The Reytons – Alcopops & Charity Shops – EP Review

The English garage quartet, The Reytons, released the EP Alcopops & Charity Shops on the 3rd.

The Reytons

The Reytons



The searing energy can be felt warming up the room through the speakers, which I do suggest are turned up as loudly as possible prior to hitting play.

A quartet of talented musicians, who have rapidly established a keen following that can only but be built on by the five songs on EP, which is available on bandcamp.

Each track takes the listener to a different decade and reflects of British rock at that moment in time.

On The back Burner, the opener, throws the listener to ’70s new wave – which is a track that is worth the price of Alcopops & Charity Shops on its own and would typically be my pick of the release, though such is the depth to the EP, it isn’t.

Next, Harrison Lesser, is a reminder of ’80s indie as the audience reminisces of Factory Records.

The middle song Ghost is drawn from ’90s Britpop with its sense of optimistic revivalism.

The penultimate – Please Don’t Call It Time – takes the listener back to ’50s merseybeat and jiving feet.

Closing out the EP – Low Life – my pick of the release – which is the bang up to date ’10s of the palpable pent-up frustration of garage-rock.

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Amber – GHOST – Audio

Amber is a meltwater-hop project from the USA.

Amber

Amber

Fusing a thread of concepts in to the mix Amber is able to concoct material from which the listener, on each run-though will discover an element previously undetected from which to discover a completely different context and what was once thought of as hip-hop may become far-eastern folk or possibly nu-soul yet never a confusion, rather a pleasurable conundrum to unravel.

From the latest three track single GEOVA (available on bandcamp) GHOST.

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Alice Signal Fires – Hot Air Balloons – Audio

Alice Signal Fires is an alt-rock outfit split between Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

Alice Signal Fires

Alice Signal Fires

Currently working towards the release of an LP, as yet unnamed, for 2017 to follow-up the album Ghost from last year.

The first track to surface from the forthcoming release is Hot Air Balloons in which those who already know Alice Signal Fires will find grounds of similarity, with acoustic guitar featuring prominently in the piece. The major difference being that the music has a more resolute presence moving from the ground of alternative folk to a more scathing and compressed rock iteration.

It will be interesting to discover if this is a one-off diversion or a new direction of travel.

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Jungal – Ghost – Video

The Australian alt-rock trio Jungal have decided to call time.

Jungal - photo credit Keli

Jungal – photo credit Keli




Although only featured once, back in 2013 Jungal had the ability to  create gutsy blues laden rock. Their anticipated last show was on the 19th and to mark the occasion made available a previously unreleased track – Ghost.

I wish Leisha, Victoria and Jessie every success for the future and thank them from adding to the creative world of music for the past fourteen years with Jungal.

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