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Category: Reviews (page 2 of 127)

LLOYD COLE Guesswork

Maurice Ravel once said: “Whatever sauce you put around the melody is a matter of taste. What is important is the melodic line”. What Lloyd Cole has always managed within his songs throughout his career, be it ‘Perfect Skin’, ‘Rattlesnakes’ or ‘Like Lovers Do’ is strong melodic lines. Coupled with his bittersweet lyricism, he has been one of the UK’s leading exponents of masterful glum rock. But for ‘Guesswork’, he has put synthesizers and drum machines into his textural palette. Continue Reading ›

OLLIE WRIDE Thanks In Advance

The stylish figure of Ollie Wride could become popwave’s own Bryan Ferry. Just as Ferry had a parallel solo career alongside ROXY MUSIC, the suave lead vocalist for FM-84 on songs like 'Wild Ones' has been partying like it’s 1985 on his enjoyable debut long player ‘Thanks In Advance’. Ollie Wride has proved with ‘Thanks In Advance’ that he can cut it on his own outside of the FM-84 nest. Continue Reading ›

BRIAN ENO For All Mankind

A triumph in understatement to accompany one of the greatest achievements of mankind, ‘Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks’ was possibly the most accessible of all of Brian Eno’s ambient works. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, ‘Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks’ is released as an extended edition with a bonus album containing appropriately 11 new instrumental compositions that reimagine the soundtrack to ‘For All Mankind’. Continue Reading ›

FEMMEPOP London EP

FEMMEPOP aka Margaret O’Sullivan carries the baton of Irish electronic music rather proudly, alongside other Emerald Isle acts like CIRCUIT3, TINY MAGNETIC PETS, iEUROPEAN or EMBRACE THE CRISIS. ‘London’ reflects FEMMEPOP’s continuing love affair with the city she’s living in, its sounds, tastes, looks and enormous diversity, which makes it the amazing place it is. While the previous offerings were utilising her main instrument, the voice, ‘London’ is devoid of any vocals. Continue Reading ›

TYCHO Weather

The progression of San Francisco based TYCHO aka Scott Hansen through the years is nothing  short of admirable. The artist, who is also an internationally well-known graphic designer under the name of ISO50, started small with a side solo project, which has finally developed into ‘Weather’. Accompanied by long term collaborators, Zac Brown (bass + guitar) and Rory O’Connor (drums), Hansen’s musical story bears all the markings of a true artist. Continue Reading ›

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