Category Archives: pop-rock

New Music of the Day – CCIV : Hojas Amarillas – Stephania Sanquiz ft. Noemi Smorra

If the original version of Golden Leaves was a perfect blend of driven pop, infectious hooks and vocal eloquence, Stephania Sanquiz’s revisit takes the energy levels even higher and pushes a harder edge. Whilst staying faithful to the original and … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mandolins – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

An album is more than just a collection of songs; it is a window into where an artist is, mentally, physically and often more telling, logistically, at the point of recording. 2014’s compact and bijou five track The Ghost of … 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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Hey Muse! – The Suburbs (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The eighties is a much-misunderstood period. It was a time of massive musical creativity as the barriers kicked down by the punks the decade before were trampled into the dust in a rush to explore technology, possibility and potential. It … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXXIV- Joshua – Leah Capelle

Whilst I am a big believer in music which pushes boundaries, breaks new ground and makes weird musical leaps of faith, I am, like most people, a sucker for music firmly based in more comfortable zones, that just happens to … Continue reading

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Artist Profile – Illacrimo

Illacrimo are the perfect band for the post-genre world, wandering effortlessly as they do between musical styles. Whilst they have one foot firmly planted in a slick alternative rock vibe it is what they gather around that which sets them … Continue reading

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The Night Turns into Morning Light – Martin Lucassen (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last time around I found myself exploring Martin Lucassen’s musical territory; I was enchanted by the “less is more” quality of the album in question. I know that is a bit of a cliché, but clichés are clichés for a … Continue reading

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Lust – Elea Calvet (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Bristol based Canadian songwriter Elea Calvet delivers her  gorgeous debut single, Lust, on 15th April and then rolls it out to the masses via a show at St John’s on The Wall in Bristol on 13th May. And why is that a big … 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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Wound Up – Shane Guerrette (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m always a bit apprehensive when I see Ed Sheeran cited as an influence on a young artist. Don’t get me wrong, there’s worse people to look up to, it’s just that I remember him as a young musical scruff, … Continue reading

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