Review: Marcelyn – Monstrous Experience.

Marcelyn, release their new album this week, Monstrous Existence Originally the solo project of classically-trained singer Marcelyn Lebovitz, the now-trio delivers ‘indie rock weirdness on a silver platter with a side of smooth vocals, audacious bass playing, and groovy beats’ and that is definitely the case on their new album. You can give a listen to ‘Quarantine Song’ from the album now here

A band that certainly has a firm grasp of melodies, this band never fail to deliver fantastic grooves and cool beats that work together to create great things. ‘Set It On Fire’ is a great example of that combination and makes you have to move to it, this followed by the rumbunctious melodies of ‘I Smell Like Experience’ which has some incredible beats – the drums making an impact, which combined with the vocal work working with the melodies, makes for an incredible sound. 

The vocals throughout are extraordinary. Up front but used as another layer in the melodies the vocals are incredible no matter how they are used on this record. ‘Number A’ and ‘The Show Is Over’ show this, the first highlighting the softer tones layering incredibly together to make for an amazing sound. However in contrast the raw, powerful edge of Marcelyn’s voice on ‘Sled Ted’ is incredible and delivers a powerful message on the track and makes for such a fierce song on this album. 

An album that highlights every facet of this band’s talent for melodies and vocals, Monstrous Experience is well worth listening to see just how this band use every talent to create brilliant but haunting in parts sounds that you need a moment for to take in. 

Review: Winter Gardens – Tapestry.

Tapestry-Front copy.pngWinter Gardens this week release their debut EP, Tapestry through their own label Austerity Records. A beautiful record that brings elements of Dream Pop and Shoegaze this band for me when I heard about them, I had to hear and I had to share. You can give a listen to ‘Tapestry’ now via YouTube here.

The melodies are really captivating. Melodies that spiral in combination with subtle drumwork make for an excellent introduction to the sound of this band and certainly pull you in from the start, the title track ‘Tapestry’ really making it clear the talent this band have. The melodic quality continues on tracks such as ‘Laminar Flow Pt. 1’ where that talent for creating incredible sounds continues to be made clear.

Ananda Howard’s vocals throughout this record is truly ethereal. Highlighted on intro track Tapestry, they harmonise with the sound being created throughout, the lyricism powerful with the strong melodies that have been created. However I really feel its accentuated on closing track ‘Wonders Bleak’ where the incredible melodies partner with her vocals in an incredible way and it makes for dramatic listening.

A beautiful record that delivers unique and ethereal sounds, Tapestry certainly makes for a dreamy listen that takes you to a whole new space and time. If you want something to take you somewhere else, this is the record for you.



Review: Wilmette – Self Titled.

This week sees the release of the new EP from Wilmette via Mutant League Records. Made with Seth Henderson, whose worked with the likes of Knuckle Puck and Real Friends, this band certainly have the talent to create something great and on their new self – titled they certainly do. You can stream ‘Alchemy’ via YouTube now here.

Coming in to this record with an impact the size of a meteorite strike, this band certainly really bring it on every song. ‘Adderall’ is a huge song with powerful drums with perfect timing and riffs that build this song into something more, with bouncy energy that pushes this song to a whole new level. This track followed by ‘Too Close to Closure’ highlight this band’s talent for powerful melodies that just hit you full force in every moment of the record.
To match the intensity of the melodies, the band deliver incredible vocals and screaming tones that you would expect from Hardcore. Raw, brutal vocals combined with a good singing vocal that makes for a great combination – tracks such as ‘Adderall’ are great examples of this with a big chorus that delivers on this song but also on tracks such as ‘Alchemy’ where the band deliver one of the highlights on this record.

A fantastic EP, Wilmette really come through on their self titled with powerful melodies that work with the combination vocals brilliantly throughout the whole record. Definitely check out ‘Alchemy’ and ‘Adderall’ you’ll regret not doing so.

Review: The Neptunes – Mermaid A Go Go.

After a long break, this week sees the return of The Neptunas. Releasing ‘Mermaid A Go-Go’ on Friday via Altered State Of Reverb, the band have worked with With Daddy-O Grande from Los Straitjackets to make a record that is just such a fabulous listen from beginning to end. You can give a listen to some of the band’s work now through Youtube here.

It’s very hard to ignore, in fact impossible to ignore just how groovy this record is. Packed with bops from beginning to end, this band use guitars with such genius throughout this record allowing for every song to be something you move along to no matter where you are, for me, my kitchen table. In there with the guitars are fantastic drum beats that keep incredible beats that entwine through these tracks and make you forget your job is meant to be writing a review.

Great instrumental pieces abound, but where this band deliver vocals, they deliver infectious choruses and catchy hooks. ‘Secrets Of The Sea’ and ‘Shark Tooth Necklace’ are great examples of this as the band may keep it simple lyrically in moments, but really deliver songs that live no one is going to be able to stop themselves getting involved with.

Fun, funky and groovy for every minute of it, The Neptunas make a record that is light and brilliant in every second – these songs are definitely going on my playlists when release day comes, there’s no way you can’t like this record as this band deliver sea-themed rock tunes to incredible melodies.

(I also really like their mermaid themed wardrobe, those dresses are cool!).

Review: Movements – No Good Left To Give.

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This week sees the release of the new album from Movements via Fearless Records. ‘No Good Left To Give’ sees the pop punk band, push their sound to a whole new level and standard as they bring us a record that is packed with storytelling that makes this record something personal and melodies that compliment that perfectly proving that Movements is an apt name for this band as they continue to create one. You can give a listen to ‘Tunnel Vision’ here

Masters of melodies, Movements make this abundantly clear as soon as the record begins. Guitars that sweep through the darker tones of the record, this band together create sounds that compliment the lyricism and feeling of the record so well. ‘In My Blood’ opens the album and shows what this band can do and they follow through with the rest of the album – smart tones and incredible melodies build together to make an album that just hits you with the emotion packed into it. 

Patrick Miranda on this record. How on every song he makes you feel how he feels through the powers of his vocals and the strength of the lyricism, is quite frankly unheard of. Not that this record doesn’t have infectious choruses and hooks. ‘Don’t Give Up Your Ghost’ has that huge chorus that live one day is going to sounds incredible but the power of this record dominates throughout and makes for a listen that leaves you reeling and also wanting to go through it again –  just listen to a track like ‘Garden Eyes’ to see all this in action. 

A phenomenal record from start to finish, this band are ambitious and driven, and ‘No Good Left To Give’ is proof of it. Raw and intense from beginning to end, Movements here once again prove their prowess. 

Review: TULIP – High Strangeness.

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Recently releasing their new album ‘High Strangeness’, TULIP on their new album create something that weaves and works together throughout. This female fronted Symphonic Groove Metal band have on their new album blended together a collection of songs that highlight their talent for atmospheric but heavy sounds. You can listen to the album now through Brave Words here

This band’s vocalist is a powerhouse. A voice that projects with full power on every song, TULIP here lead with force. Incredible high notes that weave into the melodies on such songs as ‘Deep State’ and raw and aggressive on others such as ‘Transfiguration’, this band truly use that powerful vocal perfectly throughout this album and in combination with this band’s high standard with melodies it makes for a partnership that works throughout this record.

This album is certainly reminiscent of the genre, but that doesn’t stop it being a thunderous sound. Awesome riffs that pack a punch throughout and drums that ramp up these songs to another level, TULIP are not a band without its magic when it comes to creating a sound so big, you need a stadium to hold it all in. This is especially clear on tracks such as ‘The Inner Light’ which starts light but crunches down into a track with awesome melodies and huge drums that makes for such a great listen on this record. 

A powerful album that makes clear what this band can do, TULIP are a band hard to ignore. 

Review: The Wants – Container.

FriThe Wants - Container album packshot.jpgday sees the release of the new album from The Wants, ‘Container’ which is released via Council Records. A band formed of members of Bodega, a band that is a class of their own, The Wants show a lot of that same promise and it’s well worth hearing. ‘Fear My Society’ from the album can be heard here.

The band on this record really do bring a sound that is unique to them. Beats that seem other-worldly and melodies that push sound to another dimension, The Wants on this record certainly know what they’re doing. Tracks such as ‘Fear My Society’ have a cool groove and a huge beat that come together to make for an excellent track and that combination seems to become a norm throughout this record. 

With these incredible melodies we have angsty and raw vocals that keep up with such ease. For instance, the excellent ‘Ape Trap’ is packed with a simple hook which is delivered brilliantly here and ‘Clearly A Crisis’ is powerful and gently delivered with a harsh riff that makes for such a highlight on this record. This band bring together such powerful songs here, with lyricism that delves into the human psyche with such sophistication. 

An always interesting record to listen to, ‘Container’ from the beginning to the end flows melodically and delivers biting and powerful lyrics that keep you hooked on this record. The Wants here really push the edges of Techno, Pop and Alternative to make something incredible to listen to. 

 

Review: Johanna Glaza – Exile.

 

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Johanna Glaza, Friday, released her new album ‘Exile’ and what an album it is. Beautifully delivered throughout this album is a collection of harmonies and melodies that ensnare throughout these seven songs, Exile truly is worthy of giving a listen to as soon as you can – these thirty minutes might be some of your favourites of 2020.

Using her vocal as a stunning instrument from the beginning of the record, Glaza gives you vibes of musicians such as Kate Bush with stunning notes and high hitting vocals that leave an incredible impression. Throughout the album Glaza pushes her boundaries melodically and keeps using her vocal to explore different styles and it sounds so good, especially on tracks such as ‘Dear Life’.

Dramatic beats and moments of intriguing synth weave together and make for such fascinating listening. Tracks such ‘Isabella’ for example bringing eery melodies and dark moments to the record that conflict with the intriguing and unique beats of ‘Dear Life’, the song before. Ominous beats combined with the haunting lyricism makes for a track that just grabs you from the moment it begins, the vocals delivering such drama to the song too and make for one of the most interesting things I’ve heard so far this year.

An intriguing record melodically and vocally, Exile is an incredible record which continues to highlight the talents of this formidable writer throughout. Tracks such as ‘King’s Alive’ are soft, light and beautiful and ‘Dear Life’ brings to your ears incredible sounds and a vocal range that you have to hear. Go listen.

Review: Civil Villains – Snake Oil EP.

‘SCV-EP-SNAKE-OIL-COVERART.jpgnake Oil’ is the new EP from Civil Villains, which is released this week. For fans of acts such as At The Drive In or Modest Mouse, Civil Villiains have some great comparisons and some great music too – with thoughtful lyricism and melodies that deliver some excellent DIY tones. Give a listen to ‘Dead Still’ now here.

Gritty and determined, Civil Villains bring intense melodies and beats that bring a tension to a song that is unmatched. Songs such as ‘Gargoyles’ are incredible as the band add a depth to the track with guitars that build something huge and add an air of mystery to the song that just work so damn well. This band continue to bring it throughout this record, having such perfect timing throughout – exploding in sound to perfection, see ‘Dead Still’ for proof.

The vocals pack a punch throughout, ‘Dead Still’ is a good example of this too and the chorus is delivered with a ferocity that just takes your breath away, the verses delivered with a raw edge that works so well with the bouncy melody the band create. ‘Siren Bound’ takes down the pace and adds a touch of gloom to end the record with and end it with perfection.

Snake Oil sees this band deliver on everything. Vocals that are brutal but brilliant, melodies that kick you in the face and grooves that just work, this is a band you should not be ignoring any time soon.

Review: Whippoorwill – The Nature Of Storms.

Whipporwill_TheNatureOfStorms_CoverArt (1).jpgWhippoorwill this week sees the release of their new album, ‘The Nature Of Storms’. The album focuses on the idea of weathering the storms of life, whether in one’s personal affairs, politics, or natural disasters delivered with stunning folk melodies. Give a listen to ‘California’ from the album through Spotify now here.

A band with a finesse for sound, the band here create fantastic melodies that delve into that folk sound to perfection. ‘Eventide’ is a great example of this as the band give us beautiful guitar melodies and a subtle drum beat that just works so well with the gorgeous tones delivered by the vocals. The tone changes on tracks such as ‘Cold Sound’ where the band build something dramatic and give us a a deeper, rich tone that works so well.

The feeling in these tracks is immense. ‘Great Lakes’ is rich in melodies, but allows the writing to shine so brightly. Emotive writing that fills the song with such powerful imagery, the hurt weaves into this song with such aplomb throughout and just makes for such a lyrical highlight on this album, that personal feeling highlighted on a song like this.  ‘Martindale’ lifts the tempo of the record but connects lyrically with the last to perfection and the vocal adlibs work so well adding so much more to this track.

A great debut that sees this band’s fantastic lyricism come to the fore and melodies that sees these lyrics given their time, Whippoorwill are a band to look out for, if simple, folk melodies with a voice that hits you with feeling, is your thing (and it should be) this is what you need in your life.