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Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks

Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks

Smoke Fairies new album 'Blood Speaks' is the result of a 'more confident', 'bolder' band 'pushing (their) boundaries' and incorporating 'broader influences'. Having caught the ear of such respected and influential musicians as Richard Hawley...

Review posted on 19th June 2012

Tu Fawning - A Monument

Tu Fawning - A Monument

From a tentative, early, but not entirely confident, first dip of a toe into the water with an EP in 2008 through to the more meaningful collaborative 'side project' that resulted in a startling surprise...

Review posted on 11th June 2012

Niki and the Dove - Instinct

Niki and the Dove - Instinct

As if by way of some timely reminder, Loreen's 'Euphoria' via the Eurovision Song Contest has been re-affirming and cementing the long held popular opinion that Sweden and pop are a winning combination; inextricably bound...

Review posted on 11th June 2012

Herman Dune - Monument Park

Herman Dune - Monument Park

Rock N' Roll loving duo and former John Peel favourites of French, definitely 'not Swedish' or American homeland, Herman Dune follow up their breakthrough album 'Strange Moosic' with a new EP, 'Monument Park'. Although the...

Review posted on 30th May 2012

Maximo Park - The National Health

Maximo Park - The National Health

'The National Health" finds Maximo Park playing to their strengths. It's the band's fourth studio album and, whilst they are hardly breaking new ground, either on their own sonic turf, or anyone else's, they appear...

Review posted on 25th May 2012

Ane Brun - It All Starts With One

Ane Brun - It All Starts With One

'It All Starts With One' is the 'latest' release from Norwegian born, Stockholm resident Ane Brun. Her 8th album has been longer in coming than intended due to touring commitments with Peter Gabriel. That matters...

Review posted on 21st May 2012

Tom Williams and The Boat - Teenage Blood

Tom Williams and The Boat - Teenage Blood

Some things are more quintessentially English than others. Tom Williams tourist attracting home town of Tunbridge Wells is definitely one of them. It's got a John Lewis, has Royal status, is a spa town with...

Review posted on 9th May 2012

Paul Thomas Saunders - Descartes Highlands

Paul Thomas Saunders - Descartes Highlands

Paul Thomas Saunders may well hail from West Yorkshire's sprawling financial, cultural and commercial city of Leeds but upon listening to his latest creation you'd be forgiven for thinking he was more of an...

Review posted on 8th May 2012

Ellen And The Escapades - All The Crooked Scene

Ellen And The Escapades - All The Crooked Scene

Preconceived ideas are generally not a good idea and very often wide of the mark. Formulating an opinion before the facts have been heard can be a dangerous and foolish thing to do. To have...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Ed Vallance - Volcano

Ed Vallance - Volcano

"If I can make it there I can make it anywhere"......so the song goes. Has he made it there? No not really. Is he likely to make it anywhere? Well the jury is still out...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Nneka - Soul Is Heavy

Nneka - Soul Is Heavy

'Soul Is Heavy' is the third album from 31 year old Nigerian born singer-songwriter, Nneka. Following on from 2008's 'No Longer At Ease' and her debut 2005 release 'Victim Of Truth', 'Soul Is Heavy' is...

Review posted on 27th March 2012

Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions

Some years ago now when the Manic Street Preachers had the audacity to criticize The White Stripes for being lazy in their song writing, for not spending enough time crafting their songs and putting out...

Review posted on 26th March 2012

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper

Charlotte Gainsbourg is a talented actress as well as a singer. I would suggest, should the chance arise and if she were offered it, her most suitable roll at the moment would be a part...

Review posted on 26th March 2012

Wallis Bird - Wallis Bird

Wallis Bird - Wallis Bird

There was a time three to four years ago when I thought Wallis Bird was going to huge. Amy Winehouse huge. Whilst I was clearly wrong Wallis has been moderately successful, especially in her native...

Review posted on 20th March 2012

Rams' Pocket Radio - Dogs Run In Packs

Rams' Pocket Radio - Dogs Run In Packs

Rams' Pocket Radio is the work of Peter McCauley, a very talented singer-songwriter, pianist and drummer. Championed by the likes of Gary Lightbody..."He's an extraordinary musician..a frightening talent" and 6Music's Tom Robinson among others Peter...

Review posted on 15th March 2012

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

As debut album's go, 'The Big Black And The Blue' was pretty formidable. Released back in 2010, when Klara and Johanna were still but teenagers, it properly heralded the arrival of a sibling song writing...

Review posted on 15th March 2012

Seeker Lover Keeper - Seeker Lover Keeper

Seeker Lover Keeper - Seeker Lover Keeper

As far as heavy weight musical trios go, 'Seeker Lover Keeper' are up there with the best of them. They may not have the pop prowess of Bananarama, the overtly sexual charms of Destiny's Child...

Review posted on 1st March 2012

Sinead Oconnor - How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

Sinead Oconnor - How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

In these days of media overload, Internet intrusion and social networking links, it can be increasingly difficult to separate out content and quality from personality and perception. You sometimes can't hear the music through the...

Review posted on 27th February 2012

Courtney Taylor-Taylor, One Model Nation Book Review

Courtney Taylor-Taylor, One Model Nation Book Review

Simultaneous, conjoined album and book releases by the same person are a rarity. When they are themed around a semi-conceptual format that involves 70's German underground youth movements that are caught up with the most...

Review posted on 21st February 2012

Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' Ft. MIA & Nicki Minaj

Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' Ft. MIA & Nicki Minaj

Whilst the actual Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee year with no intention of passing the royal baton the long time Queen Of Pop shows no sign of abdicating either. Young pretenders to her throne...

Review posted on 20th February 2012

School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory

School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory

In this age of austerity and economising it would appear that even band sizes are not immune from the need to rationalize and downsize in order to be more productive. Since The School Of Seven...

Review posted on 8th February 2012

David Sylvian - A Victim Of Stars 1982-2012

David Sylvian - A Victim Of Stars 1982-2012

In a musical career spanning 38 years, David Sylvian, has become somewhat of a byword for quality, a touchstone of consistency and an ever present ambassador for subtlety and sophistication. Having gone quietly about his...

Review posted on 6th February 2012

Anomie Belle - Crush

Anomie Belle - Crush

Composer, producer, arranger, programmer and multi-instrumentalist Anomie Belle, better known to her Ma & Pa as Toby Campbell, is a bundle of talent that is set to realise its full potential. Having travelled the world...

Review posted on 31st January 2012

Goldfrapp - The Singles

Goldfrapp - The Singles

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have been providing us with perfectly pitched high quality pop for nearly thirteen years now. Their output has always been extraordinarily reliable and has evolved through time to seemingly be...

Review posted on 17th January 2012

Adam Ficek - British Plastic

Adam Ficek - British Plastic

'British Plastic' is RKC's (Formerly Roses Kings Castles) third album to date. Ostensibly the solo project of one time Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek, RKC are his more electro leaning outlet for channelling his own "Odd...

Review posted on 9th January 2012

The Narcoleptic Dancers - Never Sleep

The Narcoleptic Dancers - Never Sleep

If you're fond of elaborate fabrication to serve as a back story to your favourite new European popsters then what the Narcoleptic Dancers offer up is particularly inspired. Not since Sebastian Jacob Niccals supposedly fathered...

Review posted on 9th January 2012

Sondre Lerche - Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche - Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche's self titled release is the 6th album from the acclaimed 29 year old Norwegian singer-songwriter. Said to contain a "Raw, spontaneous, instinctive and heartfelt sound" it also deals with more confrontational issues. It...

Review posted on 9th January 2012

The Birthday Suit - The Eleventh Hour

The Birthday Suit - The Eleventh Hour

Far from being idle, or for that matter wild, and with his former band on a very long term sabbatical or extended hiatus, Rod Jones has decided to form his own band. The Birthday Suit...

Review posted on 3rd January 2012

The Unthanks - Diversions Vol: 1

The Unthanks - Diversions Vol: 1

As dubious suggestions go, 'A silly idea that just wouldn't' go away' from The Unthanks producer, instrumentalist, sometime composer, and now full time hubby to Rachel, Adrian McNally's is probably more fanciful than silly....

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Don Scannell - Mystery

Don Scannell - Mystery

Southern Irish accountant Don Scannell has taken his newly released track 'Mystery' from his debut album Three Silver Pieces. It's all about soft melodies, steel guitar, piano and break beat drumming. Don's mellow vocals take...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

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