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Sunday Morning Cartoons – Radio Static Spectre

Texan Indie Synth Rock pioneers Sunday Morning Cartoons released their EP “Retro Nights” on July 31st. Don’t let the EP title fool you, Sunday Morning Cartoons have a seriously stylistic sound to offer, especially with the standout single “Radio Static Spectre”.

With some sweetly haunting uses of reverb and plenty of intricacy within the guitar notes, the prelude efficaciously pulls you into a dreamy distorted feat of Indie which includes nuances of Jangle Pop and Post Punk. I have a feeling that any fans of the Verve are definitely going to want Sunday Morning Cartoons on their radar and Radio Static Spectre on their playlists.

Vocally, there are light reminiscences to the Kooks, but there’s a smorgasbord of authentic ingenuity in Radio Static Spectre. So the main thing that will hit you is the fresh feel of their accessible radio-ready track.

You can check out Radio Static Spectre for yourselves along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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

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Philip James Turner & The Crow Mandala – The Loneliest Boy in the World

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If you’re looking for a slice of smile-inducing sonic juicy funk-laced Alt Rock, I couldn’t point you in any better direction than the title track from Philip James Turner & The Crow Mandala’s second album “The Loneliest Boy in the World”

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Bauhaus or The Cure injected a little humour and arcane synth chaos into their music, you may be able to get an idea of what is on offer through the Loneliest Boy in the World. Despite how much playful personability has been injected into the track, it still remains incredibly stylistic. In short, even the most pretentious goth’s aural voids will be filled by this sticky-sweet jam which was never in danger of resonating as saccharine.

If The Loneliest Boy in the World was adapted into a Rock Opera, I’d be amongst the first with tickets.

You can check out The Loneliest Boy in the World along with the rest of the album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Folarin & Keziah Have Redefined the Christian and Gospel Genre with Their Latest Single “Jesus is Alive”

After hearing Folarin & Keziah’s latest collaborative Christian and Gospel single “Jesus is Alive”, I can guarantee that it’s not just the pious who will appreciate the riff-filled, Funk-soaked high octane mix which they’ve created.

How many times have you hit play on a single to discover it was passionless, soulless and sterile? Consider Jesus is Alive as an aural antidote. Jesus is Alive is brimming with an infectious amount of soul which won’t fail to resonate around the monstrous guitar riffs, funky bass lines, soaring synth lines, and the charismatically magnetic dual vocals from Folarin & Keziah. The energy in this single is more potent than any track I’ve heard this year. It comes highly recommended, and not just for the artist’s exposure, consider it as doing yourselves a favour.

Folarin & Keziah are due to release their debut album on December 6th, so make sure to give them a follow on Instagram & Facebook to keep up to date with news of their release.

In the meantime, you can check out their single Jesus is Alive via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Rupees – Terror Lover: Your New Unapologetically Infectious Synth Rock Earworm

With The Rupees latest single “Terror Lover”, you have no time to hesitate in deciding whether the hook will snare you, straight from the prelude the sonic attack will take hold and lure you into the atmospherically raw single.

It comes as no surprise that the Bristol-based fourpiece have already been tearing up stages with the likes of bands such as Blossoms. With a soundscape as textured and anthemic as theirs, they can tear wholes out of the atmosphere. For any fans of the Klaxons, Kasabian and Arcade Fire – The Rupees are definitely a band that needs to be on your radar sooner rather than later. Their radio-ready sound hasn’t failed to be noticed by BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 and Sky TV. Expect to hear a lot more from them in 2019.

You can check out The Rupees latest single Terror Lover for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mesrop – To Whom It May Concern: The New Synth Rock Soundtrack to Your Melancholy

When a track is so resonantly beautiful It makes your jaw drop at the same as making you feel as though your stomach lining has been replaced with rocks; you know you’ve stumbled across an absolute gem of a song.

The synth intro to Mesrop’s latest single To Whom It May Concern was laced with pensivity and sure enough the vocals by Jordan Koda Sudak carry through with the same devastatingly beautiful theme. Although the melodic keying which creates the heart beat of the track contains more than enough soul-splitting emotion alone. Mesrop’s progressive sensibility ensures that through each digitally rendered arrangement you are treated to a brand new wave of emotion. What is even more impressive about Mesrop’s style is his ability to seamlessly weave through a medley of sounds; in the space of just four minutes you’re treated to up-funk vibes, piercing piano melodies and a synthesised synergy so powerful that even the most flowery words would be unable to depict the power behind the arrangements.

Fans of Kraftwerk, Radiohead, Portishead and Massive Attack are going to thank me for the recommendation. There are very few artists Electronic artists who can carry melancholy in their melody as succinctly as Mesrop.

You can check out Mesrop’s latest single To Whom It May Concern which was released June 22nd on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast