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Tugboat Captain - Day To Day

Writing sad bastard music isn’t as is as easy some would claim. Crawling into bed with a gallon of ice-cream is much easier! Still, even more courageous, is powering through it all and writing a deceptively joyous tune about your experience. That’s what…
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Folk Devils - Forever

The late 1980s in Britain were a fertile period for post punk tales of calamity. One of the more interesting groups to emerge out of that period were Folk Devils, whose songwriter Ian Lowery had been at the helm of another legendary group, Ski Patrol. Folk Devils are…
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Redolent - Aspartame

There’s a great amount of inflation over writing sad, dreamy music, and, to paraphrase Tom Waits, the quality of much of it is affecting the quality of our suffering. Most of us are firmly in the gutter, but Redolent are among those starring at the stars.
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Darksoft - Foreshadow

Darksoft sounds like a band that take video games, SciFi and gadgets very seriously. It’s a superficial conclusion, of course, but one that may be supported by their future-kitsch video for their latest single, as well as the game-soundtrack keys that dominate…
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Tender folk - New music reviews - September 2020

Salt and Lye – the introduction There’s a host of artists looking to create sentimental, emotional, personal dream-pop music. With the inflation of wounded-souls in search of these kinds of sounds, it becomes difficult to discern between the true romantics…
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Kuwalla - Sea Creature

Kuwalla are deflecting questions about their brilliant ability to write catchy, well-crafted songs through humor. “7.000 Leagues under the Sea/What would anyone do with a creature like me.” There’s staying power to this single, with gloriously expansive…
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Psyclo - The 18th Floor in Hell

Psyclo sounds like the dark wave project of an old black metal musician. It’s terrifying in scope and soundscape. The 18th Floor in Hell begins innocently enough with a keyboard pattern that echo Japan’s classic “Ghosts“. But, later, with each…