Indie Rock, Pop, Track reviews

Vistas Release Eagerly Anticipated New Single ‘Start Again’

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2020 lockdown album ‘Everything Changes in the End’ saw Vistas become one of the most promising indie up-comers of last year, whilst not wholly unique, ‘Everything Changes in the End’ should have been the album that 2020 festival goers belted from the shoulders of their drunken mates in 30 degree heat. I don’t need to state the obvious, we all know how last year went in the UK.

In saying that, the indie rock trio shed a glimmer of that nostalgic festival feeling in their newest release ‘Start Again’. Instantly introduced with the song title leathered in harmonious vocals and large drums, the track sets us up for the Vistas trademark: Big guitars, Big choruses and a song stuck in your head for the next week. 

Okay, it’s not worlds apart from the debut album, perhaps it’s more polished and inventive in the band’s instrumentation and a touch slower than usual but who cares that it’s not groundbreaking-ly different? I certainly don’t. After watching back Snapchat memories of festivals in 2019, reminiscing over warm lagers and pop up tents. ‘Start Again’ provides hope for that festival feeling long before the gates reopen and for that, I can’t fault it.

‘Start Again’ is out now, you can find it through the link below.

Vista: https://linktr.ee/vistasmusic/

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Alternative, rock, Track reviews

Kaleido Bay front-man launches solo project ‘KAYBLE’ with debut single ‘INTO THE NIGHTMARE’

In an age of predictability in new music, songwriters often fail to venture into experimental territory to challenge themselves and pop-culture norms. Kayble, however, takes unconventional songwriting, lyricism and thematics to a new level, ‘Into The Nightmare’ is an adventure to say the least, a soundtrack to a nightmare emphasised through a creepy, distorted atmosphere. Put simply, ‘Into The Nightmare’ is 03:28 of hell, intentional hell. 

Whilst, admittedly, ‘Into The Nightmare’ isn’t by any means a song for a dinner party and potentially more fitting in a psycho-thriller, it by no means discredits the strategic insanity of the track. Overall, ‘Into The Nightmare’ is exactly what it says on the tin and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

With more releases on the horizon, it’s set to be an exciting year for Kayble and potentially a wonderfully terrifying year for the rest of us.

Into The Nightmare is out now on all major streaming platforms, follow the link below.

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Alternative, Pop, rock, Track reviews

Ryan Soanes’ Infectious Single ‘Call My Name’ From Debut Album The Journey

Atmospheric and ethereal yet powerful and heavy might be the most precise way of describing Norwich native Ryan Soanes’ new single ‘Call My Name.’ On first listen the track lays the foundation of a love song with a prominent edge; the subtle piano introduction layered with Soanes’ chopped vocals wastes no time in throwing us straight into an intricate and heart-hitting hook.

By structuring the track with this big introductory chorus, Soanes sets the scene for a not so run-of-the-mill love song. The introspective look into a previous relationship spins the perspective into the first person experience of being powerless in justifying the main character’s past mistakes. ‘Call My Name’ is a perfect example of lyrics juxtaposed with their underlying instrumentals, adding a certain depth to the track that sets it apart from the aforementioned run of the mill love song. All in all, ‘Call My Name’ has more layers than an onion. Instrumentally, lyrically and in the track’s production.

‘Call My Name’ is out now as part of Ryan Soanes’ debut album The Journey. You can find it through the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanSoanesOfficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanSoanesMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryansoanesofficial/

Website: https://ryansoanes.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/18wnNASiae6DWrYowaCy4m?si=LWVmG1mNTJasD6TMHYY_AQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RyanSoanesMusic/videos


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Alternative, News, rock

Steady Rollin Rock The Boat With Their New Animated Music Video For ‘Must I Die Alone’

Emerging from a year filled with restrictions with plans for a new LP is an admirable trait for any artist. Steady Rollin, comprising of Benjamin Andrade on drums and backing vocals, Gerardo Pardo on bass and Fernando Poma on guitar and lead vocals, are no exception. After the success of 2017 album Love & Loss alongside a string of well received singles, the rock trio have released ‘Must I Die Alone’ as a teaser to their upcoming LP ‘Stories’, along with a beautifully animated music video created by Markantony. 

Presenting the imagery for ‘Must I Die Alone’ in a visual format is incredibly fitting to encapsulate the intensity of Poma’s lyricism. In movie-like fashion, animator Markantony emphasises the dramatic storyline of a sailor battling stormy seas, periodically flashing back to the loved one left behind throughout all the chaos. In an effort to prevent spoilers, I’ll leave you to watch the video and experience the story for yourselves.

The video, paired with a track full of guitar solos fit for any stadium gig, driving bass and a piercing vocal performance, makes for an unmistakably Steady Rollin experience. The upcoming LP holds incredible promise to make 2021 an enormous year for the band.

‘Must I Die Alone’ is out now, you can find the video through the link below.

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YBrqrpumPw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steadyrollinband/

Instagram: @steadyrollinband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steadyrollin_

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The Important Message Behind Nickita’s Powerful New Single ‘Breathe Again’

Hemel Hampstead based, Nickita’s emotionally charged Mother’s Day single ‘Breathe Again’ is an anthem of support vocalising the importance of informing and educating women about their choices around childbirth. All proceeds from the track are going directly to the organisation, When Push Comes to Shove, founded by Nickita in an effort to spread awareness of the choices available to people to make informed decisions about the birth of their child.

Along with inspirational lyrics and powerful instrumentation, Nickita delivers a track that breathes empowerment through a strong vocal performance. Needless to say that with Nickita’s own experiences with childbirth, the track owns its message through sheer emotion and sheds light on society that leaves issues of even this magnitude overshadowed. ‘Breathe Again’ is a track that carries a message of overwhelming importance, a flagship for a fundraising campaign that aims to highlight the urgency of informing women of their rights in pre-birth.

The new single is accompanied by a heart-warming yet thought provoking music video, shot in black and white with a compilation of beautiful family videos, messages of support and a distinct unity. It’s a must-watch, you’ll thank me later.

Breathe Again’ is not only an incredible performance but an important message. You can donate to the fundraiser in the link below.

When Push Comes to Shove: https://www.whenpushcomestoshove.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wpctsfilm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/when.pushcomestoshove/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhenShove

Website: http://nickitamusic.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nickitamusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKD1Mj5u96A_x2QiwLuZ2PQ


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Alternative, classical, Jazz

Judith Haustein Drops Mysterious New Single ‘Freeze’

Citing influences ranging from Bjork to Billie Holliday, Judith Haustein’s new single ‘Freeze’ is a slow dance of intricate songwriting and mysterious guitars that blend seamlessly with Haustein’s unwavering, yet beautifully delicate vocals.

The jazz inspired upcomer, now based in Stuttgart, has a promising future. ‘Freeze’, being one of many upcoming releases is a humble brag of Haustein’s creative abilities, with the artist taking Jazz studies at degree level and an MA in audio technology. Haustein has potential to explore her own skills and abilities which bodes well for the exciting upcoming artist who is challenging the mainstream, cookie-cutter sound.

That being said, ‘Freeze’ incorporates elements of electronic music and various production techniques that adds a fourth dimension to the track; the vocal effects added to the BV’s, paired with the drawn out melodies of the lead vocal, really add to the ambience of the track.

Overall, ‘Freeze’ is a promising start for jazz inspired up-comer Judith Haustein, while it sets a very exciting precedent for the releases to come, making the artist definitely one to keep an eye on.

‘Freeze’ is out now, listen below.

WEBSITE: judithhaustein.com

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/judith_haustein 

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/judithhaustein 

YOUTUBE: youtube.com/c/juwiththeredshoe

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Abraham Trai’s Beautifully Raw Debut Single ‘The One’ Is Out Now.

In a raw, soulful and heartfelt performance, Trai’s voice embodies the relatable turmoil of a break-up, a story all too familiar to most. Painted with unconcealed lyricism, there’s a no-holds-barred approach in Trai’s delivery of sincerity and emotional intensity.

Pianist Lauren Glanville’s subtle, melodic piano (probably unintentionally) reminiscent of Sampha’s ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’, sets the perfect scene to carry Trai’s unmistakably delicate and unique vocals throughout the verse. Leading into a layered harmonious chorus, the track is leathered with strings and pretty vocal harmonies. Admittedly, while not necessarily a bad thing, the instrumentation doesn’t vary much further from the chorus but, in turn, the focus is never shifted from Trai’s vocal performance, allowing the emotions to remain prominent and the delivery to remain raw.

As the first single for his debut album ‘MMXXII’, Trai introduces a beautifully realistic and authentic story-teller’s approach to situations that are from true experience. Moving from France to London to follow in the footsteps of personal inspirations Lewis Capaldi, Adele and Sam Smith, Trai is nothing short of a promising upcomer with dedication and ambition. ‘The One’ is the first of what is hopefully many raw, soulful and heartfelt performances.

‘The One’ is available to listen now on Spotify.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abraham_trai/

Website: https://abrahamtrai.com/abraham-trai

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Abraham-Trai-104892304920401/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/603znmGBuablSOwpPjqmOe?si=dCetk6yFTEynoEAhn6qPgA&utm_source=copy-link

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Kavanagh Reimagine 90s Alt Rock With Upcoming Single, Citizen 202

Brighton based 5-piece Kavanagh deliver nothing short of an uncompromising, raw and angsty view on the idiosyncrasies of human life in their upcoming single ‘Citizen 202’, recorded at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace of The Prodigy and esteemed producer Mike Bennett.

At 01:44, the unconventionally short track wastes no time in challenging the listener’s expectations. Beginning with feedbacking amps under a somber, Nirvana-esq, guitar line; then progressing into a beautifully hectic verse. 

In all the methodical madness of the track, Kavanagh provide momentary bliss with a pre-chorus that allows the track to breathe and seemingly depart from the heavy guitars. Having said this, it’s not long before we’re thrown into the madness again for the last minute or so.

The more I listen to ‘Citizen 202’, the more layers reveal themselves. From the understated voices in the intro, to the call and response backing vocals in the chorus. Kavanagh deliver far more than just a rehashed 90’s alternative rock song. ‘Citizen 202’ is ambitious, explosive and quite frankly… mental. It’s exactly the kind of track you want to be throwing yourself around in a mosh-pit and for that, Kavanagh are definitely ones to watch.

‘Citizen 202’ is out on the 26th of March and also features (rather fittingly) in ‘Vegan Vampires from Zorg’ with members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls. 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KavanaghBand

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5RXVyxqiuyYF6PoTNYbpdr


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Pop, Track reviews

LearningToDive makes splash with debut album ‘Norwegian pop’

LearningToDive (Bravo Bonez) is the producer, vocalist and composer of the upcoming synth-pop, new wave album ‘Norwegian Pop’.

He uses the new album as a vehicle to explore a number of personal, political and societal ideas (heavy topics to say the least).

Having flitted between his birthplace of the UK and New Zealand, Coronavirus saw Bravo firmly stationed in New Zealand.

He used this time to work on ‘Norwegian Pop’, taking influence from artists like Roxy Music, Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead and The Psychedelic Furs.

With all these influences, it’s clear to see why this album is so diverse and rich with different features and compositions.

‘I Stand On An Ice Floe’ kicks off the album with its gloriously deep and impactful beat.

It draws you in, really making you feel like a part of the song, rather than just a simple listener.

As it progresses, Bonez introduces a drum beat to ease you into the track whilst also injecting some drama to this delightful opener.

The track sticks to this calming and soulful vibe the whole way through with its relaxing tempo. In all honesty, the song has an almost orchestral impression to it, used by a lot of new wave artists that inspired him.

‘Falling Leaves’ is another standout track for me. This subscribes more to the Synth influence than anything else.

With a far more upbeat and rhythmic energy compared to the opening track, it works perfectly to demonstrate Bonez‘s diversity.

Coupled with his vocals, it transports me to a Pet Shop Boys concert, echoing their style and calming vocals.

If I had any criticism to make of this album, it would be the length of the songs. Although the tracks themselves are outstanding, the length of them requires more diversity. Still, that’s clutching at straws.

If you fancy giving LearningToDive a listen then you’ll only have to wait until April 2nd for the full album release, or March 19th for the teaser that is ‘Promenade’.

In the meantime check out his previous work on Spotify below

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learningtodive/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/learningtodive/?hl=en
Website: http://learning2dive.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-718196749
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf4AaCSYnX748ZBHmqFrzpg


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Pop, Rap, Track reviews

Rapper JCK set to release new single ‘Rockstar’

Born in Kent, 18-year-old Jack Rose, known as JCK, is one of the hottest up and coming talents in the pop world.

After hitting No. 6 in the Official commercial pop chart with his previous track ‘Better on My Own’, he’s coming back with another banger, ‘Rockstar‘.

Having toured with the likes of Beverley Knight and Tinchy Stryder, it’s clear that there is some real talent in this artist.

Picture: Tinchy Stryder
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He’s played in excess of 250 live shows and amassed a fan following of over 200,000! If music wasn’t enough fame for JCK, he is also the presenter of Amazon TV show ‘Ghost Hunting with Jack Rose’. I think you can probably guess what that one’s about…

I could sit here all day and list his accolades, but that won’t help you understand what his music is all about, so let’s get on with the review.

When someone says the term, modern pop, this is exactly what you’d think of. The calm beat with the occasional heavy base note to give it some energy.

The lyrics and JCK‘s flow work really well with the beat, making the two feel like one piece rather than two separate components.

He’s produced a catchy chorus, drawing you in, making sure you’re paying attention to what the young star has to say.

I have to say, the quality of the finished product is great; you can really sense the time and effort that he and others have put into the track.

The EP ‘Rockstar’ also features mixes of Jack‘s original from famous producers like Charlie Hedges and Eddie Craig.

Picture: Charlie Hedges
Credit: SoundCloud

The simplified beat allows the producers to really make their own version, but ensures that his lyrics remain the star of the show. Not far off genius that idea, has to be said.

For those of you wanting to listen to what exactly it is I’m going on about, you’ll only have to wait until February 19th for the release of ‘Rockstar’.

In the meantime, give his Spotify a listen

https://spoti.fi/2tvgybs

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackjohnrose/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackRoseReal
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Website: https://www.jackroseonline.co.uk
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