Category Archives: alt-pop

Thnx For The Ride – Rhett Repko (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I always knew that there was something a bit special about Rhett Repko. If Where You Ever Really Mine? hinted at the eclectic and adventurous nature of his musical thought process, this new offering really hammers that point home. Last … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXVII: Better Off – Leah Capelle

The last time Leah Capelle crossed my path she was giving the music world a lesson in just how to match rock muscle with pop infectiousness to build the perfect pop-rock sound via the song Joshua. This time we find … Continue reading

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Orbs of Light – Beto Hale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The fact that Beto Hale discovered the Beatles at a young and impressionable age is indelibly woven into the heart of this album. Whilst not always obviously Beatle-esque, the album seems to often think in similar ways and certainly Orbs … Continue reading

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I Hear You Calling – Afrikan Roots ft. Lebo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If much of today’s Afrobeat/dance fusion is the story of what happened to the music after it left its home continent and mixed with European influences as well as modern technologies, Afrikan Roots, as the name might imply, is the … Continue reading

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Outcasts – Ezla (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I guess anyone who moves to Nashville, the home of rhinestone infused country music, to build a career in edgy, sultry, underground pop, is obviously someone who sees beyond the veneer of the music industry and knows how to find … Continue reading

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Human Giving – Darto (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

What I’m still trying to fathom out is how Darto manage to sound both bucolic and anthemic at the same time. How can songs, which seem to be pastoral, gently chiming, sonorous lullabies through one ear, suddenly sound like they … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXV: My Metallic Dream – Cyborg Asylum

If Science Fiction in print and on the screen has been the perfect vehicle for discussing and exploring ideas of where society is headed and what the future might look like, it was the Blitz Kids and the New Romantics … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXV: Let The Sun Shine – Kung Fu Jesus

Music videos can be hit and miss affairs. Some are so low budget as to actually detract from the aural experience whilst others just reek of someone throwing money at the promotion of a record without having any clear idea … Continue reading

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On the Outside /Don’t Be So Sure – Tulipomania (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes the clues are right there in front of you and the fact that this latest sonic delight from Philadelphia’s Tulipomania comes wrapped in a cover graced by the hand of 4AD design visionary Vaughan Oliver certainly tells you something … Continue reading

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Bye Bye – Sophia Marshall (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

It’s always good to be given the opportunity to get rid of labels that are attached to artists. However well-intentioned they are at first, designed to provide some point of reference when an artist has little or no previous public … Continue reading

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