ALBUM REVIEW: Paws – No Grace

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 [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Garbage – Strange Little Birds

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 [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Slow Steve – Adventures

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 – [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Treetop Flyers – Palomino

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? [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Public Memory – Wuthering Drum

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Jaghana – Forest Behind The Dream

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 [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Young Kato – Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2015/05/02/young-kato-dont-wait-til-tomorrow/ They proved that they can bring a party to a live audience but how do Young Kato fare on the album front? Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow is the band’s debut full-length and with support from BBC Radio 1 and XFM they hold a lot of promise for which this [...]

ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Smyth – Jaghana EP

Jaghana kicks off with a mysterious and looming tone, featuring an instrumental intro that progresses into sharper tones accompanied by hazy, barely there vocal tenors. The title track curves through the air and holds a certain sex appeal. It’s almost as if it’s playing hard to get, enticing the listener in to the EP without [...]