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Tame Impala

Kablamo traverses the otherworldly in their post-punk-y indie release, Unnatural

Kablamo self-proclaims their debut self-titled EP to be personal, genuine and, at times, indulgent; I can fully attest to the indulgence being universal once you slip into the seminal single, Unnatural.

Unnatural unravels through dreamy guitar melodies, glassy synths and ragged post-punk basslines beneath the dream pop vocals which mellifluously breeze through the sentimentally heartfelt release, which all too readily imparts the emotion. An evocative response to the kaleidoscopic colour of Unnatural is non-optional.

Any fans of Deerhunter, Beach House, Tame Impala and Wild Nothing will undoubtedly want to sink their teeth into this paradoxically ambiently striking release.

The debut self-titled EP hit the airwaves on September 9th. You can hear it for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mawi feels like this is finally the end after so many lies on The Morning After

From feeling the love to then sensing that his name was being slighted behind his back by someone who he truly cared for before, Mawi shows us that the end should have happened ages ago via his emotional new release, The Morning After.

Mawi aka Dagmawi Zemedkun Fasil is a USA-based alt-RnB/pop solo singer-songwriter who performs with a vocal edge that might have your whole body shuddering in anticipation.

Combines Tame Impala production with Weeknd style vocals to create a somber, melodic depiction of realizing a relationship is over far too late.” ~ Mawi

Vocally pure with bone-shaking lyrics that bring you instantaneously into this cinematic story which so many of us will surely have experienced, Mawi shakes our shattered core apart with a superb performance that shall make your ears float into utter disbelief.

Building his presence on SoundCloud through an EP and a multitude of singles, Mawi has garnered a strong fanbase, allowing him to perform across the US ranging from small concert bars to college music festivals.” ~ Mawi

The Morning After from USA-based alt-RnB/pop solo singer-songwriter Mawi is a striking song that has been made by a scorned former lover. After trying to untie a knot that was so far gone that a professional scout couldn’t unravel, he shows us acutely into his current mindset, that is saddened by this moment that he has dreaded for too long. Performed with a heightened velocity, this is a track for anyone who has felt so unfairly used and left for dead in an unwelcoming world.

Sometimes you just need to close the door, to open up a happier one.

Turn up this honest gem on YouTube and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bedford-based neo-psychedelic artist Luna Waves stuns our senses awake with ‘Sunny Side Down’

Taken off the momentum-shifting illumination of the 16-track sophomore album ‘Blood Mood‘, Luna Waves transmits us a welcome injection of neo-psychedelic awesomeness to truly be uplifted by as we find our sleepy smiles again on ‘Sunny Side Down‘.

Luna Waves is the solo dreamy-rock project of Bedford, UK-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Rob Muir.

Inspired by artists like Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Tame Impala, Kurt Vile, Beach House, Gemma Hayes, Jeff Buckley, Sunflower Bean and Radiohead.” ~ Luna Waves

Calming our over-stimulated hearts as the anxiousness threatens to take us into a shady place that we shouldn’t have ever been exposed to, Luna Waves crashes calmly like a breezy summer day at the ocean with a simply excellent track that is dreamy in nature and will have you glowing gloriously.

Sunny Side Down‘ from the Bedford, UK-based rock artist Luna Waves, is a track brimming with some awe-inspiring spacey instrumentals and lusciously smooth loops, that gets your mind into a better state of affairs and away from the previous darkness that consumed us for so long. There is much to ponder here as you find yourself closing your eyes and taking this quality in, with an ever-evolving artist who has moved away from the traditional and is setting a new level of polish for us to soak readily into.

Listen up to this flow-to-the-day single on Spotify and see more mellow vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Antler’s ‘White Cliffs’ – Chilled-out, mellow dream-pop.

Opening with some beautiful minor chord piano, ‘White Cliffs’ – the debut single by Belgians Antler – is a chilled, mellow little alt-rock track ballad, all gently swelling guitar chords, piano parts, and mature, focussed vocals courtesy of frontman Dean Vandeplassche. There’s a definite indie feel to this, that sort of dreamy, psychedelic Tame Impala feel; think Beach House, Yumi Zouma, or Still Corners, that dream-pop vibe reminiscent of Nicholas Allbrook, Cameron Avery, or Noir Disco, with some Barbagallo-style vocals. It’s that kind of relaxed, melodious, and easy-going thing; calming, sweet-sounding, and well-rounded, and for a first single it bodes very, very well for Antler’s future.

You can hear ‘White Cliffs’ on Spotify now; follow Antler on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Josh Sky have us in a ‘Love Daze’ with their latest indie soul pop single

Under the influence of Frank Ocean, Boy Pablo, and Tame Impala, up and coming indie three-piece, Josh Sky orchestrated their own melodiously romantic signature sound that is just as prestigious.

Their latest single, ‘Love Daze’, is the perfect introduction to their genre-melding nostalgic sound. The mellow grooves make sure that your attention never falters from the affable sincerity as it drips from the vocals while they capture the anxiety and adrenaline which manifest when you start to feel rifts widen in a relationship.

Love Days is as stunning as it is smooth. If any up and coming artist has what it takes to ascend from the underground in 2021, it’s Josh Sky.

Love Daze is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

London’s The Curious fly sky high with daydreaming single about love: ‘’Always Want More’’

Even if you go, even if you know, I always want more. Wanting more from those special moments is always a tempting notion. It’s always tough to accept that you should enjoy what you get and nothing more. 

‘The Curious’ are a 4 Piece ALT Indie band from London on the rise with their positive lyrics and terrifically produced music- this is a professional outfit. 

You can see the band are influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Marr, Blink 182, Arctic Monkeys and more. Their music is pure and likeable. Known for 2017’s breakout hit ‘’City Lights’’, the band are in top form here.

‘’Always Want More’’ is the follow up to March 2020’s fiery ‘’My Only’’- a song that gained some good traction in the UK. Let’s see how the band develops and they must be hungry to be on stage again, let it rip and show everyone what they are made out of.

Immerse yourself in more of ‘The Curious’ on their YouTube page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

8udDha bl0od are back with deeply beautiful ‘’Track 10’’ that pulls on all heart strings

https://soundcloud.com/william-orpen/track-10/s-FvflOhmH221

Love reaches all of us. Brighton boys ‘8udDha bl0od’ show their gentle side with the new single ‘’Track 10’’.

I feel the lyrics on this one as the pain of love is sometimes hard to deal with. It’s tough to understand and we do need to deal with it eventually to fully heal, to get the feeling out of us in order to move on. This song is clearly very personal and is best listened to with the volume up very loud- so that each part of the song is truly appreciated for its execution.

Locked away in a countryside cabin for nine months shortly after forming as a band to develop a sound that the band wanted, ‘8udDha bl0od’ are now one of my favorite artists. Influenced by well-known favourites such as Stone Roses, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Tame Impala, this is a group that puts out incredible music with soul & meaning.

Stream this song and more from the bands SoundCloud page and support this talented act.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Hope For The Future – Loaded Gun: Wake Up To The Future Of Dream Pop.

Ironically the band Hope for the Future does just that for its genre with their debut hit Loaded Gun.

A Hope for The Future are a futuristic collective of musician’s which hail from Stockholm, Sweden with their effervescent Alternative Dream Pop Sound. Their New track Loaded Gun alludes to their musical influences. The female lead vocalist has all of the powerful synergy of fellow singers from The Cardigans, and The XX whilst the minimalist in part, monstrous in others is a slight nod to other contemporary Alternative artist such as M83 and Arcade fire.

They create an enriched harmony throughout the track through the effect of the jingling guitar which rattles charismatically all through the track to lead it up to an explosive sound in the chorus. A Hope For The Future have definitely created an anthem through Loaded Gun that wouldn’t be out of place on a Made In Chelsea soundtrack.

The collective have created a universally lovable sound with their relatable and resonant styling that shines with euphoric charisma.

You can check out Loaded Gun, and their other new single Friend on the links below!

https://soundcloud.com/ahopeforthefuturemusic/loaded-gun

Sunday Store – See The Sunshine – Electronic Pop With An Indie Vibe And Lots Of Layering Melodies.

Sunday Store is a driven, direct and eclectic music project that focuses on a unique blend of electronic pop music. The act’s recent release is a brand new single titled “See The Sunshine”, available through Youtube and accompanied by a stunning lyrics video for all of those who wish to sing along! The song is inspired by EDM and retro electronic music, with vocals that make me think of the work by artists as diverse as Empire of The Sun, Planet Funk or MGMT, just to mention but a few.

“See The Sunshine” is powerful, direct and edgy as a single, yet it is bright and uplifting, highlighting the band’s sonic coordinates perfectly. The production of the song also deserves a special mention. One of the biggest challenges of this kind of electronic music is certainly the concept of retaining a very organic sound, preventing it from sounding too sterile or aseptic. In this particular case, Sunday Store certainly managed to create a thick, organic and exciting musical backdrop, allowing the vocals to unfold over the track and fit seamlessly within this perfectly balanced song mix.

Ah Trees Releases New Wave Indie Rock Track “Do It All Wrong”

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Ah Trees set out to create an interesting blend of new wave and indie-pop, with psychedelic overtones. They learned lessons from their fellow Aussies, Tame Impala, but also from timeless acts such as INXS (another legendary band from the land down under), The Police or Tears For Fears.

Ah Trees set out to offer their own special twist on such influences, transposing the aesthetics of new wave music into the modern indie-rock format with excellent result. Do It All Wrong also features a collaboration with Moody Beach, bringing a distinctive twist to the track.

The track is the first single taken from their upcoming sophomore release! Find out more here