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Caesar – Lust: an alt-electro pop exploration of intimacy

Singer-songwriter, Caesar, may have started their music career as a country artist, but if his latest electro-pop hit, ‘Lust’, is anything to go by, darkly sensual electronica is where his signature sound boasts maximum efficaciousness when it comes to pulling you into vivid imagery, soul, and ingenuity.

Stabbing synth notes join reverb-soaked drumbeats in true contemporary style which resounds with the same appeal as tracks by Cigarettes After Sex, Beach House and Big Black Delta, and Caesar works just as much magic with the lyricism. Usually, Lust is painted as sordid and sinful, at least to some degree, but through Caesar’s depiction of lust, you get to explore tender intimacy, and it is an exploration which you will want to make time and time again.

Lust is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Finding your youthful energy again: YumeMike opens up the light again on the mystical treat ‘Inner Child’

Taken off the debut album ‘Light in the Mirror‘, YumeMike is here with the lead single ‘Inner Child‘ and this is a thrilling journey, that has taken him to the solo world and shows a thriving artist in his element.

Bari, Italy-based photographer and synth-pop artist YumeMike, is a soulful musician that has been through the ups and downs of the music business. After being in many cover bands over the years, a new chapter has arrived and you can feel the excitement in his voice, as he opens us this exhilarating ride for us to absorb ourselves into- with a smile on our dial.

Yume (夢) is the Japanese word for Dream and this is exactly what this music sounds like. Your mind takes a trip with vocals that are honest and raw, the beat is so catchy and real, the lyrics are emotive and tell it how it is.

Inner Child‘ from Italian synth-pop artist YumeMike, is the type of song you put on to feel inspired again. The world appears dark sometimes but if you find someone that can help you be young again, you are always winning in life. With a style of singing that captures the mood of the world as we all deal with varying emotions from this horrific pandemic in our own way, this is a top notch single with so much potential.

Staying positive is the only way to succeed in life and finding your bright light is the way, to find that ultimate peace inside your soul.

Stream this debut original track from this wonderfully talented artist via his Spotify and see more of the journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Moving on from relationship dysfunction: Edith is totally ‘Over It’ on breakup pop anthem

She fell for their charms but Edith is now ‘Over It‘, as she saw past their shallowness and is now onto bigger and better things.

Edith Farcas aka Edith, is a fast-rising Romanian-born, London, England-based indie synth-pop singer-songwriter, who sings with a cutting edge and young abandon, that energizes the room and makes music that reflects growing up in the big city, while dealing with growing pains of how long love can be so complicated.

This is the story of young love and how you had some fun experiences with them but ultimately. you saw through their games and have decided to put the phone down for good. They showed you what was more important to them and it wasn’t you that seemed to be a priority.

She sings with such young grace and growing elegance despite this sad story. Her vocals sweep into your mind and you can’t help but celebrate with her, as he projects an independent woman, who now knows what she wants out of a relationship.

Over It‘ from London’s fresh indie-pop singer Edith, is a message that she has realized that she needed to end things quickly, before she was left with more disappointment to handle.

When your heart knows, your heart just knows. Being with someone that isn’t fully invested in you is a heartbreaking experience but the sooner you move on, the better it will be for you long-term. If you are going through the motions, you know that you are definitely over it and fresh experiences await you.

Stream this exciting new single on her Spotify and find out more from this stylish artist on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Lonely City (Feat. Brett Durnell) take us straight back to the ‘80’s with Cobra Kai and ‘Johnny’

After years of playing guitar in rock bands, Seattle, WA., artist Logan Johnson decided enough was enough, and it was time to follow the 1980’s synthwave dream. The result is Lonely City and new single ‘Johnny’, 3’45” of synthrock epic, heavily reverb-soaked drums, rolling bassline and synth lines, and a catchy, storytelling vocal line.

And here we go, finally, the story of Cobra Kai set to music, 1980’s action hero getting the full Lonely City treatment. It’s a perfect mash up of inspiration and appreciation, the official lyric video adding to the whole ‘Tron’-era aesthetic with rolling neon and Street Fighter-esque graphics.

Check out the video for ‘Johnny’ on YouTube, and follow the artist on BandCamp.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Evade reality with Siena Bella’s resonantly moody electro pop single ‘Walking on the Moon’

With ‘Walking on the Moon’, Siena Bella vented the frustration which we’ve all been feeling since the start of the pandemic. We’ve heard plenty of lockdown-inspired singles, but few artists dare to go deep with their exposing introspection as Siena Bella did. Walking on the Moon may carry some heavy emotion, but the main thing you’ll take away from this unforgettably moody electro pop hit is the resonance which it implants.

