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Curtis Simmons – She Just Likes Champagne: Virtuosic 70s-Inspired Psych Blues Rock

Any fans of Psych-infused Indie Blues will undoubtedly want the UK-based artist Curtis Simmons on their radar.

After perfecting their virtuosic 70s-inspired talent working as a session musician for the likes of Polydor Records, Curtis started his own hypnotically rhythmic solo project and enlists the help of his band The Renegades to transform the live events into unmissable high-octane stage shows.

“She Just Likes Champagne” is just one of the standout singles which Curtis Simmons has released since their project started in 2014. Expect rolling serpentine rhythms, riffs which will make you feel as though your intestines have been rearranged through the tight winding intricacy and smoky Garage Rock vocals.

With artists such as Bowie, Rolling Stones, Costello and the Velvet Underground influencing their sound, it was never going to fall flat. But in She Just Likes Champagne, it’s more than perceptible that they’ve added their own nuanced flair to the 70s sound.

You can check out the official music video to She Just Likes Champagne for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Den – Highway Bloodline: Tranquilly Evocative Indie

Ahead of the release of their debut 2020 album, Canadian Indie newcomers The Den have released their soulfully serene single “Highway Bloodline”.

By mixing elements of Neo-Soul, 80s Pop, and contemporary Indie, The Den has plenty of distinction to offer. But fundamentally, the essence of their sound lies in the tranquilly arrestive experience which will greet you as soon as you hit play.

With vocals somewhere in between what you can expect from Nina Simone and Angel Olsen’s more mellifluous singles, Highway Bloodline can only be described as hypnotic. Yet, overthrowing the ambience of the soundscape is the unbridled emotion which has been projected into Highway Bloodline which will hit you through both the lyrics and the gentle melodious downtempo instrumentals.

You can check out Highway Bloodline for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases by The Den via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Toronto-Based Folk Artist Zafer Has Released Their Fourth Single “You Can’t Stop This Train”

Toronto-based Indie Folk Rock artist Zafer has recently released their cinematically captivating single “You Can’t Stop This Train” which offers plenty of timeless appeal to fans of personably soulful Folk Blues.

If you like your Folk simple yet evocatively snaring, you’ll warm to Zafer’s rhythmically rendered single before the first verse draws to a close. As for the chorus, that’s all-consuming. And you may want to check yourself if you’re in public when you listen to You Can’t Stop This Train. It’s impossible not to let the deftly crafted rhythms move you.

With the effervescently shimmering organs, animated yet gently melodic guitar progressions and snappy concordant percussion, Zafer made the perfect platform to lay down their optimistically arrestive vocals. It will stay with you for long after it has haded to a close.

You can check out Zafer’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Roussett – We Might Just Do This All Day: Hypnotically Psychedelic Alt Indie Pop

“We Might Just Do This All Day” is the psychedelically serene latest single from up and coming Alt Indie artist Roussett.

If Elliott Smith experimented with spacey and colourful tones, I’d imagine that it wouldn’t sound all too different from the ethereal catharsis found in We Might Just Do This All Day which would be haunting if it weren’t so soothing. The lucid layers gently weave through their Jazz-infused progressions as the delicately amorous vocals find the perfect synergy alongside them.

I don’t make Mr Bungle comparisons lightly. But the soundscape perceptibly shared the same kind of ingenuity which you’d find in the hazy, oceanic avant-garde tracks such as Retrovertigo and Pink Cigarette.

There will be plenty more to come from Roussett in 2020, so do your blood pressure and get them on your radar.

You can check out Roussett’s latest single We Might Just Do This All Day for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe Astley – Revolution Postponed: Nuancedly Captivating Indie Folk Rock

"REVOLUTION POSTPONED" Written and Performed by Joe Astley***** - UK Songwriting Contest "As soon as I saw the video and heard the song, I had to have Joe on the show" - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester"Revolution Postponed dutifully explores the current state of the world." - Michael Hall, Radio WarringtonProduced by Gareth Nuttall - The Lounge Recording Studio📷 Video by Ryan Connor

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With a debut album due to be released in 2020, there’s no better time to jump on the hype of the captivating sharpness found in Joe Astley’s nuanced Indie Folk Rock songwriting.

If anyone can be accurately referred to this generation’s Billy Bragg, it’s Joe Astley. It says a lot about the lack of societal progression that those lyrics could have been written 40 years ago. But the arrestive resonance in the aural mirror which is held up to our society could only have come from an artist writing in our 21st century bleakly unbalanced country.

With vocals which will crawl under your ribs and intensely rhythmic melodies, Revolution Postponed came together as a track which offered that rare unifying aural radicalism which we desperately need on the airwaves right now. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who appreciates the up and coming artist’s distinctive sound. He’s also been championed by BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney, and Radio Warrington’s Michael Hall.

