The Brothers Burn Cheesy Electro-Pop are Happy To Be Here

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The Brothers Burn Cheesy Electro-Pop are Happy To Be Here

The Brothers Burn – Happy To Be Here

 

Some music defies categorization. The easy genre labels that apply to so much of the music that seems to pollute the mainstream nowadays just doesn’t apply to a select few. This is particularly true of Texas-based group, The Brothers Burn.

 

Making music that is best described as a blend of They Might Be Giants, early Art Of Noise, The B-52s and Seinfeld incidental music, The Brothers Burn produce a sound that is all their own. This is particularly true of their latest release, “Happy To Be Here”.

 

The album kicks off with the catchy electro-pop of “Let’s Go Party With Corrine”, which describes the charms of a girl who “has all the best clothes” and “a box of Legos”, before moving on to describing the events of “March 2020”, when “Twitter blew up coronavirus”. The album continues with shades of reggae and flashbacks to (cheesy) 80s pop.  

 

There’s an innocence to this album but also a knowing irony. Despite its seeming simplicity, the music is a well-spring of references that allows for multiple listens. Just like the aforementioned TMBG, The Brothers Burn offer up what seems on the surface a collection of disposable pop, but that is simultaneously a salute to any thinking listener.

 

And the best thing here is that you don’t have to wait. Released on July 24 and clocking in at just under 18 minutes, “Happy To Be Here” is ready for your listening pleasure now.

 

Simon Says 4.5 out of 5 Stars

4.5 Star Rating

 

 

 

Social Media Links

WEBSITE: http://www.thebrothersburn.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheBrothersBurn/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thebrothersburn

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The Brothers Burn Cheesy Electro-Pop are Happy To Be Here

This is What Black Lives Matter Sounds Like with Think Good Audio

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All Atomic Compelling Cinematic Electronic EP – Sirens Of The Suns

Think Good Audio – Black Lives Matter

It is no secret that Think Good Audio is one of my favorite artists. Working in the area of fractured, downtempo, instrumental hip-hop, Think Good Audio consistently produces music that challenges his listeners to both think and expand their musical horizons. His latest album, “Black Lives Matter”, is absolutely no exception to this.

 

With track titles such as “I Can’t Breathe”, “George Floyd”, “Oppression” and “Giuliani’s Last Stand”, it should be clear what this album is about. But just in cases it is not, it’s worth quoting the artist himself here:

 

“This album addresses the many shades of police and racial supremacy that continues to push an ugly history of America into its own oblivion amongst a pandemic that knows no prejudice. 

This album is dedicated to the many lives of black Americans killed unjustly; through slavery, segregation, and systemic racism. 

I grew up dealing with racism on a personal level. This is an album of significant importance. To still witness minorities dying on TV and cops being protected, sends a message to a person of color like me that my life has no worth in America.”

 

The sonic palette on display here is startling. Wistful piano loops and chilled hip-hop beats meet vocal samples from TV news. Fractured industrial sounds are juxtaposed against vocal choirs and Maggot Brain-style guitar solos fade in and out of a number of tracks. It is challenging listening at times but it is also reflective of the fractious, partisan times we are currently living in.

 

For me, the standout tracks were “I Can’t Breathe” where the subtle piano loops and lush orchestral sounds are abruptly silenced by a lingering gunshot, and the musical painting of the experience of oppression on display in the song of the same name.

 

I normally wrap up my reviews with a rating out of five, but rather than do that, I will instead end with this…

 

Simon says listen.

Producer Indie Artist

Social Media Links

BANDCAMP: https://thinkgoodaudio.bandcamp.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Mixmaster412/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/HaynesMagaleon9

This is What Black Lives Matter Sounds Like with Think Good Audio

All Atomic Compelling Cinematic Electronic EP – Sirens Of The Suns

EP Sirens Of The Suns

All Atomic Compelling Cinematic Electronic EP – Sirens Of The Suns

All Atomic – Sirens of the Sun (EP)

I am not usually prone to making sweeping generalisations, but I think it is fair to say that the best music is made by those artists most keenly aware of its historical development and their place within it. This is true of all genres, including electronic music. That is why I found the new Sirens of the Sun EP from English producer, All Atomic, so compelling.

It is obvious listening to the four tracks on offer here that All Atomic is steeped in electronic music history. He combines the driving bass arpeggios first introduced to the disco scene by Giorgio Moroder with the synth sounds and phrasing of early Jean-Michel Jarre, along with an eighties synthpop sensibility and the driving beats of more recent years to inform his own sound. What is most impressive is that, whilst these elements are recognised, the end result is a sound that is more than the sum of its parts – a sound that is distinctive and fresh.

Holding all four tracks together on this EP is an underlying tension that All Atomic achieves through the use of repeated, looped arpeggio lines and cinematic flourishes. This is most evident in the first two tracks, Coda and Sequence. The last two tracks, Sirens of the Sun and A Dove 4 Love, add fat, eighties bass sounds that serve to cut through the tension to some extent. Nevertheless, their addition never serves to undercut the dark overall tone of the EP. I particularly liked the rock drum samples on the opening track and the sweeping synth sounds at the start of the title track and my favorite track overall was Sequence.

All Atomic is to be commended for constructing such a thematically consistent EP. He should also be congratulated on his obvious understanding of how the genre has developed historically. His grasp of this has served him very well indeed here.

All Atomic Compelling Cinematic Electronic EP – Sirens Of The Suns

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

 

 

OUT 24TH JULY

 

Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/allatomic1

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/allatomic

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All Atomic Compelling Cinematic Electronic EP – Sirens Of The Suns

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All Atomic Compelling Cinematic Electronic EP – Sirens Of The Suns

11:11 Invasion Album Serves Up a Serious Feast Of Styles and Sounds

Electronic Compilation Album

 

Electronic Alliance Records – 11:11 Invasion (Compilation Album)

What a great time to be a fan of electronic music! For the second week in a row, I get to review an album that highlights just how strong the world of independent electronica is right now. Following in the history of genre team-up collections such as the rap-meets-rock of the Judgment Night soundtrack and the metal-meets-electronica of the Spawn soundtrack, 11:11 Invasion couples 11 electronic music artists with a diverse range of rappers. The resulting album is best described as excellent.

 

Starting with the 1920s jazz club chorus and drum and bass switch up of “A Blessing and a Curse” by Davey Hub featuring Fat Pockets and Skyline Tigers, through to the acid-house workout of “Warehouse Party” by Gribbles, 11:11 Invasion serves up a feast of styles and sounds that is sure to please listeners. For me, there were three standouts. “Tribe” by Skaarl is a big bass house number featuring the Dizzee Rascal-style rap of Reminiss. “Light Trails” features the sing-song rapping of Bonnie Legion over the top of a minimalist snare and synth groove. And “Pikes Peak” by ØLSKXX (featuring Cee Reed) brought to mind the dense production of cLOUDDEAD and the lyrical flow of Atmosphere.

 

That is not to suggest those are the only strong tracks on offer here. I could have also mentioned the RZA meets John Carpenter production on “Better Place” by DZM (featuring Helstrip) or the straight up boom-bap of “Oldsckool S.A.N” by Cylotron (Featuring Donte Pringle), but there’s only a certain amount of words I have to play with.

 

Electronic Alliance Records are to be commended for this experiment. The sheer quality and range on display here should make this a must-listen for all fans of electronic music and hip-hop. So, for the second week in a row…

Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

 

 

 

Electronica Records

BANDCAMP: https://electronicalliancerecords.bandcamp.com/album/11-11-invasion 

WEBSITE: https://electronicalliancerecords.weebly.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/1EARecords

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Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

 

Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

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Triplicate Records – Red Shift (Compilation Album)

I am a big fan of compilation albums. Some music purist friends of mine find that disturbing – a kind of musical sin, so to speak – but I have always found them a great way of discovering new artists and new styles, From the yearly collections of chart hits when I was a child, through to the Ninja Tune and Dope on Plastic samplers of the 90s, onto to my recent purchases of Northern Soul compendiums, compilation albums have always been a part of my musical diet.

 

The Red Shift compilation from Triplicate Records is a very worthy addition to this diet. Featuring tracks from some of the most interesting artists in the field of electronic music today (including Crest of the Syndicate, Suncastle, Station Zero, Leaving Richmond, Mood Exhibit and Belial Pelegrim amongst others), Red Shift represents a collection of tunes that fall at the more “experimental” or “intelligent” end of that broad genre’s spectrum. The styles and sounds on display here are diverse indeed, but what holds them together is a sense of inventiveness and sonic exploration. Each and every one of the tracks is pushing at the limits of their chosen sub-genres and asking the listener to go beyond their comfort zones.

 

Whilst it is hard to pick favorites, there were two standout tracks for me. “Index” by Richard Alfaro is an exercise in slow building psychedelica, as various glitched and deformed synth elements are added to build a kind of demented merry-go-round sound. “Fume Jazz” by Dark Fidelity HiFi was another standout – lush synth pads and delayed trumpet sounds float over the top of a subtle drum and bass workout to create a chilled and atmospheric listening space.

 

Whilst not every track will appeal to every listener, there is a great deal to recommend this album. Most importantly, it will introduce the uninitiated to the wealth of sounds that is to be found in the world of independent electronic music – music that will take them out of their safe spaces. And for those who are familiar, Red Shift is a rewarding listen consisting of some of the best and brightest working in electronic music today.

Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

 

 

 

Triplicate Records

WEBSITE: https://triplicaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/red-shift

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/triplicaterecords

TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/triplicate_recs

Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

 

 

Diverse Intelligent Electronic Music On Red Shift Compilation Album

Electronic Synthwave For Your Mind and Soul from gribbles

Music Review

gribbles – The Requiem EP

Sad to say, I am a bit late to the party on this one. The Requiem EP, from UK-based producer gribbles (aka Graham Thorpe) was released on June 15th and represents an exploration of different electronic music styles across its four tracks.

 

Starting with the ambient-infused IDM of the title track, the EP sets a high musical bar. The second track, What Are the Media?, steps up to the mark, establishing a kind of synthwave-styled spy groove before adding an extended sample of Noam Chomsky. Hive is up next, and here Thorpe juxtaposes a circuit pulse and organ before adding a bass and keys reminiscent of those French purveyors of retro electronica, Air. The EP closes with the aptly titled Airwatching, an atmospheric piece of chillout music.

 

I am not going to suggest that this is music for everyone. I couldn’t see this being played at parties and on dance floors around the world. However, as a fan of the broad range of sounds and moods that electronic music has to offer, I was very impressed by this. It was food for my mind and soul.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

 

 

gribbles

WEBSITE: http://gribbles.co.uk/

BANDCAMP: https://gribbles.bandcamp.com/album/requiem-e-p

Electronic Synthwave For Your Mind and Soul from gribbles

 

Electronic Synthwave For Your Mind and Soul from gribbles

The Rude Awakening Of Synthpop Style Making You Squeal!

Music Review on Music Talks

The Rude Awakening – Squeal!

Formed in 2018, The Rude Awakening has been quick to make a mark on the independent electronic music scene. Hailing from the UK and consisting of Johnny Normal and Bridget Gray, The Rude Awakening have previously released a number of synthpop tracks for grown-ups including Emerald Dancer and Your Wetness Is My Weakness.

Squeal! Is the duo’s first full release of 2020 and represents a further refinement of their sound. Upbeat, saucy and infectious, Squeal! is a conversation between lovers best summed up in the chorus that serves as the track’s outro:

Tell me what you want and what you need and what you feel

Wrap your arms around me baby let me make you squeal

Along with the original radio mix, the single includes six remixes from Mr Strange, Patrik Kambo, Eminent, Mechanical Cabaret, Subject:2 and the Jan Doyle Band. Each offers its own unique take on the track – from the techno beginnings of the Patrick Kambo remix, to the crunching guitars of the Jan Doyle Band Armageddon remix and the beat monster that is the Mechanical Cabaret remix (my personal favourite).

Despite being around for roughly forty years now, synthpop is a genre that continues to grow and develop. The Rude Awakening is doing its own part to keep the style alive and interesting and Squeal!, due for release on 10th July, is further evidence that synthpop still has a lot to offer.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

 

 

THE RUDE AWAKENING

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PRE-SAVE SQUEAL!

The Rude Awakening Of Synthpop Style Making You Squeal!

The Rude Awakening Of Synthpop Style Making You Squeal!

The Brisbane Metal Band That Will Blow You Away; Adriatic

Metal Music Review

Adriatic – Koreni

Let me start by saying that this is going to be a little longer than my regular reviews. With an album this complex and engaging and my personal bias for bands from own hometown of Brisbane, it would be wrong of me to pass over this release too quickly.

 

I first saw Adriatic play at the Back Room in Brisbane on a bill with some other local metal acts and they totally blew me away. Their intensity and live presence made me an instant fan and on that night I bought my first CD. So it was with excitement that I saw the band was releasing a new album. This is the first time in my life as a music reviewer that I have contacted a band directly and asked if I could review its work. Fortunately for me, Adriatic was only too obliging.

 

Koreni, due for release on 1st July, kicks off with the title track and what a track it is. Featuring Reni Bojilov of Bulgarian folk group, Zhiva Voda, Koreni (I) opens with a captivating Middle-Eastern-style vocal line before moving into intense slower metal groove that had me thinking of Rotting Christ and Igorrr. Falling Helplessly In A Dream featuring Simon R-W of Massic is up next and the band introduces the Meshuggah-style riffing and rhythmic complexity that sits at the heart of this album. This is evident in tracks such as Immerse, When Words Mean Nothing (which also contains hints of psychedelic rock in its opening) and Poison Me (II).

 

But it would be wrong to reduce Adriatic to a band that “only” does complex riffing. They are so much more than this, as is demonstrated in Poison Me (I), a ballad that starts with a juxtaposition of samples of a preacher begging his congregation for money and news of pedophile priests. The track then moves into a kind of rock ballad that wouldn’t be out of place on an Alice in Chains album. The nineties influences don’t stop there – Unbroken featuring Sami S reminded me in its tone and structure of earlier Helmet.  The other standout for me was Against All Odds featuring Jesse N of Regular Gonzales. I was wanting to say something intelligent and insightful about this track, but all that kept springing to mind was “f**king awesome”.

 

The album ends with Koreni (II) and the track reprises the Middle-Eastern vocals of the opening track, moving through an angular riff workout, before decaying into a wall of eroded noise – the perfect ending to a perfect album.

 

All I can saw in summary is this – if you are a fan of metal, BUY THIS ALBUM. There is not a weak track here and I know that I will have this on heavy rotation over the coming weeks. If I could give it more, I would, but for now…

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars

5 Stars

 

 

 

Koreni track listing:

  1. Koreni (I) ft. Reni Bojilov of Zhiva Voda
  2. Falling helplessly in a dream ft. Simon R-W of Massic
  3. Immerse
  4. When words mean nothing
  5. Against all odds ft. Jesse N of Regular Gonzales
  6. Poison me (I)
  7. Poison me (II)
  8. Unbroken ft. Sami S
  9. Delusion ft. Dwid Hellion of Integrity
  10. Koreni (II) ft. Reni Bojilov of Zhiva Voda

 

 PRE-SAVE  ADRIATIC

The Brisbane Metal Band That Will Blow You Away; Adriatic

The Brisbane Metal Band That Will Blow You Away; Adriatic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ska Punk Band Spawn Energetic Remix by Nick Havey

Reggae Band

Spawn – Skallegro (Nicky Havey DnB Remix)

Just a week ago I was sitting at my friend’s house listening to some great tunes from the eighties. After a while we came to the same conclusion – one of the ingredients of some of that decades’ finest music that is just not heard enough anymore is the saxophone solo. So it was with delight that I heard the saxophone solo drop in the latter half of  the Nicky Havey DnB Remix of Skallegro by Spawn.

 

Hailing from the Netherlands, Spawn is a Ska Punk band that I first heard back in 2016 when they released their album, “Dance of the Lunatics”.  I fell in love with “Skarantino” from that album, which, as the name suggests, was a meeting of Tarantino/Dick Dale-style guitars and the frantic energy of ska. On this remix, that energy is taken to the next level by English Drum and bass producer, Nicky Havey. The coupling of Havey’s liquid drum and bass with Spawn’s reggae style rhythms and brass section makes for a superb mix. I found myself listening to this on repeat for a long while before I finally sat down to write this.

 

I hope that we hear more from this group and remixer. Whilst this is certainly a wonderful stand-alone track, it left me wanting to hear a whole album of more. Do yourself a favor and check out this track.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

 

 

 

SPAWN

WEBSITE: https://spawnband.com/en/home/

https://nickyhavey.co.uk 

Ska Punk Band Spawn Energetic Remix by Nick Havey

Fused Release Another Slice Of Synth-Pop Magic

Vibe On This While in Lockdown Baby with Stick Up Boys

New Electronic Music Release

Stick Up Boys – Lockdown Baby (James Black’s Nice With Ice Remix)

Vibe On This While in Lockdown Baby with Stick Up Boys

As soon as that old school piano track joined the beat, I was sold. The latest track from the Stick Up Boys, “Lockdown Baby” (due for release on July 14), immediately put me in a happy place – taking me back to a time in the early nineties when I was hell of a lot younger and most certainly more carefree.

Heralding from Brighton, UK, the Stick Up Boys is an anonymous music collective working in a range of electronic pop music styles. First releasing music in 2015, the group has recently set up their own label, “Stick Up Music”.

The vibe on this, their latest release, is upbeat – this is house music that not only harkens back to the early days of the genre, but that is also of the moment. “Be my lockdown baby” is not a refrain we would have heard in the pre-Covid 19 world. A wonderful deep bass underpins an infectious groove and light melodic flourishes round out the track for a pleasurable listening experience. This is happy music designed for not so happy times.

I enjoyed “Lockdown Baby” by the Stick Up Kids. I can see me giving it a spin again in the not too distant future when I need to forget the worries of the world and put a smile on my face.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

 

 

STICK UP BOYS

WEBSITE: https://www.stickupboys.co.uk/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/stickupboysuk/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/stickupmusic 

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Vibe On This While in Lockdown Baby with Stick Up Boys

Fused Release Another Slice Of Synth-Pop Magic

Uplifting Synth-Pop Mother Earth is Your All Star Motivator


Music Review

Kay Burden with All Star Motivator – Mother Earth (is Burning)

Uplifting Synth-Pop Mother Earth is Your All Star Motivator

Okay, so it’s something a little different this week. Mother Earth (Is Burning) – released back on May 8 – is collaboration from German singer/songwriter Kay Burden and British producer All Star Motivator. It is a synth-pop track about natural disasters and climate change and all profits raised from the track will be donated to Medicines Sans Frontiers.

 

This reason I say this is something different is because this isn’t a review as such. With All Star Motivator (aka Rich James) being my label boss (he is Pink Dolphin Music) and a regular collaborator, it would be disingenuous of me to pass this off as anything other than a full-fledged plug for a friend who is trying to raise money for a good cause.

 

That’s not to say that this isn’t a great song. Upbeat production is topped by Burden’s calm vocal delivery to make for an uplifting listen. On top of that, the original is accompanied by six other mixes. Finnish producer Some-E offers up a rippling dance mix. Screamershock turns the track into a slow cinematic build and Melodywhore and Jigsaw Sequence dish up epic and bubbly remixes respectively. The haunting, deep darkness of American producer Plike’s remix rounds out the remixes before the release ends with an extended original mix. This is a solid collection of tracks and worthy of your attention

 

So, Simon says buy some independent electronic music today and support a very worthy cause.

 

https://pinkdolphinmusic.bandcamp.com/album/mother-earth-is-burning

https://music.pinkdolphinmusic.com

Uplifting Synth-Pop Mother Earth is Your All Star Motivator

Fused Release Another Slice Of Synth-Pop Magic

Fused Release Another Slice Of Synth-Pop Magic


EDM

Fused – Never Let Me Go

Fused (aka Mark Kendrick) is well known to supporters of independent, electronic music. Hailing from England, Fused makes a brand of synthpop heavily influenced by fellow UK artists Depeche Mode and Gary Numan and characterized by superb production values.

 

“Never Let Me Go” is the eighth single from Fused – a mix of a track previously featured on the “V2” compilation album. Backed by two remixes (the Capitol Mix and the Beat Box Mix) and a further track, “Countdown Red”, “Never Let Me Down” sees Fused produce yet another slice of modern synthpop magic. Whilst the sounds harken back to the eighties, the production values place it firmly in the present. The sounds are big, the chorus is anthemic and an underlying darkness adds layers to the track that invite you to listen again.

 

I may be a little biased here (Mark remixed a track of mine last year), but I am genuinely impressed. This is music for music lovers – a pop song with gravitas. Available now for purchase digitally and on limited edition CD, “Never Let Me Go” is a must listen for all fans of electronic music.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

 

http://www.fusedmusic.com

https://fusedmusic.bandcamp.com/album/never-let-me-go

https://www.twitter.com/fusedofficial

Fused Release Another Slice Of Synth-Pop Magic

Fused Release Another Slice Of Synth-Pop Magic

Nothing Beats Dancing in Your PJs with Great Dance Music


Independent Dance Music

Mogi Wa Wa – The Amber Nectar EP

Nothing Beats Dancing in Your PJs with Great Dance Music

Is it just me or has this global lockdown seen you dancing around your house (or unit) in your pyjamas a whole lot more than is normally the case? There is something liberating about it – a kind of middle finger to this virus that has us all locked away from one another.

 

So, it was with a smile that I saw I would be reviewing a forthcoming release from the Deep Down Dirty label: I knew I would have a legitimate excuse to pursue what is quickly becoming a favorite lockdown activity. Due for release on April 21, The Amber Nectar EP from UK tech-house production duo, Mogi Wa Wa, does not disappoint, filled with catchy progressive dance tracks that are sure to please.

 

The title track opens proceedings, starting with a solid groove and slowly adding elements to build a fun, party vibe before wrapping up. The second track (and my personal fave), Feel Free, is infectious, with a vocal (“feel free to you’re your life, feel free to live with me”) that only adds to the delicious feel on offer. The closing track, New April, adds some tribal percussion before introducing an absolutely kicking bass line to establish a rock solid groove.

 

The Amber Nectar EP is a quality release that deserves to be heard. More importantly, it needs to be heard by your neighbors while you have a dance party of one in your lounge room. After all, it’s called house music for a reason.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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The Way Back Home, A Masterpiece from Hillary Capps

The Way Back Home, a Masterpiece from Hillary Capps


Indie Artist

Hillary Capps – The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home, A Masterpiece from Hillary Capps

It seems appropriate that after a hiatus from reviewing in which I have had to deal with deeply personal issues, that the first song I should review upon my return is the deeply personal and intimate “The Way Back Home” from New York singer-songwriter, Hillary Capps.

 

This song is a message of love designed for one person only. Over the top of a simple, strummed guitar, Capps sings to an unknown lover – “light my way back home so I can love you know now, every bit as much as I did then”. The lyrics impart a yearning for a relationship as it used to be “way back when” and looks forward to a rapprochement that might never come – “Hold me, keep me, don’t leave me when I’m gone”. The intimacy of the lyrics is perfectly reflected in the haunting vocals and understated production – only the cello interlude serves to embellish the (superb) acoustic minimalism of the production.

 

The title track from Capps’ forthcoming album, “The Way Back Home” is a masterpiece of understatement. To have this appear on my desk at this moment in my life was fortuitous, the lyrics reflecting some of the thoughts going through my mind in this difficult period of my life. Hillary Capps is a songwriter of note and “The Way Back Home” is a track that deserves to be heard by all.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

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The Way Back Home, A Masterpiece from Hillary Capps

New Indie Rock Music from East Of Zurich Band


Indie Rock Band

EAST OF ZURICH – ‘ROLL OVER’

New Indie Rock Music from East Of Zurich Band

Indie rock is much beloved here in Brisbane, Australia. From Powderfinger and Regurgitator in the 90s, through to Violent Soho and Dune Rats now, this city has a soft spot for guitar-driven (melodic) rock music. So, I predict that the music of East of Zurich should go over well in their hometown and that the band’s latest single, “Roll Over”, should be a hit on 4ZZZ.

 

Comprising of Martin Brabec, David Simpendorfer, Nick Ng and Anthony Timbrell, East of Zurich’s brand of indie rock harkens back not only to the early 90s, but also to the garage band sounds of 80s Australian acts such as The Stems and Hoodoo Gurus. Indeed, Timbrell states that the lyrics for “Roll Over” were inspired by an idea to make a “rollicking surf song in the spirit of Hoodoo Gurus”.

The track is solid, a kind of medium-paced ballad overlaid with lush organ sounds, rounded off with earthy production values.

 

Listening to “Roll Over”, you would never guess that East of Zurich have only been playing together for the last 18 months. On the strength of this, one can only imagine how strong their songwriting will be in 18 months from now.

 

Due for release on 6th March.

 

Simon says 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Music Review Rating

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New Indie Rock Music from East Of Zurich Band

WEBSITE:  https://eastofzurich.com/

 

 

Who is Tyra Jutai Going To Send Her Nudes To Now?


Indie Pop Artist

Tyra Jutai – Nudes

Who is Tyra Jutai Going To Send Her Nudes To Now?

“Who do I send my nudes to?” was never a line I thought I would find myself singing out aloud. Because I am old and out of shape, I have never even thought of uttering the words. But thanks to the instantly catchy refrain of “Nudes” by Toronto artist Tyra Jutai, I found myself doing exactly that upon my very first listen.

 

From her forthcoming EP, “Nudes” showcases the jazzy vocal style and quirky electronic pop of this talented singer and producer. Jutai takes elements of modern pop production and mixes them with a music box motif that sets the sound of this track apart. Over the top of this she sings to an ex – giving every hint that she still wants to be with him, before asking the question that forms the chorus – “Who do I send my nudes to?”

 

Jutai has a voice that is harkens back to a world of sultry torch singers and smoky basement bars. It is a voice I thoroughly enjoyed. Indeed, I really enjoyed this track – sassy, quirky and well-produced – I am just a little concerned I might find myself singing its ever-so catchy hook in inappropriate places (like on the bus!).

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

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OAFF – HEAVY HANDED

Electronic Downbeat Minimalism New Music from OAFF

There is a certain sound that is associated with the more commercial end of the electronic music spectrum in this part of the twenty-first century – a kind of downbeat minimalism coupled with vocals that are at once ethereal yet earthbound. It is this sound that we hear on “Heavy Handed” the new single by OAFF, from his upcoming album “Feeling is Thinking”.

 

Hailing from Mumbai, OAFF has taken the sounds of minimal electronic music and added to it a pop sensibility best heard in the vocals of featured singer Kayan.a. The kind of stripped down production on display here is not easy to do, but OAFF pulls it off well, combining deep bass with sonic flourishes that serve to add flavor to the track. Best of all is the guitar line that finishes the track and that is sometimes hinted at throughout. Over the top of this we hear Kayan.a.’s vocals – a kind of “exhausted” delivery style that both compliments and elevates the song.

 

Due for release on 21 February, “Heavy Handed” should find success. With solid online streaming figures online, this track will only serve to build the profile of OAFF.

 

Simon says 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Ella Fence is Not Afraid To Push The Boundaries with New EP


Australian Independent Singer

Ella Fence – All I Do Is Think EP

Ella Fence is Not Afraid To Push The Boundaries With New EP

It seems appropriate that the new EP from Ella Fence, “All I Do Is Think”, released on Valentine’s Day, 2020 – Appropriate, that is, if you like your yearly celebration of forced affection served up with a dash of irony.

 

The three songs that comprise this EP all explore different moods and textures – from the party stylings of “Pink Mojitos”, to the more middle of the road “She’s Looking Pretty”, and on to the more experimental electronics and introspective approach of “Japan”. Nonetheless, what holds this collection together is an almost ironic reflection on the topics of love and relationships.  Fence proudly declares in the opener that she is “not gonna give a f**k about this night” and closes “Japan” with the line, “I think I’m gonna work on me”. Traditional love songs these are not.

 

This is a well-produced set of electronic pop music that is not afraid to push the boundaries of the genre. And above it all soars Fence’s voice – a transcendent instrument that milks the emotions out of often understated lyrics. Like her track, “Love Me On Purpose”, that I reviewed last year, I enjoyed these tracks. As a person who does not choose to listen to pop music, it is always a pleasant surprise to hear an artist that I not only enjoy, but who is also a radio-friendly proposition.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars

4 Star Rating

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Future Sounds Anthology Vol. 1

 

It’s great to get away for a holiday, but it does mean that you can miss some music releases. My first review of the year is of an album that came out on January 3 whilst I was busy exploring the charms of Scotland.

 

Future Sounds Anthology Vol. 1, is a compilation of tracks by artists from the Electronic Music Alliance (EMA), released through the group’s imprint, Electronic Alliance Records. At 20 tracks and just on 99 minutes, this album runs the gamut of electronic music styles – from the computer game soundtrack stylings of the opening track “Shadow on the Path (Synth Mix)” by iconDARK, to the jazz-infused chill of “Empty Playground” by Naked Congress, onto the harder dance end of the spectrum on tracks like “Black Museum” by Electrostatic Nightmare Disco.

 

With such a wide range of top-end electronic music on offer, it is hard to pick favourites – nonetheless, for me the wonky bass of “Those Days Are Gone” by Pulp Stereo, the slow build of “Shatter” by Eonlake and the sublime trip-hop of “Don’t Tell” by Skyline Tigers were all standouts. Having said that, this is an album full of gems and will most certainly hold up to repeat listenings. Who knows what will stand as my favourites in five listens from now?

 

The EMA has certainly come a long way in its first year. Founders Bufinjer, DaveyHub and Nicky Havey are to be congratulated on bringing together a pool of such talent and for curating such a fine sampler of what is happening in the present-day electronic music underground. The Future Sounds Anthology Vol. 1 is a must listen.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5 Star Rating

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Garage Rock Band

Primitive State

Frank Starr Rock Zappa

Normally I would give a bit of biographical information on the artists I review to provide some context for the reader. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot to go on with “Primitive State” except that it is a garage rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed by Troy Thomas after his father died and needed an outlet for what he was feeling.

 

On their latest album, “Frank Starr Rock Zappa”, “Primitive State” explore a from of indie rock that is part Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, part Pixies and Nirvana, part American gothic-era Nick Cave (think Henry’s Dream) and just a little bit Tom Waits. These are tracks that hint at tumbleweed, heat and life on the wrong side of the tracks. Standouts for me were “Streetwalker”, with its rock and roll swagger, the mariachi groove of “Wishbone” and the punk blast of “Hello God Again”. However, it is worth mentioning that this is a solid from start to finish – an homogenous album rather than just a collection of songs.

 

“Frank Starr Rock Zappa” is rough around the edges in places, but that is as it should be. Rock and roll is not meant to be polished – rather, it is meant to be (a little) raw and a challenge to the increasing sterility of our world. I enjoyed this album and would suggest that you take some time over the holiday season to give it a listen yourself.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

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Twitter: @StatePrimitive

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