Saturday, 6 January 2018

New Music Review 2018 #1

Another ten songs to listen to!

Alessandra Grace - Let it Rain

Starting with a stormy crash of bad weather, 'Let It Rain' builds up to a smooth, multi-layered electronic exploration of different elements that's perhaps a little style over substance but sits neatly between dance and a showcase for Grace's strong voice. (6.5/10)

Bruno Merz - Whisper Turn

'Whisper Turn' is an inoffensive, gentle little ballad from the singer who sounds like one of those tribute acts who play at your local pub. But his isn't anything like Bruno Mars; it's a gentle, touching little ballad, that's a warming, touching number for a cold January. (6.5/10)

Goldie & Skepta - Upstart (Roadtrip)

Freshers and more interestingly produced than a lot of recent grime / urban tracks, this cut back simply structured song is surprisingly crisp and flows well. Neat with plenty of balls. (6.5/10)

Indya - If You Don't Like it - Shove It

There's plenty of attitude is the pop-punky number from Indya, that mixes the sound of early Blondie with something a little rawer and rougher, that certainly grows after a few listens. (6.5/10)

Natalie Shay - This Feeling

We all need something bright, sparky and perky at this time of year and Shay delivers this with 'This Feeling', a joyful poppy number with a strong driving rhythm and a hooky backing. Fun! (7/10)

Pyramid Park - Born To Be Brave / The Unexplained

'Born to be Brave' is a light indie song with a growing catchiness in its chorus and rhythm in its delivery. 'The Unexplained' is a darker track and the less hooky of the pair but will keep the indie fans happy. (6.5/10)

Rachel Mason feat. Donald Trump - Time to Resign

Mixing up various speeches from the President of the USA in a Cassetteboy fashion over a Sparks-like orchestration, 'Time to Resign' is more of a technical showcase than a musical one but it's cleverness in twisting phrases into new statements is fun and many moments will bring a wry smile to your face. (6.5/10)

Sonic Kharma - Keep Calm and Carry On

Sounding like a cross between the Offspring and the Bloodhound Gang this upbeat punk-rock number has a fun beat and enough licks to keep you listening, plus a bit of cowbell never goes wrong! (6/10)

Sonic Kharma - New Day

With a more Placebo-like sound than the track above this has less of a hook to pull you in, but a solid enough light-rock track with a chorus that grows on you. (5/10)

Tiger Lilly - New Year 

A timely re-issue, this delightfully written, touching song is made even better by the powerful yet sweet vocals of Tiger Lilly that allows the song to balance beautifully between heartbreaking and looking forward positively. (7.5/10)

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