New Year Ninety 2017 – 40 to 31

It is when putting together the New Year Ninety that once again I am reminded of all the great music that has come my way over the year. The countdown from 40 to 31 on the New Year Ninety.

The Medicine Dolls - New Ninety 2017

The Medicine Dolls

40. TheHalves (USA)

39. White Bær (Scotland)

Police Me is available on Bandcamp

38. Vagabundos (Belgium)

Winter Rose – Single – Vagabundos is available on iTunes.*

37. Beach Royals (England)

36. Idltry (Russia)

35. Oxen (Sweden)

Oxen – EP – Oxen is available on iTunes.*

34. Viola Beach (England)

Boys That Sing / Like A Fool is available on Amazon.*

33. The Medicine Dolls (South Africa)

32. Bree (USA)

31. The Label (Scotland)

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Oxen – Come Back – Audio

Oxen is a Swedish indie trio.

Oxen - Come Back


Their latest track to surface – Come Back – appeared in advance of a short tour in the UK which starts on Wednesday.

Oxen, which is less than a year into existence have used their previous experience to good effect and are establishing an audience both at home and more internationally with parts of South America – especially Brazil – taking a keen interest.

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Oxen – Luck – Single Review

The Swedish indie-rock trio Oxen were introduced earlier in the year.

Oxen - Photo by Fredrik Karlsson

Oxen – Photo by Fredrik Karlsson

The latest track to surface – Luck finds them in more frustrated temper with a song that ponders the fragility of connections, where each party expects more of the other than willing to give in return, resulting in a breakdown of fractured relationship.

The slowly paced track paces around the room in ever growing self-immolating ill-tempered contemplation, with widely spaced notes colliding against each other as they linger in the ears with the low registers of tone describing the arc of thought whilst strangulated vocal emotes of the building resentment.

It will be interesting to hear where Oxen head next as their first two tracks express of polar opposite ends of relationships, yet each handled as deftly as the other.

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Oxen – Only Forever – Single Review

The Swedish indie-rock trio Oxen released the single Only Forever on the 12th.

Oxen - Formerly Great Garb


Those of particularly strong visual recognition, may well recall the three faces in another band called Great Garb, who were introduced back in 2014 and yes they are one and the same.

A new band name and a fresh single, with a slightly different emphasis as Oxen resonate far more strongly of the indie elements which they blend with tinctures of shoegaze to deliver a track in Only Forever, which slides between dreamy echoing guitar and bustling party steps.

There is an elegance to Only Forever which makes this a track that can handle any time of day, providing both a sound with which to sit in quiet contemplation, whilst equally happy strutting its stuff on the dance-floor.

Whilst I miss the strong bass emphasis of the previous iteration of the trio, there is a more confident freedom of expression and delivery in Only Forever and I look forward to catching up with Oxen over their new direction of travel.


Only Forever – Single – Oxen is available on iTunes.*

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