Album Review: Gabriel Birnbaum – Not Alone

Gabriel Birnbaum, the talented saxophonist, composer and arranger, has described his new album, Not Alone, as a ‘great autumn record.’ He isn’t wrong. It has a comforting quality to it, and it isn’t full of tropical summer pop earworms either. Although you could describe Not Alone as laidback, it is, to Birnbaum, a piece of…

Album Review: Twelfth Day – Face to Face

Twelfth Day have updated folk for 2019. Traditional Celtic elements are intermingled with unconventional musical techniques, exploration of pertinent issues and a completely unique sound. Nothing has been left behind on the two-piece’s latest release: vocals, instrumentation and lyrics could all stand alone in their own right. This is what defines the success of the…

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: LadyChild – LadyChild

The latest jazz-pop performer to emerge from New York has proved herself more than ready to release a debut EP. Growing up in Putnam County LadyChild  (born Genevieve Faivre) has immersed herself in the arts from a tender age; having taken on piano and singing lessons, to eventually reading Performance and Philosophy at college, she…

Review: Night School-Blush

Headed by ex-Whirr singer, Lexy Morte, Night School offer a more upbeat take on the shoegaze sound of her previous band with their debut album, Blush. Clearly inspired by contemporary California dream-pop bands like Wavves and Best Coast, the group offer a wide variety of fuzz-soaked songs obviously aimed at a summer audience. The barely…

Review: Parcels – Herefore Remix EP

Australia’s Parcels are making a bold move with Herefore, their debut EP. As their first ever recording together, this Byron Bay pop group have opted to write just a single track, and let it have the makeover treatment by four remixing masters of varied stature in the musical community. Allowing others to remould your aural…

Review: Driving Mrs. Satan – Did You Mrs. Me?

In the world of heavy metal, the parodying and covering of songs in inappropriate musical styles is surprisingly common. All over the internet, fans of this traditionally stoic and closed-minded genre have gleefully mixed the most extreme and bleak tracks with pop, big band jazz or electronic music. From Richard Cheese to Andy Rehfeldt; from…

‘Ziggy Played Guitar’, And Oh, So Much More

David Bowie has vastly contributed to popular culture as we know it today. ‘But what about The Beatles!?’ I hear you cry. Well I’m sorry, it would still be a resounding no from me (in whatever Simon Cowell voice you imagine in your head). The Beatles were more responsible for the starting of something we…

The Eurythmics: Pioneers of Synthpop

The indomitable 1980s birthed many a cultural phenomenon still popular today, including big hair, leg warmers and the wonderfully addictive Rubik’s Cube. Musically, however, the era produced something even better: synthpop. A combination of the electro sounding synthesiser and mainstream pop, the genre took off at the beginning of the 80s in Germany, Japan and…