Song reviews


  Volvo by Lodet

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A song about a Volvo? Indeed it is and, with the manic assistance of his drum machine, Lodet duly hits the road with his song “Volvo” whilst throwing in just enough twisted Beatles influences and angry guitars to make you want to join him.

Review date:  December 2, 2019

  Gladstone by Blair Lee

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Despite the underlying computer precision, “Gladstone” is still a song that wanders about in your mind after you hear it with Blair Lee putting enough of her heart into the words to make this one seem more organic than you might expect.

  Make Up Your Mind by Phonettes

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Striking a balance between minimalism and melancholy seems to come easily to Phonettes with his song “Make Up Your Mind” meandering nicely on its way down redemption road. A low key song without a doubt but not without melody.

  Need To Say by Caroline Blind

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You can’t go wrong taking a bath in reverb and Caroline Blind does just that with her song “Need To Say” and, as the guitars echo all around her witch song voice, it soon becomes obvious that her take on matters ethereal was designed to entrance you.

Review date:  November 29, 2019

  Girls Don’t Always Sing About Boys by Ego Ella May

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You don’t really expect any surprises from a song that, superficially, seems like just another example of the urban genre yet Ego Ella May springs one on us all with “Girls Don’t Always Sing About Boys” as she twists both words and music into something deeper, darker and different.

Review date:  November 29, 2019

  Go by Unbroken Expanse

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With a pleasing directness, Unbroken Expanse plough the furrows of proper rock history with their song “Go” and dig up more than enough in the way of guitar solos and blue collar, beer drinking energy to make any Friday night worthwhile.

Review date:  November 29, 2019

  Main Squeeze by Jazz the Glass

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More of a groove than a song, “Main Squeeze” still finds space for enough urban influences and hypnotic percussion to allow Jazz The Glass to get the song down the tracks to the next radio station. Smooth is where it is at

Review date:  November 24, 2019

  Hopeless Romantics by Emmrose

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You don’t find many artists with a true sense of the dramatic these days but “Hopeless Romantics” demonstrates that Emmrose has the voice and attitude to make what is a straightforward song into something that crosses the border into chanson.

Review date:  November 23, 2019

  The Information Age by Deva St John

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Some standard alt rock moves disguise the observant lyrics and nonstandard stylisations that Deva St John brings to “The Information Age” thus making her song equally acceptable to those who know and to those who do not know.

Review date:  November 22, 2019

  Monument by Kid Be Kid

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One for those who appreciate an artist who defiantly mixes and matches her musical boundaries in order to make a song interesting and, to some at least, challenging. “Monument” duly marks Kid Be Kid out as one worthy of respect.

Review date:  November 22, 2019

  Your Time by Orus

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“Your Time” is a splendidly retro song that has all that it takes to fill a dancefloor of today or yesteryear with Orus ticking off all the style boxes necessary to take this song to both your heart and your feet.

Review date:  November 22, 2019

  Midnight Hours by Cayley Thomas

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Spacious melancholy pretty much describes the Cayley Thomas sound and “Midnight Hours” duly drifts, somewhat wistfully, towards the dawn whilst subtly encouraging you to join her on a journey towards the heart of the matter.

Review date:  November 22, 2019

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