hop, Funk and Indie to create a soundscape that I’m fairly sure no artist has ever dared to dream before.

You can check out Jahan’s latest single E Blues along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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