The Life of Someone I Once Knew – Adrian John Szozda (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In a world of quick hits and sonic fashion statements, bite-size singles and low-brow lyricism, Adrian John Szozda reminds us of the art of the singer-songwriter. Not the high-school troubadour with his skinny jeans, wide-brimmed hat and complicated hair, but the old school artist, the storyteller, sonic magician and weaver of captivating narratives. The Life... Continue Reading →

Barren King – Manntra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ahead of a full-album next month, tantalisingly titled Monster Mind Consuming, Barren King offers a wonderful taste of the musical and mystical world that Manntra calls home. Blending sea-shanty sonics with searing metal licks, industrial grind with folk grandeur, traditional sounds with otherworldly, gothic vibes, Barren King is a fantastic flight of fancy. It is... Continue Reading →

Nova – Beemo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Beemo isn’t the perfect bridge between the established traditions of Celtic folk and country rock, and the sound of contemporary indie music, then it will certainly do until a better bridge comes along. Nova, a succulent sonic taster from the album Bustin’ Out, is a buoyant and boisterous sing-along, upbeat and euphoric in the... Continue Reading →

Our Hour – Hanterhir (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

It’s difficult to classify a band such as Cornwall’s Hanterhir, among the fifteen – yes, fifteen– songs tracks on ‘Our Hour’ the band dip into different genres like a guest at a finger buffet, filling their plate with rock, punk, folk and poppy radio-friendly music but the music feels connected by the acoustic guitar that... Continue Reading →

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