Category Archives: indie-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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Scene and Heard –  CCXXVI :  Circles – Blue Apollo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Most music that is doing something new, nudging the ball forward, exists at a collision point of influences. After all a band made up of four Bon Jovi fans  (shudders at the thought) is hardly going to reinvent the wheel, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXIV : Black Water –  Thomas Abban (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Black Water is one of those songs which takes you on a journey, I know it is a cliche and I don’t want to be that guy, but it is a sonic journey, one that builds from gentle jazz guitar … Continue reading

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Garnet Dusk –  Claudio Conti (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Instead of reaching for meaningless industry jargon, labels such as alt-folk, anti-folk or the strangest of them all post-folk, Garnet Dusk could be better described as “what folk did next.” For folk is certainly what is being channelled here but … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXIII : Scatter Me –  TC&I  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There have been many songs about what Mr Shakespeare so eloquently refered to as “shuffling off this mortal coil” and it is part of the human experience to muse on what happens after we are done with this life, but … Continue reading

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The Exit –  Nir  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When you start throwing around terms such as “pop,” “rock” and “ballad” in close proximity to each other, it will conjure up images of the worst kind of stadium cliche and anthemic excesses. They are more often than not songs … Continue reading

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Great Aspirations – TC&I (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is always difficult for musicians associated with a past name act to bring fresh music to the table without people trying to join dots and name check, extrapolate and reference, particularly if that previous act was one which rose … Continue reading

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Vivre –  Elizabeth Anne Mall (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Revolutions are usually too jarring to be of any real use and evolution is often too slow a process, but what Vivre represents is a gentle and purposeful nudging forward of the pop package, an unhurried but deliberate direction of … Continue reading

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Nothing Like It –  Courtney Farren (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As soon as the opening, titular track begins pouring from the speakers you know that you are on to something a bit special here. Special in that, far from being just another singer-songwriter, indie girl with guitar, Courtney Farren instead … Continue reading

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You Are My Home –  Alan Osborne (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music is made for many reasons, some of them creative, driven by integrity, other times…well, not so much. For everyone who is trying to express a personal view of the world there is someone looking for a quick buck, for … Continue reading

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