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Hitlist – Urgency: Endearingly Raucous Post Punk

Alt Rock artist Hitlist is back with their latest ominously atmospheric single “Urgency”. I’ll give Post Punk fans until the first verse has run through to become enamoured with the biting soundscape.

There’s a satirical feel to Urgency, and in a feat of aural alchemy, Hitlist has created a track which doesn’t take itself all too seriously without allowing it to unfold as gimmicky or crass. Which may all fall down to just how catchy the cold yet punchy melodies are. In addition, Hitlist’s vocalist may just be in possession of the most distinctively magnetic vocals in Post Punk right now. While there’s the familiar dramatic drawl, there’s a uniquely sticky-sweet sensibility which weaves its way into the caustic versing.

For reasons of professionalism, I usually refrain from making declarations of love in reviews. But with Urgency, it is far too endearing to resist. Hit play, and you will soon see why.

You can check out the lyric video to Hitlist’s latest single Urgency for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Halcyon Fields – Black Maps of Light: Intricately Arrestive Alt Rock

“Black Maps of Light” is the intricately arrestive latest single from up and coming Columbia, US Alt Rock artist Halcyon Fields.

There are very few ways to aptly allude to how much catharsis spills as you listen to the technical guitar progressions as they weave their way through the snappy unpredictable time signatures. But my own rhythmic pulses felt the relief to being handed over to the command of Black Maps of Light.

The momentum deftly ebbs and flows, but the immersive exhilaration of listening to a powerhouse carve a brand-new sound by using a smorgasbord of heavy vintage elements remains a constant. And if that weren’t enough, the lack of restraint in the vocals and the way the passionate artistic expression bleeds through brings yet another captivating element to Black Maps of Light.

You can check out Halcyon Fields’ latest single Black Maps of Light for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 Claire Beverly – Trainwreck: Americana Country-Rooted Rock Pop

Within Claire Beverly’s standout single “Trainwreck” Pop, Country, and Hard Rock combine with a brand-new magnetism. The filthy guitar progressions create the perfect contrasting platform for Claire Beverly’s ethereal vocals to pour harmony from and the lyrics make it all too easy to find the soul in the soundscape.

With Slash-style atmospheric guitar riffs and Claire Beverly’s nuanced Rock Pop vocals which find a rare balance of poise and power, Trainwreck is an unforgettable hit.

Ultimately, Trainwreck a sign of aural evolution. It’s not all too often you get to hear Country-style rhythms played with the veracity of High-Octane Rock on electric guitar, but Claire Beverly executed Trainwreck with deft execution. If Taylor Swift was as alternative as she thinks she is, her music would offer the same raucous tone as you will find in this gem of a single.

You can check out Claire Beverly’s single Trainwreck for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Love Me Jeffrey – Wet Feathers: Progressively Turbulent Alt Rock

LA Alt Rock artist Love Me Jeffrey has recently made their unmissable debut with the evocatively powerful single “Wet Feathers”. The single kicks off with dreamy layers of reverb-laden guitars which almost allow you to become complacent in the sonorous melody. Then, you get a taste of the distinction in the vocals.

The vocals are reminiscent of artists such as Evanescence’s Amy Lee’s, but dare I say Love Me Jeffrey’s vocalist offers significantly more emotion through her pensively dynamic vocal stretches?

Fans of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine are sure to appreciate the hazy Shoegaze instrumental arrangement which seamlessly picks up intensity as Wet Feathers progresses until you reach the melodically turbulent outro.

Love Me Jeffrey perceptibly isn’t your average up and coming band. With their captivating authenticity and ability to spill plenty of soul into their sound, their debut oozes with contemporary appeal. The extended length of the track may mean that it’s not the most radio-ready track we’ve heard this year, but Love Me Jeffrey’s talent is indisputable.

You can check out the official music video to Love Me Jeffrey’s latest single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LUMER Release their bitingly caustic Post Punk Single “White Tear”

There was a rumour a few days ago that Michael Jackson had come back to life. After hearing the latest single “White Tear” from LUMER, I was almost convinced that Lux (The Cramps) had returned with his gloriously raucous larynx.

While there are plenty of similarities between the Cramps and LUMER, the up and coming artist still carries plenty of authenticity of their own. In White Tear, eerie psychedelic layers feed into gritty, grinding Alt Rock which finds the perfect balance between droning dark, cold Post Punk and No Wave.

If you’re looking for contemporary Post Punk which comes with plenty of biting angst, there are very few artists around on the airwaves with sharper teeth than LUMER.

White Tear was the third single to be released by the Hull, UK-based band. They’ve already amassed a fair enough hype around their caustically indulgent sound, it’s going to be ridiculously exciting to see what comes next from them.

You can check out LUMER’s single White Tear for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heavy Salad – Reverse Snake: The Most Cosmically Cathartic Protest Song You’ll Hear All Year

After Heavy Salad appeared on my radar with their effervescently hallucinogenic Alt Rock single “Battery Acid”, my soul felt a little lighter.

