Ava Rae Heatley – Grin And Bear It – Single Review

Ava Rae Heatley is a keys-rock creator from the USA.

Ava Rae Heatley

Ava Rae Heatley

Deft work on the key-board and an evocative vocal enables Ava Rae Heatley to deliver music of emotional fluidity, with each song revealing a new flowering – the latest being Grin And Bear It.

Frequently adding additional players to provide the framework for the compositions Grin And Bear It conjoins the supporting feature of percussion and lightly feathered guitar to the country-folk fused track which angles across the room akin to bouncing laser lights as the lyric pivots through a quizzical contemplation of life, whilst pianoforte slips in and out of a harmonic layering to the spikey vocal.


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Ginger Root – Two Step – Single Review

The US hushed-rock project Ginger Root released the single Two Step on the 8th.

Ginger Root

Ginger Root

Akin to the flavours in the name of the musical entity Two Step (available on bandcamp) calmly and elegantly slips through the speakers prior to filling the room with a warm texturing which builds in intensity prior to quietly slipping back in to its dinner-jacket and departing with as little fuss as it arrived.

Ginger Root creates music which is easily ingested and potentially ignored as listless, though so to do would be remiss as – underpinning the compositions are subtle and immensely satisfying layers. To sort of maintain the food analogy: There is the immediately presentationally attractive ‘fast-food’ radio play music which on second bite in reality tastes as bland as the first bite – then there is 족발 (Jokbal) with its infusion of ginger root.


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Amber – GHOST – Audio

Amber is a meltwater-hop project from the USA.



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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Stoneburner – Tales Of The Great Cryptogram – Audio

The US dystopian-wave project Stoneburner releases the LP The Agony Box on the 13th.

Stoneburner - Photo by Erik Yonst

Stoneburner – Photo by Erik Yonst

Almost an hour an five minutes in duration, the bakers dozen track album available on bandcamp, has a tribal-fusion backbone which is melted into futuristic-electronica allowing the compositions to seemingly form menacing organic shapes as they emerge through the speakers, keeping the listener totally transfixed as though in a state of hypnosis.

The third track is Tales Of The Great Cryptogram.


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Crooked Cat Adams – There’s Been A Death – Audio

Crooked Cat Adams is the US brooding-rock project of Patrick Barry.

Crooked Cat Adams

Crooked Cat Adams

The music is made more evocative by its dampened stance which slaps against the wall and rather than echoing slides like muddy splatter to the floor which finds the listener reaching out in an attempt to touch the clods as they pulse past the ears.

The most recent reveal being the six track LP 1000 Miles To Cordova which is available on bandcamp and best ingested at full volume with the sub-woofer bouncing inside its own vibrations.

The second track on the album is There’s Been A Death.

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