Category Archives: indie

All or Nothing – Saints of Bliss (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

After achieving a pretty high profile status for the band in their native South Africa, Saints of Bliss have taken the end of their 5 year record deal, which garnered 2 albums and a number of heavily rotated singles, to … 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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Elmont EP – Elmont (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If in the minds of many, at least to those looking in from the opposite shores of that big old ocean as I am, music from the great state of Texas conjures ideas of outlaw country bands, boogie bluesmen and … Continue reading

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Rainbows – A is for Atom (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If pop music often comes with the tag throw away and modern indie has become anything but independent being more concerned with the fame game as its denizens sport complicated hair and just the right brand of skinny jeans, then … 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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Windows – Greye (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Greye are that perfect example that music is normally either too simple or too layered to be called anything other than rock and roll…as opposed to rock ‘n’roll and all that crepe-sole music! Straight down the line guitar music generally … Continue reading

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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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The Gospel According To John – The Black Watch (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music doesn’t fit neatly into the accepted cultural canon or defined generic boundaries that help keep things organised. There is music that seems to instead exist in alternate timelines and The Black Watch is just such a band. Imagine … Continue reading

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Boxes – Circus of the West (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As well as being a candidate for the coolest name in music at the moment, Circus of the West delivers a song which strides confidently and compellingly towards the listener. This wonderful narrative about the absurdity of this demarcated and … Continue reading

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