merci beaucoup – Cache Cache – EP Review

The French synth-wave duo merci beaucoup released the EP Cache Cache on the 17th.

merci beaucoup

merci beaucoup

It is unlikely that Cache Cache will be hiding away in the ‘forgotten’ playlist as merci beaucoup reveal an EP with sunny disposition and gloomy underbelly.

Sexy Million Sobs surfaces first with tinkling keys before, the rumbling bassy, beat loops around the room to the accompaniment of an inexpressive vocal which resultingly delivers an ironic twist to the lyric.

Next is Suicide Girl, which is more than worth the price of Cache Cache on its own as the shortest track sparkles like a bubbling glass of champagne to a luscious vocal that massages the ears while guitar threads deftly between the synthetics giving the song a sense of the dramatic.

My pick of the release is Fingerprint as the various electronic elements melt into each other like shapes of wax cooling and reforming as it drips down a lit candle whilst the vocal strides unfettered around the room.

The closer – A Little Girl In Your Eyes – provides a more punching pace in a track that marks an interesting potential direction of future travel.


Cache Cache – EP – merci beaucoup is available on iTunes.*

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( the brackets ) – Nothing To Write Home About – LP Review

A few hours ago the English alt-wave quartet ( the brackets ) made the LP Nothing To Write Home About available for wider consumption.

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Intro serves as it suggests on the tin, time for the audience to adjust to the ensuing chromatic.

Different Kind harries the listener into the corner of the room with energetic brush strokes that flick the dust into the air as the compressed bristles launch themselves at the unwary.

Next is Matchmaker which offers undulating contemplative introspective snarling bass, whilst a gossamer thread of guitar peaks into the foray of the confrontational percussion as a blank stare of vocal spills in to the room, in a track that summates the angst of ( the brackets ) as they describe the world in which they live.

Opening the second half of Nothing To Write Home About is This Could Be You which from out of nowhere finds the quartet in moment of sprightly footstep and my pick of the release with its bouncing coils, even perhaps jocular frieze and the listener finds themselves aware of the lyrical diatribe, whilst cognisant their feet are not staying still. My pick of the release.

Don’t Think About It opens with a gnawing itch before developing into an angular symmetry of maths-rock silos which suits with perspicacity the sliced thoughts of the LP in a number that hammers loudly on the door.

The conclusion – and the title track opens with a flattened vocal that tempts one to ponder – you are right ( the brackets ) though – before those ideas are crystallised – scimitars of minor key guitar spreads their wings around the room like a bat fluttering in a cave defending the colony and the LP comes into to perfect context.

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Only Sun – Overcome – Single Review

Only Sun is an indie quartet from England.

Only Sun

Only Sun

Their latest single, Overcome which was released on the 17th, skips around the room beckoning of a warmer summer to come which is somewhat a reminder of the band name.

Deft drumming makes the signature sound as clicked sticks rebound on the rims, each other, firmly closed hi-hat and stretched snare. I could quietly leave the review at this point – but that would be to shortchange the other contributions.

The flaring guitar bursts glittering sparkle around the ear whilst energetic bass shreds skin from finger to deliver kicking dance-steps, whilst a sinus-tonal vocal reminds of the best of ‘the ’80s tropical resurgence.

Only the lacklustre could not find engagement with Overcome which for its very breeze is able to shred any clouds in the sky and the listener is left with a sense of exuberant enthusiasm for life in the just under two and a half-minute invitation to bask in the bright sunshine that is the sound of Only Sun.


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Morning Fuzz – Rain And Thunder – Single Review

The US rock ‘n’ roll quartet Morning Fuzz released their latest single – Rain And Thunder yesterday.

Morning Fuzz - Rain and Thunder

Morning Fuzz

An extremely appropriate name for a release I am considering whilst around me – here in the UK that stuff from the sky –  rain and thunder tumble around my ears as the backdrop to the music dancing out of the speakers.

It isn’t often that one can say Rain And Thunder just brightened the day – but the just over four minute track of infectious dance-beat does just that. As with music previously featured by Morning Fuzz, they don’t seek to add any bells and whistles to a tried and trusted formula dating back over the decades – merely adding their own personalities to the sound.

In a world where many believe adding paraphernalia to music adds value –  Rain And Thunder (available on bandcamp) proves the antithesis is generally far more effective and the listener can’t but help find that their body is involuntarily swaying to the beat.

Always a pleasure to come back to Morning Fuzz as they never disappoint and I am already looking forward to the next release.

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The Blind Owls – All Day And Night – LP Review

Released a few hours ago was the fourteen track LP All Day And Night by the US merseybeat outfit The Blind Owls.

The Blind Owls - All Day And Night - CD

The Blind Owls – All Day And Night – CD

Prior to hitting play on the album – stand up and clear space.

Grabbing hold of ideas by others The Blind Owls are able to put a refreshing spin to the sound as evidenced by the opener title track All Day And Night.

Next is the scuffed guitar of Good Time and the listener is well able to believe that having a good time will be the case though the release.

The sparkling Sweet Baby trips its way in the room next to the accompaniment of a honky-tonk piano which will have you shrieking with the bridge.

Nobody Else continues the thread of infectious dance-ability in fluttering guitar strings which part way through the track change from majors to minors giving the track a double shuffle.

The fifth track – Home continues the thematic of an LP getting better as it evolves and the dampened acoustic guitar allows the audience to catch breath whilst an unanticipated harmonica joins in the moment.

Introducing that flat harmonics which lay at the heart of their music The Blind Owls reveal Better.

My pick of the release is the atypical Out Of My Mind which with an hypnotic off-beat and meandering pace affords The Blind Owls the opportunity to demonstrate they are more far more than straightforward.

Opening the second half of All Day And Night is the bustling percussion of Fever that bounces around the room like a horse happily trotting in a field.

Good To Me – well as it says on the tin – the LP has been good to me and will be to the new listener too as a skiffle-beats challenges the feet to keep in time.

The Cockney Rebel reminding  Searching For creates splinters in the floorboards as the listeners heel and toe dig for purchase.

If They Say is not – to my ears – particularly well suited to the LP – but out of fourteen options – one has to be the least favoured.

Back on firmer footing The Way bounces off the skirting boards like a bagatelle ball on rubber bands.

With some sadness I notice Mystery Man is the penultimate track in an album full of gems and recognising this The Blind Owls demand more of the accompanying dancers who are still valiantly in step.

The closer – Doctor, which takes the audience to avenues anew and the band all come to gather to finish All Day And Night with a flourish which, appropriately for the final track is the one that covers the purchase price of the full album on its own and finds the listener intrigued of future directions of travel.

All Day And Night is available to purchase on bandcamp.

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