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Parisian Psych Noise newcomers Foreigners Society have dropped their grittily despondent latest single

https://foreignerssociety.bandcamp.com/track/foreigners-society

Any fans of gritty despondent Psychedelic noise are going to want to check out the latest self-titled release from Parisian artist Foreigners Society.

If you could imagine the music of the Phobophobes, Sonic Youth, and Joy Division all merging in a cutting yet captivatingly melodic soundscape, you might be able to get an idea of what Foreigners Society has to offer.

The single constantly fluctuates between cold harsh Post Punk and dreamy tonally warm Psych Pop, and in part, offering both at the same time. If that isn’t a feat of aural alchemy, I don’t know what is. But what I do know, is that if I ever get the chance to witness that instrumental ingenuity live in the UK, I’m taking it.

You can check out Foreigners Society’s self-titled single which was released on January 2ndfor yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Charlie Moss – Scared to Be Lonely: The Future of Evocative Indie

Given the title, I knew Charlie Moss’ latest single “Scared to Be Lonely” was going to hit hard. But the up and coming Indie artist surpassed my expectations with their sticky-sweet evocative aural assault.

As much as I love Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and all of the other pensively iconic greats. I love nothing more than hearing a new Indie artist offering the same lovelorn magnetism under a completely new guise. And that is exactly what Charlie Moss achieved with Scared to Be Lonely. It’s contemporary, it’s authentic, and its beguiling progressions will have you hooked from the prelude.

With elements of Post Punk, Indie, and Pop in Scared to Be Lonely it’s as cutting as it is mellifluous. That should be paradox. Instead, it’s proof that Charlie Moss can summon plenty of alchemy through their deftly constructed tracks.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can feel the weight of the single for yourselves. In the meantime, head on over to Spotify where you can check out earlier singles from Charlie Moss & follow them to make sure you don’t miss out on the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dreamwave meets Post Punk in Ego Tripping’s latest single “Pleasure Rift”

If Ego Tripping intended to offer a full-body sensory experience with their latest Dreamwave single “Pleasure Rift” they definitely succeeded.

There’s plenty of ambience to be enveloped by. There’s also the infusion of cutting atmospheric tones which will go down a treat with fans of 80s Post Punk such as The Chameleons and Echo and the Bunnymen.

For seven serene minutes, you’ll get to follow the progressive nature of the single which offers a fully rounded tonal palette and vocals which border on hypnotic. The vocals rest above the reverb-soaked instrumentals just enough for the lyrics to resonate. But there’s plenty of synergy between the winding melodicism and the tantalising lucid whispers.

Pleasure Rift was the first single to be released from Ego Tripping’s debut album which is due to be released on January 17th. I’ve got a feeling you won’t want to miss the rest of it.

You can experience the catharsis of Pleasure Rift for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Bow have made their Indie Rock Debut with “Walk with Me”

https://open.spotify.com/track/2kxtCCD5wn0xlQTaxsSdwi

Anyone who appreciates the artful melancholia of Radiohead and moody Post Punk tones will want to check out the latest single “Walk with Me” from up and coming Indie artist The Bow.

The single may ebb and flow in momentum. But one thing which remains as a constant is the striking emotion which can be found in the melodies, lyrics, and vocals. That’s quite the aural hattrick. And it is something we’re not all too used to hearing from new artists. Especially with their debut single.

It’s polished, it’s atmospheric, and it stands as a testament to their ability to create tracks which offer escapism whilst simultaneously pouring in candid, humble honesty.

You can check out Walk with Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vidaus – Mother and Sister: Pensively Sublime Shoegaze Indie

“Mother and Sister” is just one of the hauntingly stunning singles found on Vidaus’ second album “Don’t Check My Arms, Pt. 1”.

The sublime mix of Indie, Post Punk, and Shoegaze comes together in an ambiently pensive arrangement creating the perfect lucid platform for the softly versed vocals to bleed into.

The light guitar progressions match the melancholic sting of the lyrics as they synergistically offer a bleak catharsis.  Even though Mother and Sister is a dark track, there’s still a warmth within its concordance making the single incredibly distinctive. But it’s safe to say that for any fans of the Verve, this up and coming artist should already be on your radar.

You can check out Mother and Sister along with their second album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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TVSEXDEATH – Missy Hagen Hates You: Caustically Arrestive No Wave

Fans of early Sonic Youth, Swans, and Daughters are going to want to check out the caustic tones in TXSEXDEATH’s single “Missy Hagen Hates You”.

Through a genre-mashing mix of Post Punk, Grunge, Noise, Punk, and No Wave, they created an indulgently rabid soundscape which provides an unparalleled amount of aural antagonism. While the chaotic anger which has been thrown into the single won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Anyone looking for the rawest biting Punk energy will be transfixed by the stylistic frenzied single.

You’d be hard-pressed to find more gutturally cathartic screams alongside such inventively distorted guitars elsewhere. The sleazy rhythms are just about audible under the distortion and fuzz which create a grungy instrumental swamp full of snaring hooks.

You can check out Missy Hagen Hates You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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West Wickhams – He’s Acquired a New Face: Quaintly Dark Psych Garage Noir

“He’s Acquired a New Face” was our first introduction to the Psych Garage Noir duo West Wickhams. Given their nostalgically artful yet intellectually pioneering approach to their sound, they instantly became an artist we want to hear more from in 2020.

If you can imagine what Joy Division would have sounded like if they laid off the reverb and offered quaint comedy instead of melancholy, you’d get a good idea what West Wickhams’ has to offer in their latest single.

He’s Acquired a New Face is the perfect track to have on your playlists if you’re looking to hide your head in the sands of aural escapism. It’s endearing, it’s immersive, and it throws you into a word of Noir fantasy complete with Post Punk atmospherics.

You can check out the aptly archaic Sci-Fi official music video which premiered on November 12th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Weimar have added Funk to Post Punk with their latest single “Marvel to the State” ft Rose Niland

Post Punk artists may be fairly prolific in Manchester, but there are none quite like Weimar. Their latest single “Marvel to the State” featuring Rose Niland is set to appease anyone who appreciates their soundscapes to come with tangible warmth, personable charisma, and empowering socio-political focus.

Marvel to the State was written as an ode to the women who have fought against the oppression of political regimes throughout history, but despite the dark topic of oppression, you can’t help but be uplifted by the soulful track. Soul and Post Punk don’t often go hand in hand, but Weimar’s sound is an eclectic smorgasbord of elements weaved together in an un-assimilative refreshing feat of ingenuity.

If you could imagine a mash-up between Mr Bungle and Squeeze, you’d get a good idea of the infectiously playful Jazz Funk which is weaved into the single. It takes a discernible amount of technical skill to rip out the riffs you’ll get to soak up in Marvel to the State; giving you one more reason to become enamoured by their inventively expressive approach their sound.

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

Their debut album is due to drop in Spring 2020, so, give them a follow on Facebook to keep up with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Small Planets – Breathe: The Most Visceral Reinvention of Post Punk You’ll Hear This Year

With Daniel Kessler (Interpol) style angular guitar progressions under layers of effects, hauntingly sweet vocals with reminiscences to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, fuzzy basslines, and punchy percussion Small Planets’ single “Breathe” won’t fail to win over any Alt Indie or Post Punk fans.

Small Planets took inspiration from the likes of Slowdive and poured it into their recently released self-titled debut album. But you can expect much, much more than an assimilated sound. There’s a rarely found vitality, openness, and boldness to Breathe which gives you the compulsion to adopt the hookish empowering lyrics as mantras. It’s been a while since an up and coming artist appeared on our radars with a sleek modernised take on Post Punk, but it was certainly worth the wait.

You can check out Small Planets’ single Breathe along with their debut self-titled album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Reverse Context – If I Used: Avant-Garde Alt Rock

Reverse Context

Reverse Context is the latest artistic endeavour by Italian Avant-Garde artist Marcello Liverani. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of experiencing their inventively visceral neo-classical soundscapes which unravel with a chillingly ethereal air, now is a perfect time.

Reverse Context’s upcoming single “If I Used” comes highly recommended to any fans of Bauhaus, Bowie, and Magazine. Reverse Context goes beyond orchestrating your typical soundscapes. It’s perceptible that they play with light and dark, the warmth of the tones to tell unique and explorative stories which you can’t help but become captivated by.

If it’s been a while since you’ve heard a combination of hauntedly phantasmal vocals over minor key piano melodies which come together to pull together through indulgently dramatic alchemy, now is the perfect time to delve into Reverse Context’s eclectic, yet nuanced style.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Reverse Context’s evocatively striking single If I Used for yourselves. In the meantime, head on over to Spotify where you can check out their spectacularly dark earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast