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Dennis McCalmont’s – Highlights in Heaven: Emotively Potent, Masterfully Poised Rock

Irish singer-songwriter Dennis McCalmont is no stranger to creating music which will make your soul feel suitably rearranged. Their single “Highlights in Heaven” is the perfect introduction to their emotively potent approach to poised and passionate Rock.

Listening to Highlights in Heaven I couldn’t shake the reminiscence between Dennis McCalmont’s vocals and those which can be found in the Manic Street Preacher’s more sedate singles. James Dean Bradfield vocal comparisons are ones which I never make lightly. Yet, with Dennis McCalmont, the artist shares the same ability to spill passion put into the soundscape with just the perfect pinch of resonant and humanistic melancholy.

With the instrumentals in Highlights in Heaven, there’s absolutely no doubting the maturity of the artists who made each of the instruments sit in perfect synergy with one another creating a tonally rich and warm sound which borders on ethereal.

You can check out Dennis McCalmont’s latest single Highlights in Heaven for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sham Chewali – never forget now: an ironically unforgettable offering of tonally dark catharsis

It’s doom-drenched, it’s cinematically stunning, it’s another perfect example of how no one does gloom like Northern artists; it’s Sham Chewali’s latest single “never forget now”.

never forget now was released on April 7th, 2019 by the Manchester-based artist who used a smorgasbord of elements in the aurally alchemic soundscape which should leave any fans of Nick Cave, David Bowie, and Lou Reed enamoured. For an artist to so seamlessly fuse together Gothic Rock and Experimental Folk and still create an immersive, accessible sound is a testament to the ingenuity of Sham Chewali.

As for the lyricism in never forget now, I was instantly reminded of the Manic Street Preacher’s Holy Bible album which delivers the realities of human suffering incredibly brutally. Yet with Sham Chewali’s vocals, it’s impossible to refuse the catharsis from listening to the velvet mellifluous vocal notes.

You can check out Sham Chewali’s indulgently disconcerting single for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stephen Piotrowski – Line of Fire: Soul Exposing Neo-Classically Rendered Pop

“Broken Things” is the melancholically mesmeric debut album from up and coming Neo-Classically inspired Pop artist Stephen Piotrowski. While each of the singles on the album will make your soul feel a little exposed, “Line of Fire” is the perfect introduction to Stephen Piotrowski’s pensively rendered, intricately melodic approach to sound.

The self-taught piano player has an incredibly authentic playing style, with which he isn’t afraid to explore the darker and more perturbing notes around his ethereal vocals.

Lyrics don’t get much more candid and exposing than “I’m heading for a breakdown and you’re in the line of fire”. Admitting to mental fragility is one thing for an artist to do, but Line of Fire goes even deeper. The decision to bring female vocals in on the track amplifies the emotivity of the single poignantly alluding to the fact that hurting is even more painful when you also inflict that pain on others around you too.

You can check out Stephen Piotrowski’s track Line of Fire along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexander Mills – Get Out of Your Head: Vibrantly Poignant, Infectiously Catchy Alt Acoustic Pop

Whatever kind of day you’ve had, I can guarantee it will be improved by hitting play on Alt Acoustic artist Alexander Mills’ latest single “Get Out of Your Head”.

The single was released in June 2019 as an antidote to the archetypal Acoustic Pop singles which you will find on every corner of the internet. Right from the intro, a shockwave of vibrant tonality hits and invites you to the melodic mix which runs through with a slight Indie vibe, yet the polished production on the single makes Get Out of Your Head a radio-ready hit.

We all spend a little too long naval gazing; Alexander Mills’ single is a poignant reminder that life is infinitely easier if we don’t spend it second-guessing our every single move then tormenting ourselves for being human.

You can check out Alexander Mills’ magnetically captivating single Get Out of Your Head for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cap Carter offers aural resonance for victims of abusive relationships with single “Home”

Before the chorus even dropped in Cap Carter’s poignantly sobering single “Home” the emotive intensity of the single was already weighing down on me like a tonne of bricks.

The stripped back acoustic-led single explores the harrowing complexities of abusive relationships and finds a way to explore the all too prevalent issue without painting the situation in black and white. Home will stay with you for long after the single has faded out, but it’s not a haunting, it’s a rare experience of finding comfort in resonance which forces you to contemplate the effects of abuse with a brand-new sense of empathy.

