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Holy Boy – Elegy: Gently Striking Dark Dreamwave

There are very few Dreamwave soundscapes which boast the same vice-like captivating grip as the standout single “Elegy” from Holy Boy (AKA Helene Alexandra Jæger).

There’s a slight nuanced touch of Art Pop within Elegy. Yet, the distinction in the soundscape is only matched by how accessible the gently striking single is. With everyone from David Lynch to Joy Division influencing the LA-based artist’s sound, you can rest assured that you’ll delve into an ethereally cathartic soundscape with Elegy.

With a highly anticipated debut album due to drop in 2020, there’s never been any better time to join the hype of Holy Boy’s monochrome mesmeric tones. Any fans of Portishead definitely won’t want to hang around in putting this artist on their radar

You can check out Holy Boy’s latest single Elegy by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Happy Freuds – Why: Reflectively Sedative Alt Indie Blues Rock

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Up and coming Indie Artist Happy Freuds have released their most captivating single to date. “Why” is a stylistically moody reflectively sedative single – until the soaring, jarring guitar solo’s kick in.

It’s safe to say virtuosic licks weren’t an expectation after drinking in the dark Indie Folk Blues progressions which gently ease you into the melancholic melodies until they get richer and amplify in intensity throughout the extended track.

If you could imagine what a record would sound like if Bowie, Hendrix, and Tom Waits collaborated on it, you’ll get an idea of what to expect when you hit play on Why. Happy Freuds may have borrowed a fair few nostalgic tones, but it’s all too evident that creative ingenuity was at the heart of this mesmerising track.

You can check out the latest single from Happy Freuds by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tessa Devine – Run: Calm & Quiescent Soul-Soaked Indie Pop

When a calm, quiescent frill-free soundscape instantaneously grips you, you know you’ve just stumbled across aural gold. From the first few notes in Australian Singer-Songwriter Tessa Devine’s stunning Indie single “Run”, we were hooked.

It’s natural, it’s organic, and it boasts the same even mellifluous magnetism as singles such as Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”. Run might not be able to offer the same nostalgia when you press play, but you’ll hear the exact same talent and level of raw undiluted emotion. Additionally, Tessa Devine went one step further and ensured that the melodies were crafted for 21st-century airwaves. There’s a slight hint of Moody Indie Pop in Run. But with the warmth in Tessa Devine’s vocals and the light melodic guitar work, the full tonal palette was covered.

You can check out Tessa Devine’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. With the promises for plenty more singles to come in 2020, you may want to place her firmly on your radars.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lounge Act Jam – Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be: Despondency Laced-Shoegaze

Any fans of Slowdive are definitely going to want to check out the standout single “Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be” from up and coming Portland, US-based artist Lounge Act Jam.

Their distinctive brand of ‘Underdog Pop’ offers all of the dreamy, gritty and despondency-laced effect-glazed guitar tones and the bleeding vocals which you’d expect to hear from Shoegaze pioneers.

Yet, with a stunning contribution of Psychedelic Rock on the outro and slight nuances of Jangle Pop, they’ve more than made their abstract mark on the genre.

You can check out Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mock Deer – Your Open Heart: Transfixingly Crushing, Cinematically Resonant Alt Indie Folk

“Your Open Heart” is one of the captivating singles found on the latest release “The Art of Loneliness” from London-based Alt Indie Folk artist Mock Deer.

Forget lyrical or instrumental hooks, the prelude offers an instantaneous sharp emotional hook which will great any fan of American Alt Folk with a familiar lacerating sting. With each progression, you’re drawn further into the striking resonance which pools around the creeping ethereal reverb and gently melancholic pensive notes.

Mock Deer is exactly the kind of artist you can hit play on for the first time and form an “I immediately need to buy all of their records” obsession – especially if you are a Paul Simon or REM fan. Despite the raw existential emotion projected into Your Open Heart, there’s the faintest hint of romantic optimism amongst the perfectly weighted commentary on 21st-century alienation and fear. It is transfixing, crushing, uplifting and transcendent all in equal measure.

You can check out Your Open Heart for yourselves via SoundCloud. Or you can grab a vinyl or CD copy via Rough Trade.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Super Love Have Released Their Valentines Day Single “Always Together”

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“Always Together” is the beguilingly eccentric latest single from up and coming Alt Indie Rock artist Super Love which brings a whole new meaning to authenticity in love songs. Of course, there was no forgetting Super Love after we checked out their debut single “Vortex” in 2019. Perceptibly, they’ve not lost their distinctive tendency to leave their expression undiluted.

The expressive soundscape is a unique celebration of unconditional perpetual passion. One which wasn’t orchestrated to create an easily ingestible assimilative soundscape. Instead, Super Love injected their playful sticky-sweet soul and charisma into the track which pulls in elements from a myriad of genres to give you a true declaration of sentiment-steeped passion.

Always Together is aptly due for release on Valentines day, and you can check it out for yourselves on Spotify or Apple Music via this link.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sätilä – Slow Down: Ambiently Transfixing Indie Soul Pop

“Slow Down” is the ambiently transfixing recently released single from up and coming Indie Pop artist Sätilä which will help you do just that.

With the instrumentals following a tension-stripping pace and Sätilä’s vocals running poised and steady over the mix, Slow Down almost becomes a dreamscape. Despite the gentle mellifluous feel of Slow Down, you’ll be hooked into each and every seamlessly melodic progression. And if you thought the prelude was arrestive, just wait until Slow Down moves into the outro and intricate finger picking guitar alchemy is weaved into the mix.

The serenity found in Slow Down is almost unparalleled. The Finnish-born London-based artist is undoubtedly one to watch in 2020.

You can check out Sätilä’s single Slow Down for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marquita Brown has defied genre-constraints once more with her mesmeric single “Jezebel”

With elements of Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk all wrapped up within up and coming artist Marquita Brown’s most creatively expressive track to date, prepare to experience a soundscape you’ve never quite heard the like of before.

Usually, whenever you press play on a track, there becomes an urgency in the demand to know just what kind of soundscape you’re being eased into. With Marquita Brown’s mesmeric experimental latest single “Jezebel” that need to know falls away. Instead, you’ll offer your consciousness and rhythmic pulses over to the uniquely compelling artist to do with them what she pleases. In short, Jezebel is utterly transfixing and it’s a pleasure to lose yourself in the gentle yet dark rhythms. After the curiosity-piquing prelude, it just gets better.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Jezebel for yourselves. In the meantime, you can listen to the artists funky fresh previous releases via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kuwalla – Lush: Hypersonic Alt Indie

“Lush” is the hypersonic Alt Indie Aural monster recently released by up and coming artist Kuwalla which any fans of the Kooks and the Strokes will definitely want to pay attention to.

With the driving instrumental momentum, anthemic chorus, and the magnetic draw of the vocals, there’s every chance that you’ll be just as enamoured by Kuwalla’s unique approach to Indie Rock as we were.

By borrowing a few elements from Post Punk such as Jah Wobble-style throbbing basslines and the angular guitar licks such as you will hear in Interpol’s tracks, the raucous Indie track came with a palpably distinctive edge. That edge, amongst a myriad of other factors, is sure to see Kuwalla ascend from the underground in no time at all.

You can check out Lush for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Gallerys – You’re a Dreamer: Melodically Explosive Alt Psych Indie Pop

If you felt a slight tremor on their airwaves on January 30th, that will have been thanks to Kent-based Alt Psych Indie Pop trailblazers The Gallerys and their latest single “You’re a Dreamer”.

You’re a Dreamer kicks off with an explosive start before the melodicism weaves its way into the punchy, animated, and meticulously rhythmic track. Vocals certainly don’t make or break a track. But in You’re a Dreamer, there’s no denying that they take the Gallerys sound to another level. You’ll be able to feel the sticky sweet choral vocals wrap around your soul as you drink in the dynamically colourful mix of 60s Rock, Indie and Britpop. It’s a monstrous track, but with the mellow tonality, those massive riffs and percussion fills almost feel transcendent.

The Gallerys are undoubtedly a band who are going to tear up the UK music scene in 2020. They’ve already made their riotous mark by capturing the attention of BBC introducing, and getting over 300 live shows under their belt. If you’ve lost any faith in the music industry, The Gallerys will be more than happy to restore it for you.

You can check out You’re a Dreamer for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast