ALBUM REVIEW: THE WILD FEATHERS – LONELY IS A LIFETIME

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Background
Formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee around the talents of Ricky Young, Joel King, and Taylor Burns, all of whom had served as lead singers in their previous bands, the Wild Feathers came together out of a shared love for all things Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, the Band, and the Allman Brothers.

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ALBUM REVIEW: LIONLIMB – SHOO

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Background
Lionlimb is Nashville native Stewart Bronaugh’s recently resurrected project. Originally started in 2010, the project was put on hold as Bronaugh worked as a day laborer in Chicago and San Francisco before making his return to the Midwest. It was then that he began collaborating with drummer Joshua Jaeger.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BEN ABRAHAM – SIRENS

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Background
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Abrahams is a singer-songwriter that has gone from ‘a well-kept hometown secret into an independent artist with a passionate international following’. Signed to respected indie label Secret Canadian & touring the USA with Damon Jurado.

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ALBUM REVIEW: NADA SURF – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE

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Matthew Caws’ Nada Surf continues to carry the torch for fans of that fine balance between alternative and classic pop-rock. With an emphasis on sophisticated melodies and intelligently crafted emotionally resonant material, Nada Surf may seem like an anachronism in this day of pre-fabricated pop formula but this is the perfect antidote modern music needs at this time.

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ALBUM REVIEW: SOME KIND OF ILLNESS – S/T

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It has taken a while for Some Kind of Illness to release their debut full length album but it’s definitely worth the wait! Consisting of brothers Mark and Paul Hinks, SKOI encapsulates a myriad of genres that have captured the lovers of indie-alternative rock for decades.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE OBSERVATORY – AUGUST IS THE CRUELLEST

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“… we wanted the music to embody the extremities of our current realities. Conflict, pain, anguish, heartbreak, discrimination together with moments of loneliness, gentleness, helplessness and melancholy. A perspective that is not just solely Singaporean, but human.Leslie Low, The Observatory.

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ALBUM REVIEW: WILD NOTHING – LIFE OF PAUSE

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Pretty amazed at how much influence the music of the 80s post-punk/new wave bands continue to have on modern rock. Regular visitors would be familiar with my disdain for the Joy Division clones that continue to rear their ugly heads but it’s fair to say that there are legitimate artists out there who are doing great things with 80s music.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RICK SPRINGFIELD – ROCKET SCIENCE

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Well well well, what do you know – here’s some old-time rock ’n’ roll from Rick Springfield himself in 2016. The years simply melt away and it feels like 1981 again! It is certainly refreshing to listen to something that might have been made 35 years ago in this day and age.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MOTORPSYCHO – HERE BE MONSTERS

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“Nothing new under the sun” could be the concluding mantra for every single new album review in 2016. BUT that should not be the guiding principle. It’s not a question of “new” anymore but simply a case of how the artist assembles the work from disparate influential elements to create a “new” original piece of art.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TUFF LOVE – RESORT

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Scottish indie pop has a rich history going way back to Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Altered Images, The Bluebells and Lloyd Cole & The Commotions back in the heady days of the 80s. Say hello to Glasgow’s Tuff Love, who carry on this tradition with sunny, tuneful guitar pop that recalls a special time.

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ALBUM REVIEW: CLOUD CULT – THE SEEKER

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The joy of music discovery is never limited to merely new artists but even artists that have been around for quite a long while. Fact is, this is the first time I’ve even heard of Cloud Cult and the band has been in existence for over two decades! The Seeker is the band’s 10th album in that time and it is probably the ultimate hipster concept album, despite itself.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND – S/T

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Right Hand Left Hand is a two-piece band: Andrew Plain (drums/guitars) and Rhodri Viney (guitars/ vocals/ drums) from Cardiff, Wales. “2 members playing 2 guitars, 2 drum kits, centred around a loop station”, as their official bio informs us.

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ALBUM REVIEW: DR. DOG – PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP

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Old school rock lovers will find much to savour on this new album from classic pop-rock revivalists Dr. Dog. And here’s the hook – the band has gone back to their unreleased debut cassette of the same name (from 2001) – to revisit the material and come up with new songs based on that vibe.

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ALBUM REVIEW: NIGHT BEATS – WHO SOLD MY GENERATION

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Is rock ’n’ roll in 2016 a dinosaur? Yes a fucking T-Rex! And it’s coming to rip your guts out!

But seriously, boys and girls, Seattle trio Night Beats viz. Danny Lee Blackwell (guitar / vocals), Jakob Bowden (bass) & James Traeger (drums), do not quite care whether their music is relevant or not.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TURIN BRAKES – LOST PROPERTY

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Here’s a recommendation for old school pop-rock lovers – the new Turin Brakes’ album is a definite winner. Filled to the brim with well worked melodies and hooks, coupled with appropriate instrumentation and arrangements, with a strong acoustic guitar vibe – this is a welcome addition to the best of the new year’s release so far.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MONEY – SUICIDE SONGS

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Manchester trio MONEY received either acclaim or disdain for its debut album The Shadow of Heaven (2013) with folks either hailing them as the ‘next big thing’ or writing them off as ‘overrated’. In either case, it would be instructional to see where MONEY went with its sophomore effort.

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ALBUM REVIEW: SUEDE – NIGHT THOUGHTS

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The “difficult sophomore album” is a well-worn trope in popular music. It’s the rite of passage that proves that an artist’s early success was no accident. It’s proverbially difficult because it has to sound like the first album, yet different; it has to written in a shorter amount of time, yet be more expansive.

Most bands only have to go through this ordeal once. Britpop stalwarts Suede, however, have had to do it a second time.

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