VH Artist of the Week (22/8/16): Bel Esprit

VH Artist of the Week (22/8/16): Bel Esprit

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/08/artist-of-the-week-220816-bel-esprit/

Each week VH Music picks out a new artist you should definitely be checking out. This week, Samantha explains why you should be checking out Bel Espirit.

A fiery energy fuelled by the unison of passion and skill is the kind of magic you can expect from up and coming band Bel Esprit. Their sound is reminiscent of 90s pop rock, with a fuzzy indie ambiance thrown in for good measure.

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LIVE REVIEW: Warpaint @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

LIVE REVIEW: Warpaint @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/07/warpaint-portsmouth-wedgewood-rooms-live-review/

Four piece indie band Warpaint returned to Portsmouth for the first time in years to play an exclusive warm up show before their set at British Summer Time in Hyde Park the following day. The south coast city hosted the band at the Wedgewood Rooms, a small venue for such a huge spectacle.

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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 things fresh, going with her gut and doing what she, and the band, please.

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LIVE REVIEW: Common People, Southampton

LIVE REVIEW: Common People, Southampton

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/common-people-festival-southampton/

For the second time ever Southampton welcomed a wealth of acts and ferocious sunshine to their Common for a weekend of music, entertainment and most importantly of course, the world’s biggest bouncy castle. Predictions of a rainy weekend were washed away as the sun shone brightly over all the liveliness of the weekend – from local bands to big names, there was a lot to see.

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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 – 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

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

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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