Listen 2022: February Highlights

Is it too soon to put forward ideas for album of the year? Too much to feature the same band in two consecutive round ups? Perhaps we’ll hold fire on any claims of album of the year right now, but there is absolutely a stand out, and as for featuring the same band twice in a row? Can’t have too much of a good thing now, can you?
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Listen 2022: January Highlights

What better way to spend the longest month of the year than getting stuck in to a whole load of fresh music? From hot new singles to highly anticipated album releases, 2022 has come in hard and fast with some brilliant material and I can’t wait to hear even more.
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Track Of The Week: SPQR – Fault Lines

First things first – yes I have decided to change from a collective feature to a Track of the Week. For one thing it will keep me productive with regular updates – at least that’s the idea. It also gives me the chance to really get into one track, rather than casting a brief look at a few. This week’s top track is the latest single from Liverpool four piece SPQR, a band I have really come to love since reviewing their No Brain, No Pain EP last year.
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Meadowlark – Postcards || VH Track of the Day

Not too long ago, I was introduced to Meadowlark, a Bristol based duo with a sweet pop sound steeped in emotion. Having recently announced the upcoming release of their debut album (30th June), I took to Vulture Hound to feature the title track, ‘Postcards’ as Track of the Day.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Splashh – Pure Blue

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2015/10/11/noise-of-the-week-051015/

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‘Pure Blue’ is a track that, as soon as it starts, you know it’s going to be huge. An upbeat melody is fronted by delicately sweet and dreamy vocals, creating a feel good energy that remains smooth and coherent, so that it glides through the air, almost leaving a glimmer of hope in its trails. This track hits just the right dose of euphoria, providing a happy place along with a catchy psychedelic rhythm that’s hard to shake. Summer might be over, but Splashh are still serving us that little bit of sunshine to get rid of those metaphorical moody grey skies.

Single Reviews from Noise Cannon’s NOTW


These single reviews are a collection of my latest featured on Noise Cannon’s Noise of The Week:

Fish Tank – Friends

If you’re into something along the lines of quirky, mathematic rock that cuts off in all kinds of different directions, then Fish Tank are the band for you. It’s been a while since the trio unleashed their previous EP Henry, however they are back with something even wackier, a definite step forward – even if the video does leave you the slightest bit worried for their sanity. Continue reading “Single Reviews from Noise Cannon’s NOTW”

SINGLE REVIEW: Human Heat feat. T Lieberson – All Night

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/11/16/noise-of-the-week-101114

Former singer of the recently broken up indie band Yellow Ostrich, Alex Schaaf is now working on a solo project under the name of Human Heat. Though taking a much more electronic-pop route, Schaaf’s vocals remain on the same level of Thom Yorke-esque serenity. That said, ‘All Night’ harks similar tones to Metronomy in its emphasis on guitar and synth, subsidised by smooth and sensual vocals including that of T. Lieberson. As the song progresses, out pop soulful vocals, building ‘All Night’ into a greater state of grandeur and class. Hinting at some R&B tones Schaaf’s new project propels him into a completely different spectrum of music while the presence of his vocals reach out to those fans of former band Yellow Ostrich.

SINGLE REVIEW: As Elephants Are – Crown

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/11/02/noise-of-the-week-021114/

Striking in with a funky guitar riff that coincides perfectly with the smooth vocal pattern, ‘Crown’ is yet another heavily infectious indie-pop track from As Elephants Are. In comparison to previous tracks this latest effort is one of their most guitar-driven, with it building up to a greater energy throughout as it grows that little bit more erratic. This, paired with vocals that become more drenched in emotion as the song goes on, makes this one of the band’s biggest tracks so far. It’s catchy, layered in a coat of euphoria, and it sets the bar high for their upcoming EP of the same name.

SINGLE REVIEW: Bonobo – Flashlight

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/26/noise-of-the-week-20102014/

Leave it to a genius of experimental music to create something that is both lively and somewhat soothing. Though at first hinting at a typical (yet nonetheless strong) electronic number, Bonobo’s latest track ‘Flashlight’ soon opens up to the idea of a fuse between electronica and funk. It’s a song that can liven you up or cool you down, fitting in to whatever context you need it to. Mind-numbing in all the right ways, ‘Flashlight’ is upbeat, and, without getting too philosophical here, full of clarity in the striking nature of each sound, closing with an otherworldly tone.

SINGLE REVIEW: Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise Of The Week Feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/06/noise-of-the-week-29092014/
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Iron Sky from Paolo Nutini’s latest album Caustic Love is straight up class. With excruciatingly soulful vocals and an extremely dramatic melody, this single stands out as a theatrical masterpiece amongst the rest of the album. Nutini’s voice is rich with passion, forcing it into the foreground even over the powerful combination of brass and melodic guitars. Truth be told, every element of this song is so on point you can’t help but to take note of it all as well as let it take you. The more you listen to it the more compelling that mellow introduction becomes before leading you into a whirlwind of emotion-driven brilliance.