Review: Yore’s self-titled debut album – a sweet slice of indie zen

Yore is the latest project by East-London based musician and producer, Callum Brown. No stranger to the music and art scene, Brown uses his connections to produce a collaborative album to debut Yore – a new venture for experimentation after working with the likes of Mint Field and Ulrika Spacek. The self-titled debut is an utterly seamless and dreamlike variety of tracks – a treat for the ears that simultaneously soothes the soul.
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The Last Dinosaur – Wholeness: A Profound & Personal Journey

Emotive, personal and downright magnificent are just a few words that you could use to describe the latest offering from The Last Dinosaur. Wholeness is the third album from Jamie Cameron under this moniker; an incredibly immersive piece of art, and a real testament to the power of his musical creativity. With some work on this release having been started in 2012, it is by all means a long time coming, but something about that makes each note sound more refined. Every little bit counts towards something important, each element standing out in a different way with every listen.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Paws – No Grace

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/06/paws-no-grace-album-review/

No Grace is the latest record from Scottish trio Paws. Soft and cuddly they are not – instead their third full length album is a thumping piece of punk rock, produced by Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus. It’s an album of reflection, portraying the band’s growth as well as a general ‘can do’ attitude.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Garbage – Strange Little Birds

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/06/garbage-strange-little-birds/

Four years since their last record Not Your Kind Of People, alt-rock grungers Garbage are back with their sixth studio album, the emotion fuelled Strange Little Birds. Released under their own record label Stunvolume, singer Shirley Manson has aimed to keep things fresh, going with her gut and doing what she, and the band, please.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Slow Steve – Adventures

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/05/slow-steve-adventures-album-review/

Slow Steve have come up with a debut album that is easy-going, yet all the while beguiling to the ears. Dip your toes into Adventures, or dive right in. Whatever. This album is a fantasy-infused treat – something intriguing and clever. Whether you want to take something very small from it or go all in for a fully immersive trip, Adventures has got you covered.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Treetop Flyers – Palomino

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/03/treetop-flyers-palomino-album-review/

Treetop Flyers have been through a lot it seems: debt, grief, relationship rifts. Nevertheless they’re back with a new album called Palomino. This is kind of like folk meets a mild form of psychedelia. Or is it? Uncertainty is a big issue with this album, it’s pleasant to listen to but not necessarily something you immediately want to go back to — for the most part at least. In all honesty this album is hard to pin down. Is Palomino bad? Not at all. Is it good? Not sure.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Public Memory – Wuthering Drum

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/03/public-memory-wuthering-drum-album-review/

Sometimes music mesmerises the listener. Sometimes it’s a little unsettling. Through the moniker of Public Memory, Robert Toher launches you into a spooky realm of both of these things. Recorded at a time that Toher momentarily lived in Los Angeles, new album Wuthering Drum explores renewal – perhaps being born again, or just simply going through changes.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jamie xx – In Colour

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2015/12/15/noise-of-the-year-2015/

With a subdued personality comes a powerful album and this is one that’s all about the music; every little bit, whether it’s original or a blend of samples, matters. Opening with ‘Gosh’, this album hits you with a repetitive beat and you’re not sure where it’s taking you. It then develops in to a huge moment of ecstasy as it moves into a zone of ethereal tones, making you feel as though you’ve entered into another world. The feel good energy of ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’, featuring Popcaan and Young Thug adds a fun loving flavour to the album that no one ever expected. Then again, did anyone really know what to expect from the first full length release from Jamie Smith, the quiet one from The xx? Tracks like ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ surely laid the foundations, nevertheless, In Colour went far and beyond these tracks, even mixing up ‘Sleep Sound’ a little so as to create a seamless transition in the track-listing.

This album has a club night vibe, from the highs to the lows, with ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy, The xx) sitting in the middle of moody and energetic. What Smith did when making this album was extremely clever – creating a sound to play with live, to amp the bass and mix it up with greater definition and feeling, so that when you go to listen to it again it means so much more. Highly anticipated with many teases in the run up to the release, the hype around this album was built up to no end, and thankfully, it was well worth the wait.

ALBUM REVIEW: Fish Tank – Jane EP

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2015/11/24/fish-tank-jane-ep/

It’s time to talk about Jane, the new EP by Kent bred trio Fish Tank. Get ready to buy a new pair of shoes as these toe-tapping beats will burn a hole right through the ones you’re wearing currently.

Opening with the thrashy leanings  of ‘Barbarella’, Fish Tank set up a slight punky edge to their usual math-rock mash of melodies. It’s one that people will no doubt throw their bodies around to, nevertheless there’s still that soft touch of pop. Quite frankly, it’s hard to pigeonhole them into a specific genre, but that is all part of the Fish Tank charm.

‘Lily’ comes in a little softer with more of a poppy energy that fans of The Wombats would struggle to resist. A slower melodic pattern that still packs a punch; this track is easy to get along with, perhaps a little too easy, but it doesn’t make a you switch off, no – you want to hear more.

‘The Phantom’ is why you’ve stuck around thus far, it captures the natural essence of the band – there’s no sugar coating the rough elements: every little bit is raw, and the track explores a blend of different melodies that work together like a hot mess that you just can’t get enough of. Just as you think the song is over, there’s a little something extra. It almost seems like the guys are trying to fit lots of ideas into one song, and although you may wish they had explored these further in this EP, it certainly keeps  you keen to hear more in the future.

Jane closes on what seems to be a steady going number, however ‘The Wizard’ has a mystical air about it, building up to a haunting shimmer around the halfway mark, before continuing as normal…ish. Fish Tank leave you wondering what exactly it is you’ve just heard and that’s  the ruddy beauty of it. This is their best work yet, and all of it achieved without abandoning their original, kooky charisma – a splendid trio that bring something a little different to the table, leaving the listener with all kinds of good feelings.

ALBUM REVIEW: Jaghana – Forest Behind The Dream

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Blending psychedelia with a dash of romanticism, Jaghana are inviting us on a journey, all the while holding us in their charming caress. Debut EP Forest Behind The Dream opens with an enticing rhythm in the immediately energetic bass line, that lays underneath the hazy croon of Johnny Smyth. It’s infectious, but it barely scrapes the surface of what is to come.
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