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Find catharsis in our hyperNormalised world with Cosmic Order’s searing protest track ‘Burn It All Down’

Cosmic Order

If turning on the news leaves you with the wish to see the corrupt economic system crash as the pathological liars we call politicians are held accountable, Cosmic Order’s old school rock track, ‘Burn It All Down’, is definitely for you.

After seeing the duality between the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan compared to the raw beauty of the Sicilian countryside, the one-man-machine, Angelo Silvio DiPippo found himself holding a unique perspective, which he has shared through his latest album, ‘Duality’.

Burn it All Down is the perfect example of the awakening tracks that you will find on his latest LP. Along with the tight rock n roll grooves, you’ll hear lyrics serving an essential reminder that, for the most part, we’re sleepwalking through a hyper normalised hellscape.

Burn It All Down can be streamed and purchased via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Americana Folk

Jack & Cherry delivered a dark folk rockabilly revival with their sophomore single ‘Moonchild’

Jack & Cherry

Berlin-based duo, Jack & Cherry, have released a hypnotic rockabilly revival with ‘Moonchild’; the first single to be released from their debut EP, ‘Roadkill Lullabies’.

Instrumentally, shimmering echoes follow the meandering guitar stretches that pay ode to the styles of Dire Straits. Lyrically, Moonchild will throw Chris Rea and Stevie Nicks reminiscences your way.

There may be plenty of dark imagery within the lyricism, but ultimately, Moonchild is a song that urges you towards self-acceptance. After we’ve all had so much spare time to spend with our anxiety and insecurity, plenty of people will find resonance through the lyrics which reflect the strength of your shadow side but remind you that you’re stronger still.

Any fans of Tiger Army, Hillbilly Moon Explosion and April March will definitely want to make room on their radar for Jack & Cherry. Their debut EP is due for release in late 2021.

Moonchild was released on March 26th, you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Blues Country

Rockabilly Meets Country in Reatha Pitman’s Latest Single “Hittin the Road”

“Hittin the Road” is just one of the standout singles from up and coming Country artist Reatha Pitman’s 2018 album “Road on Which We Travel” which you’ll want to check out if you’re on the hunt for nostalgic Blues.

The single has an infectiously authentic wanderlust Country feel, and Reatha Pitman certainly doesn’t fail to hook you in with her charismatic and passionate vocals which verse the imagery-spilling lyrics. To make sure that Hittin the Road resonated with distinction, the American artist created the soundscape through a mix of Country rhythm, Rockabilly riffs, and a touch of Swamp Rock.

It definitely wouldn’t be a surprise to see Reatha Pitman’s name at the top of the Country charts.

You can check out Reatha Pitman’s latest single Hittin the Road for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Daytime Lions – Nevermind: An Infectiously Authentic Rockabilly Revival

Rockabilly has been revived once more under the deft aurally archaic mastery of Daytime Lions latest single “Nevermind”. The single stands as the perfect example at just how far the standards in guitar music have slipped since the Rockabilly style was shunned into an alternative genre. You’ll get to enjoy the intricacies of the tight surf melodies once more with Nevermind, and that’s just one of the reasons to add the single to your playlists.

The clever use of vocal vibrato, the wails of the organ, the jangling pops of the seamlessly picked electric guitar all play plenty of odes the roots of the genre. Yet, Nevermind puts a contemporary twist on the genre, making the single a perfect radio-ready hit for 2019. If you could imagine the sound of the 1975, but 1000x better, you’d get an idea of the stunning levels of talent which are on display in Nevermind

You can check out Nevermind by Daytime Lions for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Birmingham Blues

Harry Jordan – Holy Water: Raucously Decadent Rockabilly

I never quite anticipated finding an artist such as Harry Jordan who synergies an old school haunting Rockabilly vibe with Country & Blues. It’s taking a fair bit of restraint not to throw profanity all over the praise of the raucously decadent sultry styling of Harry Jordan and her band. Birmingham UK based lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Harry Jordan’s debut single Holy Water would sit quite pretty on a ‘songs to strip to’ playlist with the rattling experimental style akin to the chaotic chords of bands such as the Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds & Bauhaus. The instrumental rhythm which Holy Water packs in is absolutely filthy whilst resting against Harry Jordan’s arrestingly sultry vocal style.

You can check out Harry Jordan’s first ever single Holy Water on Spotify now and join me in the sweet anticipation for her to drop her first album.

Connect with Harry Jordan on Facebook & keep up to date with all her future releases. Although I’m fairly certain with a style so ethereally domineering it won’t be long before Harry Jordan is a household name.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All Music Americana Blues Folk Punk

A&R Factory Present: The Great Malarkey

There are quite a few folk, punk, and blues acts in the independent scene. There aren’t very many bands that combine all three of those influences in a fascinatingly coherent and eclectic way, however, and that’s what The Great Malarkey strives to do. The bizarre London-based outfit is preparing to release their sophomore studio endeavor, an album entitled ‘Doghouse.’ In anticipation of the full release, the band has dropped the first song off the record, ‘Duck n Dive.’

Duck n Dive’ may be one of the most surprisingly brilliant songs to come across my desk in months. At times, the song sounds like it’s bleeding out into the street from Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Then, moments later, the tune sounds like a Paul Butterfield song before morphing again into Tom Waits’ ‘Rain Dogs.’ There isn’t a style of Americana-esque music that isn’t melded beautifully into ‘Duck n Dive.

Jam-packing a song with that much sonic influence could easily go awry, but The Great Malarkey has exceptional chemistry. The production quality of the single is superb. It’s cleanly produced and sounds beautiful, but maintains a very loose atmosphere, as if it was recorded with a handful of well-placed room microphones. The comradery of the performers, which is especially present in the opening of the song, makes it completely and utterly infectious to listen to.

Lyrically, the song is chock-full of blues and folk influence, a rambunctious blend of Chicago and delta blues that’s further layered with several generations of folk music. When the growly male vocalist comes into the song toward the tune’s halfway point, The Great Malarkey harness Tom Waits in his prime, as if ‘Duck n Dive’ is a song off ‘Swordfishtrombones’ or ‘Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards.’

To add a cherry atop the cake, there is a very punk mentality to this performance. It’s complex and layered, but has an undying aura of levity. There isn’t an ounce of pretension in this music, which is a lovely change of pace for a critic like myself that digs into intensely pretentious “folk” acts on a daily basis.

Duck n Dive’ is one of the most joyfully fun and lovable singles to come out thus far this year in the indie scene. It should put ‘Doghouse’ near the top of your list of records to check out in the community this year.

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Words By Brett David Stewart