Blue River – Karenza – Audio

The English indie band Blue River will be releasing the LP Anyday Tomorrow in January.

Blue River - Karenza

Blue River

From the forthcoming eleven track album, Karenza a solid piece of indie-rock which spins around the room in easy footstep leaving the listener feeling lighter of mind for having partaken of the approaching number.

Adding glittering guitar refrains Blue River raise the track from above the crowd as Karenza takes on a shoegazey feel without loosing the sense of coiled energy of indie.

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Ghost Season – Break My Chains – Audio

The Greek rock band Ghost Season are due to release an LP imminently.

Ghost Season - Break My Chains - artwork

Ghost Season – Break My Chains – artwork

In advance of the album the track Break My Chains was released as a single on the 24th.

The music slowly forms its chain-mail as Ghost Season build the track over the opening third before driving through the ears in melodic rumbles of expressive metal giving Break My Chains both a solid punch and a theatrical flourish.

Break My Chains – Single – Ghost Season is available on iTunes.*

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Ten Tombs – Demons – Audio

Ten Tombs are a grunge quartet from England.

Ten Tombs

Ten Tombs

Languishing in my email inbox I find many things I sadly didn’t get to immediately, though I do get there in the end and Demons should have come to my attention in mid-November – so belatedly and with apologies, the one track I am able to find and their début single – .




Almost imperceptibly the sounds emerge from the speakers before building their intensity as Ten Tombs deliver music that has a blurry timbre, giving Demons a menacing broodiness that would not be out of place in a foggy graveyard. Don’t be fooled by the hushed tones Ten Tombs offer, it is this quietness that gives the track the impact, while the instruments melt one into the other the muffled anguished vocal creates the sense of foreboding and the insistent percussion is the only element given clarity of space as it harries the audience with its pulsing punctuation marks.

Rumour has it that 2016 will see new songs surfacing early on and once there is more, I will come back with a fuller review of Ten Tombs.

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Southern End – Lost Girl – Audio

Southern End is an Australian blues-rock quartet.

Southern End

Southern End

Due for release on the 16th of January is the single Lost Girl. Southern End mellow the track with some blurry textures that gives Lost Girl something of a psychedelic feel, whilst never straying too far from the twanging chords at the heart of the sound.

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Lost Girl – Single – Southern End is available on iTunes.*

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Bay Kee – Shady Birds – Audio

The US alt-indie creator Christine Spilka who performs under the name Bay Kee is due to release the LP Wonder Wild on the 11th of January.

Bay Kee - Photo by Stephen Alexander

Bay Kee – Photo by Stephen Alexander




From the eight track album, Shady Birds is the third.

Combining a plethora of instruments including piano, acoustic guitar and synthetics Bay Kee is able to deliver music which is layered in texture and allows the listener to drift like an albatross on thermal currents. It is the striking vocal which effortlessly leaps through the ranges that marks out the material as particularly embracing as the ears transfix on the captivating pitches and nuances as they flow between the ethereally emotive and concrete impassivity.

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Wonder Wild is available on bandcamp.

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