Artist: U.N. Jefferson
Soulful and uplifting big-band goodness, “Testify” is a raucous fun time wrapped into a stage-filling romp. Powerful brass lines, gang harmonies, ear-wormy bridges and choruses, and an overall tone of unrelenting joy and hope makes for a memorable single that is equal parts catchy and energetic.
Song: “Let Go”
Despite its name, “Let Go” is not a tune to lose yourself to. Unhinged noise rock with a sharp cynical edge and chock full of thrashing drums, fuzzy power chords, and a droning high end, Matches drags acid rock kicking and screaming into the emotive future with this single.
Artist: Marble Arch
Song: “I’m On My Way”
Album/EP: Children of the Slump
Bright and washed out indie pop colliding head-on with shoegazey rock, “I’m On My Way” is a beautiful mess of layered pleasantness. Jangly guitars and delicate vocals intertwine amidst a dull roar of distorted drums and bass, ebbing and flowing as the track progresses and grows. The worn-out nostalgia aesthetic of the video is very well-suited.
Insistent power pop with a gothic, forlorn streak one would expect from a Finnish release at the turning of the seasons, “Turn” surprises with its dark yet danceable musings. Epic operatic vocals, imposing guitars, even the odd synthesizer line or three craft this single into a unique and creative offering. Don’t know whether to mosh or dance? With this tune, Memoremains asks, ‘why not both?’
Seductive and sultry pop, “Nirvana” is a coy and catchy single from Sweden’s Pawl. Percussive bass, subtle brass horn hits, layered vocals, and an overall organic mood open up some vulnerability in the production, creating a catchy yet down-to-earth listening experience.