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Abandon the Fall – Compass Rose: Relentlessly Mesmerising Instrumental Alt Rock

‘Compass Rose’ is just one of the interstellar instrumental tracks to feature on Abandon the Fall’s latest alt-rock EP ‘Infinite Seasons’.

With the morosity of the National resonating in the quiescent interludes, when the track builds up to the breaks, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as Abandon the Fall plays havoc with your emotions and takes control of rhythmic pulses.

Compass Rose is a relentlessly mesmerising single that never leaves you feeling over-faced by the layers of viscerally-charged instrumentals. Instead, it leaves you leaning deeper into the soul of the single which is easy to find in the distinctive guitar notes which linger over atmospheric electronic effect.

Compass Rose is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Abandon The Fall drop new instrumental melodic rock ‘Memories’

When we reviewed Abandon The Fall’s ‘Enemy’ single back in August 2018, Amelia Vandergast likened them to Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’, saying ‘the vocals are stripped back and left emotionally bare around the resounding instrumentals’. In the case of ‘Memories’, from new EP ‘Infinite Seasons’, Abandon The Fall have taken that a step further and provided an instrumental track bereft of vocals altogether. It’s not, however, bereft of power or melancholy, that same electronic-meets-metal vibe that was there on the debut coming through across the track. There’s definitely that Linkin Park feel at times, but with thundering kick drums aplenty behind the shimmering, echoey guitars, there’s touches of Enter Shikari and 30 Seconds To Mars in here too. It’s a potent, powerful track with no loss of emotiveness from its instrumental-only nature.

You can hear ‘Memories’ on Spotify; check out Abandon The Fall on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Mute Sounds – Broken Pieces: An All-Consuming Alt-Rock Reflection of Chaotic Duality

Mute Sounds’ 2020 EP ‘Roads’ totally defies the notion of genre. It is far easier to define the progressively cinematic release in terms of sheer originality. But if you could imagine what it would sound like if Hans Zimmer teamed up with Motorhead, you’ll get an idea of what is in store.

The standout track ‘Broken Pieces’ is the perfect introduction to the artist’s experimental expression. Over-driven guitars gnaw away at the accordance in the panoramically evocative release between increments of evocative neo-classic keys, making Broken Pieces an all-consuming reflection of chaotic duality.

Mute Sounds is the project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Rui Pedro, who permanently lost their voice after their second battle with severe throat cancer at the age of 28. They say that when one sense is lost, another strengthens, on the basis of Broken Pieces, that can also be said about methods of communication.

You can delve into Mute Sounds’ experimentalism yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chris Mike – Limerence: Theatrically Virtuosic Rock

It’s theatrical, it’s virtuosic, it’s ingeniously intense. It’s Chris Mike’s latest guitar-led instrumental track “Limerence”.

Rock aficionados will be enraptured before the first solo has time to make your jaw drop. But Limerence isn’t solely about Chris Mike’s fretboard wizardry. With symphonic elements amplifying the energy of the electrifying mix, you’re in for a raucously euphoric treat.

We might not be able to go to gigs right now, but even if I found myself front-row for my favourite artist, I’m not entirely sure I could be as blown away as I was when listening to Limerence for the first time.

There’s no amount of acclaim that Limerence is unworthy of. Not only is Chris Mike one of the most talented instrumentalists I’ve heard in 2020, there’s also plenty of distinctive flair around his rhythmically masterful shredding. I think I’ve found a new guitar hero.

Limerence is just one of the tracks which will be featured on the artist’s forthcoming album Socialholic which is due to drop on October 16th. You can pre-save the album via this link.

You can check out the official video to Chris Mike’s single Limerence for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast  

8udDha bl0od – 570n3D R0535: f00l5 g0lD; 5!l<3r R35Urr3c710n

Reminiscences of the Stone Roses iconic sound may be perceptible in numerous of 8udDha bl0od’s tracks, but with 570n3D R0535: f00l5 g0lD; 5!l<3r R35Urr3c710n the Brighton-based artist made a fitting ode to the timeless classic Fools Gold.

420 vibes drip from the effortlessly melodic Psych Alt Rock track which will take you on a 9-minute journey through glitchy, intense, effects-laden inventive alchemy.

While 570n3D R0535: f00l5 g0lD; 5!l<3r R35Urr3c710n may be darker, harsher and more experimental than anything the Stone Roses have ever come up with, the ingenuity of the orchestration definitely wasn’t lost on us. The instrumental hooks are just as sharp, and the production ensures the track is equally as entrancing.

You can check out 570n3D R0535: f00l5 g0lD; 5!l<3r R35Urr3c710n for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Cyprus – Light in Your Eyes: Intricately Prodigal Instrumental Rock

Light in Your Eyes by Cyprus

North Carolina-based artist Cyprus has recently released his latest single “Light in Your Eyes”. Fans of experimental Indie Rock probably won’t want to hang around whacking the cathartically mesmeric soundscape on their playlists.

Light in Your Eyes may be void of lyrics, but there is little room for them thanks to the rich tonality of the track accompanied by the winding progressions of the instrumental arrangements which fuse together to create a Soft Rock soundscape which I can guarantee you won’t have heard the likes of before. It’s clear that the up and coming one-man musical powerhouse has a deft command over sound, yet, I would love to hear his arrangements as part of a full band. Either way, his instrumental solo work holds a lot of commercial potential.

You can check out Cyprus’ latest single Light in Your Eyes by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast