Okay, so it’s been a month since the last Blurb-O-Rama but hopefully, I can get this up and running on a more regular basis. Fingers crossed!

 SpectralsSob Story

This sophomore effort from Yorkshire-based Spectrals is a classic pop enthusiast’s wet dream. Country-folk-blues jam with 70s pub-rock in the best possible way. Main man  Louis Jones has obviously been listening to all the right music and Sob Story is an  essential addition to the Pop Underground canon. Highlights – “Milky Way”, “Limousine” and the title track. http://spectrals.co.uk/

NewGods New GodsNew Gods

Post-punk revival in all its glory. And then some. As befitting its name, this Aussie band strives for epic . The opening two tracks (“Razorblades” and “On Your Side”) take their cues from 80s Big Music (Bunnymen, Comsat Angels) and 90s Shoegaze (Swervedriver, Ride). However, “Klipse” and “70 Hours” turn the tables somewhat with mutant R&B inflections. Eclecticism is a fine habit! Promising. www.newgodsmusic.com

Lloyd-sm Lloyd James FayThe Black River Chronicles

Sometimes all you need is a guitar, a voice and songs that connect. And that’s exactly what you get with singer-songwriter Lloyd James Fay. This album sounds amazing even though all we have are shiny acoustic guitars and Fay’s emotional tenor. Probably one of the most beautiful stripped-down albums I have had the pleasure to listen to in 2013. Highly recommended. www.lloydjamesfay.com

Well, that’s it for this week (!) – till the next time.

… still there’s more …