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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

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The Similar – Just About to Lose: A Debut of Hook-Filled Anthemic Pop Rock

The Similar has recently made their debut with their self-titled EP featuring the standout single “Just About to Lose” which offers a brand-new way to ingest riff-laden euphoric Pop Rock.

Everything about the polished soundscape screams commercial potential. They’ve got ingenuity, hook-filled rhythms and anthemic appeal all covered in Just About to Lose which unravels like no other combination of Pop and Rock you’ve heard before. But thanks to the well-crafted melodicism, the single offers a magnetic amount of accessibility from the first hit.

The trio has stamped down their authenticity with the debut, it’s going to be all too exciting to hear what follows.

You can check out Just About to Lose along with the rest of the debut EP from the Similar for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Taylor Paul offers a concordant perspective-shifting aural experience with “Learn to Love”

I had the pleasure of hitting play on Taylor Paul’s latest single “Learn to Love” moments after watching a toxic Twitter fallout over a trivial inconsequential matter. I didn’t know how much I needed it until I had heard it.

Whether that was because it felt as though discovering the track felt serendipitous, or that Taylor Paul possesses a natural talent for creating uplifting tracks which point out just how odious the world can be and then providing an aural resolution, I can’t be sure. But what I can be unequivocally sure of is that tracks such as Learn to Love aren’t just pleasant concordant perspective-shifting soundscapes. They’re essential as our society becomes increasingly divisive, where it’s a popular past time to find a target for your rage and spit your bile in the name of virtue.

Sentiment aside, Learn to Love is also a stunningly eclectic arrangement of Pop, Rock, Blues, and Funk which deserves a spot on your playlists.

You can check out Taylor Paul’s single Learn to Love which was released on September 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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