Morrissey may have let the North down, but Joe Astley is more than capable of picking up where he left off.

You can check Joe Astley’s performance of Revolution Postponed at the Lounge Recording Studio via Facebook. Or you can listen to the track via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prince of Sweden – Cabaret: Sweet Hazy Mellifluous Indie Rock

UK-based artist Prince of Sweden has released their most captivating single to date with “Cabaret”.

The utilisation of archaic elements in their truly timeless approach to songwriting makes it all too easy to warm to their charismatic quietly sonorous soundscapes. With Cabaret, they offered a sweet hazy mellifluous feat of Indie Rock with the perfect infusion of Psych Pop and a few borrowed tones from Big Band Swing Jazz.

Their ability to make you hang off each word as the melody gently exudes plenty of gentle rhythmic catharsis is sure to see Prince of Sweden go far in 2020. If you get the chance to see them live, take it.

You can check out Prince of Sweden’s latest single Cabaret via SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with live dates & new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sonorous vocals meet minimalist melodies in anisos’ latest Indie Folk single “treetops”

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Brisbane-based Indie Folk innovator anisos released their latest rapturously sweet single “treetops” on January 17th.  And my soul feels infinitely lighter for hearing it.

The quiescently quaint Folk soundscape leaves the instrumental arrangement minimal. Which leaves plenty of room for the resoundingly arrestive vocals to fill the soundscape full of personable passion which makes it all too easy to surrender yourself completely to the single. The ethereally light air to treetops along with the reflectively poetic lyricism makes for a sonorously unforgettable experience.

If you could imagine what Nick Cave’s music would sound like in an alternate universe where he didn’t aim to disconcert with his music. Instead, he aimed to captivate through pure indulgent rhythmic alchemy, you may be able to get an idea of what’s on offer in treetops. Of course, you’d get a much more accurate picture by hitting play for yourselves!

You can check out the latest track from anisos for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Them Damn Dogs – Memories: Hazily Oceanic Psych Indie Pop

https://open.spotify.com/track/5FxEzTEQNUCUi1SRDiBkzF

Oceanic Psych Pop waves sweep across the hazy sun-kissed Indie jam “Memories”  which is the latest track to be released from up and coming artist Them Damn Dogs.

You’ll have a smorgasbord of nostalgia to feast upon as the high-vibe track unravels to the tune of punchy Jangle Pop guitar melodies and chorally sweet vocals. But that’s not to say that Memories was an assimilative track in the slightest. With curve-ball retro synth riffs and distorted guitar licks thrown into the mix, Them Damn Dogs were able to create a track which offered accessibility with a significant serving of authenticity.

If you could imagine what the Beach Boys would have sounded like if they incorporated a nuanced Punk bite into their music, you’ll get an idea of what’s on offer from Memories.

You can check out the latest track from Them Damn Dogs for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has released their latest ethereally warming single “BUBBLE”

Up and coming Indie Soul Pop artist Font Leroy has recently released their latest tonally hypnotic, sublimely sensuous single BUBBLE.

Kicking off with smooth popping Indie Blues guitar licks, BUBBLE quickly evolves into an ethereally atmospheric rendition of rhythmic ambient Soul Pop which boasts a palpable amount of mature ingenuity.

If you’re anything like me, sometimes, you’ll feel a little like you’re living in a bubble, shielded from the world and all its varying atrocities and you’ll know just how sweet acknowledging that feeling is. That’s exactly the sticky-sweet vibe Font Leroy offers through this magnetic lullaby of downtempo Pop which carries the perfect pinch of Psychedelia which amps up the power of the trippy transcendent tones.

In short, it’s a flawless track and your blood pressure will probably thank you for having it on your playlists.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bad Luv – Liquid Love: An Infectiously Raucous Feat of Scuzzy Indie Rock n Roll.

https://open.spotify.com/track/31sIL5IRV2V1u7S7OPF7Ng

Bad Luv found the perfect mix of raucous rhythms and anthemic energy with their latest single release “Liquid Love”. There’s also a nuanced infusion of Rock n’ Roll sleaze which resonates through the throbbing basslines and serpentine guitar licks while the Bad Luv vocalist throws plenty of abrasive swaggering charm into the single.

In short, Liquid Love contains the visceral ingenuity which you’d hope to hear when hitting play on an up and coming Alt Rock artist’s latest release. Even though all of the cornerstones of Rock n Roll can be found in the scuzzy frenetic hit, each new progression leaves you more assured that Bad Luv is a band which are worth putting on your radar. Especially if you already have a penchant for the likes of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Foals, and Nothing But Thieves.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast