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Spotlight Feature: Emilio Lanza embraced the moody future of pop while looking back in ‘Rearview Mirror’

For his latest single, Rearview Mirror, the Naples-born singer-songwriter Emilio Lanza darkened the doorstep of 90s boyband pop and weathered the torrid storm of heartbroken introspection.

With acoustic percussive fingerpicked guitar motifs scattered amongst the dark and reverberant moody pop sensibilities, Rearview Mirror is a triumph of evocative ingenuity for the way the light melodicism juxtaposes the harsher elements to sonically allude to the rollercoaster you’re forced onto when distance becomes definitive disconnection.

Careful to balance light and shade, Lanza, also instilled resilience into the release that will efficaciously embolden any hopeless romantics searching for hope; it is in Rearview Mirror by the visceral smorgasbord.

With over 2 million streams on Spotify and after receiving plaudits from the likes of Ed Sheeran and James Bay, Emilio Lanza has already conquered the world of pop; be a part of his legacy and delve into his latest elevated production.

Emilio Lanza Said:

“My song, Rearview Mirror, is a metaphor representing our past, nightmares, breakups or scary thoughts; it can be anything, but the message is positive, as reflected by the cover art depicting a sunset ahead and struggles in the rearview mirror. I wrote the song following the end of a six-year love story and other life hardships.”

Rearview Mirror will hit the airwaves on the 25th of August. Stream it on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Isohel added nuance to stoic philosophy by embracing negativity in his latest pop hit, BAD VIBES

Billie Eilish gave us Bad Guy; in another pop universe, the luminary who is well on his way towards the one million steam mark, Isohel, gave us BAD VIBES in his latest viral-worthy hit.

While some see negative emotions as something to be repressed, Isohel proved that when you embrace pain, you will find the lesson within it. Consider it a far more nuanced and realistic view than the stoic belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Following an angular guitar prelude that sounds like it was pulled from a Slowdive album, BAD VIBES unravels as one of the most progressively electric pop hits the airwaves have received this year. While the guitar tones remain a constant throughout the mix, dance-pop proclivities start to work their way into the melancholia-laced anthem that defies expectation and genre to establish Isohel as one of the most authentic acts on the scene.

The RnB and moody synth-pop nuances infused into the track with all the hallmarks of a pop earworm is a testament to the talents of the Italian singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who is making light work of breaking into the international music industry.

Stream BAD VIBES on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Marianna’s vocal lines leave us on the hook in her feat of alt-indie pop grandeur, Hold On

If it has been a while since you last checked in with your inner child, find the inspiration to reach out and reconnect my immersing yourself in the latest single from the arresting alt-indie pop chanteuse, Marianna. With class, conviction and introspection the triadic drivers within the tribally enlivening single, Hold On, ambivalence is not an option.

Towards the outro, the single moves away from indie pop panache and veers towards an ABBA-ESQUE world music crescendo; if you weren’t invested before that climactic build, you’ll feel your heart catch in your throat around her flawlessly pitched vocal lines.

It’s a rarity that we hear something truly pioneering and resounding in equal measure, but evidently, pedestrian performances aren’t Marianna Zappi’s forte. After performing in front of a crowd of two million, one of those just so happening to be Pope Benedict XVI, touring across Europe for the past two years and garnering attention from BBC Radio London, the future for Marianna will be as luminous as her talent.

Hold On will officially release on May 26. Hear it on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Umberto Bravo pulled the purity out of salaciousness with his sophomore synth-pop single, Sacred Sinner

Italian independent singer-songwriter and composer Umberto Bravo has unleashed his synthy sophomore single, Sacred Sinner, which modernises the 80s pop tonal palette with explorative vision and lavish layers of soul.

The mid-tempo ballad embellishes the 80s pop sound with gospel traditionalism through the vocals as the instrumentals push lush synth cords against consistently evolving guitars, which know just where to transfuse the gritty and transcendent tones to make the peaks and valleys of the emotional rollercoaster infinitely steeper.

Some view lust as a cardinal sin, but if anyone can make the case for the purity of salaciousness, it is Umberto Bravo in this carnally magnetic earworm that could rouse even the most sexually repressed puritans.

“Sacred Sinner is not a love song, let alone musical pornography. But it certainly goes against the traditional dynamic of the relationships of equality that exist between two people dealing with intimacy.”

Sacred Sinner was released on January 14th across all major streaming platforms, including Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kevan put a dark cinematic twist on Latin pop with his debut EP, Doors.

‘Doors’ is the debut EP from Italian producer and artist Kevan, who has been making more than waves with his evocative alternative tracks. There’s been a tectonic shift of talent on the airwaves since he started contributing to the airwaves 13 years ago.

The title single is a cinematically dark take on contemporary pop which finds room for rock and ambient trap and RnB elements to add to the dynamism. The lyrics feed the brand of frustration that only comes to fruition when you’re contending with an ending, and you’re transfixed by the past, unwilling to look to the future for fear of not seeing something you convinced yourself that you needed.

The way he shares a common experience is something. The way he expresses what words alone can’t has ironically left us speechless. We’re fairly sure that is how he ended up racking up nearly 1 million streams on Spotify alone with his standout single, Call Me.

Doors is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dark pop icon Francesca Monte has released her fierce new earworm, Vertigo.

Italian dark pop icon Francesca Monte has released her fierce new earworm, Vertigo; what Cher started with inventive vocal reverb, Monte has superseded it with her deliciously dark track.

Vertigo allows lyrics to run through like scorned spoken word poetry as glitchy harsh electronica beats make sure that your rhythmic pulses are entwined, ready for the colossal drops and broadsiding aural curveballs.

Instead of pandering to moody pop cliché’s, Francesca Monte ensured that the multifaceted emotion was as visceral as the melodic yet sporadically caustic beats. It is only a matter of time before she is a permanent fixture in the electronic music charts.

Check out Vertigo for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lord Spark invites us to The Tuscan Garden in his latest ethereal pop track.

With his latest electropop hit, the artfully enigmatic artist Lord Spark obliterated the monocultural mould while constructing a sun-soaked earworm that paradoxically carries the tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside while lavishing the airwaves with energetic dance-pop.

When an artist is as passionate about evoking positive change in their culture through their music as they are about their sound, the aural results will always be arresting. But with the ensnaring serpentine rhythms and the natural magnetism in his vocal timbre, it is easy feel hypnotised by the narrative single. In the best possible way, if Copacabana was a queer pop track, it would be The Tuscan Garden.

Along with his mission to ascend the charts, Lord Spark seeks to smash the toxic traditionalism that he grew up around in the conservative Italian countryside. His bold and vibrant vocal presence in his tender, vulnerable and androgynous latest release does just that.

You can enter The Tuscan Garden via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Leon Seti delivered the ‘Antidote’ with their latest compassionate pop single

With his authentic sound, Leon Seti has graced the iTunes Electronica Chart in Italy and caught the attention of BBC Introducing in the UK. Usually, he’s a one-man-melodic-machine, taking charge of writing, performing and production, but for his latest single, ‘Antidote’, he utilised the arpeggio guitars of guitarist, Francis. It’s safe to say that the collaborative chemistry melancholically blossomed.

Antidote is a stripped-back affair instrumentally, but with Leon Seti’s vocals atop of the minimalist acoustic folk-pop guitars, the single has enough gravity and gravitas to pull you in. Even though there is plenty of reminiscence in the single to Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, the distinction lies within the realism. It oozes affection yet, Leon Seti kept the lyrics grounded within realism, making it infinitely more resonant than your average pop hit paying ode to an unattainable Hollywood-style romance.

Since making his debut in 2015, the Italy and London-based artist has moved from strength to strength and amassed plenty of type along the way. They may have diverged from their usual sound with Antidote, but this timely release was an all too welcome introduction to Seti’s softer side that will allow the listener to feel braver about baring their own.

Antidote is now available to stream via Spotify.

You can find out more about Leon Seti via his website and Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

‘Thank You for Your Complaints’ is a wave crashing journey from Emilya ndMe

Thank You for Your Complaints‘ from Emilya ndMe is a riveting listen and definitely the most cinematic song of the year so far.

Emilya ndMe is the stage name of the talented Lauretta Galeno is a songwriter from Genoa in Italy. with several collaborations and appearances on prestigious Italian stages. A producer, performer and songwriter, this is one incredible musician and creative.

Ethereal electronic pop is the feel here, the haunting sound catches your attention and you first turn on the song. You just know something special is going to happen.

Thank You for Your Complaints‘ from Italian native Emilya ndMe is the final single from her album of the same name and the standard is so high the whole way through. I love how her vocals are capable of anything and this is pure music to support. The crystal clear voice takes me into a whole new world of self-discovery.

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Stream this new song here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Lita – Earworm CIAO CIAO: A Bicultural Alt Pop Playlist Essential


CIAO CIAO” is the upcoming single from breaking Italian Alt Pop artist Lita. With the bilingual vocals, her cinematically expressive Pop hit is a track which could enamour Pop fans worldwide.

Lita’s Italian roots are weaved into the mix through stunning operatic vocals giving CIAO CIAO a slightly haunting and dramatic tone. Yet, Lita brings the tonal warmth back up to a cordial temperature with her own vocals.

If you can draw yourself away from the vocal alchemy in CIAO CIAO, you’ll be able to appreciate the level of distinction in the vibrant, stylistically intricate beats. Whether you hear this track drop on a dancefloor or your drive home, you’re bound to admire her ability to create a danceable yet undemanding track.

The track was written for anyone who feels displaced, and like they never really have a place to call home after moving away. The sentiment definitely doesn’t fail to resonate.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out CIAO CIAO for yourselves. In the meantime, give Lita a follow via Instagram, and you can listen to her earlier releases via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast