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Paper Gliders – ‘This Magazine Scene’: An Experimental Take on Indie

This Magazine Scene is the latest single from the Houston, US-based collective Paper Gliders, to say you’ve never heard anything like the Indie Rock soundscapes before would be a little bit of an understatement. They’ve taken the Lo Fi Indie sound that would is more archetypally popular in the UK over to the US and created something experimentally inventive. Whilst in part, it felt as though the up and coming band were being a little extra about appearing prodigal the anthemic energy was infectious either way. With slight reminiscence to bands such as the Ordinary Boys, and Kaiser Chiefs, Paper Gliders provided an accessible sound which was made their own with the unpredictability behind the instrumental progressions. With a friendly keyboard and some slick riffs thrown into he mix, it’s hard not to become enthralled in the highly resonant track.

You can check out the Paper Gliders latest single This Magazine Scene for yourselves by heading across to the artist’s SoundCloud page from September 7th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Owen Patrick Walls: The Indie Artist Rolling with the Melodic Punches of Jangle Pop

Owen Patrick Walls was just one of the charismatically talented artists who I had the pleasure of stumbling across at Edinburgh Fringe this year. The Canadian Edinburgh-dwelling Indie singer songwriter stepped to the stage acoustic guitar in tow with an instantly accessible sound and didn’t fail to animate the room with his resonant style. Whilst my recollections of the evening are a little hazy, his 2018 EP ‘It’s Up to You’ reminded me how ethereally charming his acoustic compositions were.

His jangly fretboard mastery even makes Johnny Marr sound flat, and it’s safe to say that if at least one of the tracks on the EP doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re a little dead inside. Even though each track is concordantly constructed, you’ll still be treated to some of the punchiest melodies you’ve heard through Indie soundwaves in a while. The indulgently sweet instrumentals are further complimented by Owen’s magnetically mesmeric vocal style which is steeped with his unique euphoric energy.

You can check out Owen’s 6-track EP ‘It’s Up to You’ for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. ‘Addict’ has already become a firm favourite and a prominent feature on my playlists.

Head on over to Facebook to keep up to date with his latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Greg Colbeck – Draw Close: Melancholically Deep Indie

Draw Close is the debut release from the up and coming Indie artist Greg Colbeck. In his first ever single his bluesy guitar rhythms guide you through the lucidly light progressions and set the perfect platform for the soulfully piercing vocals to hit you. There’s a tinge of the archaic Americana energy behind Draw Close, yet the experimentally devious attack of sonically-driven guitars prove that there are still so many different directions to take guitar music in. On top of the fretboard mastery and the captivating vocal wizardry the track is also produced to absolute perfection. There aren’t many artists with the ability to compose a radio-ready beat with their first singles, yet, Greg Colbeck proves that he’s not your average artist. I can’t wait to see what he can do with a full album.

You can check out Greg Colbeck’s single Draw Close for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DØM – Over Me Mast: An Electrically Immersive Indie Anthem

Up and coming indie artist DØM’s latest single Over Me Mast is an immersively electric anthem which pays ode to the traditional styling of Indie, yet the London, UK-based artist’s inclination towards 80’s Electronica gives Over Me Mast an authentically raw euphoric aura. The jangly guitar-driven melodies are complimented by the heavy drops of the EDM Pop beat to create one of the most viscerally piercing instrumental progressions I’ve heard from the Indie Pop arena in a long time. On top of the beat you can expect DØM’s relentlessly rhythmic vocal style which won’t fail to draw you into the magnetism of his mesmerically fresh approach to sound.

You can check out DØM’s third single Over Me Mast for yourselves by heading across to SoundCloud now. You’ll also be in for a treat with his first two singles Sirens and Full of Colour.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Roses!Hands! – Rendezvous: A Tentative Indie Trap Ballad

Rendezvous is just one of the stellar tracks from Roses!Hands!’ latest albums – placing the up and coming into a genre, is pretty much an impossible task. So instead I’ll tell you his latest album These Veins is an emotive smorgasbord of sonorously styled soundwaves which come alive through a myriad of influences and styles.

Rendezvous starts with a progression of wavy, electrifying synth, before the innocently wrought Indie Trap vocals kick into tentative verse. The pacing of the mix pulls you right into the pensivity which is served up through the vocals, lyrics and beat. The vocals and lyrics mainly flow under a conversational style, inspired by the artist’s own introspective, so you can rest assured that there’s plenty of raw, organic emotion to accompany the almost Lynchian Urban soundscape.

You can listen to the album in full yourselves now by heading over to Spotify – make sure to follow Roses!Hands! to keep up to date with his latest drops.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Feral Spells – Pocalypse Bummin: The Experimental Rapture of Off-the-Wall Synths

I have no doubt that when Feral Spells composed their single Pocaypse Bummin from their latest album ‘Raging Parties in Desolate Places’ they wanted to create a truly confusing yet simultaneously inventive sound.

