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Tim Nova turns plight into passion in his anthemic indie power-pop single, Far Away

The North West, UK-hailing indie power-pop pioneer, Tim Nova, is fresh from the release of his single, Far Away, which proves that there are few things in life more romantic than long-distance affection. It’s a beautiful testament to the fact that love perseveres despite peripheries; it’s a refreshing change to be confronted with the more positive aspects of the human experience instead of the negative.

Far Away merges Nova’s love for massive guitars and stridently balladlike vocals that make no bones about dialling the evocative potential up to 11. Anyone feeling a little love/person/homesick, couldn’t ask for a better track to seek solace in. Damn, it’s almost enough to make you embark on an international affair to truly appreciate this 80s-rock inspired earworm.

Far Away is due for official release on February 21st. It is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Picturing You And Me: Kitty Richardson wonders if they will ever be together on ‘Silhouette de Femme’ (feat. Sines)

Featuring ravishing vocals and an artistic movement replenished with delightful colours you will be totally transfixed by, Kitty Richardson shows us into her inner mind as she daydreams about that innocent love she has kept to herself for so long on ‘Silhouette de Femme’ (feat. Sines).

Kitty Richardson is an award-winning indie-pop singer-songwriter and music student from Rutland, UK, who studies music composition at the University of Leeds.

With her concentration on full as her gaze turns into something much more than meets the eye at first, Kitty Richardson is at her unique best on a new single that has you completely enthralled – by such a compelling experience – that has you glued to your screen. Bringing forth paint-filled visuals as she sketches us the picture of where her mind is currently inside, she skillfully lets us into her studio to watch this cinematic wonder unfold.

Silhouette de Femme(feat. Sines) from the fascinating Rutland, UK-based indie-pop artist Kitty Richardson, is a mood-altering single from an artist who keeps you locked into her story like all the greats seem to do. Her mesmerizing style has you quivering at times as you sense her romantic feelings towards someone who doesn’t know she exists yet.

Sometimes life can have you distracted by a love that might never happen, as it stirs your senses alive like a hot flame on your fragile skin.

See this stunning music video on YouTube and see more via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Your Soul Is Darkening: Ani Amnell reminds us to stay true to our morals no matter the situation on ‘Blind Eye’

After writing this song to world leaders as she gritted her teeth and wondered why many of them were so heartless while millions were clinging to their lives, Ani Amnell brings us her Attack on Titan season 3 mentality with on the excellent new single ‘Blind Eye‘.

Ani Amnell is an emerging New York, USA-based indie-pop/rock music producer and singer-songwriter who has an eye for detail and pulsates our consciousness with a top drawer effort here.

I write my songs specific enough that you know what the song is about, but purposely vague enough where you can decide for yourself what you want it to be about. My songs are about whatever you need them to be about, in the moment that you listen to them.” ~ Ani Amnell

With her impressive self-belief flowing tremendously through the shocked speakers, Ani Amnell shows us the best way to keep that heart clean and sings with superb elegance at every turn. With a rampaging soundscape that will have you turning her all the way up, this is the kind of track that has you looking into the mirror to see if you are doing enough to help this planet.

Blind Eye‘ from the determined NYC indie-pop/rock music producer and artist Ani Amnell, is a view-painted picture that shows us how we need to open up our eyes, as pretending that certain things aren’t happening is not a healthy way to live. Performing with an enlightening style and a rocking vibe – with sensational vocals to shiver with – this is a brain-opening single that urges us to open up our souls to a better life. It’s our precious world to save after all.

Listen to this new single on Spotify and see more of her travels on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Don’t You Cry: Dresden darkwave act Ghosts Over Dresden drop first single ‘My Dark Angel’

With striking energy that might shock many into having nightmares, Ghosts Over Dresden sends us a blood-soaked love story that could stain your teeth with the debut single called ‘My Dark Angel‘.

Ghosts Over Dresden is a darkwave/goth band from Dresden, Germany who let flow with a release that will have you looking deeply into this intriguing effort.

Emerging in an era in which quite literally every music scene in every city in the world was dying at the hands of a deadly virus, Ghosts Over Dresden (G.O.D) rose from the still smoking ashes to bring a new brand of darkwave in a desperate time. Creating songs that brood and shimmer as well as tracks with hooks for days, G.O.D. is calling hungry audiences to the altar for the resurrection of dark pop.” ~ Ghosts Over Dresden

With a moody ambience that tells us the story about a passionate love that is highly intense and packed full of that romance that sends shivers down your spine, Ghosts Over Dresden takes us into a new world that will either excite you or scare you into pieces.

My Dark Angel‘ from the Dresden, Germany-based indie darkwave act Ghosts Over Dresden, is a thrilling effort that might belong in a horror movie. The painted face aura has your thoughts gusting back to Halloween, and this is a track that will take you into the darkest part of a liaison that is packed full of devotion that it might cause either one of you to break in half.

For all the fans of this mysteriously created genre – you have found yourself a new underground hero – who make that soul-shocking experience that will have you peeking around nervously when the lights are out.

Hear this haunting new single on Spotify and see what they get up to on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Meet your new slide guitar hero in Forest Ray’s psych-folk single, Always

Forest Ray

The notion of forever may be farfetched, but Forest Ray’s title-single from their upcoming album, Always, melodiously exhibits the beauty in love persisting. The folky psych rock soundscape carries the finger-picking influence of the late and great John Prine as the psychedelic nuances freshen the familiarity under the honeyed timbre of Forest Ray’s vocals.

The soaring guitar slides bring an absorbing dynamic to the release, entrenching Always next to the roots of Americana while simultaneously bringing in the future of psych-rock. Forest Ray deserves to be equally as revered as Kurt Vile for their hazy and cathartic sense of soul that leaves you with no question over their sincerity. For your sanity’s sake, delve in.

The single, Always, will release on January 22nd with the official music video.

Check out Forest Ray on SoundCloud, Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Until the End of the World gave pop a noir twist in their latest single, Easy Come, Easy Go

For their latest single, Easy Come, Easy Go, the lockdown-born outfit, Until the End of the World, gave pop a noir twist. With the 90s-style pop harmonies that will throw you right back to the days when Say You’ll Be There was dominating the airwaves while simultaneously captivating you with the same haunting mystique as Mazzy Star, Easy Come, Easy Go couldn’t be more beguiling.

Until the End of the World consists of the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Meg Olden and the English ex-pat, Ian Webber; their sound is equally as international as their formation. There are obvious hints of Americana in the deserty guitar tones, with nods to the likes of the English singer-songwriter Richard Hawley in the melodies. It isn’t every day that you stumble across an artist as authentic as this. Until the End of the World definitely isn’t an outfit to underestimate.

Easy Come, Easy Go is due for official release on February 21st; check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The viral Australian singer-songwriter Jacob Lee has launched his community-driven NFT, The Familee Key

Jacob Lee

The independent singer-songwriter Jacob Lee’s career has been nothing but exemplary. A few hallmarks of his resounding success include garnering 255 million streams on YouTube and 195 million on Spotify with his three EPs, six studio albums and 140 music videos.

Though his viral success undoubtedly rests on his songwriting finesse and soundscapes that haunt you while simultaneously consoling you, his fans played a major role in allowing him to achieve such a coveted status on the airwaves. Now, he’s looking to give back to his fanbase through NFT projects and giving his fans creative licence on his up and coming album. After four successful NFT drops (Conscience Cards, Lowly’s Personal Parchments, Jacob Lee’s Music Archive, Lowly’s Library of Lyricism), he’s set to launch his most exciting NFT drop to date.

The Familee Key NFT is a community-driven NFT which is set to launch on January 21st, 2022. It offers exclusive access to Jacob Lee’s creative ecosystem. All holders of the Familee Key NFT will receive early access to all upcoming music, free entry to shows, pre-sale access to upcoming NFTs and a myriad of additional perks. This NFT will act as Jacob Lee’s official artist token – it is 100% free and accessible on the WAX Blockchain with YoshiDrops.com.

Another date for Jacob Lee’s fans’ diaries is January 24th, 2022. It will see the launch of the Demons Digital Vinyl & Music Video NFT. His single, Demons, has become a playlist staple for over 50 million people globally. The artfully emotional single which opens his 2019 album, Philosophy, brings nuance to the conversation around trauma, abuse and healing. Lyrical vindication for the psychologically scorned (and isn’t that us all?) doesn’t get much sweeter. The Vinyl and music video will be available for all Familee Key NFT holders.

Check out Jacob Lee’s Web 3 store here, or head over to his official merch store.

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Amelia Vandergast

Audrey Scout turns visceral emotion into ethereally hazy vibes in her indie single Sunday.

SoCal-born and raised artist, Audrey Scout, is here with her recently released single, Sunday. It’s the perfect introduction to the indie singer-songwriter’s indulgent ability to turn visceral emotion into ethereally smooth soundscapes.

Any fans of Tom Odell, Daughter, and Phoebe Bridgers will find themselves equally as enamoured by the quiescence in this stunningly poised release that lets the emotion flow as though the Hoover Dam has just burst. Audrey Scout may still be finding her feet in the industry but on the basis of her stellar songwriting skills, ability to spin a soul-wrenching bitter-sweet melody and create a captivating atmosphere with her vocal timbre alone, she’s definitely one to watch. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Sunday is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Juliya – Power Lines: A high-vibe lo-fi alt-90s fever dream

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With two EPs under their belt, the up and coming alt-indie sensation, Juliya, has unleashed their fever dream of a high-vibe low-fidelity track. Power Lines is as sonically boundary-less as Sonic Youth and Radiohead, and just as ruggedly sweet as Neutral Milk Hotel and Elliott Smith. And there is plenty of room for their garagey no-wave alchemy in between the reminiscences.

There’s scuzz by the smorgasbord, yet, that doesn’t get in the way of the grip of the angular indie guitar notes atop of all the discord. It may be a short and sweet track, but it’s also a sure-fire hit of serotonin in a sentimentally blissful alt-90s time capsule. With enough tracks in the same vein as Power Lines under their belt and the right attention, there is no reason Juilya couldn’t climb the indie charts with ease. Give them a hand on their ascent and stick them on your radar.

Power Lines is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Leo breaks through the heartbreak in his indie-soul single, Helicopter Leaves

If you like your RnB fed through plenty of wobbly tape echo delay, the up and coming artist Leo’s latest single, Helicopter Leaves, is exactly the kind of hazy indie RnB pop catharsis you want to delve into. In sentiment, Helicopter Leaves is a bitter-sweet release that explores the memories and emotions shared with an ex, but Leo never bows to the melancholy; he keeps the tone as bright as his infectious optimism.

It was a bold move to try and make it with Leo as a mononym, but based on Helicopter Leaves, he has the right amount of talent and soulful warmth to do exactly that. If anyone is this generation’s answer to Jack Johnson, it is the 24-year old Massachusetts-hailing singer-songwriter that entrenches his work in his deep spirituality and determination to connect the dots that nature leaves creatives to play with.

Helicopter Leaves is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast