Song reviews

  October Air by Mike Brunacini

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Low key

A low key song with a delicate flute intro, “October Air” aims not to impress the charts but instead to give you something to drift off to sleep with. Mike Brunacini has enough retro keys to unlock the past and I think his intent is rather more spiritual than secular.

Review date:  December 20 2020

  So Far From Home by Bun

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On the road

“So Far From Home” has an indie meets stoner rock groove and Bun rolls his song along the highway of life with a greater sense of purpose than most can manage. You can’t go far wrong with a guitar leading the way and duly it was so.

Review date:  November 29 2020

  Weight In Gold by Omonoko

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There is still mileage in minimalism with Omonoko neatly weaving a simple message into the strands of locked to the loop repetition that make up “Weight In Gold”. The end result is a song with hypnotic qualities and easy on the ear appeal.

Review date:  November 29 2020

  Gabriel by Marie Naffah

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It wouldn’t take much effort to figure out that Marie Naffah is a singer songwriter from London and her song “Gabriel” is therefore, unsurprisingly, literate and piano driven. If melancholy is your thing then this one is for you.

Review date:  November 29 2020

  Fluorescent Black by Mechanical

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From Croatia, two man rock band Mechanical break out the beats and riffs to add weight to their song “Fluorescent Black”. It’s a straight down the white line rock cruncher that would go down well with beer. I know because I tried it.

Review date:  November 29 2020

  Scream Out My Lungs by Southpaw

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You don’t get too many intelligent songs these days but “Scream Out My Lungs” is a fine example of one. Southpaw add some power pop moves and a side order of melody to help make the song more than just fast food.

Review date:  November 13 2020

  Spirit Moves by Stefanie Clark Harris

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Weaving her song neatly between soft rock and modern day country is Stefanie Clark Harris and “Spirit Moves” duly has the hallmark of musical maturity. Easy on the ear, destined for radio play and playlists, I like how she rolls.

  One Minute You Is by VLLNS

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Making a pretty successful attempt at filling their song “One Minute You Is” with riffs and attitude are VLLNS. The reliance on repetition moves the song straight down the centre line but their final destination isn’t, as you might expect, the stadium.

Review date:  November 13 2020

  Miss America by Vaughn

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Vaughn has his finger on the pulse of the currently trendy eighties retro vibe and he duly takes his song “Miss America” for a walk down the yellow brick road to Paisley Park. I think he might even get there and claim his prize.

Review date:  November 13 2020

  Makeup by Rudy

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Kind of twee yet sufficiently strong to stand up as a song of worth, “Makeup” is infused with enough sugar free irony to render Rudy as convincing purveyors of the kind of songs that have caused the resurrection of the cassette as a physical format.

Review date:  November 7 2020

  I Can… If I Want To by Corrina Roppo

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I can’t remember when I was last in a shopping mall but “I Can… If I Want To” would fit right into the soundtrack for a visit to such a place. Corrina Roppo keeps the mood upbeat and she duly made me want to buy something.

Review date:  November 7 2020

  La Danse by Slant

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Ploughing the fields of more decadent times are Slant and their song “La Danse” plays out like the B52s on cheap cider in a sleazy nightclub. I love the smell of trash in the morning. It smells like yesterday to me and this song is duly approved.

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