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Apostola – 5 Minutes of Fame: Raw Alt Rock Aural Resonance

“5 Minutes of Fame” is just one of the bewitching singles from up and coming artist Apostola’s resoundingly powerful EP “5minsfame”. The expressive singer-songwriter may be fresh from her inception, but her ability to offer progressive, genre-crumbling soundscapes is nuanced enough to leave you hooked in the restraint-less aural treat from the first verse.

If you could imagination combination of the unflinching attitude Stevie Nicks, the instrumental intricacy Levellers, and the histrionic power of Bjork, you may be able to get an idea of what Apostola has to offer listener with 5 Minutes of Fame.

It’s artful, it’s visceral, and the sobering sentiment of the single is sure to appeal to anyone frustrated with society’s constant obsession with accolades and recognition.

You can check out 5 Minutes of Fame for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Alt Rock Trio the Similar Make their Debut with Their Authentically Arrestive Self-Titled EP

Alt Rock Trio The Similar found the perfect balance between familiarity and authenticity with their debut 4-track self-titled EP.

With Indie, Pop, and Rock all coming together in a melodic smorgasbord, The Similar simultaneously offer intimacy, euphoria, and intricately absorbing instrumentals. And vocals don’t come much more harmoniously concordant than what you will hear in this up and coming artist’s succinctly sweet ethereal sound.

The synergy within the instrumentals permits full-bodied atmospheric energy which is rarely heard – especially with a debut EP. The LA-based powerhouse is perceptibly one to watch.

You can check out The Similar’s debut EP which was released in November 2019 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Billy Mick – Flesh and Bone: Alchemically Euphoric Alt Indie Pop

I may be notoriously hard to please when it comes to feel-good music, but even I couldn’t resist the euphoric alchemy which is contained in up and coming Alt Pop artist Billy Mick’s debut single “Flesh and Bone”.

With elements of Indie infused into the single through Jangle Pop guitar progressions and subtle elements of Rock fed into the momentous choruses, Flesh and Bone is by no means your average Pop hit.

Billy Mick’s naturally magnetic slightly whiskey-soaked vocals are just as efficacious as the EDM Pop beat when it comes to putting the hype behind Flesh and Bone. The single was written as a poignant reminder that the world is far too divisive considering that we’re essentially just walking meat sacks. He’s got a point. And he expressed it much more eloquently than I just did there through clever parables which are perspective-shiftingly powerful.

You can check out Billy Mick’s debut single along with their recent releases by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Patient 0 – Prom Queen: Candidly Magnetic Indie Rock

“Prom Queen” is just one of the singles found on up and coming alternative artist Patient 0’s debut album “Girl Problems”. While each of the singles allows you to appreciate that the maturity of their sound transcends their age as artists. “Prom Queen” still remains the best introduction to their natural, raw, and organic approach to Indie Rock.

Even though there’s a melodious Indie feel behind Prom Queen, the soundscape still shares reminiscences with 90s Grunge bands such as Verruca Salt, The Breeders, and Hole.

I’ll try not to be too bitter about the fact that I didn’t get to revel in the empowering tones of bands such as Patient 0 when I was being deeply confused by my teenage years. It’s one thing to hear produced and plasticised artists creating commercial music, but there is a refreshing intimacy and honesty within Prom Queen which poignantly captures teen anxiety and projected inadequacy.

You can check out Patient 0’s single Prom Queen along with the rest of their album Girl Problems by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Craig Greenberg – Sailed Ships: A Sweet Stormy Feat of Piano-Led Pop Rock

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Piano Pop Rock singer-songwriter Craig Greenberg is set to release his endlessly endearing jaunty single “Sailed Ships” this December ahead of his upcoming album.

With four years between releases, I think I can speak for everyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing Craig Greenberg’s masterfully evocative music in saying that it is well overdue.

Sailed Ships sits between a jadedly poised Elliot Smith song and euphoric Jim Jones riotous offering of ethereally-laced aural dynamism. While there’s some candid melancholy pouring from the lyrics, Craig Greenberg’s delivery is cathartically uplifting from start to finish. The instrumentals also layer the single in a whole host of emotion. Alongside the upbeat piano melodies, you’ll hear soaring guitar riffs and deftly intricate percussion to provide a comforting structure to this sweet stormy feat of Pop Rock

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Sailed Ships for yourselves, but in the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud where you’ll find Craig Greenberg’s earlier released singles.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jake & The Heist – Bad for Me: Salaciously Fierce Alt Pop

If you’re always on the hunt for contemporary Alt Pop hits which give you all the vibrant in-your-face energy of an infectious Pop track with none of the guilt, look no further than Jake & The Heist’s latest single “Bad for Me”.

The Salacious aural treat incorporates elements of R&B, Funk, Trap, and Rock to create a danceable rhythmic jam which shares reminiscences to the Arctic Monkeys thanks to the guitar licks and basslines. There was also plenty of room in the track to incorporate sonic high-octane blasts of EDM Pop with subtle hints of Trap; bringing yet another dynamic to the eclectic arrangement. Bad for Me is a track which demands repeat attention, and you’ll be more than happy to bow to those demands.

You can check out Jake & The Heist’s latest single Bad for Me which was released on October 4th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 Lesse – Drive Away: Sentimentally Sticky-Sweet Pop Rock

“Drive Away” is the latest single from up and coming artist Lesse. It’s also one of those incredibly rare singles with the ability to leave you even more intrinsically enamoured with every single progression of constantly evolving sound.

Through their latest single, the Dutch singer-songwriter offers the sticky-sweet melodicism of an accessible Pop single, but there’s also a subtle infusion of Rock, giving Drive Away the same euphoric magnetism of iconic hits from the likes of Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams.

Perhaps the most captivating element in Drive Away is the sheer authenticity of the soundscape. Even though it carries plenty of commercial appeal, it’s leagues apart from the plasticised Pop which you will frequently find on the airwaves.

You can check out Lesse’s latest single Drive Away for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Good Dudes – Ready for It: An Alchemic Blend of Pop-Rock & Motown

US-based breaking artist The Good Dudes made their Alt-Rock debut with the groove-infused rhythmically arrestive single “Ready for It”. With choir harmonies, up-vibe Jangle Pop guitar, and the whiskey-soaked Bluesy vocals, it’s all but impossible not to get hooked into this sticky-sweet serving of stylised Pop-Rock.

There’s no denying that with their first single the Good Dudes’ unique fusion of Pop-Rock and Motown made for a radio-ready hit. Ready for It boasts plenty of contemporary appeal along with that indulgently warm vintage nostalgia that always makes you feel right at home in a track.

The ability to carve out hooks which share plenty of reminiscences with B.B. King isn’t something you expect from an emerging artist in 2019, but we’re more than here for it.

You can check out Ready for It for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Katia proves she’s perfected morose Pop Rock magnetism with her latest single “New Eden”

Up and coming artist Katia’s latest single “New Eden” was released on July 23rd and the Pop Rock ballad comes with quite the evocative sting.

The singer, guitarist, and pianist likes to experiment with her sound allowing each new release to resonate with distinction, and for New Eden, Katia chose to run with potently compelling soul-exposing melancholy which narrates the tale of overcoming the harshest of obstacles and finding your way towards growth.

The pensive emotion which bleeds from Katia’s vocals is one thing, but there’s no preparing you for the striking morose magnetism found in the soundscape; how she made a guitar riff so emotionally fraught will forever remain a feat of aural alchemy.

I’m not crying, you are.

You can check out the official music video to Katia’s latest single New Eden for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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

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