Category Archives: alt-pop

Scene and Heard – CCCLXXII:  I Want You More – Mikkee (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although built around a fairly simple dynamic, that of a soaring and euphoric, plea driven vocal juxtaposed with glitchy industrial electronica, it is such an effective concept I’m surprised that it hasn’t been done so well before. I’m not saying … Continue reading

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Gargantua –  Siblings of Us (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You turn your back for a few months and bands go and change their whole sound. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic but whilst there is a radical shift from the crazed alt-disco, warped synth-wave, vibe towards a much more rock … Continue reading

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Active Bird Community new single ahead of album release

Active Bird Community today debuted their video for ‘Baby It’s You’, the second song released from their new album and Barsuk Records debut, Amends. The lighthearted Nick D’Agostino-directed clip can be seen now HERE. Amends will be released on 26th October 2018 … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCLIX: Typical Critical –  Fufanu –  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s nice to know that in this fast paced, over-driven, fashion conscious and largely conformist world we find ourselves in, there are still wonderful oases filled with calm and, more importantly brave creativity. Fufanu are custodians of such sheltered places … Continue reading

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The Songs of Chantitown (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a grace at the heart of Chantitown’s music which has rarely been seen amongst modern artists. It harks back to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carol King and a small number of artists who were part of that … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCLIV : I Am From Earth – Motazedi (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you ever doubted that music could be a unifying force then you need to see what Motazedi has been up to of late. For not only is I Am From Earth a wonderful life-affirming, cross-cultural slice of glorious and … Continue reading

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What You Wanted – Temporary Hero (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Those of a certain age, myself included, remember a time when the first wave of bands emerged wielding the newly accessible synthesiser rather than the more expected guitar and the death of music was heralded in certain quarters. But what … Continue reading

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Heartbeat in My Hand –  Catgod (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There are a lot of ways to make an impact with the opening salvo of a record. Many take the obvious and over done step of coming out with all guns blazing, of taking the more is more approach and … Continue reading

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Homeless – Fred Abong (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anyone who shows up in the review pile with a CV that includes Throwing Muses and Belly, as Fred Abong does, is going to get a free pass to the front of the queue. After all, why would any sane … Continue reading

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Two Things –  Cloud Daddy and the Kingston Big Smokes (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It isn’t often that a record confounds me, but Two Things is a strange track to get my head around. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing, after all who wants to be writing about yet another bunch of … Continue reading

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