Category Archives: alt-pop

After The Storm –  Ava (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If dream-pop seems a nostalgic and cultish notion which has long ago had its day in the post-punk sun and pop proper is a form too concerned with playing to the gallery and making music with the widest appeal, the … Continue reading

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Memories of Stars  –  Astrobal (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Matching lyrics which are poetic, scientific and philosophical to music which is hypnotic and mercurial, Astrobal’s Memories of Stars falls somewhere between a new wave of underground dance culture and Carl Sagan’s iconic Cosmos reimagined as music. It is full … Continue reading

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Sons of Rage/West Sierra – The Decrees (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If the art of good rock music is taking a robust sound and lacing it through with infectious melodies and memorable hooks and the art of great pop music is to aim higher than the short shelf life teen market … Continue reading

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A Tribute To The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds – YYY (reviewed by Thomas Haynes)

Step into a swirling, warping re-imagining of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds constructed with analog synths, glitchy vocal effects, trip hop beats, and kitten samples… plentiful kitten samples. _____________________________________________________________ I was a tad apprehensive about listening to a full LP … Continue reading

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Great Aspirations – TC&I (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is always difficult for musicians associated with a past name act to bring fresh music to the table without people trying to join dots and name check, extrapolate and reference, particularly if that previous act was one which rose … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  – CCXXIII : The Catch of The Pride – Blaylock

If previous single Lighthouse established Blaylock as a new form of pop-pianist, one that sits neatly between the high art of the serious end of the genre and the kitsch of the throwaway stadium anthem types, The Catch of the … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice – YYY – Ft. deM atlaS (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even in this day where cover versions, sampling and reworking of classic songs is the norm, there are some artists, to me anyway, whose music you plunder at your peril. Do not touch the Leonard Cohen collection unless you are … Continue reading

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Baby Is An Alien –  Aliens (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It does seem of late, that after a long time spent wondering why music isn’t using its natural platform effectively enough, I have been writing more and more about music with a social conscience. The Judex rallying against wilful ignorance … Continue reading

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Vivre –  Elizabeth Anne Mall (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Revolutions are usually too jarring to be of any real use and evolution is often too slow a process, but what Vivre represents is a gentle and purposeful nudging forward of the pop package, an unhurried but deliberate direction of … Continue reading

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I Had a Zombie Conversation –  Lewis Papier  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I haven’t checked the statistics but I’m sure it would be a fair bet to say that Halloween is responsible for just as many seasonally gimmicky songs being thrust upon the unsuspecting public as Christmas is. Quick buck induced tunes … Continue reading

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