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Dreamwave meets Post Punk in Ego Tripping’s latest single “Pleasure Rift”

If Ego Tripping intended to offer a full-body sensory experience with their latest Dreamwave single “Pleasure Rift” they definitely succeeded.

There’s plenty of ambience to be enveloped by. There’s also the infusion of cutting atmospheric tones which will go down a treat with fans of 80s Post Punk such as The Chameleons and Echo and the Bunnymen.

For seven serene minutes, you’ll get to follow the progressive nature of the single which offers a fully rounded tonal palette and vocals which border on hypnotic. The vocals rest above the reverb-soaked instrumentals just enough for the lyrics to resonate. But there’s plenty of synergy between the winding melodicism and the tantalising lucid whispers.

Pleasure Rift was the first single to be released from Ego Tripping’s debut album which is due to be released on January 17th. I’ve got a feeling you won’t want to miss the rest of it.

You can experience the catharsis of Pleasure Rift for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


I, The Ruin are set to make an unmissable debut with the Prog Indie Rock Single “Blossoms”

I, The Ruin

I, The Ruin are set to make their debut with the captivating Progressive Rock single “Blossoms”. The UK-based artist is already in high demand after receiving BBC airplay. With the way the single makes your jaw drop without any amount of grace or decorum when it hits you with its full momentum, there’s little room to wonder why.

Blossoms may kick off as an ambiently melodic work of Shoegaze Indie Rock. But the riotously progressive single crashes into a high-octane offering of Post-Rock complete with caustic screams and harsh Metal instrumentals. If I hadn’t spoiled the surprise, you never would have anticipated the violent and sharp evolution in the soundscape.

You’ll have to wait until January 24th to check out Blossoms for yourselves. You can pre-save the single here.

Connect with I, The Ruin on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest releases. This is a band you’re going to want on your radar.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sunday Face – Start Anew: Harrowingly Ethereal Alt Indie

Boston-based Indie newcomers Sunday Face have just released their latest single “Start Anew”. It pretty much has the same effect on your insides as a rollercoaster.

It’s not all too often a soundscape can be literally and figuratively striking. But the piercing alchemy in Start Anew is beyond anything we’ve ever heard. With orchestral swells joining the nuanced instrumental arrangement, Start Anew offers a haunted cinematic feel. And that’s not easy to find in Indie. Especially from an up and coming artist. But something (everything) tells us that Sunday Face won’t stay up and coming for long.

Any fans of Florence the Machine, Angel Olsen, and Big Thief are sure to appreciate the ethereally evocative harrowing vocals which float atop the wavy, ambient Shoegaze instrumentals.

You can check out Sunday Face’s latest single Start Anew for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Grant Nesmith – Every Night: Celestial Shoegaze-Infused Alt Country

If you’re always craving potent hits of archaic aural bliss, you’ll be able to scratch the itch by pressing play on Grant Nesmith’s single “Every Night” from their debut solo album “Between Tides”.

With inspiration from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Shoegaze pioneers, Grant Nesmith was able to pull quintessential elements from a myriad of genres and tie them together to create a feat of uplifting alchemy.

Every Night filled me with the same fuzzy euphoric feeling as I get when I delve into one of Cheap Trick’s indulgently sentimental, nostalgically blissful singles. But as the track progressed, the instrumentals became transcendentally celestial. Allowing Every Night to become an intensely emotional experience comprised of sonic layers of hypnotic choral sound.

You can check out Every Night along with the rest of the debut album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Vidaus – Mother and Sister: Pensively Sublime Shoegaze Indie

“Mother and Sister” is just one of the hauntingly stunning singles found on Vidaus’ second album “Don’t Check My Arms, Pt. 1”.

The sublime mix of Indie, Post Punk, and Shoegaze comes together in an ambiently pensive arrangement creating the perfect lucid platform for the softly versed vocals to bleed into.

The light guitar progressions match the melancholic sting of the lyrics as they synergistically offer a bleak catharsis.  Even though Mother and Sister is a dark track, there’s still a warmth within its concordance making the single incredibly distinctive. But it’s safe to say that for any fans of the Verve, this up and coming artist should already be on your radar.

You can check out Mother and Sister along with their second album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.


Tropico Don – Orion’s Belt: A Debut of Arrestive Indie Pop

Indie Pop debuts don’t come much more exciting than Tropico Don’s which came in the form of the meltingly melodious single “Orion’s Belt” which was released on November 17th.  Atmospherically warm Shoegaze Indie guitars carve out the perfect introduction for Tropico Don’s smooth and naturally alluring vocals which poignantly verse the lyrics which offer plenty of catharsis of their own.

With plenty of subtle progressions, and not so subtle distinctive aural flair, Orion’s Belt is a track which is all too easy to slip into and enjoy the arrestive qualities. Nothing about the production of Orion’s Belt gives any indication that Tropico Don is fresh from her inception. We’re already stoked to see what follows.

You can check out Tropico Don’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Rotary Fifth – Take Your Aim: Artfully Ethereal Dream Pop

It may not be all too often that we get the pleasure of describing Pop as stunning, but with the artful mesmerism contained in The Rotary Fifth’s single “Take Your Aim” we were left with few other ways to allude to the striking serenity contained in the soundscape.

The wavy lucidity behind Take Your Aim will be of plenty of appeal to fans of Shoegaze artists such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Yet, the effervescent tone of the single moves Take Your Aim away from the usual dreary tones of Shoegaze to orchestrate a sound which doesn’t just border on ethereal, it’s gone to the other side and sent a postcard.

You can check out The Rotary Fifth’s latest single Take Your Aim for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


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


18PM – Poolside: Post-Punk-Infused Indie Pop

Alt Indie artist 18PM has recently made their debut with their album 18pm! and they didn’t fail to set themselves apart with their unique mix of Post Punk, Shoegaze and Indie Pop.

The album was released on October 10th, and while each of the singles welcomes you into a new era of music, the best introduction to 18PM’s sound has to be “Poolside”.

While the sound could have been a little more polished and melodious, Poolside is still a compelling high-energy single, it just so happens that the high energy is slightly caustic. But fans of bands such as The Wedding Present, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Joy Division certainly shouldn’t have an issue with the slightly ominous air which lingers around the cuttingly angular guitars.

The contrast between the slightly cold instrumental arrangement and the sweetly magnetic Indie Pop vocals made sure that 18PM had our attention from the very first verse.

You can check out 18PM’s track Poolside along with the rest of their debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ryan Kristian – Sleep to Dream: Languorously Indulgent Indie

Alt Indie artist Ryan Kristian’s latest single “Sleep to Dream” is lucid enough to make you believe it was produced in a fever dream.

The amorously tender soundscape is just one of the singles you’ll find on the Sydney, Australia-based artist’s latest EP “Arcane”; which you won’t be able to resist playing in full after being introduced to Ryan Kristian’s sound through Sleep to Dream.

Even the progressions seem to exude an indulgent languor in Sleep to Dream which incorporates elements of Shoegaze, Psych, and Indie creating a pensively hazy soundscape. From wails of the organ to colourfully kaleidoscopic guitar progressions, the instrumental arrangement offers a vibrantly textured tonality which you’d be hard-pressed to find from another artist.

From the prelude to the outro, each element in Sleep to Dream resonates with an intellectual artfulness. Ryan Kristian may be an independent artist, but that is by no means an indication of their ingenuity or ability to write hauntingly soulful tracks.

You can check out Ryan Kristian’s latest single Sleep to Dream for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast