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Midwest Emo

NIKU – Float Away: Inhibition-Stripping Garage Rock

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‘Float Away’ is the latest inhibition-stripping garage rock anthem from the Calgary, Alberta based outfit NIKU they formed just before the pandemic hit and discernibly, none of their infectious aural energy was dampened at the time of working on their forthcoming album with the legendary producer, Casey Lewis.

Float Away is the first single released from their upcoming album; I can safely say that I haven’t been as excited by rockabilly guitars since I heard the Brains cover Lovesong by the Cure. The frantic punchy guitar progressions deliver gorgeously rich tones in Float Away while the vocals raucously exude a Jim Jones-style roguish charm. And based on Float Away, If NIKU started a cult, I wouldn’t hesitate in joining it.

NIKU deliver everything that you would want from a breaking luminary alt-rock outfit. The tones are nostalgic, while the energy is a firestorm of optimism despite existential inclination.

Float Away is due for release on July 15th. Check out NIKU via their website and Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Send Me Giants has made their debut with the driving, despondent alt-rock single, ‘Figure Something Out.

Nashville-born, Chicago-based Musician and producer, Send Me Giants (John Remp) has made his debut with the evocative alt-rock track, ‘Figure Something Out’ which paints a poignant picture of despondence and confusion. If you can’t relate to that, are you even human?

As someone who has invested plenty of their time sinking into reverb-swathed choral indie shoegaze, I can assuredly say that few new artists manage to pull something new out of that tonal ilk, but Figure Something Out, with its math-rock Midwest emo elements, delivers a brand-new angular aural experience as the cutting notes ring across the discordance.

After such a promising and authentic debut, we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for his sophomore single.

Figure Something Out is now available to stream via Spotify.

Connect with Send Me Giants via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast