Song reviews


  Boo Radley by KYOSI

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We are doing well for literary references this week and KYOSI does her bit to make words mean more with her song “Boo Radley”. She is right on the money musically with her insistent electronica neatly counterpointing her words.

Review date:  May 24, 2019

  By Blue by East Of My Youth

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Lightweight and endearing, “By Blue” is the kind of electronica that ends up being more than the sum of its sequenced synthetic parts with the restrained female vocals adding more than enough mystical candyfloss to keep your ears interested.

  Your Dreams by The Raptors

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Keeping it close to the basics, The Raptors – it’s been a good week for Glasgow bands – make some serious girl powered and guitar led sounds and duly turn their song “Your Dreams” into one worthy of a replay at maximum volume.

Review date:  May 18, 2019

  Aphotic Waters by Diamond Thug

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Wistful melancholy is the way that Diamond Thug choose to go with their song “Aphotic Waters” and, while there are indeed synthetic elements to the band’s sound, the organic, if rather bleak, poetry of the lyrics shines through.

Review date:  May 17, 2019

  Katrina by Tiny Fighter

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It seems to have been a wistful week in the wide world of music and “Katrina” by Tiny Fighter therefore fits right into the current playlist. Americana flavoured this time, the balanced male and female voices give the song the emotional depth it needs.

Review date:  May 17, 2019

  Strange To Know Nothing by Walt Disco

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Good to be able to do some words on a Glasgow band and Walt Disco duly prove themselves worthy with their song “Strange To Know Nothing” revelling in retro theatricality and the kind of offbeat touches that were once the sound of Scotland.

Review date:  May 17, 2019

  Don’t Let Me Down by Ghosts of Social Networks

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Retro never gets old and, as if to prove that very point, Ghosts of Social Network exhume the successful chart sounds of the expressive eighties and turn them into a moody and rather interesting song called “Don’t Let Me Down. Well worthy!

Review date:  May 17, 2019

  Crave Easy by Candy Says

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Whilst clearly worshippers of retro synth sounds, Candy Says have not forgotten the value of a good pop song with “Crave Easy” utilising all the hypnotic power of sequenced loops to imprint itself onto your consciousness. Works for me!

Review date:  May 15, 2019

  Wholesale by Broken Chanter

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So full of elegant melancholy that the song has to be a product of Scotland, “Wholesale” nonetheless marks Broken Chanter out as a songwriter of some maturity with his finger on the stylistic pulse of these dark days.

Review date:  May 15, 2019

  Summerbore by The Needs

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Power pop is pretty much designed to make you feel positive about the world and Norwegian band The Needs do not disappoint with “Summerbore”. The song sounds so American yet, with its infectious freneticism, it could only have come from somewhere else.

Review date:  May 15, 2019

  Goodnightmare by Fake Fake

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Revelling in the retro vibe, Fake Fake add more than enough of those old analogue synth sounds to make their song “Goodnightmare” seem like it could, with the help of a time machine, have been part of a radio station playlist back in the early nineties.

Review date:  May 11, 2019

  I Came Here To Eat by Birthday Girl

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Whilst those riffing chords are as you would expect of an alt-rock band, Birthday Girl show themselves to be capable of more and, with a sprinkling of psychedelic influences thrown in for good measure, they move “I Came Here To Eat” into the interesting category.

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