Song reviews


  Catacombs by Paradise Vultures


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Rock

That seventies rock thing must be back in fashion as here comes yet another example of a band that sounds like they live on the road. Paradise Vultures throw in the existential lyrics and then add enough riffs to “Catacombs” to make it work.


  Tide by Sister Envy


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Rambling

Sister Envy clearly know how to ramble and their alternative rock song “Tide” rolls like it is on the road to nowhere but I suppose that is the whole point of the exercise. Atmosphere and the occasional riff nonetheless keep the song on course.


  Chalk Dust Torture by Chris Gullace


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Rocked

Seventies style rock moves permeate “Chalk Dust Torture” and Chris Gullace duly takes the upbeat road straight to your beer drinking heart. It’s a song for the road and probably even a song of the road. Time for another drink.


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  www.chrisgullacemusic.com

  The Witch by Kaia Kater


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Classy

Literate to the point of becoming truly poetic, Kaia Kater demonstrates that she can successfully turn emotions into lyrics that will hold your attention. “The Witch” does indeed cast a spell on you.


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  kaiakater.com

  Cakewalk by The Garrys


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Harmonius

Sibling harmonies, jangly guitars and a general vibe of smoke filled wistfulness drive “Cakewalk” onwards to a better place than today is. The Garrys do their thing and make you believe that it is all possible.


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  www.thegarrysband.com

  Sweet Nothings by Otlo


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Sweet

Once more into the breach my friends as Otlo unleashes his song “Sweet Nothings” onto a world filled with fluffy bunnies and sensible sweaters. The song is pretty much schmaltzy synthwave yet, with such a simple message, it just works.


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  otlomusic.com

  Familiar Love by Boogie Monster


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Summer

Ploughing the retro neo funk groove are Boogie Monster with “Familiar Love” making all the right radio friendly moves to make into your sunshine playlist. It’s a lightweight song but it might well persuade you that summer should last forever.


  Peace Train by Kitty Solaris


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Trendy

Looping some topical lyrics into the sequenced retro beats that keep “Peace Train” on track is not without sonic appeal and it would be a shame if only the cool kids got to hear this song. Kitty Solaris is on trend with this one.


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  www.kitty-solaris.de

  The One by Ben Hemming


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Solid

If you are into old school blues rock then look no further than “The One” by Ben Hemming. There are no surprises, as you would expect, but the song successfully burns up the riffs and also makes bourbon drinking even more fun. Cheers!


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  www.benhemming.co.uk

  Necropolis by When They Riot


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Bleak

When They Riot layer their riff at the front indie rock moves with some proper manly intensity to give their song “Necropolis” a dirty, perhaps even grungy, appeal to those who might regard smiling as some sort of hate crime. Bleak.


  Tears From Space by Bear Of Bombay


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Monotone

Yet more proof that the sequencer will never die is provided by Bear of Bombay with “Tears from Space” looping often and onwards and the reverb laden mantra making the occasional appearance to keep the synthesisers company. Chant away.


  Grimey by Outblinker


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Fast

Like a soundtrack cue going maniacal, “Grimey” fills your ears with vocoder trickery and misty memories of prog rock drumming excesses on its way to convince you that Outblinker should be your new head band of choice. Inhale then exhale!



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