Alana Henderson takes a dash of folky mysticism and a pinch of Americana and uses them to season her song “Let This Remain” to perfection. It’s the kind of song that washes over you and leaves you refreshed.
Not short of eighties retro charm, Los Angeles band The Electric West max out the mood for their downbeat song “No Fangs”. This may be the sound of the past but this band make it worth revisiting.
A low key electro-minimalist song with a late night vibe, “Elusive Dreams” should attract attention for Young Galaxy with the intelligent lyrics as likely to appeal to the cool kids as they would to the arthouse crowd.
Casually paced but with more than a hint of mysticism underpinning the words, “City of My Mind” is more reflective, and perhaps more ambitious, song than most would attempt yet Jewelia has enough charm and artistic presence to pull it off.
“Turn Me On” initially sounds like a time stretched escapee from the dancefloor but closer examination suggests that Violet Rose has a darker soul that complements the urban ennui that drives the song forward.
An oddly appealing song with the laidback electropop sound nicely complimenting the lyrical dislocation, “Hotels” demonstrates that Jade The Moon can make even the trivialities of life seem poetic.
A song to set you on a voyage into melancholy, “Machined” has, nonetheless, more soul and style than you might reasonably expect and that, to my ears at least, marks Jaunt out as a band of maturity.
“Chance” has that late seventies jazz rock feel and the downbeat vocals fit right into that era too. It is undoubtedly a fashionably retro sound but a classy one that should make many new friends for JonoJosh.
Whilst being a right down the line commercial pop song, “Easy” also shows that Kid Cupid have their finger on the minimalist pulse and that should make this song as suitable for coffee shop fashionistas as it is for the radio.
Jess and The Ancient Ones sound like a band that knows how to have fun and “Minotaure” has a sixties psych rock groove providing sterling support to the dramatic lead vocals thus keeping the song, in today’s terms at least, on the offbeat side of the fence.
Katie Herzig neatly demonstrates her mastery of modern day electro pop with her song “Feel Alive” soaring high above her many competitors. She’s not retro and that’s a very good thing indeed and “Feel Alive” deserves a wider audience than the IPod generation.
“Three of Swords” is, in the best rock tradition, a song about a girl with enough big guitar riffs thrown into the mix to make Shuckster seem more muscular and modern than most.