Posts byScott Carlito

Ethan Gold Stuns With “Our Love Is Beautiful”

Set to a pulsating rhythm that neither pushes us nor drags behind the melodies divvied out by our leading man, the latest single from Ethan Gold, “Our Love is Beautiful,” just might be the greatest testament to his multidimensional songwriting skill so far. Where past efforts from Gold have dabbled in everything from post-punk to
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Psycho Village Drop “Unstoppable” New Single

Featuring a structured sway that starts to feel more like a hurricane than a simple rock harmony set to a solid beat, “Unstoppable” isn’t your average sonic bruiser. The latest release from Psycho Village doesn’t ride a purely-synthetic rhythm into the sunset; if anything, it scoffs in the face of such childish nonsense with its
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Nuke the Soup Release Bohemian Single/Video

Nuke the Soup’s mildly bohemian “Oceans and Mountains” doesn’t waste our time with a lot of fanciful frills; instead, this track gets right down to the business of plying us with one decadent melody after another. The harmonies that form here are relatively smoky compared to some of the similarly-stylized content I’ve seen attempting to
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Tris McCall is “The Unmapped Man”

“If you leave behind the splendor of the quarter clientele / For the flats where all the houses look alike / I could wander here for hours / ‘til the levees start to swell / But I won’t put any fingers in the dike” we’re told by a superbly poetic Tris McCall in the opening
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Toronto Tabla Ensemble Brings You “Unexpected Guests”

If you’re looking for a diverse underground, you needn’t search any further than Canada’s vast collection of indie scenes, the best of which are producing incredible new content like the latest album from Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Unexpected Guests. As its title would imply – and the video for its namesake cut will outright show you – Unexpected
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Reverse Mechanic has his “Head in the Clouds”

Devoid of a heavy overdrive and relatively crisp comparative to the other string play I’ve listened to this season, the fretwork in Reverse Mechanic’s “Head in the Clouds” might not be the most evocative element in the single/video combo, but it’s an irreplaceable cornerstone of the track all the same. Reverse Mechanic is intent on
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Become A “Midnight Cowboy” With Antherius

In a confident glide, the beautiful textures amalgamate to form the first thirty seconds of Antherius’ “Midnight Cowboy,” out this spring in both music video and single form. In the video, we look out upon a surreal, near-empty New York City, the ghostly imagery reflecting the awakening melodies rather perfectly. We’re no more than a
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R U IN, The Latest Album From The Acclaimed Heartour

R U IN, the latest album from the acclaimed Heartour, comes to us as polished as any indie synth-rock record should. There are varnished beats in “As Far As We Go,” acrylic bass textures to behold in “The Persuadable One” and light shades of psychedelic decadence in “Bubbling.” Jason Young’s voice sparkles with an anti-artificial
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Ilyah Drops An Influential New Track/Music Video

Pop music has evolved in some amazing ways over the past decade. The start of the 2010s brought about a new wave of experimental attitudes, and subsequently, a litany of new influencers who could lead the genre in a new direction. Shifting away from the plasticized loop stylizations that led the 2000’s pop generation to
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The Dead Daisies Drop New Single/Video

Oozing out of the speakers in a wild flood of distortion, we’re immediately swept away by monstrous riffs upon hitting the play button on “Unspoken.” In this latest release from superstar heavy-hitters The Dead Daisies, flexing some six-string muscle is the top priority, while fitting into the mainstream boxes set forth by critics is at
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Find “Nirvana” In New Tainted Black Single

Slowly rising from the shadows of silence on the back of a profoundly evocative guitar melody, Tainted Black’s “Nirvana” seeps through our speakers oozing emotion and inelegant tone. It’s rough around the edges and proud of it; every beat of the ensuing drum pattern springing back into place in an almost defeated fashion, unable to
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Howlin’ Whale Proves You Can Live “Many Lives”

“I’ve been a prisoner, now I am free” announces Howlin’ Whale around the 2:12 mark of her new single/video combo “Many Lives,” her vocal echoing the catharsis of her statement excellently. “Many Lives,” whether enjoyed as a music video or simply as the latest song from Howlin’ Whale, showcases poetry from an eclectic pop singer
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Hot Shot Kixxx Release Single/Video “Tadpoles”

There’s arguably never been a more diverse era in the history of rock music than the one we’re living in now. For evidence supporting this statement, listeners needn’t look any further than the new music video for Hot Shot Kixxx’s single “Tadpoles,” currently available everywhere indie music is sold and streamed. Bursting at the seams
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“Smile” At AV Super Sunshine’s New Single

Gazing out across the southern California desert lands, the music video for AV Super Sunshine’s “Smile” begins in as surreal as style as the song itself does, inviting us into AV’s world from a behind the scenes angle presented both as unfiltered and entirely cinematic at the same time. We’re watching a music video come
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Dendrons Release “Forgiver”

There’s a line in the song “Forgiver” from the alt-rock band Dendrons that says “consumes”. For many, the act of forgiving and wanting forgiveness can be a relentless need. Filling every thought, every action, Dendrons’ newest release is a choreographed wall of sound that protects the vulnerability of forgiving. It’s a rock/punk-laced track that eliminates
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SoloS’ Release A Self-Titled, 2020 EP

Jagged sonic edges meet soft, fragile melodies head-on in the romantic chaos that is “Chains of Heart.” The chain-reaction of energetic beats started by this song doesn’t end when “Ghostwriter” begins to play; in fact, it only grows stronger. Melodic colors dance and make merry as though trapped inside of some kind of audiological kaleidoscope
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People Years Release Debut Album, Animalism

People Years’ debut album Animalism opens with a chilling beat that quickly finds a cushy sonic melodicism to accompany its cathartic groove in “Recognizable Animal,” and while this first cut in its ten-song tracklist is indeed one of the most exciting that listeners can count on hearing, it doesn’t cast a tall shadow over the songs that
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Head Fake Releases Video For “I’m Found”

While it takes a little bit longer than most songs of its kind would in finding the right swing for its steps, the rhythm driving home Head Fake’s “I’m Found” is darkly seductive and arguably as mood-setting as any of the adjacent melodies in the track and its companion music video are. While the video
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“Dig In Deep” To Latest From Sun & Flesh

Scantily-clad women desperate for that famed rock n’ roll touch. Maggot-infested, rotting meat juxtaposed with eviscerated human bodies undoing themselves from the inside out. A mad priest, foaming at the mouth with a grin that alludes to pleasure of the sinful variety. This is the music video for “Dig in Deep,” the all-new single from
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“Soar” With New Single From Michael Pinder

Initially delivered in an acoustic strum as inviting as it is optimistic in tone before switching gears to an electrified swagger complementary of our singer’s vibrant lead vocal, the guitar parts in Michael Pinder’s “Soar” are certainly one of the song and music video’s most endearing qualities, but they’re not necessarily the star of this
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Whiskerman Releases New Album, “Kingdom Illusion”

Led by a chilling violin-powered harmony that will hang over every note that the song will contain, “Be Real” is guaranteed to fill your stereo with a cerebral evocativeness unlike any other you’ll hear this season – outside of the other seven songs featured on Whiskerman’s latest album, Kingdom Illusion, that is. “Be Real” is a
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BLXPLTN Releases New Single/Video

Surrealism has been influencing music far beyond the realm of avant-garde artists in recent years, and in the music video from BLXPLTN for “Zzeerro (Dying for You to Get Rich),” their latest single, the aesthetic has an undisputedly profound effect over every element we see and hear. “Zzeerro (Dying for You to Get Rich)” delivers
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Climb “The Mountain” With Bruce Sudano

A simple melody comes flowing from the speakers as one playful image after another rolls across the screen before us in the new music video for the single from Bruce Sudano “The Mountain,” but as spellbinding and genuinely inspiring as this unaggressive translation of vibrant harmonies into stirring visualizations is, it’s the guitar-laden music in
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Luis Mojica Shows Us “How A Stranger Is Made”

In a gentle caress, a piano ushers us into the glow of “Invoked,” its keys intimately introducing us to the instrumental framework of what will become one of the more memorable tracks on How a Stranger Is Made, the latest release from New Yorker Luis Mojica. This song features a brittle but breathtaking vocal harmony framed
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Luis Mojica Tells Us ‘How a Stranger Is Made’

In a gentle caress, a piano ushers us into the glow of “Invoked,” its keys intimately introducing us to the instrumental framework of what will become one of the more memorable tracks on How a Stranger Is Made, the latest release from New Yorker Luis Mojica. This song features a brittle but breathtaking vocal harmony framed
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Silvermouse Brings The Craziness To ‘Earthadelik’

Though it is almost entirely synthetic in nature and design, there’s nothing inorganic about the chills that the harmony in “Little Ratty,” one of the ten songs found on Silvermouse’s Earthadelik LP, induces whenever listeners decide to give it a spin. In this track, as well as in the guitar-laden “Dream Valley,” surreal “Spores in My Dermis”
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White Owl Red Shines In “Afterglow”

In the misty shadow of a vibrant twang, “I Walk the Line (For You)” begins to unfold before us in what first feels like slow-motion, only to find its gallop less than thirty seconds into it’s roughly five-minute running time. The chills this track induces on the spot are admittedly just as memorable as those
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Kodacrome Expands Minds With ‘The Banff Sessions’

Piano keys, a supple vocal, a mild percussive accent, faint strings, synths and bellowing melodic underpinnings guide us into the strangely hypnotic harmony of “Catherine,” one of the five songs occupying the tracklist of Kodacrome’s new album, The Banff Sessions, but the deeper we get into the composition, the more it begins to feel as though
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Greg Hoy & The Boys Are Back!

Greg Hoy & The Boys are back this season with a new video for their single “Green,” and despite steering clear of self-indulgences that would have dated their sound to another era in the history of rock n’ roll, they nevertheless manage to turn in a celebration of alternative rock’s best excesses here (as few
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