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Mia Stegner – Dust: Clockwork Concordance from One of the Most Intelligent Minds in Indie

Mia Stegner is the prodigally blessed up and coming artist responsible for the exceptional single “Dust”; a macabrely mused single about self-construction leading to self-destruction.

But don’t expect your usual flowery lyrics from the 19-year old artist, Mia Stegner has a quaintly expressive style which will leave you instantly enamoured by her ingenious approach to her sound. There’s a slight touch of the Amanda Palmer madness in Dust due to her ability to pack plenty of syllables into her verses and make a mean melody from a ukulele. However, it’s much more innocent – never falling into the realms of infantility, instead the friendly keys wrapping around the light instrumental arrangement accompanies dark lyricism and imagery.

You can check out Mia Stegner’s latest single Dust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with Mia’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dafna – If You’re a Dove: A Hypnotic Blend of Folk & Minimalist Electronic Pop

Soundscapes don’t see the meeting of Folk, Ambient, and Electro Pop all too often, which is what is so exciting about up and coming Folk Singer Songwriter Dafna’s latest single “If You’re a Dove”.

The American artist’s breathy, and earthy vocals seamlessly sit atop of the light yet progressive layers of synth and soft drum rolls which continuously gains momentum until the outro. If You’re a Dove may be a track that’s easy to slip into but forgetting the deftly produced individualistic energy of the simple, yet honeyed single is another matter entirely.

If you could imagine an amalgamation of the immersive sounds of War Paint and the Folk sensibilities of artists such as Frightened Rabbit, you may be able to get an idea of the unique brand of chemistry Dafna has cooked up with the first single to drop in 2019.

You can check out Dafna’s latest single If You’re a Dove for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Melina – Little Memory: A Celestially Pure Neo-Classical Pop Ballad from the Best of Boston’s Breaking Talent.

When an up and coming artist has the ability to make every cell in your body stand to attention at the first few arrestive notes of a single, you know that you’ve just stumbled across an aural gem.

The singer songwriter’s debut single “Little Memory” kicks off with the concordance of classical piano keys before introducing Melina’s celestially arrestive vocals. The only catch to this single is the one you will feel in the back of your throat as you appreciate the mesmeric style of Melina and her first single. Even though there’s plenty of plaintive emotion in the single, you can’t help but find the uplifting elements which are perceptible through the sheer passion of her breathy and easy, yet infinitely captivating vocals.

You can check out Melina’s latest single Little Memory for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kenny Sukitch – Sunday School: The Sophomore Release Which Sets the Bar For Romantic Indie Ballads

Singer-songwriter Kenny Sukitch created nine stunning tracks for his sophomore 2019 release of “Racer”. While each of the tracks stood as a testament to his captivating romantically serendipitous style, “Sunday School” was the track which stood out for us.

The guitar progressions may be minimalistic in the stripped back single which combines Indie with Folk, but that’s not to say the pure ambience of the single isn’t powerful. The atmospheric contortions of the single will leave your stomach in knots while Kenny Sukitch’s distinctively magnetic vocals lay down the ethereal sweet sentiment which has been laced into the single. To make Sunday School even more indulgently resonant, he hooked up with vocalist Khloe Smith for one of the most effortlessly passionate singles you could ever care to hear.

You can check out Kenny Sukitch’s single Sunday School along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Steve Lutz Takes us to a Higher Plateau with His Latest Single “When You Come Around Here”

“When You Come Around Here” is the latest single from Steve Lutz. The up and coming singer-songwriter created four unadulterated minutes of Funk-driven Soul combined with Soft Rock instrumental arrangements which provided the perfect amount of raucous anthemic energy to the single.

Many artists may try their hand at creating “good vibes” music, yet, Steve Lutz went beyond that with his transcendentally sweet single which has been produced to absolute perfection to allow you to hear the woody, raw organic tones from the instrumentals which sit together in the soundscape. To make When You Come Around Here that little bit more resonant, the lyrics are indulgently charismatic and bring plenty of imagery to the single.

You can check out Steve Lutz’ latest single When You Come Around Here for yourselves by heading over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare for J.R. August’s Celestially Melodic Masterpiece “Lead the Way”

When’s the last time you heard exceptional talent from an up and coming artist? If it has been a while and you feel like restoring your faith in the music scene, J.R. August’s single “Lead the Way” is a stellar choice.

