Sometimes a voice is just beautiful and powerful enough that you know adding too much instrumentation to it would only make things worse. Hollie April knows this, and as such ‘Together Alone’ is composed to be a showcase of her amazing vocal talents. The instrumentation is largely understated, mainly just a simple acoustic guitar line. That said, it does have a couple of explosive lifts that stop the song from becoming too sombre and make it uplifting and inspirational. It’s […]
Have you ever wanted to take a trip through indie-alternative-rock history, all from the comfort of your own seat and in a way that never feels dated? Good news! The Landed have just dropped their debut EP, and it’s just what you need! Combining a grasp on the contemporary indie-alternative scene with a detailed understanding of everything that has come before, The Landed is everything you could hope for from a debut. Not only does it establish a very clearly […]
Categories: EP Review, Review • Tags: All Along The Watchtower, Alt-Rock, Alternative, Amazing Suzie, EP, Fly, Folk, Folk-Rock, Funk, Funk-Rock, Indie, Jimi Hendrix, Oasis, Pornosonic, Rock, Snakes And Ladders, Stone Man, The Beatles, The Landed, Things To Talk About, Ukulele, Whatever, You Me At Six, Youmeatsix
It’s a nice indie-folk ballad to growing up and settling down from Kosoti with new track ‘Bark And Sticks’. And it’s got some sublime harmonies and a sweet upbeat melody too, just to sweeten the deal. The track opens as it means to go on: acoustic strums and some beautiful vocal harmonies that entice you in. From the offset, it’s pretty easy to dismiss this track as “just another folk track”. I mean, vocal harmonies are pretty commonplace nowadays, right? That’s true, but […]
Post-punk duo The Bots take things a little gentler with ‘No One Knows’, and the artsy video reflects this. Embracing a more folk-rock acoustic sound, this song’s hypnotic shuffle will get right into your head and stay there for days. Personally, I think the sound of this song suits the band well. It’s a sweet departure from their usual and it’s executed perfectly. Combine the song with a nice video slightly reminiscent of Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ and you’re onto a […]
Glastonbury 2014 is upon us and, like that, music fans from across the globe will be making the pilgrimage to Worthy Farm to see their favourite acts. But beyond these acts, there are a lot of fantastic new artists this year who have the chance to make a huge impact. Here are our top ten to see at the festival this year.
Categories: Lists • Tags: Acoustic Tent, All We Are, Avalon Stage, Echo And The Empress, Ed Sheeran, Folk-Rock, Gibson Bull, Glastonbury 2014, Glastonbury Festival, Hudson Taylor, Jake Isaac, John Peel Stage, New Acts, New Bands, New Music, Nick Mulvey, Other Stage, Park Stage, Pyramid Stage, Simon And Garfunkel, The Bee Gees, The Black Tambourines, The Rails, The Riptide Movement, The Stepkids, Troubadour, West Holts Stage, Worthy Farm
The Band Of Holy Joy are a band with a long and colourful history, spanning three decades and even a stage performing alter-ego. They’ve got something of a cult edge to them, which is perfect situation for their artistic musical approach to be in. They’re allowed to be as artistic and self-indulgent as they want, and as art really should be, with no real commercial pressures to curb them. And this environment produces tracks like ‘When A Gift Is A […]
Categories: Review, Track Review • Tags: Alt-Rock, Alternative, David Bowie, Easy Listening, Echo and The Bunnymen, Folk, Folk-Rock, George Best, Psychedelic, The Band Of Holy Joy, When A Gift Is A Curse, World Cup
Ever wondered what it would be like if Simon and Garfunkel soundtracked a playtime war between children? Well, Hudson Taylor’s new video for ‘Battles’ is the closest you’ll get. The song is a great folk-rock piece that would fit comfortably into the pages of Simon and Garfunkel’s songbook. On a side note, I’m not sure I trust the parents of these kids. Who lets a kid play fight with a metal pot? Tut tut tut.