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

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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

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8udDha bl0od – 1771: Psychedelically-Laced 60s-Inspired Pop Rock

1771 is just one of the recently released singles by Brighton-based Alt artist 8udDha bl0od. Arguably, the psychedelically-laced Pop Rock single is up there with the most cathartic we’ve heard from them yet.

The frill-free soundscape invites you to slip into a kaleidoscopically entrancing track which invokes 60s nostalgia. Above the light instrumental arrangement, the vocals easily and ethereally resonate above the gentle rhythms compelling you to sink deeper into the track and latch onto the lyrics to ingest the sentimental mindfulness.

What I will always appreciate about 8udDha bl0od is their ability to break free from tonal archetypes. They consistently surprise us with the seemingly endless number of ways their ingenuity can aurally manifest.  Fans of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Zombies and the Rolling Stone will find plenty to be enamoured by when they hit play on 1771.

You can check out 1771 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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Grunge Meets Accordant Folk in Lee Sama’s Latest Single “Luana”

Stockholm-based Garage Folk artist Lee Sama’s latest single Luana is just one of the disarming reasons why you’ll want to make room for this artist on your radar.

With the raw and gritty appeal of Grunge but arranged under the accordance of Psych-laced Folk, paradoxically, Luana is a hard-hitting blissful soundscape.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Nirvana, and Pixies will find it all too easy to melt into the emotion-driven hazy track which serves as the perfect introduction to Lee Sama’s indulgently cathartic sound.

Luana may not be the most over-complicated soundscape. Yet, there’s still an artfully beguiling air to the production which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You’ll be able to check out Luana for yourselves from March 13th via SoundCloud or Spotify.

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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Dunes Day – Vertigo: Chorally Concordant Indie Jangle Pop

Many up and coming Indie artists struggle to set themselves apart with distinction. But Dunes Day executed it with discernible ease in their second single “Vertigo”.

It’s impossible not to warm to their softly progressive style which constantly switches up the instrumental style while keeping the tone of the guitar-led arrangement beguilingly concordant.

Their indulgently sweet mix of Jangle Pop and Psych offers an instantaneous hook. From there out, you’re gently left to drink in the choral guitar notes which find the perfect synergy with the vocal harmonies.

Vertigo is a stunningly produced single which puts a modern spin on Psych Pop bands we’ve fawned over for decades. We might have a lot to thank the Beatles for, but it’s about time we started giving bands such as Dunes Day recognition for their contributions to the airwaves.

You can check out Vertigo yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mark Millar – Some Day: The Perfect Soundtrack to Your Wanderlust Daydreams

If you’re always on the lookout for escapism music, look no further than up and coming Rock singer-songwriter Mark Millar’s latest single “Some Day” which will act as an effective aural aide to your wanderlust daydreams.

With sweetly psychedelic increments of Funk around the smooth flowing bluesy licks and Mark Millar’s lyrical reminders of how much mediocrity, monotony and routine suck, you’ll find yourself miles away when you delve into the cathartically melodic soundscape.

Some Day may be a frill-free stripped-bare track, but its introspection-invoking properties are timelessly mesmeric all the same.

You can check out Mark Millar’s single Some Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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David Wakeling – Just Say You Love Me (I’ll Believe It): Eccentrically Amorous Indie Psych Pop

Obviously, there was no forgetting singer-songwriter David Wakeling from the first time we were introduced to their sentimentally striking songwriting style with their single “Just Believe in Yourself”.

With their latest single “Just Say You Love Me (I’ll Believe It)”, we braced for the potency of his emotive expression to bleed through the notes and were bowled over all the same.

The light and airily candid approach David Wakeling took with the Indie Pop soundscape offered much more than catharsis. It’s a psychedelic feat of kaleidoscopic synthy escapism. If your heart doesn’t feel full after ingesting this timeless yet futuristically fresh track, it might be a little broken.

Their ability to make their tracks experimental, creative and colourful at the same time as being impossibly easy to slip into is a rare gift. And we’ll always be happy to hear what that gift can bring to the airwaves.

You can check out David Wakeling’s latest single for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Gallerys – You’re a Dreamer: Melodically Explosive Alt Psych Indie Pop

If you felt a slight tremor on their airwaves on January 30th, that will have been thanks to Kent-based Alt Psych Indie Pop trailblazers The Gallerys and their latest single “You’re a Dreamer”.

You’re a Dreamer kicks off with an explosive start before the melodicism weaves its way into the punchy, animated, and meticulously rhythmic track. Vocals certainly don’t make or break a track. But in You’re a Dreamer, there’s no denying that they take the Gallerys sound to another level. You’ll be able to feel the sticky sweet choral vocals wrap around your soul as you drink in the dynamically colourful mix of 60s Rock, Indie and Britpop. It’s a monstrous track, but with the mellow tonality, those massive riffs and percussion fills almost feel transcendent.

The Gallerys are undoubtedly a band who are going to tear up the UK music scene in 2020. They’ve already made their riotous mark by capturing the attention of BBC introducing, and getting over 300 live shows under their belt. If you’ve lost any faith in the music industry, The Gallerys will be more than happy to restore it for you.

You can check out You’re a Dreamer for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Roussett – We Might Just Do This All Day: Hypnotically Psychedelic Alt Indie Pop

“We Might Just Do This All Day” is the psychedelically serene latest single from up and coming Alt Indie artist Roussett.

If Elliott Smith experimented with spacey and colourful tones, I’d imagine that it wouldn’t sound all too different from the ethereal catharsis found in We Might Just Do This All Day which would be haunting if it weren’t so soothing. The lucid layers gently weave through their Jazz-infused progressions as the delicately amorous vocals find the perfect synergy alongside them.

I don’t make Mr Bungle comparisons lightly. But the soundscape perceptibly shared the same kind of ingenuity which you’d find in the hazy, oceanic avant-garde tracks such as Retrovertigo and Pink Cigarette.

There will be plenty more to come from Roussett in 2020, so do your blood pressure and get them on your radar.

You can check out Roussett’s latest single We Might Just Do This All Day for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast