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ELVAR – One of a Kind: A Debut of Viscerally Mesmeric Indie

Considering that up and coming artist ELVAR created an entire album of viscerally mesmeric dreamscapes with his album “Daydreaming”, finding a standout track wasn’t an enviable task.

Yet “One of a Kind” proved to be exactly what it says on the tin. Unlike with most artists who are comparable to ELVAR’s style, the sense of melancholy isn’t all consuming in the gentle acoustic soundscape. Instead, there’s a sense of life, vibrancy, and bite.

Encapsulating the energy which flows from the natural melodies and softly sonorous vocal harmonies is no easy feat either. The Icelandic singer-songwriter finds the perfect balance between contemporary Indie, 90s Alt Indie, and 60s Pop. Not just by borrowing a few different elements but by constructing the entire arrangement around the atmospherics of the 90s, the infectious hype of the 60s along with brand-new intricacies and effect.

You can check out ELVAR’s single One of a Kind for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brooke Lanziner – Fox Eyes: Ethereally Expressive Indie

Brooke Lanziner is the up and coming singer-songwriter who takes the art right back to its roots and paints a poignant lyrical picture which is made even more visceral through the striking melodies and ethereally expressive vocal dynamics.

“Fox Eyes” is the latest 2019 single from Brooke Lanziner, the bittersweet allure of the song is amplified by the fact that it was recorded post-breakup. But don’t expect your average moving on track, instead Fox Eyes looks back and cherishes the joy and vulnerability of being in love. There’s a reason why people say beauty lies in tragedy, and a perfect example will be the way Brooke Lanziner throws every ounce of passion into this authentic arrestive ballad. The orchestral layers fit perfectly between the pensive melody laid out by the keys and acoustic guitar and while the production is slightly Lo-Fi, the only effect this has on the single is making it feel infinitely more powerful and raw.

You can check out Brooke Lanziner’s latest single Fox Eyes for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare the Aural Infatuation of Your Lifetime with Michael A’s Latest Single “AI Bunny Boiler”

There have been plenty of Sci-Fi cartoons and films telling the chilling narrative of AI turning on us. So, it was about time that we had a single that allows us to revel in the same levels of anxiety. If you’ve paid attention to Bill Burr, you’d know that the time is almost nigh.

Lancashire, UK-based artist Michael A released the most charismatic, adorable, playful… and I’m going to run out of adjectives before I come right out and say that I fell in love with “AI Bunny Boiler”. With all professionalism now out of the window, I can now allude to just how infatuating the single is.

Listening to the voice synths threaten Michael as he lay down his sweet wavy Pop lyrics was potentially the most endearing thing I’ve ever heard. As I tried to wipe the grin off my face listening to the ingenuity, the command not to smirk was absolute aural perfection. Tracks don’t get much more inspired, intellectual and creative as AI Bunny Boiler.

You can check out Michael A’s latest single AI Bunny Boiler for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kris Kelly Releases an Act of Concordantly Rhythmic Genre-Defiance with “Birthplace”

“Birthplace” is the latest atmospherically soulful single from up and coming recording artist Kris Kelly. His quaintly distinctive brand of rhythmic entrancement serves as a concordant act of genre defiance. You will be able to pick up on elements of Blues, Country, Folk, Soul, Classical, and Pop; and the end result of the resonant cocktail is an instantly immersive single which will keep you captivated right through the extended duration.

While not every listener will be endeared by a 6 minutes track, those who appreciate progressive melodies are highly encouraged to delve into the soundscape laced with transcendental effects and contrastingly arrestive orchestral swells.

You can check out the official video to Kris Kelly’s latest single Birthplace which was released on April 3rd, 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. Make sure to subscribe to his channel as his upcoming album “Runways” will be released Summer 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Artist Tom Goss Shares Hard Hitting New Release ‘Wake Alive’

Rising Indie Singer-Songwriter Tom Goss has shared his latest offering ‘Wake Alive’. The Wisconsin native delivers a smooth alternative, energetic indie ballads and takes major influence from the likes Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile and Andy Grammer. These influences are readily evident in new track ‘Wake Alive’.
The souring single is a hard hitting but still  vulnerable indie rock infused song with lyrics that focus on the way in which we all aim to please one another, rather than looking to please ourselves. It showcases Goss’ gravel-like, rich vocal tones while its luscious guitar driven beat drives the through-provoking single into new and exciting avenues.
It also has a haunting edge thanks to the way Tom Goss underplays the verses which then lead to an anthemic, rock chorus that is made for festival sing-a-longs. ‘Wake Alive’ is a song that will have you belting out the words along with Goss and then stay with you after its finished thanks to its deep, meaningful lyrics that will have listeners thinking about the ways in which they always focus on looking to appease their fellow man rather than making sure they are making themselves proud in the first place.
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Jakob Leventhal – Gold and Glass: Melancholy Mused Aural Magnetism

Many artists may have taken the sounds of Elliot Smith, the Beach Boys, and the Beatles and used them to influence their own sound. Yet, very few artists can match the poignant style to the same degree to the point where the striking concordance resonates with every cell of your body. With “Gold and Glass” from his debut album “Oh, So Bittersweet!”, the breaking artist was somehow able to orchestrate a single which was striking at the same time as soothing. I’m painfully aware of how much a contradiction that should be, but anyone with a penchant for melancholically mused aural alchemy is sure to feel their soul rearranged to the tune of Jakob Leventhal’s single Gold and Glass”.

But let’s face it, each of the eight tracks from the NYC-based artist is as piercing as the last. With lyrics which run through like beat poetry, intricately beautiful multi-layered melodies and Jakob’s Leventhal’s vocals I’m not even ashamed to say I shed a tear listening to the progression of “This Love is Sarcastic”.

You can check out Jakob Leventhal’s latest album out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Revolvers – True Love: A Contagiously Concordant Indie Hit

Through a unique blend of Indie, Pop, Post Punk and a slight hint of Soft Grunge the debut single “True Love” from the Revolvers was born. The fourpiece band hailing from London managed to weave sonorous amounts of distinction into their sound with their mellifluous vocals and atmospheric energy. Given that the production was put into the deft hands of George Apsion (White Lies) it’s no surprise that with their first single they were able to conjure melodic contagion through their instrumental progressions. But as immersive as the mix of Jangle Pop and Classic Rock guitars are, it’s the clever soundbites contained within the lyrics which will make this energetic hit stick in your mind like superglue long after it has faded out. Expect inviting layers of harmony to entwine with the punchy energy of True Love.

You can check out True Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Maximilian – Surrender: Another Sensational Brighton Indie Artist Has Their Inception

There are plenty of hubs for talent in the UK, but the artists born out of Brighton always have an arrestive distinction to their sound. With his recent single “Surrender” Maximilian contributed to Brighton’s Indie scene in a similar way as Paper Hawk, Jacko Hooper and Josh Mac Have.

Even though there are a few artists who you will be able to compare Maximilian’s sound to, his signature style is found in the clever effects and the atmospherics of this single.

The crystal-clear concordance of Surrender makes it all too tempting to crank up the single and let the pensive masterpiece consume you. Fans of Radiohead, Jaws, and Elliot Smith are sure to appreciate the intricately mastered single. Surrender unfolds as a multi-layer mix where different elements of acoustic instrumental collide creating the smoothest visceral synergy you will have heard from an up and coming in a long time.

And if the ambiently pensive soundscape deserves accolades for being ethereally sweet, the same has to be said about the Brighton-based artist’s vocals. Even with such deep amounts of melancholy, the delivery is unflinching and soulfully mesmeric.

You can check out Maximilian’s latest single Surrender out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tall Boys – The David Byrne Song: The Ultimate Indie Ode to the Talking Heads

With guitar progressions which would give Interpol a run for their money, accessibly smooth charm, and plenty of reference to contemporary culture the Tall Boys’ latest single is magnetically stunning. The quaintly titled track “The David Byrne Song” paints a dreamily melodic soundscape which you have little choice about getting lost within. Each aspect of the delicate instrumental arrangement sits in perfect synergy to create the perfect platform for the vocalist to verse about the Talking Heads with absolute concordance. There really is no overexaggerating how ingeniously sweet the David Byrne Song is.

If the production quality on the single was a little more polished, there’s no disputing the track would make for a radio-ready hit. Yet, despite the Lo Fi feel of the single it still has every potential to become your new perennial earworm, and in many ways, it adds to the charm the single oozes.

You can check out The David Byrne Song by the Tall Boys for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Psilosapiens – We Are: A Mesmerizingly Progressive Offering of Genre Defiance

To make their debut Psilosapiens cooked up a mesmerizingly smooth single which stands as a testament to their emotively intellectual style.

While the intro to “We Are” may leave you with the impression that you’re about to sink into a psychedelically smooth Indie soundscape the bridge is waiting to show you just how wrong you were.

Once the track kicks into verse, the melodic Jangle Pop guitar-driven instrumental arrangement is accompanied by relentless Rap versing before mixing it up once more with sonorously soulful female vocals which carry unapologetic attitude.

There’s plenty of progression in the extended track which seamlessly switches between different soundscapes. Yet, one thing that remains as a constant is the lucidity of the compelling arrangements which will leave you on pins wondering how We Are will evolve next. Spoiler; you’ll never be disappointed.

You can check out the debut track by Psilosapiens by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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