Song reviews

  Flies by Jasmine Rodgers

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About as unassuming song as you might get in these troubled times, “Flies” nonetheless neatly demonstrates that Jasmine Rodgers can take us on a wind powered journey through the shadows into the dawn.

Review date:  October 24 2020

  The Paper by Leyya

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Infused with enough wistful intent to induce a sugar craving, “The Paper” is plenty sweet and sufficiently hypnotic to easily introduce the low key wonders of Leyya to the curious ears of a wider audience.

Review date:  October 24 2020

  Hunter by Nico Ev

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It may be kind of old school to give a lyric some metaphorical substance but that is just what Nico Ev has done betwixt start and end of “Hunter”. Adding in some supporting cello allows the song to exude class before discreetly fading out.

Review date:  October 17 2020

  Sunshine by Melissa Bel

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Poised and pleasingly robust of voice, Melissa Bel traverses the reverb barrier with passionate ease to take her song “Sunshine” all the way from the inside to the big outdoors. Without doubt, a singer and a song with ambition.

Review date:  October 17 2020

  Just Life by Blü Eyes

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A rather better than average pop song, “Just Life” got me thinking of appropriate Taylor Swift comparisons yet Blü Eyes has enough in the way of individuality to keep her clear of being the next corporate musical toy.

Review date:  October 9 2020

  Desire by The Bow

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Slow paced as The Bow take it, “Desire” nonetheless successfully makes the case for saving a song through the use of a suitably intense vocal performance. Somewhere out there is a movie soundtrack waiting for this song.

Review date:  October 9 2020

  Always Been You by Kayla Diamond

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Once more into the land of heartfelt love songs, dear friends. Kayla Diamond keeps it earnest all the way through “Always Been You” and the song pretty much steers itself in the general direction of mainstream Spotify playlists.

  Sail Away by Emma Miller

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Emma Miller’s voice drifts delicately across her song “Sail Away” without ever letting the words and music that convey her message wander from the course set by those mistily programmed loops. I feel the wind in my face.

Review date:  October 4 2020

  Stay by Club Beirut

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Keeping themselves securely within the boundaries of commercial expectation are Club Beirut and their song “Stay” confidently meshes retro synth pop influences with just enough muscular guitars to duly guarantee airplay.

Review date:  October 4 2020

  Swan by Kenichi & The Sun

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“Swan” rolls like Madonna overdosing on bleak minimalism with Kenichi & The Sun reciting the curses of the modern world over a looped hymn of compressed anguish. No ray of light here but you can’t argue with the sentiments expressed.

Review date:  October 4 2020

  Red Liquorice by Hercules Mandarin

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Hercules Mandarin return after a four year break with “Red Liquorice”. It’s a welcome return too with the song stretching itself into your ears courtesy of a big chorus and guitar irony. Is this a part of something bigger? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

Review date:  September 27 2020

  Fairway Drive by Rachel Norman

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I like a good commercial song and “Fairway Drive” is just that with enough in the way of golden age of rock influences to take you all the way to the bridge in three minutes. Rachel Norman leads the way with confidence.

Review date:  September 27 2020

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