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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

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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.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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

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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

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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

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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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Francisco Recabarren – City of Luck: A Nostalgically Enchanting Indie Pop Rock Mash-Up

Up and coming experimental artist Francisco Recabarren released his debut album “New Counterculture” in March 2019, and there’s no disputing that he achieved all he set out to in creating a new aural counter culture. Which is especially perceptible in the standout single “City of Luck” which will treat you to a slightly vintage feel as the Chilean born artist blends together Pop, Rock, and Indie Electronica. While the ingenuity in his sound can be appreciated, such a Lo-Fi production diluted the intensity of City of Luck. With the vocal harmonies suitably muted and the melodies quietened under the reverb it was hard to truly appreciate Francisco Recabarren’s talent behind the single.

You can check out Francisco Recabarren’s track City of Luck for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rocket Cat – Little Lights: Energetically Arrestive Pop Rock

If you could imagine what Stevie Nicks would sound like if she experimented with jangly Pop Rock, you’d get an idea of how powerfully compelling the latest single “Little Lights” from Rocket Cat is.

Not only is their artist title endearing, the punchy anthemics which they have poured into Little Lights also hits you with waves of accessible euphoria. Even though there’s a slight archaic feel to the vocals, the way that they gel against the Indie guitars creates a vibrant soundscape which I’m sure you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere!

Little Lights is the title track to Rocket Cat’s latest 10 track album which is sure to be of appeal to fans of the Manic Street Preachers, Fleetwood Mac, the Smiths, and Blondie.

You can check out Little Lights by Rocket Cat for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Choly – Little Darlin: Celestially Catchy Pop Rock

There was absolutely no forgetting the up and coming artist Choly after we were hit with their indulgently inventive Electronica single “Arcade Love”.

This time, the up and coming UK-based artist has cooked up a much more melodic single which takes down the tempo and amps up the emotivity. “Little Darlin’ has a slightly more archaic feel, but with the archaic allure comes a sense of accessibility which allows you to slip into the fluid pacing of the single. So, instead of effects which would also be at home in a Gary Numan track, you’re treated to acoustic melodies which switch between orchestral swells, electric guitar riffs and light piano keying. How seamlessly the track progressed spoke volumes for the level of production on Little Darlin’; when the classical strings kick in Little Darlin’ borders on ethereal.

You can check out Choly’s latest single Little Darlin’ for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Frankie Wesson – Still Got Time: Anthemically Magnetic Pop Rock

For the sake of professionalism, it would probably be beneficial to keep admissions of love out of reviews. But from the first sticky-sweet note of Frankie Wesson’s latest single “Still Got Time” it was all but impossible to find any other feeling listening to the indulgent Pop Rock soundscape unfold.

There aren’t many artists who are comparable against artists such as Silver Sun Pickups, but Frankie Wesson exuded the same magnetic style with her own distinction. The instrumental arrangements to the single possess the anthemics which you would expect from any self-respecting Rock single along with Frankie Wesson’s vocals which carve out lyrical hooks with ease.

You can check the lyric video to Frankie Wesson’s latest single Still Got Time which was released on January 25th, 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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