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Malcolm Duff Captivates Us Once More Through Latest Single “The First Time”

If it’s been a while since a Folk track gave you actual goose bumps, Malcolm Duff just so happens to have the poignantly captivating single with the potential to send chills creeping up the tendrils of your spine.

There was no forgetting what Malcolm Duff brings to the airwaves after hearing his first tracks after teaming up with co-songwriter Maristela Da Silva to create romantic aural resonance. Each new single acts as another candid chapter of a tale you just can’t help but be warmed by.

If you don’t get drawn in by the magnetism found within the reverberance of the vocals alongside the perfectly synergistic guitar-led melodies, you can assume that at some point your soul has escaped you.

You can check out Malcolm Duff’s latest single The First Time for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to be Enraptured by Ami Leigh’s Second Single “Dark Soul”

From the first crash of cymbals to the mesmeric outro, the instrumentals behind Ami Leigh’s second single “Dark Soul” will leave you enraptured. It’s not all too often that you stumble across soundscapes which simultaneously offer dark atmospherics and concordant light textures – yes, I’m incredibly aware that sounds like a massive contradiction. Ami Leigh’s vocal style amplifies the amount of resonance found within the single, because instead of trying to prove vocal strength or range, Ami Leigh uses a sense of fragility and honesty. There’s no guise or clever effect for the vocals to hide behind. Yet, as much as I loved the single, it was easy to feel that it could have been slightly shorter with less repetition of some of the lyrics.  That’s not to say we didn’t appreciate the poignant energy behind this single.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Izek Rose releases a bruising earworm with latest single “Phone Games”

Either I suffer from overwhelming amounts of empathy, or Izek Rose has released a strikingly heart-wrenching single with “Phone Games”, perhaps it’s a mix of the two. Either way, there’s no coming to the end of Phone Games without feeling slightly bruised.

The up and coming artist’s distinctively compelling style fuses elements from a myriad of different genres to offer a soundscape which is unpredictable, provoking, and has the depth which most artists would kill for. Within the mellifluous multi-layers of Phone Games you can find elements of Indie, R&B, and Hip Hop. Whilst those elements have been combined before, they have never been pulled together with the same amount of potent ingenuity which is on offer in Phone Games.

We’ve all played – or been played by phone games before, so, it would be fairly rude not to hit play on this candidly raw earworm from Izek Rose.

You can check out Izek Rose’s latest single Phone Games for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Josee Allard – Love is All We Need: Soulfully Concordant Neo-Soul Folk Pop Catharsis

With our current social and political climate (that pretty much stands for wherever you are in the world) tracks such as “Love is All We Need” by Josee Allard aren’t just refreshing, they’re essential.

Love is All We Need is the perfect track to slip into if you’re looking for soulfully concordant catharsis; and it’s just one of the singles on the up and coming artist’s perfectly timed album release. Burning Rain is set to be released on May 11th, until then, there’s plenty of absolution to be found within the single Love is All We Need. Josee Allard’s unique approach to Neo-Soul Pop offers light and intricate textures found within the instrumental arrangement which are almost arrestive as the smooth Folk Pop vocals. The level of talent combined with the quality of the production isn’t something that we get to hear every day. You should probably start getting excited now.

You can check out Love is All We Need ahead of the album release by heading over to Josee Allard’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan McNally – Call Me Back: The Indie R&B Pop Single Which Knows We’ve All Been There

If you’re still stuck with the archaic belief that men can’t properly communicate their emotions, try seeing just how you wrong you are by listening to Ryan McNally’s latest single “Call Me Back”.

It may not seem that staring at your phone is a profound experience to verse about, but when you consider the sense of agony it can entail, Call Me Back hits you even harder. The one-sided conversational narrative in Ryan McNally’s single is incredibly powerful, especially when paired with the melodic beat which fuses R&B, Indie, and Pop. There’s plenty of Funk in between the soft layers of rhythm, yet, the beat remains simplistic and catchy.

You can check out the official music video to Ryan McNally’s latest single Call Me Back for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Thais Cristine Makes Her Debut With the Hauntedly Atmospheric Single “A Million Love Songs”

“A Million Love Songs” is the debut single from up and coming singer-songwriter Thais Cristine whose haunted atmospheric style is sure to leave you as mesmerised as I when you listen to the tentative progressions of the pensively striking single.

Any fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten are sure to find plenty of reasons to add A Million Love Songs to their playlists. The piano-led arrangement is joined by powerful orchestral swells which breeze under Thais Christine’s powerfully distinctive vocals which resonate as jagged, raw, and incredibly natural. There really is no understating how emotively compelling the delivery of the narrative lyrics are in A Million Love Songs. Even if we did see Thais Cristine release a million love songs, we probably wouldn’t tire of her soulful passion.

You can check out Thais Cristine’s single A Million Love Songs for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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American Country & Rock Sit Hand in Hand in J.D. Leonard’s Latest Single “She’s Never Really Gone”

Get your lighter and the tissues at the ready (to use separately of course) for J.D. Leonard’s candidly concordant single “She’s Never Really Gone”. Never let it be said ever again that men are incapable of expressing their emotions.

With She’s Never Really Gone, J.D. Leonard combines authentic elements of American Country with a Rock anthemics which allow the single to transgress from a pensive ballad to a massive hit which could quite easily command the adoration of an arena. J.D. Leonard’s vocal talent sits in perfect synergy with the perfectly sculptured single amplifying the resonance around the orchestral swells and crashes which have been fused to the Rock influence.

You can check out J.D. Leonard’s single She’s Never Really Gone for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sonic Eater – Into the Wild: Wanderlust Musings Paired with Mellifluous Melodies

There are very few artists with the ability to effectively weave stark wanderlust imagery into their soundscapes. Amongst them happens to be up and coming US-based artist Sonic Eater with their latest EP “Sun Eater”.

While acoustic Folk musicians may be relatively limited with acoustic guitar chord progressions, this didn’t stop Sonic Eater from creating a soundscape which would take you on an aural imagining of the landscapes which are alluded to within the singles. While each of the cathartically blissful singles on the album carried their own quintessential charm, there’s no better introduction to Sonic Eater’s well-textured and soul-splintering style. You’d be hard pressed to find an easier melody to slip into for the first time!

You can check out Sonic Eater’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A Day a Week releases their second single “I Wasn’t Built for Speed”

“I Wasn’t Built for Speed” is the first 2019 release from up and coming Folk singer-songwriter A Day a Week AKA Jonas Dejevik. Of course, there was no forgetting him from his 2018 single “Coffee Shop Heaven”. They may have left the experimental digital effects out of this single, but A Day a Week’s ingenuity doesn’t fail to impress once more.

The emotively rendered acoustic single carries plenty of progression, starting off from a track which isn’t all too dissimilar from the work of Glenn Hansard before working towards a massive Pop chorus. Whilst it was a slightly bitter-sweet emotion to move so far away from the raw quintessential nature of the prelude into a sound which wouldn’t sound out of place in a Disney soundtrack, there’s no denying that I Wasn’t Built for Speed is a sticky-sweet honeyed earworm.

You can check out A Day a Week’s latest single I Wasn’t Built for Speed for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sadie Jemmett Offers Quaintly Candid Concordance with Latest Single “Don’t Silence Me”

“Don’t Silence Me” is the mesmeric latest single from up and coming singer songwriter Sadie Jemmett which puts a fresh feminine spin on the Rockabilly soundscape. Even though there is plenty of energy poured into the singles by the acoustic instrumental arrangement the single keeps its concordance throughout. Not every vocalist has the ability to keep the perfect balance between quaint and powerful, but Sadie Jemmett managed it with palpable ease with the raw, candid nature of the lyrics to Don’t Silence Me.

While the haunting wails of the organ brushed against the upbeat guitar progressions a perfect sense of archaic rhythm was conjured, but no other element of the track has the ability to arrest you as much as Sadie Jemmett’s vocals which resonate with distinction.

You can check out Sadie Jemmett’s latest single Don’t Silence Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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