The Manchester-based trio’s latest single “Reverse Snake” may be eerier and more serpentine. But considering that Reverse Snake was written in the light (should that be crushing darkened despair?) of Brexit and the insidious nature of our capitalistically gluttonous government, they set the perfect tone in their cosmic feat of catharsis.

With Reverse Snake, crawling fuzzy basslines lead the way into a kaleidoscope of shimmering rhythm into choruses where danceable euphoria still splinters through the overdriven guitars. With Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, Drenge, The Vaccines) responsible for the recording, producing and mixing, Heavy Salad’s sound gives you no indication that they’re fresh from inception.

It’s one thing for a band to pull together a nuanced stylistic sound and a tight instrumental arrangement. But the key to Heavy Salad’s infectious edge is the sense that each artist throws their whole sticky-sweet souls into the music. It’s not all too often you get to hear vocalists who don’t strip away their personality and put forward a preening polished pretence. Head to one of their live shows and it will be palpable that they’re feeling the music just as much as you are.

You can check out Reverse Snake which was released on October 31st along with Heavy Salad’s earlier releases via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Project Vela has released their latest progressively powerful Alt Rock single “Watch You Leave”

https://projectvela.bandcamp.com/track/watch-you-leave

There’s little room to wonder why so many people have jumped on the pioneering work of Colorado-based up and coming Alt Rock duo Project Vela.

If you haven’t already been introduced to their sound, their latest single “Watch You Leave” is the perfect introduction. The single kicks off with a contemporary yet cinematic Synth Pop prelude before introducing arrestive layers of stylistic Alt Rock complete with semi-orchestral swells.

Project Vela made the momentum of Watch You Leave constantly in flux, so you’ll get plenty of rhythmic reminders of just how immersive the soundscape is.  The instrumental melodicism and vocal harmonies switch to high-octane riffs in a chaotically concordant style which you definitely won’t be accustomed to.

Fans of Linkin Park, Bring Me the Horizon, Enter Shikari, and Incubus will all find plenty to love about Watch You Leave.

You can check out Project Vela’s single Watch You Leave for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zoey The White Lioness – I Can: Endearingly Upbeat Rock

https://zoeythewhitelioness.bandcamp.com/track/i-can

Tennessee-based Hard Rock artist Zoey The White Lioness (Zoey Baker) released their latest endearingly upbeat track “I Can” on October 13th. With their playfully energetic approach to Rock, the euphoria infectious.

While the artist usually looks to the likes of Trent Reznor and Kurt Cobain for their sound, I Can has the punchy anthemic feel of contemporary Garage Rock artists such as Fidlar with a slight twist of Pop Punk. You’ll even be able to anticipate absorbing Surf Rock riffs in this snappy sticky-sweet hit.

‘Adorable’ may not be what every vocalist goes for, but it’s exactly what Zoey The White Lioness achieved in I Can. We were warned that the single was as loveable as the dog on the cover art. It’s safe to say that they delivered on that promise.

You can check out the latest single from Zoey The White Lioness for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mandi Crimmins – Something’s Missing: Powerfully Progressive Alt Rock

After discovering Mandi Crimmins through her single “Ashes” which was released in August, there was little chance that we’d forget her striking approach to Rock which made the genre more accessible than ever.

Ashes was a melancholic masterpiece, but “Something’s Missing” is an intensely powerful single full of potent biting emotion. Given the progressive nature of this single, expect tension to seamlessly build until it feels like you’re caught in a cyclone of visceral angst and pain.

But ultimately, Something’s Missing is an invitation to realise that things are missing from all of our lives. That admittance can force us to stare at our harsh realities, but instead of that leaving you categorically depressed, it allows you to see that if you do go through that journey, you’ll be better off for it. Told you it was powerful.

And once again, notable mention has to go to Mandi Crimmins for her vocals. The pit of your stomach will acknowledge the dynamism in Mandi Crimmins’ flawlessly nuanced vocals when she hits the high notes.

You can check out Mandi Crimmins’ latest single Something’s Missing along with the rest of her EP Metanoia for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Artist Marty Boff makes their debut with the album “Ballad of the Ninja Cowboy Vol 1”

Nick Cave fans are going to want to prick up their ears for the debut release from Alt Rock artist Marty Boff. Their first album “Ballad of the Ninja Cowboy Vol 1” aptly dropped on October 31st.

It’s probably no coincidence that it was released on Halloween given the ominously dark Tarantino-esque tonality of the album. It’s smoky, it’s gritty, and each track will submerge you in the swampy rhythms which are tinged subtle elements of Surf Rock, Indie, Post Punk and Alt Americana.

If you’re tired of the prolific humourlessness on the airwaves, the album will undoubtedly prove to be an aural treat worth savouring. The album is just one piece of the episodic puzzle titled “Skateboarding Rock Star Ninja Cowboy” which is currently in the works.

Loosen that stiff upper lip and enjoy the talent, wit, and imagination of Marty Boff which pulls together to offer the perfect soundtrack for escapism.

You can check out Marty Boff’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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