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Solomon Rex – Idle: Concordantly Choral Alt Indie

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


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


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


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

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


Singer-Songwriter Alin Hagen Has Made Their Pensive Alt Pop Debut with “You’re Mine”  

Alin Hagen

Singer-songwriter Alin Hagen has made their pensive Alt Pop debut with the captivatingly powerful ballad “You’re Mine”.

With the intricate rhythmic drum fills along with the constantly evolving melodies, You’re Mine becomes a mesmerising mix of candid emotion, unrestrained artistic expression, and the kind of experimentalism which the Pop genre has been crying out for years.

You’re Mine may only be just over two minutes long, but in the space of those two minutes, you’ll get the perfect introduction to Alin Hagen’s distinctively powerful and melodiously ingenious approach to their soundscapes.

Instead of running with pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, Alin Hagen opts to spill visceral soul into the mix, hitting play on You’re Mine will be the perfect way to determine whether yours is still working.

You can check out Alin Hagen’s debut single by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Defecting Grey – Cathedral: A Grungy Hit of 90s Branded Euphoria

“Cathedral” is just one of the grungy hits of euphoria which you will find on New Jersey artist Defecting Grey’s latest EP “Run Silent”. With elements of 90s Alt Rock fused with punchy Pop Punk progressions, Cathedral is a track which is sure to be of appeal to any fans of Dinosaur Jr, Alkaline Trio and Get Up the Kids.

The bounce of the chaotic chords may boast familiarity and immediate accessibility, but Defecting Grey has been able to inject fresh visceral energy into the perpetually cathartic soundscape. Expect catchy hooks, big choruses, and even bigger things to come from this up and coming artist.

You can check out Cathedral along with the rest of Defecting Grey’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Stan Laurels – Lost and Found: Endearingly Sonic Power-Pop

It may have been over a year since The Stan Laurels appeared on my radar with the charismatic hit “Maybe”, but there was no forgetting their endearingly melodic Psych Power Pop sound.

The up and coming Texas-based artist’s latest release “Lost & Found” hit me with even more mellifluous euphoria. The sticky-sweet magnetism within the vocals is sure to be of appeal to any fans of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and there’s plenty of bite in the sonic synergy found within the Indie Rock instrumental arrangement.

Lost & Found is an earworm which is guaranteed to get the dopamine flowing whilst simultaneously standing as a testament to the talent exuded by the Stan Laurels.

You can check out Lost & Found for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


COLORWAVE – Jericho, Jericho! Fiercely Fronted Alt-Rock


Any fans of In This Moment will undoubtedly want to check out the debut album “Nomads” from the up and coming Alt Rock powerhouse COLORWAVE. While the Alt Rock artist shares the same fierce aural bite as In This Moment, they’ve also found a stylistic way to incorporate elements of Pop Punk and Post Punk to create a contemporary hit which resonates like nothing else.

I’m sure I won’t be the only one who struggles when it comes to defining COLORWAVE’s volatile, polished sound, but that only gives me more certainty about the commercial potential in their pioneering debut. Especially with standout tracks on the album such as “Jericho, Jericho!”.

While Jericho, Jericho! has all the accessibility of Emo Power Pop, the Alt Rock instrumentals carve out a bed of bass-drenched, textured Metal creating the perfect platform for Ginny’s vocals which prove that female-fronted Rock deserve a place in the Alt Rock genre; and that place is right at the top of the charts.

You can check out COLORWAVE’s single Jericho, Jericho! for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nocturnal Theory – Never Go: Stridently Pensive Power Pop

While lovelorn tracks from younger up and coming Pop artists will more often than not resonate as slightly naive, that more than certainly isn’t the case when it comes to the latest single “Never Go” from Nocturnal Theory.

Right from the prelude in Never Go, the melancholy hits you. You can forget finding hooks in the progressions because instead, you’ll find emotive landmines in this stridently pensive Power Pop single.

If the evolution of Pop lies in the hands of the likes of Nocturnal Theory, I’d say that the genre is pretty safe. The melodies in the atmospherically moody soundscape experiment with intricate breakbeats allowing elements of electronica to serve as the perfect antidote to those tediously predictable Pop chords.

You can check out Nocturnal Theory’s latest single Never Go for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Power Pop duo Ready Set Red has dropped their sticky-sweet debut with single “Daydreamer”

Some Pop artists boast the ability to leave you instantaneously enamoured with their soundscapes and energy. While it doesn’t happen all too often with up and coming artists, Ready Set Red proved with their debut track “Daydreamer” to be amongst the artists with the enviable sticky-sweet charismatic presence.

The Indie Power Pop artist’s offering of high vibe, harmoniously rendered alchemy, contains big choruses, similar to what you could expect from any punchy Maroon 5 track. Yet, the vocals in Daydreamer almost allow the track to veer into the Pop Rock arena thanks to the unrestrained bite which allows passion to pour into the single. Considering that the debut was mixed and mastered by Ready Set Red themselves, debut singles don’t really come much more promising.

It is definitely no surprise that they have been able to amass so much attention to their recently released single.

You can check out Ready Set Red’s debut single Daydreamer for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast