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Jessamine Barham – Marching On: A Sanity-Preservation Playlist Staple

After the release of her second album, there’s never been a better time to indulge in Jessamine Barham’s captivatingly devastating Alt-Indie Folk Pop sound.

The perfect introduction to her melancholically arrestive style is “Marching On” which compassionately addresses the very real fact that globally, we’re suffering from a loss of faith. Not just in a religious sense, but a loss of faith in our futures, ourselves, our leaders. The list is endless, but, as Jessamine Barham so poignantly alludes in this haunting release, it’s not easy to pull yourself out of a depressive hole, but that doesn’t mean that it is an impossibility for you to see more than just futility.

This track isn’t for the fainthearted. The directness of it may rub some salt in the wound, but just as with that tired old analogy, the salt (track) can heal after it stings.

I don’t make a habit of expressing personal gratitude in my reviews, but Jessamine Barham deserves so much more than fancy adjectives, she deserves recognition for this truly priceless record, for how candidly she approached the lyrics, for how cathartically resolving the soundscape became. So, thank you.

You can check out Marching On by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ethan Senger invokes romantic nostalgia with “One Night”

Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Ethan Senger left us enraptured and potentially a little infatuated with their piercingly evocative, melodically mellifluous debut self-titled EP.

In the standout single “One Night”, raw, unfiltered emotion lies under the smooth polished production before it tears through whenever Ethan Senger’s vibrato vocals come into play. He’d seriously give Eddie Vedder a run for his money while leaving fans of Paul Simon transfixed.

The alchemically reverb-drenched blend of Rock, Pop and Folk allows the soundscape to simultaneously exude authenticity along with accessibility. But One Night isn’t a track you simply ease into, it’s a track which takes full control of your emotions and compels your mind to scramble for romantic nostalgia.

You can check out Ethan Senger’s single One Night via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Belle Scar is set to release her most transfixingly arcane Dark Art Pop single yet  

The Eeriness is the arcanely transfixing forthcoming single from Montreal-born, London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Belle Scar.

It’s almost a paradox how the soundscape unfolds as raw and cinematic simultaneously, but Belle Scar achieves it with her vocal timbre which is enough to make your soul quiver. The resounding vocals don’t just project power, but plenty of striking emotion which won’t fail to resonate as you listen to the artful instrumentals set up tribalistic intensity behind some of the best vocals we’ve heard this year. Belle Scar would seriously give Miley Cyrus’ larynx a run for its money.

You’ll be able to watch the surrealist official music video to The Eeriness for yourselves from November 11th. In the meantime, you can head over to Bandcamp and check out her equally as mesmerising releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FingersHand – Gotta Feeling: Psychedelically Sweet Alt Electro Pop

From the intro in FingersHand’s latest single “Gotta Feeling (Something’s Going On)”, your soul is soothed, and your imagination is set alight.

It’s always refreshing when artists write music to indulge in an intrinsic pleasure rather than orchestrating tracks with aggrandized ideas ambling around their minds and worming their way into the soundscapes. Gotta Feeling is practically a breath of warm, kaleidoscopically cathartic air.

There’s a playful and almost juvenile air to Gotta Feeling, despite the maturity in the talent which allowed them to cook up such a psychedelically sticky-sweet earworm.

FingersHand captured the same soul-filling vibe as offered by the likes of ELO, but with their delectably unique brand of retro-futurism, there was plenty of distinction found in the playful Polyphonic Alt Pop hit.

You can check out FingersHand’s latest single Gotta Feeling for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘More Water Under The Bridge’ from Perenna King is a song about lies and forgiveness

More Water Under The Bridge‘ from Perenna King is a song about lies and forgiveness that is lathered into a cold swim of regret.

Perenna King is a New York City based singer-songwriter who mixes dark pop with Baroque sounds, she fills the air with such variety and love. This is a musician that loves to be different and make exciting music.

You love them so much but they have lied so many times. Your patience has run out now and you are actually really tired of this person. The trust is gone and nothing will help anymore. The time to move on and forget is here. You wish you could forgive but you have too many times and things have not got better.

Pop singer Perenna King sings with such passion here and she is clearly saddened by what is going on with this situation. ‘More Water Under The Bridge‘ is a heartfelt story about trying to forgive this person but you can’t seen to do it this time. After being hurt so many times, the end is so close now.

Click here for the Soundcloud link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The Bow sing about the painful memory of heartbreak on ‘Desire’

The Bow sing about the painful memory of heartbreak on ‘Desire‘ and they are so poignant on their new Indie Pop single with meaning.

The Bow are a new band consisting of members of TAOF (The Art of Fusion). They are a quality outfit and this is a marvelous song to boost our souls in 2020. With a mellow outlook, this is exactly the healing type of song that makes a difference.

You loved each other so much but sadly things ended. This is the way things are and you can’t stand it. There are good days and bad days, the love was so strong and then it ended. You will recover and this was been a good life lesson.

Desire‘ from The Bow is a Pop track for the ages and you can feel the quality here. The vocals are softly delivered but with meaning and this is a new track from deep down in the soul. This is a new band that are just starting out but with songs like this, we will be hearing lots about this fine act.

Click here for the Soundcloud page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Debut track ‘Boy’ from the sultry but classy Stephània is a story about that intuition

Debut track ‘Boy‘ from the sultry but classy Stephània is a story about that intuition you have inside, you just know what is right and wrong.

Stephània is an Irish-Cypriot, Neo-Soul-RnB singer-songwriter from the island of Cyprus. She is currently based in Boston and is here with her exciting new song, full of fabulous melodies from his high-flying singer.

You can’t stay away but you know that you should. They are clearly messing you around so you need to keep your distance, you know this inside. The problem is that you can’t get enough. You love being with them but you know long-term that this won’t work. For now, when the lights are off, there is no looking back.

Stephània hits all the right notes here with vocals that make you catch your breath. You just have to take another listen with ‘Boy‘ and this is a fine song, full of sexy potential. This is a debut of the highest level.

Click here for that Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The fascinating story of: Nightmarine by Kaya & The Science of the Lamps drop incredible rotoscoped video

Nightmarine‘ from Kaya & The Science is a gloriously made new single with fascinating visuals to match.

Nightmarine‘ is packed with with real stories of Kaya’s father’s career marine biologist, the loss and grief felt after losing a loved parent, this is the life of a human dealing with the ups and downs of staying positive afterwards. This can be somber but you feel hopeful, this is a musician who believes that there is light out there.

Their inspiration comes from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movie scores, Nordicana, wine, flamenco, trip-hop, music boxes, Paris and whiskey bars. This is an act with a wide-range of influences, they music is varied and this visual video gives us further insight into their style.

Nightmarine‘ from Kaya & The Science is a lovely music video, the vocals are glassy and crisp, the sounds keep you hooked throughout. This is a creative song that is so real, the story is about loss and also how to stay strong. A marvellous effort from this fine outfit that are surely going to get lots of attention from music fans.

Click here for the YouTube link.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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TriPed opens up their amorously romantic soul in “Driving with Tears in My Eyes”

If you thought the title to TriPed’s latest single “Driving with Tears in My Eyes” is candid, just wait until you hear the raw, fraught introspection which acts as a window into the melancholic soul of this exceptional artist.

It’s an organ-tensingly evocative experience which is sweetened by the striking talent on display in the Synth Pop hit.

Driving with Tears in My Eyes will throw you back to the 80s with the throbbing synth notes while simultaneously projecting you into the future, which will undoubtedly be bright for the London-based solo Pop artist.

Whether you’re a fan of the Midnight or still a staunch fan of the Human League, you won’t want to miss this electrifyingly powerful release.

You can check out TriPed’s latest single via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kayshawn takes us to the Heartbreak Hotel in their hot new Pop single

After their 2018 debut, there’s been no stopping the trailblazing Pop artist Kayshawn. Their latest single “Heartbreak Hotel” alchemically finds the perfect balance of compassion and romanticism.

You just can’t help but be drawn into the almost Neo-noir imagery as you listen to the stylistically moody EDM beats carve lush, seductive and atmospheric melodies.

Abrupt endings in tracks are usually a sign on sloppy production, but the way Kayshawn chooses to close Heartbreak Hotel is ingeniously subversive. It is easy to feel that they’ll have plenty more surprises in store throughout their career. Watch this space.

You can check out Kayshawn’s single Heartbreak Hotel via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast