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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

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Vintage Funk and Contemporary Indie Combine in Team’s Debut Single “Day by Day”

Vintage Funk and contemporary Indie are rarely found in the same soundscape. But up and coming Alternative artist Team have proven that the two elements make for an alchemically absorbent aural-mash with their debut single “Day by Day”.

Team perceptibly has an arsenal of experimentalism at their disposable allowing them to cook up nostalgic tracks which also offer plenty of distinctively authentic appeal.

The synths lead the ay through the rhythmic mix which spills plenty of soul as it progresses coming together as a defiantly empowering track full of deep grooves, and mellifluous ardency. Their alternative edge alone ensures that Team’s sound has a massive amount of commercial appeal. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Day by Day for yourselves via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A1ASKA – Always with You: Synthy Sweet Pop with Lashings of Futuristic Funk

While no two tracks from the up and coming Electronic artist A1ASKA are the same, it’s safe to say that he hit the sweet spot with his latest single.

A1ASKA’s latest single “Always with You” featuring vocals from Alex the OK is a resonantly sweet reminder that good things really do come to an end. But rather than the soundscape solely offering melancholy, there’s an endearing air behind Always with You which seeps from the analogue experimentalism and offers plenty of catharses.

From Always with You, you can expect lashings of futuristic funk, lucid vocals which synergistically gel with the fuzzy synth lines, and reminiscences to other artfully-inclined artists such as Radiohead.

You can check out A1ASKA’s latest single Always with You by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Day Potion – To Go Without: Atmospherically Enamouring Synth Pop

Any fans of the Midnight are going to want to check out the standout Synth Pop single “To Go Without” from up and coming NYC-based artist Day Potion’s debut EP.

While the beats are incredibly familiar and accessible, the layers of lush atmospheric reverb which weave through the single allow To Go Without to unfold with plenty of refreshing appeal. To Go Without finds the perfect balance between the sounds of artists such as Editors, Depeche Mode, and Psychedelically uplifting trancey Synth Pop.

As far as Synth Pop debuts go, Day Potion has made quite the impression. We’re already excited to see how Day Potion follows on from the success of their seminal work. Each of the tracks on the EP was inspired by the concept of how distractions can change your state of mind. Considering that the soundscapes are psychologically altering themselves, be prepared to go on an aural journey every time you hit play on any of Day Potion’s singles.

You can check out Day Potion’s single To Go Without along with the rest of Day Potion’s debut EP “Flora Hex” via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast