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Britta Pejic has broken the monocultural mould with their rhythmically beguiling Alt Pop hit ‘Spring Roll Skin’

Britta Pejic has served up a smorgasbord of culture in her latest electronic Avant-Garde Latin Pop single ‘Spring Roll Skin’. With windingly psychedelic guitar notes adding beguile to the rhythmically arrestive instrumentals which create the perfect platform for Britta Pejic’s almost phantasmal vocals, the only thing which parallels the ingenuity is how deeply you will fall into the magnetically mellifluous release.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Kate Bush strove for a more colourful and tribal sound, you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect when you hit play on Spring Roll Skin which was released on October 31st.

You can check out Spring Roll Skin for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s Tamarind Dream take us on a groovy lo-fi ride with ‘Grapefruit’

Tamarind Dream take us on a groovy lo-fi ride with ‘Grapefruit‘ and this is a lovely track to help us all in 2020.

This young London-based group and are making waves and we are just enjoying the ocean. This is so smooth with classy attributes for our ears.

You fight so hard for that extra bit of energy. It’s that bittersweet moment as you know that it is there but you need to find it. New memories are on the way and you just need to fight through this currently moment. Time will help but you you want this moment now.

Tamarind Dream are quite glorious on the new single called ‘Grapefruit‘. This is a fruit lo-fi mix of wonderful music that will surely cheer you up. This is one of the best tracks of the year so far due to its awesome vibe and subtle lyrics. Here is some pure Psychedelic R&B that will make you happy. This is a welcome 2020 release and this is a fine track.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jake George cooked up kaleidoscopically-sweet Funk in their Psych Rock single “In the Rain”

Australian singer-songwriter Jake George has cooked up a Funk-soaked psychedelic storm with their latest bass-led autumnally-apt single “In the Rain”.

Melt into the smooth sultry grooves and fall a little bit in love with Jake George’s equally as provocative vocals which project into the kaleidoscopically effect-laden soundscape.

In the Rain sweeps across the full tonal palette, giving the instrumental arrangement plenty of depth, but you won’t be able to tear your consciousness away from the warm, steady reverberation which comes in the form of a throbbing bassline.

You can check out In the Rain for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heavy Salad have given ‘cult hit’ a brand-new meaning with their debut album “Cult Casual”

The debut album from Manchester’s finest soulfully-blessed Psychedelic trailblazers Heavy Salad has finally dropped.

Cult Casual hit record stores on September 25th and affirmed that the optimism that I’ve held since hearing their eccentrically resolving sophomore single Battery Acid in 2019 was entirely well placed.

Some records, you put on the turntable and know you’ll be apathetic about letting the needle hit it again. Others, you know you’ll delve right back in for the successive hits of emotion which manifested the first time around. Cult Casual is firmly in the latter camp.

Track 1, Death is a gentle Surf Pop easing into the colourful chaos which ensues in the form of their cult hit (in the most literal use of the phrase) Battery Acid. Track 3, The Wish is the feat of feisty grunge which blows every other Garage Rock artist in Manchester out of the water while simultaneously giving artists such as Dinosaur Jr a run for their money.

Track 4, Inner Versions carries the same bite as The Wish, but this time the playful angst is projected over punchy Indie Rock licks, leaving plenty of space for guitarist Rob Glennie to humbly unveil the virtuosic talent he’s been hiding all along. Track 5, Reverse Snake is Heavy Salad’s psych Rock scathing attack on the ideocracy which led us to Brexit. Arcanely, they actually succeeded in creating a high-vibe Anti-Brexit track.

Fans of Avant-Garde will be suitably enraptured in the album from Track 6 where the experimentalism truly starts to take hold. After you’ve enjoyed all the juicy Psych Pop earworms, it’s time to immerse yourselves in the unpredictable yet pragmatic progressive nature of High Priestess and This Song is Not About Lizards. Unapologetically, the tracks take seismic shifts in tone and ferocity, leaving you at the mercy of their rhythmic prowess and whatever celestial magic the Priestesses are serving up in the form of their intoxicating vocals.

Whichever plateau you’ve floated to with the former singles, Routine Dream will allow you to crash down to earth with the scuzzily confrontational track which serves an aggressive yet compassionate reminder that you’re probably living blind. Thankfully, there’s plenty of aural comfort in Slow Ride which will make sure that you’re in the best possible mindset for the evocative assault which follows.

The final track It’s OK to Bleed will break my heart over and over again. In a time where people are more likely to invest in bitcoin rather than their emotional intelligence, it’s utterly priceless. Straight from the intro, the tenderness rings through the guitar progressions, then, the vocal and lyrical empathy bring torrid emotions to the front but there’s plenty of solace to be found in the track which unravels as gospel for the impious.

In short, it’s a cosmic rollercoaster and easily up there with the best things to happen in 2020. Listen to it.

You can check out Cult Casual via Spotify & Bandcamp or you can (and you definitely should) treat yourself to a CD or vinyl copy of the album released via Dripped in Gold Recordings.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heavy Salad are sharing the good vibes with their rapturously Grungy Pop track “The Wish”

Ever since the earworm contained in Heavy Salad’s Psych Pop sophomore release Battery Acid made itself right at home, I’ve been psyched by the promise of the debut release by the Manchester-based masters of good vibes.

The wait is almost finally over. The Cult Casual LP produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) is due for release on September 25th via Dipped in Gold Recordings. Ahead of the LP release, they’ve released their psychedelically rapturous grungy Pop teaser track The Wish. It’s so timely it is almost serendipitous.

