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Yellow Nymphos give us A Handful Of Something Sticky

https://yellownymphos.bandcamp.com/track/a-handful-of-something-sticky

Yellow Nymphos is Makain Wiginton (guitar, synths, vocals) and Calvin Brown (Bass, Vocals, Synths) from New Orleans – plus drums from ‘The Machine’, of course.

‘A Handful of Something Sticky’ is three minutes of dark, moody alt-rock from their ‘Crooked Inhale of The Bung Donkey’ album, all meandering bassline, deep-spoken vocals, and a ripped-speaker-cones-distortion of a guitar-part for the finale.

Released, appropriately, on Halloween, and coming on like tarmac jelly or jellybean-flavoured crisps, this is disturbing, unsettling indie for people who like their music just a little more left-field than the acres of generic, pseudo-alternative sanitization that passes for the majority of modern rock n’ roll.

‘A Handful Of Something Sticky’ might just possibly be the aural equivalent of waking up post-party to find one of your eyebrows has been shaved whilst you slept, but since when has that EVER been the sign of a bad thing?

Check out Yellow Nymphos on Bandcamp and Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Samuel H James – Summer: Tenderly Nihilistic Darkwave Murder Folk

Portsmouth, UK-based Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Artist and Producer Samuel H James has released their entrancingly chilling darkwave murder folk single “Summer”. Considering the Summer we have all just endured, the despondence and tender nihilism ensure that Summer is one of the aptest new releases that you’ll hit play on this year.

Any fans of the macabre lyrical styling of Nick Cave, Arab Strap and Jack Ladder will definitely want to give the cutting Post Punk track a listen. As the powerful beats retain tribalistic rhythmic momentum, Samuel H James seeks dramatic vengeance for the loss of a fictional lover, allowing you to get wrapped up in the atmospheric imagery which is crafted from the verses which run through as pensively cutting meta poetry.

Summer is available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucas Penner has taken Post Punk to a seriously slick new stratosphere with “So Well”

Lucas Penner

You’d be hard-pressed to find old-school crooning alongside cold Post Punk tones and slick Setzer-style rock n roll grooves anywhere other than Toronto-based artist Lucas Penner’s standout single ‘So Well’.

So, you may as well hit play on the beguilingly masterful release which puts a neo twist on baroque. The styling may be on the archaic side, but you can expect a retro-futuristic earworm to crawl in your ear from the outset.

Any fans of Nick Cave, Tom Waits or Fable Cry will definitely appreciate the insidious air to the murder folk-style lyricism which will allow you to feel like you’re being aurally dragged into a hellish stratosphere.

You can check out So Well for yourselves from October 27th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mercury Teardrop – Noise in a Vacuum: Sonically Dystopic Post-Rock

If you’re looking for aural escapism, Mercury Teardrop’s mesmerising 2020 album ‘Blinded by a Dark Star’ serves as the perfect divergence from reality.

Noise in a Vacuum’ efficaciously sets the cold tone for the second album released by the Vancouver-based Experimental Post Rock artist. If Bauhaus gives you chills, prepare for your skin to prickle under the command of sonically dystopic tones.

The soothing instrumental melodies bring the comfort while the entrancing reverb-laden effects paired with Rosalie Sonsalla’s vocals bring an atmospheric intensity to the soundscape which borders on Avant-Garde, but there’s plenty of accessible grounded realism to ensure that the evocative message behind the single still resonates.

You can check out Noise in a Vacuum for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sun Lite has dropped their Psychedelically Entrancing Cold Wave single “M.O.T.H.E.R.”

Belgian solo artist Sun Lite is here with their mesmeric era and genre-blending single “M.O.T.H.E.R.” Hit play and prepare to fall down the entrancing rabbit hole which was dug out with elements of Blues, 60’s Psych, Funk and EDM.

It transcends stunning. It’s an aural exhibition of harrow orchestrated with nothing more than a laptop, a keyboard, an acoustic guitar and Sun Lite’s intensely phantasmal vocals which are sure to be a hit with any fans of The Chameleons and Peter Murphy.

With hints of tribalism, your rhythmic pulses will be efficaciously arrested by the soundscape which leaves plenty of room for mind-warping experimentalism.

In short, M.O.T.H.E.R. is an obsession-worthy track for any staunch fans of psychedelia. Unlike so many Psychedelically-inspired artists, it’s more than just an ode to the past. The darkness which crawls through the single will stay with you for long after the psychedelic cold wave single has faded to a close.

You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Shining Tongues – Make Us Eat: Experimentally Phantasmal Alt Rock

London-based newcomers The Shining Tongues cooked up a darkly entrancing progressive Alt-Rock hit with their latest single “Make Us Eat”.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an indulgent shot of absinthe for any Peter Murphy fans. The reminiscences may be there, but there is no disputing that The Shining Tongues cooked up their own authentic gothic aural alchemy with Make Us Eat.

Make Us Eat kicks off with doom-laden melodicism before seamlessly meandering into an Avant-Garde feat of psychedelically beguiling Alt Rock.

After a cathartically serpentine start, choral tones start to creep in, allowing Make Us Eat to boast light and optimism-grappling allure before the soundscape descends into phantasmal experimentalism.

You can check out Make Us Eat which was released on September 24th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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From Byron Bay to New York, ‘Elements’ is Lovempires’s real-life Post-Punk gem in the dark

Taken off the full EP ‘Goodbye Darkness Hello Light‘, ‘Elements‘ is the raw and real-life Post-Punk gem from Australia-born act named Lovempire. This is the 2nd single taken off the new EP and is equally well-received from the now New York-based act.

Indie underground American/Australian darkened rock outfit Lovempire is a story of survival manifest. Morgan Phoenix is the architect of this gritty sound that is the life of the music scene. She is quite brilliant here and her vocal skills are ear-bending. This is the underground, away from the glitz and fakeness of some parts of the industry. These are the type of bands that are known as the best, respect is most cherished asset to anyone’s music bag.

You can be a good person or be naughty, that is life. This is the message here and to be the best at what you do is the point. Being yourself and being genuine is the key to life and you shouldn’t let anyone else tell you different.

The grungy post-rock-punk vibe here is brilliant. The vocals are gritty and real, you feel Morgan’s energy throughout and want to dance alongside here at the local club, its packed and sweaty. The volume needs to be turned up here for ‘Elements‘ from Lovempire.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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ali3ns – In between: Enigmatic Alt Rock Aural Alchemy

Up and coming Alt Rock trailblazers ali3ns packed some serious charisma into their debut EP “Second Coming”. The perfect introduction to their enigmatic aural alchemy has to be the funky, bluesy track “In between”.

In between explores the full tonal palette with ease, sweeping across Old School blues licks before venturing over to cold Post Punk tones with plenty of funky melodious ingenuity for good measure. One thing which remains as a constant is the up-vibe intoxicatingly magnetic vocals which pour good vibes all over the experimental feat of Alt Rock.

It’s the kind of track you’d need a significant brain injury to forget. I feel like this exactly what Robert Smith would sound like if he took some happy pills and found an affinity for Funk.

You can check out In Between ali3ns by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Coumarin’s latest single “Dreams” is a sonically-sweet Indie Pop Rock earworm which anthemically begs for repeat attention

Stop listening to Joy Division’s “Isolation” on repeat and get acquainted with German Indie trailblazers Coumarin’s latest release “Dreams”.

Dreams was recorded and produced during the lockdown over the course of 2 months. Perceptibly, Coumarin didn’t need to be in close proximity with one another to create one of the most synergistic tracks which we’ve heard this year. While we’ve heard plenty of obvious and trite tracks inspired by lockdown, Dreams operates on a far more refined level. It alludes to the new level of mistrust which we’ve found with the world and shares those private moments of dissatisfaction which we’ve swallowed alone in our rooms.

Hit play and you’ll hear an indulgent cocktail of Indie, Pop, Rock, and Jangle Pop with slight nuances of Post Punk in the sonically sweet record. The stunningly angular guitar notes took my breath away on multiple occasions as the punchy and effervescent instrumentals weaved their way through the progressions. And with the massive choruses, it’s safe to say Coumarin cooked up a stylistic Indie Rock storm with Dreams.

You’ll be able to stream and download Dreams for yourselves via Bandcamp from today and you can watch the video here.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fendahlene – High and Low and Back Again: Alchemically Evocative Alt Indie Post Punk

With an intro which carries the same aural weight as a quiescently morose melody from Nils Frahm, Alt Indie trailblazers Fendahlene’s single kicks off “High and Low and Back Again” with a teasing start before settling into an intricately masterful feat of Indie Power Pop.

Any fans of the National, R.E.M., Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Interpol will definitely want to pay attention to the band’s latest release. There’s no replicating that Alt 90s sound, Fendahlene didn’t have to, the Australian-based artist has been crafting alchemically evocative tracks since their inception in 1994.

With the cuttingly angular Post Punk guitar tones weaving around the resolving vocals, High and Low and Back Again unfolded as an unforgettably soul-filling stylistic Indie hit. We’re already stoked to hear what is next.

You can check out High and Low and Back Again for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from the band in 2020 and beyond. Keep up to date with the artist’s latest news and releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast