“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.
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.
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.
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.
Electronic Alt Rock artist Project Pronin has recently released their latest single “Release Me” featuring vocals from Nicole Carino. If you’re looking for the steepest emotional rollercoaster on the airwaves right now, we’d say that Release Me is up there with the best of them.
With cavernous drum rolls and effervescent guitar string pulls, the prelude leads you into the hypnotizingly evocative soundscape which will need a fair amount of convincing to leave your synapses alone after it has faded out.
There may be plenty of Radiohead reminiscences to be found in Release Me, but perceptibly, the up and coming Los Angeles-based artist has plenty of their own authenticity into the single. Fans of bands such as Interpol and Editors are also sure to be captivated by the cuttingly angular guitar progressions and transfixing emotive vocals found in Release Me.
You can check out Project Pronin’s single Release Me for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.
If you ever wondered how Bauhaus would sound if they dabbled in Hard Rock, you’d get a fair enough idea by hitting play on Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation’s latest single “It’s OK to Wake Up”.
While you’ll still get the heavy chugging guitars resting against snappy convictive percussion, Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation has thrown in iridescently atmospheric lighter effects to bring a nuanced dynamism and depth to their sound. And my God is it refreshing to hear a Hard Rock artist with distinctive vocals. There’s none of the archetypal growls, screeches or wails, just the clever and evocative use of vibrato.
You’ll still get to absorb plenty of arrestingly technical soaring guitar riffs which you’re accustomed to in Hard Rock, but irrefutably Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation are the much-needed antidote to the sterility in the genre.
You can check out Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation’s single It’s OK to Wake Up which was released on November 1st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Alt Rock artist Hitlist is back with their latest ominously atmospheric single “Urgency”. I’ll give Post Punk fans until the first verse has run through to become enamoured with the biting soundscape.
There’s a satirical feel to Urgency, and in a feat of aural alchemy, Hitlist has created a track which doesn’t take itself all too seriously without allowing it to unfold as gimmicky or crass. Which may all fall down to just how catchy the cold yet punchy melodies are. In addition, Hitlist’s vocalist may just be in possession of the most distinctively magnetic vocals in Post Punk right now. While there’s the familiar dramatic drawl, there’s a uniquely sticky-sweet sensibility which weaves its way into the caustic versing.
For reasons of professionalism, I usually refrain from making declarations of love in reviews. But with Urgency, it is far too endearing to resist. Hit play, and you will soon see why.
You can check out the lyric video to Hitlist’s latest single Urgency for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.
There was a rumour a few days ago that Michael Jackson had come back to life. After hearing the latest single “White Tear” from LUMER, I was almost convinced that Lux (The Cramps) had returned with his gloriously raucous larynx.
While there are plenty of similarities between the Cramps and LUMER, the up and coming artist still carries plenty of authenticity of their own. In White Tear, eerie psychedelic layers feed into gritty, grinding Alt Rock which finds the perfect balance between droning dark, cold Post Punk and No Wave.
If you’re looking for contemporary Post Punk which comes with plenty of biting angst, there are very few artists around on the airwaves with sharper teeth than LUMER.
White Tear was the third single to be released by the Hull, UK-based band. They’ve already amassed a fair enough hype around their caustically indulgent sound, it’s going to be ridiculously exciting to see what comes next from them.
You can check out LUMER’s single White Tear for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Punk fans of all inclinations are going to want to check out the debut solo “Career Ending Move” album from artist Karl Meyer.
While each of the tracks is a high-octane blast of magnetic angst, the best introduction to their sound is the single “Detractors”. If you find yourself constantly in search for the most chaotic soundscapes on the airwaves, Detractors is definitely a single for you. There are elements of No Wave, Post Punk and Old School Anarcho-Punk all weaved into the mix allowing it to resonate as fresh, but familiarly accessible.
Thankfully, unlike 70s Punk artists, Karl Meyer is more than instrumentally proficient which is palpable from the Oh Sees-style caustic riffs which carve out infectious electronically-charged rhythm creating the perfect platform for their biting vocals.
You can check out Karl Meyer’s single Detractors along with their debut album Career Ending Move for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.
Nick Cave fans are going to want to prick up their ears for the debut release from Alt Rock artist Marty Boff. Their first album “Ballad of the Ninja Cowboy Vol 1” aptly dropped on October 31st.
It’s probably no coincidence that it was released on Halloween given the ominously dark Tarantino-esque tonality of the album. It’s smoky, it’s gritty, and each track will submerge you in the swampy rhythms which are tinged subtle elements of Surf Rock, Indie, Post Punk and Alt Americana.
If you’re tired of the prolific humourlessness on the airwaves, the album will undoubtedly prove to be an aural treat worth savouring. The album is just one piece of the episodic puzzle titled “Skateboarding Rock Star Ninja Cowboy” which is currently in the works.
Loosen that stiff upper lip and enjoy the talent, wit, and imagination of Marty Boff which pulls together to offer the perfect soundtrack for escapism.
You can check out Marty Boff’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.