Song reviews


  One Eyed Snake by Lush Puppy

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“One Eyed Snake” might sound like the title of a fun song but this is the world of Lush Puppy and this bouncy ball of angular social commentary manages to ricochet itself across the road into a world of looped anger. This is telling it like it is.

Review date:  February 21, 2020

  Riot by The Runaway Models

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Another robust song from The Runaway Models, “Riot” throughs in enough anger and, dare I say it, political posture to add streetwise attitude to the growing number of reasons to listen to this local band. It’s a three minute song too. Sweet!

Review date:  February 14, 2020

  Screaming Quietly by Kerry Hart

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There is an organic quality to Kerry Hart’s voice that gives her song “Screaming Quietly” a depth that is far from fashionable in these synthetically enhanced days and that makes for a refreshing change. A song that, for a change, speaks sense rather than shouts silliness.

Review date:  February 8, 2020

  Come Over by Dagny

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Ah, the state of the modern pop song comes to my attention once more. “Come Over” is a perfectly constructed song from Dagny and, with plenty of digital polish applied, she makes it one that will easily make the jump from the radio to your Spotify playlist.

Review date:  February 8, 2020

  Fleeting Dance by Alexandra Lost

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Minimalist bedsit electronica meets with fairytale intent as Alexandra Lost take their song “Fleeting Dance” for a casual stroll through the shadows of the night before stopping the song dead in its tracks. I see the light.

Review date:  February 7, 2020

  Bored Beyond Belief by Land of Rubber Men

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Ever thought of chopping up a song into a mix of quirky bits and angular interludes? Land of Rubber Men clearly have and “Bored Beyond Belief (Sometimes)” provides the proof that you can do just that and still make a song that works.

Review date:  February 1, 2020

  Crystalline by Elisabeth Elektra

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Take some standard electro pop moves then add the kind of windswept sentiments that you would expect of a folk singer and you get “Crystalline” by Elisabeth Elektra. She’s not quite standard, that’s for sure.

Review date:  February 1, 2020

  Let Me Hold Your Hand by The Frampton Sisters

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I’m a sucker for harmonies, especially sentimental sibling ones, and the voices that intertwine and twist “Let Me Hold Your Hand” into a wistful enchantment are those of The Frampton Sisters. I feel the need to sigh and watch the sunset.

Review date:  February 1, 2020

  Stay by Mïrändä

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A song with undoubted mainstream appeal, “Stay” oozes enough confidence and melodramatic intent to thus make Mïrändä into a singer that many will wish to further investigate. A good song well done as they would have said back in the day.

Review date:  February 1, 2020

  Hackney Smack Deal by The Rec

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I suppose that a song like “Hackney Smack Deal” would easily have become a Happy Mondays style anthem for the Subaru Impreza generation back in the day but, in the here and now, The Rec have given us an ironic, and invigorating, four minutes of social realism. Boom!

Review date:  January 18, 2020

  Mirores by Ani Glass

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Synth happy

A glorious revitalisation of the glories of the heyday of synth pop and bedsit electronica, “Mirores” resonates with magic of human and computer in synergistic combination. Blessed be the words and music of Ani Glass.

Review date:  January 17, 2020

  Not Myself by Red Telephone

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Veering between the melodic and the downright angry are Red Telephone with their song “Not Myself” plundering rock and psych influences in search of a new new sonic nirvana. Duly, they have found it so play it again and make it loud this time.

Review date:  January 17, 2020

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