Within the gentle swells of the piano melodies, you will feel pretty much every cell in your body drawn to the magnetism of the soundscape in Lead the Way. If I ever hear a track by J.R. August which doesn’t give me chills, I’d want to check for a pulse. But, there’s something uniquely striking about Lead the Way; the use of harmonics which builds the emotion right before the organ sets in to sprinkle an ominous overtone over the track is nothing short of aural alchemy. With music, you’re lucky if you get to feel one emotion as you listen to the track unfold, with Lead the Way you’re treated to a smorgasbord of feelings.

You can check out the music video to J.R. August’s single Lead the Way for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stu Read – War: A Genre-defying Work of Alchemic Resonance.

Oxfordshire, UK-based singer-songwriter and producer Stu Read set out with the intention of creating his own unique sound, and if his latest single “War” is anything to go by, he’s smashing at: Just as he is also smashing through the constraints of each genre with his intellectually-minded uplifting works of alchemic resonance.

Stu Read has made it fairly impossible to allude to just how uniquely compelling his soundscapes are with his second single. In the 6-minute duration of the single the melodies switch up from archaically indulgent cinematic scores to a sound which wouldn’t be out of place in the Indie charts. There’s also the perfect amount of reverb on the vocals which doesn’t detract from Stu Read’s vocal talent, instead, the effects give the track even more of an experimental and contemporary feel.

You can check out Stu Read’s latest single War for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leddra Chapman – The Year Without You: The Sonorously Raw Single You Need to Hear in 2019

If you managed to get through 2018 without Leddra Chapman on your radar, it may be about time you tuned into her soulfully arrestive sound which hasn’t gone unnoticed by BBC Radio 2 and the likes of Ed Sheeran who she has previously collaborated with.

“The Year Without You” is the upcoming single from Leddra which was released December 30th. The track captures the reflective wistfulness which stifles us all at some point as the year draws to a close. If you’ve had a particularly rocky 2018, I’d suggest grabbing the tissues as you listen to the Pop soundscape unfold through emotive introspection and seamlessly raw melodies. Leddra’s vocals have an ingenious way of feeding into the momentum of the build ups and drops where each stab of the drum pads will reverberate through you as you wait in anticipation for the climax of the song.

There’ll be plenty more to hear from Leddra in 2019, including the release of her new EP, so head on over to Facebook to keep up to date. In the meantime, check out her previously released tracks and The Year Without You via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J.R. August – River Runs Through: Melodically Arrestive Piano-Driven Alchemy

J.R. August has become somewhat infamous for his devastatingly soulful singles and “River Runs Through” is absolutely no exception. With a slightly extended duration, you’ve got plenty of time to get entrenched in the arrestive sentiment of the track which has been elegantly, melancholically mastered. With the multi-layers of acoustic instrumentals swelling and adding to the chemistry of the potent mix of concordant bliss. It is by no exaggeration that I’m declaring J.R. August as one of the most underrated acts I’ve come across in 2018.

His sultry edge, pensive passion, and command of concordant piano melodies combine to create an emotive soundscape which doesn’t fail to leave you sobered.

You can check out the official video to River Runs Through which is just as captivating as the single itself by heading over to YouTube. If your heart doesn’t jump into your throat by the time you reach the bridge, I’m not sure you can even count yourself as human.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Summerlyn Powers – 90% of Someone: Commandingly Soulful Acoustic Folk

Even the track title to Summerlyn Powers latest single “90% of Someone” is sobering. So, you can imagine the brevity behind the Folk Singer Songwriter’s quaintly concordant single.

The narrative style of the lyrics will have you captivated from the first line. 90% of Someone shares a sentiment of the person we love no longer giving all of themselves anymore. I’m sure that pretty much every listener will be able to find resonance with the lyricism, it is made all too easy with the Alabama, US-based artist’s unflinchingly sonorous vocal style.

With a melodic approach usually found with much older artists, Summerlyn has completely rejected the usual fragile vocal approach which a lot of younger female singer songwriters are all too keen to adopt. Instead, Summerlyn will win you over with her commandingly soulful vocal capacity which is matched with the poignancy of her lyrics.

You can check out 90% of Someone for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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