With lyrics such as ‘No desire to look at my phone and see the hundreds of wars going on, everyone putting a show making me feel so small’ and the relatable ennui projected through the vocals, Walking on the Moon became one of the most essential singles released in 2020. For your sanity’s sake, get her on your radar in 2021.

Walking on the Moon is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexa Marino is ‘Laid Bare’ on her stunning new single

New York based singer-songwriter Alexa Marino has spent the last twenty years honing her craft around NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Shrine World Music Venue, The Bitter End, and Groove, all the while studying vocal technique. Now, she’s marrying her brand of narrative beauty and storytelling lyrics with a superb voice on her debut album ‘Laid Bare’, and it really has been worth the wait.

‘Laid Bare’ – the single – is the lead (and, obviously, title) track from the album, co-written with and produced by established New York musician Alex Hayes, and it’s an absolute cracker; poppy yet soulful, intense, beautiful, with a style a little reminiscent of Florence and The Machine mixed with Natalie Imbruglia and Katie Melua, Hayes’ production sparse yet mellifluous, a lovely mix of electronic instrumentation managing, unusually, to still sound organic and ‘real’, perfectly matching the timbre of Marino’s voice.

The rest of the seven-track album is excellent and out now, but ‘Laid Bare’ is the perfect taster of Alexa Marino’s undoubted talent.

Check out ‘Laid Bare’ on Spotify, and follow Alexa Marino on Facebook now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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People Of The Parallel drop classy new single ‘Eyes And See’

Electro-pop in a dubstep/dance-pop style from Nashville Tennessee, People Of The Parallel is the brainchild of vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Justin Michael, and new single ‘Eyes And See’ is a properly mature, extremely well-put-together piece of work. A mix of styles and influences here, but not jarring or lacking in cohesion, Michael takes inspirations as diverse as Billy Joel, Skrillex, Dr. Dre, and Glitch Mob, mixing them up to create a cracking piece of EDM-pop.

The production skills on display are masterful, the track rising and falling to create an airiness and space whilst never dropping away or losing energy, the vocal-line carrying the track alongside the synths and beats to create a track oozing personal style and character.

Check out ‘Eyes And See’ on Spotify, and follow People Of The Parallel on Twitter and Instagram.

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Cami Bex seeks synergy with her latest single ‘Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking’

Cami Bex

Breaking Pop artist, Cami Bex, is set to release her sophomore single, ‘Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking’, following on from the resounding success of her debut single ‘Type’.

With her relatable brand of served-from-the soul Pop, The Aussie singer songwriter is already exhibiting her ability to orchestrate evocatively enticing feats of contemporary hits with chart-topping potential. The synth-led soundscape gives ‘Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking’ a bubble gum Pop feel, but there’s no ignoring the sonorous maturity which oozes from this stylistic release.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Cami Bex’s latest single. In the meantime, head over to her official website and delve into her debut.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Dresden Persuasion – The Stars Have Faded: Phantasmally Consoling Darkwave Electronica

I Am the Skeleton King by The Dresden Persuasion

Any fans of Bowie, Empathy Test, Bauhaus and Type O Negative will want to jump on the latest album ‘I Am the Skeleton King’ from The Dresden Persuasion.

Track 1, ‘The Stars Have Faded,’ is a faultless introduction to the mesmerising German artist. From the first verse, it’s perceptible that their soundscapes are crafted to offer the listener just as much catharsis as they experienced when creating their hypnotic feats of Electronica.

The Darkwave single pairs phantasmal instrumentals with Craig Dickerson’s sensually absorbing vocals which ensure that with each progression, you’re immersed even deeper in the evocatively multifaceted release. The Stars Have Faded captures the complexity of nihilistic emotion while allowing your own emotions to slip away as they’re replaced with the consoling ones relayed to you in resounding whispers.

You can check out The Stars Have Faded via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Escape reality and jet set through the 5th dimension with Praise & Warships’ synthy sweet single ‘Contact’

Global traversing may have been made difficult this year, but that’s not to say you can’t partake in jet setting through the 5th dimension with a little help from sonically entrancing tracks such as the latest release from Alt Electronica artist Praise & Warships.

In their latest futuristically danceable single, Contact, you’ll find catchy synth hooks, lashings of funk and overwhelmingly resonant lyrics. The repetition of ‘I just need contact’ brings a powerful relatable element to the otherwise playful and eccentric single. Hit play and you might almost forget that you’ve been starved of contact this year.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast