Category: Reviews

GO WOLF – Talk To You

GO WOLF - Talk To You

Shimmering, glossy and radiant are some of the first words which burst in to my mind from listening to Go Wolf’s ‘Talk To You’. The song is smooth electro-pop at its best, not holding back the drum machines or the cool lavishing sounds of wistful synths. Endearing yet charming the simplicity of the lyrics “Can [...]

THE WET SECRETS – Nightlife

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To review The Wet Secrets’ track, ‘Nightlife’, I had to avoid watching the accompanying YouTube video and just focus on the song. The video, for many reasons I won’t go into here, annoyed me and I almost dismissed the song straight away. Then I played it for my boyfriend as I was making dinner one night. Suddenly [...]

RED SKY JULY – Shadowbirds

RED SKY JULY - Shadowbirds

London alternative country trio Red Sky July comprises Shelly Poole (Alisha’s Attic), husband Ally McErlaine (Texas) and former model Charity Hair (The Alice Band). Their critically acclaimed self titled debut album was released in 2011 and at the Scottish Music Awards in 2012 they received a prestigious Tartan Clef. Shadowbirds, their ten track second album [...]

THE RETROSPECTIVES – Gold & Green

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The past can often be fertile ground for creative types; whether through reimagining of a familiar theme or simply paying homage to your influences, looking backwards can produce interesting concepts. Unsurprisingly, The Retrospectives are a nostalgic bunch and ‘Gold & Green’ is a fitting tribute to their forebears: old-fashioned garage rock complemented by an over [...]

GYPSYFINGERS – Circus Life

GYPSYFINGERS - Circus Life

The London duo GypsyFingers are musician and songwriter Victoria Coghlan and songwriter and producer Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield who wrote Tubular Bells). Victoria lived in Paris for three years and it’s those experiences that have helped inspire her present music. Luke played in Mike’s band at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony to [...]

MAMMAL HANDS – Mansions of Millions of Years

Mammal Hands

Beautifully wistful and mysterious, ‘Mansions of Millions of Years’ is the latest single track by Mammal Hands, newcomers of the fine young label Gondwana Records and supported by Jamie Cullum and BBC 6 Music. This trio met in April 2012 in Norwich and quickly pooled their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world and jazz music. [...]

YOUNG THE GIANT – Mind Over Matter

YOUNG THE GIANT - Mind Over Matter

I’m of the opinion that indie died the minute drainpipe jeans became widely accessible to men; I’m speaking of a time before Pete Doherty turned into a parody of himself and the Arctic Monkeys were actually the most exciting band of the planet. Suffice to say, what we consider the alternative is far broader now [...]

ALGERNON DOLL – Justine

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New single ‘Justine’ comes from Scottish band Algernon Doll; from their third album to date, Omphalic. The song scratches along with a grungy complexion and holds the kind of melancholy drawl seen in Radiohead, or showing an essence of drone-like, young angst of 80s new wave. ‘Justine’ is a well-formed rock track that has a [...]

PURPLE – Wallflower

Purple

Purple show us the grunge-tinted and somewhat psychedelic ‘Wallflower’, featuring a punky exterior. The track is grittily textured, with each instrument seemingly lunging out in its own right – joined with grand plunges of rocking guitar work. The female roars stir up memories of a Courtney Love-esque punk attitude and create a feeling of something certainly [...]

’68 – In Humor And Sadness

In Humour and Sadness

Two-piece American rock outfit ’68 have released their first album In Humor and Sadness. The band features Josh Scogin (ex Norma Jean/The Chariot) on guitars and vocals, and Michael McClellan on drums. Everything involving Scogin seems to be a little different and have a point to it, this is no exception; the album comprises 10 [...]