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The Meta4 Revue – Maltese: An Entrancingly Stylistic Infusion of Blues, Art Pop and Electronica

NYC has spawned an innumerable number of sensational artists, another act which can be added to that list is the smoother than smooth up and coming Electronic Blues Pop act The Meta4 Revue.

May 2020 saw the virtuosos of stylistic soul drop their debut album “Magnum Opera”, the perfect introduction to their ambiently entrancing funk-soaked style is undoubtedly “Maltese”. It doesn’t take long for the magnetic grooves to pull you into the Bluesy feat of Electronically crafted Art Pop which you’ll undoubtedly want to give repeat attention.

I never thought I’d see the day where I’d get to hear an artist offering more sensual evocativeness than Cigarettes After Sex, but here we are.

You can check out the debut album from The Meta4 Revue by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sebastian Akselberg offers lovelorn anguish around instrumental resolving bliss in “Wish You Were Lonely”

There’s no preparing you for the resolving bliss found in Norwegian and Russian trailblazing Pop artist Sebastian Akselberg’s single “Wish You Were Lonely”.

As you listen to the all too relatable lyrics which poignantly capture the lacerating feeling of watching someone move on while you’re still caught up in them, the light an invitingly textured feat of Alt-Pop will draw you deeper into the track until you reach a stunning synth solo with cavernous spaces around Sebastian Akselberg’s porously evocative vocals. But the track doesn’t end there, before the seamless fade out, there’s a final kick of momentum which affirms the level of passion which the artist projected into this mix.

I have a feeling it will be quite a while before I get those spacey airy indulgent tones out of my head.

You can check out Sebastian Akselberg’s latest single Wish You Were Here along with the rest of their 2020 album Amare via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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3oland – You Keep Running: Mould-Breaking Synthy Sweet Pop

You Keep Running” is the mould-breaking synthy sweet Pop hit from one of the most distinctive artists currently sharing their danceable drops with the airwaves, 3oland.

If you mapped out my brain after hearing You Keep Running, you’d find that a significant proportion of it has been dominated by the galvanising beats, the sonic synth lines and of course, 3oland’s high-energy sincerely evocative singles.

Even though You Keep Running boasts a massive sound, the Copenhagen-based artist still succeeded in ensuring that the track has an intimate and connectable feel.

There really is no room to wonder why he’s able to garner so much hype with his infectiously fresh sound. Get him on your radar.

You can check out 3oland’s track You Keep Running for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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All in the Nothing – Better This Way: A Debut Any Fans of the Cure Need to Listen To

Better This Way” is the mesmerising debut single from Indie artist All in the Nothing. Hit play and prepare for a flood of synthy 80s nostalgia complete with a smorgasbord of contemporary appeal.

You’ll find nuances of The Cure, Bowie and The Midnight, but in its essence, Better This Way is an organically expressive single which is all too easy to slip into and appreciate the ingenuity alongside the visceral undiluted romanticism. It’s laden with lovelorn melancholy, but it won’t fail to hit the evocative spot and leave your soul suitably appeased.

We’re already stoked to hear what’s in the pipeline from All in the Nothing, We’d suggest you get them on your radar too.

You can check out Better This Way via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ondist – So Fragile: Soul-Swellingly Good Synthpop

So Fragile” is just one of the tenderly inviting contained on Electronica trio Ondist’s strikingly unique third album Electricity. All too often in Electronica, sentiments can feel a little synthetic, but So Fragile was never in danger of being unevocative. The vigorously high-vibe feel comes in equal measure through the undemanding yet entrancing Electronic beats and Maya Coppola’s distinctively alluring vocal timbre.

Once you look at the dynamic of Ondist, you may start to understand why their Synthpop sound is as eclectic as it is electric. Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, and Maya Coppola are located across Arkansas, New Zealand and New York. The fact this album was released almost feels serendipitous. It’s a collision of contrasting aural vision, you can practically hear the collaborative chemistry.

You can check out So Fragile via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan Xo is set to release his most evocative feat of Synthpop yet with “Soul Food”

Ryan Xo

We’ve all had a pretty soul-sucking 2020 so far, so breaking Pop artist Ryan Xo sought to address the balance with his latest single “Soul Food” and it’s safe to say that he succeeded.

His seductively soulful Synth-Pop single offers a serious amount of authentically amorous evocative appeal. With the slightly Retro Pop-vibe, it’s accessible from the first hit. Any fans of the 90s Pop sound under a contemporary production will undoubtedly want to make Soul Food a firm fixture on their playlists.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Soul Food yourself. In the meantime, you can check out Ryan Xo’s earlier releases on SoundCloud.

Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the release info.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Timechyld is ready and fills us with hope on ‘Happiness Redefined’

Timechyld is a fiercely indie creative artist from Melbourne who returns with the fantastic new song called ‘Happiness Redefined‘.

Timechyld is Australian multi-instrumentalist Andrew Rozen’s lovechild. His inspirational lifelong romance with riff-driven rock and 70’s style funk and soul. Mix that into catchy hooks of 80’s & 90’s synth-pop and fuse together in a bundle of crisp notes that fills your soul up. This is a path to a better life- an artist who who knows himself inside and out. He is ready to be fully happy and has found the correct mixture. Something had to give and the tropical beats every now and then, re-enforces the happy energy.

How do you define happiness? Listening to this ear burner for hours is a good start. With the smoke filled dance soaked vibe here that reminds you of the 80’s mixed with the new school, this is a song that ticks all the boxes. I feel happy while listening to this groovy vibe of wonderful smiles. Timechyld’s ‘Happiness Redefined‘ shows a maturing artist who is happy inside.

Stream this electric energy here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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US Indie Pop artist Help Society has released their debut album “Gettin’ Low & Lettin’ Go”

From the first few sonically-charged synth notes in US-based artists Help Society’s latest single Better, we were hooked.

Better is just one of the immersive and connectable tracks from Help Society’s album Gettin’ Low & Lettin’ Go. Each Darkwave track tackles a different facet of grief. And each track has plenty of organic and sincere resolving energy poured into it.

Largely, grief goes unspoken about. People tend not to like broaching the subject, but Help Society definitely wasn’t shy about laying down warm and compassionate sentiments over the shimmering synth-carved soundscape in Better.

If any track has the power to unite the goths and the Indie kids, it’s Better. There’s a gritty dark allure under the high-vibe tones giving Better a full-rounded feel which mirrors the complexity of grief-stricken emotion. It’s a constant battle to feel fragments of euphoria when experiencing grief, Help Society will help you get there.

You can check out Better along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arielle Eden has made her solo debut with the empowering high-vibe Synthpop single “Love’s on the Run”

For her debut solo single Love’s on the Run, Arielle Eden released an empoweringly uplifting feat of 80s inspired Pop which is sure to be a hit with any Madonna fans.

With choruses which will stick to your synapses like superglue and Arielle Eden’s alluringly soulful approach to Pop, its impossible not to connect with the up-vibe love song.

With the funky synth lines, bendy grooves of the bass and the extremely nuanced choppy guitar progressions, there’s a retro air to Love’s on the Run, but with the fresh exuberance in Arielle Eden’s vocals, you couldn’t ask for a fresher radio-ready Pop earworm.

You can check out Arielle Eden’s single Love’s on the Run for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Piperline – Before It’s Too Late: Synthy Sweet Alt Rock

UK Alt Rock trailblazers Piperline released the official video to their perspective-shifting latest single Before It’s Too Late on July 12th. The synthy sweet release is so much more than your average ‘feel-good’ hit. It offers a true sense of empathy for the apathy and frustration we’re all undoubtedly feeling right now before serving a sincere reminder that the sun will shine for you once again.

It’s more important now than ever that artists ensure that there’s comfort and connection to be found in their releases. Piperline perceptibly didn’t fail. While the euphoric melodies weave through their deftly executed progressions, the vocals and lyrics instil an organic optimism and give you an alternative perspective.

For the past four months, we’ve been force-fed an overwhelming amount of doom. With their video which was recorded in London during lockdown, Piperline proves that the seemingly inescapable gloom is just one facet of our reality.

You can check out the official video to Piperline’s single Before It’s Too Late via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast