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Micky Blouse – Brother: Energetically Infectious Indie Power Pop

Power Pop, Jangle Pop, and Surf Rock all converge in the energetically infectious latest single “Brother” from up and coming Sheffield-based Indie artist Micky Blouse.

The high-pitched vocals may invoke nostalgia for the time when Hanson dominated the airwaves but make no mistake when you hit play on Brother, you’ll meet soulfully bold aural distinction.

The punchy Alt Rock instrumentals carve out ensnaring melodies which find the perfect balance between momentum and euphorically arrestive vibrant rhythm. Brother is the ultimate Indie Power Pop earworm which you’ll be desperate to share with others once it wriggles in, which should be just about when the chorus hits.

Brother is just one of the tracks to feature on Micky Blouse’s debut self-titled EP which you’ll definitely want to delve into if you’re as sick of assimilative Indie acts as we are.

You can check out Micky Blouse’s latest single Brother for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surf Rock Meets Indie in the Trailblazing Latest Single from BOOTlace

I’m no stranger to filthy basslines, but the growling licks in the latest single “Wonderland” from Alt Indie trailblazers BOOTlace were even enough to make someone as aurally-smut-jaded as me feel unclean.

Paired with the tonal evolutions of the guitars which seamlessly switch from soaring Surf Rock-inspired solos to accessibly rhythmic indie Post-Punk progressions, there’s plenty to grab you by the scruff of the neck as Wonderland unfolds. With the vocals being more accordant than your average Indie Rock vocals, distinction drips from Wonderland.

For you to understand how excited I am about this track, you’ll first have to understand how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at each up and coming artist who surfaces with the tried and tested Jangle Pop indie monotonous sound. Get them on your radar, they’re firmly fixed on ours. It’s only a matter of time before their ingenuity is as embraced as it deserves to be.

You can check out the latest single from BOOTlace for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sleemo – Teeth Tapping: Riotously Fresh Alt Indie Rock

Up and coming UK Alt Rock artist Sleemo dropped their self-titled debut in 2019. Anyone who prides themselves in having their finger on the pulse of brand-new exciting talent will definitely want to get acquainted with it.

While each track is a hit, the perfect introduction to their riotously eclectic sound is “Teeth Tapping”. With Sleemo’s experimentation with elements of Funk, Post-Punk, and Surf Rock along with their devilish tendency to efficaciously dabble with special effects, the immersive distinction in their sound is impossible to miss.

Teeth Tapping was a track born to get sweaty and bruised in a pit to. After hearing the virtuosic nuances in the riffs and becoming enamoured by the vocals which find the perfect balance between abrasive swagger and Indie Rock charm, I definitely won’t hang around if presented with the opportunity to witness a live set from Sleemo

You can check out Sleemo’s single Teeth Tapping along with the rest of their EP via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates from Sleemo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Super Love Have Released Their Valentines Day Single “Always Together”

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“Always Together” is the beguilingly eccentric latest single from up and coming Alt Indie Rock artist Super Love which brings a whole new meaning to authenticity in love songs. Of course, there was no forgetting Super Love after we checked out their debut single “Vortex” in 2019. Perceptibly, they’ve not lost their distinctive tendency to leave their expression undiluted.

The expressive soundscape is a unique celebration of unconditional perpetual passion. One which wasn’t orchestrated to create an easily ingestible assimilative soundscape. Instead, Super Love injected their playful sticky-sweet soul and charisma into the track which pulls in elements from a myriad of genres to give you a true declaration of sentiment-steeped passion.

Always Together is aptly due for release on Valentines day, and you can check it out for yourselves on Spotify or Apple Music via this link.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from the duo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Panoram – Betty White: A Shimmering Surf Psych Pop Revival  

If you’re looking for shimmering guitars, kaleidoscopically colourful melodies and vintage Rock n Roll vocals, look no further. Panoram’s 2019 single “Betty White” is a strikingly unique reinvention of the tones of 60s artists such as The Beatles and the Beach Boys, yet they’ve found a way to assert their own distinction and eccentric personality amongst the authenticity.

While the guitar effects were a little too much in parts and dampened the progressions – especially in the prelude, Panoram has still proven themselves to be an exciting up and coming artist with the ability to offer sticky-sweet aural nostalgia with their Psychedelically flavoured  Indie Surf Rock.

