With their if-they-got-enough-exposure-they-would-probably-start-a-cult-and-it-would-be-the-best-thing-ever vibe, it is safe to say that we instantly warmed to The Fountains of Paradise through their single, Forgotten Man, which features on their debut album, Let the People.
The Yorkshire-born, Buckinghamshire-based singer-songwriter’s spacey indie bedroom pop track starts with uplifting ABBA-Esque chords before the sonic palette transitions into an avant-garde arrangement of orchestral strings pulling against the electro-pop instrumentals. Plenty of the accordance in the single comes from the singer-songwriter’s elegantly gentle vocals that tenderly relay the playfully melancholic lyrics.
Forgotten Man does little in the way of subverting reality; it becomes escapism music all the same for the way it leaves you caught up in the witty attack on nihilism and mortality redundancy. For four minutes, blackened souls will feel right at home.
You can add Forgotten Man to your playlists on Spotify, or you can check out the official music video on YouTube.
Eclectic is a word that gets overused in music reviews, but there are few that fit The Television Of Cruelty better; unexpected, often eerie and unsettling, ‘The Winchecombe Meteorite’ is a narrative tale telling the story of a big chunk of space debris which landed on the driveway of a house smack in the middle of Suburban England in February 2021, amongst the lockdown of the Coronavirus pandemic and the echoing divisions of Brexit and the Black Lives Matter protests.
Musically, there’s a mixture of folk, prog, and out and out rock; guitars, yes, and drums, but also flutes and a melodica. It sounds a little like New Model Army back in their ‘Vengeance’ and ‘Thunder and Consolation’ perfection heyday, mixed with ‘Space Oddity’-era Bowie and dashes of Pink Floyd and Yes. It’s gentle, poetic, storytelling folk-prog that’s a perfect introduction to the ToC’s new album ‘England’s Wyrding’. Stellar (sorry).
Canadian singer-songwriter Troubled Traveller has made their debut with the all too resonant single ‘the lucky ones’, created in collaboration with Floridian space pop producer Brian Squillace and vocalist Amber Nicole.
With shimmering guitars cascading down melodies first heard in 70s psych-rock finding synergy with deadpan vocals, everything in the lucky ones pieces together like a perfect jigsaw that you never want to tear apart.
Troubled Traveller succeeded in lacing the lucky ones with the same despondence that we’ve all been in bed with recently without making it a self-flagellating melancholy fest. He’s set the bar with his seriously strong debut, but we’re more than assured he’ll exceed expectation with their upcoming releases. Don’t be surprised if Troubled Traveller ambles onto your radar when you hit play on their debut.
the lucky ones is now available to stream via Spotify.
”I Don’t Like You” is a new single from Guy Bachelor’s latest album and is off ”Never See Me Again”.
This is a pop tingled daydream and it is so well sung. The message is kind of sad. This is all about hiding a romance from friends and keeping things very private. A very common theme these days which can’t be healthy but happens anyway. The beat is quite chilled and simple with some impressive features from The Bachelorettes and Oliver Lee.
This is a song that will be played on radio and at friends BBQ’s this summer as an escape for all the seriousness in the world currently. I like the well sung vocals on this one and the chorus is very catchy and mellow. A pleasant single to vibe with- ”I Don’t Like You” ticks all the right boxes and is perfect to dance to on a Sunday afternoon while outside in the garden.
Was it by chance that Welsh Avenue’s standout single “Disco Moon” was reminiscent of the hits by iconic Welsh outfit Manic Street Preachers? Whilst the connection to Welsh Avenue’s experimental Space Pop sound to the Manic’s Britpop Pensive aural magnetism may seem unlikely, the same strikingly soulful capacity was palpable.
Straight from the prelude of the electronically mastered single you sense the amount of passion which went into the orchestration and production of Disco Moon. Using plenty of spatial effects, the single slowly progresses through the slightly extended mix which gives plenty of time for you to slip into the soundscape before the vocals hit. If Disco is known for anything, it’s definitely not ethereally mesmeric vocals contained within the tracks, yet, Welsh Avenue layered the single with his harmoniously hypnotic vocal range; giving you one more reason to fall in love with the sound.
You can check out Welsh Avenues latest single Disco Moon for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now. Give the artist a follow to make sure you don’t miss out on his upcoming single “Holy Ghost” due for release on January 31st.
Moody electro pop tracks aren’t usually known for the high levels of Funk in their soundscapes, but it would appear that Keplero aren’t your average synth pop outfit. With their latest single Dare to Go they created a well-rounded sonically hypnotic arrangement. As you listen to the majestic work of electronic alchemy unfold, it becomes clear that the Italian powerhouse clearly possesses a maturity through the way they tie together electronic and acoustic arrangements.
With their 6th single Dare to Go they were able to create a pitch-perfect production which incorporates post punk elements into the nostalgically eighties sound. Fans of Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Kraftwerk and New Order are all definitely going to want to check out the melodic pacing of this sweet and serendipitous single.
You can check out Keplero’s moodily melodic masterpiece Dare to Go out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.