Song reviews


  Scarlet Fever by Skye Wallace

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“Scarlet Fever” plays with enough drama to be a country song yet it is so full of upbeat pop-rock energy that you can’t help but sing along and that’s more than enough reason to put Skye Wallace on my playlist for the week.

Review date:  October 14, 2017

  Where Did All The Love Go by The Rebel Light

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The Rebel Light are the kind of band that sound like they were born and bred on the west coast of the USA (and it would appear that they actually were) and their song “Where Did All The Love Go” duly soars with the sun into soft rock territory.

Review date:  October 13, 2017

  Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby by Cara Salimando

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If you have to do a cover then at least cover a song that needs the exposure. That’s what Cara Salimando has done with her version of “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” and, while the result is perhaps less brooding than the original, she is certainly walking down the same street.

Review date:  October 13, 2017

  Better by Mallrat

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It’s not often that I get to use the words sweet and innocent in a review yet Mallrat’s song “Better” deserves to be described as such with this particular Australian singer songwriter managing to sound like the soundtrack to some long lost, and simpler, times.

Review date:  October 13, 2017

  Love You Like That by Dagny

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More electro pop from the chilled cupboards of Scandinavia but, this time, Norway’s Dagny sets out to be a rather more upbeat contender than her contemporaries with her song “Love You Like That” shaping up as nice example of the modern day pop song.

Review date:  October 13, 2017

  Alt Du Treng by Vanja V

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Rather more upbeat and energetic than you would expect of the current crop of super cool Scandinavian electropop, Vanja V keeps it both 100% Norwegian and dance floor friendly with “Alt Du Treng”. All you need indeed.

Review date:  October 6, 2017

  Roses by Sergio & The Satin Dogs

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“Roses” does seem like an old fashioned rock ‘n’ soul song on the first acquaintance but give it some time for Alabama band Sergio & The Satin Dogs are just doing it like it should be done. Sometimes the old ways are indeed the best.

Review date:  October 6, 2017

  Make A Change by Uppermost

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Background music isn’t supposed to be oppressive so that must make Uppermost’s “Make A Change” something different with this instrumental electronica making more of an impact than you would expect of the genre.

Review date:  October 6, 2017

  A Cold Night Among Angels by Sercati

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City bound

Another downbeat instrumental that draws on the ghosts of its electronic origins to evoke the sound of the heartbeat of the past midnight city. The song makes you think of peak period John Carpenter movies and of the ghosts that hide in the shadows cast by the streetlights.

Review date:  October 6, 2017

  Train To Nowhere by The Sound of Ghosts

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The song might well be called the “Train To Nowhere” but The Sound of Ghosts don't just stop at the Americana station like most do and instead head off into the distance in search of the future. Kudos to the trumpet player for adding a dash of theatrical quirkiness too.

Review date:  October 2, 2017

  Mirage by Tilda

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I came across this song by accident and can’t quite manage to get it out of my mind. Mirage casts a spell of timeless persuasion with “Mirage” mixes past and present together and takes you on a journey of the heart.

Review date:  October 1, 2017

  Oh Wow by Leyya

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With a pronounced downbeat laconicism much to the fore, Austrian duo Leyya head further up to the road to fame with their song “Oh Wow” leading the way. There is nihilism inherent in Sophie Lindinger’s vocal style and the sequenced beats highlight that Leyya can write songs that even a robot could appreciate.

Review date:  October 1, 2017

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