Tim Woodbridge – Who You Are – Single Review

The English retro-rock creator Tim Woodbridge from England releases the single Who You Are on the 19th of October.

Tim Woodbridge - Who You Are - artwork

Tim Woodbridge – Who You Are – artwork

There is a warming connectivity between Who You Are and the listener as notes and vocals bow towards the ears akin to a sunflower tracking the warming star. It is easy for the audience to envisage they are in a time-capsule heading towards the era of flower power as the track drifts though the ears.

Whilst there is much to enjoy, in the just under three and three quarter composition, of particular reference are the analogue synth and extending bending of notes towards the end of phrases that particularly captivate. Despite the retrospective nature of the techniques Tim Woodbridge does not leave a taste that this has been a pastiche of what has come before, rather an update on ‘that was then’, with ‘this is now’.

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The Echo Session – Wait And See – Single Review

The Scottish indie-gaze outfit The Echo Session release the single Wait And See on the 25th of November.

The Echo Session - Wait And See

The Echo Session

Within the past few hours – in advance of the release – Wait And See (available on bandcamp) was made available.

Akin to its predecessor single But I’m ScaredWait And See doffs more than a nod towards ’60s brit-rock as the just under three and a third minute track meanders through the room in gently rolling waves of guitar and subtle keys with accompanying sympathetic percussion and bass giving the lilting sense of movement which is all connected by the vocal.

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Kabreet – ضوّ (Light) – Single Review

Kabreet known locally as كبريت (Matchsticks) is a newly formed rock band from Syria.

Kabreet

Kabreet

With one track to hear – ضوّ (Light) is a track that has a sense of progressive rock with a subtle synth as backdrop whilst retaining punchy edginess to it as highlighted by bass and percussion while the guitar provides a bluesy blouse to the material rounded off by vocal which resonates of tradition. Enabling Kabreet to deliver a track that has a global reach and a welcome insight into their determination to get on with being creative and doing what they enjoy despite the ensuing chaos around them.

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Birdflipper – Nobody Wants You Now – Single Review

The Swedish indie quartet Birdflipper released the single Nobody Wants You Now on the 15th.

Birdflipper

Birdflipper

Like dipping in to sherbet powder Birdflipper fizzes around the room in moreish carbonated bubbles.

Nobody Wants You Now springs into life with combustible instrumentation and percussion that immediately has the listener kicking their feet with the pace being maintained throughout the just over two and a half minute track by energised bass and drum-kit while guitar flashes strobes up and down to walls with a vocal, seemingly without drawing breath bouncing along with the tempo and the audience can’t help but be happily joining in with the quartet, which, given the context of the lyric is somewhat ironic.

Nobody Wants You Now – Single – Birdflipper is available on iTunes.*

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Déjà Vega – Friends In High Places – Single Review

The English psychedelic-rock trio Déjà Vega released the single Friends In High Places yesterday.

Déjà Vega - Friends In High Places - artwork

Déjà Vega – Friends In High Places – artwork

Déjà Vega have the knack of delivering a sound which sounds simultaneously vice-like and loosely tied and Friends In High Places once again displays this mastery.

Compressed cohesive pulses pile out of the speakers prior to the guitar gradually peeling away in to reverbs, delays and echoes and bass slows perceptibly whilst percussion maintains the momentum giving Friends in High Places its multi-dimensional effect from which vocal peers briefly on occasions as though urgently delivering missives.

Déjà Vega have invested in the release a more resonating punchy bass and as regular readers will know a bass that causes the ears to bleed is always my preference of how to hear the instrument.

Another blinder of a track by the trio that once again appears to pack more into its just over three and a half minute running time than there are seconds in the song.

Friends In High Places – Single – Déjà Vega is available on iTunes.*

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