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Ramsey Perkins – My Time’s Run Out: Accordantly Captivating Acoustic Indie

Up and coming singer-songwriter Ramsey Perkins dropped their latest video; a transfixing rendition of their single “My Time’s Run Out” on January 21st.

Armed with just an acoustic guitar, Ramsey Perkins was able to instantly captivate through the lo-fi recording of their single which is sure to enamour any fans of Johnny Marr’s virtuosic Jangly guitar style. Paired with the reflectively deep lyrics, Ramsey Perkins succeeded where many artists fail. He made connectable human emotion the cornerstone of his sound and utilised his nuanced instrumental and vocal ability to make the soundscape arrestive from the first verse to the last.

You can check out My Time’s Run Out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bluebyrd – Not the Only Show in this Town: Chorally Atmospheric Folk Pop

Bluebyrd

There was little chance that we’d forget the mellifluous tones of up and coming Folk artist Bluebyrd after hearing their debut album “Uneven Ground” in 2018 and their politically-cathartic single “Song for the Duped” in 2019.

With their first single to be released in 2020 “Not the Only Show in this Town” there’s plenty of serene resonance to soak up.

It may or not surprise you to learn that as a music journalist, I brush up against some caustically salty egos. Not the Only Show in this Time is a pedestal-removing chorally atmospheric reminder that self-projected superiority is more than a little ridiculous.

With the ethereal organ layers weaved into the Alt Folk Pop mix, there was a slight touch of Momus in the track. But ultimately, Bluebyrd’s sound is very much their own. And that’s just one of the reasons why the UK-based artist is incredibly easy to warm to.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out ‘Not The Only Show In This Town’ which is due for release on all platforms on February 14th. In the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud to check out their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gary The Bard – The Bard’s Waltz for the Queen: Archaically Immersive Alt Psych Folk

“The Bard’s Waltz for the Queen” is the gloriously archaic latest single to be released from the unapologetically eccentric Folk singer-songwriter Gary The Bard.

With stylistic elements which would enamour fans of the Beatles and Bowie alike, there’s plenty of sweet colourfully melodic accessibility within the epic tentatively paced 14-minute track. Yet, their nostalgically romantic Bard-style lyricism will allow you to melt into a narrative which offers resonance amongst the grandeur and royalist ardour. If you’re looking to aurally escape the 21st century, you’ll strike gold with Gary The Bard.

Their endearingly authentic approach to songwriting may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but what good music ever is?

You can check out The Bard’s Waltz for the Queen for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe Astley – Revolution Postponed: Nuancedly Captivating Indie Folk Rock

"REVOLUTION POSTPONED" Written and Performed by Joe Astley***** - UK Songwriting Contest "As soon as I saw the video and heard the song, I had to have Joe on the show" - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester"Revolution Postponed dutifully explores the current state of the world." - Michael Hall, Radio WarringtonProduced by Gareth Nuttall - The Lounge Recording Studio📷 Video by Ryan Connor

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With a debut album due to be released in 2020, there’s no better time to jump on the hype of the captivating sharpness found in Joe Astley’s nuanced Indie Folk Rock songwriting.

If anyone can be accurately referred to this generation’s Billy Bragg, it’s Joe Astley. It says a lot about the lack of societal progression that those lyrics could have been written 40 years ago. But the arrestive resonance in the aural mirror which is held up to our society could only have come from an artist writing in our 21st century bleakly unbalanced country.

With vocals which will crawl under your ribs and intensely rhythmic melodies, Revolution Postponed came together as a track which offered that rare unifying aural radicalism which we desperately need on the airwaves right now. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who appreciates the up and coming artist’s distinctive sound. He’s also been championed by BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney, and Radio Warrington’s Michael Hall.

Morrissey may have let the North down, but Joe Astley is more than capable of picking up where he left off.

You can check Joe Astley’s performance of Revolution Postponed at the Lounge Recording Studio via Facebook. Or you can listen to the track via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jennifer Jess – Crazy: Evocatively Fierce Soulfully Poised Pop

Up and coming Pop artist Jennifer Jess has followed on from the success of her debut single with the equally as resounding 2020 single “Crazy”.

As soon as the vocals kick in, the emotive weight of the single hits you like an unapologetic brick. And the intensity of the passion-soaked soundscape only amplifies with the more candid lyricism which you ingest.

Crazy is incredibly well structured, it’s dynamically resounding from the first verse to the last. It’s strikingly perceptible that Jennifer Jess intended to take you on an emotional rollercoaster with Crazy. Thanks to her evocative ingenuity, she definitely succeeded.

Flawless vocals may not be essential in music but they helped to transform Crazy into an arrestive track which is more than radio-ready.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bethany Eve – Silver: Angelic Flute-Driven Ethereal

People that are into J. R. R. Tolkien literature and fantasy games, people that are in love with the sound of the flute or actively seeking inner peace by wandering around in the woods and the meadows, this is your jam.

Bethany Eve comes from Wiltshire of South West England. She is a singer-songwriter and flutist. Primarily she is human being that has been blessed with a voice for which the best position that I can think of, would be the head singer in the angelic choir.

She recently released an EP comprised of three songs called “Silver”.”Silver” is also the opening track. The song just opens with Bethany unwinding her ethereal voice. This is more than singing; this is a mesmerizing, hypnotic broadcast of tenderness. The sound of the flute is the chariot of her vocal calling. To where she is off, I do not know; it might be the council of fairies or something far beyond this pedestrian world.

This is truly enchanting. It is recommended to play this after dark or even better, out in the countryside.

Listen to “Silver” here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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KBone – ‘Crashing Into You’

Glaswegian musician KBone pairs up with singer Aika Zabala on the aural treat that is ‘Crashing Into You’. Complete with lyrics penned by songwriter Douglas Beardmore, this track is as impressive as it is innovative.

The song begins with a 60s-esque riff, that is slowly joined by a primal beat and a sweet, melodic vocal – courtesy of Zabala. Her voice is reminiscent of Grimes or Katy B and she sings a story well known by all. Addicting, insatiable lust. The lyrics happen to be the first that songwriter, Beardmore, has sold and from the biting poetry contained in the subject matter of the song, it most definitely will be the first of many lyric sheets sold by him.

The chorus crashes in, larger than life. Its metallic instrumental undertones contrast with the gentle timbre that Zabala creates. Then we flow back to the verses. The subtle yet striking tinkles of percussion here add to the psychedelic essence of ‘Crashing Into You’. Although essentially a pop track, it’s the small nuances of genre like these, combined with the day-glow design on the track’s artwork, that suggest KBone has some 60s influences that are filtering through into the track.

I hope that this is not the last collaboration that Zabala and KBone undertake.

Review By Alicia Carpenter

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MAKUTA – Running: Power Pop Rock

It’s such a shame that songs like this one don’t make it on the Billboard top charts. It’s not about the artistry (which by the way is outstanding) but more about the vibe.

MAKUTA is a four-piece power pop/rock group from Brooklyn, NYC. The song is called “Running”. When I pressed play the first seconds reminded me of acts like Eden; this first impression dissolved quickly as the song entered its power-pop phase. There is this chorus being repeated so much throughout the song, which lands tiny kisses on your forehead. Each time I heard the singer say “I keep running, and running and running faster / running, and running and running to disaster” I almost felt like I was receiving actual tender smooches. The drumming gets more intense in the last minute of the song, building up the crescendo.

This is what I personally call a “California Slackness” song, the vibe that is a bit tad dramatic but so optimistic at the same time.

Feel it on Spotify

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Syne – Forget the Borderlines: A Soul-Widening Feat of Accordant Acoustic Folk

Up and coming Folk singer-songwriter Syne released their latest single “Forget the Borderlines” on August 23rd. While many artists seem to forget that their talent can do much more than create pretty melodies in exchange for some accolades and fame, Syne proved with their latest single that music can share with us soul-widening perspectives.

With so much misinformed hate and prejudice in the world, tracks such as Forget the Borderlines aren’t just a nice accordant aural treat – they’re essential. While you may become painfully aware of just how hostile the world can be as you listen to the track, Forget the Borderlines is still a track which reminds you that you’re not alone in your compassion.

I’ll make no bones about saying that Syne didn’t manage to steal a few tears from me before the single had even reached the chorus. You can watch the deeply sobering official music video for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Phil Specs – One Last Kiss: A Genre Defying Composition of Pure Romantic Vibrancy

Well, Phil Specs certainly didn’t hold back in pouring his pensively romantic emotion into his latest single One Last Kiss which was released May 2nd, 2018. I won’t even attempt to fit Phil Specs sound into a genre, the singer songwriter has created one of the most unique soundscapes I’ve heard this year and I wouldn’t change a thing about his sultry vocal tones, raw lyrics and arresting instrumental composition of sound. With perceptible musical influences including Hip Hop, Pop & Rock in One Last Kiss Alone it’s clear that Phil Specs has a naturally astounding command of sound. His sonorous baritone vocals had pretty much the same effect that washes over me when I’m listening to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, yet there’s no disputing that Phil Specs has a truly one of a kind vocal style.

You can check out the official video to Phil Specs latest single One Last Kiss on YouTube now, or head on over to Spotify where you can stick his dulcet tones on your playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast