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Super Love – Stream it and Chill: Exotic Indie Pop

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We’ve been hooked on experimental Indie artist Super Love’s sound ever since we heard their debut single in 2019. After hearing their third single “Stream it and Chill”, we’re fairly certain that it’s going to be a long-lasting love affair.

Stream it and Chill moves away from the sentimentally captivating Alt Indie Pop style which they orchestrated for the first two singles. This time, the exotic fingerpicked guitar rhythms find a beguilingly arrestive contrast with the digital futuristic beats. The experimental instrumental layering creates the platform for Constance Watkins’ hypnotically harmonic Alt Pop vocals.

Tracks such as Stream it and Chill are exactly what we need on the airwaves right now. It’s an unapologetically love-soaked aural delight which will remind you that the world isn’t as hostile and hateful as mainstream media would have you believe.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Stream it & Chill for yourselves. In the meantime, you can head over to Spotify and check out Super Love’s earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FRNDS AS CMPNY has made their debut with the Indie Synth Wave single “White Flag”

Authentic Indie may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack, but we’ve struck gold with the debut single “White Flag” from FRNDS AS CMPNY.

The synth-led soundscape is as captivating as it is sensuous, as you can imagine, that’s quite the alchemic aural combination. White Flag may borrow an element or two from 80s Synthwave and Darkwave Electronica. Yet, with their distinctive production style, you can fall in love with the transfixing synthesised tones once more.

Any fans of Depeche Mode, New Order, and Kraftwerk will definitely see the appeal in White Flag. There’s a nuanced pinch of moody dark atmospherics, but the shimmering atmospheric production gives White Flag a transcendently rapturous feel which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

You can check out FRNDS AS CMPNY’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elle Exxe – Rose Gold: Punchy Synth-Led AntiPop

If you’re looking for an aural pick me up, look no further than up and coming artist Elle Exxe’s energetically enamouring AntiPop track “Rose Gold”.

The authentically creative synth-led soundscape pulls in influence from a myriad of different genres to ensure that you’ve never heard a track quite like this before. With a nuanced infusion of Pop Punk in the synthy mix which should also appeal to fans of 80s Synth Pop, it’s safe to say that Elle Exxe created a hit with Rose Gold.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Panic at the Disco, Taylor Swift, and the Human League collaborated on a record together, you might be able to get an idea of the kind of refreshingly high-energy mesmerism awaits you in Rose Gold.

You can check out Elle Exxe’s single Rose Gold for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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David Wakeling – Just Say You Love Me (I’ll Believe It): Eccentrically Amorous Indie Psych Pop

Obviously, there was no forgetting singer-songwriter David Wakeling from the first time we were introduced to their sentimentally striking songwriting style with their single “Just Believe in Yourself”.

With their latest single “Just Say You Love Me (I’ll Believe It)”, we braced for the potency of his emotive expression to bleed through the notes and were bowled over all the same.

The light and airily candid approach David Wakeling took with the Indie Pop soundscape offered much more than catharsis. It’s a psychedelic feat of kaleidoscopic synthy escapism. If your heart doesn’t feel full after ingesting this timeless yet futuristically fresh track, it might be a little broken.

Their ability to make their tracks experimental, creative and colourful at the same time as being impossibly easy to slip into is a rare gift. And we’ll always be happy to hear what that gift can bring to the airwaves.

You can check out David Wakeling’s latest single for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blacktate has made their debut with the transfixing Alt Indie Pop EP “While the World’s on Fire”

Up and coming Alt Indie Pop artist Blackstate has made their debut with the eclectically-inspired endearingly unforgettable debut EP “While the World’s on Fire”.

With the first track “Wolves” allowing you to dive in headfirst into the cathartic instrumental experimentalism and grounding lyrics. You instantly get a taste of Blackstate’s refreshingly distinctive songwriting approach. There’s a palpable visceral feel to each element of the soundscape, from the lyrics to the vocals to the melodies which carry the perfect pinch of melancholy while exuding fragile optimism.

The second track “Lost My Crown” will allow you to imagine what it would sound like if Elliott Smith experimented with synths. If I wasn’t emotional after the first single, I definitely was when I fell into the pensive grips of Lost My Crown.

With track three “The Arsonist” Blacktate has switched up their sound once more, offering a bass-heavy EDM-driven mix which incorporates elements of Darkwave EBM which wouldn’t sound out of place in a sticky goth club.

Track four “Tulips” offers yet another instrumentally-driven mix, this time, there’s elements of glitchy analogue beats which almost flirt with Drum and Bass yet the track never breaks from its mellifluous concordance.

The concluding single “Dancing Wolves” revives 80s Synth Pop under a brand new effervescent guise, if you hadn’t already warmed to the vocals and their charmingly devilish experimentalism, this is where it hits hard.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll deal with the fact that the world is a little bit depressing right now by immersing yourself in resonant music which makes you feel not quite as alone in your existentialism. For this purpose, I can’t recommend Blackstate enough. In their own words, here’s what they had to say about the EP:

“Blackstate is about Friday. Two o’clock. About almost surviving another day. Another week. About the weekend and about getting f*cked. About how social media is great. About eating a burger. About the “good life”. About cat videos. About being sane. About the fact that anxiety is perfectly normal. About the fact that insecurity is (not) a fear of the future self. About more cat videos. About not needing the truth. About being a wolf. About an angry emoji. Love emoji. About how this country sucks, but you’re really okay. You’re happy. You’re sane. One day less alive.”

You can check out Blackstate’s EP which dropped on January 25th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour info from the band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hannah Evans – Crying on Your Own: A Moody Alt Pop Playlist Essential

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With the release of her third single “Crying on Your Own” Hannah Evans has proven once more that she possesses much more than hypnotic vocal talent.

The beguilingly dark soundscape is bordering on Lynchian, but amongst the deep pensive reverberance, the snappy EDM beats bring a vibrant vitality to the mix allowing the sentiment to hit even harder. Undoubtedly artists such as Billie Eilish have influenced the Brighton-based artist’s sound. But Crying on Your Own contains an equal measure of striking soul and moody unapologetic attitude affirming that assimilation was never her intention.

Artists who are as bold with their sound and visceral with their lyrics deserve an infinite amount of admiration. It’s only a matter of time before her expressively nuanced sound hits the mainstream.

You can check out Hannah Evans’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Island Empire has created the ultimate aural paradox with their upliftingly sedative single “Air Sea Rescue”

Island Empire is an Indie Alternative Electronica duo who borrow elements of 80s Synthwave and Dreampop. But they definitely aren’t a band who can be defined by their influences.

Instead, their sound would be better understood if I alluded to their music by telling you that they created an aural paradox of uplifting sedative music. Especially with their recently released poised and polished single “Air Sea Rescue”.

The London-based artist has successfully dragged Dreampop into the realms of the accessible with” Air Sea Rescue”. The single may be warm and concordant, but there’s also an ample amount of moody gloom lingering between the notes giving the track an incredibly atmospheric feel.

You can check out Island Empire’s single Air Sea Rescue for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heads or Heads – Nightfall: Lo-Fi Trip-Hop Laced Psych Pop

The intellectualism practically drips from the synth-led latest single to be released by up and coming Alt Psych Pop artist Heads or Heads. “Nightfall” laces the dreamy lo-fi mix with subtle elements of Trip Hop to ensure that it offers plenty of Funk to take with you on your cathartically psychedelic Trip.

The Missouri based artist utilised archaic urban elements, deconstructed them, and revived them in an absorbingly fresh work of ingenuity.  Expect a kaleidoscope of colour to be spilt as it softly unravels.

If you can imagine what it would sound like if Mike Patton started releasing more ambient and melodic music, you’d get an idea of what Nightfall offers. Aural ambient treats don’t come much more indulgent than this.

You can stream or download Heads or Heads latest single Nightfall for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Van Den Wolfe – Rising to the Top ft. Jessie Wagner: Funk-Driven Alt RnB

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Alt RnB artist Van Den Wolfe has made their debut with the Funk-laden album “MALBEC & BLAZE”. While each of the vibrantly groove-deep singles will speak to your soul, the perfect introduction to the artist’s nostalgically vintage sound is “Rising to the Top” featuring vocals from Jessie Wagner.

Jessie’s Soaring Pop vocals perfectly complement the bed of 80s inspired synth-pop which is joined by plenty of bendy acoustic bass licks. Yet, the most potent hit of aural alchemy is waiting for in the outro as you’re treated to guitar riffs which match the arrestive awe infused into the mix by Jessie’s vocals.

Rising to the Top is a track which keeps on giving. Van Den Wolfe’s technical ability is one thing. Their ability to make their soundscapes scream with soulful effervescent ingenuity is another thing.

If you check out any debut album from and up and coming artist this year, make it this one.

You can check out Rising to the Top along with the rest of the debut album from Van Den Wolfe by heading over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neverkid has made their debut with the darkly retro Indie Pop hit “When it Comes to You”

Melbourne-based Indie Pop artist Neverkid has made their debut with the retro darkwave hit “When it Comes to You”. If you could imagine what the Midnight would sound like with a darker tonality, you’ll get a good idea of the alchemy which lingers between the deftly paced notes in When it Comes to You. But the true arrestive tendencies within Neverkid’s debut lie in the distinctive contrast between her poised and personable lyrics and the cold feel to the instrumentals.

Neverkid’s sound may be heavily influenced by 80s Synthwave artists, yet, it practically drips with contemporary appeal. Debut singles don’t come much more exciting than this. There aren’t many artists with the ability to put out radio-ready hits right from their inception, but perceptibly, Neverkid isn’t your average newcomer.

You can check out Neverkid’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast