The Fruitful Earth – Shake – Single Review

The gnarly-blues project The Fruitful Earth from London (England), the performance vehicle for  Sarah Blair (piano and vocals), released the single Shake on the 21st.

The Fruitful Earth - photo credit - Alistair Macnaughton

The Fruitful Earth – photo credit – Alistair Macnaughton

Regularly including extra musicians as required in both studio and live performance, Shake adds bass and drums to deliver a track that veritably shakes the room to its foundations.

From the opening moments of the sharp percussive introduction to the track, the listener finds themselves welded to the spot, by the time the rootsy piano, bass and stunning vocal get in to full flow the outside world has already become an irrelevance.

Recording of an as yet unnamed LP has recently completed and plans are for a release next year – Shake is the first song to surface.

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Ivory Wave – Frankie – Single Review

The quintet of George Johnson (Vocals), Connor McMinn (Guitar), Luke Morris (Bass), Rob Clarke (Keys) and Seb Baldwin (Drummer) who form the indie-dance band from Birmingham in England –  Ivory Wave – released the single Frankie on the 14th.

Ivory Wave - photo by Laura Benwell

Ivory Wave – photo by Laura Benwell

Having introduced Ivory Wave earlier this year, with some enthusiasm on hitting play, not being well disposed towards vocoders the opening phrases had me scratching my head in doubt, only for that to rapidly be dispelled as Frankie soon flowers in to a a trippE track which would not have been out of place at The Haçienda.

The synth melts in to the instrumentation to create a spiralling psychedelia of cascaded rock from which the vocal drifts in and out of focus, demanding of an immediate replay. An extended 12″ dayglo yellow vinyl version would not be unwelcome either.

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Diana Radar – Growing – Single Review

The quartet of RoryJayLuke and Wes from Melbourne in Australia who form the garage band Diana Radar released the single Growing on the 13th.

Diana Radar

Diana Radar

A track best enjoyed with a beer in a crowded bar, as the quartet deliver their good time rock’n’roll, which brightens the day by its very presence.

The bright guitars sparkle through the song, like a sequined dress, as the high pitches flicker through the ears, while the drum, which plays on tautly strung skins adds to the sharpness of the architecture which in turn affords space and time for the laid-back bass and sliding vocal to create the infectious dynamism of Growing.

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Francine Belle – Beautiful Heights – Single Review

The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.

Francine Belle

Francine Belle

A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronica and percussion, through which quietly laid keys form the hazy layers of the composition that in turn launch the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.

The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.

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Swimming Tapes – Easy Strand – Single Review

On the 17th the single Easy Strand was released by the England based dream-rock quintet Swimming Tapes.

Swimming Tapes - Easy Strand

Swimming Tapes

The quintet have been quietly making progress in the background with word arriving that an LP is in the offing and there will be a short, five date, England and Scotland tour in November.

In the interim the new single, Easy Strand, which appears almost exactly a year after the  EP Soft Sea Blue, other than the acoustic version of their  2016 single Tides which came out in February, makes this the first release for them this year.

Perhaps it is something more than a coincidence that their wistfully dreamy shimmery summer vibe releases often appear this time of year, the original of Tides was also in September.

Lay back, kick up the heels and allow the washes of the gazey guitars curtain off the hassles of daily life.

Easy Strand – Single – Swimming Tapes is available on iTunes.*

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