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Panaviscope – Kiss Yourself to Death: Snipingly Sweet Indie Pop

As you can probably gather from the title of Panaviscope’s latest single “Kiss Yourself to Death”, when you hit play, you’ll be greeted by an exceptionally eccentric soundscape.

Yet, the Switzerland-based artist succeeded in not just creating a playful up-vibe track which unfolds as a novelty when you’re thinking about the person you love to hate. Instead, there are cheeky antagonistic elements incorporated into a stylistically experimental Indie Electronica Pop soundscape.

Through contemporary wavy psychedelic ingenuity Kiss Yourself to Death is a track which unfolds with a rare quintessential charm and any fans of Damon Albarn’s more experimental side will undoubtedly find plenty of reasons to fall enamoured with this snipingly sweet track. Even if you find that it’s not quite your cup of tea, you won’t be forgetting the track in a hurry.

You can check out Panaviscope’s latest single Kiss Yourself to Death for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Copper Monks – Julia: Country Blues Meets Indie Psych Pop

Up and coming Alt-Country Blues artist Copper Monks released their 2019 self-titled album on June the 7th, and with it, they moved away from the archetypally predictable progressions of Blues Rock by infusing Indie Psychedelia complete with jangling melodic guitars into the arrangements

The perfect introduction to Copper Monks’ music has to be the vibrantly psychedelic soundscape “Julia” You’re still consistently fed the light and richly textured country rhythms, yet, the guitars become even more absolving through the addition of angular guitar riffs which sweep throughout the track. As for the vocals, if you could imagine if Paul Simon’s voice was a little more charismatically whisky soaked, you’d get a good idea of what Copper Monks vocalist will treat you to in Julia.

You can check out Copper Monks’ single Julia along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Ragtag Roots – On the Tracks: Rhythmically Arrestive Indie Alt-Rock

“Along the Way” is the incredibly dynamic debut album from the Indie Alt-Rock Country-Inspired up and coming Switzerland-based artist The Ragtag Roots. While each of the tracks on the album contains their own brand of mesmerism, “On the Tracks” is undoubtedly the best introduction to their distinctive sound.

On the Tracks may be one of the more stripped back singles on their debut album, but the combination of the narrative lyrics and the sheer amount of palpable talent on display in the synergetic instrumental arrangement also makes it one of the more immersive tracks.

While fretboard mastery has always been a cornerstone of Blues, The Ragtag Roots have made sure that the captivating vibrancy of the soaring guitar notes stands out by a country mile (pun kind of intended).

You can check out On the Tracks from The Ragtag Roots latest album for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lydia Briggs merges blues piano with bohemian folk in her latest evocative single “Rock Bottom”

Lydia Briggs released her latest contemporary Pop ballad “Rock Bottom” on August 8th, and once more she has proven that her maturity transcends her age with her powerfully evocative style.

At the age of 15 years old, the up and coming artist has already found her signature style which sits between Blues piano melodies and a Bohemian Folk sound which allows tracks such as Rock Bottom to resonate as distinctive as well as hitting all of the right emotive chords.

So, along with being able to appreciate her natural vocal dynamics, you’re also able to explore sentiments so commonly alluded to in music with a brand-new voice to guide you through the frustrative feelings we all experience in life – regardless of how old we are.

You can catch the official music video to Lydia Brigg’s latest single Rock Bottom for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Purple Corporation – We Can No Longer Take It: The Synth Track Which Would Definitely Get Attenborough’s Approval

I’ve finally found a track which exudes as much existential fear as I do on a daily basis. Chicago-based artist Purple Corporation has offered an incredibly unique sense of catharsis with their latest single “We Can No Longer Take It”. Sure, there are already plenty of climate change protest songs on the airwaves, but Bono and Sting can take a backseat for this incredibly endearing track.

The lyrics may allude to the fact that the planet is suffocating on corporate greed and that will inevitably make the planet inhabitable for us and every other creature which is unlucky to share it with us. But with such a heavy sentiment sat against a playfully quaint soundscape, you’re left sobered, yet somehow simultaneously uplifted. You have to applaud Purple Corporation on creating a track which eases the mental burden which comes from knowing that your own species is raping the planet and acts as a call to action through robotically sonic synths and vibrant keyboard melodies.

You can check out Purple Corporation’s latest single We Can No Longer Take It for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucy Jay revives 90s Grunge with the charismatically magnetic single “Oh Mandy”

With a prelude which kicks off to the same effect as Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock n’ Roll”, it didn’t take me all too long to realise that Lucy Jay’s latest single “Oh Mandy” was going to be a captivating offering of fiercely magnetic Alt-Rock ingenuity.

The unpredictable switch-ups in vocals were reminiscent of Bikini Kill’s deftly placed sporadic screams which made sure that you were paying attention to the charismatic, playful and in part chaotic performance. But if Lucy Jay has anything on the iconic 90s artists, it’s the level of talent on display in the instrumental arrangement. With the synergetic tight progressions, all deftly weaved together with a clean polished production the track, the Alt-Rock visceral energy was more potent and indulgent than ever.

You can check out the official music video to Lucy Jay’s latest single Oh Mandy by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ben Teeney – Rock Bottom: Infectiously Adrenalized Alt-Rock Angst

I really wish the show the X-Factor didn’t exist, because now it feels tawdry to describe artists such as Ben Teeney as being in possession in the allusive X-Factor. Yet, there’s no other way to allude to the vice-like grip contained in their latest single “Rock Bottom” which will make sure that you’re well and truly immersed in the expressive, honest mix.

Ben Teeney hasn’t polished his emotions to make sure that they’re easily digestible. The angst and disparity are palpable within each evolution in the progressively atmospheric mix which is a minefield of instrumental hooks pulling you into the infectiously adrenalized choruses.

If you needed any more reason to check out Ben Teeney, his debut single was a diss on Donald Trump with “Love Trumps Hate”. Which is much more than your average Punk hit with the ingeniously intellectual lyrics which allows you to vent the frustration that a man so obnoxious still holds any place in politics.

All in all, Ben Teeney is exactly the type of artist we need more of on the airwaves right now, and you definitely shouldn’t hang around in checking out their inventive artful tracks.

You can check out Ben Teeney’s latest single Rock Bottom for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Strawberry Moons – Nicole’s Song: Soberingly Arrestive Indie Psychedelic Folk Pop

The Strawberry Moons have paired a Folk lyrical style with a captivating arrangement of Indie Psych Pop with their latest single “Nicole’s Song”. The sentiment behind the single may be one of the most heart-wrenching I’ve ever heard. Nicole’s Song was written to serve as a memorial to anyone who has ever lost a loved one and to anyone still grieving over their personal pasts.

The sobering single does much more than sensitively allude to the nature of depression, it delves deep into the process of beauty strength and peace being distorted by unshakable sorrow; a by-product of dwelling in the possibilities which lay in our past. It’s an incredibly accurate depiction of the isolation of anhedonia, and one which won’t fail to resonate with anyone who has experienced it or has known someone that has.

You can listen to The Strawberry Moons latest single Nicole’s Song for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Billy Wild proves to be the up and coming Indie artist we’ve been waiting for with latest single “The Waves”

“The Waves” is the latest single to be released from up and coming Indie Pop Rock artist Billy Wild. If anyone has the potential to ascend in the charts following on from the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, and The Kooks, it’s Billy Wild.

Wild’s ability to create an effortlessly anthemic Indie chorus in a progressive track which constantly allows the melodies to evolve around the velvety reverberant vocals definitely got our attention. The Waves resonated as one of the most accessible tracks which we’ve checked out this year.

Explaining the captivating nature of a single where every element seamlessly gels is a fairly impossible feat. It will probably be enough just to tell you that the Waves will make you feel fuzzy inside as you listen to the rich and warm tones of every deftly placed note. Go do it.

You can check out the official music video for Billy Wild’s latest single The Waves for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bomethius – Sweet Nothings: Hauntingly Artful Indie Baroque Pop

“Sweet Nothings” is the latest single to be released by Dallas-based independent artist Bomethius (Jonathan Hodges) who hasn’t been afraid to play with layers of artful expressive melancholy in a soundscape which is ethereally creeping enough to make David Lynch himself want to prick up his ears.

The short and bitterly sweet single which was released on July 14th is uniquely disconcerting through the effervescent nature of the Baroque Pop soundscape. There’s plenty of tracks already out there on the airwaves for people who are looking for easily accessible catharsis and comfort.

Sweet Nothings is a siren call to aural mediocrity, an invitation for fans of pensive wit to unravel the resonance found in the haunting tonality of this single.

You can check out the latest single from Bomethius by heading over to Bandcamp where Sweet Nothings is available to stream and download.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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