Julien Baker – ”Faith Healer” Towards the air the emotion goes, and yet another emotive ballad from the talented Julien Baker hits the atmosphere with true diligence. The singer/songwriter from Tennessee blends acoustic flair and her elegant vocals to create another masterful effort, which could be her most complete track. Her 2018 album Turn Out The Lights was a beautiful medley of soothing but heartrending songs, which would fit perfectly as soundtracks for those movies where love crashes and imperfection prevails. She is absolutely a creative force, binding well-structured songs. And on” Faith Healer,” her new contribution, the whimsical songstress plays her guitar free and vocalizes lyrics that hit hard but convey some needed hope.
As Everything Unfolds – ”Hiding From Myself” Mighty and evocative, loud and astute, “Hiding By Myself: by As Everything Unfolds takes the genre they inhabit to a finer level. The track blooms as a brooding monster with screams instilled deeply by singer Charlie Rolfe. She has great range, her vocal work is supreme here, and the guitar work is brazen. Throughout this stellar piece of post-hardcore, the band focuses on quality song-writing over under-baked lyricism. Few acts in this scene know how to create atmosphere and textured music, but As Everything Unfolds is on the road to prominence.
Immerse – ”23/19” Screams pound the page and the walls surrounding Immerse, a band from the UK. Their track “23/19” is a full-bodied attack on the senses, bridging the gap in the post-hardcore sector. From the beginning, the song empowers with grating guitars and powerful vocals. It isn’t safe by any stretch, as the band has incorporated poetic strands and empathy. A relatively new act on the block, this track confirms that they’re in the ascendancy. And an outpouring of emotion glazes “23/19,” making it a trusty chord for the believers.
Red City Radio – ”100,000 Candles” Like a ballad of sorts and a departure from their normal route, Red City Radio is a punk band forcefully pulling at the feebleness that this world has become accustomed to. “Why is the world on fire?” sings vocalist Garret Dale. He’s wondering, like so many people, when peace will peak. It is also a song generating truth in a loud, unapologetic way, never succumbing to clichés or rhetoric styles. Not a track breaking boundaries, it delivers lyrics and meaty sounds brilliantly, delivering a link to the band’s world.
While She Sleeps – ”The Sleep Society” Heavy in its delivery, The Sleep Society doesn’t take any prisoners. A track boundless in energy and rasping vocals from frontman Lawrence Taylor, it interweaves and interlocks with chaos in a wonderful, almost enchanting manner. This isn’t stab at their musical prowess, but a compliment. And since their start While She Sleeps have blown away their competitors, in a field where many bands fight for a genuine place. Inside the track there’s intensity and rhythm, and it is a step up musically. This escalation only adds to their influence on the scene, one which could be perceived as being saturated. Rough around the edges, the song also sparks fury and debates.