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Carly Opacic – Farther: Resonantly Vibrant Future Pop

“Farther” is the latest single released by up and coming Indie Pop artist Carly Opacic which perfectly fuses vintage tones with a contemporary vibrant appeal. But more importantly, Carly Opacic has created her latest single through the motivation to make the world a less alienating place.

Many people presume that their life experiences are individualistic, but it is tracks such as Farther which remind us that we have more in common than we realise. Along with the compassionate sentiment the track was orchestrated with, you’ll also be able to find a myriad of music styles. From Trap to Funk, to Jangle Pop, to Electronica. It’s all weaved into the experimentally rhythmic single to create the perfect track to slip into and feel the evocative catharsis.

You can check out Carly Opacic’s latest single Farther for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Indie artist State of The Secretary makes their debut with the mesmerising single “Toxic”

Alt Indie artist State of The Secretary has recently made their debut with the genre-mashing aural treat “Toxic”.

Expect elements of Post Punk and Jangle Pop to sit side by side in this evocative soundscape which demonstrates State of The Secretary’s natural ability to draw you into aural captivation. Instead of creating a melancholic track or punchy anthem, you’ll be treated to a rollercoaster of emotion as you listen to the narrative of the lyrics unfold.

If you could imagine the sounds of the Smiths, the Kooks, and R.E.M. combined, you’d be able to get an idea of just how catchy and talent-steeped Toxic is. Their candid lyrical honesty and ability to spill visceral passion into their tracks puts them leagues above Indie artists looking to breakthrough with assimilated and soulless music.

Their authenticity has restored some of my ever-dwindling faith in guitar music. It’s safe to say that they’re firmly fixed on our radar from here on out after hearing Toxic.

You can check out State of The Secretary’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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June Low – The Letter: Hauntingly Ethereal Country

Alt Country singer-songwriter June Low’s latest single “The Letter” was released on October 21st and comes highly recommended to any fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten.

Just like the aforementioned artists, June Low’s haunting sound instantly draws you into the atmosphere of the single. As the momentum of the prelude and verses grows, you can feel the presence of the melancholy take a stronger hold. And that’s quite a rare alchemic feat.

With the single sitting on the more melodious and ambient side of Country, The Letter gives you all of the narrative and imagery of a typical Country track while the mesmerizingly delicate instrumental arrangement carves plenty of catharsis. With the extended length of The Letter, June Low had plenty of time to play with spatial effect to make sure the single resonates with maximum effect.

You can check out the official music video to June Low’s latest single The Letter via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie artist Haven has made their debut with the transfixingly hazy single “Somewhere Brighter”

Up and coming Indie artist Haven has demonstrated their powers of aural transfixion with their debut single “Somewhere Brighter”.

With the Jangle Pop guitar progressions, a Post-Punk tone creeping in through the basslines, and Haven’s instantly magnetic vocals, debut singles don’t come much more exciting than this.

Around the Pop sensibilities of the soundscape, there is also layers of soft Alt 90s Grunge sound combined with melodies which aren’t too dissimilar from bands as Blink 182. There may be a slightly Lo-Fi feel to Somewhere Brighter, but this only amplifies the emotivity in the seamlessly progressive single.

The single kicks off with soft vocals around hazy, sunny layers of reverb spilling from the guitars before building into a captivating feat of pioneering Indie which is all too tempting to play on repeat.

You can check out Haven’s debut single Somewhere Brighter for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mountain Waves – Pangaea: The Surf Rock Revival You All Need to Hear

New Jersey Alt-Rock artist Mountain Waves has recently released their latest single “Pangaea” which should probably come with a health warning. If you thought that Swans were a loud band, hit play and you’ll soon see how Mountain Waves blow them out of the water with their captivatingly distinctive Indie Surf Rock.

With touches of Psychedelia, Garage rock, and Jangle Pop, Mountain Waves are reinventing nostalgic rhythm like no one else on the airwaves right now. If you could imagine what the Kinks would have sounded like if they threw Surf Rock and a touch of Fidlar’s unrestrainable energy into their soundscapes, you might be able to get an idea of the magnetically gritty energy in Pangaea.

With the ominously charming Alt Rock vocals, the sheer power emitted by the instrumental arrangement, and how violently this track throws raucous mesmerism at you, we’re unlikely to forget about Mountain Waves any time soon. We’d highly recommend putting them on your radar too.

You can listen to Mountain Waves’ single Pangaea for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Artist Hugo Basclain Releases their Latest Pensive Alt Pop Ballad “Veins”

Australian singer-songwriter Hugo Basclain has recently released their evocatively intense Pop single “Veins”. By hitting play, you’ll throw yourself headfirst into the refreshing distinction of the uniquely compelling Ballad. With elements of Classic Pop combined with a contemporary Indie feel, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve heard someone spill their souls through a single. Veins is a soundscape which makes very little apology about getting under your skin.

By far the most striking aspect of the single is the way in which the narrative gradually unfolds against the semi-orchestral piano-led soundscape as the lyrics become increasingly candid with each verse. It’s the perfect track to test whether your soul is still functioning or not.

You can check out Hugo Basclain’s single Veins for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michael Forsyth releases their latest spacey feat of Psych-laden Indie with “See the Light”

Michael Forsyth

“See the Light” is the effervescent upcoming Indie single from the Aberdeenshire-based Singer-Songwriter Michael Forsyth. He may be no stranger to orchestrating transcendentally psychedelic soundscapes, but with See the Light, there’s the aural affirmation that they’ve refined their sound into one which can simultaneously uplift you and treat you to plenty of arrestive riffs along with a whole host of other alchemic wonders.

The prelude doesn’t allow you to anticipate absorbingly angular electric guitar riffs. Instead, it sucks you into a kaleidoscope of beguiling acoustic rhythm before Michael Forsyth’s vocals kick in and ethereally float over the evolving instrumental arrangements.

With each progression, you’re left to contend with the different layers; trickling spacey electronic effects merge with cutting guitars and run through reverb so sweet it resonates as orchestral. Considering how much is going on in See the Light, it’s one of the most accessibly indulgent tracks I’ve experienced from the first hit.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out See the Light for yourselves. You can check out their previously released singles via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Christian Valdez – Go on and Smile: Sticky Sweet Indie Acoustic Pop

Everyone knows that there’s nothing worse than being told to smile. But somehow, in a feat of aural wonder, singer-songwriter Christian Valdez has gotten away with it in their latest single “Go on and Smile” ft. Jonny Arenas.

The light and airy single packs in plenty of sentimentality. Before the lyrical demand to smile even comes you’ll feel your soul suitably lifted by this sticky sweet Indie Acoustic Pop hit. Christian Valdez uses a succinctly subtle infusion of Jazz Blues in Go on and Smile which introduced indulgent layers of Soul into the mix. There’s also a sure enough serving of quintessential sunny Folk charm to ensure that the blissful vibes offered by Go on and Smile don’t fail to resonate.

You can check out Christian Valdez’s latest single which was released on October 25th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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1323 Releases Their Latest R&B Pop Hit “Heaven”

“Heaven” is the seventh single to be released by breaking R&B Pop artist 1323. Their refreshingly modern approach to R&B incorporates the bang on trend moody tonality in the verses. But when the choruses hit, you’ll be in the midst of a melodiously polished production which has the potential to become your next earworm.

The polyphonic synths added a distinctive Indie element to Heaven which allowed the sticky-sweet vocals and lyrics to offer plenty of resonance. It is only a matter of time before 1323’s radio-ready sound makes them a household name. If you’re looking for tracks for your downtempo vibe-out playlists, look no further.

You can check out 1323’s track Heaven for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gelax – Mr Square: The Most Fiercely Convictive Alt Rock Single You’ll Hear All Year

“Mr Square” is the latest single to be released by the experimentally pioneering, unfuckwithably fabulous up and coming artist Gelax.

Without any hint of hyperbole, I may have just stumbled across my favourite new artist in 2019. From the very first time of hearing Mr Square, the taunting, sardonic nature of the lyrics hits you along with the unique sense of satisfaction through listening to such convictive lyricism laying down an aural attack on misogyny.

The same instantaneously gripping effect is something that I have only ever experienced through hitting play on any of Amanda Palmer’s (Dresden Dolls) tracks. And that’s certainly not a comparison I make lightly.

Despite the angst behind the inspiration of the soundscape, the lyrics are versed through reflectively hazy vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the instrumentals which share the same lucid textures until the basslines come in to dominate the soundscape through blistering grooves.

You can check out Mr Square along with Gelax’s earlier released singles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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