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The Naked And Famous – A Stillness

If you thought all that New Zealand could produce was a seismic set of janglers under the auspices of an airborne cleric you’d be so wrong because there’s Big Runga for one and this zeitgeist freewheelin’ duo (and friends) called […] 

Ducktails – Honey Tiger Eyes

I’m sure it didn’t take a find-yourself jaunt to deepest India for them to come up with this new fangled psychedelic sound, they were probably just brought up on a diet of late era Beatles records. Perhaps not, maybe it […] 

The Eastern Sea – The Match

I knew I liked this band as soon as I heard ‘The Match’ but that grew to become love when I discovered that they’d also released a full Christmas album last December, called ‘First Christmas’. Now it takes a certain […] 

Coastal Cities – Summer Reign

Hopelessly out of seasonal context yet it is hard to not fall for this jangling beauty from English band Coastal Cities. Channelling an 80’s form of indie poppery this instantly leapt out from a throbbing mass of mp3ness. Declan Cullen’s […] 

Vadoinmessico – Perfect Strangers

‘Perfect Strangers’ tropicality might be a little out of sync with the time of year that we find ourselves in but sometimes we need something to lift the greyness. And a lack of ordinariness is something that the London based […] 

Shad – Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)

Big in Canada but not so much on this side of Atlantic but my what we have been missing going by Shad’s raptastic (spoken by an indie head with no idea about rap or hip-hop) ‘Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)’ […] 

Tin Charm – SN

I have probably said it about a dozen times on these pages before but the music scene in Dublin in the mid-90’s was a pretty exciting place to be. Not so much because of the bands that were visiting but […] 

Be Forest – Captured Heart

Pesaro is a town on the coast of North East Italy and of late it has been making a name for itself for producing a clutch of promising new bands. Not exactly Bergen in scale but a scene has formed […] 

Juana Molina – Eras

The greatest thing about Juana Molina is that to become a fan you must work at it. Songs don’t reveal themselves for several listens, their off kilter nature is a natural deterrent to those who need an instant hit. It’s […] 

Satchmode – Old Fears

Few songs so easily slip into consciousness as this one from L.A. duo Satchmode. They are fresh out of the blocks and appear unencumbered with having to sound like anyone else apart from themselves. The result is their debut track […] 

The Black Hollies – Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere

If you know the Jesus & Mary Chain (or the Brian Jonestown Massacre for that matter) you’ll know this song even though there is no connection apart from the fact that it sounds very much like them. And after such […] 

Axel Boman – Fantastic Piano

As well as being the last gasp of a world infected with politeness and efforts concentrated on tasks not entirely attention grabbing Friday evenings offers an opportunity to dally on something a bit different. A little diversion that is an […] 

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