VAULTRY – Eulogy

After 30 seconds of the opening title track, I knew I would like this band. After hearing the heartbreaking background to this album I both loved and respected them. They have broken the mould of modern melodic alt-rock with their full-length album, Eulogy. An ode to a fallen friend, the record serves as a heartbreaking reflection on extreme loss and the grief that follows.

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I Never Loved Before I Found You – Front Porch Step

Front Porch Step is back, with an album full of pain and apologies. His new album ‘I Never Loved Before I Found You’ is a definite move from the sound from his previous album; rather than his voice accompanied by a guitar we get a new, fuller sound. Every song on this album has a different message, all of them originating from pain, loss and hurt. I absolutely loved Aware (his previous album) because of the acoustic vibes and honest lyrics, which focused on break ups, cheating and the loss of his grandmother. It seems that Jake McElfresh has continued with this raw, honesty on this brilliant album.

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Mansionz – Mansionz

This unique and crazily wild album has uprooted the music world. Mansionz is the musical project of Blackbear and Mike Posner and sees them collaborate with many other artists. This album is a sincere mismatch of heartfelt self criticism and lyrics that will leave you questioning everything. Importantly, it’s an album that finds its way to your heart no matter what music you enjoy.

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Blackbear – Digital Druglord

‘Digital Druglord’ has been a highly anticipated album from the independent artist Blackbear. With his side project of mansionz releasing their first album, Blackbear has been pretty busy in the music industry recently and all the hard work has seemed to pay off. Although, a lot of the album is similar to previous songs of his, there is still an evolution in this album where you hear things a little different to what you might expect.

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Imminence – This Is Goodbye

I’ve been following this band closely since the release of their first single for this impressive album. This album has been on repeat since its release a few weeks ago. With this album, Imminence present a mature band, refining their rock sound and combining it with electronic sounds and folk undertones. ‘This Is Goodbye’ is my favourite album of this year so far, if you haven’t heard it then you’re missing out.

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Palisades – Palisades

Palisades’ self-titled album is a promising gift to the world of alternative rock. Seamlessly blending aspects from all styles of music, this album jumps from the electronic style that Palisades have come to be associated with, to heavy rock similar to Bring Me The Horizon, to pop-rock that is not unlike All Time Low. The album showcases everything this band has to offer – and it is a lot.

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Fiction Act – Everywhere

London alt-rock band Everywhere recently released their second EP ‘Fiction Act’ following the success of their acclaimed track ‘Some Other Dude’. This EP saw them travelling to Stockholm, Los Angeles and London to work with various producers, including American hit-maker Mark Needham (The 1975, The Killers). ‘Fiction Act’ is an EP that fits beautifully into the sound of the Alt charts at the moment and I loved every second of it.

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Twenty One Pilots and Mutemath reimagine songs with TOPxMM

Two of my favourite bands got together in the studio; Twenty One Pilots teamed up with Mutemath to release 5 remixed songs. Mutemath provided support on the Emotional Roadshow Tour and have joined them again to create an awesome little EP of remixed songs. This blew me away. Check out the video from Reel Bear Media below and go download the songs for free.

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former self – Old Notes

‘former self’ desperately cries for your attention, and once taking it turns you inside out and upside down. Old Notes, a three-piece emo rock band from California, only formed in April 2016 and a few months later produced this stunning album. With an album that beautifully weaves together elements of emo, ambient rock and pop-punk, it is definitely worth a listen.

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Intertwined – dodie

Youtuber Dodie Clark has recently released her debut EP ‘Intertwined’, featuring some well-loved classics from her channel as well as a few new tunes. I hadn’t heard Dodie Clark’s music before University, where my friend wouldn’t stop playing her. I have fallen in love with these soft, intimate songs and highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of ‘Intertwined’.

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