Song of the Day: Another Life – Polartropica

POLARTROPICA is the music endeavor of Los Angeles based, dreamy space-pop artist, Ihui (eeway) Cherise Wu. Born in Taiwan yet raised in California, Wu has created a fantastical dreamland, successfully combining quirky pop melodies, futuristic synths and classical string arrangements, resulting in a genre of ethereal fantasy dream rock that’s truly on another level.

Her single ‘Another Life’, narrates karmic love and the feeling experienced when meeting someone for the first time, delivered in gliding honey-dipped vocals over laid back beats. ‘Another Life’ is taken from her debut album, ‘Dreams Come True’ which, perfectly encapsulates Polartropica’s entire ethos, creating a soundtrack to her very own magical intergalactic space.

Check out the dreamy video for ‘Another Life’ below…

EP Review: Time I Got Goin’ – House Above The Sun

Five-piece act, HOUSE ABOVE THE SUN‘s latest EP, ‘Time I Got Goin,’ carries on their neat theme of upbeat, feather light indie folk/rock/Americana from their 2017 EP, ‘Five Hours North’ (featured through intro single ‘Trains’ and ‘Time I Got Goin) but with a hint of bluesy country soul.

‘Small Town’ and ‘Footsteps’ are probably the best pieces that showcase their new-found sound, where an indie rock/folk combo serves as the perfect backdrop for the twang of that county soul.

In addition to their take on alternative folk/rock music, a retro/grunge-esque fusion presents itself through ‘The Bitter Life of Little Tony Starfish’ which gives the production a hazy and slight sparky feel.

It’s a real delight to see these South Londoners back on track with a range of genres – that I never expected – to their already established sound.

Check out ‘Time I Got Goin’ below…

Must Listens: Trains, Footsteps

Album Review: Romance – The Gloomies

THE GLOOMIES‘ latest album ‘Romance’ immediately welcomes nostalgic vibes from the eighties, glazed with a hazy layer which somewhat gives off a futuristic sound.

Comprising of ten tracks, ‘Romance’ encompasses a ray of genres, including indie rock/shoe glaze, lo-fo pop, a brief injection of funky soul (featured in fourth offering, ‘LOOPS’) and concludes with a bop rock (ish) piece through ‘It’s OK’, still obtaining that sound from the decade that provided great music (with the exception of the last track, ‘It’s OK’) along with the strong presence of the hypnotic soundscapes.

Since the release of their  dreamy/mesmerizing single ‘Space’ last November – which is included on this album – I was eagerly waiting for the duo to dish out an album…and finally, here it is! Believe me on this one, it’s definitely worth the wait.

So without further ado, listen to ‘Romance’ below:

Must Listens: Palms, Loops, Tiger, Vampire, Space

New Release: Superhero – Wullae Wright

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WULLAE WRIGHT’s  latest effort, Superhero is now available on Bandcamp. The single is the second release from his album The Orange Line. 

The chillingly-smooth and heart-tugging single is about the effects cancer has on the sufferer and loved ones. Released through Macaroni Penguin Music Record Label, Superhero is very personal to the Scottish indie rocker as he lost both grandparents to the disease.  All sales of the single will go to Scottish Cancer Charity.

So go ahead and listen to Superhero and support a great song with a great cause. Enjoy!

To read the review on The Orange Line (hailed the Rock Album of 2014 by NEW LEASE MUSIC) head right here.

Album review: Year 0 – Atlum Schema

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It took two and a half years for Andy Mort aka ATLUM SCHEMA to mould and perfect his latest album Year 0…and it must have been worth the ride as the 10-track production didn’t fail to disappoint.

Released last month, Year 0 boasts the purest melodies in which the Leamington-based smooth rocker’s simple and crisp vocals perfectly delivers the story of loss, the frailty of the human body and potential strength of the human spirit.

Initially an acoustic production, Year 0 I grew into  an atmospheric and ambient affair with slight burst of electronic sounds, a combination that bodes well for a great listening on those lazy days or a relaxing evening.

Have a listen to Year 0

The Must Listens:  Nobody Will Find Us,  Empire of the Soul, Bottom Line, The Box, Traveller