Thursday, March 3, 2016
Generally, the upbeat songs work best to my ears, but overall this album ticks a lot of boxes for indie pop lovers and is perfect for a sunny afternoon.
Devil On The Balcony is out now via eOne Music. It is available in digital, CD and vinyl formats.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Magic Bronson previously release "Run Run", which also is from the EP.
Bandcamp for "Run Run"
For Crystal Cafe, the second outing from London's Witching Waves, the trio changes skins from noise pop fuzzy to rocker leather. There still is plenty of melody, but with a more straightforward and aggressive sound. If your ears get the impression that the Shop Assistants are channeling Sonic Youth, you have good ears. You probably also have happy ears.
Every note sounds like it is played with intent and confidence, an 11 track exploration of timeless rock expressions. Thus you have the in-your-face assault of "Twister", "Pitiless" and the magnificent "Red Light", the saucy garage rock "Make It Up", punk rock such as "The Threat", the fuzzy "Receiver", and the menacing mid-tempo closer "Flowers". And for a change of pace there are the ambient instrumental interludes "Red Light Loop", "Anemone" and "Inoa". Showcasing the group's power and breadth, Crystal Cafe should earn Witching Waves new fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Witching Waves are Emma Wigham, Mark Jasper and Ed Shellard. Crystal Cafe is released in the United States by HHBTM Records. In the UK, Soft Power Records (Scotland) is offering limited edition vinyl with a digital download included.
Soft Power Records
Soft Power Records' Bandcamp for Crystal Cafe
Monday, February 29, 2016
Strang is a Dunedin, New Zealand product, and the initial impression of his music matches expectations of the sort of guitar pop associated with Dunedin that has thrilled indie fans for decades. But Strang's arrangements are more expansive, with increased dynamic range and adept use of synthesizers. He layers the guitars and synths to create a full sound that encompasses the listener like a warm, melodic breeze. In ticking the genre boxes dream pop and psychedelia have to be considered. Vocally, Strang's baritone has an breezy, expressive, no-strain quality that makes the songs accessible and familiar.
The lasting impression is of consistent and high quality songs with bright melodies. We think it is the sound of Spring, and we recommend it.
In addition to Kane, the credits list Ben, Pete, and Rass. Strang will tour the US this year in support of the release of Blue Cheese.
Ba Da Bing Records