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Avé has recently dropped a new EP: The Enlightenment

Avé is an artist who set out to make music that feels incredibly innovative and diverse, while also staying true to its creative roots. The artist’s most recent EP release is titled The Enlightenment, and it feels like an eclectic, yet focused and punchy example of his songwriting.

The production quality on these tracks is off the charts, and there is a lot of room for the artist to expand his sonic palette and experiment with new ideas within the scope of this release. As a result, the sound of The Enlightenment is not only incredibly one-of-a-kind, but also quite fresh and easy to relate to. Avé’s music shines for its mercurial quality, and The Enlightenment shows that he is all about keeping the creative juices flowing.

Find out more about Avé, via his official website.

BEES! captured the idiocracy of the human race in their riffy discordant hit, A Thousand Times

“I’m so openminded my head is hollow” has to be up there as one of the greatest lyrical openers of all time, and that’s just the start of the onslaught of ingenuity in the latest single, A Thousand Times, from the Philly-based alt-rock outfit, BEES!

There is enough distorted discord in the riffy choruses to give Nine Inch Nails a run for their money, but it is safe to say that Trent Reznor could never pull off the same goofy lyrical style as BEES in their new EP, which features A Thousand Times as a lead single.

A Thousand Times takes a cathartic stab at the type of ingrates that dig their heels into progression and drag it backwards with their tendency to lap up misinformation. As if we didn’t love BEES! enough by this point, they also throw a reference to the iconic “this is fine” dog in the fire meme to epitomise the sorry state of our current climate.

A Thousand Times is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

49 Burning Condors are arrestingly ablaze in their Southern Gothic album, Seventh Hymnal

49 Burning Condors released a strong contender for the album of the year with their latest tribally awakening release, Seventh Hymnal. Penned during lockdown, the 7-track release traverses some tender topics; with the sonorous amalgam of goth rock and occultist alchemy, it is as bewitching as it is emboldening.

It isn’t often I’m left speechless. But considering the very nature of Seventh Hymnal is to express what can never be portrayed through words alone, the arrested daze that 49 Burning Condors left me in speaks volumes of their ability to run with an powerful concept and take you along for the visceral ride until you’re subsequently soothed by the sonic vernacular.

The album opens on the swampy stripped-back bluesy single, Bayou, before Little Death delivers a haunting ode to frailty through baroque strings, sparse vocals and hypnotic percussion. Track 3, Willow Tree, lets the compassion pour through the gentle folkish melodicism before Red Drum Skin will make you want to lead a sacrificial lamb to slaughter. Track 5, Noonday, one of the previously released singles stands as a profound testament to the vocal soul from Kimber before the album concludes on the sorrowfully sublime title single, which is just as cinematic as Ramin Djawadi’s work on Westworld.

Here’s what 49 Burning Condors have to say about their latest release:

“Seventh Hymnal was written during the pandemic; a time of abounding uncertainty, where death loomed around every corner, and chaos lingered in our world, homes, and veins. Our songs are dripping with stories of grief, bodies floating down the river, men drowning to a siren’s song, and of the gods worshipped, who ultimately turned calamitous.

Seventh Hymnal is not only an outpouring of all the things we wanted to say but couldn’t express in regular words to those we loved and even to ourselves, but a benediction and examination of a woman’s role of power in the world of men.”

Seventh Hymnal will stream across all platforms from September 7th. Hear it on SoundCloud and Spotify.

For more info, head over to their official website or follow them on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ignore Texts: MARE hits the gas on her savage new single BIBLE

Dropping the gloves and showing that she is a valuable diamond in a seemingly lawless raw world, MARE says a little prayer and sings with impressive gusto on her leave-him-behind single for all the ladies on BIBLE.

MARE is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based indie RnB solo singer-songwriter who performs with an exquisite excellence that shall have you pressing repeat.

Mare is inspired by the likes of Jill Scott and Jazmine Sullivan, as she uses her music as an avenue to empower women and men.” ~ MARE describing her inspirations (taken via her bio)

With her elegant ways and gorgeously toned vocals that might have you thinking you’re back in the classic 90s, MARE is undeniably one of the more appealing RnB singers around. Her no-nonsense attitude is a gloriously important example for all those who need to know that self-worth should be the number one priority.

BIBLE from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based indie RnB artist MARE is a brilliant single about showing us that loyalty is the key to everything. After growing tired of the lies and cancelled plans, this is a dynamic song for anyone who has felt let down before by a past lover. Blessed by a catchy beat that will have you brushing off all the past romantic failures, leading us into a better mindset where a new love can blossom with the right person.

When you have been let down too many times, it’s best to walk away from that situation forever.

Hear this lovely song on Spotify and see more news via her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Can’t Let You Go: AR Santiago wonders why this dreamy romance didn’t work out on Falling

Taken off her soaring 3-track EP called #SadGirlHours, AR Santiago wanted to fly high with her previous lover but got tired of the call dodging and blatant lies on her hot new single called Falling.

AR Santiago is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based RnB singer-songwriter who has an enduring style that shall probably sweep you off your feet.

This song was very personal to me. I wrote it 5 years ago about an affair I had with someone who unbeknownst to me had a girlfriend. I speak about how infatuated I was and how I saw the signs but, I was naïve.” ~ AR Santiago

Sensing the energy shift that took place rather suddenly, AR Santiago is at her natural best and delivers when the heartbroken needed it most. With a glorious vocal ability and a smooth production that might send you into a different galaxy, this is something rather special from a hugely skilled creative only getting better.

Falling from Pennsylvania-based RnB singer-songwriter AR Santiago is a song that you will probably find unforgettable. With classy vocals lathered all over this introspective story-made for those who have been cruelly let down-feeling rather emotional about a past love will come rather easily here.

Sung with a genuine passion and massive gusto, this is a song with an actual message to truly ponder if you have felt this empty feeling before.

Hear this honest new release on Spotify and see more via her Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Peter Gural shows us into that sunny afternoon he can’t ever forget on ‘Best I’ve Ever Had’

After turning his life around from the depths of inner darkness that almost broke his mind and soul forever, Peter Gural wishes he could be much closer with his ideal lover on ‘Best I’ve Ever Had‘.

Peter Gural is a nature-loving Philadelphia, USA-born indie singer-songwriter who makes that soft indie pop/rock to warm our icy hearts back to that optimal temperature.

In my teens and early twenties, I lost myself due to substance abuse. After going to treatment and recovering, I realized that my main goal is to find that kid that I lost a long time ago. From then on my journey has been to help the lost find their way back home through my music.” ~ Peter Gural

With a gliding vocal style that shall take you to that kiss-filled place, Peter Gural has released a single that will have you beaming for joy as you recall a time with someone so special, you wish you could go back to that exact time and place.

I write guitar based pop music or as I like to call it “Soft Indie” inspired by a combination of classic rock and artists ranging from Elliot Smith to Mac Demarco.” ~ Peter Gural

Best I’ve Ever Had‘ from Philadelphia, USA-born indie singer-songwriter Peter Gural shows us that special memory of falling in love that is stuck in his mind forever. With smooth vocals, sweet lyrics and a touching story that so many of us will smile at, this is a reminder that life can be so simple. A loving melody is on offer as you daydream into a song that should be played loud all day long.

Missing that romantic partner can certainly bring you down, unless you choose to smartly remember the good times.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Goldmine knows that the top tier shine is glowing bright on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ (ft. Nicky Ra and Hue Hinton)

Taken off his well-received 11-track album from 2022 called ‘Secret Handshakes‘, Goldmine feels like he has risen from the ashes and shall only float into a level that many thought impossible before with his ‘Celebrity Apprentice(ft. Nicky Ra and Hue Hinton).

Goldmine is a 21-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-born indie Hip hop artist and music producer who flows with a smooth intensity that shall keep your boom box happy all day.

He’s spent 2021-2022 playing clubs and opening for acts such as Flo-Rida and more.” ~ Goldmine

Displaying a spellbinding approach that will delight all rap fans who have been looking for that new artist to truly support, Goldmine strikes our attention with a compelling new release that will be stuck in your head all week.

Celebrity Apprentice(ft. Nicky Ra and Hue Hinton) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-born indie Hip hop artist and music producer Goldmine is a vibe-filled track that urges us to uplift ourselves into thinking like a winner. After earning his stripes and showing that he’s more than ready for the big time, this is a reminder that a new hero is here to illuminate brilliantly.

Sometimes you just know when it’s time to rise and ignore all those doubters who have no clue about the journey it took to get there.

Turn up the voltage on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Already Late shows us the little kid’s dreams on extraordinary visuals for, ‘Loser’

Reminding us that we can be rather remarkable if we take the leap and lead the way to what is actually right in life, Already Late brings the world a music video to be completely encouraged by on, ‘Loser‘.

Already Late is a Philadelphia and NYC-based genre-crossing and bilingual indie-alternative 3-piece band that makes a soundscape that is rather compelling and ever-evolving.

On top of a variety of guitars, catchy hooks (in both English and Japanese), funky bass lines and drum beats as energized as a riot at a punk rock show, they have managed to find spots in their set for electronics, as well as some ukulele.” ~ Already Late

Sliding through the school halls and opening that bag to what is possible if you ignore the pointless noise, Already Late are quite scintillating with a song that urges us to feel that natural magic inside our souls so that we can guide others to a happier world too.

Loser‘ from Philadelphia and NYC-based indie-alternative band Already Late is a track all about being reminded that your luck can certainly flip around if you meet that special person who can guide you into a new place of intrigue. Sung with a sensational style and with a video that will have you beaming with joy, this is the kinda different single that we have all been waiting for.

That star inside us is there to shine if we can only find the key to unearth all of its brilliance.

See this dance-packed music video on YouTube and find out more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Philadelphia rock artist Anthony Wexler is at his storytelling best on, ‘Cruel Intentions’

Taken off his 4-track ‘Goodbye‘ EP from 2019, Anthony Wexler shows us that some people always try and make you feel like number two while displaying their greedy ways at your expense on his catchy track, ‘Cruel Intentions‘.

Anthony Wexler aka Awex is a Philadelphia, USA-based indie rock solo singer-songwriter and proud Christian who makes that sing-with-me music to get you joining into his rhythm.

Displaying a wonderfully entertaining lyrical arsenal and busting with an enjoyable vibrancy that shall get your whole body a natural boost, Anthony Wexler is on fire with a fantastic performance from the underground musician who gives us a glimpse into his array of vocal polish.

Cruel Intentions‘ from Philadelphia, USA-based indie rock solo singer-songwriter Anthony Wexler is a superb single from an artist who always sings with maximum velocity. His lyrics are honest and packed with life, as he eloquently gets us into the mood, with a song that should have many applauding the subject matter and heartily projected vocals.

Sometimes, the people you trust just flip around when they feel threatened by your genuine energy, which could overshadow them even if you meant no harm.

Hear this fine single on Spotify and check for more stories on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Toy Taha wants that picture to be painted all night with her sultry release, ‘Suite EFX’

Taken from her debut release called ‘EIGHT‘, Toy Taha returns with a single skillfully produced by Grammy-Award winning music producer Dreamlife with, ‘Suite EFX‘.

Toy Taha is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based indie RnB solo singer-songwriter who has been creating for around ten years and is now ready to release music for the world to enjoy.

Immersed in themes of nostalgia, empowerment, sexuality and declarations of love.” ~ Toy Taha

Enticing our awaiting ears with something rather seductive and tremendously romantic, Toy Taha temps us to turn this track all the way up and succeeds with a ravishing display of electrifying intent.

Taha attributes her vocal and songwriting influences to Michael & Janet Jackson, Prince, Teena Marie, Amel Larrieux, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Me’Shell Ndegeocello and more.” ~ Toy Taha

Suite EFX‘ from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based indie RnB solo artist Toy Taha is a steamy-sheets track that might have you glowing with intrigue from this mysterious singer, who has suddenly entered into our lives. After honing her skills and getting her mind right for this specific moment in time, this is a welcome release that might get your heart beating rather briskly. Her vocals are heightened beyond imagination and there is much to admire, about an artist who performs with so much freedom and passion.

When you look into those spark-filled eyes and feel like your soul is connected, time seems to slow down just right.

Listen up to this new track on Spotify and see more via her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen