Ali Ingle

Ali Ingle is a singer / songwriter from Liverpool in England.

Ali Ingle - photo by Dave Turley Photography

Ali Ingle – photo by Dave Turley Photography

When quietly ploughing a furrow of his own Ali Tingle is a musician to savour like a finely aged bottle Pétrus – sure you can guzzle it in a quaff, but to do so is to miss the point and the longer the music lingers around the ears, the more complex the sounds.

On the surface – indie-pop – but to just drift the outer-wrapping is to miss the foodstuff – as Ali Tingle provides compositions of social commentary. As long-term readers know, I will always attempt to find time to let you know of creators who excoriate their souls for the edification of others.

As you would anticipate, I find the radio friendliness of much of it a touch grating and it is of little surprise plastic DJs on plastic radio stations are whipping the current songs on to their play-lists. However, as you have a more discerning music taste than the merely simplistic, I hope, like me, you will find the time and space to explore deeper than the shiny tin-foil.

With fortune Ali will gain the confidence to extrapolate himself from the entrails of mainstream tat and concentrate on his real creativity, which is to be found deeper in the catalogue of sounds.


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Sonic Hearts Foundation – Afterlife – Video

Sonic Hearts Foundation, from Scotland, have featured a couple of times on the website, most recently a year ago with a review of their début EP Into Forever.

Sonic Hearts Foundation - Afterlife - artwork

Sonic Hearts Foundation – Afterlife – artwork

Whenever I hear the music, I am reminded as to why I like it so much – as industrial malaise – which speaks so much of their home-town of Glasgow – sheers through the speakers.

Their latest offering Afterlife (which is slated for official release on the 11th August) – whilst more electro-pulsing and spacious than much of the previous material, still contains that discordant thumping bass / percussion combination that hammers through the room in a reflection of the realities of the surroundings of Sonic Hearts Foundation with its anomalous life-expectancy compared to the UK average.

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Kármán Line

Kármán Line from London in England is the synth-rock band of Maja Slatinsek (Vocals / Synth), Ryan Small (Guitar / Synth), Dan Gaylard (Bass /Synth) and Sean Crossan (Drums).

Kármán Line - synth-rock from England

Kármán Line

Coexisting inside flowing tracks, lay electro-pop and rock influences as Kármán Line provide the audience with sounds that remind of glowing embers with the gently warming tones.

The easy rolling pieces wrap themselves around the ears as the synths are allowed spacious expanses in which develop, whilst the instrumentation keeps the sounds on an even keel. Kármán Line have balanced the combinations between exploratory electronics and arrow precision bass / percussion to deliver music which has many layers for the listener to enjoy. I haven’t thus far mentioned the vocal, which is the ingredient that, strangely, adds an ethereal feel to the over-all output.

An engrossing three track eponymous single which came out at the end of last year, sadly, hasn’t so far given Kármán Line the increased visibility they deserve. I look forward to hearing more of the quartet over the coming months and wish them every success.

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Kármán Line EP – Kármán Line is available on iTunes*.

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Hook & Anchor

Hook & Anchor from Astoria in the USA is the folk-rock quintet of Kati Claborn (Vocals / Guitar / Banjo / Ukulele), Gabrielle Macrae (Vocals / Violin), Ryan Dobrowski (Drums), Erik Clampitt (Vocals / Guitar / Pedal Steel) and Luke Ydstie (Bass / Vocals).

Hook & Anchor - Folk Rock from the USA

Hook & Anchor

Hook & Anchor is only about a year old as a band, but the players have lengthy experience as performing musicians as this is immediately evident on hitting play. Taking US country and folk whilst wrapping it up inside rock tempos gives Hook & Anchor a surprisingly upbeat sound. The contributions of the individuals are weaved into each other, giving the resulting tracks an enticing depth of exploration for the listener.

The vocal harmonies, rather then cloying sugar-sweetness are the highlight of the sounds as the instruments lay down plenty to keep the ear twitching. Whilst never slowing to funeral pace, Hook & Anchor is able to deliver slower ballads as effectively as their up-tempo toe tappers.

Whilst self-evidently producing music with a target audience in mind, there is enough grit about the sounds to entice audiences who would in the normal course of events run for the hills at the very mention of the genre.

In my view Hook & Anchor is well worth spending some time to enjoy, not least because they are talented creators. Although, like me, you may find a continual play of their début eponymous LP, which came out this month, more than enough of a good thing, that doesn’t mean to say that there are not some highlights worth adding to the ‘party-light’ playlist alongside digging into the full release from time to time.


Hook & Anchor – Hook & Anchor is available on iTunes*

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