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Jack Tinner – Teenage Revelry: Melodically Ethereal Acoustic

Will I ever tire of that angelically acoustic sound? Probably not, especially when there are still prodigally poignant artists emerging such as Jack Tinner.

Teenage Revelry may be his first single released, but it’s already perceptible that he’s found his signature style in his lightly melodic ethereal composition.  The Manchester, UK-based recording artist has the ability to create an overwhelmingly powerful yet tentative energy through his sound, perhaps that has a little something to do with the fact that he captured a sentiment through his lyrics which we can all relate to. Through the lyrics of Teenage Revelry Jack Tinner perfectly captures the nostalgia of your innocence, whether your childhood was one to get reminiscent about or not, the overall alchemy of the track won’t fail to resonate.

You can check out Jack Tinner’s debut single out for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Connect with Jack Tinner on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest releases of his melodically genius singles.  I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the future with his already radio-ready sound.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J. R. August – Crucify Me: Piano Melodies to Make You Pious

I may be a little bias calling J. R. August’s single Crucify Me a tearjerker considering the fact a piercing piano melody will always tear right through me. But anyone who appreciates a neo-classical acoustic progression is sure to find an aural home within the single which proves to be simultaneously haunting and beautiful.

The Croatian based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer possess a captivating enigmatic style which I can guarantee you won’t have heard the likes of before. The artist’s small town roots are practically tangible as you listen to the ease and grace of Crucify Me unfold under the light yet powerful notes of the piano.

Placing Crucify Me into a genre would be blasphemy, so, keep an open mind to the Folkish quintessence and the glossy Pop production of Crucify Me.  You can check out the stunning official video to Crucify Me for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tim Mcgurl – Face The World So Green – A Heartfelt Song That Tells A Big Story

With the first few strums of the guitar I immediately knew this song has something deep and meaningful to offer. And it did not disappoint. In fact it offered a brilliant set of lyrics and an even more heartfelt performance. The gentle guitar melody and chords making up the intro offer a unique kind of melancholic feeling that at the same time is beautifully characterised with the use of space and the way notes resonate within it. But this is not all.

“Face the World So Green” is in itself a life story turned into a stripped down song which immediately hits the heart. It talks about the strength needed by a mother and her kids after the loss of her husband, in a very touching way. The fact that this song is so intimate, with just guitar and voice, makes it even more heartfelt, truly expressing the strength that is needed from the perspective of a young adolescent in such a situation.

With descriptive and image evoking lyrics, a simplistic yet impactful guitar arrangement and a brilliantly raw vocal performance, this song shows us what it means to be human in the most beautiful of ways.

Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Andy Ard’ – “Why You Gotta Be Like That?” : A Brilliant Message With An Unforgettable Chorus

“Write, record, release repeat.” This is Andy Ard’s motto and it clearly shows his brilliant work ethic and dedication. And as you listen to his brand new track “Why You Gotta Be Like That” you will confirm this even more with every passing second. Released just over a month ago and produced by John McVey, this song projects a clear and positive message which we should all apply in our lives.

Andy Ard’s music directly shows that he cares deeply about the song’s priorities and the message he wants to convey. In this case he brilliantly pens lyrics which are all about self awareness, the elimination of negative energy and the choice to be better. As soon as I heard the words “You’re making your mind up every hour of every day, How you want to be, and it will always go your way,’ accompanied by a propelling harmonic and rhythmic movement, and sung so convincingly, I understood that Andy Ard has truly mastered his craft of songwriting and song delivery. Apart from this, you will not be able to get the chorus out of your mind. “Why You Gotta Be Like That” is just one of those songs that not only have a brilliant message, but also feel good and are very well written. Listen to it now on Bandcamp!

Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Leo Lucchesi – Running Against the Wind: Blues Rock Roots with a Contemporary Flair

Running Against the Wind is the debut single from up and coming recording artist Leo Lucchesi. The singer-songwriter takes his aural inspiration from the soundscapes of the simpler times of the 70’s. He’s kept his smooth, bluesy Folk Rock sound in line with the traditional roots of the genre whilst adding a touch of contemporary melancholic flair.

I wasn’t expecting the sheer level of progression which Running Against the Wind contained, a pensive prelude led up to a chorus of sweet Americana-soaked Country vibes as the momentum of the track fully hit you. Suddenly, it’s not so melancholic after all as the guitar-driven instrumentals lead you through the reverb heavy melodies which are sure to hit you with waves of nostalgia.

You can check out Leo Lucchesi’s single Running Against the Wind for yourself by heading over to Spotify.

Running Against the Wind is the first single released by the Boston based vocalist, songwriter and guitarist but if you like what you hear, you can look forward to his debut album which is due for release in 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Christina Nini – Cry: Meet the Queen of the Contemporary Love Ballad

Yep, you guessed it, Christina Nini’s latest single Cry is an absolute tear jerker. As soon as you hit play you’re treated to some high-octane emotion from the up and coming Pop singer songwriter. The prelude playfully teases you into a track which deals with all the drudgery of heartbreak in one of the most poignant and raw ballads I’ve had the pleasure of checking out this summer.

As the artist’s fourth single unfolds, the emotion contained in the lyrics becomes palpable; they almost certainly contain a piece of Christina Nini’s soul. Her strong and lascivious vocal style further amplifies the resonance behind the lyrics which perfectly matches the instrumentals behind Cry.  The use of acoustic and digital instruments in the mix create an ethereally tentative pace for the vocals to follow giving Cry that ultimate feel-good, chill out vibe alongside treating you to some blinding instrumental breakdown and solo’s especially from the electric guitar.

You can check out Christina Nini’s latest single Cry for yourselves by heading over to Spotify; why not stick the single on your coffee shop playlists while you’re there.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joey Sherman – Rock of Ages!

Steam Train is built of equal measures of  alt-rock poise, bluesy rock intensity and psychedelic haze, a blend of Doorsian dystopia and heavy psychedelic infusions, with leviathan guitar swathes and classic rock grooves. I guess this is what the kids today would call alt-rock but alt-rock is named for its parallel stance to the classic sounds, and this is full of classic sounds, classic but not cliched.

Whilst their fellow rock bands are either pursuing a new rock path with their skinny jeans and their fashionable hair or sticking to the rules of a foot on the monitor, patched denim jacket golden age, Joey Sherman takes a cleverer and more discerning root. He travels the back roads of rock history picking up 60’s drop out vibes and spoken word intimacy, 70’s underground moves and 80’s post-punk revivalism, 90’s grunge weight and more modern rebranding that has lead to a nostalgia infused Bohemia. But he does all of this whilst moving forward and that is why he stands apart form the pack and makes a sound so vital to the evolution of the modern music scene.

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Jakeypoo – Love and Grace: Sweetly Fractured Acoustic from an Artist that Definitely Should Not be Judged by His Name

Before I get to singing this acoustic artists praises, I have to just put it out there, I in no way condone the chosen name. I can’t quite imagine anyone having the conversation,

“Who are you seeing tonight?”
“Jakeypoo”.

Yes, it’s a little twee, but I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who favours immaturity in their music. Now that’s out of my system, I can get around to recommending that you all check out his track Love and Grace which was released March 30th, 2018.

His fractured vocal ability displays a domineering prominence over his blister-inducing acoustic strumming. Ed Sheeran and Plain White Tee’s fans will be in heaven with the slightly length angst fuelled track. The production has a succinct Lo Fi feel which gives Love and Grace an unarguably raw sound, however, there wasn’t much progression to speak of throughout the track which I suppose isn’t uncommon for acoustic guitar-driven tracks, but, I can’t help but feel, that given the extended duration the track could have been infinitely more progressive if the chords were switched up a little.

You can check out the official video to Love and Grace on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John McLarnon – Ghosts: Folky Guitar Hooks Amplified by Arrestingly Beautiful Glaswegian Charm

Scottish Singer-Songwriter John McLarnon released his much anticipated second single Ghosts on February 22nd, 2018. It may be that I’m an absolute sucker for a Glaswegian accent, but 20 seconds into Ghosts I was already beguiled. The space between the sounds as the ring of the guitar amplifies and fades out provides a blissfully raw experience that you just can’t help falling in love with. The orchestral breakdown midway through the track, is hands down the most empyreal audio experiences I’ve had so far in 2018.

In the 4:26 duration, you’re taken through a meandering labyrinth of sound where it’s impossible to tell where you’re going to land next thanks to the Folky hooks of the guitar and pure unchained melodies. There’s no wonder that John McLarnon’s debut EP ‘Thirty Two Winters’ went straight to number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart (my personal favourite is Colour, just in case you were wondering. His radio ready sound isn’t one that’s quickly forgettable. I still haven’t got over how incandescently astounding the music from his debut 2017 EP was.

Check out John McLarnon’s debut second single Ghosts on Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Luke Biscan – Wish It Away: Experience the charismatic flair of a melancholy with this song.

Wish It Away by Luke Biscan on VEVO.

More like the aesthetic of a sonorous cyberpunk, this scintillating track by Luke Biscan will have you wonderstruck. You’ll experience multiple eargasm when you listen to this song. The voice is the first impression!

A regular on the touring and festival circuit in coastal Victoria, Luke’s incredible live energy and virtuoso guitar skills have built him a solid hometown fanbase. Wish It Away shows a more tender side to the songwriter, with the lyrics providing a backdrop and perfect introduction to his upcoming debut album.

Biscan gave us his all on this song. The acoustic intimacy that it’s felt on this track is awesome.  Luke Biscan has a knack for vocal melody, and  the tone and the intensity of his guitar sound made the song more appealing.

The album, Revivalist, covers experiences from his childhood, religion, faith, hope and belief. It’s set for release in late 2018.

Wish It Away is a perfect introduction to the album, as it gives the listener a take a new take on hope. His guitar drives the sound, Biscan takes his audience on the journey with him. Regularly performing in the town of Geelong, he opts to play in pubs, wanting to have a close relationship with his fans. Biscan leaves his heart on the stage and believes in interacting with his audience after shows.

You’ll probably be transformed from the kick-off to experience an outpour of pure reaction. Luke can mold any sentiment into totalizing torment without surrendering its sweetness.

This is a very cool jam that’s very hard to hate. It’ll really interest me to see what Luke’s Revivalist album will look like.

 

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