Song reviews


  Magic by Amy Stroup

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Amy Stroup energises the sequenced loops of “Magic” with hypnotic precision and the kind of edgy vocals that are infused with a combination of world weariness and heart driven observation. Too cool for school perhaps but plenty cool enough for the street.

Review date:  July 15, 2017

  Savannah Only Temple by Indytronics

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Indie smarts

Apparently from the Ukraine but you would never guess from their solid grasp of American style indie rock, Indytronics strut their stuff with a respectable degree of confidence and charm whilst the cascading guitars gently weep all over their song “Savannah Only Temple”.

Review date:  July 15, 2017

  Messy by DeQn Sue

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Urban style

Somewhat playful in her approach and harking back knowingly to the early days of the urban genre, Deqn Sue is undoubtedly easy on the ear while still easily managing to take her song “Messy” for a rewarding walk along the yellow brick road. I feel the need to give this one two thumbs up.

Review date:  July 15, 2017

  Technicolour Native by JR Green

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Gaelic was always the first choice language of the dirge and JR Green, being from Scotland, have applied that very conceptual approach to their song “Technicolour Native” with the result being replete with one note irony.

Review date:  July 15, 2017

  Constipated by Trolleberg

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Swedish pop music with female lead vocals and solid American style influences might perhaps sound unappetising but there is singalong ear candy aplenty within the bounds of Trolleberg’s song “Constipated”.

Review date:  July 9, 2017

  Givers & Takers by Dave Arcari

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No matter how you look at it, Dave Arcari and only an acoustic guitar is a formidable combination with “Givers & Takers” showing that, even with the volume turned down and his whisky glass empty, he can turn a few words into a message for us all. That’s the blues, for sure.

Review date:  July 9, 2017

  History Walking by Amy O

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A manic – but in a good way – example of short sharp shock indie pop from Bloomington’s Amy O with her song “History Walking” staying just ahead of any accusations of musical larceny before taking it to the proverbial bridge.

Review date:  July 9, 2017

  Change by Little Geronimo

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Smart indie

A pleasingly melodic song, Little Geronimo’s “Change” proves that indie rock American style is a hell of a lot more interesting than indie rock UK style. Sure, the guitars still cascade in lines that are straight but you can, at very least, sing along to this one whilst halted at the traffic lights of life.

Review date:  July 8, 2017

  Best Me by Davies

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“Best Me” manages to sound so familiar that you think you must have heard it before. However, I’m not sure if Davies was attempting such a deliberate irony or just trying to sound like the rest of the mainstream pack.

Review date:  July 8, 2017

  Put It Away by Dawa

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Austrian indie folk

Dawa are to be commended for the understated elegance that drives their minimalist indie folk song “Put It Away” forward although it is likely that the tastemakers will pass it by for that very same reason.

Review date:  July 8, 2017

  Waking Up by Illyin Pipes

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Using the power of sequenced repetition almost to excess, Illyin Pipes exorcise the ghost of urban ennui with a drifting female voice and thus provide the soul to take this song out of the bedsit and into the Subaru of life.

Review date:  July 8, 2017

  Murder Ballad by Vultures

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Sounds more like musclebound indie rock than anything else, “Murder Ballad” nonetheless has more than enough hints at unhealthy pursuits to persuade non-believers that worship of this Sheffield band is worthwhile. Vultures is their name (before you ask).

Review date:  June 24, 2017

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