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Automatic – NØiSE (Ree-Vo Remix) (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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We already know just what a breath of fresh air Ree-Vo are, how their adventurousness and experimentation, their outside-the-box thinking and genre-hopping exploits feel...

Timeless Moods – Ellis Hadlock Music (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It's been a strange sort of day. Usually, the life of a freelance music writer sees them juggling all manner of music cheek-by-jowl. Eeking...

Supermoon Moonlight Part Two – Forest Robots (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It is hard to believe that the album which forms other half of this one and where I first became acquainted with Forest Robots,...

Time Left Ajar – When Mountains Speak (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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You can accuse When Mountains Speak of many things. Perhaps being a bit "out there" for the more mainstream audience, maybe their songs develop...

Sessions – Daniel Kruglov (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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In a world where I am to be found daily trying to find something new to say about a bunch of three-chord indie kids...

Loveblind – A Shoreline Dream (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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With a new long player (yes, I’m that old that I still call them that) on its way, “Loveblind” arrives like a sonic morsel,...

Small Wonders – Starry Skies (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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With just two sonic strokes, that is, the two opening tracks on this Starry Skies’ fourth album, the band show just how versatile they...

Enjoy Your Space – Jenna McSwain (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Sitting somewhere between a hip Disney princess and the fairy godmother of soul, Jenna McSwain makes music which crosses both generations and genres. It...

Little Girl Blue – Achilles Tenderloin (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Wow! Where to begin? Okay, let's start at the top. I love the artist's name, Achilles Tenderloin, which has about three puns piled up...

Change Gonna Come – David Singley (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Although the title of the song might conjure up rabble-rousing, blues anthems from an earlier era, conscious soul, and the concerns of the physical...

Sleepwalking Heart – Jessie Kilguss (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Mann. Phair. Bush. Van Etten. That may sound like the back four of a cup-winning German football team (it still might be, I haven’t checked),...

Iron Shackle – Royce DeZorzi (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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When I hear tracks such as the acoustic goodness of Iron Shackle, an age-old argument and bugbear springs to my mind. When faced with...

Premiere: Fever Dream – Kicking Edgar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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If music must be judged (it must, it must, says the music reviewer), it should always be judged by the same criteria. That is,...

Portrait of a Woman (Part 1) – Mean Mary (reviewed by...

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I don’t know what folk clubs are like these days, I haven’t dared to enter one since the jazz wars. But if they’re like...

Premiere: Symbiosis – Gary Bamford (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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We often view the various art forms and creative urges as travellers on separate paths. As if art doesn't all emanate from the same...

From NYC with love and darkness – an interview with London...

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Recently, post-punkers London Plane released their sophomore album Bright Black via the Declared Goods label. This six-piece collective is made up of David Mosey...

The Take – Black Nite Crash (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Think of rock and roll, and you probably think of a fast, furious, high-octane sound built on energy and attitude. I think the genre...

Musical Musings – I: Greetings and Salutations

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Those of you who regularly dance around the musical architecture of this site probably associate the place with reviews. Perhaps also verbosity, run-on sentences,...

With Her – Gregory Bell (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Gregory Bell makes music that sits at a crossroads in the musical landscape. It's a place where more underground urges run into outright commercial...

God Loves A Woman – Ostarè (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Although Ostarè is a relatively new artist to me, it is easy to fall for her pop charms. Why? Because, unlike a lot of...

Every Day A Fresh Atrocity – Candy Coffins (reviewed by Dave...

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I love bands who can mix heavy, heart-felt messages with music that seems to betray its dark design. The Cure did it so well....

Austin electronic duo Panjoma present new video for Like Thunder...

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Austin-based electronic artist Panjoma present their new single 'Like Thunder', a sultry and blissed-out chill song in time for spreading good summer vibes. Originally created for...

It Can’t Rain Forever – Agon (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Hip-Hop may have had a complicated birth, the product of the street corners and community centres of a down on its fortunes South Bronx,...

These Distances Between Us: 21st Century Songs of Longing – Emily...

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I often get so caught up in the mirk and mire of pop and rock music, this wave of contemporary creation favours guitar over...

Manchester indie rockers, Weimar, present new single and video ‘I...

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Manchester art-rock quartet Weimar present the single 'I Smashed The Looking Glass', a surreal upbeat rock number enhanced by psychedelic effects, exploring such themes of identity crisis...

Shooting Star – Rico Bee (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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The sound that Rico Bee blends on Shooting Star seems to pay no heed to either genre or time. In his deft lyrical flows...

Send Them Love – Stephen Jacques (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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In a world of acid-jazz fusion and experimental funk, rock-rap crossover, indie-folk, and hip-hop classical blends (probably), listening to a Stephen Jacques album feels...

Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget – The Persian Leaps (reviewed...

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We have got so used to hearing people on TV talent shows chasing a place in the celebrity landfill site of underachievement waxing lyrical...

That Someone – Elk City (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The best music is that which isn’t easily summed up. Not in the small generic soundbites that seem to satisfy today’s music consumer, anyway....

A Midnight’s Tale – Little Meister’s (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Anyone who cites Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Pärts as part of the inspiration for anything they do is someone I want to know more...