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South Carolina

Only a Word: Barnwell-based RnB artist Colosse steam in with Call Me

Sliding into the moment and singing with a romantic aura to turn up rather loud, Colosse keeps things simple in the hottest way imaginable with a lovers anthem to kiss with all night, Call Me.

Colosse (pronounced cuh-las-aye) aka Brooks Danner is a Barnwell, South Carolina-based indie RnB artist who functions with the kind of imagination which could leave many breathless.

Picking up the phone and showing us all the one, two, three motions to get things started, Colosse is in imperious form and shall bring many blushes to the night no matter the weather. Sung so purely and with little fake flash, this is a delightfully calming ear warmer to bring two hearts together.

Call Me from Barnwell, South Carolina-based indie RnB solo musician Colosse is a dynamic sizzler which might leave subtle burn marks. This is a stunning single which is top quality from all corners, as it lets in the beauty which the world needs more of when the days get dark and lonely.

If you want a song to ignite a rare passion, this is it.

Turn this up rather loud on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That’s Why I Gave You A Key To The Lock: The First To Fight ends up in the maze with Almost A Win

Released from their hugely enjoyable 13-track album The Saddest Champion, The First To Fight drop a Kings of Leon-like gem to admire for its raw texture and unpretentious lyrics with Almost A Win.

The First To Fight is a Salem, South Carolina-hailing Greenville-based indie alternative post-emo band who have matured like fine wine and are on a mission to represent their city.

The earliest iteration of The First To Fight was like a pipe bomb; an explosion of attitude dressed as a down and dirty vendetta wrapped in two minutes of shouting and slipshod guitar work.” ~ The First To Fight

Streaming into our lives with something rather consequential, The First To Fight have strengthened our rattled armour and brings the world a tremendously important song that digs deeper into being stuck inside someone else’s box.

Disappearing into our minds like that backroom that has many belongings, we are treated to a quality single with a real message to learn from.

Almost A Win from the electrifying Greenville-based indie post-emo band The First To Fight is a rather phenomenal soundtrack to the distant daze of not wanting to waste any moment. Sung with a pulsating edge and flowing with terrific power and roaring forces within, this is a monumental release made for current times.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Reverend James Elmore Jenkins keeps the devil at bay in his blues rock jam, Diapsalmata Blues

Few artists do bluesy rock n roll as reverently as Tennessee-born, South Carolina-residing artist Reverend James Elmore Jenkins, as proven by the unadulterated groove-driven swagger in his latest single, Diapsalmata Blues.

His red-hot vintage overdriven tones make The Black Keys sound like cultural appropriation while he’s blazing through the raunch-laced jam riffs that any blues rock fan will want spread across their speakers. If you can tear your attention away from the audible smoky beguile, you’ll hear the minister’s intent to push sermonic gospel through his root-wrapped hits. I may be of the impious inclination, but the uplifting soul entwined with worldly well-intentioned wisdom in Diapsalmata Blues did more than hit the wholesome spot. For your own sake, hit play.

Diapsalmata Blues will be available to stream from March 16th. Hear it on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Funk-Rock supergroup Cash Machine have made their raunchily groove-deep debut with Promises

‘Promises’ is the debut feat of filthy prog funk rock from the supergroup Cash Machine, which comprises artists from several of Upstate SC’s most successful bands. Members of The Consumers, The Grateful Brothers and Buffalohead all converged to throw back to the raucous era of funk-rock in one of the grittiest time-hops you could sink into in 2022.

With the ragged vocal timbre of Joe Power raucously grating across the smoky groove pockets carved by guitarists Daniel Collins and Zach Thigpen, Promises oozes raunchy swagger that is slick enough to leave you hot under the collar.

Promises was unleashed on September 9th ahead of their debut self-titled album, which is set to release on October 14th. Funk-rock aficionados will want to head to Spotify to indulge and make radar room accordingly.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

When The River Took Over: Kit Lindsey watches the birds fly away on Appalachian Sunday

Showing us that shining style that was born from Mamma-taught hard work mentality, Kit Lindsey has reimagined an old tale that many will remember intently on Appalachian Sunday.

Kit Lindsey is a Landrum, South Carolina-based indie blues/country singer-songwriter who makes those nostalgic gems you can’t seem to forget.

A culmination of so many influences, experiences, and moods. It’s at the top of my list when it comes to songs that still jerk my emotions around no matter how many times I’ve sung them.” ~ Kit Lindsey speaking about the meaning of Appalachian Sunday

Time-travelling us back to an old school murder ballad that will catch your attention, Kit Lindsey shows us the hero and the villain in a modern way that is rather incredible to witness. Her tone is somber, honest, and takes us right into the moment where that fateful moment took place.

Appalachian Sunday from Landrum, South Carolina-based indie blues/country singer-songwriter Kit Lindsey is an excellent track that will stop you in your tracks for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. It’s sung with a dynamic aura that shall have you lost in thought. Speaker-rattling beyond previous comprehension, to bring us into a classic story, in her own way.

Relate to a song made with a true class on YouTube and see more via her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alejandro Woodson takes us into his deepest fantasy with, ‘Dark Dream’

With a punchy beat and an assertive vocal output that might cause many sparks to fly, Alejandro Woodson takes us on a wild journey to show us how much he loves his true partner in life with the electric new single, ‘Dark Dream‘.

Alejandro Woodson is a Columbia, South Carolina-born, Atlanta, Georgia-based indie alternative singer-songwriter who at the age of just 5 years old, knew what he wanted to do in life.

Freshman year of college is when he decided that he wanted to make music his career after spending more time in his room practising, rather than going to class.” ~ Alejandro Woodson

Engaging us from the first second with a speaker-sizzling single to radiate your senses awake, Alejandro Woodson guides us through this movie-like story, to belt out a really delightful effort for anyone who needs inspiration on how it should be done.

His influences are Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, the Beatles, James Brown, Prince, Stevie wonder and Tito Puente.” ~ Alejandro Woodson

Dark Dream‘ from Columbia, South Carolina-born indie alternative singer-songwriter Alejandro Woodson shows us a vivid imagination that just wants to kiss tenderly and get close all night. The energy is late-night here and loaded with passionate vocals that take you excitedly into his romance-packed world, that has his eyes alive with possibilities. This is a track that will have you look deeper inside your soul, to see whether you will tell your crush how you feel, or if you will stay silent forever.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Becky Raisman gazes into those kind eyes on the tender lover’s anthem, ‘Hypnotized’

After keeping it sweet with her much-liked single from 2020 called ‘Summertime Sugar’, Becky Raisman senses that she can tell all her secrets to this genuine human with dazzling eyes that make her open up her deepest stories on the latest single, ‘Hypnotized‘.

Becky Raisman is a Mount Pleasant, South Carolina-based alt-pop solo singer-songwriter who is also a Columbia College Chicago graduate who continues to evolve and hone her sound into something truly her own.

I even recorded at Omnisound studios in Nashville and Charleston sound studios.” ~ Becky Raisman

Thrilling our minds with the picture of two kind hearts connecting in that special way that causes butterflies to frolic so joyously, Becky Raisman fearlessly lets us into her life as she looks to find that all-important contentment than shall set you free forever.

Hypnotized‘ from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina-based alt-pop solo singer-songwriter Becky Raisman, is a loved-up release from a young woman who has stars in her eyes. She sees someone who truly gets her and showers her with those sweet kisses that makes her blush, as she hopes that this will be the start of something rather special.

Life is all about finding that partner who makes you hot under the collar, as you both hold hands without the need to say anything at all.

Hear this charming release on her Spotify and see more news of upcoming releases via Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chris Holly addresses the ghosting phenomenon on his new release, ‘LOST$FOUND’

Slashing a tire loudly to get our attention once and for all, Chris Holly makes an impressive return with his new single that so many will find strangely familiar on, ‘LOST$FOUND‘.

Chris Holly is a Charleston, South Carolina-based indie-rock artist, music producer, artist manager, and activist who is loving the solo musician life after many years in various bands.

After starting his career on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, involving himself with Hair bands and the Thrash Metal scene, Chris Holly has garnered years of experience in the industry.” ~ Chris Holly

Breaking a branch to vent out some frustration and turning up the volume to make sure that we are wide awake, Chris Holly shows us that underground rock music is brewing rather intriguingly with another true-life story that will shake up your mood with his special blend of gritty music to learn from.

LOST$FOUND‘ from Charleston, South Carolina-based indie-rock artist Chris Holly, is a terrific new single that features his signature raw vocals that slam directly into the deepest part of your soul. This is a track that brings some important topics that have somehow seeped into our consciousness when they shouldn’t even exist. Life is surely about clear communication and making that natural connection, not being stuck behind a screen like you aren’t important at all.

Hear his new track on Spotify and see more of his life on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Mike Freund urges us to relax and let things flow naturally with ‘Breathe’

After encountering so much bad luck early on in his music career with a serious accident after his first gig and having his recording equipment stolen soon afterwards, Mike Freund shakes off all the previous doubt and is in a chilled mood with his latest single ‘Breathe‘.

Mike Freund is a Charleston, South Carolina-based, New Jersey-born indie blues/rock solo singer-songwriter who performs with a gritty and likeable style.

His first full-length solo album, Toe The Line, was a hit with bloggers, and since his latest album, And Now You Know, released this past summer, he’s racking up the views, the fans, and the love.” ~ Mike Freund

With a candid vocal performance that simmers nicely as you take a moment to relax for a minute in this overly-fast world, the hard-working Mike Freund sends us a heartfelt reminder that to be successful during these times you also need to find time to have a bit of fun otherwise your whole soul will be suffocated in toxic stress.

Breathe‘ from the brave Charleston, South Carolina-based, New Jersey-born indie blues/rock solo singer-songwriter Mike Freund, is the true story that we all needed to hear. The world is so fast and there are many alleys that can take your attention away when you should just keep things in perspective. Life is about enjoyment too, and stressing never seems to help anyway.

Listen to this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

It All Comes Back Around: Charleston rocker Chris Holly tells us to not be afraid on ‘Don’t’

After sharing the stage with all-time legends such as Pantera and Slayer back in the day when he was in the hardcore thrash metal scene, Chris Holly shows the world his growing mellowness on his new single that navigates us through the road of life on ‘Don’t‘.

Chris Holly is a Charleston, South Carolina-based indie-rock artist, producer, manager, and activist, who is a highly experienced musician that has found his niche as a solo musician after many years in various bands.

Featuring gritty vocals that have your eager veins pulsating with utmost excitement, we feel the full strength of Chris Holly showing us the way to a better way of thinking. There is much to like about a highly respected underground legend who has reinvented himself, as he coats our speakers with a quality track to play loud in our awaiting ears.

Don’t‘ from the Charleston, South Carolina-based indie-rock solo singer-songwriter and music producer Chris Holly, is a superbly-performed single that has you feeling in a buoyant mood. With so many gloomy people out there waiting for you to fail so that they can feel better about themselves, this is an uplifting message that urges you to carry on with your path, as long as it comes with genuine intentions.

This is an extremely motivating track that will have you reaching for your goals, no matter who tries to doubt you from succeeding.

Stream this new track on YouTube and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen