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Neo-Classical Pop Artist Uninhibited Has Released Her Stripped-Bare Power Ballad “Unrequited”

Up and coming Pop singer-songwriter Uninhibited has recently released her unfalteringly soulful neo-classical single “Unrequited”, and it’s cinematic enough not to be out of place on a Disney OST.

Even though the lyrical verses contain plenty of real raw emotion, the single still boasts a cathartic fantastical feel which will never go out of trend.

While many contemporary Pop artists strive to find a new evolution of Pop to cling to, artists such as Uninhibited preserve the art form which is the cinematic orchestrally-laced love ballad. When the pensive piano-led melodies lead you into a powerful burst of orchestral strings, don’t be surprised if you feel your heart in your mouth.

You can check out the latest single from Uninhibited for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Annabel Hailey – Fallen: Majestically Baroque Indie Art Pop

“Fallen” was just one of the majestically baroque Indie Art Pop singles to be released by singer-songwriter Annabel Hailey in 2019.

The cabaret teasing rhythms feed archaic alchemy into the mix alongside winding tensile guitar progressions which almost allow the soundscape to veer into the realms of Post Punk. Whichever way you define it, there’s no denying that Fallen is an enchanting single which has plenty to do with Annabel Hailey’s timelessly classic approach to vocals.

Any fans of Kate Bush and Tori Amos will definitely want to checkout Fallen along with the up and coming artist’s other releases. If Nick Cave heard Fallen, I’m sure it wouldn’t be all too long before he proposed a collaboration.

You can check out Fallen for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mock Deer – Your Open Heart: Transfixingly Crushing, Cinematically Resonant Alt Indie Folk

“Your Open Heart” is one of the captivating singles found on the latest release “The Art of Loneliness” from London-based Alt Indie Folk artist Mock Deer.

Forget lyrical or instrumental hooks, the prelude offers an instantaneous sharp emotional hook which will great any fan of American Alt Folk with a familiar lacerating sting. With each progression, you’re drawn further into the striking resonance which pools around the creeping ethereal reverb and gently melancholic pensive notes.

Mock Deer is exactly the kind of artist you can hit play on for the first time and form an “I immediately need to buy all of their records” obsession – especially if you are a Paul Simon or REM fan. Despite the raw existential emotion projected into Your Open Heart, there’s the faintest hint of romantic optimism amongst the perfectly weighted commentary on 21st-century alienation and fear. It is transfixing, crushing, uplifting and transcendent all in equal measure.

You can check out Your Open Heart for yourselves via SoundCloud. Or you can grab a vinyl or CD copy via Rough Trade.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from Mock Deer via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Belle Shea – Smoke and Mirrors: Unpredictably Progressive Alt Folk Pop

Alt Folk Pop Singer-Songwriter Belle Shea released her most transfixing single to date with “Smoke & Mirrors”.

The unpredictable progressions allow Smoke and Mirrors to evolve from an ethereally moody feat of Pop into a Neo-Soul Jazz-soaked soundscape with sporadic increments of Indie Rock thrown in for good measure.

Belle Shea’s vocals also prove to be just as dynamic as the instrumental arrangement in Smoke and Mirrors. From arrestive delicacy to resounding tensile warmth, you’ll be treated to it all if you hit play on the simply stunning single which fades out after a striking semi-orchestral infusion.

Yet, the essence of the track truly lies in what Belle Shea delivers lyrically – the lyrics in Smoke and Mirrors are practically metaphysical poetry.

You can check out Smoke & Mirrors for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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emmanuelle sasson – Note to Self: Pioneeringly Pensive Pop

If you’re always on the lookout for Pop which packs a pensive punch, you’ll strike emotive gold with up and coming artist emmanuelle sasson’s debut album “Smoke&Mirrors”.

Whilst each track is as delectably raw as the last, there’s no better introduction to the artist’s pioneeringly plaintive sound than “Note to Self”.

With their contemporary songwriting approach in Note to Self, you’ll get much more than your average ballad. Alongside the essential ballad components such as momentous semi-orchestral swells and melancholic minor-key piano melodies, you’ll find emmanuelle sasson’s discernible vocal distinction. His ability to pour soul into the vocal projections is unparalleled. Paired with the artist’s candidly fraught lyricism and their tendency to keep you in bitter-sweet anticipation with the progressions, Note to Self hits incredibly hard while keeping the tempo poised and refined.

