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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXVIII : Are You Okay? – Mark Schirmacher (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Coming very much from the acoustic folk tradition, Are You Okay? blends the hallmarks of two of the genres biggest successes. There is something in the song’s minimalist beat and of course the gentle harmonica washes, that reminds us of … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXV : Be Careful What You Listen To – The New Occupants (ft. Mr. MooQ) (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Imagine if Frank Zappa was still with us and carving out a career for himself in the underground fringes of the alt-pop, synth-pop, industrial dance, EDM scene. Imagine that instead of offering up a warped, jarring and majestic end point … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXIV : West Coast – Yam Haus (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s all very well making music which is intricate and introverted, dense and technical, big and clever but some times you just want a song which is, well, fun. It sometimes is that straight forward, and the music and especially … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXII : Losing Our Control –  Astronomique (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Somewhere near the point where 80’s soft, focus pop meets modern synth-driven indie, where swirling dream-pop meets ambient, late night dance, you find Astronomique and Losing Our Control, a seamless blend of commerciality and cultish cool, of past pop peaks … Continue reading

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Be On Time – Brother Jon Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If last time out the Brother Jon Band showed their slick and sassy bar room blues licks via the wonderful Bobby’s Blues, this time they take those same influences and wrap them in a more cosmic folk vibe. The result … Continue reading

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Black and Blue –  Annie Fitzgerald (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is no place like home, or so they say, and by her own admission it would seem that a return to her native Minnesota soil after a decade in New York City has imbued Annie Fitzgerald’s latest album, You … Continue reading

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Bobby’s Blues –  Brother Jon Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The groove never goes out of fashion, Bobby’s Blues is proof of that. Built on one of those timeless blues rock rhythms, one that slinks rather than drives, that swaggers rather than rushes, this is a song which could have … Continue reading

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Whiskey Priest –  Ben Noble (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Cutting Teeth hinted at Ben Noble’s ability to craft emotive and gently sweeping folkscapes but it didn’t prepare the listener for the fact that he is able to fill a whole album with the sort of songs which could have … Continue reading

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Chandelier –  autumn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Chandelier is an album which reminds us that the post-punk and gothic originators from which autumn, at least in part take their lead, were essentially pop bands, although ones not afraid to revel in a quirkiness and outsider stance. And … Continue reading

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Generation Kill –  Illuminaté Steele ft. Terrormasta (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love music that confounds me, music which doesn’t fall into easy journalistic boxes. That is one of the things I love about Generation Kill, just one of many. So firstly, where does this fit into the musical landscape? Doom … Continue reading

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