The Wish is an accessible introduction to the debut album which promises a smorgasbord of enlightenment-aiding experimentalism. The driving punchy Rock rhythms possess a convictive bite and drip with a bravado-less Alt 90s-style cool which will appeal to any fans of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr and Weezer.

With the feisty instrumentals perfectly paired by the exuberantly high-vibe vocals offering mantras such as “I cannot save you, I can’t even save myself”, it will be hard to determine what you fell in love with first, the powerful lyrics or the tone which shatters the Manchester mould.  So many Manchester-based artists succumb to the ease in the process of assimilation for their sound. But with Heavy Salad, their sound is so revolutionary that if they were handing out invites to their cult, you probably wouldn’t need to think twice before accepting.

The massive choruses in the Wish go down like a euphoric storm as they allow you to consider the futility in attempting to rescue everyone in a world where we’re all without a compass in the chaos. If you’re as afflicted with empathy and nihilism as I am, you can consider the Wish a playlist essential.

You can check out the official video to The Wish via YouTube, add the track to your Spotify playlists, or download the single via Bandcamp.

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Cult Casual will be available to stream on all major platforms from September 25th, or you can pre-order the album here.

Keep up to date with future releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Alt artist 8udDha bl0od has released their enticingly chilling ambient soundscape “The Lost Pleiad”

Aural enigma 8udDha bl0od has unleashed yet another enticingly chilling soundscape on the airwaves with their latest release “The Lost Pleiad”.

It takes an unholy amount of talent to create an experimental track which offers instant magnetic appeal, but that’s exactly what 8udDha bl0od achieved with his ambiently beguiling single. The tones may have bordered on celestial but didn’t mean that 8udDha bl0od had to hold back on his almost Machiavellianly mischievous ingenuity.

From start to finish, The Lost Pleiad was mesmeric and all-consuming. Around the inventive electronic effects, you’ll find sporadic offerings of angularly picked guitar strings and tranquil pools of reverb which will convince you to hit play time and time again.

There’s no adjective more fitting for The Lost Pleiad than stunning. As always, we can’t wait to hear what 8udDha bl0od has in the pipeline.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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”Miniature Cyclops” from California Punk band Dads Under Where rock in with eccentric release

Dads Under Where is a psychedelic rock band from Sacramento with punk, grunge, and math rock influences featuring manic theatrics that uncovers your inner rock n’ roller. ”Miniature Cyclops” .

The Californian 3-piece full of long shaggy hair and gritty guitar riffs, ice up with some gruff vocals illuminates the speakers. ”Miniature Cyclops” is a very eccentric song full of old school 90’s punk rock sounds. That era was a real top shelf time to be listening to this type of music. Dads Under Where would of fitted in well during this time as their music is fantastic.

With drums, vocals and guitar being the centerpieces here, the Sacramento outfit slam in sliding on the greasy dance floor. Dads Under Where bring back the fun of punk rock with a raving set up drums to set up the mood splendidly on ”Miniature Cyclops”.

Stream this new rocking track here on their Spotify music channel.

Check out the band’s Facebook page to find out more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Lavender Sunday has released their psychedelically sweet Indie Synthpop single “Keep Your Heart”

Keep Your Heart is the latest psychedelically sweet feat of Indie Bedroom Pop from Pittsburgh-based artist Lavender Sunday. It is also one of the most instantaneously accessible tracks we’ve heard this year.

With the escapism and the catharsis which the extended-length track offers, you can prepare to be taken on a distinctively soul-soothing aural trip. Hit play and you can expect to hear lush synths lead a kaleidoscopically soothing arrangement which creates the perfect platform for the light and choral vocals which will enamour fans of the Beatles of Shoegaze bands alike.

With the video game-style effects and the boldly high vocal notes, there’s a playful sense of experimentalism which adds an endearing element to the track. We’re already stoked to hear what Lavender Sunday has in the pipelines.

You can check out Keep Your Heart for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with all of Lavender Sunday’s latest releases and give them a little deserved love via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A grunge-y vibe in a heavy but tenacious style: Heavy Hands release their new single Devil Nets

From what pops up as their first EP Through the Night, Heavy Hands release their new single Devil Nets.

Leading in with a drums incipit and a pair of generously distorted guitars, Devil Nets present a shift to an ongoing alternative rock tempo that opens up the track to a raw grunge-y vibe in a heavy but tenacious style. Although I’d personally have enjoyed if the bass emerged a little more to complete the sound, I found consolation in the guitar taking center stage in a long and proficient solo where the delay plays a widely satisfying part.

The band pursues a constant sound pattern throughout the entire EP showing an alternative style that doesn’t die out in just one track but is maintained all along. This lands them with a recognizable tone, something that most acts definitely hope to achieve.

Check out Devil Nets and the EP Through the Night on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Chrome – Stone the Preachers: Rebelliously Inspired Psych Rock

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While usually, you’d need to delve into Punk or Metal to enjoy vitriolically anarchistic tracks, Psych Rock trailblazers Chrome orchestrated a lyrically angsty, rhythmically kaleidoscopic track with their latest release “Stone the Preachers”.

The lyrics may ooze adrenalizing rebellion, yet, the colourfully effect-laden instrumentals stay on the warmer side of the tonal palette and spill plenty of melodic catharsis. The production in Stone the Preachers is nothing but ingenious, the soundscape is practically euphoric, but if you pay close attention to the lyricism you’ll get to lock into the biting sentiment which the track was inspired by.

Whoever said mutiny couldn’t be served up alongside transcendental tones?

Fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Velvet Revolver and the Kills will undoubtedly want to check out this release for themselves.

You can check out Stone the Preachers for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast