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Orochen - Burial Mounds review

Orochen’s press for Burial Mounds, the Swedish band’s recent single, promised music that would “ put your neck in a never stopping motion.” I genuinely feared for my medical safety, but so far have my neck is functioning in working…
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Adrian Prath - Wishes

The dusty twang of the guitar and production made me understand that vaporwave, the new jam band special of 2020’s, has truly infiltrated indie rock. Adrian Praith writes really sweet melodies that next to his instrumentation and production choices feel like…
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The story of Plastic Bertrand's Ca plane pour Moi

Ça plane pour moi by French singer Plastic Bertrand was never supposed to be anything more than a colorful, novelty tune. While punk rock had its many supporters in places like Britain, it was viewed as a fad throughout most of the world. Here’s the story of how this…
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Demeter - Rosa

Demeter possess a rare gift for holding back. They’ve got plenty to say and many ways to accompany their wordy songs. But, like an actor that knows their characters well, they know what to skip. While it musically reminds me of the Counting Crowes circa 1993, Rosa…
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sammy sinclair - HEAVY HAND

Here’s a song that flows like an Elvis Costello cut at just the time he was transitioning from punk-pretender to something much more sophisticated. Sammy Sinclair possess some of the same songwriting traits, but, if we were to nitpick about this recording, we’d…
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Billy Edwin - No More Clouds review

Billy Edwin wants to make sure you hear what he has to say. Each word from this country-punk poet is uttered clearly, and with little cynicism involved. And, unlike most pop songs that would feature a title such as “No more clouds” this is not some sappy…
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King Lear - Back to nature review

King Lear is a man of extremes. The Swedish, heavily bearded singer, was decrying his life the last time I heard him, in a hooky blues-guitar number. This time around he is advocating human kinds’ return to nature. The song features horns and the kind of melodic…
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noh - Grab the gravity

So this is what a meatalhead with extreme knowledge in math can produce, huh? Frankly, as someone who grew up on extreme metal, I’m pretty desensitized to a loud rock noise. Still, the intro to this is made to scare the life out of anyone. It sounds like mountains…
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The Adam Brown - Hummin' Around

This is the song that proves, once and for all, that the right use of the phrase “Baby, baby, baby” in a song can rescue it. The Adam Brown sounds like the Cars, if Ric Ocasek had produced the band on speakers instead of headphones. It ain’t perfect, but…