Album Review: Okey Dokey – Tell All Your Friend

Tell All Your Friend is a joyous, colourful riot. It’s the kind of sequence that twists and turns like a country road, dipping in and out of sunshine patches. Guest musicians Liz Cooper and Rayland Baxter accompany lead singer Aaron Martin and guitarist Jonny Fisher. Overall, the album feels like a search for identity; a self-examination…

Album Review: Lydia – Liquor

Arizona’s indie-pop lover boys Lydia have returned to the studio for the release of their latest LP Liquor. The album artwork consists of a sinister image of a figure seemingly attempting to drown themselves. Yet, whilst the cover connotes an extension of their darker ‘emo’ origins, the music contained within it could hardly be further…

Review: Bell X1 – ARMS

ARMS is the seventh studio album by Bell X1 – arguably one of Ireland’s most beloved bands. The Irish trio’s latest work contrasts with the stripped back, acoustic sound of critically acclaimed 2013 album ‘Chop Chop’ which secured Bell X1’s third number one album on the Irish Album Charts, while also being their fourth consecutive…

Review: Anna Coogan – The Lonely Cry of Space and Time

Guitarist, composer, producer and singer; Anna Coogan exudes a multiplicity of musical talents. Having studied opera singing in Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Coogan brings the opera into the modern day, merging this authentic traditional sound with new age genres of indie, rock, Americana, country, folk, and more experimental tones. Brought up on the protest songs…

Review: Hiva Oa – mk2 (part 1)

From the very start of the churning, simplistic synth loop of ‘A Great Height’, Hiva Oa’s influences are quite clear. Though on this track the vocal element of this Irish duo’s music takes a turn vaguely in the direction Tool’s Maynard Keenan, what is most readily detectable throughout new EP mk 2 (part 1) is…

Review: A Dead Forest Index – All That Drifts from Summit Down

Using only a very minimal palette of sounds, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry – who make up the entirety of A Dead Forest Index – manage to create a vast, perfectly orchestrated expanse of sound. Employing mostly only simple motifs on guitar, piano and drums, with Adam’s androgynous voice laid gently over the top, much…

Review: Shirlette Ammons – Language Barrier

Many of the best albums around are rife with contrast. Variety may be the spice of life, but a journey through light and dark; soft and loud; genre A and subgenre X can certainly add a great deal of flavour to a collection of songs too. Language Barrier is a strong example, but the contrasts…

Review: Good Field – Future Me

For the most part, Good Field’s new album Future Me inhabits the musical realm of goodtime, understated indie rock, it’s enjoyably summery vibes setting the mood to ‘relax’ and laying it’s simple riffs and satisfying chord progressions over you like a comfortable hoodie. Although Good Field are hardly a band to set pulses racing, moments…

Review: Swing Hero- You’ve Never Been So Alone

Marshall Gallagher appears to be finding his stride as Swing Hero with his grunge inspired EP ‘You’ve Never Been So Alone’. The tracks on this EP are progressively more thoughtful; you can feel their development from an early dependence on layered grunge guitars, which are especially prominent in the first track ‘Interest’, through to a…