After taking some time to reassess his goals and to re-brand his music, ASE returns with a track all about wanting that special soul to join you back in the first moment you first met and the natural times that were so clear on ‘Run Away‘.
ASE is an American rock/pop band that is bravely led by the much-respected indie singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer and pianist, Ed Ward.
”Never take a single moment for granted. Moments will become memories, and memories will become all that you have left.” ~ ASE
ASE shows us back into an innocent time that is highly treasured like a first kiss – as he projects his message so wonderfully and has you reminded of that classic 90’s time – when music just somehow sounded better. This is an artist who took a break and sounds so reinvigorated, as he flows with majestic energy that has you beaming brightly.
‘Run Away‘ from the USA-based indie rock/pop act ASE, is that sweet single which has you remembering the first time you met someone who was so close, that you swore you would love them your whole life. Sung with a pure vocal skill that has you turning the volume slowly upwards, this is a special effort from an artist who truly ignites the fire in your romantic soul with a vocal delivery that is absolutely soul-healing.
See this lyric video on YouTube and find out more on the IG music page.
With their own spin to the much-loved Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers classic number one track from 1998, The Blackheart Orchestra are on top form with ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next‘.
The Blackheart Orchestra is an award-winning Manchester, UK-based indie electronic prog-folk/alt-rock duo act who have added a new chapter to their story here.
”We’ve created a new interpretation of the Manic Street Preachers classic No.1 from 1998 that’s all about climate change. We will be donating a proportion of the download profits to the wonderful JUST ONE Tree who work tirelessly to offset carbon emissions through reforestation. When the song was written it was about the past, but now 23 years later, the words are all about the future. We’ve looked at the song through a different lens and our version and the accompanying video scream for the world to u-turn on the pollution, industrial destruction, planet abuse and self-interest that rules today’s economies with an almost total disregard for future generations.” ~ The Blackheart Orchestra
The Blackheart Orchestra reminds us of a really brilliant single that is cherished by young and old. The lyrics are honest and striking, as they send out a wonderful effort that has terrific production and the eerie soundscape will have you feeling in a rather reflective mood.
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next‘ from the excellent Manchester, UK-based band The Blackheart Orchestra, is a well-sung single from a vocalist who is at the top of her game. She performs with a gloriously melodic style and reaches notes that might make your whole body shiver in awe of her brilliant technique. This is a song to ponder on, as we wonder where the world is actually headed after many years of greed and poor decisions that will affect us all for many a generation.
Hear this well-performed single on Soundcloud and see more of their vision via IG.
Taken off their just-dropped 10-track album that communicates to us their ‘Transformation‘, Movment returns gloriously with their 2nd single that unconditionally heats up the veins and this one is called ‘We All Must Go‘.
Movment is an Ireland-based indie alt-rock/post-punk band that is honest to the core and make a gripping blend of hard-edged music that slices diligently through into the truth and endeavours to set us free.
”There is a divergence in society. The new album Transformation, due in December 2021, explores this situation. We are bombarded with information, opinions, viewpoints, and words. We drown in ideas, in solutions, in propaganda. There needs to be a TRANSFORMATION from where we are now.” ~ Movment
Movment smartly slam the door on anything that isn’t sincere and toss away the key. They alternatively ask us to have faith and climb off this fake mountain we live on right now and join them into a new world where everything is completely transparent. With simmering energy that urges our confusion-filled eyes to see clearer, this is a precise effort from an introspective band.
‘We All Must Go‘ from the Ireland-based indie alt-rock act Movment, is a colossal track from an experienced band who seem like they are on a mission. Fed up with all the nonsense and false news narratives that confuse so many – this is a ravaging effort that should wake up those slumber-filled minds – into finding out what really is going on. The truth shall set you free after all.
Educate your ears on Spotify and see more about their evolution with IG.
With his trusty electric guitar, silky cello, spark-filled electronic synths turned up to the maximum and featuring a catchy chorus that was highly influenced by T-Rex, Clifford wonders why he can’t be with his lover tonight as he really needs to hold them close on ‘I’m So Bored‘.
Clifford is a dual USA/UK citizen, fluent English, French and Arabic speaker, who is based in busy Maryland and expertly composes a well-crafted compound of alt-rock and electronic music.
”I’ve always thought to write a good song you have to tell a story through lyrics. But with this song, I realized it would be better told using mostly instrumentals instead.” ~ Clifford
After previously teasing us on ‘Renaissance Fam’ from April 2021, Clifford has our thoughtful minds in a complete flurry of thoughtfulness with a vocally-impressive performance. The bass-booming production has you feeling alive and ready for anything, as you wrap your mind into the story about a highly creative soul – who just wants to express himself with his partner for tonight – as he feels rather lonely and heartily craves that sweet touch.
‘I’m So Bored‘ from the Maryland-based alt-rock/electronic solo artist Clifford, is a track that evokes memories of another time in the world that you just can’t place. He sings with such a surging and potent swarm of electricity that has your heart beating like no other moment you can remember. This is the type of release to play on full blast when you just need to dance around by yourself, as you miss your lover terribly.
Cardiff’s most visceral powerhouse, Columbia, created the ultimate embrace-the-chaos indie rock track with their latest single, Glory People. As sonically powerful as the high-octane psych-tinged rock hit is, that scarcely comes close to the stadium-filling energy that transpires through Columbia’s advocation of making the best of what we have.
So often, people get stuck in lament because their imagination can create better lives than the one reality puts before them; Columbia broke that negative feedback loop by serving the anthemic reminder that adversity isn’t the end of the world; it is a given. Just as the Stone Roses were a sign of the times, as are Columbia with their indie rock sound that aspires to unify through dystopic 2021 ennui.
Glory People was officially released on December 3rd, 2021. You can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.
On a timeless reminder that might have you stretching for the tissues to soak up those sad tears of loss, Arlando Mba sings with such stunning class on a beautifully-written single made for her loving mother who tragically passed away called ‘Sweet Child Of Mine‘.
Arlando Mba is a well-loved Los Angeles, California-based indie solo singer-songwriter with Cameroonian heritage who expertly blends in rock, soul, RnB, and pop, which makes you feel like you are listening to a vintage artist who could hold her own in any era.
”When her mom passed away in 2019, Arlando wrote Sweet Child of Mine. She wrote the song to help her privately cope with her mom’s death. Little did she know that she would be singing her song at her mom’s funeral.” ~ Arlando Mba
Arlando Mba is quite incredible on this exquisitely sung single which is filled with heart, laced with soul, and sung with an everlasting affection for that special soul who is truly missed each minute. You feel her emotion intertwining through this magnificently projected piano-filled experience, with such gloriously delicate vocals taking you to a place you can’t help but admire.
‘Sweet Child Of Mine‘ from LA indie singer-songwriter Arlando Mba, shows us the love between a mother and a daughter, who cared for each other so much and miss each other terribly. Performed with so much classy elegance from a sincerely astonishing musician who is only just getting started – this is a loving track that is will have you feeling rather reflective – about those who you truly care about. It is okay to cry sometimes after all.
Hear this heartfelt tribute on her Soundcloud page and find out more via the IG music page.
Way Too Good for Me is the latest punchy, alt-rock track from the prodigal pop-punk artist, Her Burden. Any fans of On the Rope by Rocket from the Crypt will undoubtedly find themselves equally as energised by the tumultuously choppy rhythms and snarled lyricism.
With the vocals bordering on pop-punk theatrics and the sweet humility in the lyrics, it is impossible not to get wrapped up in this high-octane hit which will officially release on December 3rd. Way Too Good for Me is one of the rare tracks that is actually worthy of being called an earworm. By default, Her Burden is easily one of the best pop-punk powerhouses the UK has heard in the last decade. Get them on your radar.
With a scuzzy punk rock viciousness that could only have ever come from NYC, New Rock City’s latest single, Da Ratman!, is a blackened bop-worthy hit that could single-handedly and simultaneously restart the New Romantic and Horror Punk scenes.
With no two singles from the duo ever the same, they keep their fanbase guessing what revivalist tones they will deliver next. Based on Da Ratman! It’s safe to say that they know just how to pull different stylistic elements together to energetically complement each other. It’s as hooky as any Misfits track, jangly as Johnny Marr’s licks and comes with devilishly macabre undertones in the same vein as The Creepshow. Da Ratman! is a firecracker of a track that no one will regret hitting play on.
If you thought you’d heard it all when it comes to post-punk revivals, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the latest EP, ep3: The English Way, from the Rec. Syd Barrett aside, rock-inclined textures are rarely as hypnotically arcane as the transcendental tones in the EP, especially in the lead single, nettles and dock leaves.
In 1981, the Shropshire-based founders of the Rec pioneered their original band, the Assassins, who got a taste of fame and found John Peel’s favour before calling it quits. 30 years later, the duo is split between London and LA, but their transatlantic distance didn’t dilute the chemistry between their melodies. With their freshly formed sound, sonic snapshots of the past tie into the present while colliding with Britishly bleak musical landscapes. It’s so much more than a personal nostalgia-fest. It’s an indulgent time capsule to an era that will be forever revered in musical history.
nettles and dock leaves is now available to stream on Spotify.
Through an outstanding and surely memorable soundscape that compels you into the picture projected and a subject that is highly relevant in this overly stimulated world, Romantic Relevance takes charge and set their valuable minds free from any uncertainty on ‘Kingface‘.
Romantic Relevance is a Seattle, Washington-based indie alt-rock 3-piece band that sing about small-town stigmas that are all-too-common, that scary boredom that can grip you excruciatingly tight, and religious upbringing topics from their past.
Romantic Relevance shows us why it’s ROMREL season with a fantastic display that leaves you quite breathless at times. They are a tight-knit group that belt out marvellous melodies – with ravishing riffs to truly cherish – that have your whole consciousness on the edge of your seat as their spirit is quite remarkably compelling the whole way through.
‘Kingface‘ from the thoroughly enjoyable Seattle, Washington-based indie alt-rock outfit Romantic Relevance, is one of the most notable tracks of the year so far. With incredible vocals that remind you of some of the prime acts from the ’90s and a barrage of thunderous vocals from this electrifying act, there is so much to love about a band that is certainly only headed upwards. They lead us into this darkly-lit story and emerge victorious, winning over the evil force that threatened to break down their souls forever. Winning through your mind first seems to always set you on the right path in life.
Immerse yourself in this well-made music video on YouTube and see their development on IG.