Taylor Mac – Never Wanted You – Single Review

The US acoustic-rock project Taylor Mac releases the single Never Wanted You on the 17th through Russian Winter Records.

Taylor Mac - Never Wanted You - artwork

Taylor Mac – Never Wanted You – artwork

The listener finds themselves drawn, like iron to a magnet, as the stunning vocal wraps around the room.

The unhurried song, which is essentially only acoustic guitar and voice, is layered with inflection, melody and harmonies which belie the sparse framework creating an immersive composition and finds the audience wanting to hear more – though there isn’t, at this juncture any more than the one song (available on bandcamp) to discover, nor website or even social media page.

I am looking forward to coming back to Taylor Mac with enthusiastic anticipation.

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Caleb Clardy – Magic – Audio

The US acoustic-rock creator Caleb Clardy released the LP Invincible Things yesterday.

Caleb Clardy

Caleb Clardy

An intriguing, roughly forty two minutes, dozen track album which brings much in to the mix. Each of the twelve songs captures a different refraction of the facets on the diamond that is rock’n’roll and stretches from deep southern blues, via americana and on to rockabilly taking many detours along the way, yet the listener at no point feels either confused or short changed, as each song offers a completely engrossing moment of reflection which leads to an enthusiastic anticipation of the song to follow.

The seventh song is the colorado-folk fused Magic.


Invincible Things – Caleb Clardy is available on iTunes.*

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Corroded – A Note To Me – Video

The Swedish heavy-metal outfit Corroded released an acoustic three track single – The Nevo Sessions – on the 25th.

Corroded - A Note To Me


Displaying an unanticipated tenderness Corroded demonstrate their ability to deliver empathetic material and the foundations of their song writing – as demonstrated in the achingly mournful first song on the release – A Note To Me.

The Nevo Sessions – Single – Corroded is available on iTunes.*

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The Amber Bugs – Relax – Video

The Amber Bugs from England recently revealed a live performance acoustic-rock track.

The Amber Bugs

The Amber Bugs

Normally to be heard as a plugged-in indie rock band in Relax, The Amber Bugs, allow themselves to showcase a more wistful side to their performance abilities. A band who first made contact last year that it has taken a while to get back to, though do aim to feature again in short order with their more driving brand of rock.


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Marquee Lights – The Only Reality – Audio

Marquee Lights is an acoustic-rock duo from the USA.

Marquee Lights

Marquee Lights

My apologies, as this has been sitting in my email inbox since early last week, I am late to the article.

Marquee Lights released their début eponymous EP (available on bandcamp) at the tail end of last month

The four track release ranges from alt-folk, through jazz-funk to more compressed rock giving the listener a good idea of their overall sound. My selection from the EP is the closer – The Only Reality, in which the duo draw a deeper well from blues rock than other songs and allows the vocal to stand in greater contrast to the more melancholic soundtrack.

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