Mike Cooper – Fratello Mare

Sure, you naysayers out there will say that Mike Cooper’s Fratello Mare consists of a strummed guitar over various ocean themed samples, but I see it as an evocative escape into some type of floaty other reality. The twanging guitars …

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Dan Svizeny – No Shadows

Maybe the term is overused, but really the word Lo-Fi suits Dan Svizeny perfectly. No Shadows is the first track of his debut album, Whitecaps, and it’s a fuzzed out and fuzzed up beauty. Scuzzy guitar backed by a beat …

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Sundara Karma – Flame (Roosevelt Remix)

Now, I am not a lover of remixes. I’ve said here many times: I find them pointless. Honestly I’m all for reinterpretations and all that, but I just can’t get my head around a remix. There are exceptions, and here’s …

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The Lowest Pair – Shortning Bread

We’re going to jump back in time today. Shortning Bread started out as a song chanted by plantation workers. However it was put to paper in 1900 and, well, I can say that any Looney Tunes fan will have heard …

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Frog Eyes – Joe with the Jam

Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer has been singing quirky leftfield songs for over ten years now. Intense vocals coupled with intense orchestral music has been the group’s modus operandi, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Joe with the Jam …

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Doubting Thomas Cruise Control – Lillehammer

For the geographically challenged readers out there Lillehammer is a small town located in Norway. I myself am geographically challenged, so I went to trusty Wikipedia for some background. Right, the track Lillehammer is the type of quirky indie song …

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Tangerine – Tiny Islands

Sometimes in reviewland you get off days. This is when you spend hours listening to various tracks and none of them click, but there might ultimately be a payoff. That is when you listen to a track which you finally …

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The Separators – Shooting Star

Everyone has some sort of weakness … well, as you all know mine is hyper-melodic guitar pop, and Shooting Star is one helluva melodic guitar pop track. What can I say? THAT uplifting guitar sound, the utter confidence of the …

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Pearl Charles – You Can Change

You Can Change conjures a lot of mental images: Nightclubs Pulp Fiction Seedy Rooms Velvet Motorcycles You get my drift. Swervy guitars, a backing choir that’s pilfered from a gospel church, not to mention Pearl Charles ensnaring voice. This is …

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Twin Within – Bernie

There’s something about Twin Within’s Bernie which is making me press the repeat button. In essence it’s a sparse bare bones acoustic tune, however it isn’t introspective and broody. Rather there’s a certain amount of pep, a sort of melody …

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