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Villagers - The Art Of Pretending To Swim

17.09.2018

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Villagers - The Art Of Pretending To Swim

Creating an intricate yet topsy-turvy ambience once again, Villagers are back and presenting more intriguing brilliance on album number four. The Art Of Pretending To Swim contains the same recognisable Conor O’Brien signature fortes of old, over pronounced vocal clarity, simple melodies and effortless artistry with such wonderful consequences. As Villagers have evolved over the years, electronic ingredients have slowly worked into the mix and this record at...

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Sauna Youth - Deaths

13.09.2018

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Sauna Youth - Deaths

Deaths is the third album from London punks, Sauna Youth. It concludes a trilogy of releases that began in 2012 with Dreamlands, and continued with Distractions in 2015. Deaths opens promisingly with ‘Percentages’. Thematically treading similar ground to UB40’s ‘One In Ten’, it takes aim at the statistics that drive public policy. The contrasting guitar lines, one noisy and effect driven and one clean and twangy, provide a compelling backdrop. ‘Percentages’ a...

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Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self

26.06.2015

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Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self

There can be no doubting either the ambition or the eccentricity of Trembling Bells. The Scottish melody-loving, prog-soloing troubadours have just released their fourth album, decorated with portraits of talismanic writers and musicians from Dante to Dennis Potter, and packed with a set of wilfully bizarre and beautiful tracks. Over everything hangs the antic spirit of The Incredible String Band and Mike Heron, with whom The Bells have recently toured. The ...

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Playing The Game : A Guide To Press Releases For Independent Artists

Playing The Game : A Guide To…

I get plenty of acts asking me how they can promote their next show or their new release. I always give the same answer; “Get yourself a PR”. And the bands always give the same...

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Claw Marks - Hee Hee

Claw Marks - Hee Hee

Given that Idles are now playing stadium shows and appearing on ITV News, the time is ripe for some coattail riding. London’s Claw Marks sound so similar to the Br...

Garcia Peoples - Cosmic Cash

Garcia Peoples - Cosmic Cash

Garcia Peoples have delivered a solid raucous blues inspired rock album. Taking that next step in an old genre, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Beautiful, Britpop...

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Since Yesterday, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Since Yesterday, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

En route to the Leith Theatre I was caught up in a downpour. Never before have I looked in envy upon someone wrapped up head to toe in what looked like a wet banana. Why am I...

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HeartSongs - 180820

HeartSongs - 180820

Welcome to HeartSongs, our regularly scheduled (probably) look at songs and the people who write them. We spoke to Benjamin Shaw about his new single ‘Terrible Feelings!’. ...

HeartSongs - 20180625

HeartSongs - 20180625

Welcome to HeartSongs, our regularly scheduled (probably) look at songs and the people who write them. We spoke to Gizmo Varillas about his new song ‘One People’. {youtube}...