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‘Salt’ is a piece of indie-pop heaven with the stunning talent of Elyse Aeryn

Salt‘ from Canadian singer-songwriter Elyse Aeryn is fantastic song that is sung with such beauty.

Cape Breton Island, Canada is the home of Indie-pop songstress Elyse Aeryn. After playing guitar since her teens, she pursued a degree in chemical engineering before rediscovering herself and turning back to music full time.

Elyse is creating a fresh sound for a fresh new chapter and her freshness is for all to see. With a terrific vocal ability, Elyse has a voice that you remember. Her honest lyrics coupled with that rare authentic vibe that melts in your heart.

Salt‘ is your end of summer heartbreak anthem. Energetic in its hard hitting drums, yet steady in the bass line, it builds you up then lets you fall… just like a fiery summer love. With the vocal essence of a 90’s Natalie Merchant and the fresh alt-pop vibe of Maggie Rogers,Salt‘ reminds you of the spark that lit you up and left you burning. But all of the greatest loves are over now, aren’t they? Sadly so and that feeling of being burnt isn’t so easy to forget.

Elyse Aeryn wins our heart and soul with this honest piece of art that is a song to be enjoyed and cherished. This fine Canadian singer-songwriter is such a pleasure to listen to.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Brianna Kinsley – Storm Is Rising: An Ode to Chaos

Brianna Kinsley should be the name on everyone’s lips after she brought out her Electro Indie Pop Rock debut track. Her haunting vocals soar over her first ever single release Storm is Rising, dominating this minimalistic electro soundtrack by pouring her heart and soul into the mix. The arrangement of the composition is irresolutely complex, it’s a cacophony of ominous drumrolls and strong piano chords as an ode to her rock & metal influences.

The transgression throughout her debut track is staggering when the chorus hits you truly do feel like you’re in the eye of a storm as you’re swept along by the lyrics which convey pure, unscaled truths.

For anyone with a penchant for melancholic vibes you’re in for a treat, curtesy of the stunningly talented singer songwriter from Washington. It’s so damn refreshing to hear an artist that actually puts life into a track through the lyrics and doesn’t just bust out words because they sound good, as the track fades out it’s evident that there’s a mountain of truth to unfold through Brianna Kinsley’s next releases.

I have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear from Brianna Kinsley.

Her debut track Storm is Rising is now available to listen via Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/0cZLR3mG5vRan7Se67FrRI

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A&R Factory Present: Aja Volkman

Aja Volkman, an underrated figure of talent has released her solo debut album Sandy, an album that paints Aja as the girl next door and invites us in to experience an authentic story of benevolence. Once a former female front for the LA rock trio Nico Vega, and a successful collaboration with Emily Kohal, part of the collective of quirky indie band War Paint, Aja Volkman derives from a background of quintessentially cool underground music.

The album begins with Volkman’s number one hit single ‘My Man’, a personal treasure consigned to the mellow vintage sound Volkman creates. With a voice like velvet, her soft amiable vocals leave us dazed, a familiar feeling experienced from a state of romance. Crossing similarities with serene voices like Laura Marling and Maggie Rogers, Volkman infuses a modern bluesy style with 1950’s disco rock and roll, and she performs this so gracefully that I almost find myself lost in a Grease Musical.

As we shift from song to song, the style experiments from blues to country, in “Deep Love” and “Husband” the mood redefines the tone into a sincere light hearted impression, as opposed to her original innocent sensation. Volkman proves herself as a capable musician, exercising the strength in her vocals and taking complete control of the music. The use of the traditional musical pallet of the guitar, drums and piano merge into a trouble-free flowing melody, and this is what makes us fall in love with her unique sound.

Each track has its own personal story, and this is clear upon the variation in the genre it depicts. ‘Skeletons’ I would call the most modern and catchy tune of the bunch, and the track that speaks the most truth. Volkman illuminates the darkness of past bad decisions, “I made choices that I’m gonna have to live with/I’ve been places that I shouldn’t have gone”, and through the bright hooks and optimistic rhythm she ameliorates a memory of melancholy, “I’ll wait for a mission/I’ll wait for the truth/I’ll wait for whatever you want me to do”.

Whilst ‘Skeletons’ is built upon a happy-go-lucky style of tone, ‘Cracked’, which is seemingly disparate, is a portal into Volkman’s vulnerability. Whilst exposing her hidden anxiety and misconceptions, she overcomes these fears by tackling the nostalgia head on and facing her inner demons. The lethargic and quiet tone the melody leads with intensifies the ambience and keeps us on edge, and through this Volkman engages us with her susceptible emotions, ending the album on a touching high.

‘Sandy’ is out May 19th and you can get Aja’s brand new single ‘My Man’ as an instant grat when you pre-order the album from April 28th.

Words By Aly Mchugh