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8udDha bl0od – SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5

8udDha bl0od

Brighton-based experimental artist 8udDha bl0od has a tendency to leave us transfixed by their constantly evolving sound. With their upcoming release “SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5” they’ve left us emotionally stung and aurally enamoured once more.

In their usual style, 8udDha bl0od ensured that the track carried an arsenal of curveballs which will throw you from the accordance you have settled into.

As the track kicks off, there’s something incredibly piercing about the artful tone and tempo despite the light textures and transcendent air which breathes around the slightly psychedelic progressions in the ethereally resolving soundscape.

Halfway through the 7-minute track, SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5 takes an unexpected turn and veers in the direction of Lo-Fi Brit Pop which any fans of Blur will appreciate. But the evolutions in 8udDha bl0od’s track doesn’t end there. To fade out, 8udDha bl0od uses a haunting cinematic neo-noir outro which dissipates into the sound of rolling waves.

We needed no more proof that 8udDha bl0od was one of the most talented underground artists around in 2020, but with their latest single, he delivered yet another undeniable affirmation of his pioneeringly astounding talent.

SUm 0f the !x|xi gl17ch35 & 7h3 x!i 73ll7A!L 51gn5 0f 5p3c7R3 SARk0pH.:.rgU5 is due for release on July 5th. You’ll be able to check it out yourselves via SoundCloud from the date of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leo Howse – A (nother F*cking) Heartfelt Love Song Featuring Suzi Jodie.

When love songs are as inventively titled as Leo Howse’s latest single “A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song” featuring Suzi Jodie, we were always going to pay attention.

From the first hint of sardonic wit in Leo Howse’s playfully bitter-sweet Indie Folk Pop single we instantly warmed to their sarcastic style which was perfectly complemented by Suzi Jodie’s ardently accordant vocals.

Anyone who appreciated the Fratellis’  off the cuff songwriting style will definitely want this melodic psychedelically-infused feat of Pop in their ears.

We can’t wait to hear what comes from the up and coming eccentric artist. Maybe, by the date of the next release, the earworm which this single left us with may have wriggled out.

You can check out A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mute the TV – Only the Good Times Matter: Anthemically Exuberant Wholesome Indie Pop

There was no forgetting Mute the TV after having the pleasure of falling in love with their synthy-sweet debut single “With You”. Thankfully, they didn’t keep us waiting for all too long before the release of their soul-soothing Indie hit “Only the Good Times Matter”.

If we’re all being honest with ourselves, our playlists could all do with a little bit more wholesome Indie Pop on them right now. And that’s just what Mute the TV’s anthemically exuberant hit achieves. We’ve all had three months in stasis to decide on what really matters, and I have to say I’m with Mute the TV on this one.

With sonic synth lines and super-charged Indie Rock riffs in a well-rounded and practically effervescent instrumental arrangement, Only the Good Times matter efficaciously feeds you organic feel-good vibes. Existentialism is out, optimism is in.

You can check out Only the Good Times Matter for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Damien Darr has broken the Jangle Pop mould with their Psych-infused Indie Pop single “Supernatural”

Alt singer-songwriter Damien Darr broke the monotonous Jangle Pop mould with their standout single “Supernatural” from their latest album “Paper Cuts”.

Supernatural is a blend of sticky-sweet Indie Pop along with a seriously nuanced injection of Psych Rock. The absorbingly intricate guitar licks demand you give this track plenty of repeat attention as they bravely explore the full tonal palette. From angular and cutting to kaleidoscopically transcendent, Supernatural offers it all.

There’s also plenty to be said for Damien Darr’s energetically entrancing vocals which will leave you endeared by their playful style before the first verse has run through.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vvolla – Never Untrue: Blissfully Resolving Neo-Soul Pop Served with a Twist of Psych

Irish fourpiece Vvolla has made their debut with the blissfully resolving Neo-Soul Pop single “Never Untrue”. Within it, you’ll find layers of beguilingly nostalgic tonal warmth paired with Emily Lannin’s distinctively alluring vocal dynamic.  Vvolla makes it all too easy to feel right at home in the Jazz-soaked melodies in Never Untrue. Even from the first hit.

I especially appreciated the Blues Rock guitar solos which take the soundscape to the next level thanks to the nuances of psychedelia which were definitely unexpected after ingesting the chorally sweet accordance which led up to the kaleidoscopic solo.

You can check out Vvolla’s single Never Untrue for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Filip Finado has released their blissfully accordant feat of Psych Folk Pop “Your Songs”

“Your Songs” is the accordantly blissful latest single from Indie singer-songwriter Filip Finado. With melodies which you can melt into and instantly resonant lyrics, Your Songs is everything we need on the airwaves right now.

There are subtle nuances of Psych Pop and Alt Folk Pop within the soundscape which tangibly shimmers with aural resolve in a way that any fans of the Beatles and the Zombies will undoubtedly appreciate. Yet ultimately, the essence of the single lies in the magnetic resonance which will hit you as soon as you hit play. Your Songs may be a break-up song, but there’s just something so soulfully captivating about the artfully distinctive soundscape, it will soothe your soul whatever you’re lamenting over.

You can check out the official video to Your Songs on YouTube from May 28th via YouTube.

Make sure to subscribe to Filip Finado’s channel and follow them via Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with new releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dylan E. Crampton – Pretty Clothes: Psychedelically Sweet Indie Pop

Fans of the Beatles, the Zombies, and the Beach Boys, prepare to be enamoured by Dylan E. Crampton’s psychedelically sweet single Pretty Clothes which dropped in March 2020.

The melodies in the quintessentially affable single will win you over from the first verse, while Dylan E. Crampton’s harmonically soft vocals add even more magnetically captivating warmth to the soundscape.

The Irish Singer-Songwriter has an enviable skill when it comes to crafting efficacious guitar hooks and inventive melodies. Along with their tangible talent when it comes to writing solid, instantly accessible tracks, it’s easy to see big things in the pipeline for Dylan E. Crampton with his nostalgic yet authentic style.

You can check out Dylan E. Crampton’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35

8udDha bl0od is one of the most versatile artists we’ve encountered in 2020, with each new release they blow our minds a little more, and their recently released romantically nostalgic single “HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35” was no exception.

HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 felt like an aural cuddle. Just why the blend of Progressive Synth Pop and 60s Psych was consoling I’m not all too sure, but the consciousness-devouring soundscape is extremely efficacious all the same. I have a feeling that any fans of ELO will definitely want to make HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 a staple track on their playlists.

HAppY 5AD: Pr!nce DjAng0 PURple fA!n of 3<35 will be available for release along with the rest of the album from May 17th via SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out the artists myriad of dynamic releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – R3D0: Sublimely Mellifluous 60s Psych Pop Rock

If your playlists could use an injection of catharsis, look no further than the sublimely mellifluous single R3D0 from breaking Alternative artist 8udDha bl0od.

Fans of the Beatles and other 60s Psych Pop Rock pioneers will definitely appreciate the gently enticing rhythms which aid transcendental escapism while simultaneously leaving you enamoured by the artist’s ability to create such a transfixing soulful single.

It’s lyrically light, but perceptibly, R3D0 was stripped-back to the essential components to offer nothing but sheer psychedelic good vibes.

Not all of 8udDha bl0od’s tracks are as captivatingly serene as R3D0. But this just affirms that the Brighton-based artist has no trouble when it comes to orchestrating more traditional, accessible and radio-friendly tracks despite their inclination to explore slightly less archetypal sounds.

You can check out R3D0 which was released in February 2020 along with 8udDha bl0od’s tracks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Super Love has brought the funk with their latest Alt Rock single “Herringbone”

Super Love

Super Love brought the Funk with their latest single “Herringbone”. We’ve heard the US-based duo’s experimentalism under many guises, but with Herringbone, Super Love cooked up their most psychedelically immersive Alt Rock track yet.

The sweet Psych Blues guitar licks around the deep bendy basslines create an absorbing soundscape to slip into while the Alt Pop effect-laden vocals add plenty of robotic soul into the mix. Herringbone may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Instead, it’s a strong cocktail of aural ingenuity with unrestrained playful imagination.

It’s not all too often we stumble across pretence-less Alt Rock, which is why when Super Love appeared on our single in 2019 with their debut single, there was no chance of forgetting them.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can experience Herringbone yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out Super Love’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast