Category Archives: indie

Youth – Blue Apollo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Indie has been all things to everyone at some point. It has been the cultish underground it has been the cool mainstream, it has been rock with less testosterone and more integrity, it has been pop with a bit of … Continue reading

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A Dream –  Ultratone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There are some bands that make music which sits in a wonderfully, non-generic middle ground. I don’t mean that in dismissive way, suggesting perhaps there is something middle of the road or predictable about these bands. Quite the opposite. I’m … Continue reading

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Mind The Ether  – Shaman Elect (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s very easy to judge books by covers, or in this case bands by titles and upon seeing both the name of the band and the album, I have to confess that thoughts of some sort of dreadlocked, hippie-esque, stoner … Continue reading

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Boy. Inside – D.Ni.L (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is one thing to use the age old line that music saved you, acted as a form of redemption and was the catalyst to turn your life around. It is a concept that has become so linked to the … Continue reading

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The Climb – Matthew De Ver (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music obviously has a fluidity to it, a quality that means that the same piece can evoke a different set of reactions in different people depending on their own experiences and world outlook. Similarly lyrics can be used just as … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXV: Little Harwood –  Echoglass (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In the parlance of the younger and hipper than myself, “What’s not to like?” When it comes to bands as interesting, eclectic and wonderfully disarming as Echoglass the answer is, well, nothing. ‘Scuse the double negative. Firstly when listing the … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCII : Underground –  Mikäel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music is bombastic and out going, full of vim and vigour, getting the message across by being up close and personal. And that’s fine, it gets the job done, after a fashion, but the cliched adage of less is … Continue reading

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What If… – Emily B Green (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is some music which transcends genres. I’m not saying that in a sensationalist way or to invoke the modern trend for hyperbole, it is just that some music is built along such classic lines that it predates the contemporary … Continue reading

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Jitter Visions –  Cup (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s very easy to throw comparisons around when reviewing bands, in his case make that one-man-bands, such as Cup, but as the short, sharp, opening sonic salvo of Runny Rummy hammers its way into your consciousness, all monotonous, industrial guitar … Continue reading

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Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You – Soft Science (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

At that point where the haze of shoegaze meets the pristine lines of pop, where cool of the underground overlaps with the more discerning end of the commercial music machine, where the dream-like meets the danceable, you find Soft Science. … Continue reading

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