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Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Here is your next dose of standout tunes I have received recently and added to my playlists.

Parlour Suns - T-shirt

Parlour Suns are a Plymouth based Indie Pop Rock band, that bring fierce energy and riffs galore in their latest single 'T-shirt'. The track kicks off straight away with a dense and full sound with those chiming guitar lines, that is reminiscent of Catfish and the Bottlemen. The verses feel much more atmospheric, allowing the song to breathe and build, to let the strong lyricism to do the talking. The chorus is again where the song explodes into life and really shines with a euphoric joy that you can imagine working perfectly in huge arenas one day. The vocal harmonies here really grab your ear too and pull you in closer to really connect with the transcendent themes in the lyrics.

Slow Pass - White Knuckles

White Knuckles is the lead single on Slow Pass's latest EP, 'High Pass'. This track really sets that tone for the rest of the EP with it's incredibly melodic sound. The song has a really steady driving feel to it that is decorated with some great bass fills that remind you of John McVie from Fleetwood Mac. The song also incorporates atmospheric synths in a 'Future Islands' kind of manner. You can really imagine having this song blaring out of the speakers on a long car journey, feeling the wind in your hair and sun on your face. The rest of the EP continues on this theme of strong melodies combined with steady driving rhythms and some brilliant instrumental decoration in between. Well worth a listen!

Galaxy Shores - Sphallolalia

'Sphallolalia' is as psychedelic as the title suggests. With it's soaring, swirling synths and reverbed vocals, the track initially reminds you straight away of Tame Impala. However, you do get the sense that there is a bit more grit here at play with the occasional fuzzy guitar solo and melodic basslines, really complementing each other. All the different sounds at play, really elevate the vocal melodies perfectly to give you a real buzz, a sugar rush of serotonin when those melodies hit you, and knock you back to lie down and enjoy this journey down psychedelia.

Coastal Town - The A Plus

This song hits you straight away with it's unconventional time signature that you don't hear too often now in this 4/4 dominated musical landscape. This captures your attention straight away as a listener. The lyrical themes here are all school and studying related which compliments that quirky time signature in a math rock style. However the general sound is much lighter than that aforementioned genre, with a much more of a happy-go-lucky aesthetic. The song then breaks down just over half way through with a new section coming in followed by a half-time final chorus that slowly builds back to the original tempo, once again showing off the bands interesting use of timings - concluding a really interesting journey.

Elison - Meet me Halfway

Iowan Marissa Kephart says this release has been 20 years in the making, and it wasn't until the global pandemic that she was afforded the time and headspace to finally release some music. She came together with multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Yoshimura to form the group Elison. What has been produced is a fusion of varying musical influences from the likes of Cat Power and My Bloody Valentine to name a few. However, they have managed to fuse the sounds of their influences into an entirely unique offering that provides a joyous singalong chorus to accompany the steady, driving feel of the verses. It has an atmospheric, immersive feel about it that allows you to really enter the headspace of Marissa and not just hear the lyrics, but feel them too. A really strong debut release.

Atem S - Lift Off

'Lift Off' kicks off straight away with an incredibly cool sounding, sleek, groove. With it's funky bass, four to the flour drums and clever use of auto tune, it reminds you of early Daft Punk. However, this feels more cinematic and more focused on the actual songwriting beneath all these swirling electronic sounds. It certainly isn't lacking in hooks either with the main hook of the song being incredibly catchy and it is the definition of an earworm. The song quickly grinds to a halt at around the 2:30 minute mark, which leaves you gagging for more of that groovey bassline and hooky vocal melodies, meaning you'll no doubt be going straight back for a repeat listen!

There we have the latest roundup of new tracks I have come across and wanted to share recently! Please do check out the tracks and share the love for these unsigned artists featured, and check out the playlists I have featured them on here:

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