Hello, music worshippers! Set out for an auditory exploration into the serene streams of Acoustic, the soul-stirring avenues of R&B, and the enchanting trails of Folk.
In our music review article, “Auditory Odyssey: Diving into Acoustic, R&B and Folk Waves,” we highlight refreshing new releases, intriguing independent artists, and a melodious curated playlist.
We begin our odyssey in the calm culture of Acoustic, uncovering artists who carve harmonious landscapes with raw emotion and minimal instrumentation. We then traverse through the vibrant R&B scene, immersed in a music style known for its emotive vocals and smooth rhythms. Moving further, we celebrate folk musicians entwining the charm of rustic tunes with modern narratives.
Exciting, isn’t it? Check it out, join these remarkable artists on their Spotify journey, and indulge your senses in our thoughtfully curated playlist. Let “Auditory Odyssey” lead the way to the melodies that you were always meant to discover!
1) MAGGOT HOUSE – How to Talk to Extraterrestrials
Born from an intoxicating allegiance to legends like The Misfits and The Spits, alongside an unrestrained obsession with 80’s horror flicks, emerges MAGGOT HOUSE. This one-man force from the heart of Brooklyn, United States, has carefully constructed his signature sound – a cocktail of punk, garage rock, and skater rock – with a side serving of DIY ethos.
Trading in conventionality for consistency, Broose Young the mastermind behind MAGGOT HOUSE emits distinctive vibes across the board. Indeed, he delivers a graspable low-budget punk persona that sets any listener’s ears blazing. His latest 10-track album, “How to Talk to Extraterrestrials”, carries significant punk rock undertones spiked with noise-rock elements. Never has there been a quote more befitting to praise the album – “a soaring representation of US-based punk-rock culture in its rawest form.”
To taste this brilliant track of hardcore, garage, and indie rock infused with male vocals, visit his website and listen to the playlist that punctuates the true essence of alternative rock. Like and follow MAGGOT HOUSE on Spotify to tune in to the undeniable allure of their unmistakable noise and punk vibes. Don’t miss the opportunity to delve deep into this hard rock sensation.
2) GLENNA JANE – Playing Dead
Hidden within the vibrant US-based culture of music, you’ll discover Glenna Jane, a Brooklyn-based independent artist, gifting us with an extraordinary blend of retro rock and indie rock. Her single, “Playing Dead”, is a formidable clash of resounding riffs and contorted drones that tiptoes between light and darkness. Drawing on the grunge-infused sound of the late ’90s and early ’00s, the track is intensely raw yet carries a familiar comfort, exuding a nostalgic narrative. It’s a marvel, a banger, and it unmistakably conveys her childhood pathos, forcing listeners into an unexpected intimacy.
Admirers of renowned artists from the same genre like Alanis Morissette or The Cranberries will find Glenna Jane’s voice hauntingly alluring. Her super edgy lyrics are personal and profound, creating a soul-narrative reprieve from mainstream rock-pop. Embellished with enchanting and super catchy melodies, it distances herself from the sweetness of her debut single, “Late Bloomer”. A listener highlighted the female vocals, stating, “The pure vulnerability in her voice is a testament to her truth, a captivating echo, amplifying the age of 90’s rock.”
It seems Glenna Jane has truly matured in her sound, orchestrating a glorious commotion of alternative rock with producer Taro Hyodo, and top-notch engineers Daniel Neiman and Gabi Grella—all of which transcends in “Playing Dead”. Do yourself a favour and visit her website, check out this exquisite track on Spotify and explore our playlist.
Engage with her progressive journey, and be sure to follow Glenna Jane. She effortlessly plays with contrasting tones, creating a universal hymn for the misunderstood—pioneering a unique, unforgettable brand of singer-songwriter genius.
3) HERDS – Just the rain
The vibrant, indie rock sounds of Nottingham’s own HERDS in their latest single, ‘Just the rain’, echo the emotional undertones of famed artists like Mumford and Sons and Arctic Monkeys. This piece gives a sterling introduction to the upcoming album, which is only their second endeavour, and is a striking testament to their talent, “Just the Rain is a poignant, powerful anthem!”.
Breathing a new life into acoustic rock, the classic sound is integrated with the well-rounded qualities of indie pop and retro guitar rock pop. The melodies are further intensified by the exceptional male vocals and an anthemic presence originating from their profound link to the UK-based culture.
More than just a listen, HERDS beckons you to experience synth indie rock anew. Make sure you don’t miss out on their journey, have a look at their website, follow them on Spotify, and listen to their energising track on our playlist.
4) HEAVY ON THE HEART. – Catch Me If I Fall
Hailing from Long Island in the United States, the captivating sound from HEAVY ON THE HEART‘s new single “Catch Me If I Fall” has been making waves in the alternative rock scene. With an anthemic and nostalgic feel, the band expertly uses female and male vocals to create a fresh and powerful sound that is reminiscent of legendary punk rock bands like Green Day and Fall Out Boy. One can’t help but get lost in the incredibly catchy chorus that late-night radio show host John Hill described as “a banger that hits you right in the feels.”
Emo-pop rock fans will appreciate the raw emotion and classic sound presented by HEAVY ON THE HEART. Their combination of indie melodic pop rock hooks with a punk edge makes “Catch Me If I Fall” an unforgettable track that sticks with you long after you hear it. This US-based culture phenomenon is further illustrated by similarities to Imagine Dragons, yet maintaining their originality.
I highly suggest you check out this super catchy indie rock gem for yourself. Visit HEAVY ON THE HEART’s website and follow the artist on Spotify to stay up-to-date with their latest releases. Don’t forget to like and listen to our playlist featuring “Catch Me If I Fall” as well as other incredible pop-punk tunes that will have you rocking out in no time.
5) JAMES & PAUL – Dead or Alive
Vibrating with the classic sound of indie rock, the UK-based duo, JAMES & PAUL, offer to the music canvas a refreshing and vibrant colour of their own. Hailing from Morpeth, United Kingdom, they have created a unique cocktail of rock pop with the release of their latest single, “Dead or Alive”. Reminiscent of the stellar works of famous artists in the genre, their composition holds a certain rawness that is irresistibly catchy.
The classic rock tone running through the song is beautifully infused with a lively upbeat feel, while James’ harmonies weave a captivating soundscape. They have truly created a piece that’s thrillingly energetic and melodically pleasing. “Dead or Alive” is a bronze-polished gem of indie melodic pop rock, one that perfectly shows the essence of UK-based culture. Some listeners said, “Their music is the sound of thunderous joy!”, they couldn’t describe it any better.
So, what’s the holdup? Do not just take our words but experience the ecstasy of their male vocals with a sweet raw edge. Visit their YouTube channel, follow JAMES & PAUL on Spotify to savour their music, including their latest single, “Dead or Alive”, and join the movement by liking and listening to their playlist. It’s time for this diamond in the rough to shine, just as it rightfully deserves to.