Saturday, 18 February 2017

New Music Review #33

Another ten songs and albums worth listening to today!

Anne-Marie - Ciao Adios

Anne-Marie continues her strong release list with this new ska-influenced single with a summery musical feel blending with club sounds and some attitude-hefty lyrics. (7/10)

Black Needle Noise - Swimming Through Dreams (LP)

With the title track an atmospheric, instrumental piece, it paves the way for six more songs of dark, Evanescence-like, rock tracks with various guest vocalists who give each track a different flavour. Focussing on the production and musical feelings, these are well orchestrated songs. (6.5/10)

Eden Royals - Time Wont Wait

'Time Won't Wait' us a catchy little indie track with hints of 'Blossoms' but with a beefier funkier production style. Very poppy but with enough indie to hold its head up high. (7/10)

Hunter Hayes - Yesterday's Song

Taking a bit of time to come to our attention this is a bouncy, perky, pop hit with a quirky and catchy chorus and a really unavoidable upbeat feel. (7/10)

James Blunt - Love Me Better

The best Tweeter on the planet (?!) returns with another loved up ballad but with some nice little throwback references in the lyrics. With a chunkier backing than we usually expect from him, this is not quite as big as, say, '1973', but it's definitely another great new single from him. (7/10)

Jamiroquai - Cloud 9

'Cloud 9' isn't JayKay's most memorable track but it's throwback sounds, beat and warming feel give it a pleasing, relaxing sound and that's not something to be sniffed at. (6.5/10)

PaoloMorena - Treasure In The Trash

With hints of Hudson Taylor or LewRey, this building indie number proves to be both catchy and singable whilst having a certain sense of vulnerability in both the lyrics and their delivery. A grower. (7/10)

Tiësto feat. Bright Sparks - On My Way

This song is a bit of an anomaly as musically it's pretty derivative of similar club-sounding tracks but there's something loveable about its beat, vibe and optimism that combats any cynicism I have for its off-the-shelf and familiar feel. (7/10)

Warren Attwell - Holding On For Something (EP)

This six-track EP is a pop-tastic collection of great little radio-friendly tunes from the Train-like bouncy number 'Under My Skin' through to the Darren Hayes-esque ballad 'Weight of the World' via the summer swagger of 'It's Not Love', with its catchy chorus; the introspective stripped back 'Aren't We All'; the gritty and growing 'Just Maybe' and the atmospheric, building 'Only When I'm With You'. 'Holding on for Something' is a very strong EP with no filler and a great selection of hooks from a singer with a big talent. (7.5/10)

Young Astronaut - Chasing El Dorado

'Chasing El Dorado' is a slowly building mid-tempo track that makes up for what it lacks in a catchy chorus with a dark and evocative production-focussed atmosphere that gives it some musical heft and beefiness that hooks you in, with slight nods to old fashioned westerns in its sound, and the chorus itself grows with each listen. (6.5/10)

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