Category Archives: indie-pop

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 to 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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Sweep Me Away – Ed Lofstedt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music can be used to do many things, evoke emotions, enhance or change moods, it can be deep and clever, throwaway and frivolous and sometimes it can even change your life. It can also be used to send a message, … Continue reading

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There She Is – Be Like Pablo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  From this video it is pretty obvious that they have played the off Weezer album from time to time but that’s alright as the LA four piece were themselves a conduit for earlier influences – pop punk, indie, power … Continue reading

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Henry Bateman – Ready or Not/Mother (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love the air of detachment that exudes from the heart of Henry Bateman’s music. For whilst Ready or Not is lyrically all about trying to form a specific emotional tie, musically it sits in its own space, slightly away … Continue reading

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Humble Pie – Sergeant Buzfuz (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In these times of descriptive hyperbole and overstatement it seems as if a day doesn’t go by without a “totally unique” band being wafted my way. In fact these one in a million bands crop up nine times out of … Continue reading

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Pageantry – Letting Up Despite Great Faults (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  There is a clear reverence for post-punk nostalgia indicated by this single release from LUDGF’s forth coming Alexander Devotion ep; the ghost of New Order Christmas past certainly looms large over the beats and vibe of the song, yes, … Continue reading

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Okami – Lowws (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Okami is what happens when indie music decides to turn away from the well-trodden, primary coloured and fashion-focused path and has a bit of a fling with dream-pop. Admit it, they were destined to hook up at some point and … Continue reading

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Escape – Brandyn Burnette (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have to say that the term “progressive soul/indie pop” as a label in the press release was something I found intriguing, particularly the first half. Genre’s can only tell you so much and the term “progressive’” pretty much throws … Continue reading

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Wait For Tomorrow – Plummie Racket and The Dicemen (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a point, fairly early on during The Lab Rat, the opening salvo of this latest e.p, when you get to reflect on the how far the man at the centre of all of this has come. At just … Continue reading

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Silent Disco Punch Up – Cursor Major (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Us journo’s and music writers, we like nothing better than assigning labels to bands and their music. The fashionable thing at the moment is to look for retro-references, particularly 80’s influences and cite those hazy and creative post-punk times as … Continue reading

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Marla and David Celia European Tour

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