Thursday, 25 May 2017

FROZEN HOUSES – LIVE REVIEW

Frozen Houses live @ The Inn on the Shore, Cornwall – 19/05/2017 
Frozen Houses (Pic Don D)


Cornish soloist Frozen Houses (aka Alex) cuts a lonely and slightly hassled figure as makes the final tweaks to his pre-set preparations which, considering he has the talents of Ashley Height by his side, seems a little unnecessary. Nevertheless, this is a new venue in a new place and that’s always a daunting venture. Needless to say, once the music begins, all nerves and hints of unease soon wash away, soothed by the soft acoustic notes and gentle vocals tones that have become a hallmark for Frozen Houses.

A set of entirely original material has the audience captivated and the songs on their own would be a delight with their hints of John Martin, Badly Drawn Boy and Paul Simon all played with a gentle ease. However, the subtle and beautifully placed guitar notes of Ashley Height (he of Red Foot Crow fame) turn these from fine songs in to wondrous melodies of the night that hold the attention and make time stand still. Lead notes and some lap work give these Frozen Houses songs an extra dimension but without excellent foundation there is no room for embellishment. If a Frozen Houses live performance were a fine meal, I’d be recommending a robust red wine to go with it, a comfortable chair and clearing yourself a good couple of hours to savour every morsel. Fine stuff worth taking time over and that’s a rare and beautiful thing in music these
Frozen Houses feat Ashley Heigh (Pic Don D)
days.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/frozenhouses/

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

PAREKH & SINGH – SINGLE REVIEW

Parekh & Singh – Ghost
Parekh & Singh - Ghost

Release Date: Out Now

Good lord I’ve only just realised that these two are in the UK so I had to make a quick point of getting this review up to urge you down to one of their remaining 4 shows if you’re in one of the relevant areas. New single ‘Ghost’ is a typically delicate and understated affair with a jazzy heart and the swagger of a dapper gent entering a well-to-do establishment for a liquid lunch. There is no fat here, each note has been placed as carefully as the flower of a retired gardener while and each beat is done with gentle care. There’s an adorable video to go along with this as well which should see this grab the attention of lo-fi film directors all over the world – this tune is perfect for that heartbroken montage before the hero/heroine gets their shit together and cracks on with life.


Live Dates:

25th May – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
26th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester
27th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol
28th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

THE SCREENS – SINGLE REVIEW

The Screens – Avalanche (Paintbox Records)
The Screens - Avalanche

Release Date: Out Now

When you look at the ‘Home Town’ section on the Facebook page of the Screens it says London and Malaga – not a combination you often see but one that obviously agrees with this duo. The sweeping, dramatic pop of new single ‘Avalanche’ is as ambitious as it is uplifting and it exists, as the video so wonderfully depicts, in the high life. Think My Life Story’s penchant for the theatrical mixed with Badly Drawn Boy’s dusky storytelling and the camp pop sensibilities of the Feeling. All in all, this tune is a refreshing piece of luscious indie pop with great ideas and a great, if a little gritty, video as well. Definitely something a bit different and if you like cinematic strings with your love songs then this is one for you.


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GITTA DE RIDDER – SINGLE REVIEW

Gitta De Ridder – Till The Day That I Die 
Gitta De Ridder - Till The Day That I Die

Release Date: Out Now

I’ve been looking for protest music a lot this year, songs that speak of anger and injustice. Sometimes, though, you need to soothe your soul and calm the storm inside so it’s with delight that Dutch songstress Gitta De Ridder popped up in my inbox. De Ridder is a firm favourite at LWM and new single ‘Till the Day That I Die’ is a reassuringly smooth, slick and delicate piece of acoustic atmospheric mood music. The song builds on a picked riff to include a sprinkling of xylophone and warm strings while De Ridder’s voice dances that line between confidence and crumbling completely with the emotion of the lyrics. This exists in the same spectrum of music and feel as Laura Marling and David Kitt which is no bad place to live and there’s an utterly compelling video to accompany this as well which is just dandy.  


Live Dates:

17th May – Sofar Sounds, Utrecht
19th May – T Podium, Hilvarenbeek
20th May – Buitenfestival, Almere
21st May – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam
11th June – Livingroom Concert, Purley (SOLD OUT)
17th June – Manana Manana Festival, Vorden
18th June – De Rheezer Kamer, Rheeze
25th June – Servant Jazz Quarters, London

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PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – SINGLE REVIEW

Public Service Broadcasting – They Gave Me A Lamp (Test Card Recordings) 
Public Service Broadcasting - They Gave Me A Lamp


Release Date: Out Now

There’s something joyously hopeful, optimistic and positive about this tune which, lets’ face it, the world needs in abundance right now. The peerless Public Service Broadcasting are back with a new single ahead of a new album and ‘They Gave Me A Lamp’ speaks to that park of you that wakes up one morning and decides to stop suffering a broken heart. The circular guitar riff and emerging horns are all about that sunrise after the darkest dawn and the spoken word sample from a woman involved in action during the 80s miners strikes on Wales is inspiring but understated in that way only the Welsh do brilliantly. If like many of us, like me, you’re struggling to breath in the current air of despair, corruption, injustice and hate then I highly recommend strapping this one on for a listen and taking a long, deep breath. It will get better.



Live Dates:

12th September – The Fillmore, Philadelphia
21st September – Wonder Ballroom, Portland
22nd September – Columbia City Theater, Seattle
24th September – Swedish American Hall, San Francisco
26th September – Soda Bar, San Diego

28th September – Troubadour, West Hollywood

Friday, 19 May 2017

SHE MAKES WAR – SINGLE REVIEW

She Makes War – I Want My Country Back
She Makes War - I Want My Country Back

Release Date: Out Now

There are two approaches to this new single from Bristolian one-woman powerhouse She Makes War so I’ve done two reviews which you can stick in your collective pipe and smoke.

Review One: This single couldn’t be better timed. The anger, disbelief and utter disgust with the barefaced and unashamed arrogance of the Conservative party in the UK ahead of the June 8th General Election is reaching fever pitch. Jeremy Corbyn is being treated like Che Gavara at his revolutionary best because, shock horror, he wants to put humans before profit and do things that benefit the majority of society. What She Makes War encapsulates so wonderfully on ‘I Want My Country Back’ is that bottled up rage with the blatant corruption going on all around us and the apparent wilfulness of so many to just lap it up because “it doesn’t bother/affect me and mine”. Lyrics like the opening lines “I want my country back from unelected liars, hypocrites and sleazy hacks” cuts straight to the point and the chorus of “So let’s make Britain great get your fake news from the Daily Hate” is so on the money it’s almost funny. Almost. Now, this would all be superb and laudable enough on its own but then there’s…..

She Makes War - Laura Kidd
Review Two: This single couldn’t be better performed. From the opening vocal that sneers out of the shadows to the bubblegum-indie of the chorus, this is a song that evokes memories of so many indie-grunge greats like Veruca Salt, Echobelly, Lush, Breeders and Belly. The guitars grind and surge, the drums bounce in a way that makes you want to dance while the vocals of Laura Kidd (the aforementioned Bristolian) are delivered so sweetly that the passive listener might be forgiven for thinking that this is just a delicate little indie song. It’s not, there’s bite, bile and anger here but if you want to know about that then you’ll need to go back to review one. Whatever your take this is a brilliant song and free to download until 8th June so get it, turn it up and then lock your grandparents and disaffected teen acquaintances in a room with this on a loop until they get the message. 



Live Dates:

31st May – The Boars Head, Kidderminster

MUSE – SINGLE REVIEW

Muse – Dig Down (Warner Bros Records)
Muse - Dig Down

Release Date: Out Now

Phew! Everyone’s favourite anti-establishment prog-rockers have returned just in time to rouse their followers in time for the forthcoming general election in the UK. Sort of. Muse’s new single, the first off a forthcoming album, comes in the form of ‘Dig Down’ and it’s very much in the same vein as ‘Madness’ with its electro throb and processed beats providing a bed for Matt Bellamy’s softly soulful vocal. As the song unfolds, however, there’s an air of a futuristic gospel choir to this which feels almost evangelical and, along with the typically bonkers video, gives the impression that the band are trying to stir something in technologically addicted society. “Dig down and find faith” they preach. “When God decides to look the other way and a clown takes the throne” they accuse. “We have entered the frey and we will not obey and we must find a way” they tell us. So who’s up for a fight? Not a physical, angry, aggressive fight. No, this is an assertive, proud and honest fight that says “I matter, I count and I will be heard”. A fight with a big, sexy electro-prog soundtrack with screeching guitars, of course. 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/muse/

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