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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

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Movie Club invite you to ride the waves in their latest Surf Rock Instrumental Track “Navy Seal”

Dick Dale tragically may not be with us anymore, but the hypnotic mesmerism of Surf Rock definitely still is thanks to artists such as Movie Club. Listening to the standout single “Navy Seal” from their latest EP, it should have come as no surprise that the sound was orchestrated by a California-based artist.

The soundscape practically oozes sun-soaked vibrant fever as the guitar glides against the tight drum fills to create a cinematically immersive instrumental track. Navy Seal may only be just over two minutes long, but that doesn’t detract from how deeply the time signatures of the guitar will burn into your mind as Navy Seal becomes your new Surf Rock earworm.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Navy Seal along with the rest of the tracks from Movie Club’s upcoming EP release, but in the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud and check out their debut EP which was released earlier this year.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Shipbuilders – Silk Road: Surf Rock Aural Catharsis Which Hits In Waves

The latest track “Silk Road” from the Shipbuilders greets you with an instantly cathartic melody, reassuring that your aural senses are well and truly in deft and stylised hands. The Liverpool-based band have a timeless take on modern Indie which incorporates a style not all too unreminiscent from tracks by the Beach Boys and the Pixies. Yet, there’s an extra added bite behind the soundscape; a tangible virile energy which you can’t fail to notice through the vocals and lyrics. I never make a Manic Street Preachers comparison lightly, but in this instance, it’s more than deserved, and it definitely wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the Shipbuilders vocalist gives James Dean Bradfield a run for his money.

Everything about Silk Road is simply stunning and endearing. I’m officially excited to hear what the Shipbuilders come up with next.

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

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour info from The Ship Builders via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Kronk Men – The Climax of the Final Hour: Hypnotically Doom-Drenched Surf Rock

The Kronk Men released their standout single “The Climax of the Final Hour” in February 2019 and treated Alt Fans to a captivating serving of doom-riddled Surf – and I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never heard anything like this before.

The Climax of the Final Hour wouldn’t be out of place on a David Lynch soundtrack, and if this single was around at the time Fear and Loathing was released, I’m pretty sure the chaos contained within the soundtrack would have been the perfect fit.

With the extended duration of the instrumental track, there is plenty of anticipation built up in the prelude to prepare you for just how magnetic the instrumental arrangements are going to get as the reverb bleeds, slowly teasing the track which inevitably leads into full-frontal chaos.

Dick Dale would have been proud to hear this evolution of Surf; which is for the most part a fairly lively and upbeat genre, yet, The Kronk Men were able to contort hypnotically eerie tonalities which leave you hooked in by the constantly winding and meandering guitar.

You can check out the latest single from the Kronk Men for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LamoSic – On the Sun: Experimentally Sublime Surf Rock

What would you get if you crossed a Surf Rock band such as the Beach Boys with a Lo Fi Rock band like Pavement? A concoction of ingenuity. Which is exactly what LamoSic has created with his latest single On the Sun. I also picked up on a slight instrumental sensibility which was reminiscent to Frank Zappa’s experimental style.

The New York Rock multi-instrumentalist has one of those instantly amiable sensibilities that you just can’t help but adore. His Lo Fi style vocals are in the least patronising way possible frankly adorable. The chord progressions in On the Sun are almost schizophrenic, there’s no way to predict where they will meander to next, making the instrumental breakdowns some of the most immersive I’ve ever heard. If this track doesn’t invoke some form of movement from you, it would be safe to assume you are dead inside.

To check out LamoSic’s spectacular release of On the Sun head on over to SoundCloud where you can taste his resounding instrumental Lo Fi style.

On the Sun was released April 12th, 2018, the singles release has definitely got me excited for the release of his upcoming album this summer! Connect with LamoSic on Facebook to stay up to date with all of his new releases and to tell him how fabulous he is.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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