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Paper Boats  –  The Black Watch (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As the opening, titular track washes past, there is something in the soft edged vocals and the rich guitar textures that roughly fixes The Black Watch’s sonic pathway. It’s the same one walked by any number of jangling eighties musical … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXVIII : Shocking Place –  Drive With Me (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Hip-hop and rap are very good at self-aggrandisement, of showing off, revelling in personal gain and glorifying material wealth. So it is wonderfully refreshing to come across videos like Shocking Place and artists like Drive With Me who are about … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXVII : Do U – Nikia ft. Johnny Will  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The best pop music has the ability to walk fine lines between different worlds and is able to appeal to wide demographics without sacrificing its own integrity. We often see the opposite of this idea at work, at one extreme … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXIII: Drive ‘n’ Text – Robert Boog (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

By his own admission, Robert Boog isn’t a natural musician, but he is  naturally a creative soul, as a string of work in literature and movie script-writing will attest to. And like all creatives he knows that it is the … Continue reading

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Watch It Fall –  Joseph Eid (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You can help but hear the spirit of Bob Dylan floating around in the back ground of Watch It Fall. Not so much I the sound of the song and certainly not in the vocals but there is something in … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXIII : Tropical Marijuana – Marg (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The two words that form the title immediately suggest something smooth, hazy, dreamlike and perhaps sultry. That is exactly what Marg delivers with this slick indie-pop outing. Better known so far for You Tube covers of well-known current songs, one … Continue reading

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Real Time – Steve Ryan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Well, if that isn’t the feel good hit of the summer I’d like to know what is! Although it is barely spring but there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. As earnest heroes of indie crank out earnest indie songs, rockers … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  – CCLXVI : If Love Had a Butt – Seth Hilary Jackson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is easy to make a case for the fact that country music can take itself a bit too seriously. A gross generalisation I know, but you know the ones I mean, those moody looking, lonesome cowboys waxing lyrical about … Continue reading

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Venice EP –  Brice Sedgwick (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The west coast of America, and California in particular has been described in music many times, from the Beach Boys harmonious surf pop to the hippy haze of The Mamas and The Papas, the slick acoustic rock of The Eagles … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXIII : Everything’s Fine  –  The Wyatt Act (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The Wyatt Act seem to sit in the common ground of a Venn Diagram where music, performance art and poetry all connect. Yes, Everything’s Fine is a quirky pop song, but it is more than that too. A statement, a … Continue reading

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