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Hayley Nyota – Awake: A Polished Pop-Rock Playlist Essential

“Awake” is the first single to be released from the up and coming Pop Rock artist Hayley Nyota’s upcoming debut EP which is set to by a stylistically rendered series of earworms if Awake is anything to go by.

The US-based singer-songwriter’s debut track is sure to be of appeal of any fans of Stevie Nicks as Hayley Nyota’s vocals carry a slightly similar bewitching magnetism. Yet, Awake still carries plenty of authenticity with their unique revival of slightly vintage Blues Rock which is still as rhythmic as ever, but with an extra slick Pop polish.

The jangling guitar progressions make it all too easy to find your place in the rhythm of Awake and they’re not easily forgotten once the track has faded out.  It’s always incredibly refreshing to hear contemporary Pop carved out with deftly played instruments, it’s a rarity, which is why you should cherish Awake for the gem that it is.

You can check out Hayley Nyota’s standout single Awake for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


James Merlin – Let it Grow: Psych Indie Pop Rock Complete with Ethereal Layers of Vocal Harmony

Up and coming UK-based Pop Rock artist James Martin released their latest single “Let It Grow” on July 2nd, 2019 treating listeners to a soulful vintage soundscape which comes complete with a psychedelically rhythmic kick.

While Let It Grow may carry some archaic inclination, the single still carries plenty of commercial appeal – it stands as a testament to the fact that guitar music still has plenty to offer listeners looking for accessibility alongside authenticity. As long as there are artists such as James Merlin orchestrating soundscapes which bleed melodious catharsis, all hope cannot be lost. As much as I appreciated the honeyed inviting tonality of Let It Grow, the bridges felt slightly extended, which may be due to the repetition of the track’s title. Yet, James Merlin has still proven that he’s got nostalgic Pop Rock down to a fine art with Let it Grow.

You can check out James Merlin’s latest single Let it Grow for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Neill Maclean Makes their Debut with the Nostalgically Celestial Pop Single “Headstrong”

When it comes to contemporary Pop, it’s not all too often the word ‘captivating’ would come to mind, yet Neill Maclean has created a soundscape which borders on celestial with his debut single “Headstrong”.  Neill Maclean infused archaic orchestral layers into his single which serve as the perfect platform for his magnetically diverse vocals which switch between deep velvety reverberance to poised harmonics.

Even though Headstrong was evenly paced and seamlessly progressive throughout the duration, it was a shame to only be indulged in the aural catharsis for two minutes. Yet for a debut single to leave you so insatiable for the next, it doesn’t really get better than that.

You can check out Neill Maclean’s striking debut single Headstrong for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Pop Rock artist RAGS AND RICHES invites you to feel the realistic good vibes with latest single “Arrival”

Up and coming US Alt Pop Rock artist RAGS AND RICHES has provided the perfect aural antidote to existentialism with their latest single “Arrival”.

Unlike many other high vibe hits, RAGS AND RICHES acknowledges the fact that there’s plenty for us to mentally contend with – the prospect of the world turning into a fiery inferno being the major one, yet, that’s no reason to throw our existence away in despair. Tracks such as Arrival aren’t just appreciated in today’s society, they’re essential. Lyricism aside, Arrival offers a quaint and vibrant beat which is infused with organically primal rhythms, which is just one of the reasons why Arrival offers that unmistakable anthemic energy.

You can check out Arrival which is just one of the tracks from RAGS AND RICHES latest EP by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook or their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Blake Reynolds leaves us suitably captivated with his deft command of harmony in latest single “I Believe”

If vocal talent were the main determining factor in the popularity of artists, it would be no surprise to see Blake Reynolds’ name at the top of the charts. Whilst many Indie Pop Rock artists hide behind vocal effect, in the breaking recording artists latest single “I Believe” you’ll be treated to effortless pitch-perfect harmony which tangibly amplifies the emotivity of the romantically steeped lyrics.

Even though the single allows you to believe that you’ll be treated to a fairly archetypal Pop Rock instrumental arrangement for the main duration of the track, the single progresses into one of the most technical instrumental breakdowns I’ve ever heard in a track such as I Believe. With such a dedication to creating a distinctive soundscape, I can’t imagine that this will be the last we hear from Blake Reynolds and his magnetic vocal cords.

You can check out Blake Reynolds single I Believe for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


STT – More Than a Memory: Viscerally Euphoric Up-Vibe Pop Rock

After hearing STT’s latest single “More Than a Memory” it really was no surprise that the breaking US artist’s vocal cords are now heard on international airwaves. Up-vibe Pop Rock doesn’t get much more visceral More Than a Memory. Maroon 5 on ecstasy comes to mind as the only way to accurately depict just how much potent energy pours from this absolute earworm of a single.

With a big catchy chorus, ingeniously sweet lyricism, and hands down one of the best voices in Pop (along with any other genre to be honest) I’ve heard this year, More Than a Memory was never going to fall flat. Before the track even faded out, I was left with the palpable excitement to hear what STT has in store next, as they’re one of America’s best up and coming acts around right now, I’m sure it won’t be all too long before I get to find out.

You can check out the official music video to STT’s latest single which was released on May 23rd, 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

To keep up to date with all their latest releases, follow STT via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Friends Like These – Good Time: High-Vibe Harmonious Jangle Pop Rock

“Good Time” is the latest Jangle Pop Rock single from up and coming recording artist Friends Like These. For their latest single, UK-based Pop act Friends Like These made sure that the soundscape was full of infectious rhythm, punchy energy, and what contemporary pop hit would be complete without a fair few sticky-sweet hooks? Shifting between slightly vintage Synth Pop and the melodies which you would expect from the likes of the 1975 allowed Good Time to resonate as an easily accessible single which constantly strives to feed you a high-vibe sense of euphoria. Let’s be honest, it’s a bit miserable in the UK right now, so, Friends Like These are a welcome addition to the airwaves.

You can check out Friends Like These’s single Good Time for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Standing Like Statues – Forest: Meet the Artist Making Pop Rock Pensive Again

If it’s been a while since you’ve been bruised by an emotively arrestive Alt Rock single, up and coming artist Standing Like Statues has released a melancholically compelling single which is sure to resonate.

“Forest” pays an ode to that heart-wrenching feeling of desiring something so desperately that you anthropomorphise yourselves hoping that you can hang on but all you can feel is the fabric of your own reality crumbling. Yes, it really is that deep. While Forest may be lyrically driven, that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of emotional aural alchemy which spills into the single courtesy of the instrumental arrangements.

Forest will take you right back to your favourite early 00s Emo and Pop Rock singles which offer plenty of sticky-sweet melancholy and massive choruses which act as the perfect offering of catharsis.

You can check out Standing Like Statues’ latest single Forest for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Chris Mackenzie – Lazy: A Debut of Resonantly Filthy Pop

While there may be no shortage of Pop Rock singles, none have ever quite resonated in the same way as up and coming artist Chris Mackenzie’s debut single “Lazy”.

The caustically indulgent and reverberantly salacious guitar-led rhythms carve out a distinctive new edge which is sure to leave many people who find themselves with a penchant for filthy Pop enamoured. Let’s be honest, we don’t have many other options.

Even though the lyrics are left fairly simple, they paint a much bigger picture on people’s conceptions of ‘lazy’ people. Lines such as “I don’t want to go to sleep because I’m crazy” give a poignant and candid view to what Chris Mackenzie was really alluding to with the aural wormhole of emotion which is Lazy. Behind every ‘lazy’ person is a reel of torment which goes (mostly) unseen by the world.

Check out Chris Mackenzie’s stunningly fuzzy Pop hit for yourselves over on SoundCloud. You’re in for an emotive treat.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nate Fenwick Teams Up with Evie Clair for Their Latest Single “Young Fighter”

Nate Fenwick teamed up with the celestially talented Evie Clair for their latest single “Young Fighter”. Expect big choruses and even bigger vocals from the high octane hit which runs through spilling plenty of visceral imagery through the lyrics from the very first verse.

Young Fighter is a track best cranked up to a high volume; allow the potency of the anthemics to envelop you as you appreciate the authentic raw energy which has been fed into the single through the power of the harmonics combined with the heavy instrumental arrangement. There really is no overexaggerating the ethereal power of Nate Fenwick’s and Evie Clair’s vocals finding the perfect amount of synergy within this track. But we’re sure you’ll find plenty more reasons to fall in love with it yourselves!

You can check out Nate Fenwick (Featuring Evie Clair)’s latest single Young Fighter for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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