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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.