Category Archives: indie-pop

Coming Up For Air – Phil Wilson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Because we live in a world where everything needs to have an appropriate label and people have gone to war over the wrong sub-genre being attributed to a particular artist or album, I feel the need to make an important … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCVI: Redolence – Camens

If new kids on the Power-pop/indie block, Camens, delivered a calling card that sat easily within the bounds of expectation with Boys Will Stray, especially considering the music they have been associated with until now, Redolence is a real curve … Continue reading

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Pacifico – Brice Sedgwick (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You could make a good argument for the fact that whilst guitar music seems to have undergone constant evolution, been pushed and pulled in all directions and warped and twisted into new forms, in the name of contemporary music, the … Continue reading

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Were You Ever Really Mine? – Rhett Repko (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Just as the opening strummed acoustic guitar lines have me thinking “here we go, another earnest, balladeering, unplugged troubadour to wade through” the weight of a full band drops in behind it and suddenly the world seems a brighter place. … Continue reading

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Present Tense – grownuplife (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The saying goes that “writers write” a call to the idea that you earn the title by doing the task at hand, a lot, and where and where ever you find inspiration. The same is certainly true for musicians and … Continue reading

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Just For The Mystery – Jackson Howard (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes you just want a tune that is simple, jaunty, direct, clean limbed, poppy and infectious. Just For The Mystery ticks all of those boxes and more. In an age when the numerous options available to an artist in the … Continue reading

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Black Hole Heart – Sarah Donner (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Having come to Sarah Donner’s work initially through her Kitten’s Slay Dragons album Big, Big, Heart, it was interesting to experience her away from those more recent electronic experimentations and synth-pop drives. But what initially strikes me is that even … Continue reading

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IOUOME – Duncan Lloyd (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Duncan Lloyd is nothing if not productive. As well as being the driving force behind Maximo Park and busy with peripheral projects such as Decade in Exile and Nano Kino, he has still found time to release his second solo … Continue reading

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Gravity – Julia McDonald (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a time, not too long ago that you had to make a choice between being a pop artist or a serious musician. One was the stuff of slick commerciality, high production values and easy accessibility, the other depth, … Continue reading

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Things I Wish I’d Said – Heartwork (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Often it isn’t until that guy with a guitar you have been watching for a few years goes into the studio to make a more fully realised recording of his music that you really become aware of what those songs … Continue reading

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