Author: Hannah Spencer

Matt Corby - Into The Flame EP Review

Matt Corby - Into The Flame EP Review

Matt Corby's Into The Flame is a 19 minute tease of an EP from Australia's answer to Ben Howard offering both moments of serene beauty and heart wrenching passion. The delicate acoustic-folk sensitivity of the...

Review posted on 23rd January 2013

Kimbra - Vows Album Review

Kimbra - Vows Album Review

Following the success of the over-played Gotye track on which Kimbra featured, New Zealand born vocalist Kimbra Lee Johnson's own musical endeavours are not quite as cohesive and consistent - as Vows, a confusing and...

Review posted on 1st October 2012

Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II Album Review

Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II Album Review

It may come as something of a surprise from someone perhaps better known as a hip-hop/rap producing electronic artist, but Solo Piano II does as it says on the tin; it's Chilly Gonzales' second collection...

Review posted on 18th September 2012

Get Well Soon - The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads

Get Well Soon - The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads

Its 'Prologue' sets the scene; a melancholy folk waltz, at first sounding solo male vocals accompanied by acoustic guitars and subtle drums, before gradually building with layers of harmonica and particularly with its blossoming string...

Review posted on 18th September 2012

Hooray For Earth - True Loves

Hooray For Earth - True Loves

'Under a world of sound' just seems like a meaningless lyric on the surface of title track, 'True Loves.' But it's an important phrase, serving to sum up the implanted roots of Hooray For Earth's...

Review posted on 1st February 2012

FingerSnap - Smokehouse

FingerSnap - Smokehouse

A fresh, soul-drenched, catchy offering, the Smokehouse EP is the debut release from Fingersnap; a collaboration between two established musicians David McAlmont and Guy Davies. 'I Wanna Rise' kicks in immediately with a funky bass...

Review posted on 3rd January 2012

Icona Pop - Nights Like This

Icona Pop - Nights Like This

'Nights Like This', the latest release from Swedish synth-pop duo Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, better known collectively as Icona Pop, opens with its title track which starts with a big electronic beat, eighties-tastic with...

Review posted on 3rd January 2012

Cinema Red and Blue - Butterbean Crypt

Cinema Red and Blue - Butterbean Crypt

Nostalgic and psychedelic, 'Walkin' To The Cemetery' opens the Butterbean Crypt EP with a dated musical feel that reeks of The Doors/The Who. The track sounds' Hammond organ with scuzzy guitars and simple repeated chord...

Review posted on 3rd January 2012

Guy Chambers & Sophie Hunter, Songs For A Boy EP Review

Guy Chambers & Sophie Hunter, Songs For A Boy EP Review

Perhaps best known for his partnership with Robbie Williams, The 'Songs For A Boy EP' sounds pop songwriter Guy Chambers away from his comfort-zone in this stunning collaboration with vocalist Sophie Hunter. Opening track...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love

From the brightly coloured patchwork artwork and their frankly odd band name, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr give the first impression that they're going to sound like a bold, brash electro pop offering, but on listening,...

Review posted on 28th November 2011

Sons And Daughters - Mirror Mirror

Sons And Daughters - Mirror Mirror

With distinctively moody male and female vocals singing together in harmony over a foreboding minimal accompaniment, 'Silver Spell' kick starts Sons & Daughters' fourth album exactly as they mean to go on. Other than the...

Review posted on 25th July 2011

The Pierces - You & I

The Pierces - You & I

There was a time when New York based Sisters Catherine and Allison Pierce, aka The Pierces, almost gave up on making music together; it was Coldplay's Guy Berryman that was saddened by said rumour and...

Review posted on 25th July 2011

Ludovico Einaudi - Islands: Essential Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi - Islands: Essential Einaudi

Islands: Essential Einaudi is a best of collection of pieces composed and performed by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi; the ambient, meditative and beautiful natures of Einaudi's compositions are showcased perfectly by this selection. Of Einaudi's...

Review posted on 25th July 2011

Guineafowl - Hello Anxiety

Guineafowl - Hello Anxiety

'In Our Circles' opens with a spacey echoing guitar intro over a stomping bass drum pound before drums and a chugging bass line kick in part way through this opening track who's lyrics entitle the...

Review posted on 25th July 2011

Yasmin - Finish Line

Yasmin - Finish Line

Yasmin's 'Finish Line' is yet another relatively feeble attempt at a female vocal club anthem and undoubtedly a one hit wonder except without even being a hit. The verse melody of the track bears great...

Review posted on 25th July 2011

Kid Carpet - Songs From Repo Chick

Kid Carpet - Songs From Repo Chick

Making music that has, according to his website, formerly been described as 'kiddy disco punk', Kid Carpet (aka Ed Patrick) is a multi-instrumentalist a little different from the norm; his chosen sonic weapons are largely...

Review posted on 14th June 2011

Natural Tendency - Echoes

Natural Tendency - Echoes

Bristol-based four-piece, Natural Tendency, are unfaultable in their ambition, energy and ability as they very much demonstrate through this, their debut EP; tight, dynamic and solid. The title track to their 'Echoes' EP opens with...

Review posted on 14th June 2011

Cloud Control - Bliss Release

Cloud Control - Bliss Release

The opening track to Bliss Release starts with a low synth drone that instantly, knowing the Australian origins of Cloud Control, brings to mind the drone of a didgeridoo; this is then joined by folky...

Review posted on 6th June 2011

Hanson - Shout It Out

Hanson - Shout It Out

From its' very opening track, 'Waiting For This', Shout It Out sounds distinctively Hanson which places the listener on the borderline in a decision between whether this is good or bad news. A piano glissando...

Review posted on 6th June 2011

Red Snapper - Key

Red Snapper - Key

Red Snapper are a hidden gem fuelled with much variety, contrast and originality; one definitely worth discovering. Their latest offering, Key, opens with 'In Your Backs', smooth saxophone and clean guitar gesture over a ground...

Review posted on 6th June 2011

Scala And Kolacny Brothers - Scala & Kolacny

Scala And Kolacny Brothers - Scala & Kolacny

Following the YouTube phenomenon that Scala & Kolacny Brothers became after their stunning version of Radiohead's 'Creep' was featured on the soundtrack of The Social Network, this album, the much-anticipated debut UK release from Scala...

Review posted on 1st June 2011

Luke Rathborne - Luke Rathborne

Luke Rathborne - Luke Rathborne

This offering from 22-year-old melancholic singer-songwriter Luke Rathborne opens with strummed acoustic guitar and synth string backings beneath Rathborne's strained yet entrancing vocals which combine elements of Eels' Mark Oliver Everett and songwriting great Bob...

Review posted on 1st June 2011

Black Market Serotonin - Deadbyfiveoclock

Black Market Serotonin - Deadbyfiveoclock

Black Market Serotonin's 'Deadbyfiveoclock' EP is an ambitious combination of a multiplicity of influences; a blend that experimentally fuses elements of alternative, progressive and post-rock with synth-led pop. From a low fuzzy synth introduction,...

Review posted on 16th May 2011

Tribes - We Were Children

Tribes - We Were Children

'We Were Children' instantly brings to mind a flavour of the likes of Suede, Blue, Ocean Colour Scene and other 'nineties Britpop flavours, but that's by no means a criticism. The track sounds oaring loud...

Review posted on 16th May 2011

Colours - Bildungsroman

Colours - Bildungsroman

The spacey and atmospheric opening seconds of 'Playground' almost give the impression of a laid back, Kind Of Blue era Miles Davis-esque jazz soundscape before the bass, drums and guitars of a typical indie band...

Review posted on 16th May 2011

Kitty Daisy & Lewis - Smoking In Heaven

Kitty Daisy & Lewis - Smoking In Heaven

Smoking In Heaven, the Durham family trio's latest full-length effort, opens with rhythmic military, rolling snare and then kicks into a laid back funky reggae meets Latin jazz groove from a typical jazz combo trio...

Review posted on 16th May 2011

Cattle & Cane - Sold My Soul

Cattle & Cane - Sold My Soul

Another gem from Teeside, Cattle & Cane are a quartet that fuse together a wealth of folk, indie and blues influences and, on this their debut EP, showcase a mature and refined, fantastic sound that...

Review posted on 16th May 2011

Saint Saviour - Anatomy

Saint Saviour - Anatomy

Already this year the North East has spawned one of the best angst-ridden indie bloke quartets of recent years in The Chapman Family, now it's the time of a contrasting superb blend from the girls,...

Review posted on 9th May 2011

Her Name Is Calla - Maw

Her Name Is Calla - Maw

Her Name Is Calla are experts in the art of emotion fuelled painting with music. They are a band with the ability to conjure a divine, beautiful soundscape of peace and tranquillity and immediately tear...

Review posted on 9th May 2011

Polock - Getting Down From The Trees

Polock - Getting Down From The Trees

Getting Down From The Trees opens with 'High On Life', which instantly sounds flavours of the likes of Friendly Fires and Phoenix. Powered forward by a Strokes-esque indie drive in the blend of guitars, drums...

Review posted on 26th April 2011

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