Cap Carter’s lyrical depth and compellingly visceral vocals allow him to make a powerful connection with the listener with seemingly effortless grace. The Australian Pop singer-songwriter has a perceptible gift when it comes to making lyrics mean plenty more than what is said.

You can check out Cap Carter’s single Home for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dylan Emmanuel carves concordantly cathartic melodies with single “Hometown Glory”

If you could imagine an aural mash-up between the most concordant offerings from Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, and the 1975, you’d almost be able to imagine the stylistically saccharine latest single from Dylan Emmanuel.

“Hometown Glory” is the first track to be released from the artist’s upcoming EP in which Dylan Emmanuel will prove that their vocal harmonies are just as arrestive as their ability to carve out a restoratively mellifluous melody on the guitar. The acoustically led instrumental arrangement provides an indulgent amount of rhythm, while the lyrics will draw you deep into the imagery which is conjured throughout Hometown Glory.

While there are plenty of up and coming Indie artists throwing their Acoustic Pop folk hats in the ring, there’s no denying that Hometown Glory stands out with distinction.

You can check out Hometown Glory for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Capitansam – Uncle Joe: Cinematic Funk Pop Experimentalism at its Finest

If your playlists are crying out for something a little different, Capitansam’s rhythmically experimental aural treat of a latest single “Uncle Joe” is the perfect antidote to mundanity.

With each and every progression of the cinematic sound, there’s more ingenuity to appreciate as the soundscape bounces between orchestral layers, and Indie Pop Rock which simply oozes with Funk. There may be plenty of archaic elements weaved into Uncle Joe, but thanks to the ingenuity the vintage sounds were orchestrated with, Uncle Joe still resonates as a contemporary hit. The sporadic instrumental arrangement keeps you pleasantly unsettled as the track progresses as Capitansam offers their uniquely arrestive vocals which definitely have the Jim Jones effect.

You can check out Capitansam’s latest single Uncle Joe out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neo-Classical Meets EDM Pop in Ada Pasternak’s Latest Single “Six Questions”

While Neo-Classical Pop soundscapes are often the most arrestive of all, quite often the accessibility isn’t there. Yet, Moscow born, US-based artist Ada Pasternak’s latest single “Six Questions” has all the commercial potential without the ethereal nature of the single being compromised. She may have left Moscow for LA, but that distinctive classical sound which Moscow is renowned for hasn’t left her.

The resounding piano melodies provide the perfect platform for Ada Pasternak’s pitch-perfect, naturally magnetic vocals with Six Questions. As the track moves through the verses leading up to the chorus, you’ll get to appreciate soft and subtle hits of the drum pads which gives Six Questions a contemporary feel without ever detracting from the raw tonality laid out by the classical instrumentals.

You can check out Ada Pasternak’s single Six Questions for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raye Nicole proves to be one of the most powerful voices in Alt-pop with single “Not Sorry, Oh Well”

Women have been far too apologetic for far too long, and it tracks such as “Not Sorry, Oh Well” by up and coming singer-songwriter Raye Nicole which sticks an aural flag in society to mark the progress we’ve made. Female artists constantly get called “unapologetically fierce” or some variation on the term, but what did female artists have to be sorry about in the first place?!

Aside from the effortlessly powerful narrative behind Not Sorry, Oh Well, the LA-based artist uses her ethereally raw vocal talent to lay down the lyrics in the Alt Pop Rock track over a bed of stylistically orchestrated Rock instrumentals. As the track progresses, you come to appreciate the sardonic playfulness wrapped up in the radio-ready soundscape along with Raye Nicole’s experimental creativity which sets her apart with absolute distinction.

You can check out Raye Nicole’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elijah Jamal – Little Secret: The R&B Soul Track That’s All About the Bass

Anyone who appreciates the funk offered by deep scratching acoustic basslines in R&B definitely shouldn’t hesitate in checking out Elijah Jamal’s latest single “Little Secret”.

The depth of the bass is amplified especially when it rests against the hits of the drum pads alone, and with the layers of harmony courtesy of Elijah Jamal’s smooth crooning vocals, Little Secret is transformed into an easily accessible, soulfully poignant soundscape.

Rather than overcomplicating the single, Little Secret is a track which progresses with sincerity, soul, and an authentically rhythmic pull. There’s plenty of progressions, ensuring there’s minimal chance of you tiring from the sticky sweet aural mesmerism offered by Elijah in this radio-ready hit.

Head on over to Elijah Jamal’s website where you can check out their previously released tracks and videos.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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