You can check out Panoram’s single Betty White for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Customers – Ways: Sun-Soaked Indie Surf Rock

“Ways” is the debut Indie Surf-Rock single from the up and coming artist The Customers which any fans of Iggy and the Stooges, the Kinks, the Kooks and Velvet Revolver will want to check out.

The sunny Surf Rock rhythms may be slightly archaic, but that just allows Ways to drip with a colourful hazy nostalgia. The New Jersey-based artist has kept a fine balance of ingenuity and revival with Ways. Through the popping angular guitars and grittily raucous Indie Punk vocals, they inject plenty of their own visceral flavour into the genre whilst simultaneously treating you to a familiar soundscape.

They have since followed up the release of their debut with their second single “Patterns”. If you like what you hear, you’ll have plenty to look forward to from The Customers as they will be releasing their debut album in 2020.

You can listen to The Customers riff-packed debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mountain Waves – Pangaea: The Surf Rock Revival You All Need to Hear

New Jersey Alt-Rock artist Mountain Waves has recently released their latest single “Pangaea” which should probably come with a health warning. If you thought that Swans were a loud band, hit play and you’ll soon see how Mountain Waves blow them out of the water with their captivatingly distinctive Indie Surf Rock.

With touches of Psychedelia, Garage rock, and Jangle Pop, Mountain Waves are reinventing nostalgic rhythm like no one else on the airwaves right now. If you could imagine what the Kinks would have sounded like if they threw Surf Rock and a touch of Fidlar’s unrestrainable energy into their soundscapes, you might be able to get an idea of the magnetically gritty energy in Pangaea.

With the ominously charming Alt Rock vocals, the sheer power emitted by the instrumental arrangement, and how violently this track throws raucous mesmerism at you, we’re unlikely to forget about Mountain Waves any time soon. We’d highly recommend putting them on your radar too.

You can listen to Mountain Waves’ single Pangaea for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Artist Marty Boff makes their debut with the album “Ballad of the Ninja Cowboy Vol 1”

Nick Cave fans are going to want to prick up their ears for the debut release from Alt Rock artist Marty Boff. Their first album “Ballad of the Ninja Cowboy Vol 1” aptly dropped on October 31st.

It’s probably no coincidence that it was released on Halloween given the ominously dark Tarantino-esque tonality of the album. It’s smoky, it’s gritty, and each track will submerge you in the swampy rhythms which are tinged subtle elements of Surf Rock, Indie, Post Punk and Alt Americana.

If you’re tired of the prolific humourlessness on the airwaves, the album will undoubtedly prove to be an aural treat worth savouring. The album is just one piece of the episodic puzzle titled “Skateboarding Rock Star Ninja Cowboy” which is currently in the works.

Loosen that stiff upper lip and enjoy the talent, wit, and imagination of Marty Boff which pulls together to offer the perfect soundtrack for escapism.

You can check out Marty Boff’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Miranda Journey Takes Experimental Indie Rock to the Next Level with “Oh My!”

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Anyone who has had to deal with insipidly passive-aggressive people should find plenty of powerful resonance in Miranda Journey’s latest Indie Folk Rock single “Oh My!”

The up and coming Ontario-based singer-songwriter created high-tempo hit which may flirt with elements of Pop, but the Synth-infused chaos in Oh My! allows the track to remain firmly in the Alt Rock arena. And with Surf Rock guitars thrown into the mix, I can guarantee you’ve never heard anything like the rhythmic frenzy in Oh My!

Miranda Journey may be fresh from her inception after releasing her debut EP earlier in 2019, but her eccentric and electrifying artistic charisma already allows her to stand out with distinction. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see what comes next from Miranda Journey.

You can check out Miranda Journey’s latest single Oh My! for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Molly Willis – Upswing: Surf Rock Inspired Pop

It never quite occurred to me how there’s a perceptible lack of women putting out Surf Rock inspired Pop until I checked out Molly Willis’ latest Alt-Rock single “Upswing”. April March started something which artists from this decade have been largely unwilling to finish, yet Molly Willis has revived the genre once more with her femininely powerful single.

Everything about the single feels melodious and mesmerizingly ethereal; the vibrant chopping Surf Rock guitar rhythms sit in perfect synergy with Molly Willis’ natural vocals which share a likeness with artists such as Sharen Van Etten and Angel Olsen. Yet there’s a uniquely magnetic effervescent draw to Molly Willis’ humbly expressive vocal style, which you’ll probably only appreciate fully if you hit play yourselves.

You can check out Molly Willis’ latest single Upswing for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast