Single Reviews: 3 July 2022: Ultraflex, Foreign Television, Public Circuit, BADVRIL, Gemma Rogers

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Ultraflex - Mi Vuoi 

Uplifting trance

Ultraflex are an enigmatic trance duo from Germany, and their recent single "Mi Vuoi" is a deep and hypnotic fusion of ambient pop, jazz, and EDM. This track is teeming with skill and talent; from the changing rhythms and ace production to the enchanting vocals and sultry sax, it is serviceable for even the most stationary of travels. 


Foreign Television - Unglued

indie rock 

Welsh multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Francis Allen, AKA Foreign Television, mixes Midwest emo with soulful singing on his recent single "Unglued". This track is taken from an upcoming album due this September, and judging from this track, you will want to mark your calender. Allen's sentimental guitar pop isn't cringy but charming, and this soothing song offers some guilt-free good vibes. 

Public Circuit - Only In My Dreams

post punk

NY post-punker Ethan Biamont, AKA Public Circuit, delivers a swirling blast of arpeggiated synths, frantic drum machines, and cerebral melodies to create something akin to Suicide, but with a sound more drawn from 8-bit culture. At two minutes and eleven seconds, it's a short track, but it's not possible to listen only once, so consider it more like six minutes and thirty-three seconds. From the upcoming EP "A New Idol".

BADVRIL - Tall Sam

indie rock

BADVRIL is an artist from California, and his recent track, "Tall Sam", has a warm sweetness that feels like eating fresh oranges as the sun goes down over the ocean. Home-recorded rock tunes almost always result in an unpleasing muddy mid-fi, but here BADVRIL capitalizes on the warmth of his bedroom to create a soft indie-rock track characterized by hushed vocals, cool playing, and a dynamic song structure that rises from low-light indie to more epic proportions.

alternative pop punk

On "Stop", Londonite Gemma Rogers utilizes acoustic guitars, minimal percussion, and theatrical vocals to create an idiosyncratic tirade on the pitfalls of our modern tech-obsessed lives. Devices have become like appendages in the modern age, and as Rogers knows, "They know more about you than your very best mate" and take over every aspect of our personal lives. But Gemma Rogers has a solution to technology's spiritual degradation: "Stop". Easier said than done, perhaps. The single generously provides an interesting remix by Helen Love and an instrumental version for you karaoke fans, and though the instrumental version is missing Roger's leading charisma, it's certainly able to get you to stop and listen.