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Filled To The Brim – Turn Back the Time: Soul-Driven Piano Pop Rock

https://filledtothebrim.bandcamp.com/track/turn-back-the-time

NYC Piano Pop Rock artist Filled To The Brim injected euphoria onto the airwaves with their latest soul-driven single “Turn Back the Time” which was officially released in on May 1st 2020.

Fans of emotive Power Pop definitely won’t want to miss out on the up-tempo, danceable feat of piano-led Rock. With the harmonically poised Pop vocals and the energetic instrumentals, Turn Back the Time is the perfect addition to any feel-good Pop Rock playlists.

The lyrics may revolve around regret yet Turn Back the Time unfolds as an anthemically visceral optimistic track. It provides an olive branch of connection as it offers aural consolation that everyone feels remorse. But ultimately, it proves that regrets don’t always need to be synonymous with lament.

You can download and stream Filled To The Brim’s latest single Turn Back the Time for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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My Dear Wendy – BURN: Strikingly Authentic Pop Rock

Soulfully captivating singles seem more essential than ever right now. While the world faces isolation, tracks such as BURN by up and coming Alt Pop Rock singer-songwriter My Dear Wendy provide a vital olive branch of connection.

The frill-free soundscape is all-consuming from the first verse to the last. Once the winding Rock guitar solos have pulled you into the light and upbeat piano Pop melody you’ll be immersed in a seamlessly progressive track. BURN is a rare single which offers just as much talent as it does ingenuity and authentic soul.

My Dear Wendy is definitely one to watch if you appreciate well-rounded earworms and striking vocal dynamics.

You can check out BURN for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Micky Blouse – Brother: Energetically Infectious Indie Power Pop

Power Pop, Jangle Pop, and Surf Rock all converge in the energetically infectious latest single “Brother” from up and coming Sheffield-based Indie artist Micky Blouse.

The high-pitched vocals may invoke nostalgia for the time when Hanson dominated the airwaves but make no mistake when you hit play on Brother, you’ll meet soulfully bold aural distinction.

The punchy Alt Rock instrumentals carve out ensnaring melodies which find the perfect balance between momentum and euphorically arrestive vibrant rhythm. Brother is the ultimate Indie Power Pop earworm which you’ll be desperate to share with others once it wriggles in, which should be just about when the chorus hits.

Brother is just one of the tracks to feature on Micky Blouse’s debut self-titled EP which you’ll definitely want to delve into if you’re as sick of assimilative Indie acts as we are.

You can check out Micky Blouse’s latest single Brother for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kid Gulliver Have Released Their Latest Controversially Bold Indie Power Pop Single  

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Taking sensitive subjects and making light-hearted music inspired by them will always be a bold and dangerous move for artists. Yet, Boston-based Indie Power Pop band Kid Gulliver gave it a bash in their latest single “Susie Survived Chemotherapy”.

As Amanda Palmer (who is definitely no stranger to adversity) says, it is an artist’s job to make light from the dark. The Psych Pop/Surf infused single irrefutably does that.

And while I can guarantee that a fair number of people will find offence in the sunny Indie Pop single, there will undoubtedly be plenty of fans. Make your own mind up on Kid Gulliver’s latest single instead of automatically falling into a virtue trap.

You can check out the latest single from Kid Gulliver which was released on January 22nd by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Anthony J Fink – Ageless Minds: Soul-Soaked Alt Rock

Michigan-based Rock artist Anthony J Fink has always had a distinctive approach songwriting, and the perfect introduction to their romantically rendered style is their recently released single “Ageless Minds”.

Ageless Minds kicks off with a stunningly pensive piano melody to introduce Anthony J Fink’s evocatively raw yet harmonically smooth vocals which make it all too easy to feel the weight of the lyrics.

The semi-orchestral single borrows a few elements from 80s Power Ballads, but the rhythmic intricacies found within the instrumental arrangement leaves it firmly in the realms of Rock.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear a Rock artist pouring this much of their soul into their sound. But I can tell you to experience it for yourselves. Go do it.

You can check out Anthony J Fink’s latest single via Reverb Nation.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chellcy Reitsma – Cross the Line ft. Casper Mason: Romantically Resounding Alt Rock

You can practically taste the chemistry contained in the latest single “Cross the Line” from up and coming artist Chellcy Reitsma which features vocals from Casper Mason.

The Alt Rock single boasts the same resounding prowess as cinematic power-pop ballads. Yet, with the inclusion of absorbing riffs in the full-bodied stylised instrumental arrangement, Cross the Line has plenty more bite than your archetypal love song. Alchemically, the high-octane energy of the Americana Country Rock elements didn’t chip away at the sticky-sweet sentiment. It just ensured that it resonated as powerful instead of saccharine.

You can check out Chellcy Reitsma’s latest single Cross the Line which was released on February 14th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Solomon Rex – Idle: Concordantly Choral Alt Indie

https://open.spotify.com/track/2JgXP3GgDSeAzDiaqfh0YP

If you’re looking for an aural cuddle, look no further than the warm concordant embrace from offered by the recently released single “Idle” from up and coming Indie artist Solomon Rex.

Giving the track an Alt 90s Indie vibe is a sublime mix of Psych Pop, Power Pop, Indie, Folk, Blues, and Psych. Even though the soundscape offers an ample serving of warm tonal nostalgia, Solomon Rex was able to gently and melodically stamp his own distinction on the airwaves. Their meltingly choral vocals and ability to write an ethereally uplifting resonant single will undoubtedly see them going far in 2020. If there’s any justice left in the music industry that is.

You can check out Solomon Rex’s single Idle for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MAKUTA – Running: Power Pop Rock

It’s such a shame that songs like this one don’t make it on the Billboard top charts. It’s not about the artistry (which by the way is outstanding) but more about the vibe.

MAKUTA is a four-piece power pop/rock group from Brooklyn, NYC. The song is called “Running”. When I pressed play the first seconds reminded me of acts like Eden; this first impression dissolved quickly as the song entered its power-pop phase. There is this chorus being repeated so much throughout the song, which lands tiny kisses on your forehead. Each time I heard the singer say “I keep running, and running and running faster / running, and running and running to disaster” I almost felt like I was receiving actual tender smooches. The drumming gets more intense in the last minute of the song, building up the crescendo.

This is what I personally call a “California Slackness” song, the vibe that is a bit tad dramatic but so optimistic at the same time.

Feel it on Spotify

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Jessamine Barham – The Silent One: Pensive Piano-Led Rock

Up and coming artist Jessamine Barham has recently made her debut with the album “Out of the Shadows” featuring the striking standout track “The Silent One”.

Through narrative lyrics, operatically dynamic vocals, and a melody which simultaneously offers melancholy and uplifting resonant vulnerability, it’s hard not to surrender your conscious to The Silent One entirely.

With the Silent One, you’re treated to an aurally compelling soundscape, a story which is sure to alleviate the crushing feelings of alienation to anyone who has felt that particularly odious weight of despair, and the affirmation that Jessamine Barham is definitely an artist to watch.

Her style of pensive piano melodies and dramatically captivating lyrics may not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no doubt she has plenty of potential behind her innovative sound.

You can check out Jessamine Barham’s single The Silent One for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Franklin Gotham – We Were Dumb: Magnetically Mellifluous Indie Power Pop

https://franklingotham.bandcamp.com/track/we-were-dumb

Indie Power Pop artist Franklin Gotham has recently released yet another feat of timeless Acoustic Rock with their latest single “We Were Dumb”.

While their other recent releases such as Selling You a Lie left us zealously enamoured, the artist has proven that they’ve continued to sharpen their melodic hook crafting skills with We Were Dumb. If you’re looking for ostentatious frills and overcomplication, you won’t find any. Instead, Franklin Gotham keeps We Were Dumb simple, accessible, and infectiously magnetic by allowing the clean melodies and inviting vocals to lead the way through the track

With the emotional intensity of Tom Waits and the sunny vulnerability of artists such as Nada Surf, We Were Dumb encompasses Alt Indie Folk Rock in a way which may not be regarded as pioneering, but it’s irrefutably refreshing.

You can check out Franklin Gotham’s latest single We Were Dumb for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast