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  When I Saw You by Grace Acladna



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Different

Now this is more like it. Offbeat and persuasive to the point of being hypnotic, Grace Acladna stirs in enough of something different to appeal to the arthouse crowd while still being close enough to the mainstream to touch the adventurous section of the urban audience.


Review date:  February 16, 2019
  www.facebook.com/graceacladna

  Coal in Your Window by Skye Wallace



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Confident

No idea what rebellious youth might actually sound like in these corporate compliance days but I would hope that it something as noisy and full of attitude as “Coal In Your Window” by Skye Wallace. Turn it up and enjoy!


Review date:  February 16, 2019
  www.skyewallace.com

  National Police Shit by Drinking Boys and Girls Choir



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Sk8er

I don’t know if this song by Drinking Boys and Girls Choir signifies some sort of skater boy revival but “National Police Shit” is what it is – frenetic, raucous, straight to the point and, surprisingly, from South Korea. Another one to enjoy at maximum volume.


Review date:  February 16, 2019
  www.facebook.com/band.drinking

  France by Bony Macaroni



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Retro

Worshipping Weezer (probably) isn’t a crime and Bony Macaroni are certainly guilty of such adoration with their song “France” bursting out of the speakers like songs did when retro was new. Nonetheless, a song as boisterous and upbeat as this screams summer at me.


Review date:  February 16, 2019
  www.facebook.com/wearebonymacaroni

  Last Night by Berlin Taxi



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Dark

Berlin Taxi turn out to be an American synth pop band yet their song “Last Night” resonates with musical influences from the bleaker end of the European spectrum. The result has, unsurprisingly, analogue inclinations and plenty of reverb.


Review date:  February 15, 2019
  www.facebook.com/berlintaxiofficial

  Insane by Mourning Birds



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Raucous

Mourning Birds go back to basics with “Insane” keeping their manic punk powered music machine on track for the best part of two minutes. They’re loud, they’re raucous and they sound like they might just be beer fuelled delinquents. That works for me.


Review date:  February 15, 2019
  www.mourningbirds.com

  Love Me If You Dare by Ghost Caravan



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Classy

Interesting. Ghost Caravan’s “Love Me If You Dare” seems much more like the work of proper musicians than is usual in these computer assisted days. Appealing female lead vocals and the song’s pleasingly complex arrangement seal the deal.


Review date:  February 15, 2019
  www.ghostcaravan.com

  Dreams and Memories by Magnetic Skies



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Melancholy

Lost in a world of drifting melancholy, Magnetic Skies reinvent that eighties retro sound and use it to power their song “Dreams and Memories” towards the sunset. Low key vocals add some style to the five minute plus musical journey.


Review date:  February 15, 2019
  www.magneticskies.com

  Disappear by Paria



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Inspiring

Make no mistake about it, “Disappear” is an endearing song that stays just this side of offbeat with Paria playing with your ears like a supercool jazz cat would play with a ball of wool. If I were a multinational technology giant, I would license this song for my next commercial. Believe it!


Review date:  February 13, 2019
  www.facebook.com/pariamusicofficial

  Leaning on Myself by Anna Of The North



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Downbeat

“Leaning on Myself” is another slice from the cake of bleakness much favoured by minimalist Scandi electropop bakers like Anna of the North. The song is, of course, nicely executed but seekers of happiness will have to look elsewhere.


Review date:  February 13, 2019
  www.facebook.com/annaofthenorth

  On Your Corner by Skyscraper Stan



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Human

It might seem rather strange to describe a song as “oddly human” yet the term seems nothing less than appropriate when considering Skyscraper Stan’s song “On Your Corners” with his fractured Americana influences soon being overcome by glorious old school sentimentality.


Review date:  February 13, 2019
  www.skyscraperstan.com.au

  Bedford by Ginesse



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Mainstream

Ginesse stars as the uptown girl that keeps on making good with this mainstream ballad that transcends its plastic heritage by intelligently injecting enough heart and soul to put the coffee shop crowd into spasms of synchronicity.



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