Thursday, 20 April 2017

Laura Comfort - Little Wing - Single Review

























Laura Comfort's latest release is the single - Little Wing.

When you cover songs especially one by iconic musician Jimi Hendrix you have to either get it spot on or make it your own.

The version Laura Comfort has recorded with the talented international rock guitarist Matt Backer has achieved both in their quest of perfection of Hendrix's song Little Wing, containing references of American Indian spiritual themes.

Little Wing is available at iTunes.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Roslyn Moore - Hazy - Album Review

























Roslyn Moore is a singer with a laid-back approach to her songs in her debut album Hazy.

The music that gets you bouncy is the single The Burbs, which is about love by using alternatives to paint you the picture you start to imagine in your mind, while listening to this starting song on the album.

It this a statement Pretty Girls and Gin? Could it be this easy? Better not let the male-race know this cheap trick!

Seems like a lot of smoke was produced to write this song Hazy, with a touch of spacious music to project the mood.

A clever plot in the album is Lost Girl, because afterwards you then get the sense of a troubled young woman hereinafter.

The album overall is described as a desert opera and when you listen to Motel 6 apart from the references of 'getting high' you feel you are away and apart from inner-city civilisation.

When Roslyn Moore sings Red Roses you get the message of a woman wanting her man of choice to treat her badass, though the music traps you into a sense of tranquility and you get slightly confused of thinking this young woman enjoys pain and blood that is the reference of 'liking read roses!'

This trampled sounding track Drama Queen turns Red Roses on its head as the woman in the lyrics feels let-down but this badass boyfriend at being labelled a 'drama queen', which isn't uncommon for men as it's a last ditch frustration button.

This leads to the next few songs of ending it all in the torturous sung Suicide Note and the result of such self-inflicted action in The End.

Does this mean this track Malibu is heaven? Maybe your choice if you wish.

The last song is Shampoo and this could indicate the washing away of all of the dirt, blood and bodily fluid of destruction sung about in these songs on this album.

Hazy is available at iTunes.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Scarlett Taylor - Churches - Album Review

























Scarlett Taylor has released Churches her second album, though it is freely available through Soundcloud, which really ought to be released on iTunes as it is a good piece of artistic material.

What Scarlett Taylor does is mix her music and the image perfectly, like a nice pair of tailored warm gloves.

The first part of the album is focussed on the 'person' that doesn't hold back with Fucked-up, then if you're feeling strange then Crazy will hit a nerve. Then the last song that goes together is Imprisoned, which has had a remixed makeover.

You've then got Vacancy that sounds like you're in the middle of nowhere and wish it would be a place of sanctuary? The next song Off puts you in a guessing frame of mind as to whether Vacancy was a scary place, or it could-be where the 'person' hung themselves?

Relating to the closest concept of the depth of pain is best conveyed in Confessional and after this song the album changes direction into 'other people' and different situations.

You would think Ignite would be a blistering high level track, it is actually the softest song on the album.

The closest we are going to get on Churches of 'I'm so wrapped-up into you,' are Velvet and the next song Without You.

Christmas Eve and Shampoo probably mean something different, but with the sadness displayed in the lyrics and the sound of music, it would be thankful if anyone survived until the festive period! Still while you're celebrating you can give it some sweet smell of cleanliness of your sins.

Getting back to more of the theme of CHurches the last song Cutting can be quite shocking if you think you see the redness of blood flash before your eyes.

Churches can be fairly morbid but it enjoyable to listen to and there is plenty of people who will not only get this album, but can relate the themes within the lyrics.

Churches is available at Soundcloud.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Arcade Messiah - III - Album Review

























Arcade Messiah certainly has a powerful message without uttering a word, let alone a multitudes of words - in their third instrumental album III.

The music is powerful heavy to hard rock and the themes are of destruction to our earth, which by going by the name of the group equates to the 'arcade' element of our world and lives. Though together with the 'Messiah' makes it quite scary and sinisterism could enter the fray.

The list of tracks makes sense as you enter a journey of explosive power with Revolver and then you're bombarded further and have to make sure you're not overrun in Citadel.

Then if you think the intensity is still going for maximum overload you are blessed with Deliverance, which is a very mellow and soft melodic piece of music to start of with! Things get heated and tries to calm-down midway but doesn't really. It is if their is a battle within the world or even within ourselves and the mindful electrical waves never seem to want calmness.

