POWER OF POP MUSIC BLURB-O-RAMA FT. CASS MCCOMBS, THE REBEL LIGHT, BABAGANOUJ, SUPER WHATEVR & CONTINENTAL DRIFT COMPILATION.

BLURB-O-RAMA FT. CASS MCCOMBS, THE REBEL LIGHT, BABAGANOUJ, SUPER WHATEVR & CONTINENTAL DRIFT COMPILATION.

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Alternative rock with nods to rock ‘n’ roll’s rich past. That about sums up what we have in store for you with these five new releases!

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CASS MCCOMBS – MANGY LOVE (ANTI)

On his eighth studio album, McCombs maintains his reputation for indie-alternative pop-rock that is as eclectic as it is earnest. The diligent listener will find references to blues-rock (“Rancid Girl”), jazz (“Laughter Is The Best Medicine”), sophisticated pop (“Opposite House”) etc, deep within Mangy Love that satisfy and often intrigue. Filled with elevated songwriting skills that marks McCombs out as belonging to a previous generation of singer-songwriters, Mangy Love is an absolute treat. http://cassmccombs.com/

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THE REBEL LIGHT – A HUNDRED SUMMER DAYS (DUALTONE MUSIC GROUP)

Retro-pop is the order of the day on this EP as The Rebel Light channels 60s sunshine pop with some aplomb. The hooks are memorable and the arrangements keep faith with the designated musical era. Tasty use of strings embellishments raise the quality of the works somewhat as allusions to the 90s Pop Underground come on strong on songs like “Summer Haze” and “Afterlife”. Gorgeous Beach Boys-inflected pop-rock. https://www.facebook.com/therebellight/

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BABAGANOUJ – HARD TO BE (INERTIA ACCESS)

Brisbane self-styled power pop-rockers peel back the years and it’s the 1990s again, where melodic pop and edgy rock were not polar opposites but powerful allies. This 5-track EP not only showcases their melodic gifts but their understanding of rock ’n’ roll dynamics that marries soulful country-folk to power guitar crunch. “Sorry” and “Interpol” are the perfect examples of this alchemy, with an appealing hard-edged alt-country feel. Very promising debut indeed! https://www.facebook.com/thenouj/

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SUPER WHATEVR – GOOD LUCK EP (SELF-RELEASED)

Reminiscent of early Marshall Crenshaw and Elvis Costello where punk informed a Buddy Holly influence, frontman Skyler McKee and his merry men parlay his life misery into concise jagged little gems of smart angular pop-rock. Notwithstanding the lyrical leanings, the tunefulness throughout will leave listeners with a good feeling. Highlights include the irreverent “Benjamin Alphabet”, the meandering “Someone Somewhere Somehow” and the insistent “Common Cold”. http://www.superwhatevr.com/

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – CONTINENTAL DRIFT (SLUMBERLAND RECORDS)

A collaboration between indie labels from the US (Slumberland Records) and UK (Fortuna POP!) that puts together four great bands on one release. Each band gets two tracks to demonstrate what they can do. Once Mercury Girls, The Spook School, Wildhoney and Tigercats get going, you’d be forgiven if you could not tell them apart but it’s all good. Crashing guitar rock delivered at breakneck speed (most of the time) – what’s not to love? Highly recommended for the curious music lover out there! http://www.slumberlandrecords.com/catalog/show/305

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