Tuesday, 7 November 2017

New Music Review #110

Ten more songs you have to hear!

Alana Henderson - Let This Remain

Led by strings with an electronic-influenced but stripped-back production, this is a smooth and at times touching gentle piece. (6.5/10)

Ásgeir - Afterglow

With a piano riff reminiscent of Meat Loaf's lengthy and biggest hit, this is an atmospheric, beautifully building song with a delightfully laid back and emotive feel. (6.5/10)

Benny Banks x Joe Black - All In (Radio Edit)

Crossing RNB with grime this is a poppier entry into the genres and it has a memorable vibe and production style and though it relishes in the usual cliches has a crisp sound. (6.5/10)

The Chords - Man On The Northern line (Bank Branch Remix)

There's something about the lyrics and the ELO / Beatles-esque production that gives this is a seasonally wintry feel, but one that warms up the cockles. Evocative and interesting, this is a story-led song that builds with every listen. Delightful. (7/10)

The Decrees - Sons of Rage / West Sierra

Wearing their Scottish accent clearly on their sleeves this is a bouncy duo of tracks. 'Sons of Rage', with its clear brass, marches along with attitude and kicks you straight in the ears. Building from radio interference, 'West Sierra' has a more Green Day feel to it alongside its free-form drums, again marching ahead. A pair of strong energetic indie-tracks. (7/10)

Hunger - Bubbles 

Gradually building up to a lighters-out power chorus this is a gentle but evocative indie number that arrives at a really powerful crescendo. (6/10)

Krief - Ordinary Lies

It takes a few spins to settle in, but this gentle falsetto-driven ballad proves its warmth and ethereal joy when you let it in. (6/10)

Lorne - Navigate

Though the chorus is perhaps a little repetitive the gentle and smooth production vibe and strong and crisp lyrics make for a cool and calming audioscape. (6.5/10)

Poppy Ackroyd - The Calm Before

A gentle and building instrumental, this a gentle, smooth orchestral number that mixes a classical set-up with a crisp modern production - atmospheric. (6/10)

Rinngs - Oceans (Le Malls Remix)

A dramatic, largely produced remix, it perhaps masks the lyrics and vocals a little too much which are the star of the show but it has some enjoyably large heft as a song. (6.5/10)

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