Song reviews


  Paclew by Moxi

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Some might say that “Paclew” by Moxi is an example of what the pop song has become in the 21st century and some would be right with the pounding rhythm of the urban jungle balancing the female vocals to power this song all the way to the finish line.

Review date:  September 22, 2017

  Dreams by Ewan Cruickshanks

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Scottish tweed

This is something quintessentially Scottish about “Dreams” with twee boy-girl harmonies, sugary sentimentality and a generous sprinkling of that Glasgow style jangly guitars sound giving Ewan Cruickshanks a guaranteed spot on the soundtrack to some never filmed Bill Forsyth film.

Review date:  September 22, 2017

  Wasteland by Five of the Eyes

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Ploughing the fertile fields of rock history once more are Maine band Five of the Eyes but, fortunately, they have learned that it is all in the drama with “Wasteland” ticking all the riffing guitars, pounding drums and intense vocal boxes that the fans of the genre demand.

Review date:  September 16, 2017

  It’s Been A While by Normanton Street

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A rather effective mix of urban style and jazz funk groove provides more than enough musical contrast to make “It’s been a While” by Normanton Street into the kind of song that cries out crossover and consequent success.

Review date:  September 16, 2017

  Me Me Me by Slow Buildings

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Sharp indie

Perhaps rather dated in their approach given the state of the music business today, Slow Buildings still have enough acid in their veins to add a bit of burning social commentary to their big city indie pop song “Me Me Me”.

Review date:  September 16, 2017

  Bite by Plastic Picnic

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Looking left out

Hints of the glories of guitar pop season this distinctly understated song from New York’s Plastic Picnic yet “Bite” still evokes more the plastic perfection of the sequencer rather than the freedom that the fretboard brings.

Review date:  September 16, 2017

  Breathe by Club 8

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Nordic cool

It’s calm before the storm time as the drifting vocals of Karolina Komstedt cast a spell over the post-midnight crowd with the melancholy Sakamoto style electronic ambience providing them with another, near hypnotic, reason to pay attention.

Review date:  September 10, 2017

  White Wing Dove by Priest

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Word up

Upbeat synthpop from Florida’s Priest with a rock solid sequenced beat making your feet pay attention as she plunders the pop thesaurus for lyrical motivation. A pleasingly commercial song, in other words.

Review date:  September 10, 2017

  I Can Make You Disappear by Seasonal Beast

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Maybe it is a sign of the times but Seasonal Beast’s song “I Can Make You Disappear” seems deliberately disconnected with Yuli Beeri’s voice meandering through an electronic soundscape as if in search of something never to be found.

Review date:  September 4, 2017

  Blackberry Whiskey by The Darlins

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Country girls

A nicely polished midrange and mid-tempo modern day country song, “Blackberry Whiskey” provides The Darlins with the perfect opportunity to highlight their vocal harmonies and thus lift the song towards radio airplay.

Review date:  September 4, 2017

  Child by Dog in the Snow

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Distinctly earnest, which is itself unusual in these times of corporate conformity, Dog in the Snow snarls like a Mother Earther protecting her brood as she flies the flag of hope throughout her song “Child”. The song is more purpose than melody but the message is nonetheless commendable.

Review date:  August 26, 2017

  LTF by Frøkedal

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Sonorous as if dreaming of better times, “LTF” effectively demonstrates that not everything Nordic is super cool electro pop with Frøkedal’s wanton intent weaving neatly amongst all sorts of ear pleasing folk rock influences. This is bigger than a song of these times should be.

Review date:  August 26, 2017

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