Song reviews


  The Blame by Violent Vickie


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Bleak

Squeezed all the way into distortion, “The Blame” rumbles like a synth on a bedroom massacre mission with Violent Vickie herself echoing round inside your head like a witch high on discontent. Shadows are the new truth.


  Better Man by Kandle


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Bitter

Few understand bitterness than Kandle and her song “Better Man” lays it on line one more time. Maturity is clear and present in her voice and the elegant arrangement takes it to the bridge just like such a song should. Quality.


  Snake by Slovo


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Inbound

Agreeably rhythmic, Slovo trip the isolation breakers with their song “Snake”. There is enough in the way of offbeat ideas and urban charm to make the self-reflective lyrics into a door to the reality of the day. Engage the sky!


  Sick by Shatterglass


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Loud

At a guess, I’d say that Shatterglass were an American band. “Sick” has all the menacing power chords that a hard rock song of today should have and enough machismo in the vocals to make a man wish for the return of hair rock.


Review date:  July 10 2020
  www.shatterglass.cc

  Lazuli by Sophia Knapp


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Tripped

This one sounds like it has dropped out of rather more trippy times than today with Sophia Knapp infusing “Lazuli” with enough in the way of jingle jangle and wandering lyrics to turn her song into an adventure. The clouds are talking to me.


  Patience by NOA


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Modern

As precisely constructed as a song of today needs to be, “Patience” has all the modern style boxes ticked yet NOA neatly counterpoints the artificiality inherent to the computer music box with her straight to the point style.


Review date:  July 10 2020
  www.facebook.com/nameisnoa

  Goldrush by Little Thief


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Menacing

You can sense the menace hiding in the shadows of “Goldrush” and Little Thief duly thud, rumble and emote their way through their song with an entirely convincing sense of directional purpose. Add beer and volume for maximum enjoyment.


  Butterfly by Ilja Alexander


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Light

Some songs seem light enough to float, and “Butterfly” is one of them with Ilja Alexander throwing in enough in the way of fey lyrics to keep his song from ever falling back down to earth. I feel my mind drifting away as I listen.


  Clear Crystal View by Shem Sharples


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Old School

I was wondering if there might one day be a Nick Lowe revival and, as if by coincidental magic, along came “Clear Crystal View” by Shem Sharples. This is the kind of song that Nick Lowe would have produced back in the day.


  Secret by Julian Shah-Tayler


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Smooth

You can smell the money behind “Secret” and Julian Shah-Tayler pulls some neat nice later period Bowie moves to add that final spit and polish to this radio friendly song. Obviously commercial but none the worse for all that.


Review date:  July 3 2020
  www.julianshahtayler.com

  Barely by Star Moles


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Twinkly

Interesting. “Barely” initially seems like just another laidback dream pop song but there is too much going on for this to be merely an extended venture into lo-fi land and Star Moles make this song seem, for want of a better word, twinkly.


Review date:  July 1 2020
  starmoles.bandcamp.com

  Sins by Black Lesion


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Solid

Playing their cards straight are Edinburgh rock band Black Lesion with their song “Sins” giving genre fans exactly what they want in the way of muscular guitar riffs and purposeful vocals. Just the thing for a Friday night.


Review date:  June 27 2020
  www.Facebook.com/BlackLesion

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