Song reviews

  Bones of You by Caragh

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I seem to remember that Caragh once sang the saddest song that she who stabs had ever heard. “Bones of You” also successfully evokes a similarly sentimental response if from a rather more mature perspective. A most elegant and emotional song.

  M2M by Romi O

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Romi O walks a fine line between looped rigidity and outright quirkiness with her song “M2M” having an oddball vibe that encourages curiosity regarding the rest of her musical output. Maybe not radio material yet distinctly interesting.

Review date:  March 24 2023

  Ego by Alex Rapp

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Alex Rapp goes all deep and reflective with “Ego” and, with sequencers and synthesisers supporting her, the mood is set for drama in a most stylish way. Curiously, I liked this song a lot better the second time I heard it.

Review date:  March 24 2023

  Inexorcisable by Damien Done

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Thoroughly downbeat, “Inexorcisable” spirals into the shadows with fair degrees of both poise and purpose. Damien Done isn’t, of course, in the business of making you smile but his words are always worthy of a pause to ponder.

  The Space Between by Lisa Humber

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Literate in that festival friendly way, Lisa Humber confidently takes her song “The Space Between” for a walk from her heart to yours with radio friendliness clearly in her gameplan. It’s a big city coffee shop song without a doubt.

Review date:  March 24 2023

  Ignite The Sky by Defiant

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You won’t find any references to kittens or bunny rabbits in any of Defiant’s songs and “Ignite The Sky” duly keeps to their chosen lyrical path with their rock meets metal nihilism nonetheless proving particularly effective when combined with beer.

Review date:  March 24 2023

  Waves by J Edna Mae

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The big ballad surreptitiously returns in the guise of “Waves” and J Edna Me duly amplifies the emotions with minimal piano and maximum swooping synths helping her take the song all the way from chorus to bridge. It’s a big one.

Review date:  March 20 2023

  What I Didn’t Tell You by Elia Orson

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I’m sure you (like me) know class when you hear it and “What I Didn’t Tell You” is just that. The vibe is nineties neo soul meets post-midnight jazz and Elia Orson’s voice poise and elegance will convince even jaded ears of the need to listen.

Review date:  March 20 2023

  Lemme Go by Alien Tango

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Almost diffident in its untidiness, “Lemme Go” struts along the street to the sixties. The song sounds murky and, with little in the way of poetic lyrics, it is wonder that it works at all. But it does and that, methinks, is the Alien Tango magic.

Review date:  March 20 2023

  Nari Nari by Holbrook

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Some songs run deeper than others and “Nari Nari” is such a song with Holbrook spinning their guitars into a coat of much meaningfulness and duly wearing it with style. There is, of course, European quirkiness stitched in but it’s quality nonetheless.

  Want To Go Back by Wolf Manhattan

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I can live with this one. “Want To Go Back” loops round the bedroom like a song borne of a well provisioned record collection yet Wolf Manhattan has the nous to revere his references rather than just replicating them. I shall sing along.

  IGOTCHA by Smoove & Turrell

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Solid old school dancefloor moves from Smoove & Turrell with “IGOTCHA” having the irresistible post-midnight vibe that would make even an archbishop put on his dancing shoes and speed into the dawn. Feel the groove.

Review date:  March 10 2023

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