Destrends – Papa – Single Review

The Australian new-wave trio Destrends release the single Papa on the 15th of July.

Destrends - Photo by Trace Mclean

Destrends – Photo by Trace Mclean

With a more compacted sound than tracks previously featured, in Papa, Destrends are still able to incite the audience join the track in a pogo. The throbbing bass / percussion combinations are split by distorted guitar as the singular vocal splices the ears.

The just under three and three quarter minutes track has the sense of pent-up frustration which is expressed by the dank brooding tempo and stomping feet which pulses through the foundations leaving windows rattling and listener calling for more.

Destrends are a band with much to say and the ability to express it in their audience engaging compositions and I look forward to hearing their next release.

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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 Echo Session – But I’m Scared – Single Review

The Scottish indie-gaze quartet The Echo Session will release the single But I’m Scared on the 1st of August.

The Echo Session - But I'm Scared - artwork

The Echo Session – But I’m Scared – artwork

The Echo Session are not ones to rush out releases -back in 2009 two singles were recorded – but only one was ever made available. Seven years later Flowers In the Dustbin dust off the live recording of But I’m Scared, which is available from their bandcamp page. Recorded at the time of the banking crisis and reflecting of living in a world of turmoil and uncertainty, seven years on the sentiment remains as perspicacious.

The fuzzy guitars drift slowly through the room and the listener is reminded of the warmth of a bye-gone era of four-track analogue recordings in a track that, which in 2009 where by then retro reminders too. Like a vintage wine this gets better as it ages though an immediate click of the replay button doesn’t go amiss.

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The Blackheart Orchestra – Keep The Light In – Single Review

The English moody-moment duo The Blackheart Orchestra release the single Keep The Light In on the 24th.

The Blackheart Orchestra - photo by Jeff Cooper

The Blackheart Orchestra – photo by Jeff Cooper

This was first sent to me on the 1st of June – so my apologies for the delay in writing some thoughts to all concerned and to you more particularly.

With a stream of electronics kit and acoustic instruments to lay hand to and all equally deliver their dampened moments The Blackheart Orchestra selected synth, guitar, loop and vocal for Keep The Light In, which ripples out of the speakers akin to a rock being thrown into a mill-pond.

The abrasive electro-drums crash though the speakers prior to the audience being invited to contemplate the undertow of the embers of burning Cathedral timbers and one is reminded of a depiction of the bombing of Dresden in the gothic electronic spires of smoke which, along with the soul eviscerating vocal, both equally leave the audience in quiet trance at the reign of subtle power which reigns upon the ears.


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