Browsing Tag

US Pop

Music

Christian Schormann – The Ballad of Captain T: A Warmly Resolving Attack of Satire

Lockdown has inspired artists in many ways. Christian Schormann created the perfect Pop track after witnessing the lack of leadership in the US during the pandemic. Sounds dreary right? Wrong.

In The Ballad of Captain T, disdainfully playful rage pours over the warmly resolving instrumentals which ooze soul-soothing choral appeal. Tracks such as The Ballad of Captain T can all too easily fall into the novelty category, yet, there’s enough nuance and prowess for it to easily diverge away from that pigeonhole. There’s a sincerity within the single, a sensitive understanding that the problems which the lack of leadership has caused have had a detrimental impact on peoples lives, and deaths.

In short, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect Pop single. The unexpected guitar solo was the aural cherry on the cake.

You can hear it for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Natasha Jane Julian – West Coast Girl: Sun-Baked Summer Sadness

Smoky, sultry, and initially piano-led, Natasha Jane Julian’s ‘West Coast Girl’ resolves into a beautifully, chilled alt-pop ballad telling the story of a California girl, dreaming and searching amidst sun-baked summer sadness.

Julian’s thoughtful, evocative lyrics and soulful, atmospheric vocal carry the song over keys and bass, a sophisticated and distinctive vocal performance that’s both commercial and individual. Julian is currently working on new material with UK composer/producer Ian Barter, but ‘West Coast Girl’ is the perfect late-summer antidote to darkening evenings and lockdown malaise.

Hear ‘West Coast Girl’ on Natasha’s website.

Review by Alex Holmes

Music

Head down the rabbit hole with Winter Rae’s new Alt Electropop single “One of Us”

Atlanta-based Pop artist Winter Rae has invited you down the rabbit hole with her latest single “One of Us”. With a touch of archaic experimentalism within the infectiously fresh Alt Electropop mix, you can’t help but be immersed in the ingenuity which boasts quaint nuances of cabaret. Yet, One of Us stands as one of the most stylistic Pop drops of 2020.

“Fuck you but have a good day” may just be my new favourite lyric of all time. Winter Rae’s sound exceeds expectation on every single level. The authenticity, the alluring vocal timbre, the witty sass-dripping attitude in the lyrics, the commitment to ensuring that a song like One of Us has never been on the airwaves before, it’s all there. Watch this space.

You can check out One of Us on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Love Angeles – Invincible: A Sticky-Sweet Earworm Which Grabs You and Refuses To Let Go

Straight off the bat, Love Angeles’ massive new Indie Pop hit “Invincible” grabs you and utterly refuses to let go.

All too often, tracks with titles such as ‘Invincible’ can seem trite before you even hit play, but Love Angeles offers the sincerity that the Pop genre has been crying out for. As the high-octane electric hit courses through its progressions, you can expect to feel some pretty intense fuzzy feelings, you might also feel a little in awe of the delectable smorgasbord of stylistic prowess on offer in Invincible. Rock and Pop perfectly entwine to create a universally enticing to record. I can’t help but feel a little excited about what comes next.

You can check out Invincible for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Prepare to be serenaded by John O’Brien’s latest single “Siboney”

John O'Brien

US artist and songwriter John O’Brien has been honing in on their craft for over four decades. Their latest single Siboney is a testament to their songwriting and performing talent. Prepare to be seriously serenaded by their alchemic fretboard mastery and their velvety smooth seductive vocals.

After an intoxicatingly atmospheric start, the 80s-inspired track gently gains momentum. As it does, it breaks the monocultural mould of mainstream Pop. The Spanish guitar brings as an exotically captivating dynamic to the soundscape which consistently evolves throughout the 4-minute duration.

You can check out Siboney for yourselves from the date of release by heading over to John O’Brien’s SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out their equally as mesmerising earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Elodie Reverie is set to release her stylishly unforgettable latest single “Under the Radar”

US singer, songwriter and producer Elodie Reverie is set to release her stylishly unforgettable latest Alt Pop single Under the Radar.

There is more than distinction within Elodie Reverie’s vocals. There is a captivating level of mesmerism which leaves you hooked from the very first vocal note which hits the smooth and sultry hit.

Comparing her style to another Pop artist seems an insult to her authentic yet organic sound. Yet, it’s safe to say any fans of Warpaint and London Grammar will want Elodie Reverie’s moody yet soulfully compelling voice on their playlists.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Under the Radar for yourselves. In the meantime, you can head on over to the artist’s SoundCloud where you’ll be able to find her earlier releases.

Stay posted on upcoming releases by following Elodie Reverie via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Halle Abadi – Hero: Powerfully Resounding Pop

Hero” is just one of the recently released singles from up and coming Pop sensation Halle Abadi. The seductively moody soundscape is as resounding as it is pioneering.

With elements of rhythmically arrestive World music weaved into the mix and Halle Abadi’s distinctive vocals, Hero is transfixing from start to finish. The emotion which she’s able to project into the soundscape is unparalleled. With each vocal note pulling you into the lustful mood of the track, you can’t help but find the resonance in the lyrics which scratch well beyond the surface.

With a sound so visceral and immersive, it’s no wonder why Halle has been able to amass international acclaim since recently making her debut. Watch this space.

You can check out Hero along with Halle Abadi’s other releases by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

1NIGHTINPARIS – Alive in the Darkness: Evocatively Atmospheric 80s-Inspired Future Pop

Up and coming Pop artist 1NIGHTINPARIS dropped the official video to their new evocatively atmospheric single “Alive in the Darkness [Bob Lazar’s Story Part: 2]” on June 5th. If it’s been a while since you’ve been hit in the feels by a new artist, press play and prepare for the aural bruising.

With elements of 80s Synth Pop combined with 1NIGHTINPARIS’ futuristic experimentalism, Alive in the Darkness is an accessibly immersive hit which oozes authenticity.

With the effects which have been layered onto the vocals which bleed emotion thanks to the clever use of vibrato, paradoxically, the track feels slightly alien while serving up a serious amount of soul. In short, it would be the perfect soundtrack for a Sci-Fi blockbuster which needs a harrowingly romantic sound score.

You can check out the official music video to 1NIGHTINPARIS’ single Alive in the Darkness via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast