SONGS WE LOVED! 26-29 February 2024

A round-up of the MOST unique, creative, and exciting song releases spotted by our radars!

Featuring Matney, Sarah King, Fran Ashcroft, Streets To Ourselves, Autogramm, Sirius Voltage, Sun Atoms, Spearside, The Montvales, and James Clarke Five

By Chris RoditisMusicngear Lead Editor

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Matney - All Fired Up

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Matney's latest single All Fired Up serves as the fiery introduction to his upcoming album, blending elements of blues, funk, hard rock, and heavy metal into a potent sonic concoction that is sure to ignite your rock spirit with unbridled energy.

Michael Matney's vocals, fiery and commanding, channel the rich history of southern rock and draw inspiration from his rural Virginia upbringing. Matney infuses the single with echoes of his personal journey, from overcoming addiction to finding solace and redemption through music and faith, aiming to connect with those facing similar battles and illuminate the path to redemption. 

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Sarah King - Pretty Things

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Sarah King's latest release Pretty Things, offers a tantalizing glimpse into her upcoming album When It All Goes Down, set to drop on March 29th.

A fusion of classic rock 'n' roll, Southern soul, true country, and primal folk blues, King's vocals, utterly immersive, find a perfect home in this mysterious murder ballad's evocative dark lyricism, creating an otherworldly soundscape that draws you into its eerie depths and beckons you to willingly lose yourself in its haunting allure.

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Fran Ashcroft - Waiting for the Britpop Revival

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Waiting for the Britpop Revival from Fran Ashcroft's sophomore album The Songs That Never Were, is a time-defying journey, where the UK producer ingeniously constructs a musical bridge spanning five decades, describing it as a collaboration with his past self. 

The vintage allure of the song is heightened as he intertwines elements from different eras, creating a harmonious blend that feels both nostalgic and fresh.

Ashcroft's innovative use of broken tape recorders and AI technology, adds a novel twist to the song, where nostalgic charm blends flawlessly with contemporary creativity, offering us a soul-stirring experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional time and sound.

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Streets To Ourselves - Crash

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Crash by Streets To Ourselves is a lightning bolt of punk energy, channeling the frenzy of life's unpredictable ride.

With a rhythm that races like a runaway train, Daniel Peachy's soaring vocals ride atop fiery guitar lines and thunderous drums, creating a sonic storm that captures the intensity of nostalgia and longing for simpler times. 

A relentless pop-punk sonic punch that will leave you breathless!

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Autogramm - Diana

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In Autogramm's Diana, the synthesizers become a time-traveling device, whisking us away to the neon-lit landscapes of 80s synth-pop. The rhythmic heartbeat of the track unfolds as a secret rendezvous between vintage drum machines, creating a distinct tick-tack allure that harkens back to the era's electronic mystique. The motorik basslines emerge as the driving force, propelling the music forward with a relentless energy, akin to a futuristic locomotive racing through time.

Within this sonic landscape, Autogramm blends melancholic vocals and scorching guitars, conjuring an electrifying ambiance that evokes the darker undertones of the era. Diana isn't merely a song; it's a kaleidoscopic journey, an artful blend of retro and contemporary, skillfully crafted to immerse us in the pulsating rhythms and emotive textures of a bygone musical era.

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Sirius Voltage - For Your Dreams

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Sirius Voltage emerges as a thunderous force from the North American and Scandinavian underground rock scenes, and their latest single, For Your Dreams, is a sonic explosion that epitomizes their rebellious spirit.

With unbridled energy and soaring vocals, Sirius Voltage pay homage to their musical roots while infusing a unique and electrifying flair. The instrumentals are a visceral journey, a cascade of sonic intensity that perfectly complements the ferocious vocals, making For Your Dreams a relentless burst of rock authenticity.

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Sun Atoms - Ceiling Tiles

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Ceiling Tiles is a sonic escapade into a surreal world, where postmodern rock meets ethereal melodies.

Taken from alternative pop/postmodern rock outfit Sun Atoms' upcoming sophomore album set to drop in late spring, Ceiling Tiles unfolds a dystopian narrative with haunting vocals over a riveting bassline, exploring a dreamy world where characters live under a fake sky, manipulated to seem like the stars are aligning.

A thought-provoking anthem that raises questions about reality, illusion, and the pursuit of truth in a world filled with uncertainty and deception.

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Spearside - Passion Merchant

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Spearside are making a fierce comeback with their latest single, Passion Merchant. Hailing from Ireland, the band's electrifying sound took shape in their home studio, with the instrumental section being born out of improvised jams during live gigs.

In the nearly six-minute track, a lethal cocktail of earth-shattering bass, hypnotic guitar lines and fervid vocals converge to create an adventurous sonic ride, that is sure to get your adrenaline flowing!

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The Montvales - Through The Night

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Through The Night from The Montvales' Born Strangers LP, is an acoustic-driven folk storytelling masterclass with Sally Buice and Molly Rochelson delivering a riveting vocal performance, as they navigate the scary transition between life phases.

The banjo and guitar dance in flawless harmony, intertwining perfectly with the vocals, as they paint a canvas of the duo's past life, with a daringly fresh brush. Do yourself a favor and listen to the full album, here.

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James Clarke Five - Ghost

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Ghost, from James Clarke Five's upcoming album Zoom and The Gadflies set to drop on March 15, delicately navigates bittersweet reflections on childhood and the passage of time, transporting you to a nostalgic reverie. 

In this atmospheric offering, James Hughes, the indie rock artist behind this solo project, unveils a melodious soundscape driven by eerie harpsichord melodies over a backdrop of gentle yet evocative vocals, drawing inspiration from film soundtracks and vintage TV themes, infusing the song with cinematic ambiance.

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About Chris Roditis

Chris Roditis has been an active musician since 1995 in various bands and projects across a variety of genres ranging from acoustic, electronic to nu metal, british rock and trip hop. He has extensive experience as a mixing engineer and producer and has built recording studios for most of the projects he has been involved with. His passion for music steered his entrepreneurial skills into founding MusicNGear in 2012.

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