Category Archives: indie

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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Growing Up So Fast – Flagship Romance (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although slightly reminiscent of the simplicity and harmony of The Civil Wars, you could always tell that whilst making great music those two didn’t seem to be having a lot of fun. However, Flagship Romance, another partnership that crosses the musical … 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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New Music of the Day – CLXXXVI: Say Can You – Divisionists

Sometimes songs can be a peek into a bands record collection, which for a music snob and general nosey parker such as myself is never a bad thing. Whilst Divisionists are a current London outfit, their music skims sonic stones … 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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Hometown – Dru Cutler (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When you look at an artists “about me” or biographical blurb and check their listed influences, it often says more about what they want to sound like or what they sound like in their own head rather than describes the … Continue reading

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Freedom Rider – Alun Parry (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  The term “folk singer” comes with some very loaded images. Images of everything from emotive acoustic players, narrative storytellers, traditional bastions of historical musical forms, rabble-rousers, troubadours and street corner orators. Take your pick. Well, with Alun Parry you … Continue reading

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