You can check out Note to Self along with the rest of emmanuelle sasson’s 2019 album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jeremy Edwards – Try Too: Sticky-Sweet Soul-Deep Pop

Up and coming Pop artist Jeremy Edwards has recently released their sticky-sweet soul-deep EP “Try Too”. If you’re a fan of quaint, naturalistically expressive euphorically arrestive Alt Pop, prepare to become as enamoured as we became upon discovering Jeremy Edward’s resoundingly optimistic approach to the genre.

While we would highly recommend checking the EP out in full, special attention has to be given to the title track-featuring guest vocals from Joy Hanna whose Neo-Soul Pop style vocal talent brings alchemic chemistry to the soundscape.

Ukuleles may get a bad rep, but Jeremy Edwards has proven just how sweet melodies can sound when leading the way in an upliftingly sincere track. Try Too is a radio-ready hit which your playlists will thank you for including.

You can check out Jeremy Edwards’ 2020 EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emily Rodriguez – Last Summertime: Soul-Exposingly Sweet Indie Pop

Everything about the standout track “Last Summertime” from Indie Soul Pop artist Emily Rodriguez’s EP “In My Head” feels refreshingly candid and authentic.

The organic magnetism can be found in the lyrics, the melody, and the expressively dynamic vocal harmonics. It’s an evocative aural hat trick which pulls together under complete concordance.

The simplistic natural rhythms are set to an even pace and allow you to easily ingest the undiluted sentiment which greets you through the lyrics. By the time the track has come to a close, you’ll see why Emily Rodriguez chose “In My Head” as an EP title. It’s an unfiltered, no holds barred sticky-sweet soul exposing record which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You can check out Last Summertime along with the rest of Emily Rodriguez’s EP for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vincent Lima – Albany: Deep Cavernous Indie Folk Rock

Award-Winning musician Vincent Lima has released yet another resoundingly raw single with “Albany”. Any fans of the darkly alluring mesmerism of Tom Waits and Richard Hawley are going to want to jump on the singer songwriter’s first release in 2020.

There’s a unique tenderness to Albany, it’s rare for tenderness to accompany deep cavernously evocative tonality, but Vincent Lima has proven that the aural elements make for a potently alchemic mix. If you could imagine what it would sound like if Bill Ryder-Jones and Nick Cave collaborated together, you may get an idea of what Albany has to offer.

Yet, the distinction truly lies in the singer songwriter’s ability to lace the soundscape with a brand-new contemporary resonance through the infusion of nuancedly melancholic Pop.

The pensively deep quivering notes against the deep reverberance of Vincent Lima’s vocals in a cinematic production is something we’ll never forget. And we’re pretty sure that you won’t either.

You can listen to Albany for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Steve Daniels – Green Triangle: Vividly Colourful Alt Indie Folk

As a fairly ardent fan of the Legendary Pink Dots, hitting play on Steve Daniels’ recently released single “Green Triangle” and hearing those porously emotive vocal notes was an unforgettably grounding experience.

Steve Daniels has a rare nuanced air to his softly-versed vocals which allows him to paint in vivid colours with his words. The instrumental arrangement may be fairly sparse, but the warmth found in the stripped-back melody is captivating all the same.

The artist may have a Machiavellian tendency to pull at your heartstrings using spacial effect. But he was kind enough to ensure that listening to Green Triangle will bring you a kaleidoscope of emancipating catharsis.

You can check out Green Triangle for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Britt Marie – Mind Games: A Pensively Optimistic Indie Pop Playlist Essential

Whether it was the pensively optimistic Indie Folk Pop melody, Britt Marie’s evocatively piercing vocals or the stark lyrical resonance which meant every note in her latest single “Mind Games” was arrestive as the last, I can’t be sure.

But what I can be sure of, is that her personable approach to her sound resounds in the succinctly sweet tonality of the single enabling her to set herself leagues apart from other up and coming artists experimenting with the trending Jangle Indie Pop sound.

Fans of Florence and the Machine, The Wombats, Vaccines, and Marina and the Diamonds, the 1975, and Bad Suns will definitely want to check out the punchily melodic hit. Her music is much more than simply radio-ready. It boasts a rarely found high-energy anthemic vibe which will make you wish it was festival season already.

You can check out Mind Games along with Britt Marie’s previously released four singles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast