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Heavy Salad are sharing the good vibes with their rapturously Grungy Pop track “The Wish”

Ever since the earworm contained in Heavy Salad’s Psych Pop sophomore release Battery Acid made itself right at home, I’ve been psyched by the promise of the debut release by the Manchester-based masters of good vibes.

The wait is almost finally over. The Cult Casual LP produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) is due for release on September 25th via Dipped in Gold Recordings. Ahead of the LP release, they’ve released their psychedelically rapturous grungy Pop teaser track The Wish. It’s so timely it is almost serendipitous.

The Wish is an accessible introduction to the debut album which promises a smorgasbord of enlightenment-aiding experimentalism. The driving punchy Rock rhythms possess a convictive bite and drip with a bravado-less Alt 90s-style cool which will appeal to any fans of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr and Weezer.

With the feisty instrumentals perfectly paired by the exuberantly high-vibe vocals offering mantras such as “I cannot save you, I can’t even save myself”, it will be hard to determine what you fell in love with first, the powerful lyrics or the tone which shatters the Manchester mould.  So many Manchester-based artists succumb to the ease in the process of assimilation for their sound. But with Heavy Salad, their sound is so revolutionary that if they were handing out invites to their cult, you probably wouldn’t need to think twice before accepting.

The massive choruses in the Wish go down like a euphoric storm as they allow you to consider the futility in attempting to rescue everyone in a world where we’re all without a compass in the chaos. If you’re as afflicted with empathy and nihilism as I am, you can consider the Wish a playlist essential.

You can check out the official video to The Wish via YouTube, add the track to your Spotify playlists, or download the single via Bandcamp.

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Cult Casual will be available to stream on all major platforms from September 25th, or you can pre-order the album here.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Artist Hellwaffles has released their most relatable single yet with “CoronaRock”

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On their never-ending mission to make us all feel a little better about the chaos we’re living in, Hellwaffles has released their most relatable single to date “CoronaRock”.

With snarling tones which is sure to appease fans of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr, Corona Rock offers a nostalgic escape from our absurdist reality which is plagued with profound disappointment.

I’ll never get tired of hearing artist’s unique perspective on the lockdown. I always hit play in the hopes that I’ll find connection in the lyrics which I’ve been unable to find elsewhere. I struck gold with CoronaRock. On the grand scale of things, our 2020 plans being scuppered may feel like a first world problem. But CoronaRock reminds you that your disappointment is ubiquitous and valid while feeding you punchy anthemic Garage Rock.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can hear CoronaRock for yourselves. It will be available to stream via Spotify from the date of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Irish Indie Rock Duo Mute The TV have made their debut with their unique Brit Pop revival track “With You”

Up and coming Indie Duo Mute The TV’s debut single “With You” invites you to delve back into the nostalgia of Brit Pop whilst putting a brand-new sticky-sweet psychedelic spin on the iconic 90s sound.

With the increments of symphonic melodicism, the Irish duo’s dynamic approach to production and their tongue-in-cheek romantically enamouring lyrics, it’s impossible not to warm to this accordant tonally cathartic track. Any fans of Blur will definitely want Mute The TV on their radar.

We’re already stoked to hear what comes next. It’s not all too often that we get to hear debut tracks which are expressive as they are infectious.

You can check out Mute The TV’s debut single With You which was released on April 17th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crow Quilled Confessions Release Fascinating Track ‘A Human Being on the Planet Earth’

A Human Being on the Planet Earth by Crow Quilled Confessions

I recently attended a De La Sol set at a festival in Queens. I enjoyed an interlude in which a voice from the trio said that sometimes you just need to let the beat play. It’s always nice to hear how artists feel about the things they make and how they make them. It’s also nice to see how artists whose styles vary greatly can agree on certain sentiments. Such is the case with Crow Quilled Confessions. Their track A Human Being on the Planet Earth perfectly demonstrates a group who know how to let the beat play when it needs to.

For the first half of the song, there are several elements introduced that seem to orbit around the catchy, strongly-mixed beat. You might miss some details along the way if you aren’t careful, but one thing is for certain, you will feel that beat. It doesn’t seem like a drum part that needs much elaboration. It may not have much to say. This doesn’t stop Crow Quilled Confessions from letting it lead the charge into the second half, which quickly but organically reinvents its status quo with fuzzy guitars and a bass that triumphantly makes its presence known.

From here, the track becomes a ride. Suddenly the beat has taken a backseat for the exploration of all the other themes that had previously been allowing it to lead. For such a dramatic change in priority to occur while holding onto the mood and tone of the song is a major challenge. Even as the song fades out in its last 30 seconds, you can’t help but feel the beat play on in your mind. This is a song that leaves the speakers and really does affect your mind for moments at a time. It’s not overly complicated, but it’s certainly a fascinating track.

-Paul Weyer