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Marc Ambrosia gets visceral in his lo-fi indie rock ballad, When I’m Feeling Love

Indie-rock singer-songwriter Marc Ambrosia is set to release his Chris Isaak-Esque lo-fi single, When I’m Feeling Love, which progressively makes its way to a scornfully soulful 80s power ballad.

After the gentle and choral prelude and opening verse, the reverb starts to slip away as Ambrosia’s ethereal vocals pick up intensity and urgency to mimic the lifelines of new passions sparked; after a toe is dipped in the water, it isn’t long before you’re completely consumed. And that’s exactly the power Ambrosia has over you in When I’m Feeling Love. Ironically, we are infatuated.

When I’m Feeling Love is to be released on May 13th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

PRESSURE inspect the sands of time in their rock ballad, AM I TOO OLD.

PRESSURE

The Stockholm-based powerhouse PRESSURE is set to drop their hard-hitting rock ballad, AM I TOO OLD, which tears through the self-doubt that starts to manifest in our mortal coil when youth has been lost. In true rock opera style, PRESSURE touches on raw issues veraciously while letting the atmosphere consume you in the intensity of the emotion.

I’ve lost count of the people that have come to me with ageism-inspired anxiety in the industry; the truth of the matter is that experience will be a better friend than youth ever was. I mean, you’ve heard of the Rolling Stones, right?

AM I TOO OLD is a stellar track, in every conceivable way. The theatrics of the track will take you right back to the time when we spent far too long thinking about what Meatloaf wouldn’t do for love.

AM I TOO OLD is due for official release on October 15th, 2021. You can hear it for yourself on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Orchestral rock alchemist Kaby Burton has released her sophomore single, The Dance.

It is probably safe to assume that most millennial alt girls, myself included, found themselves fantasising about cultivating the same grippingly gracious talent as the likes of Nightwish; Kaby Burton made it a reality.

‘The Dance’ is the sophomore single from the solo artist who made her debut with her single, Hymn of the Sea, in 2020. Her debut set the bar high, but the atmosphere and intensity of emotion in her orchestral rock track, The Dance, is enough to leave the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. ‘Immersive’ almost feels like an understatement when it comes to the theatrically sublime ballad.

The Dance is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mined Music teaches us how to ‘Rise Again’ with his artful indie rock ballad.

After a soft, artful and neo-classic intro, Mined Music’s electronic indie rock single, Rise Again, featuring Mr. Maph, Amanda Power and Dara Zusko, transgresses into a viscerally compelling ballad where the instrumentals are as complexly layered as the emotions.

With the vocalists finding harmony atop the fervent Slash-style solos towards the outro, Rise Again runs through with an all-consuming intensity that you’d be hardpressed to find elsewhere.

Mined Music, AKA Michael Newell, is a Munch-based producer and DJ who started his career as a hip hop and soul producer before making the switch to electronica in 2012. Rise Again is just one of the recent testaments to his talent in reflecting human emotion in instrumental progressions and compassionate lyricism. Mined Music’s aural maturity, professionalism and nuance are sure to see him go far, wherever he decides to take his sound next.

Rise Again is now available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.

Connect with Mined Music via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tower Circle offer consolation that you’re unlikely to refuse in their rock track ‘Carry On’

Ahead of the release of their debut album, US-based alt-rock outfit, Tower Circle, have released the title-single to tease their superlatively authentic style which can crush you and put you back together in the space of four minutes.

Carry On is the kind of track that you’d expect to hear in a soundtrack when the tragedy in the plot reaches its torrid peak. The melancholy is just as much in overdrive as the guitars as the track gears towards the outro, only after the quiescent melodies compel you to lean into the soundscape deeper while the vocals offer consolation that you’re unlikely to refuse.

Carry On is one of those gorgeously rare singles that only allow you to realise how profound of an effect it has had on you when it has faded out. With their influences including everyone from Pearl Jam to Led Zeppelin to Bob Seger to Tom Petty, the commercial potential resounds in Tower Circle’s sound.

