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Melancholy Ray – Lampshade: Up-Vibe Indie Euphoria

As a massive Indie New Wave fan, it was hard not to get caught up within the energy that exuded from Melancholy Ray’s latest single Lampshade. The Indie Rock powerhouse have created a futuristic sound with plenty of nods to the timeless.

As I listened to the Leeds, UK based band’s fourth single unfold I was caught up wondering if Johnny Marr had joined a new band. Then, thankfully I found some time to appreciate the angular riffs that made for a choppy, jangly guitar progression and the vocals which complimented the synergistic weaving of the instrumentals.

Whilst it doesn’t seem likely that a band called Melancholy Ray would be putting out anthemic tracks soaked in up-vibe energy, their sound carries the same infectious rapture, as dare I say it, Franz Ferdinand. Love them or hate them, no one can deny their ability to create a catchy hook. And Melancholy Ray do too. But you won’t know if you don’t check out Melancholy Ray’s latest single Lampshade for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Stay up to date with all of Melancholy Ray’s latest releases by giving them a follow on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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K N A F F – Sweatshop: Melodically Genius, Conceptually Resounding New Wave Hip Hop

If you’re looking for a playfully fresh new addition to your Pop playlists then look no further than the standout single dropped by K N A F F ‘Sweatshop’. The Las Vegas based brothers teamed up to create a new wave drop which is as resonantly sweet as it is lyrically genius. The dreamily melodic Trap beat sets the perfect pace for the sweetly dubbed vocals to transcend above in a lucidly cathartic mix.

It is almost impossible not to find yourself a little in awe of the conceptual lyricism that went into Sweatshop; the two up and coming artists playfully skirt around the issues of slave labour and capitalism to create an upliftingly experimental mix that will leave you torn between considering the disparities in humanity and simply losing yourself in the fresh Hip Hop/Pop crossover mix.

You can check out K N A F F’s single Sweatshop on SoundCloud which was dropped June 2018 now along with the rest of their genre mashing singles which have been released this year.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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CAT – Noah: There’s a New Girl Anachronism on The Scene

As soon as the video to CAT’s latest single Noah started streaming, there wasn’t the slightest bit of indifference, as I embraced the nostalgically haunting video unfold in a manner of quirky insanity that Amanda Palmer would agree was eccentrically fantastic. CAT’s chilling soundscape was one that I could never have anticipated. If you could imagine a crossover between Courtney Barnett and Warpaint, you’d get a pretty good idea of CAT’s pioneeringly resounding approach to her sound.

The Los Angeles based New Wave singer, songwriter, screen writer, actress and above all else genius goddess creates something completely fresh with her sound. The overall affect could only be described as overwhelming as her soulfully harmonious vocals resonate with the soaring synthesised beat. Noah isn’t just a track that you listen to, the vibrations of sound flows through you when the harmony really hits.

No praise would be high enough for the experience in aural and visual alchemy for CAT’s music video, so head on over to YouTube to check it out. Tell me if I’m wrong.

You can connect with CAT via Facebook & keep up to date with all of her artistic endeavours.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A&R Factory Present: The Sunset Kids

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The Sunset Kids are a unique Canadian Electro Folk/Dream pop music duo created in early 2013 by Josh Palmer (Guitar, Synths, Vocals) and Ally-V (Synths, Vocals). . Beyond providing energetic performances throughout the country, they share their enthusiasm and passion for music and film. Nominated for best Independent Music Video at the 2016 HMMA’s ( Hollywood Music in Media Awards). Their merits as artists also extend internationally, all their main official videos have been produced in California in collaboration with videographers and other crew members from the TV series Breaking Bad.

Ally V , grew in post Soviet /post Berlin wall Siberia, with no money and political unrest for years. She later immigrated to Saskatchewan Canada and her cinematic eye and musical ears were inspired by her journey to Canada. Her other worldly experiences bring a uniqueness to the Sunset Kids music and videos that’s all their own. The Kids make exciting Electro Folk music and also Cinematic music videos  and short films. For their live show they combine this cinematic eye for a multimedia experience with video projection.

The Sunset Kids have become well known for implementing visual art during their performances.  This comes in the form of original videos that capture the attention of their audience by mimicking the essence and mood of their music. To date, The Sunset Kids have played nearly 100 shows, including local, national, and international venues. The Sunset kids are heavily influenced by the New-Wave and Synthesized Sounds of the 80’s and folk pop of today. Their music represents a blend of many genres, from folk to synth electronic and indie.

Other than the most recent Music Video Nomination, one of their exciting milestone was the release of their first EP Seventh Sky on March 23, 2014 in front of a Los Angeles audience at the famous and Historic, House of Blues HOB on Sunset BLVD. Thanks to the overwhelming crowd response.  In fact one of the last performances their before the legendary club closed down.

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A&R Factory Present: Villiers

Villiers are a deliciously dark synth pop/ new wave four piece from the north of England. Forming in 2011, originally as a three piece, they released first single ‘The Dancer’ on Jack to Phono records to rave reviews and airplaya acorss the world from BBC Radios 2’s Janice Long and Jonathan Leigh Rosen’s ‘Lopsided world of L’.

New single ‘Wandering’ encapsulates many of the iconic sounds of which the band have been influenced by such as New Order, Bronksi Beat and Depeche Mode creating a dreamy yet dramatic pop track that’s sure to get those bodies on the indie dancefloor. The track tells a tale of love and angst set against a dark, drug fuelled club scene.

The band are brother Ben and Daniel Earnshaw, Daniel Buckle and Mike Bradford.

Live dates:
May 29th – Darwen Live (Mainstage)
June 17th – Night and Day, Manchester (Supporting Avec Sans)
July 6th – SummerDays Festival, Clitheroe Castle

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