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The Asbury Park Love Contingent have released their upliftingly essential charity single “Lay Down”

All too often, uplifting music resonates as trite, but The Asbury Park Love Contingent’s charity single “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” which was recorded and produced during lockdown is served straight from the soul. It won’t fail to soothe your own either.

You can practically consider hitting play on Lay Down as an act of self-care for the tension and anxiety it will strip away with the choral accordance, sincerity, and absolving ingenuity.

Karen Mansfield, Emily Grove and Tara Dente’s vocals never fail to leave an impression, Karen has also been on our radar since 2018 with her uniquely compelling solo work. But with her new-formed band The Asbury Park Love Contingent, her sound is even more captivating before. With Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone) in charge of production, the powerful feat of celestial Pop Rock was never going to fall flat.

Lay Down wasn’t just originally written and originally performed by Melanie Safka with the intention of sharing positivity and love, it has also now been released as a charity record. All proceeds from the single will go to The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury Park, NJ, which provides food, clothing and shelter to the homeless.

You can check out the upliftingly essential single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Indie Rock artist Jamie Blackburn has dropped their anthemically-charged hit “Just Like Lennon Said”

Up and coming Indie Rock virtuoso Jamie Blackburn has recently dropped their anthemically-charged hit Just Like Lennon Said.

As soon as the massive chorus took hold, I was flooded with the nostalgia of being a teenager and discovering Sum41, the Offspring, Green Day for the first time.

Just Like Lennon Said carries the same energy of Iconic Pop Punk artists while offering plenty of the Isle of Man-based artist’s own ingenuity which comes from mixing elements of Blues, Rock, and British Old School Punk.

Behind the sonic aural euphoria, you’ll find the intricately absorbing guitar lead work which earned Jamie Blackburn his virtuoso stripes. You didn’t think it was just hyperbole, did you?

You can check out Jamie Blackburn’s single Just Like Lennon Said for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also catch their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hailey Davis has demonstrated her boundlessly chameleon Pop style in her Arc of Visibility EP

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Pop singer-songwriter Hailey Davis has recently released her debut 4-track EP “Arc of Visibility”. Independently, the four singles stand as testaments to her ability to craft connectable and powerful soundscapes. Collectively, they demonstrate that Hailey Davis’ possesses boundlessly chameleon talent.

With the morosely powerful single “Shipwreck” avidly capturing the never-ending battle to get your self-respect on side, the EP offers an immersive start. Track 2, Insecurities is a groove-laden Rock-infused upbeat inspiring track which allows you to address your relationships with your insecurities. With track 3 See Me, Hailey Davis took moody Pop to the next level with the sultry and mellifluous single which is all too easy to surrender your consciousness too. The EP concludes with yet another aural curveball “Dangerous Love” which boasts nostalgic elements of 90s RnB into the electronically crafted track.

The only thing which remains a constant in the EP is the quality of the flawlessly atmospheric soundscapes and Hailey Davis’ deep, poetic, compelling lyricism.

You can check out Hailey Davis’ EP for yourselves by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ohio-based Pop Rock Powerhouse The Scenic Route set the airwaves on fire with their latest release “I’m Giving You Up!”

Right from the first verse in Ohio-based Pop Rock powerhouse The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! the evocative urgency, conviction and unbridled emotion hit you. Despite the emotional weight behind the single, it definitely won’t leave you feeling bruised. It’s packed with unapologetic empowerment. If you’re in two minds about texting your ex, listen to this fiercely powerful hit first. It’s visceral enough to shift your perceptions and amplify the self-worth you had when you hit play on the fiery masterful soundscape.

The energy from the extremely nuanced instrumental arrangement matches the same high-octane punch delivered by the vocals. I’m Giving You Up! is so much more than your average Pop Rock track with the slight infusions of Garage Rock and the guitarist’s ability to tear tones from all over the tonal palette. Expect absorbing solos, intricately mind-blowing breakdowns and all kinds of other undefinable aural alchemy from the instrumentals. I think I’ve just discovered a new guitar hero.

You can check out The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Olivia Frances – The Bee and the Rose: Spiritually Resolving Indie Folk Pop

Plenty of Nashville-based Folk Pop singer-songwriter Olivia Frances’ releases have deservedly gone viral. If you’re yet to experience her spiritually resolving sound, her 2019 single The Bee & the Rose the perfect introduction.

As soon as you hit play on the seminal single, you’re hit with arcane and almost tribal tones before Olivia Frances starts to sweeten the soundscape with her harmonically arrestive vocals. As the single progresses, the Indie Folk Pop instrumental arrangement becomes more eclectic and its hold on you gets tighter.

It’s not every day you hear such angular guitar riffs in Indie Folk Pop or an artist who has such a magnetically soulful vocal command.

You can check out The Bee & the Rose for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sukh pays ode to care workers in their empathy-invoking Alt Indie single “Nightingale”

Manchester-based Indie newcomer Sukh is due to drop their latest single “Nightingale” which pays a soulful ode to the care workers who have selflessly put their lives on the line during the pandemic.

If you didn’t have empathy for nurses before, you certainly will once you hear the semi-orchestral, slightly psychedelic feat of Indie. Sukh found inventive ways to allow you to imagine just what care workers endured and he was just as inventive with the piano-led soundscape. Lou Reed might not be around anymore to soothe our souls, but Sukh has proven with his latest release that he can offer the same level of resonant catharsis.

You can check out Nightingale for yourselves from the date of the official release on July 3rd via Soundcloud. In the meantime, you can check out Sukh’s other feats of mould-breaking Indie.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wild Sundays have served up a fresh slice of American Indie Pop Rock with their debut single “Exception”

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Exception” is the debut single from the Boston, Massachusetts-based Indie Pop Rock newcomer Wild Sundays. Prepare for a rhythmically slick soul-soothing Indie earworm before hitting play.

The anthemic energy of Exception is nicely paired with the intimately candid lyrics and vocals which invite you to aurally swim in the depths of the vocalist’s authentic and sincere expression.

With most Indie tracks, you can immediately guess who the artist is trying to assimilate. But Wild Sundays pull from a variety of sub-genres to deliver an overwhelmingly contemporary resounding sound which will appease Rock fans of all inclinations.

Whether you love to listen to Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, or Manic Street Preachers, you’re sure to appreciate Exception.

You can check out Wild Sundays’ track Exception for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country Pop Singer-Songwriter Madelyn Jones Has Made Her Unmissable Debut with “For You”

Singer-songwriter Madelyn Jones has made her unmissable debut with the evocatively arrestive Country Pop single For You.

The simple frill-free soundscape puts raw emotion at the forefront while the gentle guitar melodies lead the rich, full instrumental arrangement.

For You is much more than your average lovelorn Pop single. The unapologetically empowering radio-ready single draws you right into the narrative which runs through the all too relatable experience of being in a relationship where you give far more than you take but still can’t bring yourself to walk away.

Given that For You was such a strong debut, we can’t wait to hear Madelyn Jones sophomore release.

You can check out For You on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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1NIGHTINPARIS – Alive in the Darkness: Evocatively Atmospheric 80s-Inspired Future Pop

Up and coming Pop artist 1NIGHTINPARIS dropped the official video to their new evocatively atmospheric single “Alive in the Darkness [Bob Lazar’s Story Part: 2]” on June 5th. If it’s been a while since you’ve been hit in the feels by a new artist, press play and prepare for the aural bruising.

With elements of 80s Synth Pop combined with 1NIGHTINPARIS’ futuristic experimentalism, Alive in the Darkness is an accessibly immersive hit which oozes authenticity.

With the effects which have been layered onto the vocals which bleed emotion thanks to the clever use of vibrato, paradoxically, the track feels slightly alien while serving up a serious amount of soul. In short, it would be the perfect soundtrack for a Sci-Fi blockbuster which needs a harrowingly romantic sound score.

You can check out the official music video to 1NIGHTINPARIS’ single Alive in the Darkness via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant McLeod – Decay: A Debut of Uniquely Uplifting Alt Pop

Singer-songwriter Grant McLeod has released their debut Indie Alt Pop single “Decay”, despite the seemingly bleak title, Decay is a uniquely uplifting single.

There’s a slight hint of the 80s Synth Pop sound behind Decay, but it’s quite safe to say that you’ve never heard anything quite like Decay before.

Some of the progressions may not have been the smoothest and in part Decay felt slightly glitchy. Yet with the resounding emotion which was poured into the incredibly distinctive soundscape, anyone who appreciates tracks which allow the artist’s souls to be bared will definitely appreciate Decay.

You can check out Grant McLeod’s single Decay for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast