Category Archives: dream-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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A Sudden Warmness –  Cherry Coloured (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

They say that one swallow does not a summer make, similarly two bands does not quite equate to a scene, but from the outside looking in with bands such as Screens 4 Eyes and now Amit Buium working under the … 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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Always  – The Blue Hour (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Nostalgia, by its very definition, is not the way forward. But music, as we all know, is a cyclical process and so past musical glories naturally find their way into the new musical visions spun by later generations, it is … Continue reading

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Long Vivid Dream – Discolor Blind (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The ability to produce a suite of five songs which simultaneously seem part of totally different musical genres yet somehow sonically sit perfectly side by side is a great, and indeed brave, trick in this often musically narrow-minded world. It … Continue reading

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A Lullaby EP – Phil Wilson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As Phil continues his hazy pop odyssey with another small but perfectly formed batch of songs you realise something profoundly important about the man at the heart of the music. He understands what guitar pop music is about. I don’t … 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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Going around in circles

Music is cyclical, we all know that, 30 years seems to be the recognised time span for music to drop off the fashion radar long enough to seem cool or cult and be rediscovered and reinterpreted by a new musical … Continue reading

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Tandi My Dicafi – Underlined Passages (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Indie-pop is a term so broad that it becomes almost meaningless. And even when it comes to the better end of the musical spectrum, if a band can be summed up with such a simple and singular term, it is … Continue reading

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Gourami – Fassine (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Fassine has been leaving a trail of acoustic breadcrumbs like a musical Handsel and Gretel…but with an extra Handsel, all year. That enticing journey has finally paid off with this masterful collection of chilled and forward thinking tracks and whilst … Continue reading

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