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Jasper Wilderness - Cherish the River

I like the verse to this tune. Secretly, I seem to think that all soft piano ballads are bound to feature something like this. I usually end up disappointed. There’s poetry to this song, and it’s hidden in the singing and the atmosphere woven throughout the…
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Cole Burkhardt - Traveler

Cole Burkhardt is ready to corner the market on positivity-filled, travel-vlogs… as soon as we get to leave our houses! It’s a bit saccharine, of course, but the kid seems to mean it. Besides that, he knows his way around a vocal melody, delivering Traveller with…
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Shotski - The Double

It takes a confident man to spend the first minute of his single on surf rock guitar tinkering. Still, the rest of this tune is worth the wait, especially the “See him, go get him” mantra. (Frankly, we’re not too sure that’s what’s being sung…
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oblio - Another Nothing Day

Some post-punk outfits write songs about glorious dramas. oblio focus on the little things that eat at your life. Another nothing day is a song about boredom and about lack of perspectives. It’s an interesting lyrical strategy, that is matched well with choppy synth…
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Steve Rinaldi - Mind Wide Open

Give the guitar player some! The guitar soloist is nowadays a rare and exotic figure on successful records, whereas during the era of classic rock they represented a vital component of any song seeking to gain mass acceptance. This may be owed to the excessive flashiness…
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Field Division - Star Where Are You

A lot of pop music is based around nonsense lyrics. From Syd Barrett’s cryptic childlike fantasies to Coldplay’s vapid it could mean anything approach, pop music usually needs a good melody and a nice haircut. Field Magnetic have both those things going for…
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VAZUM - Poison

VAZUM are death disco enthusiasts. But, while other proponents of gothic death rock are happy to play their moody mixes and shuffle home in their civilian attire, VAZUM seems to have been raised in the dimly lit quarters that promote such music. Their dedication to this…
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Leizure - Cherry Kisses

Violently propelled by an unhinged Jazzmaster guitar sound, Leizure are sonic terrorists from Denmark. Frankly, they’re pretty exciting what with their post-punk textures, the tight rhythm section, and sax solos. But, it’s the singing that’s the focal…