Whilst the incredibly polyphonic prelude has you wondering if you’re about to become aural witness to a track composed by Fisher Price toys. By the time the track picks up in momentum and you hit the bridge you find yourself in a friendly, if not a little bit of a strange mix. As much as I appreciate experimentalism, the amount of digital effects thrown in there served as quite the distraction from the talent that Feral Spells audibly has.  If you can bring your attention to the happy Pop melodies and the heavy throbs of the muddy guitar there is so much to appreciate about Pocalypse Bummin.

As a concept album Raging Parties in Desolate Places makes perfect sense; it’s a smorgasbord of love-fuelled happy vibes which would make any cynic smile. After listening to the album in its entirety Feral Spells starts to make a little more sense and his ingenuity is unquestionable. There are few artists who can weave euphoria out of such an un-archetypal sound.

You can stream or download Feral Spells’ latest single Pocalypse Bummin out for yourselves by heading over to BandCamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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(Silence) – At the End: Pensively Reverberant Indie

When it comes to discovering new music, you’ll find that some tracks you listen to, yet every once in a while, you will find a track that completely devours you. Which is exactly the same kind of grip (Silence) had on me with their latest single At the End.

Explaining just how the futuristic up and coming Indie outfit managed to do that before the first verse had even ran through would be like breaking the aurally alchemic spell which they have cast over their prodigally inspired soundscapes.

As the track unfolds your attention twists between the pensively sublime vocal offering as each verse draws you into the narrative of the track just a little deeper and the decadently synergetic mix of acoustic and electronic instrumentals. If you could imagine a cross over between Mumford and Sons, Interpol, 1975, and My Bloody Valentine you might be able to get an idea of the decadently blissful soundscapes created by (Silence).

You can check out (Silence)’s latest melodically charged single At the End by heading over to SoundCloud now. You can connect with the Philedelphia based artists via Twitter and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dark Honey – The Moon: Ethereally Resounding Eighties-Inspired Indie

For a track to be simultaneously uplifting yet melancholic should be somewhat of a paradox, yet that’s exactly what Dark Honey created with their latest single The Moon. The eighties inspired pensive Indie anthem almost spills over with emotion. By the time you reach the second chorus it’s almost impossible not to be consumed by their ethereally resounding offering of pure aural alchemy that’s been put on the table with their latest single the Moon.

The New York based four piece powerhouse have a synergetic way of weaving some of the catchiest hooks and melodies, before throwing your off kilter with some seriously impressive instrumental breakdowns in the track. Their melodic nature audibly paints dreamscapes which are surely enough to ensure that these rapturously relented artists won’t remain on the underground for too long.

You can check out Dark Honey’s music out for yourselves by heading over to their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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There Are Haunting Piano Pieces, Then There’s Steven Araico’s Latest Masterpiece

Well, one things for sure Steven Aracio knows how to compose a haunting prelude, within the first few notes I was preparing myself to reach for the tissues. Each note of the piano is enough to send piercing spears through your stomach as you feel yourself slipping deeper in this sensationally melancholic Indie Acoustic Piano piece.

If Steven Araico’s latest track doesn’t move you, it’s safe to assume that you’re dead inside. The piano melody carries as much emotion as the painfully beautiful vocals in Letting Go. There have been a million songs written about letting go, but this up and coming artist makes it feel like you’re being treated to a whole new emotion. The contrast between his Neo-Classical piano styling and Indie Pop Rock vocals create a synergy that’s so fresh it could only be described as organic. The sporadic drum rolls placed around the keys provided an unexpected grounding rhythm that seems to catch me off guard every time I listen to Letting Go (You can’t just play it once)

Head on over to YouTube where you can check out Steven Araico in all of his maestro majesty in the official music video to his latest composition Letting Go which was released June 23rd, 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Old Cities – Again: An Intricate Indie Weaving of Melancholy with Melody

Listening to Old Cities’ latest single Again is pretty much as easy as breathing, it’s not a soundscape that demands your attention, it’s a soundscape that immerses you whether you like it or not. Resistance is futile.

The indie track seamlessly blends electronic elements around acoustic for contemporarily fresh yet timelessly classic edge which is sweetened by the romantic twinge of the poignant lyricism. The pensive sporadic chords weave around the tentatively passionate lyrics to create an aural alchemy which could only be defined as aural alchemy. The only slight criticism that I would have for Old Cities with their latest single Again, is that the vocals convey to be a little generic, there wasn’t much to separate the artist from the hoards of Indie, Pop and Rock singers that all seem to have some reminiscence to an ex-member from Take That. Having said that, there aren’t many acts on the scene today that could match Old Cities with their intricately weaved compositions of rhythmic indie melody.

You can check out Old Cities latest single Again which was released June 2018 via SoundCloud now. You’ll have to wait a little longer for the full EP release which will be due out in August 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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