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Swindon Shuffle Playlist – Year 15 (part 2)

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Part two of the playlist that gives you a flavour and reminder of, (not to mention a reason to make a note in the...

Virtual Reality 123 / Charlotte 12″ Version – The Speed of...

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A double A-side? Whatever next? In a world where artists can, and indeed do, release their latest creative urges as fast as their little...

Lionhearts – Karamelien (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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We already know Léanie Kaleido to be an astute songwriter and a fantastic musician, just one spin of her album How To Weigh A...

Cascading Cosmos – When Mountains Speak (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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If the eclectic and un-second-guess-able (I'm sure that's a word) When Mountains Speak can wander between music driven by a heavy rhythmic groove on...

Postpunk pioneers Pink Turns Blue release new EP to coincide with...

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Trailblazing darkwave-postpunk pioneers Pink Turns Blue kicked off their long-awaited TAINTED 2022 tour on September 2, bringing them to 23 cities across North America and...

WEIMAR’s Heaven on High Street East takes on some sensitive and...

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Manchester art-rock quartet Weimar presents the single 'Heaven on High Street East' with an accompanying video driving home the lyrics. A lush prog indie-folk ballad, this is...

Need U Right Now – Montezuma ft. Olha Lishchshyn (reviewed by...

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Sometimes, the back story behind the music is as exciting, poignant and interesting as the music itself. Not in an "X-Factor pity-party" sort of...

Jessie Kilguss announces ambitious new album ‘What Do Whales Dream About...

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Fabulous NYC-based songwriter-storyteller Jessie Kilguss has released her new album 'What Do Whales Dream About at Night?' four years after her album 'The Fastness'....

Fall – Phil Firetog Trio & Co (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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If there is such a thing as progressive folk, then Fall, the latest release from Phil Firetog Trio & Co, is indeed it. It...

The Mirror – The Ember Glows (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I often think to myself, “if I was going to be in a band again, what would it sound like?” The answer to that...

Toronto power trio ON releases new single Blackmail ahead of...

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Made up of Lucy Di Santo (vocals, bass), Dan Cornelius (drums) and Steve Fall (guitars) - formerly of popular Toronto acts such as Acid Test,...

Concept Art – Topaz Jack (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Topaz Jack is one of those artists who act as a weather vein for which way the rap winds are blowing these days. What...

Call To Arms – Vernons Future (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Following in a similar sonic vein as some of my favorite artists – The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, The Icicle Works, and my hometown heroes,...

I’m Not Like You – Hando Aguilar (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Without much background information supplied, no blurb or biography with which to initially get a handle, I plunged into Hando Aguilar's flowing waters without...

What I Believe – Chris Beland (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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If you mixed the troubadour social commentary and questioning of a young Dylan, the melodicism and accessibility of the likes of David Gray and...

Identity – Carl Scogland (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Having turned the heads of critics and the ears of the pop buying fraternity alike via a series of astute singles Better Man, Video...

Eulogy To Lenny Bruce – Chris Connelly (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The more I listen to and learn about Chris Connelly, the more I see an exquisite and frustrating problem inherent in his work. Following...

Psilocybin – Sol Asar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Imagine if hip-hop music had been birthed not in the late seventies South Bronx but halfway up a mountain in Northern India three thousand...

St Davids – Chesterwhite (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The Chesterwhite story is one of finding lost things. Specifically, a set of demos from fifteen years prior being unearthed during the Lockdown and...

Yes…It’s Still a Thing! – Duo Sequenza (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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To those outside the genre, the term classical music often conjures images of wigged conductors, symphonic music played in opulent rooms, pomp and circumstance,...

Musical Musings – II: Groovers on Manoeuvres

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With the dust of the Swindon Shuffle finally settling over the musical landscape and a sense of normality returning to the routine, I thought...

Flames of Greed – Dispel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Suppose music has the ability to build worlds. In that case, the one that Dispel is creating is dark and delicious, otherworldly, dangerous, populated by...

Monster – Shortcut2Infinity (reviewed by The Night Writer)

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Kicking off with earlier single, I Know, is an excellent way of setting the scene for this latest collection of S2I music. It was...

The Acquired Savant – NinémiA (reviewed by The Night Writer)

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Rock and Metal, more than any other genre, love their sub-groups. It seems that every band wants to be in a category of their...

High Patterns – Alicon (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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I always like to do a bit of research before I plunge, pen first, into a review, but Alicon, like many artists working in...

Never Give Up – Luca Di Luzio (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Many people hear the word Jazz and are immediately turned off. It conjures images of complex and unfathomable, wild and impenetrable tunes, music that...

Mon Souvenir – Frenchy and the Punk (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It is easy to see where some of Frenchy and the Punk’s influences lie – somewhere in a swirl of gothic and post-punk pioneers...

The Bridge – Sicky (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Anything that reminds me of The Manic Street Preachers has got to be good, right? “The Bridge” certainly does that. There is something in...

One Breath Away – Radio Drive (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I've probably said it before (I'm too lazy to check, it's been a tough week), but Radio Drive walks a fine line. It is...

Insecurities – Jenn Connor (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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They say, "Those that can, do. Those who can't, teach," Thankfully, we have artists such as Jenn Connor who are happy to blow such...