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Mykimono – Silent Enemy: Experimentally Pensive Indie

“Silent Enemy” is the latest reverb-soaked offering from up and coming artist Mykimono. Mykimono certainly didn’t depend on production to allow the weight behind his latest single to leave you feeling wounded. His natural lyrical and melodic talent was plenty enough to ensure the single which was written about scars to truly hit home. Unless you’re completely void of empathy of course.

The Lo Fi Indie soundscape unravelled courtesy of orchestral strings and light reverb effects from the guitar progressions, which allowed each of the notes to resonate in perfect synergy. Any fans of the Verve are sure to be in heaven with the experimentally pensive Indie sound which mixes elements of Folk for an authentically raw and arresting aural experience. As much as I appreciate a Lo Fi sound, I would love to hear what Mykimono is capable of in a studio. Someone give him a record deal.

You can check out the demo of Silent Enemy which was released October, 2018  for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Telemonster – Opheliac: The Indie Outfit with the Beatles Effect

“Opheliac” is the latest single released by the up and coming Indie outfit Telemonster. Unlike most Indie artists, they laced their sound with layers of smooth ambient catharsis instead of brash aggrandised attitude. Their experimental approach resulted in a soundscape that is all too easy to melt into, whilst bands such as the Beatles seemed to get the right synergy back in the day, it would seem that it’s become a lost art form amongst contemporary artists, except for Telemonster. There’s a quaint lucidity weaved into the melodies of Opheliac which matches the concordantly accessible style of the softly versed lyrics. But, perhaps what I loved most about the release was the inventive instrumental arrangements, you get the complexity of the piano notes wrapped around hypnotically jangling bells. When’s the last time you heard an arrangement as eclectic as that?

Opheliac was released September 12th ahead of their anticipated release of Introspecter Pt 2 which is due for release on November 2nd. Here’s to hoping that they’re releasing the record on vinyl.

You can check out the official music video to Telemonster’s latest single Opheliac for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Anthony Lee Phillips – Stayin’ Honest: Ambiently Raw Jazz-Infused Indie

Anthony Lee Phillips’ single Stayin’ Honest is perhaps one of the most seamless crossovers of ambient Jazz and Indie I’ve ever heard. Whilst many may still be under the impression that Jazz is inaccessible as a genre, the Seattle US-based recording artist in his prodigally authentic approach has created an emotively charged progression of stylishly smooth harmony.

He may describe his latest album ‘Need More Coffee’ as messy and raw yet, what you’re treated to is unadulterated, stripped back no-frills ambience which is an absolute pleasure to slip into. The vocal harmonies weave through the bluesy rhythms of the guitar alongside the concordant crashing of the cymbals before treating you to some intricately complex instrumental breakdowns. In short, it’s cathartic perfection.

Sadly, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to check it out yourselves. Anthony Lee Phillips’ album will be released October 22nd, 2018 prepare for some melancholically mused, jazz-soaked Indie. In the meantime, you can head over to the artist’s Soundcloud page and check out some of his earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The LifeHacks – Glad: The Quintessential Charm of Indie Authenticity

Glad is a track which instantly hits you. You don’t get the prelude to decide whether the single will arrest you. As soon as the melody kicks in, the sticky sweet rhythms have you hooked right the way through the jangly procession to the fade out. There aren’t a lot bands out there at the moment keeping their sound authentically Indie, but The LifeHacks aren’t your average alternative artists.

If you could imagine an infusion between New Wave artists such as the Smiths and Interpol matched with a Folk Punk edge, you’d get pretty close to imagining how refreshing Glad is to listen to. The genre-defying hit has the perfect balance of quintessential charm, instrumental mastery, emotive lyrics and vocals which don’t fail to draw you in through the hooks. The sentiment behind Glad is simple, yet potently resonant, a simple admission of being glad of who you are. Who doesn’t need that mantra in their lives?

You can check out the title track from the LifeHack’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sway – Fun & Games: Quintessentially Quaint Indie

Throwing professionalism out of the window, I’m going to have to proclaim Sway’s latest single Fun & Games as fricking adorable. As sweet as the experimentally winding progression of the instrumentals were, it will be the vocals that instantaneously grip you through their quintessential charm. There are very few vocalists who would come close to being comparable to Sway’s quaintly soft lyrical delivery.

Fun & Games has all the makings of a solid Indie hit, and it’s just one of the singles from their latest album “Who Killed Karma”. Whilst there may be an unenviable amount of competition in the Indie genre at the moment, it’s clear that Sway are nothing but your typical emerging act.

You can check out Sway’s latest single Fun & Games which was released September 14th, for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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