The Fruitful Earth – Shake – Single Review

The gnarly-blues project The Fruitful Earth from London (England), the performance vehicle for  Sarah Blair (piano and vocals), released the single Shake on the 21st.

The Fruitful Earth - photo credit - Alistair Macnaughton

The Fruitful Earth – photo credit – Alistair Macnaughton

Regularly including extra musicians as required in both studio and live performance, Shake adds bass and drums to deliver a track that veritably shakes the room to its foundations.

From the opening moments of the sharp percussive introduction to the track, the listener finds themselves welded to the spot, by the time the rootsy piano, bass and stunning vocal get in to full flow the outside world has already become an irrelevance.

Recording of an as yet unnamed LP has recently completed and plans are for a release next year – Shake is the first song to surface.

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Shake – Single – The Fruitful Earth is available on iTunes.*

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Evil Scarecrow – Red Riding Hood – Video

The English theatrical-metal outfit Evil Scarecrow will be releasing the LP Chapter IV: Antartarctica on the 28th.

Evil Scarecrow - Red Riding Hood

Evil Scarecrow

Their ability to take a standard metal construct and add embellishing flourishes to create music of drama that doesn’t sound self-indulgent marks Evil Scarecrow as a band it is always a pleasure to discover what they are up to at any given point in time.

Red Riding Hood, the second of the ten tracks on the forthcoming album, implies current location being – science-fantasy.

Chapter IV: Antartarctica – Evil Scarecrow is available on iTunes.*

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The Struts – Bulletproof Baby – Audio

The English rock quartet The Struts will be releasing the LP Young & Dangerous on the 19th of October.

The Struts - Bulletproof Baby

The Struts

First introduced in 2012, while they have gone on to establish themselves as a well supported outfit, although there have been periods when they appear have forgotten who they are, seemingly  confusing life with hype – Bulletproof Baby – the fourth of the bakers dozen tracks on the album – finds their feet once again firmly planted on the ground.

YOUNG&DANGEROUS – The Struts is available on iTunes.*

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Ivory Wave – Frankie – Single Review

The quintet of George Johnson (Vocals), Connor McMinn (Guitar), Luke Morris (Bass), Rob Clarke (Keys) and Seb Baldwin (Drummer) who form the indie-dance band from Birmingham in England –  Ivory Wave – released the single Frankie on the 14th.

Ivory Wave - photo by Laura Benwell

Ivory Wave – photo by Laura Benwell

Having introduced Ivory Wave earlier this year, with some enthusiasm on hitting play, not being well disposed towards vocoders the opening phrases had me scratching my head in doubt, only for that to rapidly be dispelled as Frankie soon flowers in to a a trippE track which would not have been out of place at The Haçienda.

The synth melts in to the instrumentation to create a spiralling psychedelia of cascaded rock from which the vocal drifts in and out of focus, demanding of an immediate replay. An extended 12″ dayglo yellow vinyl version would not be unwelcome either.

Frankie – Single – Ivory Wave is available on iTunes.*

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Francine Belle – Beautiful Heights – Single Review

The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.

Francine Belle

Francine Belle

A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronic percussion and through the quiet hazy layers of the composition launches the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.

The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.

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Beautiful Heights – Francine Belle is available on iTunes.*

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