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The River Cry – Honeymoon

Hilary Woods’ debut album as the River Cry caught me by surprise. First and most pertinently because of the distance she has travelled from her previous incarnation as bass player with JJ72. Secondly and most enjoyably it is the strength […] 

Cayucas – High School Lover

Cayucas used to be called Oregon Bike Trails (who had a song called ‘Cayucas’) and the change of state (Cayucas is a small coastal town in California) has really served them well given the drop dead addictive nature of ‘High […] 

I Can Chase Dragons! – Cuantas Caras

Somewhat like a primeval El Guincho this is nothing less than the perfect distillation of tropical electronica. The words are rendered meaningless for the non-Spanish speaking amongst us but it matters not a jot because ‘Cuantas Caras’ is all about […] 

Clinic – Misty

We thought we had lost them to the sea of ordinariness but little did we know that Liverpool’s Clinic were clinging on for dear life, plotting a comeback to rival that of their incendiary early selves. Mark II includes all […] 

I Break Horses – I Kill Your Love, Baby!

As you’ll discover as this song progresses words become entirely unnecessary, or at least it becomes unnecessary to understand what they are, when the sentiment is so clearly evident. There’s a slow build through a bank of fog until a […] 

Gracie – Habits

There are obvious parallels between this and Paris Angels ‘Perfume’ but they may only be obvious to old timers that remember classics from a forgotten age. Namely one where the dancey bits tended to sound innovative in the context of […] 

Cameras – Defeatist

Watch the video below and you’ll probably never get it out of your head, at the very least the images will reappear têteside each time you hear this anthemic number from Cameras. And I’m guessing that could be quite often […] 

Is Paris Burning – Wild

There is really something unfettered about Kansas band Is Paris Burning. As if they were given a single hour’s studio time and had 6 months in which to plan how they’d use it. So many ideas, so much to squash […] 

The Twin Atlas – Double Shot

It’s over in half the time it takes a 3-minute wonder to work its magic but somehow this effort from the Twin Atlas has charmed. Sadly it looks like the duo behind the song are no more having thrown in […] 

Teleman – Cristina

What is it going to take to propel Thomas Sanders to something approximating stardom? Not his talent alone because to date even that colossus has failed. Tap Tap, Pete & The Pirates and even our meagre effort (listen below) have […] 

Low Sea – Last Rain

This Waterford (previously Galway) based duo Low Sea just seem too good to be true. Here is a band that bolt so many influences into their armoury it could so easily destabilise and fall apart on the floor like the […] 

Biggles Flys Again – Chambers

My brother, although a dear sibling of mine, is notoriously hard to please when it comes to new music. Much like that old lady Whelan(‘s) his soundtrack mostly stopped adding newbies around 1993 and for that I do respect him […] 

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