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Tremantis – Better Think 2wice: Angsty Electronic Alt-Rock

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Any fans of Fidlar’s angstily playful garage indie rock style will want to get acquainted with Tremantis’ electronic alt-rock track, ‘Better Think 2wice’.

With elements of Beastie Boys-style hip-hop-infused into the mix along with Mindless Self Indulgence-Esque synth-driven breakdowns and 8-bit chiptune influences, Better Think 2wice is for anyone who wants to hear nothing but unadulterated expression in their alt-rock tracks.

The LA-based powerhouse formed in 2017; since then, they’ve racked up 400k streams on their most popular bluesy indie track, ‘Hey Me’, and there’s plenty more in the pipeline. Tremantis will be releasing a new track every month throughout 2021 and something tells me that you’ll want them on your radar for their live dates.

Better Think 2wice is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Feel the love emanating from Jade Moede’s psychedelic synth-rock track, ‘Shine Your Love’.

Jade Moede

We first met US singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jade Moede through their raucous feat of retro rock, ‘No More lies’, their upcoming release, ‘Shine Your Love’, exhibits a very different facet of their ability to manipulate emotion through music.

While most love songs work on the assumption that the listener is already affably sated, Jade Moede went in a completely different direction. His psychedelic synth-rock track reminds the listener of the infinite nature of love – you’ll find plenty of it within the unapologetically eccentric production that’s an extension of what the Beatles had to offer. But there’s something utterly stunning about Jade Moede’s determination to make sure that love emanates through the track orchestrated for his drum teachers, Jack Brand and Stuart Miller who have both since passed. Something tells me they’d be just as proud of his MO as his technical ability.

You can check out Jade Moede via Spotify and by heading over to his official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The John Michie Collective – Nothing to Die For: Existentially Relatable Indie Psych Rock

There was no forgetting multi-instrumentalist, The John Michie Collective, after hearing their 2020 release, I’ll Write Your Constellation’. After the release of their latest single, Nothing to Die For, their psychotropic experimentalism is permanently etched in our freshly altered minds.

With a touch of 70s rock in the spacey dreamy alt-indie single, you get the same feeling of ascendence as when you hit play on Lou Reed’s most psychedelically sweet tracks.

The romantic-in-spite-of-nihilism touch to the vocals and lyricism acts like an emotional sucker punch. For the aurally sensitive out there, don’t be surprised if Nothing to Die For has a bruising impact. It perfectly captures the collective sense of futility which breathes throughout our locked-down society and illustrates that your outlook can be as sweet as the tones in this enrapturing relatable release.

Nothing to Die For is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Moon Rabbit Retreat have released their psychedelically interstellar single ‘Sine Language’

Mixing alt-rock, prog, electronica, jazz fusion, and elements of funk, is never an easy task, but New Jersey experimentalists Moon Rabbit Retreat do just that with their new single ‘Sine Language’.

There’s something for everyone here; seventies TV incidental music, soaring meandering Rick Wakeman-esque keyboard excursions, Pink Floyd-like multi-layered catchy choruses, Neil Peart drum explosions, and some epic synth and guitar sounds, across the nearly seven-minutes of this, the lead single from their new EP ‘Habitat’ (available from the band’s website or from Bandcamp). It’s excellent, with ascending interwoven parts which feel at once familiar and encompassing and never exclusionary, some epic musicianship, and a pretty fitting play on words for a track title, too. It doesn’t come much better than that.

Check out ‘Sine Language’ – and download the album – from Moon Rabbit Retreat’s website; follow the band on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

 

Lyon Tide are set to make a stunning debut with their tender Indie Synth Pop track ‘Closure’

Birmingham, UK Pop-Rock artist, Lyon Tide are set to make their debut on January 1st, 2021 with their entrancingly affectionate synth-led track ‘Closure’. If Lyon Tide set the precedent for music in 2021, it could prove to be the most exciting year for music since 1991.

The sensual-through-its-tenderness track serves a beautiful reminder that closure doesn’t have to come from the person you’ve parted ways with. It can come through the resolving lyrics, such as those penned for Closure, which affirms that our deeply personal pain and amorous tribulations are pretty much universal.

Any fans of Radiohead will undoubtedly appreciate the synthy reverb-laden throbs which create the arrestive heartbeat of the single which will remind you of your capacity to feel. If you’re not left an emotional wasteland of ennui after 2020, that is.

You’ll be able to check out Closure via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sunday Morning Cartoons – Radio Static Spectre

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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

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

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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

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

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

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