Band Of The Month – March 2017 – Editors’ Choice

Time, once again, for the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month and my thanks, as always, to all those who transfer thoughts to music, you all make the world a better place.

The Medicine Dolls - Band Of The Month - March 2017

The Medicine Dolls

From South Africa the choice for March is The Medicine Dolls.

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The Medicine Dolls – L – Audio

Arising from slumber, the South African new-wave trio, The Medicine Dolls reminded themselves they had a new three track single to live launch within a couple of hours of this article being written on the 24th.

The Medicine Dolls - L

The Medicine Dolls

Although this doesn’t appear until almost a week later, due to publishing schedules, sorry one and all  – From the Sick Like Paradise single – L.

As those who have been here since the earliest foundations will recall when I introduced the site on the original URL last decade with the first post – back in the late ’70s when I first performed in a band – we got together for the first time for a practice and four hours later were playing on stage in South London – so you will perhaps understand why I particularly enjoy The Medicine Dolls – if only for their own carefree enjoyment of playing music with little fanfare or preamble.

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The Medicine Dolls – Excuse Me Misbehaviour – Single Review

The South African new-wave trio The Medicine Dolls who were in the New Year Ninety have surfaced with a new track.

The Medicine Dolls - Excuse Me Misbehaviour

The Medicine Dolls

Excuse Me Misbehaviour is all that has made The Medicine Dolls an outfit who readers enjoy hearing from.

The just over four minute track creates its own echoes, sounding as though it is being served from a deep cellar in a song which swirls around the whirlpool of varying levels of lo-fidelity sound and the listener finds themselves regretful only that they don’t too live in Cape Town to join them in live performance.

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The Plastics

The Plastics from Cape Town in South Africa is the Indie quartet of Pascal RighiniKarl RohloffSasha Righini and Emile Van Dango.

The Plastics - indie from South Africa

The Plastics

A melting-pot of metamorphic rock hewn with seams of gold to purify emerge, on hitting play, with The Plastics. Underneath the glistening tabula rasa which serves a radio audience, lay considered compositions when you take the time to excavate.


Conglomerations of screeching chord change, which you well know serve as an arbiter for me, are subsumed with smartly pressed programmed beats. It is the polarisation of the bland pop pre-programming with flashes of earthy grittiness that fascinates me about The Plastics and while much of the material can be by-passed with nary a nod, it is when you find the nuggets that makes taking the time to mine the out-put far more than a futile trawl.

With no doubt I would wish for more material that was of intrinsic value, but perhaps for the very vagaries of out-put that The Plastics becomes a band of some fascination.

As always, if I didn’t think they were worth exploring I wouldn’t ask you to spend the time with The Plastics. Once they have set a keel for musical intent then it will be time to take a retrospective, unsurprisingly I hope they loose the pre-ordained – here is a hit beat – with more of the – here is what we think, time will tell.

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Emma Hearne

Emma Hearne from Johannesburg in South Africa is the alt-folk duo of Emma Hearne and Sarah.

Emma Hearne - alt-folk from South Africa

Emma Hearne

There is a hauntingly beautiful resonance that filters into the room on listening to Emma Hearne as the guitar weaves its way intricately around the corners, exploring every space.


As regular readers know I often rave about how piano or violin adds a sonorous depth to compositions, equally a softly played guitar where the scratches of chord shifts can be clearly distinguished adds a connectivity that you just don’t want to end. Folk influences are combined with local beats to afford an out-put that inveigles into the head the longer played.

Alongside the guitars a keyboard adds a lustre to the sound which captivates the ears. Tracks appear with or without vocal and each is replete as stands, which is a testament to a creator who appreciates less often means more.

Emma Hearne create music that demands the listener stops other activity to gain maximum value and spending time with the lights down low without distraction, is time well spent.

In a genre of music that I rarely find much interest I raise my hat to Emma Hearne and long may the songs continue.

A couple of tracks – one without vocal the other with voice.

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