Charlie Ashcroft

Charlie Ashcroft


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Charlie Ashcroft

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Music Manager at BT and Presenter at Amazing Radio.
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I'm currently working at BT, in charge of curating their music TV content. I also host a weekly new music showcase on Amazing Radio, focused on discovering the best new and unsigned talent. I worked in radio for over ten years before joining BT and also have experience in radio production, music scheduling and programming. I speak French and Italian and I'm based in London. In my spare time I also write for Record Collector Magazine and run an indie clubnight called Somebody Told Me. I also curate my own Fresh Finds playlist on Spotify, with close to 10,000 followers.
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music supervision, radio, music industry, live shows, music promotion, music videos, radio host, live events, music writing / blogging, music journalism, radio hosting, music television, radio programming
Interests
indie rock, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, music, pop, alternative rock, startups, pop culture, tv
Location
United Kingdom

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Angela Sclafani submitted media.

Edge Of Seventeen by Angela Sclafani

Charlie Ashcroft

This does justice to an already excellent song - showcasing Angela’s brilliant vocals and some wonderful contemporary production. I’ve made a note to include the cover in my Fresh Finds playlist on Spotify after the release of the EP.

Incendiary Sweet submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

It’s so great to be sent the instrumental version of this. The various “builds” and crescendos stand out considerably, and you feel it could work well as the soundtrack to a video game or podcast if it were licensed in the right way. Keep up the good work Victoria! I’ll keep an ear out for any possible sync opportunities for this song. 

Sahana Naresh submitted media.

Milky hands by Sahana Naresh

Charlie Ashcroft

An excellent track with a heartwarming video. I loved it! A beautiful message, all in all. If you can upload it to the Amazing Radio website (amazingradio.com) I’d be thrilled to play it on my show. I’ll also make sure I give it some support on my regular Spotify playlist as well.

Incendiary Sweet submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

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Charlie Ashcroft

Instrumentally I think this is excellent - I love the guitar tone and really appreciate how the track builds as the chorus lands each time. I must confess I haven’t quite warmed to the vocals. It’d be great to hear some of your work with other vocalists. There are certain stations here in the UK where this could be picked up though - BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music could be likely destinations. I could always recommend a few radio pluggers and publicists if you have some budget to play with for a radio campaign over here. I’m sure there are some members of the Amazing Radio teams in the UK and the US who might spin it on their shows as well - it’d be worth uploading to amazingradio.us to see how the track would garner some extra momentum there.

Incendiary Sweet submitted media.

Disaffected Scrolling Thru by Incendiary Sweet

Charlie Ashcroft

Great song with a big chorus! Would sound great on the radio and definitely has some sync potential. It’d definitely be worth uploading to Amazing Radio to see if any of the presenters there would be keen to feature on their shows. If you’re looking for a UK-based radio campaign I can also recommend a few radio pluggers. 

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

Thanks for sending this to me! The record is a rich mix of dream-like reflections and self-aware folk pop. It’s great to hear light and shade being navigated with such ease and such skill. Fans of other contemporary storytellers like Courtney Barnett and Burkini Beach may find something to enjoy! In terms of radio coverage over here in the UK, if you’re aiming for a suitable station like BBC 6Music or BBC Radio 2 as an international artist (am I right in thinking you’re based in Canada?), then it might be worth investing in a UK-based radio plugger, specially if you have a bit of budget. I can always recommend a few names if you need. I can also recommend the station Amazing Radio (where I present a weekly show) - you can upload your tracks to amazingradio.com, or amazingradio.us, for presenters on both sides of the Atlantic to consider for their shows. 

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Hide away ( love song) by Tiphanie Doucet

Charlie Ashcroft

An excellent slice of bilingual dream pop, which I think could transfer well to the likes of 6Music and Amazing Radio over here in the UK. The production is excellent. If you’re aiming for 6Music as an international artist, it might be worth investing in a UK-based radio plugger if you have a bit of budget. I can always recommend a few names if you need. If not, I can play you on my Amazing Radio show (please upload to amazingradio.com when you can, or when the track is finished) and I can start spreading the word from there. If you’re looking for labels, I can also potentially recommend a few...

Great to have you back! And congrats again on your fantastic recent releases too.

Casey Conner submitted media.

Bow Down by In Heat

Charlie Ashcroft

Well done on producing a pulsating slice of punk infused energy! Great track. In terms of radio opportunities over here in the UK, it’d be worth approaching the likes of Alex Baker (regular presenter on Kerrang Radio) and Jack Saunders (new music presenter on the BBC, primarily on Radio 1). It’d also be worth getting in touch with Alyx Holcombe - her show Alyx Plays Punk has a decent following over here too.

Jill Scott submitted media.

Mint Green (Radio Edit) by Andrew Shapiro

Charlie Ashcroft

A compelling neo-classical piano composition, which I enjoyed a lot! I’ll certainly be checking out some more of Shapiro’s work when I get the chance to do a bit of digging, through what sounds like an impressive back catalogue. In terms of where to pitch it from a radio perspective here in the UK, there are probably a handful of outlets, namely BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and also Scala Radio, which launched on digital radio here a couple of years back and is providing a great source of support for music within this genre. I’ll also pass the track over to my colleagues over at BT Sport and see if they’ve any interest in using it for any sync opportunities or on-air coverage. Thanks for sending it my way!
 

Michael Schwartz submitted media.

The Tale by Picture Me

Charlie Ashcroft

Had a couple of listens to this and it’s a well-produced slice of melodic indie pop, reminding me of classic bands like Sebadoh and 3 Colours Red. In terms of where to pitch it, here in the UK I think there are 3 realistic targets - namely Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 (or via his producer, Fuzz Chaudhrey), John Kennedy on Radio X and also Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio.  

Henry Alexander submitted media.

Tell The Future by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

Decent slice of soulful pop, with some excellent production and a catchy chorus! It’d be worth aligning with a sync agency like Music Gateway to see whether it can be pitched for some TV spots, as this is the kind of commercially minded contemporary pop which is always in demand. In terms of radio I’d also aim for stations like BBC Radio 2 (potentially on the evening schedule with presenters like Jo Whiley, where there’s a focus on newer artists and newer music) and Heart, who’ve recently started feature a few more examples of emerging talent alongside their more established artists. 

Carmine Stoppiello submitted media.

Vacant Winds by Creeptones

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a fantastic piece of sweeping electropop, reminding me of artists like Mass Gothic and MGMT. In terms of where to pitch it for some UK exposure, I’d recommend getting in touch with the likes of John Kennedy at Radio X and She’ll Zenner on XS Manchester and Amazing Radio. It might also be worth getting a radio plugger like Olli Dutton or Josh Scarratt involved for a UK radio campaign, such is the strength of their BBC contacts and their experience in working releases in this genre. I’ll also definitely add it to my Spotify Fresh Finds playlist once it’s been released in February.

Enzo Palermo submitted media.

Lyra, Dear by E.G. Palermo

Charlie Ashcroft

This feels like a long-lost orchestral folk gem! Love the production and the wonderful harmonies. I remember playing Code Pie on my show on Amazing Radio a long time ago, so it’s nice to be presented with some solo material from Enzo!

From a UK perspective, in terms of where else to pitch the song to, I’d suggest John Kennedy for his X-Posure show on Radio X, and Baylen Leonard over at Country Hits.

Federico Ferrandina submitted media.

Noirabesque by Federico Ferrandina

Charlie Ashcroft

A great piece of ambient electronica with strong neo-classical overtones. Have you thought about approaching BBC Radio 3 and Scala Radio over here in the UK about this? It’d fit in well on both. I’ll also make a note to myself to add it to my Spotify Fresh Finds playlist once it’s been released on streaming services.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

An well-directed and well-produced video, with Tiphanie taking centre stage as a genuine star. Some brilliant visuals here, and an engaging video narrative thread to complement the song. I’ll make sure that I feature the track on my next Fresh Finds playlist, and will have a think about opportunities for the video to spread to a wider audience. Initial thoughts would be to submit to sites like The Line of Best Fit, The Most Radicalist, Acid Stag and Clash, who have a great track record in hosting video premieres by emerging artists. 

Anubis submitted media.

Blue Throat by Anu]bis

Charlie Ashcroft

Like this! Very cinematic and plenty to enjoy. I appreciated the changes of pace and the various production textures. Loads of interesting influences. Are you UK-based? It’d certainly be worth reaching out to your local BBC Introducing presenters and see if they’ve got room for this track in the coming weeks. Stations like Amazing Radio, Soho Radio, NTS and Hoxton Radio would also be worth targeting for some further exposure. Good luck with it all.

Henry Alexander submitted media.

Crush by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

Great song structure and production - I wasn’t blown away by the opening few seconds but was immediately converted by the chorus, which is fantastic. I feel like over here in the UK it could find a home on radio stations like XS Manchester and Cumbernauld FM, and if you’ve got any links to a local BBC station then it’d definitely be with uploading to BBC Introducing. I’d also gladly give it a feature on my weekly Fresh Finds playlist on Spotify - make sure you submit it via my Music Gateway link here:

http://musicgateway.com/external/riGOeut5?4I0om=iG88b0sk

Thanks!

Charlie 

Alan Dreezer submitted media.

Any Way I Can by Alan Dreezer

Charlie Ashcroft

A genuinely impressive track, which, while isn’t really to my personal taste, feels like a lost late 80s / early 90s gem from the archive! I really like the production, and I warmed to the vocals on 2nd listen, after not immediately connecting to them first time around. In terms of making headway in the UK market, I’d recommend hiring a radio plugger line Dylan White, and if there’s a video or TV campaign to be lined up for this track, perhaps a TV plugger like Joggs Canfield or Stuart Kenning. I’d also endorse the idea of signing up to a sync or licensing agency like Sentric or Music Gateway to see if there’s any scope to place the track in some further influential outlets! Wishing you all the best.

StanLei submitted media.

Wild Womxn by StanLei

Charlie Ashcroft

An impressive record with a powerful message and lots of interesting influences. I love how it flits between different styles without being jarring; it feels like it has genuine sense of cohesion and a true artistic vision. It’d certainly be worth reaching out to your local BBC Introducing presenters (in Bristol, I believe?) and see if they’ve got room for this track in the weeks ahead. Even if you’re based in France, they might still be keen to feature you! Stations like Amazing Radio, Soho Radio and Hoxton Radio would also be worth targeting for some exposure further afield. Away from radio, it might be worth joining a sync / district / licensing agency like Sentric to see if Wild Womxn has the potential to be placed somewhere that would increase your profile further. They’re excellent at representing artists and could be a useful source of support and inspiration. Good luck with it all, looking forward to hearing the album next year!

Henry Alexander submitted media.

In My Shoes (official) by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

Good song! Strong riffs and a bluesy spirit. From a radio perspective here in the UK, I’d recommend sending it to Gary Crowley at BBC Radio London, Alex Baker at Kerrang, John Kennedy at Radio X, and Baylen Leonard on Country Hits. I’d also recommend signing to a UK sync agency like Music Gateway and Sentric, to give the track some well deserved sync opportunities.  

Sukh Krishan submitted media.

Nightingale by Sukh

Charlie Ashcroft

This is excellent! A poignant encapsulation of the situation NHS staff have found themselves in over the past few months. Musically it has a timeless feel to it. Excellent songwriting. I’d target presenters like John Kennedy at Radio X and Chris Hawkins at 6Music. It’d also be worth signing up with an agency like Music Gateway or Sentric for the sake of wider distribution and possible sync opportunities.

Ka'Ron Glenn submitted media.

Double S by St3vi2 HOE

Charlie Ashcroft

Great track. Really effective sample for the song’s backbone, combined with a confident lyrical delivery. In the UK it’d be worth targeting radio stations like 1Xtra. Capital Xtra and Kiss. I’d also recommend signing up to a big sync agency like Music Gateway or Sentric, to see if they can assist with getting the song placed on TV or film. It’s the kind of song that could work really well in some sports coverage! 

Brad Urba submitted media.

Rise Up by Brad Urba

Charlie Ashcroft

A solid surefire anthem for NOW. Big riffs, strong sentiment and a catchy chorus. Good work all round! In terms of next steps promotion-wise, I’d recommend reaching out to people like Alex Baker at Kerrang Radio, and Daniel P Carter at the BBC. It could also garner press support from the likes of Noizze and Some Might Say zine. I’d also recommend signing up to Music Gateway if you’re looking for a UK sync agency!

Kota Wade submitted media.

Golden by Future Moons

Charlie Ashcroft

I really like the production on this track. The atmosphere complements Kota Wade’s voice really well. There’s a great build-up to the chorus, and a dreamy peak within the chorus itself. It also makes me want to go and listen to the full EP! In terms of where to target from a UK promotion point of view, it could go down well on radio stations like BBC 6Music and XS Manchester. Let me know if you’re looking for recommendations for radio pluggers over here in the UK.

Jay Bonaparte submitted media.

Lost Cause by PARAGⴲN CAUSE

Charlie Ashcroft

A euphoric slice of indie electropop that got me “right in the feels”. Good track! I’d recommend uploading the song to Amazing Radio (amazingradio.us) if you can, and if you’re looking for a UK-based sync agency, it’d be worth signing up to a company like Music Gateway or Sentric Music. I’ll aim to support the track on my blog and Spotify playlist too!

Henry Alexander submitted media.

Trouble Maker by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

I like the song, it has lots of influences which hark back to the noughties, with lots of synths and a catchy chorus. Some great indie pop hooks in the mix! In terms of the video and the best channels for exposure in the UK, I’d recommend approaching a student video channel like SubTV and the BoxPlus network as well. In terms of online coverage, I’d target people like Little Indie Blogs and the Line of Best Fit.

Kota Wade submitted media.

Entangled by Future Moons

Charlie Ashcroft

This song has an intriguing lyrical hook, some excellent production and a suitably wintry feel to it. The vocals are superb! In terms of where to pitch for UK radio, I’d suggest BBC Radio 2 and also a couple of the Bauer stations like Magic or Magic Chilled. It might also be worth joining the directories of some sync agencies over here too, like A&G and Audio Network, to see if the track can gain some sync traction too. It’s certainly worthy of a wider audience! Thanks for sending it my way.

Wilson Getchell submitted media.

Cold Black Ink by Thirsty Curses

Charlie Ashcroft

What an earworm! Thanks for sharing it with me. It comes across as a real melting pot of influences, which should work in your favour when it comes to wider coverage. 

The various genre tags you could label yourself with on platforms like Spotify would hopefully increase your chances on getting onto one if their curated playlists. 

If you’re on Bandcamp, it’d also be worth a message on their HQ to see if you can be featured by their team, or on any of their landing page editorial. I know from experience that they like to feature independent artists who experiment with lots of different styles and genres! So they’d be worth a shot too.

In terms of UK profile, it’d be worth targeting some stations Who pride themselves in terms of how they support new music, like Hoxton Radio, Soho Radio, Amazing Radio and XS Manchester. 

Heavy, yet melodic, this track could be a great gateway to your work for people who haven’t heard you before. You also sound like the kind of band who is love to see live!

Tropico Don submitted media.

Orion's Belt by Tropico Don

Charlie Ashcroft

A well-structured slice of electro pop, with some great vocals. At first I thought the drums were a bit jarring when they came in, but by the end you realise the percussion actually complements the rest of the song’s instrumentation really well and is all part of the song’s build. It’d be worth uploading this to Amazing Radio’s site, amazingtunes.com For airplay consideration, as well as the uploader for for BBC Introducing show if you’re based in the U.K., to get on the radar for your local station! 

The visuals are probably a bit simple for consideration for any music channels, but obviously act as a great visualiser for YouTube. 

Crawford Mack submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

It’s a suitably atmospheric, autumnal acoustic folk record, with some distinctive vocals and a lovely set of string arrangements. 

Distribution-wise, The Orchard and Sentric are both good places to explore. From a social angle, I find companies like Burstimo are well-placed to advise on strategy and campaigns. With my radio hat on, it’d be worth contacting Jim Gellatly via his Amazing Radio show, to see if there’d be scope for some local radio support.

Matt Como submitted media.

Shooting Star (Lyric Video) by Como Brothers

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a good piece of soulful, funk-tinged pop. Very upbeat and characterised by great vocals and a tight rhythm section. I can definitely envisage it being played on some more commercially-minded radio stations and potentially finding its way onto the sync industry radar. With my TV ‘hat’ on, regarding the lyric video itself, I’d say it’s a pretty engaging visual. There are a few frames where the colour of the lyrics clashes slightly with the the action in the background - perhaps a case of there being too much going on when a certain lyrical hook is also being displayed. Overall though, the artistic visual design complements the lyrical content well, and as I say, makes for an engaging watch.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

In dreams ...( You and I ) by Tiphanie Doucet

Charlie Ashcroft

Another great song from Tiphanie, with heart-warming vocals and further proof of some rich, cinematic production. This song has a real lift in the latter stages too, after a patient build, rewarding the listener for time spent with it. I feel that a site like syncrmusic.com would be a good bet for this track, not only to open up to some possible sync opportunities, but also some label avenues - I t’s a strong enough record to put Tiphanie on a few radars. Overall, a fine progression from her Under The Sun album, released on streaming services last year, and a great benchmark for future material she sends our way!

Useless Cities submitted media.

How To Feel by Useless Cities

Charlie Ashcroft

I love the hazy nostalgia of this track - the forlorn intro has a measured precision to it though, and feels like it would make an impact on daytime Amazing Radio or evening 6Music. I feel that with the right London gigs to showcase them (given their recent portfolio of great songs), they can gain  locally  I’m thinking Old Blue Last, The Victoria, and maybe Camden Assembly? It’d also be worth getting on Benumu’s radar if not already! Best promoters / bookers for upcoming bands out there at the mo.

Honey Beard submitted media.

Reverie by Honey Beard

Charlie Ashcroft

Such a rich, sweeping shoegaze-tinged slice of electronic pop. Vocals draw you in and the production is very cinematic. If looking to push further, I’d recommend a company like Popfiction, who represent and promote this type of music very well indeed.

Michael Soiseth submitted media.

WRONG WAY by RAYGUN CARVER

Charlie Ashcroft

This strikes me a decent, film-soundtrack-ready record, something of a slow-burner. The vocals are well-delivered and the production is spot on. It wouldn’t usually be 100% what I’d gravitate towards genre-wise, but I can appreciate the work that’s been put together here, in the form of an enjoyable, 6-minute Americana-tinged opus.

From a UK perspective I’d see no harm in approaching Folk Radio, or Maz from Communion for his Radio X show about this, both are usually pretty approachable on Twitter and other social channels from a plugging perspective.

Maiah Wynne submitted media.

Sleep by Maiah Wynne

Charlie Ashcroft

A beautiful record, which builds wonderfully as it progresses. There’s a subtle intensity which gradually grabs hold of you as you listen more closely! This is the kind of song which could go down well on late night BBC stations’ schedules, or even on the myriad of chilled end Spotify playlists. I’d recommend Maiah’s work for fans of Marissa Nadler, Daughter and Haley Heynderickx.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Under My Sun by Tiphanie Doucet

Charlie Ashcroft

Tiphanie has a beautiful voice and it shines through on this wonderfully-arranged record. It makes me want to check out the full album! In terms of where to pitch it over here in the UK, I can see this going down well with a handful of presenters on Radio 2 (Bob Harris, Jo Whiley to name but two) as well as Maz Tappuni’s show on Radio X.

Fetherstone submitted media.

All You Need To Be (Brew Remix) by Music by Fetherstone, Brew. Video design by Studio B

Charlie Ashcroft

A hypnotic and wonderfully innovative video. Perfect visuals for a song like this. The song itself builds very nicely, and I can see it going down well on certain overnight BBC Radio 1 slots or even in certain corners of BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. The production is bold, and illustrates a cinematic quality, reminding me at points of the incidental soundtracking on shows like How To Get Away With Murder, which Photek scored so well.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

Another great track from Kaptur, whose heady mix of industrial riffs, post-punk energy and commercial-radio-friendly melodies continues to impress. The song is a superb testament to Kaptur’s progress. As for the lyric video, it could work in the late night slots on the slightly leftfield alternative Music TV channels. When submitting the video to those channels though, it might be worth having a Harding-safe version ready. Flashing images can often prohibit music directors from being able to use certain videos, but they can be toned down in a Harding-safe version without losing the quality of the original visuals.

Joe Dexter submitted media.

Unconditional by Joe Dexter

Charlie Ashcroft

I found my attention span wandering elsewhere to begin with, the song reeled me back in with a memorable, catchy chorus. On second listen, it confirms itself as a very well-crafted pop-rock track which should see Joe Dexter bring his sound to a wider audience, perhaps via the medium of sync or commercial radio. Definitely an artist to keep an eye out for.

Arman Asadsangabi submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

A heavy, soulful beast of a song, which doesn’t overstay its welcome and yet still manages to make a strong impression. Great voice from a singer whose delivery could belong to any era, be it 70s glam, 90s grunge or contemporary stadium rock. As for where the track could go, UK-wise it’d be a comfortable fit on Planet Rock or Kerrang, or possibly the more specialist shows on Radio X and Absolute. You should upload it to amazingtunes.com for airplay on Amazing Radio too! I’d also recommend hooking up with a TV plugger to unlock some sync opportunities, as the song sounds like it could soundtrack anything from a high-octane sports montage to the intro to a TV series.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

This song has so much going on, that you’re genuinely not expecting it to be as heavy as it is. Kaptur have come up with something infectious and vital, putting a modern, innovative twist on something whose bare bones vaguely resemble a melodic 90s grunge jam. Radio-wise I can see this being a winner on evening specialist slots and Student Radio daytime, while the video might go down well on stations like SubTV and online platforms like Clash, God Is In The TV and Louder Than War.

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Drag The Cause Down by The Vegas Nerves

Charlie Ashcroft

A timeless song with a rather affecting quality. Some intriguing lyrical content and an overarching sense of drama throughout. From a video perspective, I found the switch, from the protagonist close-up to the bulbs and street scenes, a little bit sudden and forced, but the visuals were pretty compelling for the duration. In the UK, the video could well be pitched to stations like SubTV and online outlets like Clash and Line of Best Fit

Sophie Debattista submitted media.

Bloodline (mp3) by S.O.S

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a great open slice of well-produced electronic pop. Decent song structure too - I think the chorus gets that well-deserved lift which you're anticipating. It also strikes me as the kind of track which lend itself well to being performed as an acoustic version and some remixes - were they to be released consecutively afterwards, this would help the song's longevity and increase some traction on various streaming services. Whilst also showing off the artist's range and creativity!

Gavin McLaughlin submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

A real summer-tinged shot of adrenaline for me - when it's starts off you think it's going be quite a laid-back affair, but the giddy loop of that main riff reverberates around your brain after the first listen. An intriguing video too!

Dree Paterson submitted media.

Rebel Soul by Dree Mon

Charlie Ashcroft

Great vocals here, alongside some really tight production, giving this a credible, commercial feel. It's one of those songs which rewards repeated listens and could well go down a storm on both the radio and club circuit. It's also a track which feels like it's been around for ages, such is its authenticity.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Charlie Ashcroft

This is an ambitious record with plenty of twists and turns. It builds into an experimental beast! I couldn't connect to all the lyrics particularly, but that didn't seem to matter a whole great deal in the grand scheme of things. My favourite moment was around 1:20, when the cinematic, urgent riffs kick in good and proper. I felt the industrial-esque outro may have been a fraction too long, but I applaud the process of trying something different in any case.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a beautiful cover and automatically becomes an excellent slice of heartfelt, slow-burning indie rock. Love the production and it feels like it could lend itself to a film soundtrack. The vocals are really strong too - I'll be keeping an eye / ear out for some original music from Kaptur in the future.