Category Archives: baroque -pop

Battle of The Grumbles – Thomas Nation (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Perfection is by and large over-rated. Let me qualify that with a question. Is it better to capture the most perfect version of  a song with little merit or to commit to prosperity a deft and delicious set of songs … Continue reading

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Veil –  Richard Wileman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

One of the restrictions of working with music that is so textured, intricate and dynamically fluid as Richard’s usual musical vehicle, Karda Estra, is that when it comes to live shows, the logistics surrounding the amount of players and gear … 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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The Night and I Are Still So Young – The Heavy Blinkers

Just when you think the art of sumptuous, widescreen harmonies have been consigned to the past, along come The Heavy Blinkers to put it back on the musical menu. Well, let me qualify that, this is a reissue, but even … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCV: The Red Forest – Moleville

It was pretty much a year ago that Moleville presented us with a wonderful collection of emotive and dream-like songs under the name Relics, so it was great to find some new activity in the form of a video pop … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mandolins – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

An album is more than just a collection of songs; it is a window into where an artist is, mentally, physically and often more telling, logistically, at the point of recording. 2014’s compact and bijou five track The Ghost of … Continue reading

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Dreams of Hydrogen Days – Echo Park Orchestra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Echo Park Orchestra have a gift that is rarely found in contemporary music, to be able to take extremes and weave them together into a middle ground experience that ticks more boxes than you were even expecting to be presented … Continue reading

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In The Sylvan Glades – Echo Park Orchestra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes music is difficult to review because you have heard it all before and find it hard to add anything new and constructive to that conversation. What is there to say about a band still trying to squeeze any remaining … Continue reading

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Little Victories – Maple Bee (Xie Recordings) reviewed by Dave Franklin

When Melanie Garside first unleashed her new musical vehicle, Maple Bee, it possibly confused a whole swath of people who knew her from stints with Queenadreena and Mediæval Bæbes. But creativity is an evolutionary process and some of the dark … Continue reading

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Hypnophobia – Jacco Gardner (Full Time Hobby) reviewed by Dave Franklin

At a time when most bands referencing past musical glories seem to do so in a very obvious way, reworking Beatles licks or Joni Mitchel song lines, baroque-popster, Jacco Gardner takes a much more subtle and sublime approach. Hypnophobia comes … Continue reading

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