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Fendahlene – High and Low and Back Again: Alchemically Evocative Alt Indie Post Punk

With an intro which carries the same aural weight as a quiescently morose melody from Nils Frahm, Alt Indie trailblazers Fendahlene’s single kicks off “High and Low and Back Again” with a teasing start before settling into an intricately masterful feat of Indie Power Pop.

Any fans of the National, R.E.M., Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Interpol will definitely want to pay attention to the band’s latest release. There’s no replicating that Alt 90s sound, Fendahlene didn’t have to, the Australian-based artist has been crafting alchemically evocative tracks since their inception in 1994.

With the cuttingly angular Post Punk guitar tones weaving around the resolving vocals, High and Low and Back Again unfolded as an unforgettably soul-filling stylistic Indie hit. We’re already stoked to hear what is next.

You can check out High and Low and Back Again for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from the band in 2020 and beyond. Keep up to date with the artist’s latest news and releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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RAYNA has made her debut with the stylishly quiescent Indie Alt Pop single “Let Me”

Let Me (Let Go) is the stunning debut single from up and coming Indie Pop artist RAYNA. The adjectives ‘artful’ and ‘accessible’ don’t’ often meet each other in reviews but Let Me is anything but your average debut single.

The track plays with nuances of Shoegaze and Neo-Classic Pop while allowing the track to ooze mainstream contemporary appeal. As you listen to the accordant progressions, the biggest changes you’ll pick up on is the emotional intensity which comes in arrestive fluctuating waves. The stylish quiescent production is one thing, the evocative propensity of Let Me is quite another.

If you’re as aurally sensitive as me, don’t be surprised if RAYNA’s debut single has you fighting back the tears.

You can check out RAYNA’s debut single Let Me (Let Go) for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Play Center – 2020: The Ultimate Scuzzy Indie Punk Rock Sign of the Times

Atlanta GA-based Alt-Rock trailblazers Play Center released the official video to their latest single 2020 on June 29th, any fans of the Alt 90s sound will want the scuzzy and absorbingly vitriolic Indie Punk Rock hit in their ears.

There may be reminiscences to the likes of Sonic Youth and Mud Honey in 2020 but Play Center revived their distorted friction-soaked sound with brand-new all too relatable angst and raw energy which would have the capacity to lead the crowd into a frenzy. Gigs may not be happening right now, but when they are, you’ll want the misleadingly-titled powerhouse on your radar.

You can check out the official video to Play Center’s single 2020 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from Play Centre in 2020 and beyond. Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Pop artist Eve Christina has released her accordant feat of Alt Folk Pop “My Place”

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UK Pop artist Eve Christina has recently released her third single “My Place”, prepare to be enamoured. The accordant Alt Folk Pop single captures the complexities of modern relationship dynamics and compels you to find the resonance.

There’s something incredibly refreshing about the upbeat tone of My Place. Despite the quasi-romantic tragedy which is unfolding through the lyrics, Eve Christina succeeded in creating a warm and comforting track. The kind of track you’d turn to anytime you want a reminder that complicated relationships don’t have to leave you in a pit of self-pitying despair.

With reminiscences to Kate Nash’s conversational style of Pop along with plenty of Eve Christina’s own personality and style weaved into the accordantly sweet track, it boasts both accessibility and distinction. It’s hard to see how Eve Christina won’t wind up in the Pop charts.

You can check out Eve Christina’s single My Place via Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ricky Allson sings his heart out on new single ”White Lies”

Ricky Allson is a New York City based songwriter-songwriter with a catchy style that makes you want to sing with him. His pop rock sounds gather inspiration from all genres and decades, and his lyrics invite us into his deeply personal stories and life lessons. Music saved Ricky’s life on multiple occasions and his is so inspired while performing as he knows that the story could be way different.

White Lies” by Ricky Allson is a powerful song and the message is so true. Little lies can be okay for a while but then after building up and up, they can come crashing down on you at a thunderous level that you won’t enjoy.

The New York artist brings all the heat with this new single and you can feel the strength in his delivery on ”White Lies”. Ricky Allson is a quality artist with a massive future as he looks to build on the momentum he has already been building up.

Stream this new song on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Conor & The Wild Hunt project beautiful pureness with stunning ”You’re Not Alone”

Conor & The Wild Hunt are from Baltimore in the USA and they are back with their special new single called ”You’re Not Alone”. The group animates soulful original songs with fresh perspectives on Americana, Folk, and pop styles. Their music is stupendously delivered with love letters that make me happy.

Conor Brendan, Chris Elvidge and Lena Traynham are Conor & The Wild Hunt and ”You’re Not Alone” is easily one of my favorite songs of 2020. The folk-fused indie treats are sandwiched together to make my stomach smile again.

You’re Not Alone” is such a peaceful song from Conor & The Wild Hunt that puts my mind at ease. After what has been going on with the world lately, this is exactly what we all need in our ears. This is pure music with such great vocals from both the singers. We aren’t alone if we have the support of those close to us. We just need to express ourselves and ask for help if we need it.

Stream this wonderful song that will make your heart happy here on Soundcloud.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Indie Alt Pop artist JOSH ON CAFFEINE has made a stunningly tender debut with the single “Forward”

JOSH ON CAFFEINE has made his heart-breakingly stunning debut with the genre-bending single “Forward”. The Alt-Pop Soundscape draws in Neo-Classic nuances to ensure that the striking notes sting with maximum potency while elements of Folk to give Forward a natural, authentic and expressive air.

There’s a rare humility found in JOSH ON CAFFEINE’s lyrics and vocals and their candid lyrical style is perfectly complemented by their approach to production which perceptibly pays no mind to archetypal constraints. I haven’t been this enamoured by an artist since I discovered Bill Ryder-Jones’ tenderly compelling style.

The hauntingly sweet earworm will stay with you for long after it has faded to a quiescent close. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear what comes next from JOSH ON CAFFEINE.

You can check out JOSH ON CAFFEINE’s debut single Forward for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Danger of Drowning – Heart to Break: An Infectiously Amorous Convergence of Indie Pop Rock and RnB

Indie Pop Rock and smooth RnB infectiously converge in Danger of Drowning’s latest single Heart to Break which dropped on April 30th.

As soon as you hit play, it hits you that Danger of Drowning has reached a new frontier with their intriguingly distinctive yet immediately resolving sound. Whichever music genre you usually find yourself delving into to enjoy sticky sweet sentimental love songs, Heart to Break is sure to hit the amorous aural spot.

By fusing the piercing emotion of Pop Punk combined with the arrestive melodic hooks and grooves of contemporary RnB, Danger of Drowning ensured that Heart to Break will stick to your synapses like superglue. Especially if you spent a fair amount of your youth listening to Panic! at the Disco.

You can check out Danger of Drowning’s Indie earworm for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sky Changes – New Shoes: An Instantly Engorging Melting Pot of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Shoegaze

From the first angular notes in the latest track “New Shoes” from Chicago Alt-Rock outfit Sky Changes, we were hooked. Their unique amalgamation of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Indie Shoegaze will leave fans of Radiohead and Slowdive alike enamoured.

Not only did the dreamy soundscape allow Sky Changes to assert their distinction and ingenuity on the airwaves. New Shoes is also an instantly engorging melodic masterpiece where every evolution will leave you with an even more potent dose of awe.

With every progression, the tight yet chorally accordant instrumentals seem to gain intricacy and amass alchemy while the hazily-blissful vocals remain a beguilingly soft constant. The muted vocals magnetically draw you deeper into the track to extract the meaning behind the New Shoes metaphor.

It isn’t every day we hear such a fresh revival of Alt 90s sounds. We’d recommend getting Sky Changes on your radar sooner than later.

You can check out Sky Changes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heistheartist sends us R&B love song with ”Boom (Love Version)”

Heistheartist is a passionate American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip in New York State. Formerly a neo-soul singer signed to Bentley Records under his biological name LeeMann Bassey.

Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That same day, he was so inspired to help teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his sermon but through his music and meaningful message. Knowledge is one thing but if you can’t teach it, what is the point?

Boom (Love Version)” is his latest song as it has R&B bundles of joy attached all over to it. This is a love song through and though of course. The writer is in love and wants us to know that the heart is going crazy and it’s all boom, boom, boom inside. This is a sweet song to make us happy and this is much welcome in 2020.

Stream this new track right here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen