Song reviews


  North by Movement

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Birmingham bedsit electronica

Minimalist electronic doodlings from what appears to be a one man and a laptop band from Birmingham, “North” sounds like a low budget Vangelis style soundtrack cue for the kind of movie that only ever got released on VHS and is none the worse for being that.

Review date:  May 12, 2012

  Swindling Sisters by A Winters Education

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Cascading Newcastle guitars

A bit retro and more than a bit rough around the edges, A Winters Education push their song “Swindling Sisters”, probably deliberately, into sub Smiths territory.  With a bit of tidying up, they could escape mere revivalism with this one. After all, that worked for the Felt Tips.

Review date:  May 12, 2012

  Cruise Elroy by Slow Buildings

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Indie New Jersey Style

“Cruise Elroy” has an endearing, half way through a journey to retro radio friendliness, simplicity like, say, a cut back Weezer.  It is a demo so the songs suffers from a flat mix and it does drag on past its sell by date somewhat but if they polish it up then it should do just fine.

Review date:  May 5, 2012

  The Coldest Corner by The Skunnered

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Mellow and Misty Scots

Full of mellow grooviness and seasoned with a tablespoonful of reverb, “The Coldest Corner” sounds like it has been pulled out a late sixties movie soundtrack and I reckon you will probably have to be of a certain age (or beyond) to fully appreciate this song. One to enjoy with a nice cup of tea methinks.

  Seventeen by Call The Doctor

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Female fronted indie rockers

I was just thinking that there must be some way to make the incredibly unadventurous indie rock genre more interesting and along comes Bristol band Call The Doctor. “Seventeen” would have been a dull thing indeed if it were not for the dramatic yet poised vocals of Patti Aberhart. Yes, add a girl with some undeniable style and indie rock gets interesting. Who would have figured that? Apart from me that is.

Review date:  April 21, 2012

  Se Foss Per Me by Elisa Luu

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Italian ambient electronica

A rare occasion when a woman’s touch makes no perceptible difference at all, Elisa Luu’s “Se fosse per me” sounds like any other bit of sequenced serendipity determined to wander the airwaves without direction. Bedsit electronica, I know thy name!

Review date:  April 21, 2012

  Revolution Road by JJ Quinlan

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Displaced Irishman

Not much to go on here apart from the info that JJ Quinlan is an Irishman now settled in Israel. Possibly the fun packed political situation in that part of the world inspired the earnest sentiments of “Revolution Road” if not its straight down the road eighties rock feel. Nice, fluid guitar work though that reminded me a bit of JJ Gilmour.

Review date:  April 17, 2012

  Leave It Til Tomorrow by The Plastic Pals

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Swedes lost in America

Had to listen to this one twice (which actually wasn’t too much of a hardship). “Leave It ‘Til Tomorrow” seems to be the work of a modern day Swedish band but sounds more like it had fallen off an album by an American seventies soft rock band like The Doobie Brothers. I suspect that you may have to be of a certain age or greater to get this type of music but it is nicely done here.

Review date:  April 8, 2012

  La Processione by Muffx

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Italian indie rockers

Italians just have more style. It’s a simple fact and “La Processione” provides ample proof of that. It is nothing more than indie rock but nonetheless swaggers mercilessly under the weight of its inherent refrigerator coolness with Luigi Bruno’s vocals talking the talk while the rest of the band walk the walk. Almost as good as a Fiat Dino Coupé.

Review date:  March 28, 2012

  Uniform by Endless Loop

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Oregon electro rockers

Retro time again with heavily sequenced eighties electro rock getting resurrected by Portland band Endless Loop. “Uniform” works out pretty well for them with appealing girl (Samantha Hughes) boy (Jeff Knight) voices emoting suitably bleak and disaffected words.  The past might well be their future.

Review date:  March 28, 2012

  Hellbent by Who's Edna

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Five rocky poppers

Though they appear to hail from Edinburgh, Who’s Edna sound more than a bit mainstream American reminding me here of bands like The Hush Sound.  “Hellbent” uses a piano to good effect to lift this mid paced rock song out of the mire of mediocrity and there is endearing normality – for want of a better word – to the female vocals.

Review date:  March 27, 2012

  The Human Connection by Sonic Templars

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Rock band with a heart

In its favour, “The Human Connection” is a decent song and the lead vocal is convincing. That said, and this is a common failing in Scottish rock bands, Sonic Templars then trip themselves up with an unimaginative guitar player – I’d go so far as to say that he (?) sounds (badly) looped – and a lack of individuality to their sound.  They need to try harder, basically.

Review date:  March 22, 2012

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