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    Phonecalls in the Bath by Deadline Shakes


    Class act

    You can hear the hard work that has gone into “Phonecalls in the Bath” with none of that one tempo and three chords approach that curses so many Glasgow bands. Instead, we get a restrained start, a spirited middle and an elegant coda to close this glorious song off. May we be blessed with more music from this connoisseur’s choice of a band.

    Review date: May 2, 2015
    Website: www.thedeadlineshakes.com

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    Podesta by Peptalk


    Electronicats

    A neat, if unadventurous, song, “Podesta” shows that California trio Peptalk could easily become the soundtrack to your next latté with the oriental style percussion lifting the song above competing laptop electronica.

    Review date: May 2, 2015
    Website: www.peptalkmusic.com

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    Street Lights by Mon Sai


    Indie popsters

    Although inoffensive almost to the point of parody, “Street Lights” does highlight that Sweden’s Mon Sai have the ability to marry melody to harmony in the best indie pop tradition. There are, however, hints in there to suggest that a sense of adventure will develop once their confidence grows.

    Review date: May 2, 2015
    Website: mon-sai.com

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    Safe To Surface by Brontosaurus


    Thinkers

    “Safe To Surface” seems initially no more than the work of yet another Chicago rock band suffering flashbacks to a past time. However, give Brontosaurus some of your time and you will hear a band unafraid of the subtleties and complexities required to make a song memorable.

    Review date: May 2, 2015
    Website: brontosaurusmusic.com

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    Drone Octet by Vissuda


    Big city cool

    Some band exude obscurity so, other than they are from Chicago, there is little I can tell you about Vissuda. However, it would seem that their music will speak for them with “Drone Octet” developing from a languorous ambient groove into a hypnotic blend of edgy guitar and wistful female vocals. That’s a cool concoction in anyone’s in-car entertainment.

    Review date: April 29, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/Vissuda

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    Amalie by Colornoise


    Swirling circles

    After a minimalist start redolent of sixties psychedelic pop, Colornoise rev their three cylinder musical engine until drama pours out of the exhaust. “Amalie” is the name of their song and the future of this Costa Rican band looks bright indeed.

    Review date: April 27, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/thecolornoise

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    After Me by Misun


    Holding back

    Although somewhat sluggish in the rhythm department and heavy handed in the guitar department, Misun – from Washington DC – have just enough oddball charm to get “After Me” to the finish line. The underlying appeal, however, is in the edgy paranoia of the lo-fi female vocals.

    Review date: April 25, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/MisunBand

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    King William by The Beautiful Game


    Rocking forwards

    Whilst never straying far from what you might expect of proficient indie rockers, London’s The Beautiful Game nevertheless show plenty of energy and that, with a spirited vocal performance from Jason Crowley, powers “King William” right through to the end.

    Review date: April 25, 2015
    Website: www.facebook.com/wearethebeautifulgame

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