Cabinet Of Millionaires Stop The Coup Slick Electro and Perfectly Timed


Electro Band

Cabinet Of Millionaires VS Zion Train

“Stop The Coup”

The British election is scheduled for the 12 December and it is fair to say that it will take place in a Britain that has suffered under the yoke of an austerity politics that has seen inequality increase and where the issue of Brexit has polarized the population. Into this space step Cabinet of Millionaires vs Zion Train and their “Stop The Coup” EP.

The politics of this track are clear – Boris Johnson is the clear villain and Cabinet of Millionaires launch a scathing attack on the current PM’s Conservative Party government, referencing the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the failure to take in enough refugees (whilst selling arms), and the dismantling of the country’s National Health Service.

Whilst this pull-no-punches political attack may sound unappealing to some listeners, what sells this track is the musicality and production. The original “Pfeffel Mix” is an exercise in dub-infused, slick electro with a soulful vocal that asks to “tell you about Boris”, interspersed with samples calling out the problems of Johnson’s policies. The second, “Darcus meets Acid House Therapy remix” takes the track and adds dubstep and acid elements, while the final, Mikk Stupp Remix, is a beefed-up drum and bass workout (and my personal favourite).

Whilst this track may not win over those who will follow the populist Johnson no matter what (a one-eyed devotion that is also shown by Trumpists on the other side of the Atlantic), it should nonetheless serve as a rallying call to those who may currently be prevaricating. Due for release on December 6 through Chocolate Fireguard Records, this is a timely track indeed.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

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Cabinet Of Millionaires Stop The Coup Slick Electro and Perfectly Timed

 

Cabinet Of Millionaires Stop The Coup Slick Electro and Perfectly Timed

 

 

Australia’s Jordz Releases Debut Chill Single Aptly Titled Bushfire


Electronic Indie Artist

Jordz

“Bushfire”

Those of you living outside of Australia may not be aware that large parts of the country have been up in flames throughout the month of November. Lives have been lost, properties have been destroyed, and koala populations have been decimated. So it was with a degree of trepidation that I pushed play on the track I was to review for this week – a track titled “Bushfire”.

 

The creation of 19-year-old Melbourne producer and DJ, “Bushfire” is a mid-tempo piece of EDM infused pop music that charts the artist’s flight from the encroaching flames that threaten to end her. Starting with the ominous sounds of helicopters, we soon find out that our protagonist is “stuck in a cloud of smoke” and that “there is nothing (she) can do”. Coupled with the melancholy instrumentation, we are left thinking that the narrative will have only one ending. However, the story reaches a happy (ish) conclusion and Jordz proclaims that “there is something (she) can do”.

 

Despite my initial misgivings, I was won over by this track. The narrative builds a quiet tension and the production is first rate (an opinion borne out by the fact that at just 16, Jordz won the Monash University ‘Emerging Producer Prize of 2017’).  It is encouraging to know that there are such talented young songwriters emerging in Australia. I look forward to seeing where this artist’s journey takes her.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

Australia’s Jordz Releases Debut Chill Single Aptly Titled Bushfire

 

 

Livietta Debut EP, Simple, Gracious, shrouded in darkness and sadness


Indie Artist

Livietta

“Eponymous ep”

Quite often I hear music coming in that has similar sounds and production, yet the strength of the song and vocals may be what takes it over the line. It’s when I receive music from artists who are not afraid to experiment with all of the above, my ears prick up with excitement.

 

Sure, perhaps nothing is completely original, but after hearing experimental singer-songwriter, Livietta Eponymous debut EP, she clearly isn’t concerned about perfection; but perhaps that’s what makes her music resonates deep within us; because in reality, we are all not perfect.

 

Liviettas vocals are deep and relaxed as they resonate beautifully in her lower register focusing on the narrative of each song allowing the lyrics to gleam as she prises the story of each track to become noticed and heard. Each and every track on Eponymous has its own personality and character, from the first track, ‘Amateur’ with the distorted sounds and vocal throughout, while the second track, ‘Ode ao Tempo’, sung in Portuguese accompanied by horns and trumpets, piano and strings taking the stage, incorporated with some interesting sound effects.

 

The third track, ‘Paper and Scissors’ enters with a simple and flowing peaceful piano line followed by Liviettas gorgeous vocals subtly showing what she is capable of as the track ignites from piano and cello into some very interesting beats imploding into another level.

 

There are 5 tracks on the Eponymous EP with space, simplicity and grace all within darkness and sadness, creating a beautiful EP.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Nick Cave, Radiohead and Bjork, then you will love Eponymous.

It’s hard to choose a personal favourite, but I would have to say ‘Paper and Scissors’ is right up there.

A must listen if you want to expand your horizons.

Check in our our New Music releases on Music Talks on the 27th to hear.

Livetta’s Eponymous EP is OUT on 26th November on all major streaming platforms.

Livietta Debut EP, Simple, Gracious, Shrouded in Darkness and Sadness

Tracey gives 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

Livietta Debut EP, Simple, Gracious, Shrouded in Darkness and Sadness

Feel Good Vibes in Big Doses from Indie Band The Goldhearts

Indie Rock Band

The Goldhearts

“Stars”

Back in my university days, I was fortunate enough to experience a music environment in which you could tune into the national “youth radio” and hear the sounds of grunge one moment and the twang and joy of Britpop the next. Not only that, but you could then attend festivals such as Livid, The Big Day Out and Triple Z Market Day where you could see those very artists perform live.

 

Listening to Gold Coast band, The Goldhearts, led by singer Margy Joughin, I was transported back to those days. Borrowing equally from The Breeders and James, The Goldhearts make a brand of indie guitar pop that delivers feel good vibes in big doses. Their latest single, Stars, is a catchy number that combines grunge, pop and a little country twang into an infectious blend. The song doesn’t hold back with its positive message, with the chorus declaring, “It’s going to be alright now”. In the words of the band, this is a celebration of bliss free summer living that has been a long time coming.

 

Stars is an unapologetically fun song. Full of great guitar licks, catchy vocals and a mid-tempo groove that will have you swinging (and singing) along, you need to take some time to give it a listen.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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Feel Good Vibes in Big Doses from Indie Band The Goldhearts

 

 

 

 

Cool Pop-Rock New Single from Birds In The boneyard

Cool Pop-Rock New Single from Birds In The boneyard

Indie Pop-Rock Band

Birds in the Boneyard

“I Know You’re Right” single

The sixties are back! With this new single, the Birds in the Boneyard, a cool pop-rock trio from Queens, NY, are departing from their previous “I Still Believe” hit which was much more of a 90s flavored track.

If you’re longing for The Beatles, the Byrds or the kind of bubble gum pop rock typical of the early sixties this one will delight you, with its hooky chorus, jangly guitars and Mersey-inspired back beat. It’s a fun song, easy to remember and tap your feet to.

The production is on point, with just enough vocal harmonies to remind you of the Beach Boys and easy lyrics with just the right kind of teenage love fest. To note the fun cover which is also a reminder of simpler times, and the video that accompanies this fun single, which could have been an outtake for a Hard Day’s Night movie remake.

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

Cool Pop-Rock New Single from Birds In The boneyard

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Feel At Home with Leaving Lennox New Single “Weren’t Looking For”

Single Cover

Leaving Lennox

“Weren’t Looking For“

Leaving Lennox has recently released their new single, ‘Weren’t Looking For’.

As soon as the play button was hit, it immediately made me feel at home, easy and free.

‘Weren’t Looking For’ is an easy-going mid tempo country pop/rock song that makes you feel like smiling with vocal harmonies blending beautifully from the Leaving Lennox Duo, Mick and Lauren.

Lauren’s lead vocal is simple and very well sung, just as it should be.

If there’s one thing that now turns me off with a vocal, it’s the apparent need many vocalists feel, to over sing. Lauren knows just how to place the right amount of expression and vibrato, blending some really lovely tones to her vocal, performing the song in the way it was intended.

The strumming of guitars and lead electric swarms through and around the track before it moves into its own solo with no need for screaming or showing off.

This is the true art of allowing the song to sing for itself with clever musicianship and production.

The only downer for me, was that it ended too quickly. A really nice song with sweetest cherries on top.

Verdict: 4/5 Hearts

Music Review 4 Hearts

Feel At Home with Leaving Lennox New Single “Weren’t Looking For”

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The Factory’s New Pop Single WIll Have you Dancing On The TAble 

Indie Pop Band

THE FACTORY

“Too Close To Get Closer”

The key to a good pop song is a hook that worms its way into your memory and refuses to leave. We have all had that experience of suddenly humming away a melody that we may not have heard in years. This is what happens when a good hook has taken up residence in our subconscious.

 

Norwegian pop four piece The Factory have managed to achieve this feat on their latest track, Too Close To Get Closer. In the words of the band, it is a feel-good song about a feel-bad theme; being desperately in love with your friend. Based around a solid bass groove, and big synth sounds, the track wastes little time on arriving at its catchy chorus.

 

Starting our at the tender age of ten years old and having lived together now for several years, the members of The Factory obviously work well together and produce tight modern pop music inspired by the likes of Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. They also know how to write a damn fine hook and it is for that reason that…

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

Website: https://www.thefactoryband.com/

The Factory’s New Pop Single Will Have you Dancing On The Table 

 

 

 

The Factory’s New Pop Single Will Have you Dancing On The Table 

Give It All Up For the Funky Soulful Groovy Danny Toeman


Give It All Up For the Funky Soulful Groovy Danny Toeman

RnB Artist

Danny Toeman

“Give It All Up” (Mr Showtime)

Quickly, someone turn up the volume!! What a surprise blast this track is.  A funky groove that couldn’t get me to stay still in my chair; how could you not move with such a funky soulful track. Admittedly, this funky soul groove is where my heart lies, and with those vocals by Danny Toeman clearly shows he is a true professional. 

If you like funky soul bands such as Kool & The Gang or The Average White band, then you’re going to fall in love with the cool groove high energy soulful style of  ‘Give It All Up’ (Mr Showtime)

Danny Toeman is obviously a seasoned performer and artist with his own seven piece band that is as tight as……well let just say it’s pretty damn tight. Danny’s vocals ooze rugged emotion that sours with ease throughout, from the sexy spoken lower end of his range,  flying into a high falsetto as smooth as a well aged whisky. (not saying he is old)

The backing vocals can’t go without being unnoticed. The simple and remarkable BV’s are tight and clear while the production most certainly has a vintage and funky contemporary style. 

Give It All Up has a feel good vibe that is so unforgettable, you’ll be singing it for hours after as the chorus spins around between your ears! 

 Danny has an album and live shows on the horizon, and if he came to Australia, I’d be there in a flash. 

Seriously great music. Now go get those dancing shoes on.

I’m giving it all up for Danny with 5 stars!

Verdict: 5/5 Hearts

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Catherine Duc ‘Till The Daylight’ Remix Ben Hobbs  

Producer Mixer

Ben Hobbs

“Blind To You”

(Catherine Duc “Till The Daylight” Remix)

The remix is an interesting beast. The remixer is tasked with taking songs that have been carefully crafted by their creators (and never forget, the creators of these tracks can sometimes be very jealous guardians indeed) and turning them into something new. The real trick for the remixer is to respect the original whilst unearthing something in the track that may have previously gone unnoticed – to reveal aspects of the track that were hidden in plain sight. The remixer’s task is thus a delicate one – to simultaneously uphold and move beyond the source material.

 

Melbourne-based, Grammy nominee Catherine Duc manages to find this balance on her remix of Blind To You by Ben Hobbs. Duc has taken the sun-drenched eighties-electro of Hobbs’ track and molded it into a kind of lush late night R&B version that still gives nods to the beach vibes of the original. The presence of some of her stated influences (Deep Forest and Enigma) are evident in the sweeping synth pads here and the understated arrangement. Evoking the gentle swell of the ocean, Duc’s production successfully reveals the seductive lyricism of Hobbs’ song.

 

This is a solid track. Duc obviously understands her craft and has produced a remix here that both pays homage to and moves beyond its source material.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

 

 

 

Sätilä The Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear


SätiläThe Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear

Indie Electronic Artist

Sätilä

“Like You Do”

There’s good reason why some artists create so much buzz and attention and Sätilä is definately one of them. The Finnish born, London Based artist has so far garnered over a million streams with previous releases and I’m predicting a similar result with “Like You Do”. 

Sätilä’s vocals are smooth as silk and uncomplicated as “Like You Do” builds into a dimension that takes you from one world to another. What begins with a new age electronic feel with synth sounds  are overtaken by his flawless vocal. The transition from verse to chorus is effortless, smooth and somewhat metamorphosing; and that’s just the start. 

The drive from the bass and synth lines keeps the track moving and explodes when the second verse kicks in, creating a groove that pulsates you into the simple and catchy chorus the spells H.I.T. to me. 

What I like about the style of “Like You Do”, is it’s fusion of electronic pop synths and beats combined with Sätilä‘s velvet vocals and a chorus that sticks. 

Just when you think you know where the song is going, the threshold rises into a bridge that pulls back without over reacting whilst still using the build of beats cleverly back in the mix before it’s completion of the last exploding chorus with the ear worms well and truly apparent.

If you haven’t guessed already, I really like like this and given “Like You Do” a well deserved 5 hearts! 

Verdict: 5/5 Hearts

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Prime Creation Create Prime Metal Music with Tears Of Rage  

Metal Band

Prime Creation

“Tears Of Rage”

What is it about Scandinavian countries and heavy metal? Is there something in the water in that part of the world that breeds so many excellent metal bands? I really wish I knew and one day I will visit that part of the world to try and answer the question for myself.

 

For the time being though, I will listen again and again to Tears of Rage, the second album from Swedish melodic metal band, Prime Creation. Consisting of Esa Englund on vocals, Robin Arnell on Lead guitar, Rami Tainamo on rhythm guitar, Henrik Weimedal on bass and Kim Arnell, Prime Creation make a version of metal whose roots can be clearly traced back to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (particularly Iron Maiden), but that also incorporates so much more.

 

From the industrial sounds that open Pretend Till The End and A Beggar’s Call, to the groove metal riff in All For My Crown, the power metal choruses of tracks like Before The Rain and the constant nods to modern black metal acts such as Abbath, Prime Creation have molded a sound here that is greater than the sum of its parts.

 

At the heart of each track are the impressive vocals of Englund, whose style is obviously influenced by Bruce Dickinson. His delivery is underpinned by the awesome musicianship and songwriting of the rest of the band, whose songs move from the pummeling to the sublime and everywhere in between.

 

Standout tracks for me were Lost in Shade, with is Fear Factory-esque opening riff, Before the Rain (love that chorus!), All For My Crown and the driving power metal of the title track. Having said that, this is one of those rare albums that contains no filler at all – every track stands as a triumph in its own right.

 

This is simply one of the best metal albums I have heard in long time. I will be recommending it to every metal-loving friend I have. If I could give it a higher rating I would, but for now…

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

Understated and Empowering New Music from Ella Fenc

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Understated and Empowering New Music from Ella Fence 

Australian Singer Indie

Ella Fence

“Love Me On Purpose”

Human contact can be fleeting and unfulfilling. This is especially true of those moments when we reach for something more – when we reach for intimacy. We long for something greater, but often we are left wanting.

 

This is the problem addressed by Australian artist Ella Fence on her latest single, Love Me On Purpose. The second track from her debut album, Love Me On Purpose demands more than the fleeting contact of a night together. Rather than a “flakey” love fueled by the vibrancy of the night, Fence requires her potential partner to “love me in the daytime” – to be part of the ongoing fabric of her life.

 

Backed by crisp, understated electronic production that adds a somewhat ominous air to the lyrics, this is a song of empowerment – a statement of intent from an artist who is not willing to settle for less than what she wants. This is modern pop music stripped of the saccharine graces that too frequently undermines the genre. And I like it.

 

Available now, I highly recommend giving Love Me On Purpose a listen. I look forward to seeing Ella play it live at the Hidden Lanes Festival in Brisbane later this month.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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Understated and Empowering New Music from Ella Fence 

 

 

 

 

Dandelion Charm Do It Again With New Album


Dandelion Charm Do It Again With New Album

Indie Artist Album Cover

Dandelion Charm

“Maybe Dreamers” Album

They did it again! John and Clare have perfected their sound in this new album which is both more adventurous and diverse yet still showcases the Dandelion Charm strengths at beautiful vocal harmonies, stunning arrangement and the trademark 12-string driven backbone to all their songs (they call the guitar “Olah” and it really seem that it’s the third indispensable component of their inimitable sound).

From the short intro of “The Cult of More” to the last fading out notes of “Flicker”, the listener is treated with a variety of genres, ranging from folk to classic rock to prog, even a hint of jazz, sometimes in the same tune. Perhaps their music doesn’t have the immediacy of hit songs in our era of 2 minutes digestible bits of dumbed-down-for-streaming tunes, but it has a depth that will reward extended listen, and make no mistake, you will want to listen again!

The collection clearly shows the breadth of talent of this dynamic duo, in songwriting, arrangement and production, which has been taken one notch higher with this awesome new album. With a solid theme that binds the message here, centered around an exploration of collective and individual relationships with new media, and the pursuit of fulfilment through consumption, the songs touch mature subjects and do it in style! This is music for the adults’ listeners still around, and we should be thankful for it.

Hard for me to pick a favorite song in this album, because they all have something to like, but I really love the title track for its epic breadth, delightful twists and turns and its harmonic depth. Still, I truly believe the best way to consume the album is by listening from beginning to end, the way great albums should be listened… then hit “play” again!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

Get the song and album on Bandcamp:  

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Dandelion Charm Do It Again With New Album

Step Back In Time New Music Premiere From Dallas Cosmas

Indie Artist

Dallas Cosmas

“If You Don’t Know Where You Came From”

I love Exile on Main St-era Rolling Stones. I also love the early albums of Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes. The reason I mention this is because I can hear shades of these artists in the latest single from Melbourne-based musician, Dallas Cosmas.

 

From the upcoming album “Alpha Beta Gamma” (due for release 11 October), “If You Don’t Know Where You Came From” is a funky, slow groove punctuated by wonderful gospel harmonies. Over a slinky electronic piano riff that would not be out of place on a 70s Herbie Hancock release, Cosmas delivers an impassioned vocal, reminding the listener, “If you don’t know where you came from, then you don’t know where you’re going to”. The song breaks for an uplifting middle eight that provides instrumental reinforcement of the underlying, positive message.

 

Whilst the track is strong, what really stood out for me upon listening to it for the first time is the production. The sounds on offer here and the way they have been mixed are not of this time. Rather, they take you back in time to bands like the Stones, Stevie Wonder and Ohio Players to name but a few. In a world of homogenous production and sound design, this is definitely a plus. For me, this is the true strength of “If You Don’t Know Where You Came From” and I hope to hear more of it on the upcoming album.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

 

 

 

Classic Pop Rock For ‘All Of Us’ From The Rallies

 

Indie Rock Band Album Cover

The Rallies

“All of Us” from the “Upside Down” Album

In the doom and gloom world we’re leaving, it’s sometimes hard to find music that’s uplifting and genuinely fun… If you’re nostalgic for the kind of classic pop rock that started with The Beatles up and until Tom Petty, you’re going to love the new The Rallies album!

Jangly guitars, great harmonies, fun tune, positive message, and the kind of timeless sound that will bring a smile on your face, it’s all there! With this “All of Us” song, they are bringing the best of the fab four epic, starting with vocal harmonies, and a hooky chorus that’s in line with “All you need is love” with its positive memorable message.

The whole album packs up great songs one after another, and you can’t help bobbing your head and singing along to the simple yet extremely effective hooks. There’s no pretense in that collection: just great songs, delivered with conviction and a production that’s modern enough not to be confused with 70s parody. Well worth extended listen, if you ask me!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

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Indie Rock Band Lazybones “Trash Talk” Full Of Gusto and Energy

Australian Indie Band

Lazybones

“Trash Talk”

The latest track from Brighton-based alt-rock trio Lazybones, is one hell of a fun listen. “Trash Talk”, due for release on October 9th through SaySomething Records, is unabashed, trashy rock and roll that is about  “That moment when you know you’re about to say something you’ll regret, when you’re right on the edge and you just can’t stop it.”

 

Like a poppy version of Australia’s Cosmic Psychos, Lazybones waste no time in getting into the track – not a second of the three minutes is wasted. Over the top of this lean song driven by a driving, distorted bass and pounding drums, vocalist Candi Underwood delivers her lyrics with such urgency it seems her life might just depend on it. (Again, I was reminded of another great Aussie band here – Dallas Frasca.)

 

“Trash Talk” is an excellent song, full of energy and gutsy, rock n roll bravado. I would highly recommend checking it out and (if you live in the UK) getting along to one of their live shows. I am sure that, just like this track, their performances would one hell of a fun ride.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

New Album of Folk, Rock to Blues From Aussie Artist Sophie Klien

 

Australian Singer

Little Wise

“Don’t Let It Go” from the “Want It All” Album

 

Fans of Australian Folk and Americana already know Sophie Klein, the eponymous Little Wise songwriter who is back with a great new album that you don’t want to miss.

The collection of 10 songs ranges from folk to blues to rock in a way that reminds me of the Pretenders, with jangling guitars and a great melodic gift, and Sophie’s melancholic and charming voice is a treat that works so well for the material. This “Don’t Let It Go” song in particular has a great laid-back vibe, a simple story yet a memorable chorus that you will hear yourself singing along to after just a couple listen.

Starting with a syncopated guitar and a cool Rhodes, the drums and bass are strong yet relaxed underneath the soundscape that features Sophie’s awesome vocal, sustained by great background vocals. During the chorus, electric guitar and banjo arpeggios are sustaining the vocals, creating a perfect counterpoint which further reinforces the strength of that hooky part. Well done and kudos to the production that leaves the music breathe with minimalistic touches of ear candies for everyone’s pleasure.

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Check out the song and album on Bandcamp: https://littlewise.bandcamp.com/album/want-it-all

Sydney Singer, Peta Mai Releases Smashing New Music


Sydney Singer, Peta Mia Releases Smashing New Music

Singer songwriter

Peta Mai

“Hell or High Water”

Listening to Hell or High Water, it is hard to believe that Sydney-based artist Peta Mai once worked in a country outfit that shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban. Rather, listening to this track, I would have thought she had cut her teeth fronting jazz groups in quiet piano bars, such is the quality of her vocal style and the sounds and harmonies on offer here.

 

Hell or High Water starts with a restraint that it only occasionally strays from. Over minimal piano chords, Mai delivers a mature vocal performance that explores the depths of devotion and how it feels to give your all to someone. This soulful track slowly builds, adding drums and harmonic interjections and jazz-infused transitions that speak to the quality of the production and songwriting on offer here. Never overstating its case, Hell or High Water reaches its climax with a subtle musical interlude and a closing chorus that is best described as modern gospel.

 

This is music of the highest order. Peta Mai has crafted a song in Hell or High Water that is timeless yet informed by the soul, jazz and R&B that has come before it. Listening to this track, it is hard to believe that this is an artist still closer to the start of her musical journey rather than the end.

 

With this track, I have become a fan of Peta Mai and look forward to (hopefully) seeing her play live in the not too distant future.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

 

Duffy & Bird Deliver Epic New Music ‘Faking a Smile


Duffy & Bird Deliver Epic New Music ‘Faking a Smile

Indie Duo

Duffy & Bird

“Faking a Smile” from the “Spirit Level” EP

Duffy & Bird are back with a great new EP, and you know you want to hear it!

The talented duo has concocted here more of their trademarks Folk/Americana, stripped down goodness, with cool acoustic guitars and beautiful vocal harmonies. The EP is showing a great breadth of musical styles while staying true to the raw simplicity of just voices and guitars. It’s all about the song, and there are great ones on this new output.

Take this “Faking a Smile” song, with its delicate harmonics intro and 3/4 tempo, and the story of a sad waitress longing for her deceased lover, having trouble getting through the day and faking a smile, a lovely vignette full of great imagery which makes you feel for the forlorn heroin.

But it’s not all sad and delicate, as you get some rocking upbeat Americana there too, which shows the duo’s great versatility. So if you’re looking for some acoustic greatness, look no further than this new EP!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

Check out the song and EP on Bandcamp: https://duffyandbird.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-level

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HangMan’s One Mistake is A Massive Slice Of Hardcore


HangMan’s One Mistake is A Massive Slice Of Hardcore

Hangman Album cover

Hangman

“One Mistake”

 

Here’s something that not a lot of folk might know – a whole heap of electronic musicians like metal. Not sure why that is the case, but it just is. I count myself among this group, so it was with joy that I saw I would be getting to review One Mistake by New York band Hangman this week.

 

From their forthcoming album, One By One (out on 20 September through Flatspot Records), One Mistake is a massive slice of hardcore influenced by the sort of groove-orientated metal that kept the flag flying in the 90s. Listening to the brutal riffs and the vocal delivery, I was reminded of acts like Biohazard and Vulgar Display of Power-era Pantera. This is a killer track, full of top-notch playing, rhythmic changes and crisp production that doesn’t scrimp on the heaviness.

 

I really enjoyed this track – One Mistake is powerful advertisement for the upcoming album and I, for one, know that I will be tracking it down upon its release and I suggest that you give it a try as well.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

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