Life Clock seems to continue the theme of life and you get periods within the composition of a 'tick-tock' lull, but then as life gets upset the music kicks-off again.

The heaviest track on III is Black Tree. This track is full of heavy metal guitar work that even among the dampened chords being played are thunderous doom and darkness.

Once again entering a period of softness and more of a tranquil tune is the last track Sanctuary. The music is more involved and the drumming is busy until the end.

III is available through Bandcamp.

 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Glasgow Coma Scale - Enter Oblivion - Album Review

























Glasgow Coma Scale new album Enter Oblivion has a wide stereo spectrum to the seven instrumental tracks.

The background to this latest release is interesting as parts of the album were recorded some time ago and have formed the basic foundation for new compositions and ideas to enhance and develop this album as a whole.

Glasgow Coma Scale have made this album very complete and when you listen to the tracks they sound fresh and nothing sounds out of place, which is hard to do both musically and sonically is using material recorded some time ago.

What really hooks you is the melody of each track - some with heavy rock guitars, others with jangly soft pop guitars; but the greatest point to really pull this album apart from most music out there, are the pieces of sounds that move in synchronisation with the guitars that really adds that special finesse quality to each track.

There are not many albums that grip you on the first listen as what Glasgow Coma Scale have produced in Enter Oblivion.

Tracks:


  1. Sonda 
  2. Southern Cross
  3. Northern Wastes
  4. Venice Calling
  5. Ghost Not Found
  6. Silent Bird
  7. Birthland
Enter Oblivion is available through Fluttery Records [many different options so best page to see the best option for you]. 


 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Sir. O - Forever + a Day - Album Review

Sir. O has released his debut album Forever + a Day, which has an overall grown-up sound since he released the single Please Stop Talking that features on the album.

The type of music Sir. O is making falls into two categories which are either expansive and loud - some examples are the single Please Stop Talking, Lost - while on the flipside he can produce mellower and quieter tracks like Stay, Comeback and Fighting.


The songs are sketches of how someone observes people around themselves, while other songs are more introverted and seems more personal especially in friendships and in relationships like the cruel let-down song Three Words, You're Out Of Tune, Someone Your Thinking Of, and the killer song that is so true to a lot of people in I Can Let Go Of Everything (But You), and Something Is Missing.

Forever Plus A Day has its own space as it's a classically waving your hands-up in the air and flowing to the orchestral chorus moments in this feel-good song.

Sir. O has a nice way of writing songs and say it more poetically whether the lyrics is dealing with happinesses, sadness or even being pretty hurtful or cruel, though you have to think slightly more than in straight-talk, which once understood a smile will break-out on your face.

The last track is Glimmer Of Hope which says Sir. O has gone through the turmoil of life's experiences whether the observer or in the midsts of it, this song is more happier and positive.

Forever + a Day is available through iTunes


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Sound & Chaos - Documentary Review


Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio

When the underground music scene was bubbling under the weight of commercial pop music Martin Bisi helped set-up a studio that encompassed his vision of a creative space where the sound was paramount rather than the visualisation of the increasing influence of the music video.

With the financial backing of Brian Eno who worked on his album On Land at this newly formed recording space called BC Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Another important person who helped to form BC Studio was music producer Bill Laswell.


If you think that BC Studio would-be something catering for the underground; strange noises of advant-garde sounds or loud brash punk-rock, you will be surprised that legendary keyboardist Hebbie Hancock recorded his hit Rockit at BC Studio. 

Even Africa Bambaataa laid-down his roots through BC Studio. 


Though other acts to record there under the direction of Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell were Sonic Youth, John Zorn, White Zombie, Boss Hog and countless others.

Something we forget in the modern digital age is the fact that BC Studio became the music studio in Brooklyn and afar to cut ones teeth, though this took many frustrating years. The outcome however was the making of Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell as well respected music producers, who were both to become quite simply ahead of their times.

Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell are musicians in their own right and continue to not only produce and record music of artists and bands, but actually record their own music and play love throughout the year.

Check out the official website for screenings [due to gathering interest globally their will be more].

Purchase or rent through Amazon - Google Play - VHX.