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  Into The Woods by Sera



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Traditional

Taking a traditional approach does Sera no harm and, with all the boxes ticked to meet the approval of the modern day folk music aficionado, she easily makes her song “Into The Woods” into a future festival favourite. The witchfinder will have to track her down now.


Review date:  September 29, 2019
  www.serasongs.com

  Bring It All Back by Leanne Tennant



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Classy

Solid rumbling synths underpin this mature and pleasing song from Leanne Tennant. “Bring It All Back” throws in ear friendly hooks to keep your attention yet it is the oppressive intent of the lyrics that leaves the biggest impression.


Review date:  September 28, 2019
  www.leanetennant.com

  Keep Breathing by HunBjørn



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Intense

You can’t go far wrong with engaging maximum mood mode and, with emotional intensity counterpointing the rigidity of the old school drum machine sounds, HunBjørn hits the mark square on with her song “Keep Breathing”.


Review date:  September 28, 2019
  www.facebook.com/hunbjornthemusic

  I Should Know Better by Me Not You



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Commercial

A robust song with some pop chops that entice the ear, “I Should Know Better” shines the light of critical acclaim upon the musical abilities of Me Not You and this song should take them onwards into the dawn.


Review date:  September 28, 2019
  www.facebook.com/menotyouband

  Notions by Shookrah



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Stylish

Feeling the retro love are Irish band Shookrah and “Notions” duly snacks on jazz funk and soul food for all of its sub three minute cooking time. Unusually for these locked to the loop days, the song has some musical class and the singer is, of course, pure class.


Review date:  September 28, 2019
  www.facebook.com/shookrahcork

  Hollow Coves by Firewoodisland



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Angsty

Showing commendable persistence, Firewoodisland gives us more of the angst powered musical complexity that has been their signature sound and “Hollow Coves” will, once again, prove effective ear candy for those who have mature musical tastes.


Review date:  September 28, 2019
  www.firewoodisland.com

  Oak Tree by Nate Smith



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Angry

Grungy overdriven guitar drives “Oak Tree” forward with a persistence and purpose that marks Nate Smith out as the kind of guy who stills puts passion, and perhaps even some anger, into his music. An antidote for our antiseptic times.


Review date:  September 22, 2019
  www.facebook.com/natesmithsound

  Electromagnetic Pulse by The Voice Tree



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Retro

The Voice Tree retro this one to the max with the ominous oppression of the sequencer once again using the drum machine of analogue descent as a weapon to get your attention while sweet female vocals provide the counterpoint that gives “Electromagnetic Pulse” life.


Review date:  September 22, 2019
  www.thevoicetree.com

  Shu! by Islandman



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Loopy

You can’t go wrong with the Islandman groove and “Shu!” duly mixes the organic and traditional with the kind of locked to the loop hypnotic rhythms that only a computer can create. Close your eyes and see all the colours of the rainbow.


Review date:  September 17, 2019
  www.facebook.com/islandmanmusic

  Those Who Stay Behind by The Hengles



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Melodic

It almost seems an insult to describe a song as melodic in these computer controlled days but that is exactly what “Those Who Stay Behind” by The Hengles is. Those optimistic sixties influences are much to the fore and the song is none the worse for that.


Review date:  September 17, 2019
  www.facebook.com/thehengles

  I Will If You Will by Jason Kerrison



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Commercial

Right on the money for a pop song of today, Jason Kerrison’s “I Will If You Will” demonstrates a complete understanding of what it takes to get some airplay these days and he even throws in a positive message to make the song complete.


Review date:  September 17, 2019
  www.facebook.com/jasonkerrisonmusic

  Measured by Common Holly



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Wistful

Minimalist lo-fi from Common Holly and, in her wistful folk flavoured way, Common Holly turns her song “Measured” into an angst ridden poem of delicacy and persuasive intent. It’s the kind of song that sneaks up on you.


Review date:  September 17, 2019
  www.facebook.com/commonhollymusic

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