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Rand Bowman – Mystery of Love: Prodigally Infectious Pop Rock

https://soundcloud.com/randbowman/mystery-of-love

I’m not all too sure why when Rand Bowman dropped the line “I don’t love you anymore”, in the first verse of his latest track Mystery of Love my stomach dropped. But I’m sure it has a little to do with the up and coming artist’s ability to create an emotive sound with his angelic Pop Rock arrangements. Yet, unlike most Pop Rock tracks, Rand Bowman allows his guitar riffs to take the lead through the rhythmically beguiling progression.

Also, I’m not sure if it’s me, but there’s a bit of Bowie behind his vocals in Mystery of Love, however let it never be said that Mystery of Love is an assimilation of any predecessor’s sound. The prodigally infectious melodies speak volumes of Rand Bowman’s status as a professional multi-instrumentalist and song writer and I can’t wait to hear where his sound takes him next. There’s a traditional tonality to all of his tracks, especially the unforgettable single Lose My Mind which I had the pleasure of checking out earlier this year.

You can check out Rand Bowman’s latest single Mystery of Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Justin Warnick – Should I Go: A Nostalgic Punch of Pop Rock

Should I Go is the latest track by up and coming Indie Pop Punk artist Justin Warnick. The single which was released on July 25th stands as testament to his pioneeringly innocent yet punchy style. Any fans of the Strokes, the Kooks and the Libertines will absolutely adore the nostalgically chilled approach to Should I Go just as I did.

As I listened to Justin Warnick’s rhythmic prowess progressing through the track to create palpably sweet melodies and infectiously hookish choruses it became clear that Justin is an artist who doesn’t need any aggrandized effects to create an anthemic Indie hit. Maybe the Arctic Monkeys should take a few hints.

The 18 year old recording artist may not have maturity on his side, but you’d never be able to guess from the depths of his lyricism or his vocal style, which was kept understated, yet, that just drew you into the emotive narrative of Should I Go.

You can check out Justin Warnick’s latest single Should I Go from his 2018 album ‘Moving On’ on SoundCloud now. As debut albums go, you really couldn’t ask for more.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Sweats – Bloom: Rapturously Anthemic Pop Rock

South California based Pop Rock trio The Sweats have cooked up one of the most rapturously anthemic singles I’ve checked out this year. Usually with Pop Rock you’re treated to nasal, fractured vocals, yet the Sweats vocalist has a sweetly beguiling vocal style which carried some reminiscence to bands such as the Vaccines, Noah and the Whale, the Strokes and the Libertines.

Instrumentally the first track on the EP; ‘Bloom’ carries so much bounce, it’s practically impossible not to get caught up within the punchy, attitude-driven waves of raucous euphoria. Some choruses have the ability to grip you, but the chorus to Bloom one will still be holding on long after the track fades out.

The second track on the EP ‘We’ll be Alright’ could be compared to the sounds from Skate Rock Lo Fi artists such as Fidlar, I hope Fidlar won’t mind me saying, but the Sweats took the sound to the next level with their glistening Pop-inclined production.

Whichever track you hit play on, you’re guaranteed to be greeted by unadultered, perpetually rolling rhythms which will take you back to a time when there was a glimmer of hope for Punk Rock.

You can check out the Sweats title track Bloom from their latest 2018 EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Eleanor Kingston – Highway: The Sultriest Indie Pop Rock Track of the Summer

With no shortage of female Indie Pop artists on the scene today Eleanor Kingston had her work cut out making an impression. Yet with a track as sharp as Highway she had very little to worry about. She may have made her debut with her first single ‘Demon Mind’, yet with Highway she’s stamped down her authoritative style so hard, I’m pretty sure I felt a tremor.

Her vocals don’t pander to the usual fragile and breathy Indie archetype that many feel artists feel compelled to adhere to. Instead Eleanor’s vocals hit you with their full sultry power which rests high above the instrumentals which add to the overall aura of seduction.  Eleanor  has taken the style of Florence Welch and poured her electrifying sexuality all over it proving that it’s not only male rap artists that have the privilege of talking about women’s bodies. The instrumental arrangement consists of remorsefully strummed electric guitar around the lush harmony of the synth and kick of the 808 beats in a perfect mix of Rock and Pop.

You can check out Eleanor Kingston’s latest single Highway for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. For more music & info head on over to Eleanor’s website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lo Rays – Optional: Empoweringly Polished Pop Rock

As soon as you hit play on the Lo Rays debut single Optional you’re instantly greeted by some of the strongest, visceral, overwhelmingly powerful vocals that you will have heard from the Pop Rock genre. As you reach the concluding verses you’re treated by unrestrained screams from a vocalist who would give Brody Dalle a run for her money. it’s safe to say that Lo Rays’ vocalist has got a set of lungs on her, put that with the angst-fuelled lyrics and Optional comes to life with a resonantly antagonistic bite.  The instrumental arrangements and the perfect polished production of the track further amplify the talent of Lo Rays who audibly already have a radio ready sound with their jangly, intricate popping guitar progressions. As instrumental melodies go, they don’t get punchier, yet the high-octane instrumental synergy is no match for the vocals which stands reverberantly above the rest of the mix.

You can check out Lo Rays’ first single Optional for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Analog Saint – Mexico: Cataclysmically Sweet Pop Rock

Every now and again, you’ll stumble across artists who prove there are plenty of new directions which guitar music can be taken in. Analog Saint restored my faith in the Alt Rock genre with their latest single Mexico from their 2018 album New World.

The absolute powerhouse of Punk musicians created a level of hype that makes most contemporary Alt Rock artists sound positively apathetic. With the same rolling, pounding rhythms as found in tracks by the likes of Mud Honey and Soundgarden it’s hard not to get caught up in the smorgasbord of raucous momentum on offer. The anthemically Pop Punk vocals perfectly compliment the cataclysmically heavy riffs and breakdowns which sat in between a vocal style you’d expect from Pop Punk artists and Lo Fi artists. But no review of Analog Saint would be complete without giving mention to the bassline, I can’t say I’ve heard a sexier, more reverberant bassline created outside of a Faith No More or Mr Bungle track.

You can download and stream Analog Saint’s single Mexico by heading over to BandCamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Annie Green – DMS: Meet the New Queen of Pop Rock

Annie Green’s latest single DMS is drenched in nostalgia, well, that’s if it’s possible to get nostalgic about the early 00’s Pop Rock sound just yet. But Annie Green’s track was anything but an assimilation of previously orchestrated sound. Her soulful attitude-fuelled vocal style entwined perfectly with the punches and rolls off the off-beat bass and guitar chord progressions which fuse together to create a lucidly veracious harmony. The unpredictable nature to the track was yet another element which made DMS so utterly beguiling; I’d hate to give away spoilers, but the violin which drew the track to a close was one of the most unexpected yet ethereally soul-splitting sounds I’ve heard contained with a track in this genre.

For fans of female-fronted 00’s Pop Rock you’re going to need to check out DMS for yourselves, so head on over to Spotify and soak out Annie Green’s phenomenally empowering vocals around the punchy, tentatively orchestrated melodies. It really wouldn’t surprise me if I saw Annie Green’s name up there in the future with the likes of Taylor Swift, she’s got the vocal prowess, the lyrical genius, the ability to compose a concordant contemporary masterpiece – what more could you possibly want?

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Stereophones – Shot Down: Anthemically Punchy Pop Rock

For any fans of the 00’s Pop Rock sound, you’re going to be in absolute heaven with the Stereophones latest single. Whilst I usually refrain from branding a band as Emo the cap definitely fits when it comes to the band’s anthemically punch Pop Rock track Shot Down.

Their Lo Fi Art Rock approach to putting their sound together allows the Stereophones to stand out from the rest. You don’t happen across choruses as catchy as the one to Shot Down all too often, by the second run through you practically have no choice but to satisfy the desire of joining in. Although let’s address the elephant in the room here, yes, their name does seem dangerously similar to the Stereophonics, but I can assure you, the Stereophonics are long past creating contemporarily bouncing Pop Rock anthems such as contained in The Stereophones latest hit single.

You can check out the official lyric video to the Stereophones latest single Shot Down which was released June 19th, 2018 on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Otherwife – Talking Not Touching: Magnetically Moulded Female Fronted Pop Rock

Otherwife released their latest single Talking Not Touching on May 28th, 2018. I wish I could tell you what genre they fall into, but whatever box you try to fit them in their prodigal sounds just spill right out again.

Is it country? Pop? Soft Rock? Who knows and quite frankly, who cares when the soundscape this awesome?! The female vocalist’s raw ethereal style is instantly captivating; her breathy vocal approach gets mixed up through the progressive glitchy Pop Rock guitar sound which means by the time the track this track concludes the momentum behind it is beyond what you could have ever imagined in the prelude.

You can check out Otherwife’s debut single Talking Not Touching on SoundCloud now. With an anthemically catchy track such Talking Not Touching as a first ever track it’s hard to see how Otherwife could go wrong. They may be a band in their inception, yet their stylised popish sound is polished enough to have you believing otherwise.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rand Bowman – Lose My Mind: Iconically Inspired Pop Rock

https://soundcloud.com/randbowman/lose-my-mind

If you could imagine a cross over between the Beatles, Huey Lewis & the News, Talking Heads and Whitesnake you could probably get an idea of Rand Bowman’s eccentrically inspired guitar-driven style. With his standout single Lose My Mind the Rock Pop pioneer created a track that toed the line perfectly between the genres to provide a sound that is perfectly accessible and infinitely endearing. Through his Pop vocals the perfectly penned lyrics resonate over you, only after being amplified by the crunchy angular guitar riffs from Rand Bowman who proves with Lose My Mind that he is most deserving of entry to the guitar hero hall of fame.

If you’re down for some catchily filthy guitar riffs head on over to SoundCloud where you can enjoy Rand Bowman’s single Lose My Mind. To be honest, each of the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist’s tracks is as astounding as the last. Or for more information head on over to his official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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