Author: Sam Saunders

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky,  The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Album Review

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Album Review

One band member taking it upon themselves to re-record all of the band's old classics is a bold statement at the best of times. It can come across as pretty arrogant of that member to...

Review posted on 27th November 2012

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Newton Faulkner - Write it on Your Skin Album Review

Newton Faulkner - Write it on Your Skin Album Review

Hairy, dreadlock-sporting, acoustic-folk maestro Newton Faulkner has made quite a household name for himself over the last few years. After enjoying mainstream success with songs such as Dream Catch Me (although many people asked would...

Review posted on 11th October 2012

Dirty Heads - Cabin By the Sea

Dirty Heads - Cabin By the Sea

Alternative rockers/reggae band The Dirty Heads release their anticipated newest album Cabin By the Sea amid high expectations. The album itself was released on June 19th 2012. The American band are known for their relaxing,...

Review posted on 20th August 2012

Greeen Linez - Things That Fade

Greeen Linez - Things That Fade

Blasting their way into areas of music usually reserved for the likes of famous electronic artists Jean Michel Jarre or Vangelis (though I think with the London 2012 soundtrack consisting of nothing but Chariots of...

Review posted on 20th August 2012

Room E - Penguin Child

Room E - Penguin Child

Electronic maestro Room E, a producer from San Diego, USA, releases full length studio album entitled Penguin Child through label Kudos Records. It's an ambient, chilling sound that Room E seems to have gone for...

Review posted on 9th July 2012

Arcane Roots - Left Fire

Arcane Roots - Left Fire

Progressive, experimental rock band Arcane Roots releases their latest album Left Fire through Play It Again Sam Records. It's an ambitious, motivated release, clearly put together with a lot of talent, but does that necessarily...

Review posted on 9th July 2012

Kyla La Grange - Ashes

Kyla La Grange - Ashes

"I felt like it was the only way I could release all the noise and cluttered emotions inside my head. It's a place where I can be alone and immerse myself in emotions that I...

Review posted on 2nd July 2012

Buster Shuffle - Do Nothing

Buster Shuffle - Do Nothing

London based pop/ska band Buster Shuffle (formed under the motivation of apparent imminent homelessness and a need to get free beer) return with this; their latest full-length, self-produced studio album Do Nothing - a title...

Review posted on 11th June 2012

New Street Adventure - Say It Like You Mean It

New Street Adventure - Say It Like You Mean It

Styled as "the sound of young soul", London's newest indie-soul act New Street Adventure mean business. Their new EP, Say It Like You Mean It, released through Unmasked Recordings is release on May 28th 2012,...

Review posted on 10th May 2012

All The Young - Welcome Home

All The Young - Welcome Home

Indie rockers All the Young seem to have burst onto the music scene with pretty much no warning whatsoever. Their debut offering, Welcome Home, a title that rather presumptuously seems to assume that listeners will...

Review posted on 19th April 2012

Bowerbirds - The Clearing

Bowerbirds - The Clearing

Indie folk trio the Bowerbirds' second full length studio album The Clearing is the follow up to 2009's album Upper Air. After a turbulent couple of years fraught with break ups and reconciliations, it's almost...

Review posted on 19th April 2012

Doe Paoro - Slow to Love

Doe Paoro - Slow to Love

The glamorous location of Brooklyn, New York has seen some famous people come and go in its time, but one of the most recent stars to erupt from its depths is the R'n'B singer Doe...

Review posted on 10th April 2012

Luke Temple - Don't Act Like You Don't Care

Luke Temple - Don't Act Like You Don't Care

Luke Temple, the singer songwriter, has had a complicated history of album releases and collaborations, but his latest offering, entitled Don't Act like You Don't Care, is simple enough to understand. It's slow paced, emotive...

Review posted on 7th March 2012

Rendezvous - Another Round Please

Rendezvous - Another Round Please

It seems like the trend these days is to create rock/electronic music, a fusion of two very different genres. This is something that Israeli club duo Rendezvous seem to have unwittingly managed quite successfully with...

Review posted on 1st March 2012

Sweet Sweet Lies - The Hare, The Hound and The Tortoise

Sweet Sweet Lies - The Hare, The Hound and The Tortoise

Brighton's indie scene gets a refreshing comedic twist in the form of rockers Sweet Sweet Lies, with the release of their latest full length studio album entitled The Hare, The Hound and the Tortoise. It's...

Review posted on 27th February 2012

Lights - Siberia

Lights - Siberia

Canadian electro-pop sensation Lights' has in recent months managed to take the Internet by storm, and has caught the attention of fans all over the world. Now, armed with a powerful new full length album,...

Review posted on 27th February 2012

Fighting Fiction - Fighting Fiction

Fighting Fiction - Fighting Fiction

Energetic Bristol-based 4-piece Fighting Fiction return in July 2012 with their full length, self titled debut studio album, revitalising their trademark "ska-punk rock" genre and packing it full of socially aware lyrics and almost angry,...

Review posted on 22nd February 2012

The Machine Room - Love from a Distance

The Machine Room - Love from a Distance

Creating melancholy, haunting and eerie synth music seems to be the popular ambition these days. Or at least, definitely the goal of indie project The Machine Room, an Edinburgh based band, self-styled as a salute...

Review posted on 14th February 2012

White Hills - Frying on this Rock

White Hills - Frying on this Rock

Experimental, psychedelic New York rockers White Hills return with their latest offering to the scene, Frying on this Rock, an innovative and unique take on the alternative rock genre.White Hills style themselves as "space rock"...

Review posted on 14th February 2012

Alex Butler - Turn

Alex Butler - Turn

Twenty year old Newcastle based singer/songwriter Alex Butler blasts his way onto the music scene with big-sounding ode to the 1960's pop art culture Turn EP, a clear salute to the retro-chic, pinstripe-suited image of...

Review posted on 6th February 2012

Billy Vincent - Once on the Grand Union

Billy Vincent - Once on the Grand Union

London folk-rockers Billy Vincent follow up their zealous and progressive EP King Island Coyote with ambitious release, Once on the Grand Union. Folk rock is still a different and experimental genre, and the new release...

Review posted on 16th January 2012

Wolventrix - Ours Till Dawn

Wolventrix - Ours Till Dawn

London indie-rock band Wolventrix release their debut album, Ours Till Dawn, the follow up to their EP The Berlin EP. This is their first full-length release since their formation in 1999, and the time it...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Austerlitz - Austerlitz

Austerlitz - Austerlitz

French rockers Austerlitz release their extremely ambitious, experimental, self-recorded debut studio album. In fact, ambitious is hardly the word. It's actually borderline eccentric but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's rock music with an...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Simian Ghost - Lovelorn

Simian Ghost - Lovelorn

Whatever anybody has said, disco electronica isn't quite dead yet. Swedish musician Sebastian Arnstrom abandons his previous post as post-rock guitarist with Aerial to begin anew with electronic-pop creation Simian Ghost, proving that electronica lives...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

David J. Roch - Skin and Bones

David J. Roch - Skin and Bones

Singer/Songwriter David J. Roch releases his interesting, experimental album Skin and Bones through Dram Records. It's a debut release from him, an ambitious and different style of music that's hard to categorise and could be...

Review posted on 22nd August 2011

Transfer - Future Selves

Transfer - Future Selves

San Diego rockers Transfer release their debut, full length studio album Future Selves on the 19th September, with some good reviews already behind them. Their style of pop-rock with anthem-based noises sounds like it could...

Review posted on 22nd August 2011

Soft Hearted Scientists - Wandermoon

Soft Hearted Scientists - Wandermoon

It's definitely not often that one would find music that's unique in today's fast paced music scene. It's very easy to put it into genres, and it's rare that one finds something that is really...

Review posted on 1st August 2011

Monarchy - Around the Sun

Monarchy - Around the Sun

London's dance scene gets a refreshing boost with the release of Around the Sun, the debut offering from Monarchy, popular Techno/House artists. New, dedicated techno music has been thin on the ground in recent years,...

Review posted on 1st August 2011

Lower Than Atlantis - World Record

Lower Than Atlantis - World Record

World Record, the second full length album from Hertfordshire based rockers Lower than Atlantis makes a bold statement. Lower than Atlantis are back on the scene, and they intend to tear it up, in a...

Review posted on 12th July 2011

Tom Moriarty - Fire in the Doll's House

Tom Moriarty - Fire in the Doll's House

Singer/Songwriter Tom Moriarty confidently bursts onto the scene with a full length studio album, Fire in the Doll's House. It's released with some anticipation, as Tom Moriarty has already received some excellent feedback for the...

Review posted on 12th July 2011

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