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Rya Park – Bad Name: A Feisty Alt Indie Earworm

The latest single “Bad Name” from up and coming Indie artist Rya Park isn’t to be missed. Especially for fans of Amy Winehouse, Garbage, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, and The Black Keys.

The Australian artist mixes the soul of Winehouse, the magnetic attitude of Shirley Manson, and absorbing Blues Rock riffs similar to The Black Keys. All wrapped up in a polished, pulsing, visceral massive sound which Arctic Monkeys used to offer before Alex Turner tried to assimilate Bowie.

It’s quite a potent mix. And it leaves us with no question about how much potential lingers in Rya Park’s resounding approach to Indie. Another thing it leaves us with is an all too welcome Indie Pop earworm which means that Bad Name will require repeat attention.

If you’re ready for that much aural commitment, you can check out Bad Name for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Guy – Breaking Down: Cinematically Raw, Progressively Immersive Alt Pop Rock

In just under a month since the release of their cinematically raw, progressively immersive debut single “Breaking Down” singer-songwriter Guy has been able to amass over two million streams on YouTube alone.

If that’s not an impressive debut, I don’t know what is. Yet, it’s all too perceptible why so many have been drawn to Guy’s dynamic genre-transcending sound.

While the prelude carries plenty of reminiscences to your typical Pop ballad, the soundscape undergoes a myriad of evolutions. Expect seamless yet seismic shifts from the calm and pensive Pop prelude to guitar-driven Rock increments complete with intricately arrestive riffs with EDM and Funk thrown in in-between.

With a debut album due for release in 2020, you’re going to want Guy on your radars.

You can check out the official video to Breaking Down for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gelax – Mr Square: The Most Fiercely Convictive Alt Rock Single You’ll Hear All Year

“Mr Square” is the latest single to be released by the experimentally pioneering, unfuckwithably fabulous up and coming artist Gelax.

Without any hint of hyperbole, I may have just stumbled across my favourite new artist in 2019. From the very first time of hearing Mr Square, the taunting, sardonic nature of the lyrics hits you along with the unique sense of satisfaction through listening to such convictive lyricism laying down an aural attack on misogyny.

The same instantaneously gripping effect is something that I have only ever experienced through hitting play on any of Amanda Palmer’s (Dresden Dolls) tracks. And that’s certainly not a comparison I make lightly.

Despite the angst behind the inspiration of the soundscape, the lyrics are versed through reflectively hazy vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the instrumentals which share the same lucid textures until the basslines come in to dominate the soundscape through blistering grooves.

You can check out Mr Square along with Gelax’s earlier released singles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rand Bowman – ‘I’ll Be on My Way’ – Delicately Rhythmic Rock

https://soundcloud.com/randbowman/ill-be-on-my-way

In recent months I’ve become no stranger to Rand Bowman’s compositions of guitar-driven mastery. Whilst his earlier tracks such as ‘Lose My Mind’ hit me with a decadently raucous energy which was all too easy to get caught up with, his latest 2018 single bruised me in a completely different way. You could taste the melancholic soul which was perceptibly poured into his single through the vocals and the poignantly penned lyrics.

The sentiment to ‘I’ll Be on My Way’ may have been pensively deep, yet the jangly progressions which came curtesy of Rand Bowman’s fretboard precision uplifted the track. There is no overstating how uniquely vibrant Rand Bowman is on guitar, match that with his sensuously soft Rock vocals and you’re in for one hell of a treat… and that’s before you get to the intangibly delicate riffs.

You can check out Rand Bowman’s latest single I’ll Be on My Way by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abigail – Avalanche: A Pensive Approach to Upbeat Rock Pop

Fans of Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift & Avril Lavigne (does she still have fans?) rejoice, there’s a new soulfully sensational Pop Rock singer on the scene. Where Abigail has been hiding with her empoweringly resounding sound I have no idea, yet, all I can say is I’m so glad I found her. Her 6 track 2017 album Avalanche is full of domineeringly orchestrated soundscapes which will stay with you for long after the album has faded out. It is evident that Abigail poured her all into her first ever album, with track names such as Sober, Hurt Alone, and Gaslight, her pensive approach to her Pop Rock style may be reminiscent to many other acts that have come and passed before her but there’s no disputing that she’s in an element of her own. Her concluding track on the album Gaslight was one of the most evocative sounds I’ve heard for anyone who has ever dated a narcissist, consider the track an essential listen. Just grab the tissues first.

You can check out Abigail’s frankly spectacular album Avalanche on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zack Stiltner – News Feed: Nada Surf in Millennial Form

‘I don’t care about your news feed you little prom queen’ Tell me one other lyric that perfectly captures the post breakup angst in the millennial age better than that. As soon as Zack Stilner’s debut single News Feed kicked in, I couldn’t help but smile at his sardonically glorious approach to sound and lyricism. There’s something infinitely warming to his Folkish, Indie Pop style that immediately resonates and draws you in. This may be the best song of its ilk since Nada Surf released Popular back in 1996.

The South Carolina based Rock, Pop, Country (basically a little bit of everything) artists created his debut track through his passion to create a fresh sound, to say that he delivered may be the understatement of the century. Stilner’s soothingly raw vocal style paired with the punchy Pop Rock riffs have won him a firm place on my playlists.

You can check out Zack Stiltner’s smile-invoking track News Feed on Spotify, give him a follow to stay tuned to all of his new releases he has in his genius pipeline which will drop later in 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast