Category Archives: alt-pop

A Dream –  Ultratone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There are some bands that make music which sits in a wonderfully, non-generic middle ground. I don’t mean that in dismissive way, suggesting perhaps there is something middle of the road or predictable about these bands. Quite the opposite. I’m … Continue reading

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Mind The Ether  – Shaman Elect (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s very easy to judge books by covers, or in this case bands by titles and upon seeing both the name of the band and the album, I have to confess that thoughts of some sort of dreadlocked, hippie-esque, stoner … Continue reading

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Boy. Inside – D.Ni.L (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is one thing to use the age old line that music saved you, acted as a form of redemption and was the catalyst to turn your life around. It is a concept that has become so linked to the … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXV : Be Careful What You Listen To – The New Occupants (ft. Mr. MooQ) (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Imagine if Frank Zappa was still with us and carving out a career for himself in the underground fringes of the alt-pop, synth-pop, industrial dance, EDM scene. Imagine that instead of offering up a warped, jarring and majestic end point … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Alarmed  –  Olivia Awbrey (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The real charm of Olivia Awbrey’s music is the multi-tasking that goes on. It is enough that she deftly hops genres – alt-rock, psychedelia and punked up folk all going into the mix as well is shouty gang vocals, pop … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXVIII : In My Arms –  Simon Lunche (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Simon Lunche does something rare in modern pop music, though there is much more going on here than mere pop. In My Arms is the sound of a man bearing his soul, of being as open, honest and vulnerable as … Continue reading

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The Climb – Matthew De Ver (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music obviously has a fluidity to it, a quality that means that the same piece can evoke a different set of reactions in different people depending on their own experiences and world outlook. Similarly lyrics can be used just as … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXV: Everyone – The Gospel General (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Faith is a very personal concept, music however is universal and it is the most natural thing in the world to use music as a way of celebrating it, expressing your adoration and adherence and spreading the word which you … Continue reading

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Before She Knows – Rhett Repko (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If ever there was a place where the traditions of classic song writing meets the neon glare of the more fickle clubland scene, where rock merges effortlessly into pop, where dance grooves are subsumed into indie eloquence it is in … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCV :  Heptapod – Loya (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Heptapod exists at a point where pop falls into a dark abyss, where electronica starts to become self aware, where gothic music finds its way from the dark basement venues and onto the neon glare of the clubland dance floors. … Continue reading

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