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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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’.
From writing songs at the age of 15 to now, it’s clear to see J Carlyle‘s put a lot of effort into his passion.
Alongside the amount of time he’s invested into his career, the accolades he has achieved in the process help to cement him as a true up-and-coming artist.
In 2020, he released his debut EP ‘Calculating The Ifs‘, as well as his hit single ‘Forever Girl’. J Carlyle has been lucky enough to collaborate with platinum-selling producer Mantra, whose client list includes superstar names like Future and Rhianna.
With so much raw talent and a great producer to boot, it’s clear that we’re going to be treated to some amazing music from this guy in the coming months and years.
J is also a hero outside the music world though. When he’s not creating, he’s working in hospitals, dealing with mental health issues. Having experienced poor mental health himself, he’s hoping to use his music to provide an escape for those who are struggling.
‘I consider myself an advocate for Mental Health because it’s a topic which is extremely close to me. Over the last 10 years I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum from working in one of the largest mental health institutions in East Midlands, looking after people from all walks of life whose mental health has deemed them a risk to society or/and their own well-being. I myself have suffered with mental health issues also. This journey prompted me to work with Channel 4 and local councils to create a music programme for the youth’.
‘Intruder Alert’ looks at the aspects of mental health present in social media, in a very unique way.
Immediately, you can sense the modern vibe hat J is trying to put across. The studio effects and Dancehall sounds really hammer home the modernity of this single.
Rising from the background, we are quickly greeted by the soft, calming voice of J. His vocals come through in almost a Reggae style, intertwined with the occasional R&B feel.
The track itself contains a very simple yet effective beat. Matched with the intelligent lyrics, it means the talent he possesses as a lyricist shines through perfectly. This allows us to appreciate the effort and skill the artist has put into this particular track, without it being drowned out by a cacophony of studio sound inserts.
Towards the end of the track, the police sirens we heard at the start begin to return. This is a brilliant touch from artist and producer, signalling a full-circle finish for the track, tying it off neatly and succinctly.
You won’t have to wait for this one either. J Carlyle‘s single ‘Intruder Alert’ is out now so get listening below!
After making a name for herself in the fashion and textiles industry, Jade Moss is now looking to take the music world by storm. With her debut single ‘Hey Babe’, she talks about love in a very flippant way in the modern era, taking us on a tale of how new lovers should be careful how they treat her.
Having up-sticked from Yorkshire at the young age of 18, Jade found herself in England’s beating capital, London. Here, she garnered a huge success in her creative designs and contemporary retro looks that she’s now transitioned into her music.
With a very clear message, Jade tells us ‘the music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth’.
The single itself begins with an electro-dance beat conjuring up scenes of 90’s raves and the odd 80’s disco. However, not satisfied with being rooted in one place, her vocals quickly transport us to a different era altogether.
Situated in a contemporary jazz, swing style, Jade‘s lyrics are refreshing to hear in this modern era of mumble rap and repetitive pop songs. Her impressively strong voice is wonderful to listen to. The effortlessness in which she sings shows listeners that she’s more than your average vocalist.
The inspirations from her heroes like Etta James, Grace Jones and Lauren Hill are clear throughout. Although, I’d say there’s a touch of Lady Gaga in her vocals and a unique sense of theatrics midway through.
You can tell she oozes confidence in the quality of this song. She takes centre stage and doesn’t give it up for anyone or anything. While the music is crucial, Jade is clearly the star here.
Give ‘Hey Babe’ a listen now by going over to Jade Moss’ Spotify below!
Cementing himself into the UK electro-pop, Leif Coffield is turning heads with his stunning new single ‘Say My Name’.
The track follows a heavy storyline, touching on being suppressed in relationships, with a yearning to break free and rediscover yourself. Deep stuff ay?
The artist is making sure he doesn’t fall into the category of everyone else in the modern music scene by making each track as unique as he can:
“I try in each of my songs for them to have one unique element, or one distinguishing factor that sounds out of the ordinary and that separates it from the norm. I take a lot of inspiration from artists that endeavour to break the mould and refrain from operating within the confines of the mainstream; artists like Flume, FINNEAS, Kanye West, Bon Iver, who push the boundaries of the creative process.“
The track itself takes on the aforementioned dark tone. The heavy drum beat accompanying is enough to tell you this isn’t going to be ray of sunshine.
All the way through, Leif is constantly developing the track, adding layers and stripping it back. It’s clear to see from this alone that he’s more than just your average young artist.
The lyrics are incredibly thought-provoking, hammering home the meaning of the single. To add to the darkness, the drawl in which he sings makes you feel the emotions he’s expressing, a really nice touch.
However, the chorus picks up the mood a little by adding more gusto to proceedings. His soft voice offsets the dark beat we’ve become so familiar with, again, showing us his ability to create more than just a one-layered pop track.
By constantly changing how he presents his message, we get a real sense of his originality and individual style, making me even more excited to see what else he’s got up his sleeve.
I can’t lie, ‘Say My Name’ is incredibly morose, but the song itself is a huge success. The beat and Leif‘s voice work excellently together, making it a joy to listen to.
‘Say My Name’ is out now so go give it a listen on Spotify to appreciate for yourself how good this track is.