Song reviews

  Free State Of Mind by Fay Lamour

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Understated but not without style, “Free State of Mind” moves in a minimalist manner through the urban jungle with Fay Lamour making the most of her slow rolling musical moves. Left of centre is where it is at these days.

Review date:  March 27 2021

  Spellbinding by Nadia Vaeh

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On course

“Spellbinding” is indeed a pop song of respectable strength with enough retro moves to tick all the trendy boxes on anybody’s style sheet. Nadia Vaeh throws in a suitably robust vocal performance that justifies radio play and perhaps even some remixes.

Review date:  January 30 2021

  Deepest Ocean by The fin.

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Low key in that ever fashionable minimalist synth pop style, “Deepest Ocean” nonetheless has a decided hypnotic effect on the ears. If you are going to loop then loop it right and that is just what The fin. have done with this song.

Review date:  January 30 2021

  1972 by The Bartells

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The Bartells wouldn’t be much of an indie rock band if they didn’t at least try to turn all their songs into potential anthems and their song “1972” duly takes it to the big chorus with a riff or three keeping it company. Sing along!

Review date:  January 30 2021

  The End of Love by Erotic Secrets of Pompeii

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Ah! The sound of the city echoes around the room courtesy of Erotic Secrets of Pompeii. “The End of Love” struts about like a song on a mission to smite mediocrity with a musical sword made the of best theatrical steel. Play loud!

Review date:  January 25 2021

  Empty Shoulders by Faux Fur Bean Cube

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“Empty Shoulders” is the kind of song where meandering sounds wander about in search of greater things as the - wondrously named - Faux Fur Bean Cube emotes in the foreground. A mite pretentious perhaps but there is a certain hypnotic quality to it.

  Artemisia by Faux Machismo

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Now this is more like it. Grungy guitars, lost in space drums and a wandering female voice decorate “Artemisia” duly turning the song into a headphone weapon. The fast fade allows Faux Machismo to escape back into the night.

Review date:  January 24 2021

  Lions Should Hunt by Speak Easy Circus

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Speak Easy Circus are clearly a band with rather greater lyrical purpose than most and “Lions Should Hunt” is also decorated with copious amounts of well-schooled, even adventurous, musicianship. This one might even make a beard scratcher dance.

Review date:  January 24 2021

  Sugar, Stop by The Third Cut

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Appealing lo-fi power pop from The Third Cut with “Sugar, Stop” having more than enough steam to make it all the way to the bridge and back again. I had to fight the urge to sing along to this song which some will take as a good sign.

  Sweet Eyes by Jealous Tina

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Oh, so classy! Jealous Tina are about as smooth as you can get without actually coming out as jazz and “Sweet Eyes” reverberates to the sound of a spell cast solely to entrance the ears of the discerning. Finger snapping good.

Review date:  January 24 2021

  Luz by Belau ft. Sexto Sentido

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Ethnic influences abound in “Luz” and serve to effectively add a pleasing organic quality to the underlying looped electronica. Belau have duly made this song soothing, easy on the ear and, yet, still interesting.

Review date:  January 22 2021

  Player by Zsüd

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“Player” rolls like it should be in a television montage yet, despite the cut to the click vibe, Zsüd still manages to infuse the song with echoes of all the spiritual emptiness that today has to offer. Indeed a song of our time.

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