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Taylor Paul offers a concordant perspective-shifting aural experience with “Learn to Love”

I had the pleasure of hitting play on Taylor Paul’s latest single “Learn to Love” moments after watching a toxic Twitter fallout over a trivial inconsequential matter. I didn’t know how much I needed it until I had heard it.

Whether that was because it felt as though discovering the track felt serendipitous, or that Taylor Paul possesses a natural talent for creating uplifting tracks which point out just how odious the world can be and then providing an aural resolution, I can’t be sure. But what I can be unequivocally sure of is that tracks such as Learn to Love aren’t just pleasant concordant perspective-shifting soundscapes. They’re essential as our society becomes increasingly divisive, where it’s a popular past time to find a target for your rage and spit your bile in the name of virtue.

Sentiment aside, Learn to Love is also a stunningly eclectic arrangement of Pop, Rock, Blues, and Funk which deserves a spot on your playlists.

You can check out Taylor Paul’s single Learn to Love which was released on September 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucy Mayhew – Where’s the Wisdom: Absorbingly Quintessential Indie Blues Folk

Singer-songwriter Lucy Mayhew has recently released her latest feat of bluesy folk pop with the single “Where’s the Wisdom”. With the stripped-back instrumental arrangement, the absorbing lyrics hit you with an instantaneous resonance.

The powerful lyrics unravelled like meta poetry versed through Lucy Mayhew’s nuanced serene vocals which sat perfectly against the vibrant yet concordant melodies in Where’s the Wisdom.

The question in the track title is answered when you hit play on the intellectually-inspired single which aptly digs out the roots of our societal disparity before giving you a brand-new perspective to consider adopting. Aural salvation is needed now more than ever on the airwaves and Lucy Mayhew has proven that you don’t need to write angsty tracks to create an effective perspective-shifting protest song.

You can check out Lucy Mayhew’s latest single Where’s the Wisdom for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Osian Rhys – The Ballad of Mr Withers: Ethereally Cinematic Folk

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Welsh Folk Singer-Songwriter Osian Rhys released their latest single “The Ballad of Mr Withers” on November 7th ahead of their upcoming EP “Autumn Shades of Gold”. With artists such as Bill Ryder-Jones influencing their hauntedly pensive style, it came as no surprise that it was such a hard-hitter.

Even before the semi-orchestral swells faded in to douse the already morose soundscape with even more striking evocativeness, the tenderness of the acoustic guitar and Osian Rhys’ vocals came together to create an ethereal aurally alchemic single.

Bill Ryder-Jones doesn’t fail to bring a tear to my eye, and neither does Osian Rhys. Yet, the soundscape still boasts plenty of distinction as the Ballad of Mr Withers unfolds with an archaically cinematic feel which you definitely don’t get to hear every day.

You can check out the Ballad of Mr Withers by heading over to Bandcamp now, the rest of the EP is due for release on December 13th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Apostola – 5 Minutes of Fame: Raw Alt Rock Aural Resonance

“5 Minutes of Fame” is just one of the bewitching singles from up and coming artist Apostola’s resoundingly powerful EP “5minsfame”. The expressive singer-songwriter may be fresh from her inception, but her ability to offer progressive, genre-crumbling soundscapes is nuanced enough to leave you hooked in the restraint-less aural treat from the first verse.

If you could imagination combination of the unflinching attitude Stevie Nicks, the instrumental intricacy Levellers, and the histrionic power of Bjork, you may be able to get an idea of what Apostola has to offer listener with 5 Minutes of Fame.

It’s artful, it’s visceral, and the sobering sentiment of the single is sure to appeal to anyone frustrated with society’s constant obsession with accolades and recognition.

You can check out 5 Minutes of Fame for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Melanie Joy – Screaming into Pillows: A Stormy, Artful Pop Ballad

Before I even pressed play on Melanie Joy’s single “Screaming into Pillows” I knew that it would be a powerful, compelling soundscape.

There aren’t all too many singer-songwriters bold enough to use such striking imagery in their releases. But thankfully, not every artist feels the inclination to portray themselves as a plasticised vacuous deity. Melanie Joy has created a captivatingly candid single with Screaming into Pillows; a soundscape defined by its melancholic frustration, and cinematic instrumental arrangement.

The raw honesty and dramatically intense classic pop single hooks you in right from the prelude. From there on out, you’re treated to Melanie Joy’s nuanced, perfectly poised vocals which contain plenty of distinction in the stormy, artful pop ballad.

You can check out Screaming into Pillows along with the rest of Melanie Joy’s album “Out of the Wreckage” for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NY Singer-Songwriter Sydney Fay Jazzes Up the Airwaves with Latest Single “Time”

“Time” is the latest single from up and coming singer-songwriter Sydney Fay who keeps her sound contemporary whilst delving into the archaic tones of Jazz to give her sound a vibrantly warm instant accessibility.

Any fans of Nina Simone and Norah Jones are definitely going to want to put the Brooklyn, NY-based artist on their radars. The contrast between the robust piano keys and the urgency of the snappy percussion allows Time to resonate as a flavourful vibrant soundscape while Sydney Fay’s vocals allow poised harmonies to linger over the melodies. If you’re looking for a hit of aural catharsis, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Time.

You can check out Sydney Fay’s latest single Time for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Singer-songwriter John Witherspoon set to release new single ‘My Dad’

“I was talking just like my dad” is what Liverpool singer-songwriter John Witherspoon sings in his latest single “My dad”.

You may call it a pop ballad, with acoustic guitar and piano harmonies opening up to the narration of real happenings and juvenile memories that show gratitude to his father. But this is not an elementary acoustic-pop ballad where all elements stay unchanged because John plays with rhythms, pauses, melodies, especially in the final bridge where a surfacing organ widens the harmony in the remaining seconds of the song.

Being from Liverpool might have instilled some specific music background in John, with The Beatles playing a huge part in his education as well as the song-writing. However, from the way he structures his songs, it is not to be excluded that he may have drawn much inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon – all the good stuff, if you get the point.

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Review By Jim Esposito

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Camille Miller – Building Steam: Soft and Sonorous Indie Blues

Singer-songwriter Camille Miller’s recently released the standout single “Building Steam”, if you’re looking for a stark reminder of what it’s like to immerse yourself in pure soulful aural catharsis, look no further.

While there are some impressive harmonic stretches which could put her vocals in the same league as the likes of Stevie Nicks, the real appeal in Camille Miller’s distinctive sound is the magnetic accessibility.

You can feel the artful expression spilling into an atmospheric masterfully crafted soundscape of soft and sonorous Indie Blues in Building Steam. It’s not every day you get to hear an artist bearing their souls so candidly. Camille Miller is a breath of fresh air in the stifling superficiality of the contemporary music industry.

You can check out the standout single from Camille Miller by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tom Gardner – Wish

If you have clear in mind those melancholic melodies proper of The Velvet Underground, London based songwriter Tom Gardner is going to be your new go-to with his new release ‘Wish’.

The best of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed meld for an inspiring background of relaxing harmonies – a final easy-listening work. Simple clean guitar arpeggios accompany Tom Gardner’s soft vocals for a sincere confession of all the things he wishes for, knowing that they will all eventually end.

He seems to want to publish regular releases so we can soon expect to get more of his music.

Review By JIm Esposito

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Hiraya set to release new single ‘One More’

The English-Philippino duo Hiraya released their new single ‘One more’ on 14th August 2019.

Folk music sweetly blends to mellow songwriting resulting in a soothing effort that makes of this track a relaxing background tune. Guitar strumming and violin-triggered melodies perfectly intertwine throughout the track allowing the vocals to express their best storytelling features.

The lyrics describe a ‘one more’ moment spent with a loved person, that moment many may have lived when wishing for a “one more night’, “one more drink”, “one more kiss”, before realising that it won’t work out “just like before”. In the end, voice and guitar sing “Don’t overthink, just close the door”.

Review By Jim Esposito