Carry On is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Menachem Weinstein – Highway: Anthemically Progressive Indie Pop Rock

Florida-residing, London-hailing singer-songwriter, Menachem Weinstein, has released their artfully momentous single, ‘Highway’, if it’s been a while since you’ve felt any discernible emotion, this passionately strident single will deliver an efficacious reminder.

By fusing elements of future pop, indie jangle pop and Americana rock in the track which creates an incredible parable between the people who come into our lives and end us pulling us in the right direction and people who literally help us through storms.

When the classical strings start to quiver behind the anthemically progressive pop rock production, your soul’s capacity to feel will be well and truly tested, but in unexpected uplift in the soundscape, you’re thrown headfirst into a final burst of magnanimous energy from Menachem Weinstein. It’s a track which stays with you long after it has faded out.

You can check out Highway for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Star Prairie Project exhibit their eminence in their overwhelmingly evocative Alt Rock ballad ‘The Crying’

After their debut album, ‘Pancea’, amassed over 1.1 million streams and the standout single hit the iTunes UK Top 100 Rock chart at #36, Wisconsin-hailing alt-rock artist, The Star Prairie Project, unleashed their equally as compelling sophomore album ‘Surreal’.

The standout single, The Crying, demonstrates the evocative potential which Rock has always possessed but few have managed to achieve. With a sense of grief running deep in the veins of the classic rock-inspired single, it is safe to presume that plenty of people will find resonance when they hit play, given the 2020 we’ve collectively endured.

With the soul of a rock ballad and the monumental impact of a rock anthem, The Star Prairie Project allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds while introducing you to a brand-new realm of emotionally explosive rock.

The maturity and nuance delivered by The Star Prairie Project with The Crying definitely isn’t something which we encounter frequently. If they’re not on your radar, we’d recommend making room.

The Crying is available to stream now via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Sahara Line has paid a scuzzy ode to Prog Rock with “Plead”

Alt-Rock fourpiece Sahara Line has cooked up a progressively fierce storm with their single “Plead”. Any fans of Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars and Pink Floyd are going to want to pay it some serious attention.

Plead defies the Geographical constraints which constrict so Liverpool-based artists, Sahara Line will put the city back on the aural map with a completely new scuzzy Prog Rock sound. But if you immerse yourself deep enough in the track, you’ll get to pull out the psychedelically mind-warping nuances which the city is famous for.

The pulsating distorted rhythms may bring a sludgy amount of doom to the gothic soundscape, but the striking vocals cut right through it, with crystal-clear harmonies which will crawl under your ribs, it’s safe to say that Sahara Line is one of the most exciting acts around in the UK right now. Their completely authentic, soul-quakingly evocative sound is exactly what the airwaves need.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Geno Samuel puts a new spin on the old line “It’s Not You, It’s Me” with their latest single

Geno Samuel

Hearing the words “it’s not you, it’s me” is generally a soul-destroying experience, aside from when you’re soaking in the evocative lyrics in up and coming Irish singer-songwriter Geno Samuel’s latest single.

The acoustic rock track unashamedly spills plenty of old school romantic soul which wraps around the roots of rock n roll to create an ardour-soaked intense aural experience. With timeless tones which will appeal to any fans of Springsteen and Bryan Adams paired with Geno Samuel’s stylistically compelling Rock vocals, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more accessible Rock track which oozes contemporary appeal.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the single for yourselves. In the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud and check out their former releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chris Lopez Band rock the house down with ‘Enemy Inside’

Chris Lopez Band fires in with a powerful self-reflective rock ballad for the ages on ‘Enemy Inside‘.

Chris Lopez has been a full-time working musician in the San Antonio music scene for over 10 years and is one of the most recognized artists around. Packed up with his awesome band, the quality of music is high on the agenda.

With an awesome start, the solos get the crowd going as the band get into gear. The vocals soon flow through the mic and I start swaying around. This is powerful rock music from the heart and all about trying to defeat the enemy within and not to be too hard on yourself. If you can find this peace then you are halfway there. You can’t ever be truly happy unless you can look at the mirror and smile. Life is too short for anything else.

Stream here on YouTube for powerful rock ballads to get your day started.

Head through to the Facebook band page for live gig info.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen