Song reviews


  Recovering Romantic by Mike Evin

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The return of the singer songwriter continues with Mike Evin and his song “Recovering Romantic” successfully striking out for the sentimental high ground. Now, this has been done before but his song makes a refreshing change in these days of plastic emotion and sequenced sterility.

Review date:  January 26, 2019

  Imma Be by Watgood

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Those who favour a fair degree of synthetic brutality in their electronic music might well find “Imma Be” by Watgood to their taste as the song resonates with right angled dancefloor influences and chopped up samples. This song made we want to steal a Subaru.

Review date:  January 26, 2019

  Around Here by Pastis

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Indie rock from Finland might well sound much like the British variety but Pastis demonstrate that it is actually all in the song with “Around Here” resonating with unexpected energy, edgy guitars and a nice big hook to keep your ears interested.

Review date:  January 25, 2019

  The Smell of Heather by Roman Harris

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Singer songwriters might not be as common as they used to be, but Roman Harris makes his mark with “The Smell of Heather” seasoning, as he does, the song with heart on his sleeve sentimentality and perhaps even a dash of better day motivation.

Review date:  January 25, 2019

  Little Red Rooster by ElectroBluesSociety

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Old style and old school but there isn’t much that ElectroBluesSociety could do wrong with their cover of “Little Red Rooster” especially with Boo Boo Davis roped in to lead them along the path to blues righteousness and our listening pleasure.

Review date:  January 25, 2019

  Beykoz by Umut Adan

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“Beykoz” is a curious combination of dated psychedelic influences and quirky modernity but, nonetheless, Umut Adan manages to inject more than enough spirit and hypnotic persistence into his song to make it rather compelling.

Review date:  January 25, 2019

  Fighting Feathers by Coco Bans

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You could almost call “Fighting Feathers” by Coco Bans a sterling sample of the electropop genre with the synthetic beats effectively counterpointed by the emotive vocals to therefore lift the oppression of sequenced repetition and allow her heart to shine through.

Review date:  January 25, 2019

  Breathe by Hajk

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“Breathe” is one of those songs that transcends its low key presentation and restrained musicality to capture, and indeed charm, your ears. Add in a degree of lyrical maturity and you have more than enough reason to pay attention to Hajk.

Review date:  January 20, 2019

  Momma by Eulene

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Although almost self-consciously stylish, Eulene mixes enough originality into the sequenced familiarity to make her song “Momma” a successful, if somewhat oblique, hybrid of urban and bleak synth pop influences.

Review date:  January 18, 2019

  Freakshow by Paris Street Rebels

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Staying on the straight and narrow comes easy for Fife band Paris Street Rebels with “Freakshow” maxing out the combination of indie rock volume and post punk attitude to ear pleasing effect. Not quite angry young men but their enthusiasm is never in doubt.

Review date:  January 15, 2019

  Bubble by I Was A King

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Occupying the hinterland between indie pop and the genre’s spiritual jingle jangle guitar roots, Norway’s I Was a King demonstrate a mature approach to the art of song making that belies both their country of origin and their limited years on the planet. “Bubble” indeed.

Review date:  January 12, 2019

  Afterglow by Jamie Button

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Pause for a moment and consider the fate of the Glasgow singer songwriter in these EDM is everything days and duly wonder if Jamie Button’s sentimental song “Afterglow” is actually akin to a demand for the kind of yesterday that exists only in the hearts of musicians.

Review date:  January 12, 2019

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