Song reviews

  When Youth Was Wasted by Dover Lynn Fox

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“When Youth Was Wasted” is infused with that seventies singer songwriter vibe and is none the worse for that with Dover Lynn Fox throwing in some literate lyrics before taking her song to the bridge. This one is indeed easy on the ear.

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  Karen’s Couch by Her Skin

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Another song with coffee shop sensibilities, “Karen’s Couch” makes a convincing case for another cappuccino as Her Skin turns up the guitars and mixes in enough angst ridden lyrics to make you want more.

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  Say It To My Face by Angela Chambers

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There’s nothing wrong with heart on your sleeve lyrics and Angela Chambers duly adds a healthy amount of them to her song “Say It To My Face” to provide some necessary counterpoint to the plastic production.

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  Human by The Hedrons

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I remember catching The Hedrons at a bar in Glasgow some years ago and recall them as being a rather boisterous band. “Human”, however, is mellow middle of the road rock that is surely destined to be added to a Radio 2 playlist. Nice.

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  Lately by Mared

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Delicately presented and infused with wistful words and fey melody, “Lately” is the kind of song that pretty much defines ear candy. Mared walks down the sentimental path with this song but you nonetheless want to follow her.

  How Rude by Brume

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Not a song to induce a smile, “How Rude” nonetheless rolls along with a notable amount of intensity and purpose. Brume are indeed bleak mixed with dark clouds and power chords yet they have a poise that makes it all worthwhile

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  Anatolia by Monsieur Minimal

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Monsieur Minimal makes interesting use of middle eastern rhythms to keep his entirely instrumental song “Anatolia” moving along at a spirited pace on its way to a vaguely psychedelic destination. It’s a trippy thing.

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  Fading Echoes by Lenexa Drive

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Pop punk

Having done the time travelling thing in search of musical inspiration, Lenexa Drive duly put on their best pop punk shoes and kick their song “Fading Echoes” around the room with considerable gusto. It’s a nineties power chord thing.

  Red Light Rumble by Barrel Smoke

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Old school rock never goes out of fashion and “Red Light Rumble” by Barrel Smoke duly fires up the proverbial tour bus and takes it out on to the road once more. There are guitars aplenty, as you might expect, and the song improves with beer and volume.

  The Drugs Are Working by Hook

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“The Drugs Are Working” runs deeper than its title might suggest with Hook pulling some solid rock moves together, with a guitar solo of course, to remind us all that music of our fathers is not dead yet. Works well with beer too.

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  Wildest Dreams by Little Lies

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Is it wrong to like rabbits? “Wildest Dreams” by Little Lies is about as cute an indie pop song as you might get in Sweden or, indeed, anywhere in the world with those adorable female vocals making me dream of sunshine and frolicking bunnies.

  Oh Hell by No Guidance

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“Oh Hell” turns out to be an energetic example of melodic punk rock from Germany with No Guidance riffing it up like it was a long time past yesterday and the song’s mostly metal construction effectively holds the nihilism together.

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