Invasions – No Darkness – Single Review

Invasions from Canada were reviewed in November and they have just released a new three track single – No Darkness.

Invasions - No Darkness - artwork

Invasions – No Darkness – artwork


Opening with the title track No Darkness reminds me of a spaghetti western. There is a feature of the music that Invasions delivers being that much of it has a cinematic feel. The shoegazy guitars are joined by violins in sections through the piece enhancing the orchestrated feel to the track, whilst a subsumed vocal glistens in the background.

Black Lagoon has a similar brooding lavishness in a more Lynchian style as a solid bass drum pumps through the speakers whilst the guitars echo around the room.

My pick of the release also happens to be the longest track, at three minutes six seconds, Unknown Pleasures goes to the off-beat with the five players working in unison in a flourish of melodramatic foot stomping rock ‘n’ roll.

No Darkness is available on bandcamp.

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Clear Red Water – Then & Now – Single Review

Then & Now is the début single from ambient rockers Clear Red Water, a four-piece from Lincoln in the UK comprised of James Childs (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Raury Milican (Lead Guitar), Mark Webster (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Jim Fryer (Drums / Percussion).

Clear Red Water

Clear Red Water

It has been a while since Robbie wrote an article as he has been completing his degree…

Then & Now opens with layers of harmony and muted percussion before launching into an infectious groove. While elements of the music may sound familiar, particularly within the vocals which are highly reminiscent of Thom Yorke, the track is passionate enough to never feel contrived.

This is a compelling piece of work which is produced to an excellent standard. If you’re after a slice of ambient indie rock check out Then & Now, which is available for free from the Clear Red Water BandCamp page. This is a fantastic début single and leaves me wanting more.

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The Cradles – Do You Wonder Why? – Single Review

The Welsh band The Cradles released their début single Do You Wonder Why? through Vivid Riot a couple of days ago.

The Cradles - Do You Wonder Why? artwork

The Cradles – Do You Wonder Why? artwork

Opening with the title track the music drifts dreamily into the room to a fanfare of percussion and bass before slowly coalescing in to a sound which builds and gains in munificence as it develops. Scintillating sharpened guitars gleam around the room whilst a vocal, tremulous with sympathy, rounds off the whole piece. A delightful introduction to a band who are able to expose the innards of the context.

The second track You Won’t Find Anyone Else has a mixture of  ’60s pop feel and a Lynchian film score to it. A thriving hive of activity within which The Cradles is able to both pack the two minutes with notes, yet also find the space to develop the drama of the piece.


Sadly the whole thing is over in just four and a half minutes. Yet that brief space of time is filled with music that seems to extend the seconds in which they deliver multifarious textures as the quintet each play an integral part to the build-up of the whole.

Given the début, The Cradles is a band to get to know and enjoy.

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Propeller – You Remind Me of You – Single Review

Propeller, the USA based outfit first look back in March of last year have just released a double A side single.

Propeller - You Remind Me Of You - Artwork

Propeller – You Remind Me Of You – Artwork

A long holiday weekend over here and what better way to start off the Bank Holiday Monday than with sounds of summer, particularly given that we have (over here in the UK) had the unexpected pleasure of good weather and Propeller give the day the start it needs with the new release.

You Remind Me Of You, is something of an appropriate title as the song contains influences that are recognizable, however they add their signature fuzz and garage fade to deliver a sound that just makes you pleased that the duo create music.

What A Way To Feel resonates of sparkling champagne guitars and even if you don’t live within striking reach of the beach, you just want to find some water and light a fire to dance around to celebrate being alive.

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Molly Beanland – Real Life – Single Review

Molly Beanland from England has a new single coming out on the 31st March.

Molly Beanland

Molly Beanland


Real Life is a precursor to a forthcoming EP – Night Dreams.

Relax, find a partner to lay back with and let the emulsion of Real Life drip oils on your moving bodies. The exotic vooice streams across the torso as the sounds weave betwixt intertwined bodies. The only sadness being this last for only 3:54 seconds.

One hopes for a night of exploration with the EP appearing later this year and I look forward to being able to provide you with a preview of the release.

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