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Siobhan Cotchin offers an Alt-Country Rock shoulder to cry on with “The Fair-Weather Friend Blues”

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The Fair-Weather Friend Blues” is the conceptually subversive Alt-Country Rock single from one of the most promising West Australian artists around right now, Siobhan Cotchin.

Instead of adding yet another breakup track to the airwaves, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter offered brave introspection through Fair-Weather Friend Blues which put a brand-new twist on the heartbreak narrative.

There’s always a stigma around the admission that you’re lonely and don’t have a friendly shoulder to cry on, which is probably why you won’t hear many Country Rock tracks about fake friends on the radio. But the artist used the power of her powerful introspection to offer compassion to anyone in the same position. After hitting play, I found an infinite amount of respect for her resiliently bold style and even more excitement over her potential.

With plenty of soul-paralysing moments offered by the extremely masterful instrumentals, it is easy to see why she’s rising up in the charts.

You can check out Siobhan Cotchin’s single by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Simon Husbands pulls punches with their single ‘Fighting The Man’

Simon Husbands

‘Fighting The Man’ is the first track from Simon Husbands’ new debut album ‘POP’ – after “45 years of working with other artists”. As a taster for what’s to come it’s really rather good.

A classic ‘three-and-a-half minute’ pop song, all classic indie-rock in a supercharged 90’s Britpop/punk kind of way – Ash, maybe, Cast, or the Bluetones – with some classic rock flourishes to Husband’s Les Paul-swathed guitar playing, but there’s a definite Nick Cope of the much-missed Candyskins (and now the excellent CBeebies Nick Cope Popcast) to the vocals here, too.

‘POP’ the album is released on December 4th, but you can hear ‘Fighting The Man’ on Simon Husband’s website – and it’s a perfect taster for what’s to come.

Review by Alex Holmes

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The Kleyla Family Band – Cursed: Spellbindingly Soul-Laden 70s-Inspired Pop Rock

The Kleyla Family Band – three siblings, one in-law, and ‘one friend’ – hail from Providence, Rhode Island; “Cursed” is a beautiful mix of classic rock, seventies country-influenced pop, and bluesy distorted guitar hooks, all underpinning the stunning, statuesque vocals of classically trained soprano Katie Klayla.

Scorching blues-rock guitar parts, searing vocal harmonies, and a rhythm section fully in the pocket, “Cursed” is equal parts Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Carole King, and Alison Krauss, at once modern and classic, soulful, heartfelt, and rocking.

Hear “Cursed” on Spotify; check out the Kleyla Family Band here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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The XO have dropped their dark pop ripper of a track ‘What A Waste’

Starting out with a traditional trappy hip hop sound, “What A Waste” soon reveals its true colours – a dark pop ripper of a track, guitars, heavy drum and bass kicks, vocal samples, and a chorus so hooky you could hang your coat on it. “What A Waste” sounds as much like early 2000’s alt-rock stormers “A” as it does pop or rap, a true radio-classic pop-rock-hip-hip crossover track that defies easy pigeonholing, and is all the better for it.

Comprised of Jake Harris, Andre Cesares, and Tanner Vaughn Stephen – all previously members of the band Cobo – the Dallas, Texas-based trio made waves in the alt-rock scene with their debut single “November”. “What A Waste” combines those same underground punk and alt-rock stylings crossed with modern pop and hip hop, mixing dark driving rock with ear-wormy pop that will stay in your head for days.

Hear “What A Waste” on Spotify from November 1st, and make sure to follow The XO on Facebook and Instagram.

 Review by Alex Holmes

 

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Tearsun proves that there is beauty in vulnerability with their Alt Pop Rock Earworm “Soul of Glass”

Vulnerability and beauty always seem to sit hand in hand. If you’re looking for proof, hit play on the latest single “Soul of Glass” from Alt Pop Rock artist Tearsun.

There’s no bravado, just bravery in the unfiltered nature of the expression. You’ll feel your soul swell with each and every momentous groove in Soul of Glass. Any fans of Bryan Adams will definitely be able to appreciate the soundscape which has been influenced by the likes of Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas and Vertical Horizon.

But there’s no disputing that Tearsun brings plenty of distinction to the airwaves, you’ll find it in the inventive reverb-laden distortions of the guitar tones which allow Tearsun to contort mellifluously striking melodies which sit in perfect synergy with his constantly evolving vocals. From crooning to viscerally ardent wails, you’ll find all that and more in Soul of Glass.

You can check out Tearsun’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SHAW is set to drop their euphorically sonic Alt Pop track “Tired”

SHAW

Up and coming Pop artist SHAW is set to drop their most dynamic track yet with “Tired”. While the title sets you up for a sedate soundscape, SHAW subverts expectations and slams you right into a high-octane hit.

The energy practically pulsates through the euphoric track which pulls in elements of Garage Rock, Jazz, Rap and Indie Electro Pop to create a viscerally electrifying hit which contains one of the most hypnotising synth solos I’ve ever heard. It’s like Mozart himself laid down the progressions.

After all of the high-vibe sonic momentum, Tired fades out to the quaintly quiescent strumming of a ukulele in one of the most endearing outros we’ve heard. Tired is a rollercoaster, one that you’ll repeatedly want to ride.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out SHAW’s provocatively poetic single for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out their 2 earlier releases via Spotify.

Keep up to date with SHAW’s latest releases by heading over to Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The ultimate Indie power couple The Civil Union has released their synthy sweet Pop Rock track “You&I”

You&I” is the synthy sweet Pop Rock earworm orchestrated by the Indie power couple The Civil Union which puts to shame all of the artificially composed love songs which consistently flood the airwaves.

When they say, “You and I are the only thing that needs to happen”, you believe it. The passion, determination and unfaltering love resonates just as much through the lush synth lines it does through the dual vocals as they coalesce under vocal reverb for a retro-futuristic effect.

The Civil Union had to triumph over adversity for the release of their debut self-titled album. The album which became so much more than a project. It turned into purpose, catharsis and the testament of the love that breathes between them.

You can check out You&I for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lindzey Autumn kicks up country roots in her stylistic debut single “Bad Influence”

There’s a fairly cast-iron archetype for female voices in Country, Lindzey Autumn tore it apart with her empoweringly fierce debut single “Bad Influence”.

No, she doesn’t try to play the hedonistic miscreant herself, enlightenedly, harmoniously she tears down the pretence of the people who carry themselves with a devious air, the ones who think it makes up for a lack of personality.

The contemporary styling of the roots-deep sound and the amount of convictive within it will undoubtedly see Lindzey Autumn rising up from the underground in no time at all. Get her on your radar. You won’t want to miss her debut EP which is currently in the pipeline.

You can check out Lindzey Autumn’s single Bad Influence for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Inspired and focused: Enoka is quite radiant on ‘Salvation’

This is an artist who is inspired and lazer focused: Enoka is quite radiant on ‘Salvation‘, an ode to wanting a better life.

Enoka is a Swedish artist who has been doing vocal demo recordings for producers and artists but now is her time to shine. She is a joy to listen to and the whole combination of music is quite lovely to the soul.

You want a better life, you are tired of the average and want more. You just want to be happy and smiling each day. This is how life should be.

This the calling to the world from a ready woman. Enoka is quite fascinating on her new spiritual single ‘Salvation‘. This is a fine single that shows a maturing artist who is ready to make her own music, She feels free and ready to make as much quality music as possible. This is the start of something special.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Head through to the Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Two of Us have dropped their Melodic Indie Pop earworm “Always Attracted to the Wrong Kind of Girls”

Finnish Pop Rock trailblazers Two of Us blessed the airwaves with their energetically melodic Indie Rock hit “Always Attracted to the Wrong Kind of Girls”. We can’t help but be endeared by the stadium-filling sound and the playful charisma offered in this deeply relatable track. It’s got earworm written all over it.

You can hear the fourpiece’s hunger in each component in the track. The viscerally electrifying vocals, the way the growls of the bass lock into the rhythmically galvanizing drum beats, and of course, the soaring solos which bring a dizzying amount of depth to this high-octane hit. It’s enough to make you feel 16 again. Unless, of course, you’re already 16. Then you should probably heed the warning that you’ll probably have a fair few disastrous relationships ahead of you.

You can check out Always Attracted to the Wrong Kind of Girls for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast