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Get Hyped for Summer with Cars on Mars’ Latest Indie Pop Single

Cars on Mars’ latest single “Summer” kicks off with quite possibly the most distinctive Indie Rock bassline you’ve ever heard.

The fuzzily striking licks introduce a soundscape which finds the perfect balance between the dark tones of Post Punk and the jangly quintessence of Indie Jangle Pop.

Any fans of the Wombats, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, and the Vaccines are sure to appreciate Cars on Mars’ summer hit dropped in January.

After hearing the effervescently sun-kissed mix, I’m now under the firm impression that there is no better time to be listening to tracks which capture the warm nostalgia of summer’s past and instil you with anticipation for the ones to come.

In short, Summer is a vibrant hit and you’ll be doing yourselves a favour if you add it to your playlists.

You can check out the official video to Summer for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nashville Rock Newcomer Chase Tremaine is Set to Release Their Debut Album “Unfall”  

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Rock artist Chase Tremaine has given us a sneak preview of what’s to come in their rhythmically raw upcoming debut album “Unfall” which is due for release on January 24th.

Resonant lyrics are an essential component in Emo Rock. But in their standout single “Honest Tree” you may as well be having a direct conversation with the artist. But conversations are a little boring, aren’t they? Unlike Honest Tree, they don’t come with jarringly angular guitar riffs which prove that Chase Tremaine’s 13+ years spent honing on in their craft was definitely well spent.

Honest Tree is a sticky-sweet evocative gem which offers momentous energy from the instrumentals which sit neatly in the polished soundscape, but the vocals bring accessibility which we rarely get to hear – especially in Rock. There’s no abrasive swagger, just open and honest expression.

You’ll be able to check out Chase Tremaine’s debut album for yourselves via their website.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WD-HAN – Icarus: Sultry Rhythmic Blues Meets Anthemic Alt Indie

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Alchemy is bound to spill when a nuanced band set their mind to creating an aural earworm out of Indie, Blues, and Rock. WD-HAN definitely succeeded with their first single to be released in 2020 “Icarus”.

The single dropped on January 17th giving us yet another affirmation that the Tampa Bay-based artist is one to watch.

With a prelude offering reminiscences to Daughter, the sudden switch to anthemic Alt Rock in Icarus will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat. When in full swing, Icarus is a monster of a track full of rhythmic sultry Blues, yet those bluesy licks come with plenty of bite.

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

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blue Envy – Tell Me Why: Pensively Soulful Alt Pop

“Tell Me Why” is the latest pensively soulful Pop single from up and coming Nevada-based Pop duo Blue Envy.

With Blue Envy’s captivating mix of 80s Synthwave, Pop, Neo-Soul, and moody bluesy Rock which almost veers into Post Punk Tell Me Why offers a dizzying amount of distinction.

Whether it was the pure ingenuity found in their sound, the evocative amount of emotion which comes as a courtesy from vocalist Keva Tanyi, or the unexpected atmospheric guitar work, Tell Me Why isn’t a track which asks for your attention. It steals it anyway. It may give it back at the end, or you may be left with the lingering affirmation that you’ve just stumbled upon an artist who deserves to be on your radar.

You can check out the lyric video which dropped on January 3rd for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Decrees – Liberté: Riotously Magnetic Indie Rock

Scotland-based Indie Rock powerhouse The Decrees not so subtly crashed onto our radars with the bitingly raucous hit “Liberté” at the end of 2019.

Their riotous energy had us hooked from the prelude. If you could imagine an aural mash-up of Generation Terrorists-era Manic Street Preachers, Velvet Revolver, the Strokes, Babyshambles, you may be able to get an idea of what Liberté offers.

Guitarist Callum Bell deserves a monolithic ego for their ability to carve out such striking riffs and keep the momentum throbbing right the way through Liberté. While vocalist and synth player James Miller found the perfect balance between swagger and charisma through their high-octane performance.

We’ll definitely be keeping our ear to the ground to find out what comes next from the Decrees.

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

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Melaku – Dreamin’: Sun-Soaked Indie Psych Pop

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Santa Cruz-based up and coming singer-songwriter Melaku definitely didn’t fail to instil the California sun into their captivatingly ethereal Indie Pop single “Dreamin’”.

There’s a slight hint of Beatles-style Psych Pop offered by the warm tonality of the almost choral instrumental arrangement. Yet Melaku’s single unravelled as a pioneeringly distinctive soundscape born through the utilisation of everything from Soul to Classic Rock to Indie Pop.

Expect soaring instrumental melodies, equally as arrestive vocals and lyrics which leave little to the imagination through the pure candid openness. Tracks such as Dreamin’ are timeless, and we’ll always be happy to hear such expressively soulful soundscapes. It hits you with raw emotion without triggering the ‘I’m listening to a ballad’ guilt’.

You can check out Melaku’s single Dreamin’ for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Williamson – Internet Girl: Explosively Euphoric Indie Pop Rock

There aren’t many up and coming Indie Pop artists who can put out tracks which match the veracity found in Paul Williamson’s latest single “Internet Girl”. The track makes the 1975 sound like a melancholic Post Punk band. Yes, it packs that much of a euphoric punch.

As a result, the chances are pretty slim that you’ll be getting Internet Girl out of your head once you hear the high-octane instrumental hooks. Not only is Paul Williamson discernibly talented when it comes to cooking up infectiously riotous Pop tracks, but the energy which they bring to the performance is unparalleled.

Their instrumental ability also becomes strikingly clear through the jangly guitar progressions which feed into a synergetic, polished arrangement. Internet Girl stands as a testament to Paul Williamson’s talent. And you’ll hear far less talent in many mainstream hits on the radio.

You can check out Internet Girl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dez Money – I Want Your Love: Playlist Worthy Alt Rock

Dez Money’s standout single “I Want Your Love” is the kind of track you press play on, and your soul immediately knows about it.

The sublimely nuanced combination of Pop and Rock has a slight nostalgic appeal, yet, there’s no doubt that I Want Your Love deserves a space on contemporary airwaves. By offering a similar sound to U2, Ben Howard, and Coldplay, the single is immediately accessible. But the true appeal of I Want Your Love lies the pure alchemy of hearing such a familiar sound from a breaking artist as they stamp down their own signature style.

The punchy percussion and shimmering guitars feed into an eclectic almost overwhelmingly full-bodied arrangement which borders on ethereal. Dez Money offers everything you could possibly ask for from a breaking artist.

Check out I Want Your Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lara Stevens – INDIFFERENT: Distinctively Striking Pop Rock

“INDIFFERENT” is the latest distinctively striking single to be released from US Alt Pop artist Lara Stevens. It may not be your archetypal merging of Pop and Rock, but the beguilingly haunted soundscape holds plenty of ominously artful appeal.

Expect no hint of assimilation in the vocals which layer INDIFFERENT with an almost baroque feel whilst the doom-laden heavy Rock instrumentals carve out atmospheric indulgence.

Lara Stevens’s aural style may not be in demand in the mainstream, but for anyone looking for raw creative expression unhindered by attempts to make their sound as accessible is sure to become enamoured by her bold ingenuity.

Lyrically, there are reminiscences to Radiohead’s iconic hit Creep. But dare I say that Lara Stevens owned her idiosyncrasies in a far more daring way with INDIFFERENT?

You can check out Lara Stevens’ single INDIFFERENT via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KHart – Radios & TV Shows: Soulfully Warm Indie Pop

After the success of their debut EP “Reach Out” earlier this year, KHart has proven that he’s got plenty more mesmerism up his sleeve with their latest single “Radios & TV Shows”. Everything about the single wills you to submit your consciousness to the warmth, personability, and resonance.

Even though there’s a slight cool Indie vibe to Radio & TV Shows, in its essence, it’s an open connection from the artist to listener. The arsenal of inviting catharsis which the single offers is practically unparalleled. And with guitars which are just as cutting and absorbing as you will find in any of Interpol’s or the Editors’ tracks, it’s safe to say that Radios & TV Shows is a soulful hit which deserves four minutes of your time.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast